The US State Departments annual human rights report has criticised Kazakhstan for taking action against the satirical Web site of Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of the fictional Kazakh journalist in the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Specifically, the government took control of the registration of its .kz Internet domains in 2005 and revoked Baron Cohens domain because it deemed his site offensive, the report said.

The State Department cited independent Web media reports that the government of the former Soviet state in central Asia monitored e-mail and Internet activity, blocked or slowed access to opposition Web sites and planted propaganda in Internet chat rooms.

The government limited individuals ability to criticize the countrys leadership, and regional leaders attempted to limit local media outlets criticism of them, said the report, which was released Tuesday.

Borat, in case you were living in a cave last year, documents the eponymous characters journey across the US, duping victims into making fools of themselves.