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Internet Controls Debated in Kyrgyzstan

Some web users now favour the idea of self-regulation as a better option than government intervention, Nuraim Ryskulova reports.
By IWPR Central Asia

The Kyrgyz authorities have long been considering following the example of neighbouring Kazakstan, which last year changed the law to place internet content on the same legal footing as print and broadcast media, with owners and editors liable for whatever appears in the public domain.

At a recent meeting in Bishkek, web experts accepted that a degree of control was necessary, but most that it should be exercised on a voluntary basis rather than through heavy-handed legislation. One proposal now being taken seriously is a council which will set out recommendations for good internet practice, and will have links to the Kyrgyz parliament.

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