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MICA Nr. 26 / July 2002
Archive 2002 | 2001 | 2000
issue Nr. 25

Editorial

NO ACCESS TO INFORMATION FOR MASS MEDIA IN CENTRAL ASIA
Journalists’ entitlement to free information in Central Asian countries is guaranteed by appropriate laws. However, information holders regularly defy or skillfully sidestep these laws.
Elmira Toktogulova, CIMERA, Kyrgyzstan
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Focus: The challenges of information gathering faced by Central Asian journalists

MASS MEDIA OF KAZAKHSTAN CONFRONTED BY NEW CHALLENGES
Kazakhstan’s imperfect news media legislation hampers free operation of independent mass media. That was the main issue of the conference “New Challenges to the Mass Media in Contemporary Kazakhstan”, held June 13-14 in Almaty.
Aleksandr Khamagayev, reporter, Uzbekistan
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THE INFORMATION GAP  IN KYRGYZSTAN: WHENCE SO?
Paradoxically, the problems many journalists encounter as they carry out their professional duties stem largely from the laws on mass media and on the protection of the journalist’s activities - instruments designed to enhance the role and position of the Kyrgyzstani press
By Marina Sivashova, reporter, Kyrgyzstan
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JOURNALISTS FACE DIFFICULT ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Although Uzbekistani journalists have comprehensive laws regulating their professional activities, they cannot take full advantage of them. This is true of their basic right: free access to information. Not only is this right restricted at official levels but it is also subject to control by other information sources.
Nadezhda Stepanova, reporter, Uzbekistan
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SOUTHERN TAJIK PRESS ALMOST DEMORALIZED
Newspapers in the Kulyab region, southern Tajikistan, are published only a few times a year. They are issued mainly when the district officials, who control the newspapers, want to address the people. At all other times the media has to solve the problem of survival on its own.
By Turko Dikaev, freelance journalist, Tajikistan
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Current events

KAZAKHSTAN IMPOSES SELECTIVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION
The situation in the information field of Kazakhstan grows increasingly critical. Kazakhstan’s mass media is facing a host of problems, with restricted access to official information taking center-stage.
Aigul Omarova, reporter, Kazakhstan
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OPEN AND PRIVATE INFORMATION AREAS IN TADJIKISTAN
Tajik public officers often deny journalists access to information, claiming state secrecy as their motivation. In this way it is difficult to obtain information in most of the country’s civil service structures.
By Nargis Zakirova, journalist, Tajikistan
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© Cimera 2002