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Kyrgyzstan internet law raises fears for free speech in COVID fog

Critics say bill, ostensibly aimed at false virus info, would enable corruption

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov arrives at the Kremlin before the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on June 24.   © Reuters

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Ignoring official warnings, hundreds of protestors marched through Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek earlier this week in a last-ditch attempt to stop legislation that would significantly restrict free speech online.

Some say the law could do much more than that -- potentially becoming a tool to block allegations of a murky web of corruption.

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