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.