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Kazakh Leader Urges Greater Media Responsibility

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev says expanding global information access and transparency is increasing "requirements for the media and its moral responsibility to society."

The Kazakh leader's message was read out at the 10th Eurasian Media Forum, which opened in Astana on October 11.

Organizers said the two-day forum brought together more than 450 delegates from 40 countries, including reporters, politicians and public opinion leaders.

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry said the agenda will include the repercussions of the Arab Spring in the region and "the collapse of multicultural policy in European countries."

Kazakhstan established the annual Eurasian Media Forum in 2001 to promote stronger cooperation between the East and the West.

Based on reporting by Itar-Tass and Kazinform