Attacks on the Press
• Bakiyev censors news media in a failed attempt to hold power.
Amid ethnic clashes, Uzbek journalists and outlets targeted for reprisals.
2: Ethnic Uzbek journalists imprisoned as of December 1.
In a year of political revolt and deadly ethnic turmoil, successive presidential administrations cracked down on the press, using censorship, intimidation, and imprisonment. The ouster of the authoritarian Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April, followed in June by wrenching conflict between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek residents in the south, cut a deep divide in the nation and put its democratic future at risk. At least two journalists were confined when CPJ conducted its annual census of imprisoned journalists on December 1, illustrating unchanging repression despite changes in leadership.