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Tajik Independent Newspaper's License Annulled

DUSHANBE -- The license of an independent newspaper has been withdrawn in Tajikistan.

The chief editor of "Hafta" (The Week) weekly, Hikmatyor Hikmatzoda, told RFE/RL on February 17 that the Culture Ministry had withdrawn the license because the newspaper has covered issues that were not outlined in the periodical's charter.

According to the ministry, the newspaper was registered last autumn as a new media outlet focusing on culture and education topics, while its first issue in mid-January carried articles with different content.

The newspaper published several articles and interviews on issues related to the social, economic, and political situation in the country.