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Kazakh Newspaper Confiscated After Publishing Suspended Material

  • RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

The "Azat" (Free) weekly was removed from several newsstands on November 30.

The "Azat" (Free) weekly was removed from several newsstands on November 30.

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Police in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, have confiscated copies of a newspaper that published material from a suspended periodical.

The "Azat" (Free) weekly was removed from several newsstands on November 30.

The chief editor of the opposition "Golos respubliki" (Voice of the Republic) weekly, Tatyana Trubacheva, told RFE/RL that "Azat" placed her newspaper's materials in its November 30 issue.

A court ordered publication of "Golos respubliki" to be suspended last week following a request by prosecutors to designate two opposition groups and several opposition media outlets as extremist.

Earlier this week, police confiscated copies of another suspended weekly, "Vzglyad" (Viewpoint), in Almaty.

It had published its November 28 issue as a brochure with the altered title "NeVzglyad" (Not-A-Viewpoint) in an unsuccessful attempt to get around the court's order.

With reporting by Respublika-kaz.info
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