Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

OSCE must put Kazakh press freedom on summit agenda

New York, November 30, 2010--Heads of state and high-ranking officials representing 55 participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) must urge the current OSCE chair, Kazakhstan, to make good on its press freedom commitments when they meet in Astana for a regional summit this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ has repeatedly asked the OSCE to ensure that Kazakhstan's poor press freedom record is placed high on the December 1-2 summit's agenda. 

Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

OSCE summit should address Kazakhstan press record

New York, July 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to place Kazakhstan’s poor press freedom record on the agenda for its summit planned for later this year. Kazakhstan, the OSCE chair, is scheduled to host the summit in its capital, Astana. 

Letters   |   Kazakhstan

CPJ asks OSCE to put Kazakh press freedom on agenda

Dear Members of the OSCE Ministerial Council: In advance of your July 16-17 meeting at the Ak-Bulak Resort in Kazakhstan, the Committee to Protect Journalists—an independent advocacy group that defends the rights of journalists worldwide—would like to draw your attention to the poor press freedom record of Kazakhstan, the current chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Imprisoned Kazakh journalist goes on hunger strike

New York, July 8, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the well-being of Ramazan Yesergepov, the ailing imprisoned editor of the now-defunct independent newspaper Alma-Ata Info, who is on a hunger strike for the third consecutive day in a penal colony in the southern Kazakh city of Taraz.

July 8, 2010 4:14 PM ET


Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

State-owned Internet provider blocks Kazakh news sites

New York, April 29, 2010—Kazakh authorities must order the state-owned Internet Internet provider Kazakhtelecom to immediately restore access to the independent news portal Respublika and the Web site of its sister publication Respublika-Delovoye Obozreniye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Letters   |   Kazakhstan, USA

CPJ asks Obama to raise poor press record with Kazakhstan

Dear President Obama: In advance of your April 12 meeting in Washington with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, we'd like to draw your attention to the deteriorating press freedom conditions in Kazakhstan. Unchecked violence and the arrest of independent reporters, politicized prosecution and harassment of critical outlets, and draconian media and Internet regulation laws tarnish the record of the current chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Kazakh reporter assaulted after covering oil workers strike

New York, March 30, 2010—Kazakh authorities must thoroughly investigate a brutal attack in the city of Aktobe that left Igor Larra, a correspondent for the Almaty-based independent weekly Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech), with a concussion and other head injuries, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

March 30, 2010 4:54 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Kazakhstan

Attacks on the Press 2009: Kazakhstan

Top Developments
• Repressive media law takes effect, sets limits online.
• Politicized lawsuits threaten independent newspapers.

Key Statistic
2010: Year that Kazakhstan assumes chairmanship of OSCE.

The authoritarian government of this central Asian nation brazenly defied international standards for freedom of expression even as it prepared to assume chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Vienna-based human rights and security agency. As part of their bid to lead the OSCE in 2010, President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his government pledged to bring the country’s repressive media laws into compliance with global standards. Instead, Nazarbayev signed into law a measure that places expansive new restrictions on Internet expression, requires online service providers to collect client information for authorities, and further extends censorship rules for all media. Authorities jailed critics and filed politicized lawsuits that sought to shut down critical news outlets, but reported no progress in investigating assaults on independent reporters.

February 16, 2010 12:28 AM ET


Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Kazakh court censors at request of president’s son-in-law

New York, February 4, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a court order issued on Monday that banned all Kazakh media and printing houses from publishing “any information that discredits the honor and dignity” of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s son-in-law, a high-ranking energy executive.

February 4, 2010 5:33 PM ET


Statements   |   Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan must stop trial of press defenders

We issued the following statement after receiving reports today that a trial of three press freedom activists, who organized a protest on Wednesday against the jailing of journalists in Kazakhstan, has started in Almaty; the three are charged with violating a law on holding rallies...

January 11, 2010 12:36 PM ET


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