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OSCE Urges Tajikistan To Release BBC Reporter


BBC correspondent Urunboy Usmonov in a June photo

BBC correspondent Urunboy Usmonov in a June photo

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) representative on freedom of the media has urged Tajik authorities to release detained BBC reporter Urunboy Usmonov.

Dunja Mijatovic said she was still awaiting an official response on Usmonov's case.

Mijatovic on June 16 sent a letter to Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi in which she called the arrest of Usmonov an attempt to censor reporting on sensitive issues.

Usmonov, who has worked for the BBC Central Asian Service for 10 years, was arrested on June 13 for alleged membership in a radical organization.
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