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World U.S. envoy to Uzbekistan urges release of detained journalist

10:46  14 august  2020
10:46  14 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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– Immediately and unconditionally release journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, and drop the criminal charges against him; – Protect Abdullaev from torture and ill-treatment pending release , including by ensuring access to adequate medical treatment, legal counsel of his choice and his family

The detained journalists were charged with writing articles calling for the violent overthrow of the regime in Uzbekistan under a pseudonym. The journalists recognized that their articles had raised problems, but denied that this included calls to violence. When security forces officers in charge with

TASHKENT (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Uzbekistan has urged the Central Asian nation and its neighbour Kyrgyzstan to set free an Uzbek journalist detained on suspicion of anonymously criticising the government on social media.

a group of people posing for a photo: FILE PHOTO: Uzbek journalist Abdullayev is seen after a court hearing in Tashkent © Reuters/Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov FILE PHOTO: Uzbek journalist Abdullayev is seen after a court hearing in Tashkent

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Kyrgyzstan authorities should immediately release Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev and allow him to work freely. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement. On August 9, officers with the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security detained Abdullaev

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But the U.S. ambassador to Tashkent, Daniel Rosenblum, said he was "deeply concerned" by the case of Bobomurod Abdullayev, who was detained this month in Kyrgyzstan at Uzbekistan's request.

Abdullayev has told Kyrgyz media he was accused of being behind an anonymous Facebook account which published allegations of corruption among senior Uzbek officials. Uzbekistan is now seeking his extradition.

"The governments of both Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan should respect Mr. Abdullayev’s freedom of movement and allow him to depart the Kyrgyz Republic to his destination of choice," Rosenblum tweeted late on Thursday.

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"President Mirziyoyev spoke eloquently about media freedom and journalists’ rights in his Constitution Day speech last December, and many times since. The U.S. agrees that a free and independent media is indispensable to a functioning democracy."

Abdullayev came to prominence in a landmark case in 2018 when an Uzbek court cleared him of charges of conspiring against the government, although he was still sentenced to community service for anti-government propaganda.

His case highlighted the thaw initiated under Mirziyoyev following the 27-year rule of his predecessor Islam Karimov who had tolerated no dissent and whose poor human rights record had drawn strong criticism from Western countries.

Mirziyoyev became president in 2016 after Karimov's death.

(Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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