Kazakh Journalist Amangeldy Batyrbekov Jailed on Criminal Libel Charges

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On September 23, a district court in Saryagash, a town in southern Kazakhstan, sentenced Batyrbekov, chief editor of the Saryagash-based daily newspaper S-Inform, to two years and three months in jail on criminal charges of insult and libel, and ordered him to pay 2.1 million Kazakh tenge ($5,300) in damages, according to media reports and court documents, which CPJ reviewed.

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