Letters   |   Kyrgyzstan

CPJ asks Kyrgyz president to ensure fair trial of reporters

Dear President Otunbayeva: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to call your attention to the politicized prosecution of independent journalist Ulugbek Abdusalomov and human rights reporter and researcher Azimjon Askarov in the southern Jalal-Abad region. Both have been charged with extremism and other serious charges and face lengthy prison sentences, including a life term, if convicted. Their prosecution is in retaliation for their reporting on ethnic discrimination and human rights abuses in southern Kyrgyzstan, according to our research.

September 14, 2010 10:59 AM ET


Alerts   |   Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz agents raid TV station, interrogate director

New York, July 13, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Friday raid on the newsroom of the independent Uzbek-language broadcaster Osh TV in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh. The Kyrgyz security service (known as SNB) also temporarily detained director Khalil Khudaiberdiyev in the raid on the station. Osh TV is currently off the air, the Uzbek service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

July 13, 2010 9:33 AM ET


Alerts   |   Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan detains journalists as violence continues

Kyrgyz soldiers at a checkpoint at the Uzbek border on the outskirts of the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
New York, June 23, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Kyrgyz authorities to immediately release independent journalists Ulugbek Abdusalomov and Azimjon Askarov, and to ensure the safety of other journalists working in southern Kyrgyzstan, which has been engulfed by interethnic violence since early June.
June 23, 2010 4:46 PM ET


Alerts   |   Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

Kyrgyz stations shut down, only state TV broadcasting

Kyrgyz Interior Ministry forces conduct house-to-house searches in the city of Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan, today. (AP)

New York, June 14, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by reports that local television stations in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh were ordered to cease transmission on Friday by the city government in the wake of interethnic violence in the region. Osh residents now have access only to the state television channel, KTR, and several Russian television channels, the independent news agency Zpress reported.

June 14, 2010 6:15 PM ET


Alerts   |   Kyrgyzstan

Newspaper suspended, TV station raided in Kyrgyzstan

New York, April 2, 2010—Authorities in Kyrgyzstan should halt their ongoing crackdown on independent and opposition news outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Bishkek court suspended a pro-opposition newspaper on Wednesday—the third such suspension this month—while financial police confiscated newsroom computers belonging to an independent Web-based television channel on Thursday, effectively taking it off the air.

April 2, 2010 4:36 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Kyrgyzstan

Attacks on the Press 2009: Kyrgyzstan

Top Developments
• Saipov murder case unsolved and beset by questions.
• Four journalists badly beaten; no arrests made.

Key Statistic
76: Percentage of vote won by Kurmanbek Bakiyev in flawed presidential election.

The press climate deteriorated in this mountainous central Asian nation that once offered promise for democracy and free expression. The government’s erratic investigation into the unsolved 2007 murder of editor Alisher Saipov stained the nation’s law enforcement and press freedom record. At least four critical reporters were brutally attacked, and one fled the country in the face of continuing threats. An independent Russian-language newspaper closed after its staffers received anonymous threats.

February 16, 2010 12:28 AM ET


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