Press Day in Kyrgyzstan Date in the current year: November 7, 2016

Press Day in Kyrgyzstan On November 7, Kyrgyzstan celebrates Press Day, also known as the Day of Information and the Press. This professional holiday was established to commemorate the publishing of the first issue of the country's national newspaper, Erkin-Too, in 1924.

Erkin-Too was the first Kyrgyz-language newspaper in the country. It is also the oldest surviving newspaper in Kyrgyzstan. Erkin-Too has contributed greatly to the elimination of illiteracy and development of journalism. As of 2003, there were about 30 newspapers and magazines in Kyrgyzstan, 25 of them were state-owned.

The media of the Kyrgyz Republic experience grate freedom compared to other Central Asian states, such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. The Constitution of Kyrgyzstan prohibits censorship and guarantees freedom of the press. However, the government can still restrict the media. The country's major newspaper publisher, Uchkun, is a state-owned enterprise.

Press Day in Kyrgyzstan is not widely celebrated, because it coincides with a public holiday, October Revolution Day. However, sometimes the government holds award ceremonies to encourage journalists. The most outstanding media employees receive prizes for their hard work.

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