Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Borat Denied Human Rights

The 2006 Human Rights Report from the US State Department has named Borat as a victim of censorship.

The closure of Borat's Kazakh website in 2005 was cited alongside the 'freedom of speech limitations' placed upon the very few local media outlets to dare criticise President Nursultan Mazarbayev. At the time of the website closure, Sacha Baron Cohen responded in character, saying that he would "fully support my government's position to sue this jew". The site was simply relocated to, instead of the .kz domain.

Until the site closure order was complied with, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry had simply threatened 'legal measures'. It seems like a genuine act of goodwill for Cohen to close the site readily when the plaintiff so clearly had no genuine cause for protest.

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