Free musical expression; Popular Uzbek singer performs in Samarkand

Popular Uzbek singer, Yulduz Usmonova, has been censored by authorities in her homeland for years… but not any longer. Usmonova is said to have received official permission to stage her first concert in Uzbekistan, since 2007. And that concert is being held today, March 6th, in the historical city of Samarkand. The singers website says: “Уважаемые поклонники и почитатели творчества Юлдуз Усмановой .Рады ,вам сообщить , что 6 марта 2012 года в г. Самарканд , в ресторане “Дилафруз ” пройдет концерт Народной артистки РУз Юлдуз Усмановой.” “Dear fans and admirers Yulduz Usmanova. Glad to inform you that the March 6, 2012…

UzA: 20 years of excellent… lies

According to official propaganda, UzA, the primary news agency of Uzbekistan, is not only a source of trusted information about processes going on in the country but an organization that “became a competitve actor in the world’s mainstream media.” In this month of February, people affiliated with UzA are supposed to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Right after winning presidential elections in December 1991, Islam Karimov reorganized former UzTAG, Uzbek branch of TASS (Телеграфное агентство Советского Союза — Soviet Union Telegraph Agency), into Uzbekistan National News Agency. Since February 5, 1992, UzA has served as one of the main megaphones of…

Tajik cultural and historic conservation, via a book

A new book on Tajik culture and history has come to Tajikistan. On February 14th 2012, the “Kitobi edgorihoi Tojikiston” (“Book of The Historical Monuments of Tajikistan”) was presented in Dushanbe by Tajik Culture Minister Mirzoshohruh Asrori and the head of the diplomatic mission of the United States to Tajikistan, Ambassador Ken Gross. 170 historical monuments, 250 pages, 500 copies, 3 languages; the book is a prime example of what cultural preservation via literature looks like. During the project, professionals from the Ministry of Culture, Academy of Sciences and the State National University came up with over 500 significant sites and monuments…

Turkmenistan’s mystical election: watch the video yourself

With the help of a fellow Turkmen citizen-journalist, neweurasia’s Annasoltan has obtained and translated official media coverage of Turkmenistan’s recent presidential election, and needless to say, there’s some weird stuff in there, including chants to the “democratic process” and proclaiming the presence of “international monitors”.

New “Light” shed on media in Moscow: Tajik journalist attacked and recovering

Dodojon Atovulloev, according to Wikileaks, is: “One of the foremost journalists from Tajikistan, Atovulloev has fearlessly sought to get the news out on his native country, where violence and state authoritarianism have been the norm for years.” Tajik journalist Dodojon Atovulloev – founder and editor of the Tajik opposition monthly Charogi Ruz (“Daily Light”), was stabbed in the Italian restaurant “Viaggio” in Moscow on January 12th. The attack led Atovulloev to be hospitalized at Moscow’s Sklifosovsky Institute, where he underwent surgery. On January 14th, on their Facebook page, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said: “Police apprehended a man who was found…

Who deserves the Gold Pen in Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan is having its seventh-annual National Journalism Prize Oltin Qalam (Golden Pen), with awards from several state ministries, the UN, UNESCO and the World Bank. The contest’s aim: to award the best achievements in journalism. Celebrating press freedom… in Uzbekistan… seriously? neweurasia’s Tomyris reports.

The Beam In Your Own Eye

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye?” Matthew 7:3 Official Uzbek media keep downgrading Tajikistan’s Emomali Rahmon regime by reprinting online critical articles written by journalists who are, in fact, perfect “Uzbek state enemies.” Nowadays, apart from finding disadvantages and ‘assisting’ in postponing the construction of the Roghun project in Tajikistan, Uzbek media representatives decided to impose themselves as ready-to-analyze independent online sources on the search for as much information as possible that tells of the Rahmon’s regime’s failures and lies. One of them,…

Newspapers Get Bigger, More Expensive: What and Who For?

The beginning of 2012 has become quite progressive for Uzbek media. First change: Newspapers of Uzbekistan that used to publish in an A4 format are now being published in an A3 one. The reason — new standards and technical requirements. Second change: Newspapers that belong to official governmental agencies are now 30% more expensive than in 2011. Of course, there are explanations justified enough to be acceptable. But, I am going to use this opportunity to think the way a regular reader presumably would.

Uzbek newspaper ‘breaks’ the news about riots in Kazakhstan

Uzbek Novosti Uzbekistana (News of Uzbekistan) newspaper has published an article, entitled “Arab Wind Over the Kazakh Steppe” (issue #51 of December 23, 2011). Author mentions about 15 people killed in riots, as well as emphasizes that use of force “will make the wound deeper.” Experts, some of whom see Ablyazov’s hand in this, and of course through Respublika nespaper, Kanal+ TV channel and Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech). Moreover, the cheesy “how-were-rally-participants-able-to-sustain-for-seven-months?” argument was also used to emphasize Ablyazov’s and Rakhat Aliyev’s participation. To make this short, experts agree with the fact that Kazakhstan is on the threshold of…

Uzbek tabloid suggests ways to avoid censorship

Almost apolitical and owned by a group totaly loyal to President Karimov and his daughter, the most tabloid of all the Uzbek tabloids and most lovable by housewifes and celebrity news followers, Darakchi magazine gives directions of how to access banned websites without keeping visitors’ records, e.g. their IP numbers. Even though this short note is given in the end of the magazine, that is either something editor had not noticed and, relying on his staffers who know nithing but copy-pasting articles from other media, approved it for publication, or the responsible person did not find it as threatening national…

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