On 27 October the newspaper Uralskaya Nedelya (Ural Week) received the collection order for the amount of 20 million tenge, the equivalent of $133,500 to the Tengizneftestroi Oil Company. Journalist Luqpan Akhmedyarov was found guilty of libel and obliged to pay for his article about an allegedly rigged tender won by Tengizneftestroi. The trial was biased. The sentence was unfair.
The independent weekly newspaper "Uralskaya nedelya" in Kazakhstan's western city of Oral is being sued for libel again.
The Almaty-based nongovernmental organization Adil Soz (Just Word) that monitors journalists' rights reported today that Aqylbai Qaimoldin, the director of a secondary school in the town of Podstepnoye in West Kazkahstan Oblast, has filed a libel suit against the paper's chief editor, Tamara Eslyamova.
Qaimoldin is demanding the equivalent of $33,300 from her as compensation for "damage to his honor and dignity."
The claim concerns an article by Pyotr Trotsenko printed in "Uralskaya nedelya" in July about a confrontation between Qaimoldin and parents of children studying at his school.
Another bad precedent
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