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Mirbolat Ayupov. ©Turar Kazangapov
Internet penetration at 70% in Kazakhstan: ASTEX-2014 in Astana

Astana is hosting the international conference and exhibition ASTEX-2014 on May 19-20, 2014.

Internet penetration at 70% in Kazakhstan: ASTEX-2014 in Astana
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović . Photo © RIA Novosti
OSCE urges Kazakhstan to reconsider restrictions on media and internet access

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović has expressed her concern over the changes in Kazakhstani legislation concerning freedom of speech and free internet access.

OSCE urges Kazakhstan to reconsider restrictions on media and internet access
Photo © Yaroslav Radlovsky
Kazakhstan to control mass media during emergencies

The new rules allow the command center in charge of the emergency site to "exert control over media outlets."

Kazakhstan to control mass media during emergencies
Winter Olympics ceremony 'personal triumph' for Putin
Winter Olympics ceremony 'personal triumph' for Putin

European commentators portrayed the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics as a personal triumph and even an exorbitant show of power for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Winter Olympics ceremony 'personal triumph' for Putin
© Marat Abilov
State-own media obliged to have its religion-related videos and articles approved by Agency for Religion

All the videos and printed pieces are to be coordinated with the Agency from now on: Agency for Religion Head.

State-own media obliged to have its religion-related videos and articles approved by Agency for Religion
Mad men eye record Super Bowl ad extravaganza
Mad men eye record Super Bowl ad extravaganza

What do the Muppets, Greek yogurt and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common? They're all starring in the most expensive four hours of American television ever.

Mad men eye record Super Bowl ad extravaganza
Hollande vows to deal with affair fallout in private
Hollande vows to deal with affair fallout in private

French President Francois Hollande vowed to deal with the fallout from his affair with an actress in private, defiantly batting away questions over the future of Valerie Trierweiler.

Hollande vows to deal with affair fallout in private
Rakhat Aliyev. Photo courtesy of azatyq.org
Rakhat Aliyev to lose his Vienna-based media center

40% in the media center belong to ZIT (Center for Innovation and Technology of the City of Vienna), with the other 60% belonging to VBM investment company, a partner of A.V. Maximus Holding (that used to be owned by Rakhat Aliyev and was later transferred to his spouse Elnara Shoraz).

Rakhat Aliyev to lose his Vienna-based media center
Turkey PM says 'favours' retrial of coup plot officers
Turkey PM says 'favours' retrial of coup plot officers

Turkey's embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday he would favour retrials for hundreds of military officers jailed for coup-plotting.

Turkey PM says 'favours' retrial of coup plot officers
Kerry on second day of new Mideast peace push
Kerry on second day of new Mideast peace push

US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a second day of talks with Israelis and Palestinians Friday, seeking to hammer out a framework to guide negotiations towards a peace deal.

Kerry on second day of new Mideast peace push
Peter Greste. Photo courtesy of citizen.tv
Egypt police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists: ministry

Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming "domestic security", the interior ministry said.

Egypt police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists: ministry
Photo © Marat Abilov
Bolashak Scholarship to shift gears to Journalism and Cultural Studies together with BBC

In 2014 the scholarship is having two new categories - Media and Cultural Studies - that include journalism, cinematography, TV journalism and other similar majors.

Bolashak Scholarship to shift gears to Journalism and Cultural Studies together with BBC
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Tribune buys music data service from Sony for $170 mn

US media company Tribune plans to acquire Gracenote, a giant in music data, for $170 million from media giant Sony, the companies announced Monday.

Tribune buys music data service from Sony for $170 mn
Scandal-hit Turkey PM presses police purge
Scandal-hit Turkey PM presses police purge

Turkish prosecutors have begun charging some of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's closest allies in a huge graft scandal he has responded to with a spectacular purge of the police.

Scandal-hit Turkey PM presses police purge
Slovenia's Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek. ©Reuters/Srdjan Zivulovic
Slovenia to receive banking bailout bill

Slovenia is to learn later this week if it has enough money to shore up its banks on its own or become the latest eurozone country to need outside help.

Slovenia to receive banking bailout bill
Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox. ©Reuters/Lucas Jackson
'Murdochisevil' appears in News Corp paper puzzle

Rupert Murdoch has made enemies in his rise to become the world's most powerful media baron, and that apparently includes someone at his Sunday Telegraph newspaper in Australia.

'Murdochisevil' appears in News Corp paper puzzle
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy. ©Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Television became 'window to world' in JFK shooting

Television took its central role in the American home after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, a national trauma that unfolded in real time and was uniquely suited to the emerging medium.

Television became 'window to world' in JFK shooting
As Twitter flies, fears mount on bubble
As Twitter flies, fears mount on bubble

Twitter's high-flying Wall Street debut drew attention to the growing power of social media, but also raised concerns about a potential bubble in the sector.

As Twitter flies, fears mount on bubble
©Reuters/Michelle McLoughlin
New Jersey mall in lockdown after gunman spotted, shots heard: US media

Authorities put a shopping mall in Paramus, New Jersey, on lockdown late Monday after a gunman was spotted and witnesses reported hearing shots, US media said.

New Jersey mall in lockdown after gunman spotted, shots heard: US media
Kenyan press up in arms over 'draconian' media bill
Kenyan press up in arms over 'draconian' media bill

Kenya's media reacted with shock and outrage Friday after parliament voted through a bill that could see journalists and outlets slapped with huge fines for violating a code of conduct.

Kenyan press up in arms over 'draconian' media bill