Posted: 13 Apr 2010"After nearly two years off the national airwaves, RFE/RL's popular radio and television programs in Kyrgyzstan are once again widely available to listeners and viewers across the country. The move reverses a 2008 decision by UTRK, the national broadcaster, to remove RFE/RL programming due to what it described as 'negative and critical' coverage of the government. ... In the wake of last week's uprising that led to the ouster of Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiev, Radio Azattyk is back on UTRK. It is broadcasting three hours of daily radio programming and two weekly primetime television news shows - 'Inconvenient Questions' and the youth-oriented 'Azattyk Plus.'" RFE/RL press release, 12 April 2010, not yet available at the RFE/RL website, but sent to a select few recipients, one of whom sent it to me. Also reported by VOA correspondent Steve Herman, still tweeting from Bishkek.
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