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Kyrgyzstan Law Marks Backward Step for Press Freedom

Washington

In response to Kyrgyzstan’s new "False Accusation Law" signed by President Almazbek Atambaev, Freedom House issued the following statement: 

“Kyrgyzstan’s 'False Accusation Law' has loopholes that increase the potential for arbitrary application of the label "false information," said Susan Corke, director of Eurasia programs at Freedom House. “This law is detrimental for the development of free of speech and mass media in the country, and represents a disappointing setback after Freedom House's  latest report on press freedoms noted some improvements in Kyrgyzstan in 2013. This law is part of a worrisome recent trend of anti-democratic legislative initiatives. We call on Kyrgyzstan to get back on the path towards democratic advancement, which began in April 2010.”

Kyrgyzstan is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014 and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more, visit:
Freedom in the World 2013: Kyrgyzstan
Freedom of the Press 2014:  Kyrgyzstan (draft) | Russian translation
Nations in Transit 2013: Kyrgyzstan
Freedom on the Net 2013: Kyrgyzstan
Freedom House in Kyrgyzstan
Blog: Freedom at Issue

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