Dismal Record on Media in Central Asia

With dozens of journalists in prison and a new wave of repression against the news media, Central Asian republics are setting new lows for press freedom. In 2017, Freedom House ranked Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan among the world's worst for open and independent media. Among the cases was a series of libel suits against investigative outlet Zanoza.kg, for having offended the reputation of then-President Almazbek Atambayev. After heavy fines were imposed, Atambayev proclaimed, “This should be a lesson for some journalists." We'll see whose side history is on, Mr. Atambayev.

Source: The Diplomat

Posted on: January 2, 2018

US State Law Protects Kazakh Journalists

In the first test of a shield law to protect journalist sources in Washington state, a U.S. court has ruled that the law applies to reporters from Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. Kazakhstan officials claimed to be hunting hackers associated with a now-exiled opposition newspaper, Respublika. The paper is registered with a Washington internet domain company, and officials wanted registration and ISP records. "Kazakhstan impermissibly seeks information" under state law, a judge ruled.

Source: kplu.org

Posted on: March 22, 2016