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What You Should Know / December 20, 2011 -- Authorities in the Mangistau region of western Kazakhstan have attacked and detained independent journalists and blocked access to news outlets to suppress coverage of unrest there, news reports said. The Committee Protect today called on Kazakh authorities to allow the media unfettered access. Following clashes on Friday between the police and striking oil workers in the town of Zhanaozen, in which at least 15 people were killed, authorities blocked local access to several independent news websites and Twitter, shut down mobile phone networks, and briefly detained journalists, according to local sources and press reports. Access to Twitter was restored on Sunday, but independent news portals Respublika and Guljan and the Web-based pro-opposition TV channel K-plus remained blocked, according to regional press reports and Respublika's Anastasiya Novikova.

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