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Movement Established To Protect RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Broadcasts

A movement to protect RFE/RL's Kyrgyz broadcasts and its listeners' rights has been established in Kyrgyzstan.

The leader of the movement, Ondurush Toktonazarov, says the organization's main goal is to protect the rights of tens of thousands of RFE/RL listeners to continue to receive independent information.

Toktonazarov said the Kyrgyz government has restricted RFE/RL broadcasts into the country.

In October, RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service radio programs being rebroadcast on FM stations were halted by the government and RFE/RL's two television programs were canceled.

Toktonazarov says RFE/RL Kyrgyz-language programs -- on both radio and TV -- should be restored.