Kyrgyz TV Channel Director Detention Periods Extended

Kyrgyz authorities have extended the detention of the director of a local TV channel Next, Taalai Duishembiev by another month.

Duishembiev, whose detention was set to expire on June 3, was arrested in March over the airing of a controversial report between Bishkek and Moscow, in which Kyrgyzstan will send troops to fight in Ukraine alongside Russian forces.

Duishembiev reported a news quoting an exiled former chief of Committee for National Security (CNS) of Kazakhstan, Alnur Musaev, who said that Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan had agreed to support Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine by sending troops.

The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security (UKMK) in March launched a probe against the TV channel, accusing it of inciting ethnic hatred and airing baseless news.

Duishembiev has strongly rejected the charges, and said that the quote from Musaev was about people’s opinions on the Russian-Ukraine war.

The government of Kyrgyzstan called on the media outlets to remain neutral and stop spreading fake news which is undermining the national interest.

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