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Kazakhstan - Provincial reporter hounded by courts

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday's decision by a provincial appeal court in the western city of Oral to uphold a lower court ruling under which newspaper reporter Lukpan Akhmedyarov would have to pay a local official 5 million tenges (30,000 euros) in damages. The press freedom organization urges Kazakhstan's supreme court to overturn this ruling, especially as it would have a major intimidatory effect on independent and opposition media, which are being harassed more (...)

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