Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Uzbekistan

Independent Uzbek Journalist Summoned Following Critical Coverage

By RFE/RL's Uzbek Service

A well-known independent journalist in Uzbekistan has been summoned by police following his coverage of state compensation to homeowners whose properties were demolished.

Said Abdurakhimov, who is known to his readers as Sid Yanyshev, says he was summoned by police in Tashkent on June 26.

He said officers informed him that a group of local residents had filed a lawsuit, accusing him of interference in the neighborhood’s internal issues.

It is not clear what official charges, if any, will be put forward against Abdurakhimov.

Abdurakhimov says many local residents have asked him to write about their problems in an effort to publicize the issue.

Many private houses were demolished in Tashkent's Shaikhantaur District to make way for a new highway.

The owners of the demolished houses have complained that authorities have not properly compensated their losses.  

 

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