Statement on editor-in-chief Bolot Temirov Attack

U.S. Embassy Bishkek condemns the January 9 attack on editor-in-chief Bolot Temirov.  We join the Office of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov in denouncing the attack and calling for a prompt investigation.

Press can only be free when journalists are able to work without intimidation and threats.  Conducting a thorough investigation and promptly bringing attackers to justice is essential to ensuring the Kyrgyz Republic upholds its democratic values and continues its tradition of ensuring a free and open press.