Kyrgyz independent journalists to create union
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||25 March 2010|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Kyrgyz independent journalists to create union, 25 March 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4bfcfafd1a.html [accessed 12 July 2014]|
March 25, 2010
The chief editors of independent Kyrgyz media outlets gathered in Bishkek today to discuss the establishment of a union to protect their rights, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
Participants at the meeting discussed the problems the independent mass media is facing in Kyrgyzstan. They include the blocking of several independent news websites, the suspension of the broadcasting of RFE/RL's Kyrgyz radio and TV programs, the closure of several independent newspapers, and physical attacks against journalists.
The media chiefs said the union is needed to protect their rights in the event that official pressure and harassment against them continues.
Meeting organizers told RFE/RL that government officials were invited to participate in the discussion but did not attend.