Elnura Alkanova

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A man holds the Kyrgyz flag in front of the government building in Bishkek in April 2010. CPJ has joined calls for the Kyrgyz authorities to end the repressive climate for the country's press. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to end restrictive media practices

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of 28 other international press freedom organizations to call on Kyrgyz authorities to drop defamation lawsuits and to end the practice of using disproportionate fines, travel bans and other harsh penalties to punish critical media outlets and journalists.

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Workers set up street decorations in front of the national flag in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in September 2017. Kyrgyz authorities charged freelance journalist Elnura Alkanova with seeking and disclosing confidential commercial information following the publication last fall of investigative reports on the allegedly corrupt sale of government property near the capital Bishkek, the independent online news site 24.kg reported. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

Kyrgyz journalist charged, put under travel ban following investigative report

New York, February 13, 2018–Kyrgyz authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Elnura Alkanova, lift her travel ban, and allow her to report without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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