Radiotochka.kz Editor Flees Kazakhstan
AKIPRESS.COM – Chief editor of Radiotochka.kz news web page Bekjan Idrisov left Kazakhstan in fear for his safety, he himself announced through his Facebook page.
Bekjan Idrisov claims that investigators pressured him to testify against Bigeldy Gabdullin, a well-known journalist who is held for two months in pretrial detention on extortion charges, and threatened with criminal prosecution and confinement. Idrisov claims to have found out through his sources that he was put on wanted list in Kazakhstan.
Radiotochka.kz staff reported that Idrisov’s leave has not affected the work of the journalists and the web page is functioning as usual.
Press services of National Anti-Corruption Agency of Kazakhstan said to Azattyk that they “cannot yet give answers” to questions of alleged pressure on Bekjan Idrisov by investigators.
Prosecutor General’s Office did not answer Azattyk’s questions of whether Idrisov is wanted, they recommended Azattyk to send their query through an official letter.
Prominent Kazakh journalist Bigeldy Gabdullin was detained on the extortion allegations on November 15. Gabdullin, editor-in-chief at the Central Asia Monitor and Radiotochka outlets, allegedly “extorted money from public officials in exchange for favorable coverage,” the Agency of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption said in a statement.
It’s time to explain something
I left the Kazakhstan. Forever, I hope. I made a decision quickly and unexpectedly for myself, but after a couple of weeks without the kazakhs, I realized that the decision of the vyzrelo long time ago…