Akipress Re-Introduces Commentary Feature

The News Agency Akipress, according to statistics the most popular news agency in Kyrgyzstan, established a commentary feature. Readers now can leave their comment and start to discuss the information provided by the agency. Public opinion making as its best (uncontrolled).

In its announcement Akipress informs readers about the forced decision in February 2009 to close the commentary feature on its website. As far as I remember, Akipress had started to delete old comments long before that, making it impossible to go back and get an impression of public discussions in times of the Tulip Revolution, the For Reforms protests or the United Front actions. Back then, commenting on political events was actually widespread:

Opening up the possibility to comment on news is good news and – as first reactions show – welcomed by the public in Kyrgyzstan:

 

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