Blog: Kyrgystan no 'island of democracy' as it censors the press


Committee to Protect Journalists Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) –

Kyrgyzstan is an “island of democracy” where authorities guarantee freedom of speech and reporting on protest rallies is not a crime, Kyrgyz government officials told an audience. They were speaking at a May 26 round-table discussion at the Open Society Institute in New York. CPJ vehemently disagreed. We had reported on the ongoing prosecution of media owners in the country and how a regional reporter had been recently sentenced to life in prison.

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Blog: Kyrgystan no ‘island of democracy’ as it censors the press