22 february 2017
Central Asia news: Media Review
Editors and journalists from the Justice for All monthly legal bulletin face charges under criminal defamation laws and, if found guilty, might see their publication closed. The second major libel case against the Kyrgyz press will be heard on July 29 in Jalalabad city court in southern Kyrgyzstan. Only today, the editor-in-chief of another popular opposition newspaper, De-facto, charged with publishing deliberately false accusations against a city official, appeared in court.
Print-run (2,500 copies) of the independent newspaper Alkak was arrested in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, this Wednesday. The Bishkek police say the issue included a piece of religious-extremist nature. The editorial office in its turn maintains that the issue included no articles on religious matters.
Business ventures of the ex-Kyrgyz president's family remain in the focus of attention of the Western media
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