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Sydney Morning Herald

Despite objecting strenuously to the original film and depiction of Borat and Kazakhstan it seems there has been a benefit to the country:

A senior Kazakh official has credited the comedy film Borat for helping increase tourism in the Central Asian state, the news agency Tengrinews reports.

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen created the fictional character Borat, purportedly a Kazakh reporter, for the 2006 satirical film that represented Kazakhs as misogynist, racist and stupid.

But Kazakhstan has increased the number of tourist visas tenfold since the release of Cohen’s movie, Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov said.

“And I thank you that you have attracted tourists to Kazakhstan,” Kazykhahov said.

Kazakhstan’s authoritarian leadership in the months after the movie came called Cohen’s depiction of the ignorant and bigoted Borat as insulting, and not typical of residents of the energy-rich country.

The character Borat’s negative depiction of Kazakhstan returned to international headlines last month when officials at a Kuwaiti sports tournament accidentally played the fake version of the Kazakh national anthem, which Cohen wrote for the movie, in honour of a Kazakhstan athlete’s gold medal performance in a shooting competition.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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