In its' statement, published on the eve of the World Press Freedom Day, the international human rights organization Freedom House expressed concern about a surge of politically-motivated defamation lawsuits against independent media in Kyrgyzstan.
«We are alarmed by a surge of politically-motivated defamation lawsuits against independent media and individuals for criticizing President of Atambayev," said Marc Behrendt, director for Europe and Eurasia programs. «The government of Kyrgyzstan is directly attacking the very institutions necessary for the country’s democratic development. Freedom House urges the authorities of Kyrgyzstan to cease persecution of independent media and human rights defenders who express dissenting views.»
The statement was reportedly caused by defamation charges filed by the Prosecutor General of the
On March 30, 2017, online media outlet Zanoza.kg published remarks by Cholpon Dzhakupova, head of the legal clinic Adilet, critical of President Atambayev, based on statements made at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Office of the Ombudsman.
The Prosecutor General of the