Sign up for weekly updates

Independent newspaper's printing press facilities set afire following critical articles

(Adil Soz/IFEX) - On 8 April 2007, a group of unidentified men broke into the printing press building of the independent weekly "Lada" in Aktau, western Kazakhstan, and set fire to the facility, causing extensive damage.

Firefighters have no doubt that it was an arson attack. Police have launched an investigation into the case.

Gennady Skraglenko, the director and founder of the printing press, believes the arson is related to a recent series of critical articles in the newspaper. "We would like to believe it was not arson, but it looks like retaliation for criticism," said Skraglenko.

"Lada", which has been publishing since 1996, is known for its serious and critical reporting. Its circulation reaches 10,000.

Latest Tweet:

Bangladeshi authorities have banned more than 18,000 websites and apps as a part of a so-called “war” on pornograph…

Get more stories like this

Sign up for our newsletters and get the most important free expression news delivered to your inbox.