Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Tajik Journalist Facing 16 Years Imprisonment For Criticizing Government

Posted by Info on 12/10/2011

Tajik journalist Mahmadyusuf Ismoilov who works for the local newspaper Nuri Zindagi, has been held in pre-trial detention since November 2010. He was indicted for criminal libel and insult of public officials, extortion and incitement of “regional hatred.” According to the Tajik prosecutors, he committed most of these crimes in an August 2010 newspaper article.

“If journalists who criticize government officials face criminal charges, lengthy investigative detention and punitive prison sentences, Tajikistan risks stifling public discourse,” said Mijatović OSCE representative.
His many months of detention have already sent a threatening message to Tajikistan’s journalists.”

“I look forward to my upcoming visit to Tajikistan to discuss with the authorities this and other issues of concern to my Office, including the ongoing trial against BBC correspondent Urunboi Usmonov,. the OSCE stands ready to assist Tajikistan in reforming its criminal defamation legislation in order to prevent imprisonment of journalists.”


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