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Interim Government Plans Public TV

Kyrgyzstan -- Opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev delivers a speech during an anti-government rally in Bishkek, 17Mar2010
Kyrgyzstan's interim government announced today its intent to set up a national public television network as part of a broader strategy of democratization, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz service reports.

The plans were announced in a statement issued by the interim government's Vice Chairman, Omurbek Tekebayev. An excerpt follows.

"The interim government of the Kyrygz Republic has repeatedly stated its readiness to take concrete steps toward the reestablishment of democracy. We see the path toward an open and prosperous democratic future for the country in the realization of three supreme principles:

1. Providing meaningful political competition.
2. Protection of free enterprise and economic competition.
3. Guarantee of freedom of speech and the development of an independent mass media.

Independent mass media should be an important element in this new political system of Kyrgyzstan. Mass media will become a genuine “fourth” power, which will force the state to be mindful of public opinion and take into account the interests and needs of diverse categories of the population. As an important step in this direction the interim government intends to turn the national broadcasting corporation into a public television company." The full text in Russian is here.