A heritage of censorship

Nursultan Nazarbayev finally stepped down as president in 2019 after 30 years in the position but continues to be “Leader of the Nation” and to control the country’s future. In recent years, the uncertainty surrounding his succession has accentuated the regime’s paranoia and determination to keep a tight grip. The main opposition national newspapers were all banned in 2013, the remaining few are collapsing under the impact of judicial proceedings, and even newspapers that express very little criticism are now being targeted. Journalists are often arrested and the Internet is now closely controlled, with mass surveillance, bloggers jailed or sent to psychiatric institutions, and frequent cuts in access to news websites, social networks and messaging services. It is high time to dispense with this heritage of censorship.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



158 in 2018

Global score


54.41 in 2018


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    journalists killed in 2020
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    citizens journalists killed in 2020
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    media assistants killed in 2020
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