A leading trans-Atlantic rights and security group has praised Kyrgyzstan for becoming the first country in former Soviet Central Asia to decriminalize libel.
Dunja Mijatovic, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's media rights representative, said Tuesday that the decision would strengthen press freedom.
The amendment to the criminal code was approved by President Roza Otunbayeva last week, bringing the law in line with a revamped constitution approved in a national referendum in 2010.
Pro-government politicians in Central Asia frequently pursue defamation cases as a way of silencing critical reporters.
Mijatovic pressed authorities to consider also repealing legal provisions envisioning criminal prosecution for insulting public officials.
Wyo., ND Governors To EPA: Hey, We Need More Time On Clean Power Plan Regulations Because You Totally ‘Blindsided’ Us | Matt Vespa
House Democrats Will Try To Dissolve Select Committee On Benghazi Tonight UPDATE: Voted Down, Committee Remains | Matt Vespa
Ted Cruz finds a question that the Sierra Club DARED not answer. | RedState
Thomas Sowell - Charlatans and Sheep
The truth about gun deaths: numbers and actual solutions
The War on America Turns 50 | Human Events
- Vladimir Putin’s Russia Adopts Concealed Carry
Second data storage firm emerges with possible cloud backups of Hillary Clinton's emails - twitchy.com
Homeowner Stops Three Robbers By Pleading For Mercy. Just Kidding. He Shot Them. - Bearing Arms - Guns Saving Lives, Texas