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Kazakhstan Shuts Down Independent News Site

A Kazakh court has ordered the closing of the news site Ratel.kz in a case criticized by media watchdogs as part of a campaign of official harassment against independent outlets.

Almaty’s Medeu district court on May 28 ordered a one-year ban on Ratel.kz and decreed that the site’s registration be canceled. Judge Gulmira Beysenova also prohibited the use of the domain name Ratel.kz and Balborsyk.kz — an alternative site on which Ratel.kz published its content.

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Ratel’s editor in chief, Marat Asipov, and other employees at the site were also banned from publishing content in other media under the name Ratel.kz…

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