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Kazakh Publishing Houses Refuse To Print Independent Magazine


Gulzhan Ergalieva began the magazine after a court shut down her online news portal.

Gulzhan Ergalieva began the magazine after a court shut down her online news portal.

An independent Kazakh editor says she is unable to find a publishing house willing to print her magazine focusing on official corruption.

Gulzhan Ergalieva, chief editor of the weekly "Adam Reader's," told journalists on July 2 she received refusals from 24 publishing houses in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty.

Ergalieva says the refusals are politically motivated.

She started her magazine after a decision in December 2012 by a Kazakh court to suspend her online news portal for three months.

That followed her reporting on the deadly clashes between police and protesting oil workers in the western town of Zhanaozen.

In 2001, a group of masked men broke into Ergalieva's Almaty apartment and tied her up before torturing her husband in front of her for several hours, leaving him handicapped.

The attackers were never found.

Based on reporting by KazTAG and Interfax
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