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Newspaper ban lifted

(10/02-2010)
In Almaty, the city court yesterday lifted the ban put on opposition newspapers earlier this month by the same court on statements criticizing president Nazarbayev’s son in law Kulibayev.

The court also rejected libel complaints filed by Mr.Kulibayev.

After last week’s controversial court decisions that prohibited any criticism of Mr.Kulibayev and requested the confiscation of several opposition newspapers, the newspapers’ editors, staff and supporters have organised demonstrations and filed legal challenges over the decisions. Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE Media Freedom representative, had also critisized the move against the newspapers.