Freedom of the press is among the most precious needs in newly democratic societies where the concept that a group of men and women who are not part of the political apparatus stand apart as watch dogs concerned about the rights of society. Rights activists asked Kazakhstan’s security services to end their investigation of a journalist accused of publishing state secrets. The journalist, Ramazan Yesergepov was charged with publishing a secret document dealing with collusion between security forces and a tax official.
As in so many of such cases, it is important for all facets of the media to shine the light of truth on activities of security groups which use “state secrets” as an explanation of their control of information as to what the public has a right to read. Human rights Watch says Kazakh authorities have failed to live up to promises that freedom of the press will be allowed in their nation.