- In July 2011, RFE Kazakh Service reporter Alima Abdirova was subjected to intimidation following her report on a suicide bombing this past spring and armed clashes between police and alleged religious extremists in July. She was sued by a boarding school for libel in August, after she published a report alleging child abuse. She was denied a lawyer at her trial but was eventually acquitted.
- RFE/RL web editor Ermek Boltay was attacked outside his home in Kazakhstan in January 2009, in the fourth attack on an RFE/RL correspondent in Central Asia this year. Boltay’s most recent reporting was focused on social unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
- RFE/RL’s Kazakh language website was blocked by KazTelecom for seven weeks, from mid-April to early June 2008. The blockage affected RFE/RL local and English language sites in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and elsewhere that are served by KazTelecom. Service was restored after weeks of sustained international pressure. Kazakh authorities never admitted responsibility.
Imprisoned in Azerbaijan
Investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was arrested and detained on Dec 5, 2014. On Sept 1, 2015 she was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
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