With dozens of journalists in prison and a new wave of repression against the news media, Central Asian republics are setting new lows for press freedom. In 2017, Freedom House ranked Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan among the world's worst for open and independent media. Among the cases was a series of libel suits against investigative outlet Zanoza.kg, for having offended the reputation of then-President Almazbek Atambayev. After heavy fines were imposed, Atambayev proclaimed, “This should be a lesson for some journalists." We'll see whose side history is on, Mr. Atambayev.
Source: The Diplomat
Posted on: January 2, 2018