UN Authority Figures

U.N. Committee on Information: Kazakhstan

Oralgaisha Omarshanova, a reporter who was investigating a violent clash between Chechens and Kazakhs, was last seen on March 30, 2007. (Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, March 30, 2009)

Mission of the Committee on Information: "...To promote the establishment of a new, more just and more effective world information and communication order intended to strengthen peace and international understanding and based on the free circulation and wider and better-balanced dissemination of information and to make recommendations thereon to the General Assembly." (Committee on Information web-site, "Background Information")

Kazakhstan's Term of office: 1994 - (P.2, Para 9)

Kazakhstan's Record on Freedom of Information:
"Judicial actions against journalists and media outlets, including civil and criminal libel suits filed by government officials, led to the suspension of several media outlets and encouraged self-censorship... The government limited individuals' ability to criticize the country's leadership, and regional leaders attempted to limit local media outlets' criticism. The law prohibits insulting the president, the president's family, and other senior officials... Companies allegedly controlled by members of the president's family or loyal associates owned the majority of those broadcast media outlets that the government did not control outright...All media were required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Information, although websites were exempt from this requirement. ... During the first six months of the year, press advocacy NGO Adil Soz recorded nine attacks on editorial offices and journalists... The law enables the government to restrict media content through amendments that prohibit undermining state security or advocating class, social, race, national, or religious superiority or cruelty and violence. Owners, editors, distributors, and journalists may be held civilly and criminally responsible for content unless it came from an official source. The government used this provision to limit media freedom" (US State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2013, Kazakhstan)