Nazarbaev signs Internet Law

by Michael Hancock-Parmer on 7/14/2009 · 2 comments

While I called it 50/50, I have to say I was optimistic that Nazarbaev would veto the law.

Instead, Kazakhstan’s first-and-so-far-only President proves that leading a country for 20 years teaches a man something about the dangers of free and unrestricted press.  In the name of protecting Kazakhstani citizens from Internet Predators and Child Pornographers, the President signed into law a bill that gives the President and the Police broad powers over blogs and other sources of information online [not typically connected with predators and pornographers]. will continue to bring news from Kazakhstan to the best of our ability – as always, guest posts are welcome.

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Michael earned an MA in Central Eurasian Studies in 2011 and remains a student at Indiana University pursuing a dual PhD in Russian History and Central Eurasian Studies. He served 6 months in the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan in 2005. After the events in Andijan and the subsequent closure of the program, he served 2 years in southern Kazakhstan, returning to the Midwest in 2007. His general area of interest is on post-Timur Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, centered on the Syr Darya river valley.

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Jam July 14, 2009 at 7:38 am

“I have to say I was optimistic that Nazarbaev would veto the law.”

Made me laugh.

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