Banned in Uzbekistan

by Laurence on 3/26/2005 · 3 comments

From “Arena” – Banned themes in Uzbek media:

Banned words

Below is a small list of words which are banned from use in the newspapers, on the radio and TV:

shahid (terrorist should be used instead),
despotism,
tyranny,
clans,
communist party,
rebels, and
revolution.

The following words can be used but only when the materials is not about Uzbekistan:

corruption,
dictatorship,
mafia,
nationalism,
slavery,
torture,
poverty,
opposition,
human rights,
women’s rights,
speech freedom, and
free world.

D.Morphius


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{ 2 comments }

Nathan March 26, 2005 at 11:25 am

That second list highlights pretty clearly the “Everything’s cool in Uzbekistan, evertyhing’s scary everywhere else” sense one gets from the news in Uzbekistan.

upyernoz March 26, 2005 at 12:33 pm

its funny that “free world” is banned from being used to discuss uzbekistan, but you can use it to describe the rest of the world.

maybe that’s not quite what they intended?

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