Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kazakhstan: New Law Introduces Jail For Crimes Against Privacy – Limit Freedom Of Speech

Posted by Info on 22/11/2009

Kazakhstan has approved a bill introducing tougher punishment for invasion of privacy in a move condemned by the opposition as an attack on press freedom. President Nazarbaev’s opponents have said that the new law, which introduces jail terms for crimes against privacy, would further limit freedom of speech in a country where mainstream media never criticize the president.

“This is yet another attempt to shut everyone up,”
opposition leader Zharmakhan Tuyakbai said commenting on the draft law.

Adil Soz, a media rights group, urged parliament last month to reject the latest draft, saying it was too tough and would give the authorities an excuse to silence independent or investigative reporting.
The government has rejected accusations of intolerance to dissent and biased trials against its critics.
Earlier this year, Kazakhstan adopted a law allowing the government to block websites posting “illegal” information.

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