Uzbekistan / Europe & Central Asia

Journalists attacked in Uzbekistan since 1992

  
This screenshot from the El Tuz channel on YouTube shows poet and journalist Mahmud Rajabov. One journalist who covered his protest march was sent to a psychiatric ward, while another was briefly detained.

A blogger forced into psychiatric clinic in Uzbekistan

Washington, D.C., October 8, 2019 – Uzbekistan authorities must immediately release journalist Nafosat Olloshukurova and allow her to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police are seen in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on September 3, 2016. Police recently arrested blogger Nodirbek Hojimatov in Shahrikhan. (AP/Umida Akhmedova)

Uzbek blogger Nodirbek Hojimatov sentenced to 10 days in prison for Facebook post

Washington, D.C., September 16, 2019 — Authorities in Uzbekistan must immediately release blogger Nodirbek Hojimatov and allow him to work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrives in China for a summit in June 2018. In recent weeks, police in several Uzbek cities arrested bloggers who cover religious issues. (Pool via Reuters/Wu Hong)

Uzbekistan arrests at least four bloggers over posts on religious issues

New York, September 6, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Uzbek authorities to end their harassment of bloggers covering religious issues, and to release at least four individuals arrested for their writing. Police in several Uzbek cities made arrests between August 28 and September 4, according to media reports.

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Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, pictured in September 2017, is due to travel to the U.S. in May 2018. CPJ joins calls for human rights to be made a priority during his trip. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

CPJ joins calls for Congress to make human rights a focus of Uzbek president’s US visit

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of 11 other international press freedom and human rights advocacy groups, in calling on U.S. Congress to require lasting human rights protection in Uzbekistan during President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s first official visit to the U.S. on May 16 and 17.

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Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev (center), was acquitted and released from state custody on May 7, 2018. (Reuters/Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov)

Uzbekistan releases remaining jailed journalists

New York, May 7, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from custody today of Uzbek journalists Bobomurod Abdullaev and Hayot Nasriddinov, who had been on trial in Tashkent since March 5, 2018. With the pair’s release, there are no journalists behind bars in Uzbekistan for the first time in two decades, according to…

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev addresses the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Uzbekistan has released the world's longest-jailed journalist, but two others are still in jail awaiting trial. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Uzbekistan releases world’s longest-jailed journalist, but two more face trial

New York, March 2, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today confirmed that Yusuf Ruzimuradov, the longest-imprisoned journalist worldwide, was freed in Uzbekistan in late February. CPJ called on authorities to take further steps to improve the climate for the media by dropping charges against two independent journalists who are due in court in a separate…

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Rights groups call for an investigation into claims jailed journalists Hayot Nasriddinov, left, and Bobomurod Abdullaev, were tortured and mistreated in Uzbekistan. (AsiaTerra/Fergananews)

CPJ joins call for Uzbekistan to investigate claims jailed journalists were tortured

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of 11 other international press freedom and human rights advocacy groups, in calling on Uzbek authorities to conduct an investigation into allegations of torture and ill-treatment of jailed journalists Bobomurod Abdullaev and Hayot Nasriddinov. The coalition, led by Human Rights Watch, called for the journalists to…

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A girl is silhouetted against the sun standing next to Uzbek flags in Tashkent. Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev went missing on September 27, 2017, and has since been secretly tried in a criminal court in Tashkent. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

Uzbek journalist goes missing, turns up in court trial

New York, October 5, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for the Uzbek authorities to immediately release journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, who went missing on September 27 and has since been secretly tried in a criminal court in Tashkent, the capital.

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Boryspil airport in Kiev in June 2017. An Uzbek journalist living in exile, who was detained at a Kiev airport on September 20, could face extradition. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Uzbek journalist detained in Ukraine at risk of extradition

New York, September 27, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ukrainian authorities to release Uzbek journalist Narzullo Okhunjonov. The journalist could face extradition to Uzbekistan, his lawyer, Aleksei Fyodorov, said.

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CPJ urges Uzbek president to lift media restrictions

January 23, 2017 Shavkat Mirziyoyev President of Uzbekistan Via email: Presidents_office@press-service.uz Dear President Mirziyoyev, A month after your inauguration as Uzbekistan’s second president, we at the Committee to Protect Journalists are writing to urge you to reverse the repressive media policies of your predecessor, the late President Islam Karimov, and to dismantle damaging restrictions on…

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