Umida Akhmedova

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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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Letters   |   Uzbekistan

Government increases pressure on Uzbek journalists

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply disturbed by your government’s intensified pressure on independent journalists in Uzbekistan.

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.”

Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Journalist charged with defaming Uzbeks, faces 8 years jail

A photo by Umida Akhmedova from her series Women and Men: From Dawn to Dusk.

New York, January 22, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Uzbek authorities to immediately drop all charges against Umida Akhmedova, a prominent photojournalist and documentary filmmaker who covers gender, ethnic, and cultural issues, and allow her to continue to do her work without fear of reprisal.

January 22, 2010 4:32 PM ET

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Blog   |   Uzbekistan

Photos by Umida Akhmedova, charged in Uzbekistan

Umida Akhmedova, a prominent photojournalist in Uzbekistan, is facing criminal charges of insulting the Uzbek people. The charges stem in part from a 2007 album of photography depicting life in Uzbekistan’s villages. Here is a slide show featuring images from the album. 

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January 22, 2010 3:00 PM ET

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