Law On Transparency Of Media Ownership

Original Language Title: Lov om åpenhet om eierskap i medier

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Law on transparency of media ownership

Date LOV-2016-06-17-64

Ministry of Culture Ministry


Published in 2016 Booklet 8

Commencement 01/07/2016



Short Title
Law on transparency of media ownership

§ 1. Purpose The purpose is to ensure transparency of ownership in Norwegian media.

§ 2. Scope of the Act applies to enterprises engaged in daily newspapers, television, radio or electronic media, and undertakings through ownership or cooperation agreements have influence over such enterprises.

§ 3. Media Authority tasks Media Authority shall contribute to creating greater transparency, awareness and knowledge of ownership in Norwegian media. Authority to collect and systematize information about the ownership structure, and information will be made available to the public.

§ 4. All persons obliged to give the Media Authority the information required to perform their duties according to law. The disclosure obligation includes both information on ownership in Norwegian media and information about partnerships that provide a Party corresponding influence over the editorial product as ownership. Information may be required in written or oral form within a specified period.
Information required pursuant to subsection may be granted notwithstanding the statutory duty of confidentiality that otherwise apply to tax authorities, other tax authorities and authorities responsible for supervising public regulation of commercial activities. Such secrecy is not an obstacle to documents in the possession of such authorities handed over for investigation.
Ministry may issue regulations concerning the scope and implementation of disclosure.

§ 5. Coercive fines To ensure that decisions under § 4 first paragraph are complied with, the Media Authority may impose the person responsible for compliance fines. Coercive accrue to the Treasury.
The fine may be imposed as a daily fine or as a lump sum. By continuous fine Media Authority may decide that the fine shall be determined for each day, week or month that passes after a set time limit for complying with the obligation expires, without obligation. By fines in the form of a lump sum, the Media Authority determine the fine to be paid when a set deadline for compliance with the requirement expires without obligation.
Media Authority may in special cases reduce or waive fines, including interest.
Ministry may issue regulations concerning the imposition of fines, terms of fines, coercive fine and interest on overdue payments.

§ 6. Appeals Complaints over the Media Authority's decisions under this Act or the regulations laid down in pursuance of the law dealt with by the Appeals Board for Media Affairs (Media Appeals Board).
Appeals Board can not on its own initiative overturn Media Authority's decision.

§ 7 Commencement This Act comes into force when the King bestemmer.1