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Uzbek Photographer Convicted, Amnestied For Libel

Umida Ahmedova (center) waits for the verdict in front of the court building in Tashkent.
An Uzbek court has convicted an award-winning photographer for defaming Uzbekistan with her pictures about the daily struggles of ordinary people, but then immediately amnestied her.

Umida Ahmedova, 54, was convicted of portraying people in Uzbekistan as backward and impoverished in a collection of photographs and a documentary film, both financed by the Swiss Embassy in Tashkent.

The charges against her had carried a maximum sentence of two years in a labor camp or six months in jail.

compiled from agency material