Muhammad Bekjanov

Muhammad Bekzhanov

28 April 2014

Muhammad Bekzhanov is one of the world’s longest held journalists. Until he had to flee abroad in 1994, he edited Erk (Freedom), a newspaper that was President Islam Karimov’s leading media critic. After the government blaming a series of bombings in Tashkent in 1999 on pro-democracy groups as well as armed Islamists, it got the […]

Mutabar Tadjibayeva

Mutabar Tadjibayeva

28 April 2014

Six years ago, Mutabar Tadjibayeva was fighting for her life in an Uzbek prison. While jailed from October 2005 to June 2008, this independent journalist and human rights right defender spent more than 100 days in solitary and was subjected to monstrous forms of mistreatment for refusing to sign a confession. Her crime? Documenting human […]