On the agenda of today's OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Astana: Astana's dreams of hosting a rare OSCE summit . But that privilege must only be granted if Kazakhstan's poor press freedom and human rights record it scrutinized at such a session, says the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
In the three years since Kazakhstan was elected the 2010 chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,
new, stricter libel laws and “restrictive Internet and privacy bills”
have further undermined basic freedoms.
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