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MICA Nr. 24 / May 2002
Archive 2002 | 2001 | 2000
issue Nr. 23

Editorial

NATURAL RESOURCES IN CENTRAL ASIAN MEDIA: TABOO AND DEBATE
The ways in which the local media treat problems relating to the management and distribution of natural resources in Central Asian countries range from blanket bans on certain subjects to broad public debates on others that still fail to influence official decision-making.
By Elmira Toktogulova, CIMERA, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Focus: Natural resources in the Central Asian media

WATER USE REPORTING CONSTRAINTS IN UZBEK MEDIA
Uzbekistan Journalists shy away from reporting the role of water use and water distribution issues in relationships between the Central Asian nations. Examining this theme requires much labor, fidelity to principles and fortitude, whereas labor remuneration is paltry.
By Nadejda Stepanova, journalist, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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CONFLICTING VIEWS ON LAND ISSUE BETWEEN KYRGYZSTAN AND CHINA
On May 17, the parliamentary People’s Assembly ratified an agreement with China pm the disputed Uzengu-Kuush area. According to the agreement, about 30 percent of the disputed land (about 90,000 hectares) goes to China and 70% to Kyrgyzstan.
By Elena Buldakova, Editor of Salam Asia information and analytical bulletin, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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NATURAL RESOURCES AS COVERED BY THE TAJIKISTANI MEDIA
As a rule, the Tajikistani media remembers the natural resources issue twice a year: in the fall, for fear of no heating; and in the spring, for fear of no water. For some reason, topics related to other natural resources are seldom reported.
By Gulchekhra Mansurova, Media Center, Dushanbe
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KAZAKH MEDIA ON REGIONAL WATER ISSUE
The amount of articles published by the Kazakh press about water resources distribution issue can hardly be measured in cubic meters, like the water discharged from Kairakum or Toktogul reservoirs. However good quality compensates insufficient quantity.
By Olga Artamonova, journalist, Alma-Aty
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Current events

KYRGYZSTAN MEDIA REPORTING ON THE AKSY EVENTS
The way the Kyrgyz media reported about events in the Aksy District has once again proved the evident thing: information uncertainty around extraordinary events - resulting from the constraints depriving the media of unimpeded work - can only aggravate the existing social contradictions.
By Elena Buldakova, Editor of Salam Asia information and analytical bulletin, Bishkek
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RUSSIAN AND TAJIKISTAN: BUILDING MEDIA COOPERATION
Last December Tajikistan and Russia agreed to interact in the media sector. Whereas Russia’s goal is to maintain control over its media, it is a good opportunity for Tajikistan to improve its international image through the Russian media.
By Gulchekhra Mansurova, Media Center, Dushanbe
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KAZAKH AUTHORITIES AFRAID OF FREE PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS
This year spring saw an unprecedented pressure on the media in Kazakhstan: the regular set of ‘legal’ pressure methods was this time added by battering journalists and attacking editorial and TV offices.
By Aigul Omarova, journalist, Kazakzstan
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THE DIFFICULT REFORM OF MEDIA LAW IN TAJIKISTAN
Journalists in Tajikistan are not ecstatic about the government’s latest media law passed by the lower house of the Tajik parliament. Many feel that to improve the country’s media law requires a complete overhaul of legislation.
By Gulchekhra Mansurova, Media Center, Dushanbe
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90 YEARS OF HISTORY: TAJIK PRESS NOW AND THEN
During the early 1990s, the Tajik print media was considered the most free in Central Asia. The media was subsequently divided by the civil war. Now, the Tajik press is slowly going through a rehabilitation process.
By Sulton Khamadov, free-lance journalist, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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