Heavy Internet censorship in Kazakhstan

first_img Help by sharing this information October 30, 2020 Find out more News Credit: Ruslan PRYANIKOV / AFP January 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections May 9, 2019 Heavy Internet censorship in Kazakhstan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the massive Internet censorship that accompanied today’s opposition protests in Kazakhstan and calls on interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to abandon the repressive practices of his predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbayev.Many news websites were inaccessible at dawn, including those of Radio Azattyk, the news agency Ferghana and the newspaper Uralskaya Nedelia, as well as the Vlast.kz, Informburo.kz, Exclusive.kz, Holanews.kz and Village.kz news sites.Access to Facebook, Telegram, YouTube and Instagram was disconnected at midday. In some places, mobile phone users reported problems connecting to the Internet. As in the past, the censorship was prompted by peaceful demonstrations throughout the country. This time, the protests were called by Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh oligarch and government opponent now living in exile.“There is no justification for this massive obstruction of the Kazakh public’s right to information,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is time for the authorities to abandon these repressive practices from an earlier era if they want their reformist discourse to be credible. Internet censorship is one of reasons why Kazakhstan is ranked only 158th in the World Press Freedom Index, a position that reflects badly on its international image.”Vlast.kz reporter Daniyar Moldabekov, whose coverage of the protests has been much followed in recent months, was arrested without any explanation this morning in Almaty and was held for an hour. Arrests of journalists during protests have become commonplace in Kazakhstan.The authorities are clearly nervous about the wave of demonstrations since Nazarbayev’s resignation in March after nearly 30 years as president. The “Leader of the Nation” is nonetheless keeping a tight grip on the country’s future and ensuring that continuity is maintained. His designated successor, Tokayev, is the clear favourite in the carefully controlled presidential election scheduled for 9 June.The regime has constantly tightened its grip on the media and Internet in recent years. The main opposition national newspapers were all banned in 2012, Inernet is tightly controlled, and even media outlets that express little criticism are now being targeted.Kazakhstan is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Receive email alerts News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetFreedom of expression News February 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan RSF_en News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetFreedom of expression to go further Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandallast_img read more


