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In the ongoing battle of pen and gavel, the gavel’s asking for peace
Written by , Wednesday, 14 Apr, 2010 – 9:00 | One Comment
Photograph by Flickr user swirling thoughts (CC-usage).

Photograph by Flickr user swirling thoughts (CC-usage).

The three judges who launched a multimillion lawsuit against three leading independent newspapers in Tajikistan have offered the defendants peace talks to finish what they describe as “the unprecedented and widespread media campaign against the whole justice system in the county”.

To me as a long-time observer of the dispute, and probably also you, the reader, will feel that the judges are exaggerating the situation.  There is no such campaign, just one lawyer Solehjon Juraev, who is revealing more and more details of the decision-making process at the top level of the justice system — the Supreme Court of Tajikistan.

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In Tajikistan, the press’s oldest weapons are also its best
Written by , Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010 – 11:12 | 4 Comments
In the battle with the Tajikistan justice system, independent media has its own useful weapons.  Photograph by Flickr user Mathonan (CC-usage).

In the battle with the Tajikistan justice system, independent media has its own useful weapons, and a lawyer isn't afraid to use them. Photograph by Flickr user Mathonan (CC-usage).

Editor’s note: The saga of three judges and three newspapers continues in Tajikistan and has taken an interesting turn as the journalists fight back with a new recording revealing the corruption in the Supreme Court.  neweurasia’s Alpharabius reports. Check out his continuing coverage here.

Solehjon Juraev, the lawyer who ignited an astronomic lawsuit against three major independent newspapers in Tajikistan and who is the fourth defendant in the case, has made good on his promise by publishing another sensational recording that exposes the corrupt practices of the Supreme Court.  The transcript could very well tilt the situation in favor of the newspapers.

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Welcome to Tajikistan in 2010: can the search for truth be unethical?
Written by , Monday, 15 Mar, 2010 – 9:00 | One Comment
Is corruption or survival the elephant in the room in Tajikistan?  Image by Flickr user David Blackwell (CC-usage).

Is corruption or survival the elephant in the room in Tajikistan? Image by Flickr user David Blackwell (CC-usage).

Editor’s note: neweurasia readers will already be well-acquainted with the ongoing Roghun project and the controversy surrounding it, as well as the news, announced first by our network, of a massive lawsuit by a trio of judges against a trio of independent newspapers. neweurasia’s Averroes sees a potentially serious ethical conflict between the government and press in Tajikistan and wants to know your opinion: whose side is right?

Imagine if you were the government of one of the world’s most economically vulnerable countries. Every winter millions of your citizens go cold as nearly limitless hydro-electrical potential goes untapped. Developing this potential would require an engineering feat.

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Is there a puppet master behind Tajikistan’s epic lawsuit?
Written by , Wednesday, 24 Feb, 2010 – 18:17 | 2 Comments
Is the head of Tajikistan's Supreme Court the real enemy?  Photograph by Flickr user Victor Nuno (CC-usage).

Is the head of Tajikistan's Supreme Court the real enemy? Photograph by Flickr user Victor Nuno (CC-usage).

Editor’s note: The saga of three judges and three newspapers continues in Tajikistan and has taken an interesting turn: the human rights lawyer at the center of the lawsuit has accused Nusratullo Abdulloev, the head of the Supreme Court, as being the real problem, possibly offering the three plaintiffs a way out.  neweurasia’s Alpharabius reports. Check out his continuing coverage here.

The Sino district court of Dushanbe has decided to postpone the trial of three independent newspapers until mid-March. The judge, Amriddin Safoev, has not given any particular day for resumption of the trial, but mentioned, by the way, that the hearing will be restarted after the parliamentary elections.

This remark of the judge, despite his immediate stipulation (“the trial has not related to elections in any way”), ignited journalists to question the independence of the court. Marat Mamadshoev, the Editor-in chief of Asia-Plus, one of the defendant newspapers, feels it is strange that the judge mentioned the coming elections and did not appoint an exact date for the trial.

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Justice against free speech
Written by , Wednesday, 24 Feb, 2010 – 12:10 | One Comment

Editor’s note: Irada Guseinova, from the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations, discusses the use of legal means to intimidate the press in Tajikistan Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. This follows Alpharabius’ report on the recent closing of three newspapers in Tajikistan. Check out his continuing coverage here. (Translation of (RUS).)

Tajikistan

The country’s officials have recently been swamping newspapers with all sorts of lawsuits. Industry watchdogs already warned that the number of cases against the media was on the rise. The National Association of Independent Mass-Media in Tajikistan (NAIMT) sounded the alarm after the president issued a decree ordering officials of all ranks to respond to criticism in the media. NAIMT claimed it was easier for officials to sue journalists than to merit them with a response and improve their work. Given the current judicial system (independent courts are virtually absent in post-Soviet countries), punishing journalists seems easy. Moreover, by punishing journalists officials demonstrate to the president that they were working properly and were slandered by the press. Read the full story »

For Tajik readers: Мусоҳибаи ихтисосӣ бо додраси Додгоҳи Олии Тоҷикистон Нор Нуров
Written by , Monday, 8 Feb, 2010 – 0:08 | No Comment

Photograph of justice by Flickr user RaeA (CC-usage).

Photograph of justice by Flickr user RaeA (CC-usage).


Editor’s note: This post is for our Tajik readers.  See the original English version here.

Алфарабиус: Ҷаноби Нуров, метавонед, гӯед, ки  сабаби даъвои шумо ба зидди рӯзномаҳо чист?

