Countries

Latest News and Monitoring,From Our Network from Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan should drop ‘false information’ case against critical media outlets

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned a criminal investigation against the Kazakh investigative news site Ratel.kz and the magazine Forbes Kazakhstan for allegedly spreading “false information”. In addition, IPI urged Kazakhstan to stop the blocking of Ratel.kz and its social media channels. On April 2, 2018, police raided the offices of Forbes Kazakhstan and […]

Read More

Study: criminal defamation unduly limits media freedom

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today released a comparative study “Defamation and Insult Laws in the OSCE Region” finding that criminal law remains an instrument to excessively limit media freedom. Commissioned by the representative and conducted by International Press Institute (IPI) Director of Press […]

Read More

Kazakh journalist, son, given lengthy prison terms

The International Press Institute (IPI) today criticised a Kazakhstan court’s decision sentencing the head of the country’s Journalists Union and National Press Club and his son to lengthy prison terms on corruption charges that rights defenders have decried as politically motivated. An Astana court convicted Seitkazy Matayev of tax evasion and embezzlement yesterday and handed […]

Read More

Court suspends prison sentence of Kazakh journalist

The International Press Institute (IPI) today welcomed a Kazakh court decision suspending the 18-month prison sentence of journalist Guzyal Baidalinova on libel-related charges. The Almaty Court of Appeals suspended Baidalinova’s sentence on July 12, but ordered her not to leave Kazakhstan’s largest city, according to reports. She had been detained since her arrest in December […]

Read More