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.
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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