Kyrgyz state radio suspends BBC broadcasts
Kyrgyzstan's national radio station has taken BBC programming off the airwaves, days after withdrawing broadcasting rights from U.S.-funded Radio Liberty's Kyrgyz Service, reported AP.
The British broadcaster says Friday on its Web site that no explanation was given for the suspension, but negotiations are ongoing with the head of the Kyrgyz National Television Corporation in hopes of resolving the situation.
The BBC broadcasts news programs three hours daily on the state radio station in Russian and Kyrgyz. It has been operating in the former Soviet nation since the mid-1990s.
Democracy watchdog organization Freedom House said in a recent report that government pressure on the media in Kyrgyzstan has worsened in recent years.