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Kyrgyzstan media crackdown

Keeping Kyrgyz Journalism Afloat While the Island of Democracy Sinks

Keeping Kyrgyz Journalism Afloat While the Island of Democracy Sinks

By Aigerim Turgunbaeva and Sher Khashimov
“One way or another, our journalists will do what matters.” 

In Light of Photos, Kyrgyz Authorities Claim Detained Journalist Staged Her Own Bruises

In Light of Photos, Kyrgyz Authorities Claim Detained Journalist Staged Her Own Bruises

By Catherine Putz
Bolot Temirov shared photos of the bruises he says his wife, Makhabat Tajibek kyzy, sustained in a Kyrgyz detention center in April. Prison authorities say they were inflicted by cell-mates at her request.
Detained Kyrgyz Journalist Alleges Abuse by Guards

Detained Kyrgyz Journalist Alleges Abuse by Guards

By Catherine Putz
Ombudsman representatives confirmed Makhabat Tajibek kyzy was bruised from an apparent beating, but detention center staff would not allow them to document it. 

Kyrgyzstan’s Shifting Politics: Foreign Agents, Civil Society, and Russian Influence

Kyrgyzstan’s Shifting Politics: Foreign Agents, Civil Society, and Russian Influence

By Bektour Iskender
How did Kyrgyzstan become a standard-bearer in adopting Kremlin-inspired tactics – like the just-passed “foreign representatives” bill – to suppress civil society?

Kyrgyz ‘Mass Media’ Law Withdrawn by Presidential Request

Kyrgyz ‘Mass Media’ Law Withdrawn by Presidential Request

By Catherine Putz
After meeting with media representatives, Japarov requested the controversial bill be withdrawn and “finalized” – ostensibly to be re-worked and re-considered at a later time

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With Journalists Behind Bars, Kyrgyzstan Enters New Era of Repression

With Journalists Behind Bars, Kyrgyzstan Enters New Era of Repression

By Ilya Lozovsky
The authorities have accused Temirov Live, a respected investigative outlet, of inciting mass unrest, and jailed nearly a dozen of its current and former employees.

Kyrgyzstan’s Repressive Turn Lands Bishkek on CIVICUS Watchlist

Kyrgyzstan’s Repressive Turn Lands Bishkek on CIVICUS Watchlist

By Catherine Putz
The watchdog says Kyrgyz authorities are “cracking down on dissent with unprecedented severity”
Kyrgyz Media Under Increasing Pressure, But ‘Kloop Will Continue Its Work’

Kyrgyz Media Under Increasing Pressure, But ‘Kloop Will Continue Its Work’

By Catherine Putz
An interview with Kloop co-founder Rinat Tuhvatshin.

24.kg, Temirov Live Targeted With Media Raids in Kyrgyzstan

24.kg, Temirov Live Targeted With Media Raids in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
The recent detention of journalists and raids on homes and offices mark a further expansion of the Kyrgyz government’s efforts to rein in the country’s media through overt pressure.

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