Media freedom trampled amid clashes between protesters and government

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IFEX   International Freedom of Expression eXchange International Freedom of Expression eXchange: Massive protests have overthrown the government of Kyrgyzstan today after thousands of protesters enraged over state corruption, increases in utility prices and restrictions on the flow of information stormed government buildings and looted state-run radio and television headquarters in the capital, Bishkek, say news reports. At least 41 people were killed and hundreds wounded in clashes with police. In recent months, the government has retaliated against independent media for reporting on widespread anti-government protests, for being critical of the government, and for covering other politically sensitive issues, report the Kyrgyzstan-based Public Association Journalists (PAJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

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