Representative office of Internews Network in
Kazakhstan states that "Khabar" agency in its information report
of May 24, 2002 distorted the words of the member of the
Commission on frequencies, deputy director of Internews Kazakhstan
Nurzhan Mukhamedzhanova in the interview given by her to "Khabar"
agency. In the context of information of "Khabar" agency N.
Mukhamedzhanova allegedly approves of the Commission's actions.
As a matter of fact N. Mukhamedzhanova stated that Internews
opposes the decision on recalling licenses of any of the six
stations. In all 6 cases the deputy director of Internews
Kazakhstan voted against such radical method to punish stations,
which must be reflected in the minutes of the Commission session.
Managing director of Internews Kazakhstan
The following is the original text, which was
aired on "Khabar" and placed on the web-site of "Khabar" agency:
Licenses for broadcasting of five
television companies of the Republic of Kazakhstan were recalled
"Khabar" of May 24, 2002
Tender commission on distribution of television and radio
frequencies was solving fate of 19 electronic mass media from East
Kazakhstan and Pavlodar regions, of Astana city. Agonizing
suspense lasted for several hours. Behind the closed doors
leaders of television companies and radio stations were arguing
compliance of work of their staffs with requirements of the law
"On languages", "On copyright" and "On mass media". Not all
of them were granted a right to continue activity. The
Commission recommended to the Ministry of transport and
communications to recall in judicial order licenses for
broadcasting of five television companies. This list
included Pavlodar's "Irbis" and "TV 6 x 6", "Teletek" from Eastern
Kazakhstan, Ekibastuz municipal television company and capital
"Era". License of "AlvaTV" company was suspended for three
months. Member of the tender commission, deputy director of
the public organization in support of mass media
"Internews-Kazakhstan" Nurzhan Mukhamedzhanova emphasized that
licenses of those companies, which grossly violated the laws, were
recalled; while other studios received warnings.