By Sebastian Usher
BBC News, Caversham
The state-controlled media in Kyrgyzstan is doing its best to play down the anti-government protests in the south of the country.
The protests have not been comprehensively reported
And the opposition has few media outlets within the country to get its message across, after years of government pressure eroding the independence of the press and broadcasters.
In the run-up to parliamentary elections in February, the authorities intensified that pressure, and succeeded in barring much coverage of the opposition.
There are signs that the opposition demonstrators in southern Kyrgyzstan are hoping to emulate the success of the recent "people's power" uprisings in Georgia and Ukraine.
In both those movements, the battle on the airwaves between state-controlled broadcasters and opposition-friendly stations played a key role.
The momentum of the protests was partly kept alive by the intensive coverage they received from opposition broadcasters.
For the moment at least, that seems less likely to happen in Kyrgyzstan.
Not surprisingly, state TV is trying to defuse the protests by restricting its coverage to official condemnations.
The independent broadcasters in Kyrgyzstan are now almost all owned or under the control of forces close to President Akayev, including his son-in-law and other family members.
The Orange Revolution in Ukraine was fuelled by the press
The press is a similar story, practising self-censorship in its political coverage.
Since the uprisings in Georgia and Ukraine, media watchdogs say government pressure on journalists in Kyrgyzstan has tightened.
The parliamentary elections last month saw even heavier restrictions on the media, with the opposition all but denied coverage.
People in Kyrgyzstan do have access to information sources from outside the country, but the mountainous terrain and low standard of living means that satellite use is limited.
It is a far cry from the early 1990s, when Kyrgyzstan was hailed as an island of democracy in the region, with a relatively unfettered media.
Whether the current protests will encourage journalists to fight back against government control, as happened in Ukraine, could turn out to be one of the real tests of just how far-reaching the opposition movement is.