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Central Asia is a totally free-press-free-zone
Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 – 15:53 | 3 Comments

A free press provides a window through which all other abuses of fundamental rights can be revealed.
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Today is World Press Freedom Day celebrated everywhere but in totalitarian countries. In …

CyberChaikhana’s media chapter: “When the pen runs dry”
Wednesday, 22 Sep, 2010 – 5:00 | No Comment
CyberChaikhana’s media chapter: “When the pen runs dry”

neweurasia’s Schwartz publishes the next chapter rough draft for CyberChaikhana, this time focusing on media in Central Asia, and all the peaks and pitfalls that accompanies it. “It has been said that information is the lifeblood of democracies,” he writes, “but in Central Asia, information itself could use a good injection of hemoglobin.”

To those in need of teeth
Thursday, 4 Feb, 2010 – 5:36 | No Comment
To those in need of teeth

Recently President Karimov again mentioned about leading role of mass-media in Uzbekistan. Considering sensitivity of this issue and increasing cases of pressure on independent journalists (i.e. thos who don’t work in the official media), Uzbek …

Who Decides the Truth: The Unreality of Journalism, Part 3
Friday, 17 Jul, 2009 – 9:00 | 4 Comments
Who Decides the Truth: The Unreality of Journalism, Part 3

In the third part of Musafirbek Ozod’s special post series for the CyberChaikhana project, the young blogger reflects upon his reasons and recalls a haunting encounter with an editor in which the very notion of Truth — and what it would take to be a journalist seeking after it — is exploded.

Our Youth Must Be Happier Than Us: The Unreality of Journalism, Part 2
Wednesday, 15 Jul, 2009 – 9:00 | 6 Comments
Our Youth Must Be Happier Than Us: The Unreality of Journalism, Part 2

neweurasia’s Musafirbek explores the obstacles with which young journalists are faced in Uzbekistan’s media industry. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, they find themselves trapped in a self-perpetuating system undermining not only their careers, but their very ideals.

Hell Hides Behind Paradise: The Unreality of Journalism, Part 1
Friday, 3 Jul, 2009 – 16:12 | 8 Comments
Hell Hides Behind Paradise: The Unreality of Journalism, Part 1

neweurasia’s Musafirbek Ozod goes beyond statistics and formal reports to write about what it’s actually like to live and work as a journalist in Uzbekistan, revealing the hellish conditions behind the headlines. This is the first part of a series, and part of the ongoing CyberChaikhana project.