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Kyrgyz Police Confiscate Independent Newspaper

The editor of an independent Kyrgyz newspaper says Bishkek police confiscated its latest issue on March 15, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Rakhmatulla Akhmedov, chief editor of the "Forum" newspaper, told RFE/RL that he believes the confiscation was ordered by authorities.

Akhmedov said three trucks carrying 7,000 copies of the newspaper were stopped by police and forced to drive to a police station.

The newspaper's delivery workers were released by police after local human rights defenders and opposition Social Democratic Party activists got involved in the case, although the newspapers were impounded at the station.

A Bishkek police spokesman refused to comment on the incident.