Tulqin Qoraev Arrested — Crackdown

by Nathan Hamm on 6/6/2005

Arena reports that independent journalist Tulqin Qoraev has been arrested. A machine translation of the story is available here.

Qoraev works for IWPR and Voice of Iran’s Uzbek service. He formerly worked for Voice of America’s Uzbek service.

By the way, Arena is an excellent source of news having to do with journalism in Uzbekistan. If you read Russian, that is. Like with Ferghana.ru, their English website is not nearly as up-to-date.

RFE/RL has a story on Uzbekistan’s crackdown on journalists and activists that mentions Qoraev.

Tulqin Qoraev, who works for the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and has contributed to Radio Iran’s Uzbek programs, was among the latest to be detained. Qoraev, who freelanced in the past for RFE/RL, was arrested on 4 June in his hometown Qarshi in southern Uzbekistan.

Relatives told RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service that officers brought Qoraev before a judge, who charged him with hooliganism.

“He was detained by the Interior Ministry officers and charged at the city court,” said Qoraev’s brother. They used a woman for this slander, for this provocation. He is charged with hooliganism under Article 183 (of the Uzbek Criminal Code). I don’t know about other charges.”

The independent Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (HRSU) reported that a woman at a bus stop attacked Qoraev and a friend of his and later filed a suit against the reporter.

There’s much more on the crackdown in the entire story.

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