Oligarchs and Ownership: The Role of Financial-Industrial Groups in Controlling Kazakhstan’s ‘Independent’ Media
Pitzer College, Organizational Studies (Pitzer)
Journalism, Central Asia, Political Economy, Public Politics
From Czarism and Bolshevism to the current post-communist era, the media in Central Asia has been tightly constrained. Though the governments in the region assert that a free press is permitted to operate, research has shown this to be untrue. In all five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, the media has been controlled, suppressed, punished, and often outlawed. This enlightening collection of essays investigates the reasons why these countries have failed to develop independent and sustainable press systems. It documents the complex relationship between the press and governance, nation-building, national identity, and public policy. In this book, scholars explore the numerous and broad-reaching implications of media control in a variety of contexts, touching on topics such as Internet regulation and censorship, press rights abuses, professional journalism standards and self-censorship, media ownership, ethnic newspapers, blogging, Western broadcasting into the region, and coverage of terrorism.
© 2011 Michigan State University Press
Junisbai, Barbara. 2011. “Oligarchs and Ownership: The Role of Financial-Industrial Groups in Controlling Kazakhstan’s ‘Independent’ Media,” After the Czars and Commissars: The Press in Post-Soviet Authoritarian Central Asia, eds. Eric Freedman and Richard Shafer. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press