by the Presidency, on behalf of the European Union, on the recent
attacks against the independent media in Kazakhstan (Madrid and
Brussels, 28 May 2002)
The European Union is
deeply worried about the most recent attacks against the
independent media in Kazakhstan, which include the repeated
vandalizing of TAN TV feeder cable in Almaty, the 3 May arson
attack against the “Ak Zhaiy “ publishing house in Atyrau, the
aggression against two journalists of the newspaper “SolDat” on 21
May followed by the destruction of its equipment, and the firebomb
attack against the offices of the newspaper “Delovoye
Obozreniye-Respublika” on 22 May, which, furthermore, risked the
lives of many people in the same building.
The abovementioned acts call into question the safety of the
independent mass media in Kazakhstan, protected by its
Constitution and by the commitments freely assumed by Kazakhstan
in the framework of the OSCE and of several international
agreements, among which the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
concluded with the European Union is of special relevance to the
EU and its member states.
The European Union expects the Kazakhstani authorities to carry
out a rapid and thorough investigation aimed at the identification
and prosecution of the perpetrators of the mentioned violent acts.
At the same time, the Union expects Kazakhstani authorities to
secure the appropriate conditions and effective guarantees for an
unhindered work of the independent media in the country.
Press-service of the Representative
office of the European Commission in the Republic of Kazakhstan
Almaty, 20A Kazybek Bi, tel: (3272) 63 62 65
Fax : (7-3272) 91 07 49, E-mail:
For additional information, please contact Alena
Lipatnikova, tel: 63 62 65