KAZAKHSTAN: Fines for “extremist” books

Slacktivist Fred Clarke calls this “Kafka Meets Borat” and it’s difficult to argue with his assessment.

In essence, Khazakstan bans books, but the official banned book list is a secret. Even the state court proceedings that determine whether a book is banned, is secret. And since no lists of banned book is published,there’s no way to know if that book you are reading is banned or not. Until the local law takes you to jail for being an extremist. Although if it’s a religious text, it probably has been banned.

Cute, huh? Yeah.

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