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Muzaffar Suleymanov

Muzaffar Suleymanov, research associate for CPJ's Europe and Central Asia Program, has a master’s degree in international peace studies from the U.N. University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Blog   |   Uzbekistan

Suppressed media erase memory of Andijan massacre

Protesters in a square in downtown Andijan, Uzbekistan, on May 13, 2005. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Five years ago today, Dilorom Abdukadirova, 44, managed to escape the heavy spray of bullets in her native Uzbek city of Andijan. On that day, government troops shot and killed hundreds of civilian protesters on the orders of President Islam Karimov. Leaving behind her husband and four children, Abdukadirova found a refuge in Australia, where she counted the days until she could again embrace her family.

May 13, 2010 9:20 AM ET

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Blog   |   Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan's familiar path: Press repression, ousted leaders

Kyrgyz police, after firing on protesters, come under attack from an angry crowd. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

History seemed to repeat itself this week in the mountainous Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. For the second time in five years, angry protesters—ignored and suppressed by a corrupt government—ousted yet another president. 

Blog   |   Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan using 'experts' to silence journalists, activists

Having suppressed independent journalism relatively completely in the country, the authoritarian Uzbek regime has now turned to other sectors of society it perceives as threatening to its ideology. State appointed so-called “experts” on undefined Uzbek national traditions are being dispatched on a witch hunt against independent-minded individuals, including a filmmaker and an anti-HIV/AIDS activist. This dangerous policy is in full swing at home but has been concealed from the world ever since Uzbekistan slammed its doors shut to the international community in the aftermath of the 2005 Andijan massacre.

March 10, 2010 5:59 PM ET

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Blog   |   Uzbekistan

Karimov chastises Uzbekistan’s 'toothless' reporters

ReutersAddressing the joint session of Uzbekistan’s parliament on Wednesday, President Islam Karimov urged his lawmakers to be more active in their work, saying that laws should address public needs, and blaming the local press corps for being “toothless” in its reporting, regional news Web site Ferghana reported.  

In his speech, available on the parliament’s Web site, Karimov, at left, said the legislative body should strengthen its control over the executive branch of the government, and added that the success of this process largely depends on “active participation of mass media.”