Posted September 2, 2005
Nosir Zokirov, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Nosir Zokirov, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was sentenced to six months in prison for insulting a security officer. Zokirov, an Uzbek who has worked for the radio's local language service for eight years, was summoned to court in the eastern city of Namangan on August 26 on charges of insulting a National Security Service (NSS) officer in a telephone call. Zokirov was detained, tried without counsel or witnesses, sentenced and imprisoned all on August 26.