More Libel Tourism

by Joshua Foust on 4/16/2011 · 6 comments

After my blood pressure dropped a bit, I read this story again. And I still didn’t feel any better about it.

The 33-year-old daughter of Uzbekistan’s brutal authoritarian ruler Islam Karimov, Karimova-Tillyeva recently filed suit against the independent French website over an article that allegedly identified her as the daughter of a dictator and characterized her charity work in France as an attempt to whitewash the reputation of Uzbekistan’s repressive ruling regime.

Karimova-Tillyeva charges that one of the articles written by reporter Augustin Scalbert about her charity work is defamatory. Scalbert says her lawyers are seeking 30,000 euros ($48,000) in moral damages.

Now, it’s true that Lola is no GooGoo-Sha (and not as thuggish), but still. Maybe while she’s busy at UNESCO she can help come up with a plan for the hundreds of Uzbeks that Russia is deporting for living, unregistered, in an appalling shanty town underneath Moscow.

“We couldn’t have imagined that so many people could live in such a small area,” police told “It stank so awful there you could faint.”

According to official reports, the migrants living in the underground town were manufacturing blades and needles for sewing machines. The migrants found will likely be deported, although some may be investigated and prosecuted for criminal activity.

Not to be too indelicate, but Lola, baby, if your country was so awesome that criticizing it was an immoral defamation your people wouldn’t leave it for slave labor in shantytowns in Moscow.

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Timur April 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

It’s an impressing story, the bitter truth. Malice is in their bloods, the only way to get rid of it is to hope these tyrants perish.

CG April 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

In other news from the Karimov family: the other daughter has been asked to mediate in a different form of violation of labor migrants’ rights, this time however it’s migration to Uzbekistan:

David April 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

Otherwise, Uzbekistan appears to be getting remarkably sympathetic coverage in the French media :

Nathan April 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

it doesn’t appear that she is suing anyone for criticizing her country, but for defaming her (saying that her charity work is a sham to whitewash her country’s reputation). perhaps i am being gauche.

kabin April 19, 2011 at 6:32 am

Lov the fact that you can take these aerial pictures with ease. but are the commercial and practical applications of these technologies even relevant?

xcvbnm April 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

they use provocateurs now. what will you do?
look at these provocateurs’ faces.

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