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Kyrgyzstan - Legislation raises prospect of prison sentences for media offences

Reporters without borders
On 16 April, the Kyrgyz parliament approved amendments to the criminal code imposing a custodial sentence for “spreading false information relating to a crime or offence" in the media at their second and third readings. In order to reduce the risk of abuses as a result of these new provisions, members also proposed a stricter framework for legal proceedings. Reporters Without Borders nonetheless deplores this unnecessary piece of legislation that endangers freedom of information. “Current (...)

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