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Interim Government threatens press freedom

People walk past flowers laid in tribute to those killed in the violence in April that overthrew the former Kyrgyz regime, bringing the Interim Government to power
People walk past flowers laid in tribute to those killed in the violence in April that overthrew the former Kyrgyz regime, bringing the Interim Government to power

via OSCE

Twenty-five press freedom and human rights groups, including nine IFEX members, are calling on the Interim Government in post-revolutionary Kyrgyzstan to respect freedom of the press, and ensure that all media outlets are unrestricted in their reporting of events in the country. Thousands of protesters took to the streets on 7 April in an uprising which lead to the fall of the government.

In the last three years, journalists and media workers have suffered from censorship, blocking of websites, forced take-overs of media outlets. Critical journalists have also been assaulted and murdered.

The Interim Government has stepped up with some positive actions, like: re-activating broadcasts of Kyrgyz services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on state radio; appointing qualified and independent journalists to the management of state television and radio; investigating the illegal takeover of www.24.kg; and removing arrest orders on newspapers based on libel charges against the former President.

However, the new government has limited access to information, announced nationalisation plans of privately owned media, and made attempts to control online media. Journalists have also received threatening phone calls in response to articles critical of the Interim Government.

"The concern remains that these 'positive' steps are primarily aimed against the control of the media by the former Government, whilst the 'negative' step… are aimed at consolidating control by the Interim Government," says the statement.

International Media Support (IMS) coordinated the statement after it organised a rapid response mission to Bishkek from 15 to 19 April. IMS says, "The mission was carried out in recognition of the essential role played by media during political unrest and conflict."

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