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MICA Nr. 27 /August  2002
Archive 2002 | 2001 | 2000
issue Nr. 26

Editorial

MEDIA AND LANGUAGE POLICIES IN CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES
Some of the problems regarding the use of languages in mass media are common for Central Asia at large while each of the nations is confronted by its own specific challenges. The general public in these new independent countries is concerned about the low standards of native-tongue journalism seeing it as a barrier preventing people from being well informed. Thus, it seeks to get at the root of the matter.
Aleksandr Khamagayev, reporter, Uzbekistan
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Focus: The challenges of information gathering faced by Central Asian journalists

UZBEK MEDIA DEVELOPS ACCORDING TO ITS COUNTRY LAWS
In Uzbekistan, the media is less and less meeting literary language standards; and the ethnic minorities’ need of editions in their mother tongues is not satisfied.
By Charos Abdullaeva and Tajibai Ikromov, journalists, Uzbekistan
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MEDIA INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT IN KAZAKHSTAN
So far, Kazakhstan has no conceptualized strategy for the promotion of the Kazakh language in the country. Kazakh-language mass media fail to use it effectively and thus find themselves outstripped by other local media in terms of material presentation, in funding and in the volume of their press runs.
By Asan Kuanov, journalist, Kazakhstan
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TAJIK LANGUAGE: FARSI OR NOT FARSI?
Being one of the first nations in Central Asia to pass the Law on the State (Farsi) Language, Tajikistan initiated the transition to the Arabic alphabet. Today, however, the promotion of Farsi and the imposition of the Arabic alphabet have slowed to give way to the Russian language.
By Sukhail Siddikzoda, reporter, Tajikistan
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THE KYRGYZ MEDIA AND LANGUAGES: MARKET DECIDES ALL
Kyrgyzstan’s information consumers distinguish the media by the professional qualities of journalists rather than by language. Rather, people are more concerned about how soon news reports appear in the media than in which language.
By Tolkunbek Turdubaev, journalist, Bishkek
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Current events

KAZAKHSTAN:CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT FOR JOURNALISTS
On July 9 2002, Sergey Duvanov, editor of the humanitarian bulletin “Human Rights in Kazakhstan and Worldwide”, was summoned to the National Security Committee’s head office in connection with his online publication, “Silence of the Lambs”.
By Tatyana Kobzeva, reporter, Kazakhstan
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FIRST PRIVATE RADIO CHANNEL TO BE AIRED IN TADJIKISTAN CAPITAL
Independence Day celebrations in Tajikistan on Sept 9, 2002, saw the start-up of Radio Asia Plus, the first private music and news broadcaster in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. It was an event largely due to the personal intervention of President Emolali Rakhmonov.
By Nargis Zakirova, journalist, Tajikistan
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