BY EXPANDING ITS INFLUENCE IN TV AND RADIO MARKET KAZAKH GOVERNMENT TOUGHENS CONTROL OVER CONTENTS OF TV AND INTERNET - ASSOCIATION OF NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS
Almaty. May 30. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The government's expansion into the TV and radio sector poses a threat to private TV companies, says Kazakhstan's Association of Newspaper Publishers.
"As the government is expanding into the internet and TV and radio market, all private TV stations may eventually be replaced by state-own ones, which will lead to a full control over the contents," the Association says in a report called "Problems and Tendencies in Mass Media Market".
The report was circulated in Almaty at a Wednesday conference entitled "Freedom of Speech in View of the International Law and the Kazakhstani Law."
According to the document, the government should not open specialized TV channels itself but it should rather select, through a bidding process, private companies to do so.
The authors of the report reckon that the domestic media market will become less attractive for foreign investors and mainly Russian investors as a result of the existing restrictions on foreign investments, as a result of which the Kazakhstanis will completely lose interest in the domestic TV.
"The government acts as main investor in the domestic mass media. However, we are not sure if such investments will benefit the mass media in the end," the report says.