Internews Employees Convicted

by Nathan Hamm on 8/5/2005 · 1 comment

Two Internews employees on trial in Uzbekistan have as expected been convicted.

The Internews staff members, Khalida Anarbaeva, a director, and Olga Narmuradova, an accountant, were charged with publishing information and producing videos without a license.

Internews said the judge delivered his verdict in a closed court and also accused Internews of “meddling in the politics of Uzbekistan and in the politics of the president.”

Because the defendants are women, they were automatically eligible for a presidential amnesty, so they will not serve time in jail. But they will have criminal records.

So the judge has laid baire that the content of the reporting rather than a paperwork problem is at the heart of the charges. Because especially after Andijon, the role of the press in Uzbekistan doesn’t include discussion of the president or politics, unless of course one slanders the opposition.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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