Kazakhstan: Police Subject Reporters to House Searches
With raids against independent journalists and arrests of government critics becoming routine in Kazakhstan, the battle against dissemination of information is taking on a systematic quality.
On December 18, police once more targeted the Almaty offices of Nakanune.kz, one of a handful of embattled outlets that has come under sustained pressure in the past year.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Kazakhstan service, Radio Azattyk, reported that police closed off the entrance to the office as a search carried on inside.
Nakanune.kz is a website that arose from the ashes of a long-suffering newspaper that went by several names but was best known as Respublika. That newspaper, which still exists in electronic form, was edited by Oksana Makushina, who is now at Nakanune.kz.
Radio Azattyk reported that police also searched the homes of Nakanune.kz owner Guzyal Baidalinova and a journalist with the website, Yulia Kozlova.
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