For The Diplomat, looking at the bleak state of affairs when it comes to Central Asian press freedoms:
When it came to press freedoms, the first quarter-century of post-Soviet independence in Central Asia was, by certain metrics, even worse than the USSR’s waning days. Journalists harassed, kidnapped, and murdered. State capture of both television and print outlets. Laws passed that effectively silenced opposition members and non-state press alike, allowing regimes in Astana, Dushanbe, Tashkent, and Ashgabat to survive.
But if the latest round of numbers from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is any indication, the next quarter-century of an independent Central Asia is off to an even gloomier start than the region saw in 1991.