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Fergana gets court decision on restricting access to its website in Kyrgyzstan

Fergana news agency got the decision of Oktyabrsky District Court of Bishkek on restriction of access to its website in Kyrgyzstan. News agency itself reported.

According to the document, the applicant is the Prosecutor General’s Office of Kyrgyzstan. It demanded to recognize the article «People as beasts» as extremist, and on June 8 the court granted the application.

As noted by the agency, the court imposed a ban on the storage and dissemination of material and links to it, and restricted access to the website of Fergana news agency.

Fergana itself noted that the editorial staff found out about the blocking of access to the website in Kyrgyzstan by chance: «No one sent us any requests or notices about the statement of the Prosecutor General’s Office or the court hearings on this case.»

On June 9, it became known that a criminal case had been initiated against Ulugbek Babakulov, a freelance correspondent for Fergana, who, after analyzing the reports on social networks, found comments directed against the Uzbeks as an ethnic minority, and then wrote the article, which was the reason for the appeal of the Prosecutor General’s Office to court.