Uzbekistan

2008

Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Uzbek slammed with 10-year prison term

New York, October 10, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's politicized imprisonment of independent journalist Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

October 10, 2008 8:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

CPJ urges Uzbek court to reject politicized prosecution, acquit journalist

New York, October 9, 2008--An Uzbek court should reject the politicized prosecution of independent journalist Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov and acquit him on fabricated drug possession charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Prosecutors are seeking a 17-year prison term for Abdurakhmanov, defense lawyer Rustam Tulyaganov told CPJ today. Nukus District Court Judge Kadyrbay Dzhamolov, who began hearing testimony last month, is expected to announce a verdict on Friday.

October 10, 2008 8:02 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Authorities alter charge to justify journalist’s arrest

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New York, August 5, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed to learn that police in the western Uzbek city of Nukus have brought another charge against an independent journalist to justify his arrest and detention, after initially bringing charges of drug use.

On August 2, investigators in Nukus acknowledged that Salidzhon Abdurakhmonov’s blood test results revealed no sign of drug use but instead of releasing the journalist, they slammed him with another charge—drug possession with intent to sell, which carries up to 20 years in prison, as opposed to the initial charge, which carried five years, independent news Web site Uznews reported.

August 5, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Independent journalist arrested on allegations of drug possession

New York, June 13, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the June 7 arrest of Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov, an independent Uzbek journalist for a number of international news outlets.

Police arrested Abdurakhmanov in the city of Nukus for alleged drug possession, independent news Web site Uznews reported. If convicted, Abdurakhmanov faces up to five years in prison, Uznews editor and CPJ International Press Freedom awardee Galima Bukharbaeva told CPJ. Abdurakhmanov was reporting on economic, human rights, and social issues and Uzbek prisons for Uznews at the time of his arrest.  

June 13, 2008 8:13 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Independent journalist arrested on allegations of drug possession

New York, June 13, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the June 7 arrest of Solidzhon Abdurakhmonov, an independent Uzbek journalist for a number of international news outlets.

Police arrested Abdurakhmonov in the city of Nukus for alleged drug possession, independent news Web site Uznews reported. If convicted, Abdurakhmonov faces up to five years in prison, Uznews editor and CPJ International Press Freedom awardee Galima Bukharbaeva told CPJ. Abdurakhmonov was reporting on economic, human rights, and social issues and Uzbek prisons for Uznews at the time of his arrest.  

June 13, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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Letters   |   Uzbekistan

Uzbek journalists under tighter restriction since Andijan

Dear Mr. President, On the third anniversary of the May 13, 2005, massacre of civilians by Uzbek security forces in the city of Andijan, the Committee to Protect Journalists--an independent, nonpartisan organization that defends journalist rights worldwide--calls on you and your government to cease your unrelenting repression of Uzbekistan's independent and opposition media.

May 13, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Iraq, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2007: Introduction

By Joel Simon

In August 2008, when the Olympic torch is lit in Beijing, more than 20,000 journalists will be on hand to cover the competition between the world's greatest athletes. Behind the scenes, another competition will be taking place. If the Chinese government has its way, this one will remain hidden. It will be a battle over information, and it will have far greater implications for the world than the medal count.
February 5, 2008 12:11 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Attacks on the Press 2007: Europe Analysis

Rewriting the Law to Make Journalism a Crime
By Nina Ognianova

In its 17 years on the air, Moscow-based Ekho Moskvy Radio has enjoyed, by Russian standards, extraordinary editorial independence. Nearly alone among Russian broadcasters in its critical approach, the station employs some of the country's most outspoken journalists, who produce in-depth reporting on the most sensitive issues of the day. But in the run-up to the March 2008 presidential election, even the unshakable Ekho has begun to feel a shudder of apprehension.
February 5, 2008 12:07 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Uzbekistan

Attacks on the Press 2007: Uzbekistan

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In power for nearly two decades, President Islam Karimov had little trouble securing another seven-year term in office. He faced three candidates but no genuine opposition in a December election that international observers said was neither free nor fair. Though constitutional term limits seemed to constrain the president from seeking re-election at all, the Central Election Commission cleared Karimov for another run without bothering to explain its reasoning. Throughout, the regime continued to suppress dissent and independent voices.
February 5, 2008 10:14 AM ET

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