A Day in Kazakhstan's Election Campaign According to State News
Mar 16, 2011
Kazakhstan’s election officials like to claim that state-controlled media presents equal coverage of all candidates in the upcoming April 3 presidential elections. Yesterday's Kazakh-language evening news on state-run Khabar is an example of just how “fair and balanced” the campaign is presented.
As usual, President Nursultan Nazarbayev dominates the headlines. The first item is a two-minute report on a Security Council meeting that serves neatly to remind viewers of Nazarbayev's military leadership.
News then turns to Nazarbayev presenting new apartments to 400 people in the capital, Astana. The item shows busy construction sites, and an old war hero hailing Nazarbayev to the rapturous applause of a packed hall. Nazarbayev has claimed he is too busy with state business to campaign, but he somehow spared the time to attend this state-sponsored love-in.
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