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.


Posted on: March 22, 2016