TREATY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT

OF BROADCASTING FACILITIES

BETWEEN THE STATE OF AMESTONIA

AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF RIESLAND

MARCH 1992

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The State of Amestonia and the Federal Republic of Riesland (“the Contracting Parties”),

(a) desiring to fortify the friendship between the two countries; (b) recognizing the importance of strengthening understanding and cooperation between their peoples; (c) seeking to offer their citizens radio and television channels that will reflect the two nations’ dynamic political, cultural, and artistic activity; have agreed upon the following articles:

ARTICLE 1

1. Each Contracting Party may establish and operate in the territory of the other a radio and television broadcasting station.

2. The land on which each TREATY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT station will be constructed will be procured by the operating-state and held in its name. The operating state will be responsible for staffing, running, and funding the station, and shall procure at its own expense and in its own name the materials and other equipment required for its operation.

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ARTICLE 2

Each station shall produce and air programs and content including news stories, interviews, documentaries, and movies produced either in or by the operating country, with local viewers and listeners in the host country as the target audiences.

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ARTICLE 14

1. The premises referenced in article 1(2) of the present Treaty shall TREATY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT be inviolable, and agents of the host state may not enter those premises without the consent of the head of the station. Such consent may be assumed only in cases of fire or other similar disaster posing or threatening serious immediate danger to public safety or order.

2. In addition to the premises of the station, its furnishings, equipment, and other property used in its operation, as well as its means of transport, shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment, expropriation, or execution.

3. The receiving state is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises TREATY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT of the station against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the premises or impairment of its dignity.

4. The archives and documents of the station shall bear visible external marks of identification, and shall be inviolable at all times and wherever they may be.

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ARTICLE 15

1. Each station's employees, who are also nationals of the operating state, shall be entitled to the

following immunities and privileges:

a) The persons of each station’s employees shall be inviolable, and they shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The host state shall treat TREATY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT them with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on their freedom or dignity.

b) Each station’s personnel shall enjoy immunity from the criminal jurisdiction of the receiving state, and shall not be obliged to give evidence as witnesses.

c) In respect of acts performed by an employee of the station in the exercise of its functions, the immunities and privileges shall continue to subsist after the employee’s functions at the station have come to an end.

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ARTICLE 23

  1. Without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, it is the duty of all persons TREATY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT employed by each station to respect the laws and regulations of the host state. Those who are nationals of the operating state have an additional duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of the host state.
  2. The premises of the station must not be used in any manner incompatible with the station’s functions as envisaged in the present Treaty, in other rules of general international law, or in any other agreements in force between the Parties hereto.

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ARTICLE 36

All privileges and immunities provided for in this Treaty, save for those in Article 15(1)(c) above TREATY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT, shall cease to have effect upon the cessation of the station’s functions as envisaged in the present Treaty.

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ARTICLE 40

The term of this agreement shall be 30 years.

(Signed) (Signed)

Shannon Belle Cambridge John Andre Sorge

Minister of Telecommunications Minister of Telecommunications

State of Amestonia Federal Republic of Riesland


ANNEX II


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