Uzbekistan and the Press

by Nathan Hamm on 10/19/2005 · 3 comments

For those who may not have heard, Galima Bukharbaeva has been selected to receive an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In other news of the press and Uzbekistan, the BBC World Service’s Jenny Norton has been banned from entering Uzbekistan for her role in reporting on the Andijon massacre and relaying audio to London. (And if I’m not mistaken, Ms. Bukharbaeva also recorded audio that day.)

Something Norton says in the story sheds interesting light on the government’s claims that the press was in town because they knew what was coming.

“I was in Andijan up until the afternoon before the unrest happened, reporting on a long-running protest outside the local court where a group of businessmen were on trial accused of being Islamic extremists. Many of the people I spoke to were caught up in the violence the following day. Some of them died. Some of them are still on the run.”

Obviously the entire protest was all a ruse to give the journalists cover as they prepared to hatch their insidious plot.


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brian October 19, 2005 at 11:03 pm

I saw that story he did about the peaceful protest outside the courthouse… it seems trite now, but at the time that peaceful protest itself was unprecedented in Uzbekistan… a large sit-in protest for a trial. It was actually a pretty good story.

brian October 19, 2005 at 11:05 pm

Whoops, I meant ‘she’.

Bertrand October 20, 2005 at 4:45 am

Kudos to Galima. It’s a richly-deserved award.

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