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Soros Foundation - Kyrgyzstan concerned about pressure on freedom of speech

On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan issued an appeal and expresses concern about the attacks on freedom of speech in Kyrgyzstan.

«Impunity instills fear in journalists and activists, emboldens criminals, has a negative impact on society and opens the way for continued anti-democratic censorship. In this difficult time, the support of journalists and the solidarity of the media are important to resist pressure and attacks. On October 24, we marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Kyrgyz journalist Alisher Saipov, a date that still remains a reminder of the importance of justice in the affairs of journalists,» the Foundation noted.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed November 2 as the «International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists» in General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/163. The Resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. It also urges member states to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability, bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies. It further calls upon states to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists.