New York, July 13, 2011--The Committee to
Protect Journalists urges Tajik prosecutors in Khujand, northern Tajikistan, to
drop politicized extremism charges against BBC reporter Urinboy Usmonov, and
calls for his immediate release. The journalist is being charged with failing
to report the activities of the Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir to Tajik law
enforcement agencies, Usmonov's lawyer, Faiziniso Vokhidova, told the Tajik service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty (Radio Ozodi).