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Tajikistan Criticized For Prosecuting Reporters

DUSHANBE, August 10, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Media rights groups have criticized Tajik prosecutors for opening criminal cases against three journalists, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

Dushanbe prosecutor's office launched criminal libel cases against three female reporters for the tabloid newspaper "Ovoza," Farangis Nabieva, Muhayo Nozimov, and Saida Qurgonova.

The journalists co-authored an article critical of a singer. They have been ordered not to leave Dushanbe.

Media advocacy groups in Tajikistan and Russia called on Dushanbe to stop prosecuting journalists for their professional activity.

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