Kyrgyzstan protests against website blocking call for Europe's help

By EDRi · March 24, 2010

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Deutsch: [Kirgisistan protestiert gegen die Blockade von Webseiten und ruft Europa zu Hilfe |]

About 50 activists demonstrated in Kyrgyzstan on 14 March 2010 in front of
the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, appealing to
European organizations to support them in regaining access to independent
news websites blocked by the state.

The participants also protested against the blocking of broadcasts of
US-funded radio and television programs. Several websites such as, a leading news website, and, a local opposition
website, had been inaccessible for Kyrgyz Internet users for about a week
and the protesters said the sites had been blocked by the state.

Critics of the Kyrgyz Government and President say the state is trying to
block the websites as well as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Kyrgyz
service, known locally as Radio Azattyk, in order to shut down any
independent news reporting.

“We demand that local authorities and international organizations take
action over what is happening in Kyrgyzstan,” stated Dinara Oshurakhunova,
head of the For Democracy and Civil Society coalition, one of the organisers
of the rally.

Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov declared for the press that he was unaware of
any websites being blocked and Kyrgyz telecommmunications officials blamed
the situation on a possible technical problem related to regulation policies
in neighbouring Kazakhstan.

The participants in the demonstration said the websites had been
inaccessible since a protest that took place on 10 March against the
government decision to raise utility prices in the town of Naryn.

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