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  • Date: 14-05-2022, 14:04

Public Broadcasting Corporation Transformed Into State Controlled

 14-05-2022, 14:04    Category: English, News


On May 13, 2022, President Zhaparov signed a law to change the status of the Public Broadcasting Corporation (OTRK). The law transformed OTRK, the country's largest and most viewed broadcaster, into a state-owned organization while removing a number of democratic principles designed to ensure the broadcaster's independence. Under the law, the broadcaster would be headed by a person appointed by the president. The Supervisory Board, partially elected by representatives of civil society organizations was disestablished.  There is risking corruption and political interference to the detriment of the public interest in this legislation, media experts said.
 
 
"The bill to further undermine the independence of the OTRK, independent journalism, and freedom of expression more broadly, in Kyrgyzstan,- pointed out Inga Sikorskaia, director of the Peacemaking and Media Technology School, a journalist who spent 10 years working as an editor in the Public Broadcasting Corporation at the beginning of her media career.
Further,  the legislation would contradict recommendations supported by Kyrgyzstan during its 3rd cycle of Universal Periodic Review aimed at strengthening democratic institutions by protecting freedom of expression and media freedom.
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