Address of journalists of the television company
In 1937 Osip
Mandelshtam wrote: “We live not feeling the country underneath us”.
He implied the mood of the Soviet people, living with the fear of Stalin’s
It seems like lately
we too stopped to feel the country underneath us. Or rather we have
a feeling that we live in two countries simultaneously. One country
is the country that is shown on the television channel “Khabar” and
which is portrayed in semi-official “Kazakhstankaya Pravda”. The
other country is the one where we actually live. In this country
politicians are being repressed for dissidence, democratic reforms
are being restrained.
Freedom of speech is
being oppressed in this country. Officials wash off the money in
Swiss banks. Recently the following newspapers: “Nachnem s
ponedelnika”, “Respublika 2000”, “Vremya po”, “Delovoye obozreniye
Respublika” and Pavlodar’s television company “Irbis” were closed
down. All of the aforementioned mass media were shut down by
authorities only because they were narrating about the country where
we live in.
Lately strange events
have been taking place around television channel “TAN”.
On March 27 wires
were cut on the roof of the television channel, including the cable
of radio-relay line connecting studio with the transmitter on the
television tower. Thus, editorial office was cut off the air. That
evening the final newscast was aired in recording with one hour
On the next day March
28 the line was restored.
On the same day the
television channel “TAN” commented arrest of the famous businessman
and politician Mukhtar Ablyazov on air.
During the day of
March 28 and at night of March 29 feeder, owned by the television
channel, was fired at from fire-arms.
The shooting was
coming from two directions. The shooters’ target was the cable of
the television channel “TAN”, connecting the transmitter with
antenna. After unsuccessful attempts to damage the cable during the
day, “strangers” shot through the cable at night, but in a different
Thus, broadcasting of
“TAN” channel was suspended.
Time is needed in
order to restore the airing.
preliminary data we might need few days and even weeks. Despite of
what happened, the journalists continue working as usually.
We evaluate these
shootings as psychological pressures on the employees of the
channel. Journalists may become the next target of the “strangers”.
“We live not feeling
the country underneath us”. We believe that this is the general mood
of the entire community, not only journalists of the television
channel “TAN”. It’s just that we talk about it, while our colleagues
keep silence. It’s not difficult to understand them. They are afraid
of the authorities.
While the authorities
are not afraid of anyone. The only way out in this situation is to
appeal to international public and legal organizations, which is
called upon asserting of liberal values. They also need to
understand in what kind of country Kazakh citizens live.
Staff of the LRP “Television and
radio company “TAN””