Kazakhstan journalists have a new code of ethics, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty reported.
The code was launched by the government’s Ministry of Culture and Information earlier this week as “an instrument of self-discipline for journalists, a moral and ethical standard for journalists that helps reporters and mass media earn society’s trust and respect.”
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Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty added that while the code made its debut “at a joint session of Kazakhstan’s Union of Journalists and the Club of Chief Editors,” other “independent journalists and rights defenders…condemned the code” as “self-censorship.”
Kazakhstan is ranked 154 of 179 countries on Reporters without Borders’ annual press freedom index.