Journalists’ take on the judicial reformJun 9, 2016
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, with the support of the joint project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme “Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan”, announces a media contest titled “Journalists’ take on the judicial reform” on the best coverage of the judicial reform in the country, aimed at promoting new legislative acts and improving the legal awareness of the society.
The reform of the justice system and the openness and accessibility of civil courts are among the key components of the national concept of further strengthening of the democratic reforms and development of civil society in the country announced in 2010 by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I. Karimov. Substantial legislative framework, particularly including the Presidential Decree "On measures on core improvement of social protection of judicial staff" dated August 2, 2012, the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On measures on implementation of modern information-communication technologies into courts" dated December 10, 2012, as well as the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the openness of the government authorities and administration" from June 9, 2014 was formed to further improve the performance of courts.
The media contest is announced primarily to raise public awareness on the above legislative framework, explain the essence of the newly adopted laws, improve legal awareness of the population, harness the cooperation of the justice sector with mass media, promote openness of the courts and contribute to the growth of judicial journalism.
Apart from that, the media contest is also aimed at informing the greater public of the introduction and scale-up of the E-SUD electronic justice system across the civil courts of Tashkent city and Tashkent region.
Social, legal, informational, analytical and publicity (print, video and audio) materials, written in Uzbek, Russian and/or Karakalpak languages, highlighting the judicial reform and aimed at raising legal awareness of the general population and published in print media and Internet, or broadcasted in television or radio media outlets during the period starting on April 10 through December 10, 2016, inclusive, are eligible to participate in the contest. Professional journalists, media editorials, including newspapers, periodic magazines and journals, Internet resources, information agencies, television or radio channels, as well as journalism students are welcome to participate in the contests, and the winners will be awarded based on the category, such as “the best article”, “the best television program”, “ the best radio broadcast”, and “the best Internet story”.
Detailed information on the conditions of the contest and selection criteria is available on the official website of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan - www.supcourt.uz.