Hundreds websites promoting extremism blocked in Kazakhstan

October 18. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

Hundreds websites promoting extremism blocked in KazakhstanKazakhstan will continue protecting society from websites promoting extremism, said head of the State Agency for Religious Affairs Kairat Lama Sharif.

“With regard to the Internet sites that are currently attacking Kazakhstan, we have banned access to those websites featuring extremism-related content,” he told reporters on Tuesday in Astana.

“We are meticulously examining the web content. The international center of culture and religion that we have established studies and presents evidence of spreading extremist ideas. Then we appeal to the Prosecutor’s General Office to receive sanctions to block these websites,” he explained.

“At present, Kazakhstan is under attack of nearly three thousand extremist websites. We are monitoring each of them and issue a religious expert opinion to impose a ban. To date the Agency for Religious Affairs has banned access to over 100 websites,” said Lama Sharif.

He added that in Kazakhstan would continue screening the Internet in order to protect society from extremist sentiments.

The Agency for Religious Affairs, is a government agency, established in May 2011 to oversee issues of ethnic accord, to ensure citizens’ rights to religious freedom and coordination the work with religious associations.