Diana Okremova: I understand the true value of freedom of expression and how it can be restricted.

WOMEN BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND KAZAKHSTAN.

Graduate of the of the Department of State’s IVLP program, 2016, I work for the North Kazakhstan Media Legal Centre.

The organization provides legal protection for journalists, helps draw up laws, in particular, the one which are being discussed now, and aspires to make freedom of speech a reality, not a pipe dream. It gave me an opportunity to look at the world from a different perspective, to realise what can be aspired to and what can be achieved, and to understand the true value of freedom of expression and how it can be restricted.