Address of journalists of the TRC
Dear deputies of the
parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan!
In the Constitution
of our country, Kazakhstan announces itself a democratic state,
which guarantees freedom of speech, and that its highest values are
human, his life, rights and freedoms.
The basis for
development of democracy in the country is presence of independent
mass media and creation of favorable conditions for their activity.
However, in practice
everything is different. Our state adopts laws and subordinate
legislative acts that not only hinder development of free press, but
also lead to closing of already existing newspapers and television
authorities, especially in regions, have been dictating conditions
for mass media work, factually introducing censorship in their
activity, restricting independent journalists in receipt of
information. Law-enforcement bodies often exceed their authorities
in regard to newspapers and television companies, put pressure upon
Striking example of
this is situation in Pavlodar region. The community of Pavlodar is
deeply outraged by actions of authority bodies in regard to
independent television and radio station “Irbis”.
For the last three
months a series of lawsuits with the total amount of more than
twenty million tenge fell upon the television and radio station
“Irbis”. Work of the television company is hampered by numerous
inspections of various agencies, while journalists are subjected to
pressure and threats from the direction of power structures. The
last judicial decision on suspending broadcasting of programs of the
television and radio company “Irbis” is an obvious example of
violation of rights of freedom of speech in our region. The true
goal of all these measures is to close disagreeable for authorities
mass media outlets.
We, journalists of
the television and radio company “Irbis”, citizens of
independent Kazakhstan, appeal to you, elected representative of the
people, with call to look into the situation around freedom of
speech in Pavlodar region and in Kazakhstan as a whole. We demand to
bring to account guilty in persecution of the television and radio
company “Irbis” and independent journalists.
If we do not stop
arbitrariness and mass violation of human rights, then tomorrow the
country will find itself entirely under the influence of
dictatorship of authorities!
Journalists of the TRC “Irbis”