Kazakh leader signs law curbing Internet-activists

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed into law new controls on the Internet that the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called repressive, local activists said Monday.The OSCE — an intergovernmental security and human rights watchdog that Kazakhstan will chair next year — had earlier urged Nazarbayev to veto the bill. The legislation will allow local courts to block websites, including foreign ones, and to class blogs and chatrooms as media.

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