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Kazakhstan's move to control internet prompts censorship, surveillance concerns

July 25, 2019 1:49 PM ET

A state-controlled internet service provider in Kazakhstan is requiring at least some of its subscribers to submit to having their internet traffic intercepted when they use specific websites--including social media sites, email and messaging services, and Google News, according to research published this week by Censored Planet, a project...

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Demonstrators attack reporters, damage equipment at press conference in Kazakhstan

July 25, 2019 12:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2019 -- Kazakhstan authorities should immediately investigate the attack on journalists at a press conference in Almaty and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kazakhstan government-backed security certificate raises censorship, surveillance concerns

July 22, 2019 3:35 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2019 -- Telecommunications providers in Kazakhstan's capital, Nur-Sultan, have requested internet users to install a security certificate issued by government authorities onto their personal devices, which could compromise their digital security, according to a report by the BBC and Adil Nurmakov, a political scientist and...

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Nazarbayev's long rule leaves toxic legacy for Kazakhstan's media

April 9, 2019 2:38 PM ET

In 2011, I observed an astonishing spectacle in the Respublika newspaper offices in Almaty, Kazakhstan's financial capital. Journalists were putting a modern-day twist on samizdat, a practice in the Soviet Union whereby dissidents laboriously copied illicit material to circumvent censorship....

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Kazakhstan journalist fined after covering protests

March 14, 2019 4:13 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2019 -- Kazakhstan authorities should not contest journalist Saniya Toiken's appeal of a fine imposed in response to her coverage of protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kazakhstan detains French journalist and bans him from filming

September 27, 2018 5:05 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2018--Kazakh authorities should allow French journalist Vincent Prado and his local fixer Danara Ismetova to work without obstruction, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Prado and Ismetova were briefly detained by police this morning, before a judge fined Prado and banned the journalist from filming...

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CPJ joins calls for Kazakhstan to revise false news law and drop charges against critical media

May 18, 2018 5:21 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of 25 other international press freedom organizations to call on Kazakh authorities to drop criminal defamation cases against media outlets Forbes Kazakhstan and Ratel and revise the law on dissemination of "false information" often used to silence critical media outlets...

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Kazakhstan police raid newsrooms, detain journalists, seize equipment

April 13, 2018 6:00 PM ET

New York, April 13, 2018--Kazakh authorities should stop harassing journalists with the independent news outlets Forbes Kazakhstan and Ratel and dismiss criminal defamation suits against the two outlets and their journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kazakh editor convicted of money laundering, banned from journalism

September 7, 2017 12:33 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2017--A Kazakh court today handed down a suspended prison sentence to Zhanbolat Mamay, editor of the independent newspaper Sayasi kalam/Tribuna, for charges of money laundering, and banned him from working as a journalist for three years, according to media reports. Mamay said he plans to...

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Journalist and press freedom defender stabbed in Kazakhstan

May 15, 2017 2:49 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2017--Kazakh authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate yesterday's stabbing of journalist and press freedom defender Ramazan Yesergepov and should bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesergepov, who spent three years in prison for his work as an editor and...

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