Nothing slowing the repressive spiral
Kazakhstan’s modest rise in the 2017 Index is due solely to the deterioration in many other countries. Kazakhstan’s economic difficulties and “Leader of the Nation” Nursultan Nazarbayev’s advancing age are accentuating his paranoia and desire for control. The main opposition national newspapers were all banned in 2013, the remaining few are collapsing under the impact of fines, and any new independent newspaper is inevitably closed within months. Journalists are often arrested and the Internet is now closely controlled, with mass surveillance, imprisonment of bloggers, and frequent cuts in access to news sites, social networks, and messaging services.
160 in 2016
54.55 in 2016