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Kyrgyzstan Reviewing Entry Bans on Rittmann and Rickleton
June 10, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Reviewing Entry Bans on Rittmann and Rickleton

By Catherine Putz
In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov wrote that he has ordered a review of entry bans imposed on journalist Chris Rickleton and human rights researcher Mihra Rittmann.

Kyrgyzstan’s Worrying New Limits on Dissent
May 08, 2021

Kyrgyzstan’s Worrying New Limits on Dissent

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s president continues to sharpen the country’s legal code as a tool to limit dissent.
Have Press Freedoms Improved in Central Asia?
April 30, 2020

Have Press Freedoms Improved in Central Asia?

By Colleen Wood
What does a new global press freedom index really say about Central Asia?

Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan
January 24, 2020

Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Four more employees - one a driver - of RFE/RL's Tajik Service have been given six-month accreditations. The press freedom battle goes on.

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline
November 01, 2019

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline

By Catherine Putz
A closer look at the significance of a recent development.

Brief Detention, Fine, and Regional Ban for French Journalist Looking Into Zhanaozen
October 01, 2018

Brief Detention, Fine, and Regional Ban for French Journalist Looking Into Zhanaozen

By Catherine Putz
Seven years later, Zhanaozen remains a sensitive issue in Kazakhstan.

Kazakh Authorities Target Media Outlets in Former Minister's Libel Suit
April 06, 2018

Kazakh Authorities Target Media Outlets in Former Minister's Libel Suit

By Catherine Putz
Crying libel and defamation to hit back at critical reporting is not new to Kazakhstan.
Self-Censorship and the State: Evaluating Progress on Free Speech in Uzbekistan
April 05, 2018

Self-Censorship and the State: Evaluating Progress on Free Speech in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
How have reforms impacted the media environment in Uzbekistan?

Attacks on Press Freedom Show Central Asia’s Authoritarian Side
December 20, 2017

Attacks on Press Freedom Show Central Asia’s Authoritarian Side

By Paolo Sorbello
Media freedom continues to be a weak point in Central Asia.

Guilty Verdicts Crash in on Kyrgyz Media Outlet
July 03, 2017

Guilty Verdicts Crash in on Kyrgyz Media Outlet

By Catherine Putz
The outlook is not good for Idinov, Zanoza, or Kyrgyzstan.

A Bleak Outlook: Press Freedom in Central Asia
May 01, 2017

A Bleak Outlook: Press Freedom in Central Asia

By Casey Michel
Central Asia is but a barometer for the current state of global press freedoms.
Kyrgyz President Wants to Talk to Trump About RFE/RL
March 28, 2017

Kyrgyz President Wants to Talk to Trump About RFE/RL

By Casey Michel
No visit is planned as of yet, but Atambayev knows what he’d like to discuss.

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