The Pre-Show Eats Guide To Denver

first_imgColorado in the summertime is a music lover’s dream. Between peak Red Rocks season, Phish’s annual Dick’s run, and the dozens of shows and superjams that go down in Denver and Boulder on a nightly basis, there’s really no place like it. The culinary scene in Denver and surrounding areas has really exploded in recent years, making no pilgrimage out there complete without some solid grub. Whether you live in the area or are planning your next trip, here are some of our favorite Denver spots to grab a bite before a show.For more, follow @EatHearNow on Instagram, join the Pre-Show Eats Facebook group, and tag your photos with #PreShowEats!Best for Vegetarians: Watercourse This elevated food hall has something for everyone, so skip the dreadful process of getting a whole group of people to agree to one category. A spacious patio with killer views makes this the perfect spot for pre-show eats or drinks with a group in the summertime.Runners Up: Linger, Postino, Recess Beer GardenBest Italian: Bar DoughBar Dough offers a wide array of pizzas, pastas, proteins, and veggies with a mix of traditional and slightly out-of-the-box dishes. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the pasta can be ordered in small or large portions, so that you can carb up before a show without hating yourself after.Runner Up: CopertaBest Views: El Five Save this one for the night before or after the show, as it should be the main attraction of the evening. A cozy, romantic atmosphere paired with an impeccable food menu consisting of fresh, seasonal dishes makes for a fantastic experience every time. This is hands down one of the best spots in town.Runner Up: The Way Back, PotagerBest Deli: Masterpiece Delicatessen White Pie Pizzeria is just down the road from the Odgen Theatre and the Fillmore Auditorium and offers up some of the best pizza in the city. With first-come, first-serve seating and no reservation, it’s not a bad idea to head there early to give you plenty of time to sample their delicious gourmet pizzas. Favorite pies include the Porky Porkorino, which is topped with mozzarella, soppressata, pickled chiles, and hot honey, and the restaurant’s namesake, the White Pie, which sports crème fraîche, mozzarella, garlic, bacon, crimini mushrooms, and a sunny-side-up egg.Runners Up: Hops & Pie, Cart-DriverBest Ramen: Uncle[Via Uncle]This one may not be your best bet for pre-show eats, as Uncle doesn’t take reservations and you can usually expect a wait. But their ramen is some of the best out there. Their menu changes frequently, but the Spicy Chicken Ramen is on another level.Runner Up: Bones Whether or not you prefer the carnivore life, Watercourse’s cauliflower and seitan “wings” are more than comparable to the real deal. Both the buffalo and Korean BBQ sauces are crack, so we recommend getting a mix of both for the full experience. The whole menu consists of elevated, next-level vegetarian and vegan food that qualifies this as one of the best restaurants in Denver, veggie or otherwise. Plus, they serve breakfast all day, every day, which is always a tasty bonus.Runners Up: City o City, Vital RootBest Brunch: Root Down Ophelia’s is just awesome in every possible way. Most nights, they’ve got a killer calendar of live music lined up. The space is located in a former brothel that maintains a swanky, vintage vibe, with dim lighting and provocative artwork lining the walls. Another one from the Cucci empire, everything on the menu is creative and interesting, including an impressive cocktail selection. Go with a crew, order a bunch of stuff, and enjoy the music right from your seat.Best Mexican: Los ChingonesVia Los ChingonesLos Chingones is a colorful, vibrant spot with graffiti-covered walls and a relaxed vibe located on Larimer, making for a great meet-up spot before heading out to Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, which is a few blocks away. Good for groups and pre-show margs and tacos, and to top it all off, they’ve got a great rooftop patio situation going on.Best of Boulder: Oak This newest venture from Justin Cucci sits five floors up and offers the best view of the Denver skyline we’ve yet to find. Sit on the patio on a nice evening for sunset cocktails or tapas-style small plates. Drawing flavors and styles from all around the Mediterranean region, Cucci celebrates and reinvents cuisine from Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, and beyond in completely new and unique ways.Best Date Night: Fruition A New-American favorite that’s nice enough to bring your parents to yet laid back enough for some pre-show grub with a group. It’s conveniently located just next to the Boulder Theater. Reservations recommended.Runners Up: Frasca, Salt, LeafBest for Carnivores: Beast + Bottle The brainchild of a New York native, Rosenberg’s actually mimics the water filtration system of NYC to achieve the perfect crispy/chewy ratio. It’s the only place to get a true New York-style bagel in Colorado, and it lives up to the hype.Best Pizza: White Pie Pizzeria We love Root Down for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and would gladly come for all three meals on any given day. But their brunch is one of the best in town. Chef/owner Justin Cucci is a mastermind of farm fresh, innovative, mostly healthy-ish and plant-based dishes that will leave you feeling satisfied without the guilt.Runners Up: Sassafras, Lucille’s Creole CafeBest for Groups: Avanti F&B True to its name, Beast + Bottle’s creative, clever meat dishes parallel an impressive wine selection. Chef/owner Paul C. Reilly is a visionary of farm to table, with a rotating menu to reflect their relationships with local farmers and seasonal availability. If pig heads are your thing, you can call ahead to reserve yours, though there are a number of seafood and veggie dishes for non-meat lovers. They’ve also got one of the best brunches in town.Best Sushi: Sushi DenVia Sushi DenDenver isn’t generally known for having the greatest sushi, but Sushi Den is where it’s at. The restaurant was actually one of the first in the US to buy their fish directly from Japan, and it’s flown in from a Japanese fish market daily, so you could say it’s pretty fresh. Don’t skimp on their daily specials.Runner Up: Izakaya DenBest Coffee: Black Eye Coffee This is a great neighborhood spot located in the up-and-coming LoHi area with quality coffee and tea options and a solid all-day menu for breakfast and light bites.Best Bagels: Rosenberg’s Bagels This quick, casual spot has some of the best deli sandwiches Denver has to offer. The chicken salad is to die for.Best Venue Food: Ophelia’slast_img read more