Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How Journalists In Kazakhstan Were Protected By Reporter Shield Law In Washington State

Journalists in Washington state cannot be forced to reveal their confidential sources. It’s what’s known as a news media shield law. In a recent ruling, a state court ruled the law could apply to reporters in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. This was the first test of Washington's shield law, which was passed by the state legislature in 2007.

Paula Wissel, Mar 15, 2016

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Facebook Can Shield User Info of Kazakh Reporters


(CN) - Facebook does not have to provide Kazakhstan's dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev's government with information that he could use against the last vestiges of the country's free press, a federal judge ruled.
Nazarbayev's regime, which has held onto power for nearly 25 years, has been in U.S. courts from coast-to-coast for nearly a year to learn the identities of people who exposed confidential emails about his government on Jan. 21, 2015.
The communications shed light on a $1 billion merger between Kazakhstan's two largest banks, extravagant spending by government officials, and international collaboration in suppressing dissent.

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Chased From Kazakhstan, Hounded in U.S. Courts

MANHATTAN (CN) - Fourteen years have passed since the newsroom Irina Petrushova ran in Kazakhstan was firebombed - shortly after she found the corpse of a decapitated dog at the office and its head outside her house - but threats against the journalist remain ongoing.

With her publication Respublika long barred from newsstands and computer screens in Kazakhstan, Petrushova lives in exile, part of a cadre of dissident journalists now relying on social media to thwart government censors.
Not to be outwitted by this new platform, however, Kazakhstan took its intimidation campaign to U.S. courts and Silicon Valley early last year after a massive leak of emails implicated corruption at the highest levels of the Kazakh government.

2/29/2016 12:09:00 PM, Adam Klasfeld

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kazak State Tightens Grip on Internet
By Gaziza Baituova, Vasilina Atoyanz-Larina, IWPR Central Asia

New legislation introduced in Kazakstan has raised concerns over both citizen’s digital freedom and data security.

A range of laws that came into force on January 1 positions the state as the intermediary for all online traffic. One law makes it an offence for a communications provider to deny government requests for information deemed suspicious. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


By Amnesty International, Index number: EUR 57/3123/2015
In October 2014, Kazakhstan’s human rights record came under scrutiny as it submitted its second report under the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. Many of the recommendations made to Kazakhstan following the UPR concerned lifting restrictions on freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of peaceful assembly. These included recommendations that Kazakhstan stated had already been implemented, such as: ensuring the independence of the media and protecting the rights of human rights defenders and journalists to freedom of expression; enhancing efforts to protect freedom of association and freedom of peaceful assembly; and ending the practice of closing, suspending, or blocking opposition print and online publications. Far from having implemented these recommendations, the situation in regard to rights to freedom of expression and association in Kazakhstan has deteriorated in 2015.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Anastasiya Novikova: Advertising company Media Gang unwittingly stage faked protest demanding justice for dead journalist 

A High Court libel case has exposed the often shadowy world of international lobbying

See the full version on the Independent article by James Cusick of October 26 2016 here

Friday, November 13, 2015

War against Ablyazov: the British Front Report

The Kazakhstan authorities persecute Mukhtar Ablyazov not only in France but in the UK as well although he left the country almost four years ago and, for more than two years, has been locked up in a French jail. Here “Respublika” publishes the texts of the e-mails that explain the reason for the recent communications between the Kazakhstan Public Prosecution Office and the British high rank officials. “Respublika” has obtained these documents via e-mail.

On October 8 2015, the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Askhat Daulbayev held a meeting in Astana with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tobias Ellwood and the liaison officer and regional coordinator in Central Asia of the UK National Agency for Combating Crime Frederick Hellon.