Tajikistan / Europe & Central Asia

  
Downtown Dushanbe, Tajikistan, is seen on November 3, 2015. Reporter Humayra Bakhtiyar and her family have been harassed by Tajik authorities. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Tajik authorities harass journalist Humayra Bakhtiyar and family

In July 2019, Humayra Bakhtiyar, a Tajik journalist living in exile who was recently granted asylum in a European Union country, told CPJ in a phone call that Tajik authorities have harassed and intimidated her family over the past several years as retribution for her critical reporting.

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RFE/RL journalist Barotali Nazarov recently had his press accreditation temporarily revoked in Tajikistan. (Photo: RFE/RL, used with permission)

Tajik authorities revoke press accreditation of RFE/RL reporter Barotali Nazarov

Washington, D.C., July 1, 2019 — Tajikistan authorities should immediately reinstate video journalist Barotali Nazarov’s press accreditation and cease using accreditations as a means of censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Tajik President Emomali Rahmon addresses the UN General Assembly in September 2015. A Tajik court sentenced independent journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov to 12 years in prison, according to reports. He was arrested in December 2017 after publishing an open letter to Rahmon and others asking them to crackdown on corrupt local authorities, reports stated. (Reuters/Mike Segar)

Tajik journalist sentenced to 12 years after alleging official corruption

New York, July 11, 2018–A Tajik court today found independent journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov guilty of embezzling and misusing state fund and false reporting to police and sentenced him to 12 years in a high-security prison, according to media reports and the journalist’s friends with whom CPJ spoke. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the ruling…

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Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon at the Independence Palace in Minsk, Belarus on November 30, 2017. Tajik authorities arrested journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov weeks after he published an open letter to Rahmon and several other officials asking them to crack down on corruption. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Tajik journalist arrested after alleging official corruption

New York, December 13, 2017–Tajik authorities should immediately release journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Tajikistan suspends accreditation of six radio journalists

New York, November 28, 2016―Tajik authorities should immediately reinstate the accreditation of six radio journalists suspended following a broadcaster’s refusal to remove a story from its website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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CPJ urges Kerry to call for release of imprisoned journalists in Central Asia

Dear U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to bring to your attention the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. As you prepare to head to these countries later this week, we ask that you put press freedom on the agenda of your meetings with high-level government officials.

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Tajikistan

Though a new media bill was signed into law, the legislation failed to decriminalize insulting the president or alleviate other repressive measures, and had no immediate effect on the climate of press freedom ahead of the November presidential vote. To pave the way for a smooth re-election of Emomali Rahmon to a fourth term in…

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Tajik weekly ordered to pay damages for defamation

New York, February 25, 2013–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by today’s defamation ruling against independent Tajik weekly Imruz News in closed court proceedings, the organization said.

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Tajikistan

Authoritarian leader Emomali Rahmon praised journalists’ mission at a ceremony said to mark the centennial of the Tajik press, but his speech came with a contradictory message: Rahmon urged news outlets not to publish reports that could damage Tajikistan’s international image, cause pessimism, or undermine public order. Such was the gap between rhetoric and reality.…

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Attacks on the Press: Journalism and Religion

Editors think twice, reporters do not dig deeply, columnists choose words carefully. By Jean-Paul Marthoz

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