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Kyrgyz President Vetoes Public-TV Bill

(RFE/RL) September 5, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has vetoed an opposition bill that would have turned Kyrgyzstan's state-controlled national television channel into a public broadcaster.

Bakiev's spokesman, Dosaly Esenaliev, today justified the presidential veto by saying that making MTRK a public television channel would require additional funding and should therefore be agreed upon with the government.

He also said the proposed bill contradicts existing legislation, such as the law on advertising. He gave no further details.

The bill was approved by parliament on June 8.

Under the proposed legislation, the new public television station would have a supervisory board made up of one-third presidential appointees, another third parliament appointees, and the remainder representatives of civil society.

(RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service with additional reporting by AKIpress)

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