European study on legal frameworks for censorship released

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has issued a lengthy report looking at the legal and constitutional frameworks on which state governments are basing practices of internet censorship. For Kazakhstan, the report finds, domestic threats to information security are defined as widely as “unlawful activities of political and economic organizations in creating, disseminating, and using information” and “the system whereby political parties and civic organizations popularize their views in the media.” Before moving on to look at legal linguistic loopholes in other countries such as Georgia and Latvia, the segment on Kazakhstan explores the cases of three bloggers who had previously been arrested—beaten and jailed in one case: Sergey Duvanov, Kazis Toguzbayev and Andrey Sviridov.

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