Official Launch of Central Asian News Agency
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For Release: 15 September 2006 
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - An independent network of journalists in four Central 
Asian countries is today marking the official launch of an innovative, 
web-based news analysis service - News Briefing Central Asia.
A project of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), an international 
media assistance group based in London, News Briefing Central Asia 
(NBCentralAsia) offers a new concept in regional reporting, providing analysis 
and context for news events and current affairs. The service is in Russian and 
English, and covers Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Drawing on an extensive network of more than 100 analysts and commentators 
throughout the region, NBCentralAsia reports on regional politics, economics 
and social trends, offering original perspectives and context often hidden by 
the headlines. 
"NBCentralAsia goes beyond the news - allowing readers to comprehend regional 
developments from an independent perspective and in a broader social and 
political context," said NBCentralAsia Executive Editor Kumar Bekbolotov. 
The agency used a pilot phase begun in August to build up a strong team of 
journalists and editors across the region, with headquarters in Bishkek and a 
regional office in Dushanbe. The analysis cited in their reports synthesises 
the views of a range of political, economic, and energy experts, and other 
The reports are available for syndication to local and international media 
outlets free of charge, with attribution to NBCentralAsia. To access the 
articles, go to or Reports are also 
available via email subscription and RSS feeds (details on site). As it enters 
its fully-operational phase, the agency will seek to extend its coverage and to 
include Uzbekistan in its reporting.
The initiative, supported by the US Department of State's Department for Human 
Rights and Labor, seeks to provide independent regional perspectives to 
strengthen local print and electronic media throughout Central Asia. IWPR 
continues to produce its long-standing regional flagship, Reporting Central 
Asia, providing in-depth reporting and human rights coverage, and its Turkmen 
radio programme, Inside View.
Contact: In Bishkek, Kumar Bekbolotov +996 312 62 78 21 or +996 312 62 78 27, 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]; In London, Anthony Borden, +4420 7269 9569, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Note to Editors: 
IWPR builds peace and democracy through free and fair media. A leading 
international media-development not-for-profit group, IWPR works in more than 
two dozen countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and 
Africa, establishing local institutions, building local professional skills, 
and supporting local media production. In 2004, IWPR launched the first 
independent national news agency in Afghanistan, and has worked in Central Asia 
since 1999. IWPR is renowned for its award-winning website,, 
recent winner of a OneWorld Broadcasting Trust Award for contributions to 
international understanding and an Amnesty International Global Award for Human 
Rights Reporting.
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