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July 1, 2011

Uzbekistan: Dictator’s daughter loses libel suit against French news website

A Paris court has rejected the libel suit that Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s daughter, Lola Karimova, brought against the French news website Rue89 over an article describing her as a “dictator’s daughter” who used charity events to try to “whitewash her country’s image.” Karimova had demanded 30,000 euros in damages for the article by Augustin Scalbert, which was posted on the website in May 2010. In the ruling on July 1, the court described the article as “entirely true to reality”. Two... MORE
June 27, 2011

Uzbekistan: Former TV journalists start hunger strike after conviction over protest

Journalists Saodat Omonova and Malohat Eshonkulova were arrested five minutes after they began protesting and brandishing posters outside the presidential administration building in Tashkent June 27, officially celebrated as Day of the Journalist in Uzbekistan. They were taken to a local police station and then to a municipal court, where they were immediately tried and convicted of staging an unauthorised demonstration under article of 201 of the civil code. The two women, who were fired from... MORE
May 25, 2011

Embattled reporter prevented from leaving Uzbekistan

Authorities in Uzbekistan have barred Abdumalik Boboyev , a stringer for the US government-funded broadcaster Voice of America, from traveling to Germany by denying him the exit visa required for travel outside Uzbekistan, according to the independent news website Uznews and the Uzbek service of the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Boboyev filed his application to travel on March 2 and was denied it in early April. He is barred from travelling because he was prosecuted last... MORE
December 27, 2010

Uzbekistan: Two journalists sacked and harassed for TV censorship protest

Two Uzbekistan journalists working for public television Yoshlar, Saodat Omonova and Malohat Eshankulova, were dismissed on December 9, three days after they demonstrated against censorship and corruption at the TV station, in a square in central Tashkent, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). It expressed concern over their safety, since following their sacking they are still being harassed and intimidated both by their former employer and the security... MORE
November 16, 2010

Uzbekistan: Appeal court confirms heavy fine for Voice of America correspondent

An appeal court has upheld the decision of a Tashkent court to fine Uzbekistan’s few remaining independent reporters, Abdulmalik Boboyev 10,000 dollars. The fine is 400 times what he earns every month as Voice of America correspondent, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Boboyev is entirely innocent of the charges on which he was convicted – defaming and insulting the Uzbek people and threatening public order. The case is typical of the way the Uzbek... MORE
October 15, 2010

Uzbekistan: Court imposes heavy fine on independent reporter

Abdulmalik Boboyev, one of Uzbekistan’s few remaining independent reporters, was fined 10,000 dollars by a Tashkent court Friday on charges of defamation, insult and threatening public order. Boboyev, who pleaded not guilty, had been facing a possible five-year jail sentence, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). A journalist who is renowned for the quality of his reporting and his determination to maintain his independence, Boboyev had done nothing wrong... MORE
September 17, 2010

Independent reporter in Uzbekistan facing up to eight years in prison

Voice of America correspondent Abdulmalik Boboyev, one of Uzbekistan’s few independent journalists, is facing between five and eight years in prison on four charges that Tashkent prosecutors brought against him on September 13, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Three of the charges relate to his work as a journalist: “defamation” (article 130 of the criminal code), “insult” (article 140) and “preparing and disseminating material constituting a threat... MORE