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Kazakh Ministry Tries To Control Information About Emergencies

Culture and Information Minister Darkhan Mynbai
Kazakhstan's Culture and Information Minister says measures are being imposed to control "unofficial information" about emergencies in the country.

Speaking to journalists in Astana, Darkhan Mynbai said "an agreement has been reached with editors of state-run media outlets" to prevent the spread of "unofficial information or negative interpretations" on emergencies that might lead to "illegal activities."

Mynbai also said his ministry is undertaking measures to prevent the spread of "any alternative information" on emergencies through the Internet, television and print media.

Videos circulated on the Internet last December showed Kazakh security forces beating and shooting oil workers who were protesting in the southwestern town of Zhanaozen.

The videos are now evidence in the case, which left 16 protesters dead.

Based on reporting by Interfax and KazTAG