Kazakhstan Clamping Down on Critical Websites

April 15, 2003 - Kazakhstan is pulling the plug on Internet websites critical of the country's authoritarian government, the Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned on Tuesday.

"We ask you to ... end all censorship of news websites, whatever their editorial line," RSF Secretary General Robert Menard said in a letter to culture and information minister Mukhtar Kul-Mukhamed. A campaign against non-state media in this Central Asian ex-Soviet republic has attracted increasing criticism from Western governments and institutions in recent months.

Kazakhstan Clamping Down on Critical Websites - Times of Central Asia Apr 17 2003 6:51PM ET