Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Libya Is Close To Civil War But Uzbek TV Audience Knows Nothing – WHY?

Posted by Info on 02/03/2011

Libya is on the brink of a civil war. The leader of the country, Muammar Gaddafi, is quite unsuccessful to stop it using armored vehicles and machine guns on the one hand, and financial subsidies on the other: the government announced each family in the capital would receive monthly 400 US dollars and state employees’ salaries would hike by 150 percent.
Kuwaiti authorities are taking similar measures by handing out packs of money to citizens so they do not take to street.
Other countries of the region are feeling the fever as well: Mauritania, Yemen, Bahrain and Oman are rocked by rallies demanding reforms and corrupt rulers’ resignation. Popular uprisings are thus taking over more and more Arab countries in the region.

However, the Uzbek TV audience knows nothing about these historic events…. the topic is now strictly banned from airing. Apparently, some forces do not want the Uzbek citizens to “draw unnecessary comparisons”. Thus, no single TV company is covering the turmoil in the Arab world.

On 26 February, the main state-run TV channel used its news bulletin, Akhborot, to talk about the saving of tens of ships from ice in the Baltic Sea, terrorist insurgencies in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic…. The half-an-hour long news bulletin did not drop even a word about the turmoil in the Middle East.
The Tashkent TV channel aired a similar coverage. The channel’s Poytakht news bulletin provided a detailed coverage of the recent parliamentary elections in Ireland, France’s Nicolas Sarkozy visiting Ankara, a strike staged by railway employees in Germany, same oil price hikes (no reason provided) and the release of the latest handheld computer. The Uzbek TV did not think the events in Libya and the rest of the Arab world were worthy of coverage.

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