Statement of co-chairmen of the Democratic
Party of Kazakhstan “Ak Zhol”
Staff of the editorial office of
famous independent newspaper “Economics. Finances. Markets. Business
review of the Republic” appealed to our party. The letter imparted
that representative of official authority - profile ministry - put
numerous legislatively unreasoned obstacles before the publication:
restricted free issue and dissemination, accredited journalists of
the publication were not allowed to attend events, circulation of
the newspaper in regions was arrested.
Unfortunately, we need to recognize
that lately analogous cases became typical in public and political
life of the country. Merely within the last two-three months facts
of oppression of independent mass media (among which, besides the
mentioned newspaper, were also “Vremya PO”, “SolDat”, “Respublika”,
television channels “TAN”, “Irbis”, “Era” and etc) became a reason
for alarmed statements of Kazakhstan’s community, international
organizations and representative offices of foreign organizations.
Thus, similar events undermine foreign policy image of Kazakhstan,
as well as affect “internal temperature” within society, cross out
achievements in development of independent mass media of the
country. Democratic Party of Kazakhstan “Ak zhol” believes that such
events are incompatible with principles of democratic development of
society. Although we do not agree with some political views of some
independent publications, we believe that using repressive measures
towards them - means undermining belief of the people into chance to
hear open free speech.
It is obvious that here we need not
momentary, but fundamental legislative measures to ensure freedom of
speech in the state, inadmissibility of unjustified interference
into informational activity. Thereupon, the Democratic Party of
Kazakhstan “Ak Zhol” has developed a draft-law of the new law “On
freedom of speech, receiving and disseminating information in the
Republic of Kazakhstan”, which we are planning to present to the
parliament of the state this fall. Presently the text of this
draft-law is placed on the web site of the Democratic Party of
Kazakhstan “Ak Zhol” - <www.dpkakzhol.kz>.
Co-chairmen of the Democratic Party
of Kazakhstan “Ak Zhol”
B. Abilov, A. Baimenov, U.