OSCE analyzes Internet censorship in Georgia and Kazakhstan

    The OSCE is sounding the alarm about the increasing infringement of the freedom of speech on the Internet. The fact is that relatively backward countries that previously did not pay attention to the Internet now begin to carry out repression on the Web. As a result, the number of “network censors” has already exceeded 20 countries. These are states where the state “network police” operate, special “brigades” , where the political opposition or minority rights are infringed on the Internet.

    The Governing the Internet 231-page report details examples of Internet censorship in two countries, Kazakhstan and Georgia, although the situation is no less pitiable in China, Iran, Belarus, and several other countries.

    For example, in Kazakhstan, state censorship on the Internet “is in the nature of Soviet-style spying”, when any dissident, whether an individual or organization, can be recognized as a threat to the state system - and measures will be taken against him. In particular, local authorities were extremely aggressive with an English comedian who was making a film about Kazakh life - his website Borat.kz was even closed. State authorities block other sites, so that they become inaccessible from the territory of the country.

    Such close attention of the Kazakh authorities to the Internet is all the more surprising because the number of Internet users in Kazakhstan is only about 4% of the population. This state of things is explained by the horrific Internet prices from the state-owned monopolist provider Kazakhtelecom.

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