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Kazakhstan: Journalist, Media Rights Activist Stabbed

The head of a media rights group in Kazakhstan has been stabbed as he was on his way for discussions with a diplomat and international media experts about shrinking press freedoms in the country.

The head of civil society group Ar.Rukh.Khak, Bahytzhan Toregozhina, wrote on her Facebook account that Ramazan Yesergepov, 61, was on an overnight train from Almaty to Astana on May 14 when the attack took place.

It is not immediately clear what precipitated the attack.

Yesergepov, who heads the Journalists in Trouble nongovernmental group, had been due to raise the issue of a jailed newspaper editor, Zhanbolat Mamay, who is awaiting trial on charges that he used his outlet to launder money. Mamay’s supporters say the case against him is political motivated.

Yesergepov has also spent time behind bars, on charges of revealing state secrets.

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