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November 30, 2010

OSCE must put Kazakh press freedom on summit agenda

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 (CPJ) 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. "The... MORE
August 31, 2010

Lawsuit against independent newspaper in Kazakhstan dismissed

The judge for the Specialized Interdistrict Economic Court of Almaty, Gulnar Meyrzhanova, has dismissed the charges in a lawsuit filed against the independent Kazakh newspaper Central Asia Monitor for "protection of honour, dignity and business reputation". The judge on August 23 also ordered the release of the newspaper's seized property, Almaty-based press freedom group Adil Soz has reported. On July 16, the Kazakhstan Development Bank and six companies - recipients of the bank's loans - sued... MORE
August 3, 2010

Kazakh journalist throws manure at Almaty court

A Kazakh journalist threw dung at the Almaty city court building on Monday to protest the court's rejection of her lawsuit against Prime Minister Karim Masimov and other politicians, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported. Zhanna Baytelova had filed a case against Masimov, Senate speaker Qasymzhomart Toqaev, and lower house speaker Oral Mukhamedzhanov in the Zhetysu district court for what she termed their "illegal decision to sign the law on the 'leader of the nation,'" which became official in mid-... MORE
July 20, 2010

OSCE summit should address Kazakhstan press record

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Organisation for Security and Cooperation 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. A meeting of the foreign ministers of the 56 OSCE member states at the Ak-Bulak resort near Almaty concluded on Saturday with Kazakhstan Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat... MORE
July 9, 2010

Imprisoned Kazakh journalist goes on hunger strike

Ramazan Yesergepov, the ailing imprisoned editor of the now-defunct independent newspaper Alma-Ata Info , is on a hunger-strike for the third consecutive day on Thursday in a penal colony in the southern Kazakh city of Taraz, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). On June 25, Yesergepov announced his decision to go on hunger strike starting July 6 to protest his unlawful imprisonment as well as what he sees as the failure of the Organisation for Security and... MORE
April 29, 2010

State-owned Internet provider blocks Kazakh news sites

State-owned Internet service provider Kazakhtelecom has blocked access to the independent news portal Respublika and the website of its sister publication Respublika-Delovoye Obozreniye, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Access to both news portals, which often criticise Kazakh authorities for corruption and human rights violations, has been blocked today for all clients of Kazakhtelecom, the independent regional news website Ferghana reported. Respublika said in a... MORE
April 26, 2010

Kazakhstan: More court rulings violating freedom of expression

A court in the western city of Ural ordered on April 21 a local newspaper, Uralskaya Nedela (Ural Week) and one of its reporters, Lukpan Akhmedyarov, to pay 20 million tenges (136,000 dollars) in damages to an oil industry company, especially as the size of the award could force the weekly to close, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). In an article headlined “Hidden invitations to tender” that was published on August 6, 2009, Akhmedyarov criticised the fact that the company... MORE
March 30, 2010

Kazakh reporter assaulted after covering oil workers strike

Igor Larra, a correspondent for the Almaty-based independent weekly Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech), was attacked in the city of Aktobe that left him with a concussion and other head injuries, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Larra (a pen name for the journalist Igor Kim) had extensively covered a strike by workers for the national oil producer KazMunayGas in the southwestern city of Zhanaozen. The strike, one of the biggest labour actions ever in Kazakhstan’s oil... MORE
March 9, 2010

Embattled Kazakh weekly paralysed by damages

Kazakh authorities have banned the distribution of the independent weekly Respublika-Delovoye Obozreniye , the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday. On March 1, the Medeu District Court in Almaty denied the weekly’s appeal and left in place a ban on the paper’s distribution that had been imposed in mid-February. The ban will remain in place until the newspaper pays 60 million Kazakh tenge (approximately US $400,000) in damages to the partially state-owned BTA Bank, the Almaty-... MORE
February 10, 2010

Kazakhstan: Court climbdown interrupts latest government offensive against media

A court court in the Almaty district of Medeu rescinded the order it issued a week earlier banning all of the Kazakh media from publishing any information that could damage the reputation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s son-in-law, businessman Timur Kulibayev. The Medeu district court issued the ban on February 1 in response to the legal action which Kulibayev brought against four independent newspapers, Respublika , Moya Respublika , Vzglyad and Kursiv , after they published an open letter... MORE