Scorecard: KYRGYZSTAN

Positives:

  • Bakiyev administration shows a more tolerant attitude toward press coverage.

  • President agrees to transform state broadcaster KTR into an independent public station.

Negatives:

  • Administration names loyalists to top state media positions, pressures media to tone down coverage.

  • Attacks on journalists and press facilities continue.

  • Bakiyev fails to follow through on pledge to decriminalize libel.


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