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June 05, 2024

Kyrgyzstan: Media Crackdown Continues, In Violation of International Human Rights Law

Introduction

The report discusses several pieces of legislation that have been used to target journalists and provides an overview of the cases of Bolot Temirov and Temirov Live, Radio Azattyk, Kloop Media, and 24.KG, including the arrest and detention of eleven current and former Temirov Live journalists, the continued detention and alleged assault of Temirov Live director Mahabat Tazhibek Kyzy, the attempted termination of Radio Azattyk, and the ongoing government efforts to liquidate Kloop Media. It then evaluates the government’s restrictive measures against international human rights law and standards, with particular focus on the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). 

Read the English report here. 

Read the Russian report here.