VIENNA, 21 May 2016 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today criticized the recent mass detentions of members of the media in Kazakhstan.
“I call on the authorities to release all members of the media who have been detained ahead of protests planned during the weekend,” Mijatović said.
Dozens of journalists have reportedly been detained across the country in cities including Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Djezkazgan, Karaganda, Shymkent and Uralsk. Among those detained are:
Vyacheslav Polovinko, special correspondent with Novaya Gazeta;
Murat Sultangaliev, correspondent with Ak Jayik;
Ermurat Bapi, of newspaper DAT- Obschestvennaya Pozitsiya;
Tamara Eslyamova, chief editor of Ural’skaya Nedelya;
Toktarali Tanjaryk, editor …read more