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Reporters Without Borders Criticizes Kyrgyzstan

Reporters Without Borders has strongly criticized Kyrgyzstan for denying access to the website of a news organization.

The Paris-based media monitoring organization said it was "shocked" by the action taken against the website of Ferghana.

The group described the action as a "major step backward for a country that aspires to be Central Asia's first parliamentary democracy."

Earlier, Kyrgyztelecom announced it had blocked Ferghana as requested by the Kyrgyz parliament.

In June of last year, the Kyrgyz legislature voted to take the step to punish Ferghana for what Kyrgyz lawmakers described as its "subjective" and provocative" coverage of violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June, 2010.

Reporters Without Borders had described the coverage as "exemplary."