Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) –
• State deploys analysts to build sweeping criminal defamation cases.
Numerous regional and international news websites are blocked.
Journalists in prison on December 1, the highest figure in the region.
Even as President Islam Karimov was calling for more “active” news reporting, his government was rolling out a new tactic designed to quash critical journalism. Using an obscure state agency to formulate the charges, Uzbek prosecutors arrested at least three journalists on vague allegations of defamation. In one of the cases, a photographer was convicted of insulting the whole of Uzbek citizenry with her images of life in rural Uzbekistan.
Attacks on the Press 2010: Uzbekistan