In the Public Interest

by Nathan Hamm on 4/4/2007 · 5 comments

As anyone who has ever watched the news on Uzbek television networks will tell you, everything in Uzbekistan is fine. Peace and prosperity are everywhere to be found. Enemies of the state who gnash their teeth at the achievements in the age of post-independence wonders are eager for any news with which they might tar the government. And the prime minister’s press secretary just met with members of the press to remind them not to supply any such ammunition, but to instead bring all bad news to the government, assuring them that any problems they find will be dealt with quickly.

Organized on the premises of the newspaper Halk Suzi or People’s Word, the meeting was sparked by a sketchy piece in some media outlet that had mentioned – tactfully, so as not to offend anyone – problems with central heating, running water, and electric power.

As far as Kudratkhojayev was concerned, journalists should think twice before offering pieces like that for publication.

As it turned out, enemies of sovereign Uzbekistan who have been losing sleep over its economic prosperity keep track of all critical publications in the local media. Needless to say, they never hesitate to use the facts that become public knowledge to promote their malicious purposes.

Of course, you may be thinking to yourself that the press should make a government feel like it is constantly subject to public scrutiny so that it is less likely to allow embarrassing problems to develop. But I assure you, that’s just silly…

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Brian April 4, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Well I’m assuming that you submit most of your posts to the American government for scrutiny before you post them. That is, unless you hate America.

Nathan April 4, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Only the ones that might make them look bad! They never get back to me though…

However, were you to ask certain readers, all my posts are written in a government office.

Joshua Foust April 4, 2007 at 2:39 pm

That’s funny – I thought we were always at war with Eastasia.

Botir April 5, 2007 at 6:05 am

It is on one side to control Uzbek mass media, on the other Kudrathojaev and his pals want to earn money like that…first they do a favour and cover the officials’ errors, and then they ask them to do what they want…by the way this kudrathojaev is another classicla type of Uzbek officials..his brothers control 3 popular tabloid newspapers in uzbekistan, and he forces newspaper selling companies to buy them..what a great tandem.

Botir April 5, 2007 at 6:08 am

i would also check further this guy’s blog…

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