Television viewers in Kyrgyzstan will say goodbye to foreign news this weekend for the duration of the country’s presidential election season. Between September 25 and the October 30 ballot, Kyrgyzstan’s televisions stations and cable operators are forbidden from rebroadcasting foreign news bulletins that could affect the election’s outcome. Most operators have no choice but to suspend foreign news programming altogether.
The move is clearly designed to limit the Russian media’s ability to influence Kyrgyz voters, but media-rights watchdogs are outraged that parliament has passed a bill endorsing censorship. Television is Kyrgyzstan’s most popular source for news.
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