PRESIDENT'S ADVISOR RECOMMENDS JOURNALISTS TO FORM NEW ASSOCIATION TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS
Astana. July 12. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan's Union of Journalists lags behind in meeting goals of the journalist community, said Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Yermukhamet Yertysbayev.
"Kazakhstan's journalistic community lacks solidarity. The chairman of the Journalists Union Seitkazy Matayev has been sitting idle for more than 10-15 years. I think it's a sham position and a sham organization," said Yertysbaev on Thursday in Astana.
The Kazakhstan's media "needs to create a strong public association of journalists, which will protect their rights." "It is wrong to rely on the government all the time and blame it for everything," said the president's adviser.
Mataev has been the chairman of the Journalists Union of Kazakhstan since 2001.
The Union of Journalists of Kazakhstan is an organization that has over 4,400 member journalists working in Kazakh newspapers, magazines, radio and television. The union is the founder of Kazakhstan's Congress of Journalists, as well as CIS Confederation of Media Organizations and Kazakhstan's Confederation of Creative Unions.