of violations of media outlets and journalists of Kazakhstan
in January –May 2010
(Monitoring materials of International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech “Adil Soz”)
Attacks on editorial offices and media outlets – 6
Abzal Agaliev (TV Company Tan, Almaty), Zhuldyz Toleu, Baurzhan Smagulov (TV Radio Company 31 Channel, Astana), Igor Larra (Svoboda Slova, Aktobe oblast), Zhas Alash, Almaty, Arman Zhaniev (Bukpa!, Kokshetau) and Yuri Geyst (Diapason, Aktobe).
Threats to journalists - 3
Golos Respubliki (Almaty), Vzglyad (Almaty) and Madina Mukhamedzhanova (Kokshetau).
Forced suspension and termination of media issue – 3
Gorod 326 (Taraz), Zemlya I Ludi (Uralsk) and Alma-Ata Info (Almaty).
Blocking and restriction of access to websites – 12
Website LiveJournal, blogpost.com (blog platform of company “Google”), website of distance education of Moscow State University of Lomonosov and Wordpress (free of charge platform, computer software for website OpenSource), http://comment-resp.com, www.youtube.com, http://www.respublika-kaz.info, http://www.respublika-kz.info, http://www.respublika-kz.info, http://www.respublika-kaz.net, http://www.respublika-kz.biz, http://www.respublika-kz.com and http://www.respublika-d2.com.
Journalists prevented from carrying out their professional activity – 18
Criminal prosecution –10
Charges of libel – 5
Gani Sultanov (Former Director of Zoo, Shymkent), Asel Taubayeva (TV Company ART, Karaganda), Victor Miroshnichenko (Vremya, North Kazakhstan region), Galiya Sarsenbayeva and Malik Sarsenbayev (Altynsarin district, Kostanay region).
Civil charges against media outlets and journalists – 38
Civil suit or protection of honor and dignity – 37
Damages sought in the lawsuit are – 391 million 346 thousands 660 tenge.
The plaintiffs are:
State officials – 17, legal entities – 6, citizens – 14.
Refusals and restrictions in providing of public important information – 134.