Alisher Sidikov is the director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Uzbek Language Service, known locally as Radio Ozodlik. The service's website, ozodlik.org, is the most visited news-site in the Uzbek language, averaging over 500,000 visits per month. During his tenure, Mr. Sidikov has led the service in pioneering the use of new platforms to engage audiences and deliver uncensored news in one of the world's most closed countries, whose human rights record Freedom House rates among "the worst of the worst." Mr. Sidikov's signature show is “Ozodlik Online,” a live, interactive, current events show that operates through social media and on Skype. He was one of the handful of journalists who covered the 2005 Andijon massacre in Uzbekistan, and later reported on it to NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Council Security Forum. He also covered NATO’s 2006 Riga and 2008 Bucharest conferences and the 60-anniversary summit in Strasbourg -Kehl. Prior to joining RFE/RL in 2005, he served as a correspondent and broadcaster for the BBC’s Uzbek service in Tashkent and London. Mr. Sidikov was awarded “Journalist of the Year” by Reporters without Borders- Stockholm in 2005. He holds an MA and BA in Middle East Politics and Arabic from the University of Oriental Studies, Tashkent, although his MA diploma was withheld as a result of his association with the BBC. He speaks Uzbek, English, Russian, Turkish, Arabic and Persian.
BA in Middle East Politics and Arabic, University of Oriental Studies, 2001 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan). Alisher has completed a Masters program at the University of Oriental Studies as well, but the diploma was witheld due to his activities with the BBC.
In addition to his activities with RFE/RL and the BBC, Alisher has been quoted as an expert by the International Crisis Group.