RFE/RL Uzbek Service Shut Down

by Nathan Hamm on 12/12/2005 · 1 comment

For those who didn’t see it in the comments, Ferghana.ru is reporting that the Uzbek Foreign Ministry has denied accreditation to Radio Liberty’s Tashkent bureau.

In the official letter to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty president Geoffrey Trimble, the ministry said it had to take this decision because of “non-observance of rules regulating professional activity of correspondents of foreign media on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan”.

The unforgivable crime in question is the use of Uzbek citizens as stringers–“so-called freelance correspondents” in the words of the ministry–in Radio Liberty’s reporting. Such behavior is, according to the ministry, “a serious violation of laws of Uzbekistan.”

Back when I was a volunteer, we often wondered how one could determine whether or not something was illegal in Uzbekistan. We decided that if one had to ask or even slightly wonder about an action, it was probably illegal under the right circumstances.* This appears to be getting truer every day.

* “under the right circumstances” = “at the whim of officials”

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Katy December 13, 2005 at 5:36 am

Calling out a radio transfer…


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