Kyrgyzstan Investigates Journalist for Reporting on Ethnic Tensions
Security services in Kyrgyzstan have initiated a criminal case for “inciting ethnic hatred” against a journalist who reported on the spread of online xenophobia.
On June 10, one day after that decision was announced, a court in the capital, Bishkek, ruled that Moscow-based ferghana.ru, the website where Ulugbek Babakulov had published the article that is now the object of investigation, should be banned.
In a statement on June 12, ferghana.ru described the charges leveled against it by Kyrgyz authorities as “politically motivated.”
“All our work is based on internationally accepted ethical principles,” the statement read. “We have never ‘stirred up ethnic strife,’ but only scrupulously and clearly recorded and described important social processes. We consider all accusations against us to be contrived and politically motivated.”
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