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Tajik Courts Should Reject Claims Against ‘Asia Plus’

Washington

In response to a court in Tajikistan upholding a guilty verdict and a $6,000 fine against the independent news outlet Asia Plus and its editor Olga Tutubalina, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“A Tajik court’s decision to levy a fine against Asia Plus and its editor, Olga Tutubalina, for publishing a remark by Vladimir Lenin as part of her criticism of the country’s elite is a clear example of censorship, aimed at sending a political message to civil society and the press,” said Susan Corke, director for Eurasia programs at Freedom House. “The Tajik government and courts should defend the constitution and uphold Tajikistan’s domestic and international commitments to protect free expression. Courts should reject specious claims that misuse the justice system to censor legitimate speech.”

Tajikistan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014 and Freedom of the Press 2014.

To learn more, visit:
Freedom in the World 2013: Tajikistan
Freedom of the Press 2013: Tajikistan
Blog: Freedom at Issue

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