Uzbekistan / Europe & Central Asia

Journalists attacked in Uzbekistan since 1992

  

New Uzbekistan laws ban using internet to ‘disrespect’ the government, organize protests

Stockholm, April 28, 2021 – Uzbek authorities should repeal recent legal amendments that deepen restrictions on online speech, and should ensure that journalists are free to report and comment on issues of public importance without fear of prosecution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 31, new amendments to the country’s criminal code,…

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Uzbek journalist Sid Yanyshev charged over corruption reporting

Stockholm, April 22, 2021 – Uzbek authorities should drop all charges against journalist Sid Yanyshev and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday afternoon, police in Tashkent, the capital, arrested Yanyshev, who works as a freelance contributor to the independent news website Fergana, according to a report by Fergana…

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Uzbek Interior Ministry statement threatens journalist Agnieszka Pikulicka with prosecution over LGBTQ reporting

Stockholm, April 6, 2021 – Uzbek authorities should ensure that journalist Agnieszka Pikulicka can work safely, and should refrain from making legal threats against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 28, Pikulicka, a freelance correspondent for Al-Jazeera and The Guardian based in Tashkent, the capital, visited LGBTQ activist Miraziz Bazarov, who…

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Uzbek blogger Otabek Sattoriy detained, charged with extortion

New York, February 8, 2021 – Uzbek authorities should immediately release journalist Otabek Sattoriy, drop all charges against him, and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 30, in the southern city of Termez, a group of plain-clothed police officers detained Sattoriy, a blogger who covers alleged local…

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Uzbek parliament moves to criminalize ‘dissemination of false information’

New York, December 21, 2020 – Uzbek authorities should halt attempts to criminalize sharing allegedly false information and ensure that journalists can operate freely without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 15, deputies of the lower chamber of Uzbekistan’s parliament, the Oliy Majlis, approved amendments to the country’s criminal…

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Uzbek authorities interrogate journalists, confiscate equipment over retracted COVID-19 report

Since July 25, 2020, Uzbek police and representatives of the country’s public prosecutor’s office have interrogated at least six local journalists and confiscated their computers and mobile devices, according to news reports and journalists who spoke to CPJ. On July 25, several local Uzbek outlets shared allegations originally published on the news website Repost that…

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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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