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Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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The Press and Journalism in Central Asia
Panel discussion
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Deutsche Welle
When the Soviet Union collapsed it was hoped that it would be possible to set up a free press in the Central Asian states. These hopes have not been fulfilled, or only in rudimentary form.

In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan an increasing concentration of differ-ent media in the same financial groups can be observed, behind which are usually persons with links to the government. At the same time many journalists do not have the necessary professionality, and as a consequence there has been a flood of court cases against newspapers and broadcasting stations. A number of independent, critical organs have already been pushed into bankruptcy by such litigations for claimed libel.

Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt


Dododjon Atovulloev, editor of the newspaper "Charogi Ruz", Tadzhikistan, currently in Hamburg

Kabai Karabekov, Committee for Information Policy and Member of Parliament, Bishkek and other participants from the region

Galima Bukharbaeva, Taschkent, Head of the Taschkent Office of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)

Presenter: Miodrag Soric, Deutsche Welle, Cologne

Contact: Peter C. Seel

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