While I was surfing the internet desperately trying to find more information about the intolerant sanctions of the new governor Akhmadjan Usmanoiv in Andijan province of Uzbekistan, I came across with two controversial articles.
The first one is on Fergana.ru and illustrates the reaction of Andijani dwellers to the sanctions of the new governor. Here is one of them given in the article:
“I always pray five times a day,” an elderly woman said. “Abandoning the namaz [prayer] because of my work, that’ll certainly be a sin. If I keep praying, however, it may cost me my job. To tell you the truth, I curse the new hokim [uzb. â€œgovernorâ€?] every day. That’s about all I can do…”
The other info that I found is at Press-uz.info. The statement criticizes the author of the first article, at Fergana.ru. It says that a â€œcleverâ€? journalist would never put his/her signature under such nonsense.
â€œEven a journalist with least convolutions of the brain would not dare to write such a statement. Citizens of Andijan differ from others by being rigid keepers of their customs. Is it possible in Andijan, where people stick firmly to their traditions, to give the authorization to sell alcohol beverages in the places of public catering? Nonsense! … The way of thinking of the time-worker of Fergana.ru is roughly like this: â€œEveryone is talking about Andijan. One can make up anything taking advantage of it. Anyway, the main thing is a honorariumâ€?.
Furtherer, it compares the author from Fergana.ru with the main character of the novel â€œThe Twelve chairsâ€? by Ilf and Petrov, Gavriil Trubetskoi, who ended up badly for dispersing wrong information.
Press-uz.info is known as a pro-governmental site, and from its article it is obvious that the government of Uzbekistan is doing its best to keep most things in secret, which are actually not secret any more. A journalist, who is blaming the other journalist for not being professional, seems to forget the main rule of the media: you can never hide the truth when it is obvious. However, you can read them by yourselves and make your own conclusions. Unfortunately, the second article that is on press-uz.info is in Russian.