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Kyrgyzstan: Lawsuits Try to Create Air Pocket for Independent Media

The Russian-language news service Ferghana News is pressing ahead with two lawsuits seeking to overturn a ban imposed earlier this year by authorities in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz Internet service providers have blocked Moscow-based, Ferghana News (formerly Ferghana.ru),  a leading independent news source in Central Asia, since late February, according to managing editor Daniil Kislov. A 2011 parliamentary resolution, adopted after an investigation into the new website’s coverage of the 2010 inter-ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, reportedly served as the basis for the ban. Media watchdogs, including the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, have assailed the action against Ferghana news, contending that it amounted to retaliation for what Kyrgyz officials deemed “negative” coverage of the Osh events.

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Kyrgyzstan: Lawsuits Try to Create Air Pocket for Independent Media

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