Further rights reform needed in Kyrgyzstan as violations persist

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Kyrgyz government urged to withdraw draft Broadcasting Bill

A number of IFEX members call on the Kyrgyzstan government to withdraw its draft legislation threatening to further undermine the independence of the Kyrgyz Broadcasting Corporation (OTRK), and to instead ensure the public broadcaster is governed by standards which ensure editorial independence, transparency, and accountability to the Kyrgyz people.

President Sadyr Japarov speaks during a meeting with members of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council (EIC) at the Cholpon-Ata state residence, Issyk-Kul Region, Kyrgyzstan, 20 August 2021, Alexander AstafyevTASS via Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan: Recently-adopted ‘false information’ law threatens free speech

Anyone claiming that online content defames them is allowed to ask an “authorised administrative body” to order the content’s deletion without reference to a judge. Failure to delete the disputed information will see the entire web page or website blocked.

A man holds up a portrait of an MP who had proposed a draft law that would impact on press and internet freedom, during a protest against the bill, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 29 June 2020, DANIL USMANOV/AFP via Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan: Call for president to veto “false information” law

The law empowers an unnamed “authorized state body” to shut down or block websites containing information deemed to be “false” or “inaccurate,” without a court order, on the basis of a complaint by either a private person or legal entity, who are the subject of the information.