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Uzbek Broadcasters Set To Self-Destruct

Uzbek authorities have been taking steps to ensure they keep a tight hold over all TV broadcasts. (file photo)
Uzbek authorities have been taking steps to ensure they keep a tight hold over all TV broadcasts. (file photo)
The headline says it all.
 
Uzbekistan's cabinet of ministers met on April 14 and sent out the word -- all the country's television and radio stations have to rig their facilities to be blown up.
 
Not the whole complex, however.
 
According to RFE/RL's Uzbek Service, Ozodlik, broadcast media has until May 14 to place "self-destructing devices" on transmitter apparatus so that, in the event of the station falling into hostile hands, all broadcasting can be cut immediately.
 
The Uzbek ministers know about the recent captures of broadcasting stations in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian forces and this is perhaps the ministers' way of pre-empting similar events in Uzbekistan.
 
Only a small group of people would have access to the detonation device for an individual station, hopefully no one who easily gets disgusted with the quality of television or radio programming. 
 
The National Security Service (SNB) is tasked with overseeing every step of this last resort in censorship.
 
As of when this article went to print, the SNB is also checking ventilation ducts in broadcast buildings and I think everyone sees where this is going...
 
Indeed, ventilation chutes, ducts and shafts leading toward studios are not permitted to be big enough for anyone to crawl through. Studios cannot be connected to other rooms either, such as a bathroom.
 
So it seems no studios can be seized in Uzbekistan.
 
No more live programming either, even news programs.
 
At least two policemen from the Interior Ministry must be part of every station's security force.
 
And before we wrap this up, other recent rules require journalists to submit all questions they intend to ask at a press conference, in advance for approval.
 
Also, no travel abroad without prior approval and in this, journalists join a growing number of professionals who are essentially trapped in Uzbekistan (Qishloq Ovozi will look at that list soon).
 
Additionally, Ozodlik colleagues said it has been standard practice for years now that everyone entering a broadcast station is checked, their documents checked, sometimes more than once.
 
There is a also list of topics and people, some of them historical, that are not to be mentioned and guests on programs are reminded of this list of taboo subjects continually from the time they enter the station grounds until the program they are on starts.
 
So, Central Asia's "Ukraine Fall Out" scorecard now includes; Uzbekistan putting explosives on station transmission equipment, Kazakhstan's new regulation on media during a state of emergency that essentially delays dissemination of news by up to 24 hours; and authorities in the Tajik capital Dushanbe ordering all old and spare tires taken to a dump 40 kilometers outside the city.
 
It will be interesting to see what's next.
 
-- Bruce Pannier with contributions from Shukrat Babajanov, Farruh Yusufiy, and Oktambek Karimov of RFE/RL's Uzbek Service
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 24, 2014 14:33
I wonder why?
If bloody Russian Empire is back, whose side are the leaders
and governments of former USSR republics?
Just to protect their countries from GRU-Spetcnaz repeiting Ukraine scenario?
1.
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Are they still act as USSR Quisling of plundering them Russia, as slaves, from Eastern European industrial labor through plantation of Sentral Asia?
Do they expect people protests against Russians and try accommodate Russian insurgents by shutting of media and communications?
2.
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Are they with their people and trying to protect them from the
scenario of Russian insurgency into Ukraine by denying them
possibility access media and Communications?
3.
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Are they just think of power of media among Moslem believers
that may have unpredictable impact on population and events?
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RUSSIA IS MAD!
THEY TRYING TO RESURRECT EMPIRE,
SLAVERY AND TOTAL OVERPOPULATION BY SERFERY
UNDER RUSSIAN "POMESH'IKS"!
SADISTIC DEGENERATES, STOP YOUR LYING DER'MO!
OPEN TRUTH TO THE FORMER USSR NATIONS!
RETURN EVERYTHING AND OFFER TRUE CIS!
REPENT FOR YOUR CRIMES AND PAY FOR IT
BEFORE JUST AND MERCIFUL NATIONS!
YOU CANNOT BE THEIR MASTERS,
ONLY EQUALS ON MERITS!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
April 25, 2014 14:46
Guys, how are you doing? What is new on the Eastern front of the "anti-terrorist operation" in Ukraine :-)? It looks like the de facto govt in Kiev is just as talented as their bosses from Washington DC: the same way the gringo rats got their asses kicked in Afghanistan, Irak, Syria and Venezuela, Turch and Yats are getting theirs kicked in Slaviansk and Kramatorsk :-)).
Good job, guys, and please keep doing it: you can't imagine how much fun it is seeing you getting stuck in another one of those low-intensity conflicts that you are so good at losing :-)).

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Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect some of the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change. Content will draw on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad. The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.

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