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Kyrgyzstan: Reporter Canned After Asking President Tough Question

A journalist for an online news website in Kyrgyzstan says he was fired this week shortly after asking an “inconvenient” question at a press conference with President Almazbek Atambayev.

Avtandil Dobulbekov, a reporter with Super.kg, wrote on Facebook on July 25 that he was given the news after returning from Cholpon-Ata, the Issyk-Kul resort town where the event took place.

“After yesterday’s press conference with the president they are ‘exiling’ me for a undetermined period. I was coming back from Cholpon-Ata and this was the surprise waiting for me in the newsroom. God willing we will see one another again,” Dobulbekov wrote.

The offending query posed by the reporter was why Atambayev so often “criticized” the Kyrgyz people.

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Kyrgyzstan: Reporter Canned After Asking President Tough Question

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