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Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking
May 13, 2019

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: A Tale of Blocking and Unblocking

By Catherine Putz
While Kazakhstan may have a more vibrant media space than Uzbekistan, the trends in each country are moving in opposite directions.

Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist
July 12, 2018

Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist

By Catherine Putz
Khayrullo Mirsaidov reported corruption in a November 2017 open letter. On July 11 he was convicted of embezzlement.
Journalism in Kyrgyzstan: Shoot the Messenger?
March 16, 2018

Journalism in Kyrgyzstan: Shoot the Messenger?

By Franco Galdini
Pressure on the press has increased in Central Asia’s so-called island of democracy.

With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
January 03, 2018

With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom

By Catherine Putz
Astana consulted journalists on revisions to the country's media law, and then ignored their recommendations.

The Next Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Opening
July 06, 2017

The Next Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Opening

By Catherine Putz
Human Rights Watch and the BBC’s Uzbek service are getting access to the country again.

Insulting the President: Defamation Cases Against Local Media Move Ahead in Kyrgyzstan
July 01, 2017

Insulting the President: Defamation Cases Against Local Media Move Ahead in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Similar cases against RFE/RL were dropped in May, but a local Kyrgyz media outlet remains under legal pressure.

Per Capita, Turkmenistan Jails Far More Journalists Than China
August 19, 2016

Per Capita, Turkmenistan Jails Far More Journalists Than China

By Casey Michel
In an already underreported region, journalists face jail simply for doing their jobs.
US Aims to Increase Funding for Alternative Media Sources in Central Asia
June 16, 2016

US Aims to Increase Funding for Alternative Media Sources in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The US State Department wants to counteract “Russia’s well-financed propaganda machine.”

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