A journalist threatened for his coverage of the fight against terrorism

RSF Europe <europe@rsf.org>

Тема:

UZBEKISTAN / A journalist threatened for his coverage of the fight against terrorism ; OUZBEKISTAN / Un journaliste menac? pour sa couverture de la lutte antiterroriste

Дата:

Thu, 22 Apr 2004 10:10:33 +0200

Кому:

Recipient List Suppressed: ;


PRESS
FREEDOM

22 April 2004


International Secretariat
Europe Desk

5, rue Geoffroy-Marie 75009 Paris France
T?l : (33) 1 44 83 84 84
Fax : (33) 1 45 23 11 51
E-mail : europe@rsf.org
Web : http://www.rsf.org
http://www.press-freedom.org

UZBEKISTAN


A journalist threatened for his coverage of the fight against terrorism

Reporters Without Borders has condemned threats made against Tulkin Karaev, correspondent for the British Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran radio, by the national security services (SNB).

The journalist was warned that he would be accused of collaborating with extremists unless he changed his coverage of action taken by the authorities after bombings that shook the country at the end of March 2004.

«It is obvious that the government is using illegal methods to apply pressure to journalists who challenge censorship in Uzbekistan,» said the international press freedom organisation.

«Karaev did no more than report the facts and accounts of violent methods used by the security forces against Moslems. This behaviour stresses the dangerous secrecy with which the Uzbek authorities surround both the fight against terrorism and terrorist acts themselves.»

Karaev, who works in Kachdaria for the media training organisation IWPR and the Uzbek service of Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran radio, received a call on 15 April from a man calling himself «Guyam». He said he was a member of the SNB and threatened to take legal action against the journalist for collaborating with Islamist extremists unless he stopped putting out «false information».

At the beginning of April, Karaev did several reports on the Iranian radio about waves of arrests of Moslems accused of being fundamentalists and terrorists. He also reported accounts of illegal and violent methods used by the security forces, including allegedly planting drugs on an imam during his arrest.

A series of explosions, attacks and suicide bombings, followed by police operations in Tashkent and Bukhara, left 47 dead at the end of March. The government blamed radical Islamists for the attacks and in particular the group Hizb-ut Tahrir, which denied all involvement.

Many journalists complained of the paucity of information given by the authorities, which they said, was against public interest. Many people only heard about the 29 March explosions through Russian television channels and websites. Uzbek TV and radio either delayed broadcasting the news for several hours or in some cases gave no coverage at all.

LIBERTE DE
LA PRESSE

22 avril 2004


Secr?tariat international
Bureau Europe

5, rue Geoffroy-Marie 75009 Paris France
T?l : (33) 1 44 83 84 84
Fax : (33) 1 45 23 11 51
E-mail : europe@rsf.org
Web : http://www.rsf.org
http://www.press-freedom.org


OUZBEKISTAN

Un journaliste menac? pour sa couverture de la lutte antiterroriste


Reporters sans fronti?res d?nonce les menaces dont a fait l’objet Tulkin Karaev, correspondant pour l’organisation britannique IWPR et la radio La Voix de la R?publique Islamique d’Iran, de la part du service de la s?curit? nationale (SNB). Le journaliste a ?t? averti qu’il serait accus? de collaboration avec des extr?mistes s’il ne modifiait pas sa couverture des actions entreprises par les autorit?s apr?s les attentats qui ont secou? le pays fin mars 2004.

«Preuve est faite que le pouvoir emploie des moyens ill?gaux pour faire pression sur les journalistes qui bravent la censure en Ouzb?kistan. Tulkin Karaev n’a fait que rapporter des faits et des t?moignages sur les m?thodes violentes employ?es par les forces de l’ordre contre des musulmans. Ce comportement souligne l’opacit? dangereuse dont les autorit?s ouzb?kes entourent tant la lutte antiterroriste que les actes terroristes eux-m?mes», a d?clar? Reporters sans fronti?res.


Le 15 avril, Tulkin Karaev, correspondant ? Kachdaria pour l’organisation britannique d’aide au d?veloppement des m?dias IWPR et pour le service ouzbek de la radio La Voix de la R?publique Islamique d’Iran, a re?u un appel d’un homme d?nomm? «Gouyam», se pr?sentant comme un membre du SNB. Ce dernier a menac? de lancer ? l’encontre du journaliste des poursuites judiciaires pour collaboration avec des extr?mistes islamistes s’il n’arr?tait pas de diffuser de «fausses informations».

D?but avril, le journaliste avait, dans plusieurs reportages pour la radio iranienne, fait ?tat des arrestations massives de musulmans accus?s d’?tre des fondamentalistes et des terroristes. Il avait rapport? des t?moignages sur les m?thodes ill?gales et violentes des forces de l’ordre, dont le cas d’un imam sur qui la police aurait d?lib?r?ment plac? de la drogue lors de son arrestation.

Fin mars 2004, une s?rie d’explosions, attaques et attentats-suicides, suivis d’op?rations polici?res ? Tachkent et ? Boukhara, ont fait 47 morts. Les incidents ont ?t? attribu?s par les autorit?s ? des islamistes radicaux et notamment au groupe Hizb-ut Tahrir, qui a d?menti toute implication.

Plusieurs journalistes se sont plaints de la pauvret? des informations donn?es par les autorit?s, au d?triment de l’int?r?t public. La population a pris connaissance des explosions du 29 mars gr?ce aux cha?nes de t?l?vision russes et ? des sites Internet, les cha?nes et les radios ouzb?kes ayant tant?t retard? la diffusion de plusieurs heures, tant?t ignor? l’information.


Soria Blatmann
Responsable Bureau Europe / Head Europe Desk
Reporters sans fronti?res / Reporters Without Borders
5, rue Geoffroy Marie
75 009 Paris, France
tel. 33 (1) 44 83 84 67, fax 33 (1) 45 23 11 51
email : europe@rsf.org
Web : http://www.rsf.org

Javob berish

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Изменить )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Изменить )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Изменить )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Изменить )

Connecting to %s