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Kyrgyzstan: Justice Minister Stops Opposition Newspaper

Bishkek, 27 March 2001 (RFE/RL) -- A combined edition of Kyrgyzstan's opposition newspapers "Asaba" and "Res Publica" was not printed today after the country's Justice Ministry prohibited its publication. Justice Minister Jakyp Abdurakmanov sent a letter to the Uchkun publishing house demanding the 27 March edition of "Res Publica" not be printed. "Res Publica" staff have allowed journalists from "Asaba" to publish articles in the paper after the publishing of "Asaba" was suspended earlier this month due to court orders to impose fines.

Uchkun head Kanybek ImanAliyev said the suspension was temporary until the Justice Ministry prepares judicial grounds for halting the publishing of the newspaper.

The chief editor at "Res Publica," Zamira Sydykova, said she will sue the publishing house.