Kazakhstan: Subsidies Skew Media Development

A newsstand in the Kazakh capital Astana. Government subsidies keep many struggling Kazakh media outlets afloat in a challenging operating environment, but they also distort coverage and hinder the development of healthy competition. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

The government of Kazakhstan maintains a system of state subsidies for mass media, under which authorities pay outlets to cover selected topics in a particular way. These subsidies keep many struggling outlets afloat in a challenging operating environment.

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Anton Artemyev is the executive director of the Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Subsidies Skew Media Development

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