Нуров: Сабаб ин аст, ки ҳамаи ин рӯзномаҳо ман ва дигар додрасҳоро ба таври бисёр яктарафа танқид мекунанд. Тӯҳмати беасос ба зидди мо равона карда шудааст, аммо чизе, ягон калимае ба зидди онҳое, ки ин мақолаҳоро ба зидди мо навиштаанд, оварда нашудааст. Ҳатто ягон шубҳае нест, ки онҳо рост мегӯянд ё дурӯғ. Тамоми рӯзномаҳои Тоҷикистон, тамоми журналистон ба зидди моянд. Ҳамин хел нест?

А: Шояд, аммо ба фикри Шумо чаро ҳамин хел шуда истодааст?

Н: Ман  намедонам чаро ҳамин хел шудааст. Мумкин касе ба чунин вазъият манфиатдор аст. Ба ростӣ, намедонам чаро ҳамин хел шуда истодааст. Ҳеҷ касе намехоҳад, ҷузъиёти парванда ва муҳокимаро донад, касе намепурсад, ки додрасҳо гунаҳкоранд ё не? Ман набояд ҳатто ба шумо бовар кунам, агарчи ба саволҳои шумо ҷавоб дода истодаам, чун бовар надорам, ки шумо ба ман бовар доред. Ин вазъи хеле печидааст, ки намешавад бо телефон фаҳмонд.

А: Биёед кӯшиш кунем. Додрас Солеҳҷон Ҷӯраев Шуморо ба ҳукмҳои ғариқонунӣ гунаҳкор мекунад. Вай менависад, ки шумо чандин гумонбаронро таҳти фишори раиси. Догоҳи Олӣ аз рӯи қонун ҳукм накардед,. Чи гуна Шумо инро рад мекунед?

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For Tajik readers: Дар баҳси байни додрасон ва журналистон ҳарду тараф бо интихоби вазнин рӯбарӯст
Written by , Sunday, 7 Feb, 2010 – 23:49 | No Comment
Image by neweurasia's Schwartz (CC-usage).

Image by neweurasia's Schwartz (CC-usage).

Editor’s note: This post is for our Tajik readers. The original post here.

Дар баҳси байни додрасон ва журналистон ҳарду тараф бо интихоби вазнин рӯбарӯст

Рӯзи сешанбеи 2-юми феврал нишасти додгоҳии се додрас бар зидди се рӯзномаи мустақил дар Тоҷикистон баргузор шуд. Ин мулоқоти аввал нишон дод, ки байни ду тараф ҷанги ҷиддие дар пеш хоҳад буд, зеро бурду бохт ва интихоби бузурге дар миёна аст. Давлат бояд байни қудрат ва адолат, нашрияҳо байни амният ва рисолат якеро баигузинанд.

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Exclusive interview with Tajikistan Supreme Court Judge Nor Nurov
Written by , Friday, 5 Feb, 2010 – 3:03 | 11 Comments
Photograph of a statue of Justice by Flickr user RaeA (CC-usage).Photograph of a statue of Justice by Flickr user RaeA (CC-usage).

Editor’s note: In an exclusive interview with neweurasia, Tajikistan’s Supreme Court Judge Nor Nurov for the first time speaks with the media about the lawsuit against three independent Tajik newspapers.  Conducted via phone with our blogger Alpharabius on February 4, 2010 at 18:15 GMT.

Alpharabius: Mr. Nurov, could you tell us what is the cause of your lawsuit against the newspapers?

Nurov: The cause is that all these newspapers are criticizing me and other judges in a very biased manner. Baseless accusations have been directed against us, but nothing, not a single word has been raised against the people who wrote these articles against us. There haven’t even been any doubts if they are telling the truth. All the papers of Tajikistan, all the journalists are against us, am I right?

A: Perhaps, but then why do you think this is happening?

N: I do not know why it is happening. Maybe someone is interested in this situation. I really do not know why it is happening. No one wants to know the details of the cases and the trials, no one asks the question if the judges are guilty or not. I shouldn’t even trust you as I’m answering your questions, because I am not sure if you believe me. It is a very complicated situation that could not be explained by phone.

A: Let’s try. The lawyer Solijona Juraev is accusing you of making illegal court decisions. He wrote that you sentenced several suspects not according to the law, but under pressure from the head of the Supreme Court.  How can you deny that?

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Where are you Rahmon? Transcendentally quiet about the lawsuit crisis…
Written by , Thursday, 4 Feb, 2010 – 13:00 | 2 Comments
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Image by neweurasia's Schwartz (CC-usage).

Are the Roghun project and the lawsuit against three independent newspapers connected? Alpharabius, neweurasia‘s blogger covering the lawsuit, believes that the trial is at minimum peripherally connected to the dam controversy, not to mention the upcoming parliamentary elections. His sentiment is apparently echoed by much of the Tajik journalistic and human rights community.

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In the fight of judges versus journalists, both sides face hard choices
Written by , Wednesday, 3 Feb, 2010 – 12:57 | 8 Comments
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Image by neweurasia's Schwartz (CC-usage).

Editor’s note: A lawsuit by three Tajik Supreme Court judges against three independent Tajik newspapers promises to be earthshattering for all involved, writes neweurasia’s Alpharabius.  Make sure to read Alpharabius’ previous post here.

The first hearing on the lawsuit by three judges against three independent newspapers in Tajikistan was held yesterday (Tuesday, 2 February).  It showed that there will be serious battles ahead between the two sides precisely because so much is at stake.  Will the government choose power over justice?  Will the media choose safety over truth?

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