|pre-1991||See Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).|
|"1996"||Karasaev Khusein. a writer about Kazakh epic storytellers, was imprisoned as a member of the "Social Turan Party", a party which was reported not to exist.|
|1998||In May the procuracy opened an investigation into allegations that the Kazakh mass media had committed 273 violations of the Press Law in 1997, including "incitement of national enmity … aimed at instigating disputes and controversy over the country's history and sovereignty".|
|2000–01||On 6 July 2000, retired historian and dissident Karishal Asanov wrote an article critical of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the opposition weekly SolDat, printed in Russia. Although the issue containing the article was seized by Kazakh customs police and never distributed within Kazakhstan, a trial for defamation of the president was started against Asanov and SolDat's chief editor in March 2001. On 3 April Asanov was acquitted for lack of evidence. The chief editor was sentenced to one years of imprisonment, but immediately pardoned under a presidential amnesty. The court ordered that the 6 July print run of SolDat be burned. In 1992–93 Asanov had already been charged with insulting the president. After a trial, retrial, and appeal, he was acquitted.|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Book title: Censorship of Historical Thought: A World Guide, 1945-2000. Contributors: Antoon De Baets - Author. Publisher: Greenwood. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 321.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.