Friday, December 30, 2011

Media & Human Rights Groups Voice Concern Over Kazakh's Repressive New Media Law

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBURARY 22:  President of Ka...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe National Assn. of Kazakh Broadcasters and human rights group Adil Soz are among those highly critical of a restrictive media law awaiting Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's signature following Senate passage this week of the measure introduced by the Communications & Information Ministry, according to a report by Radio Free Europe/Liberty Radio's ["RFELR"] Web site.

The draft broadcast law mandates foreign tv and radio outlets to register with an official Kazakh entity and sets 2018 as the date by which half of foreign broadcasts must concern domestic content. The increased state control over electronic news media that the new law would entail prompted a letter of protest to President Nazarbaev signed by more than 40 Kazakh media NGOs, the RFELR article reported.
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