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Tajikistan - BBC correspondent's conviction upheld on appeal despite pardon

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders deplores yesterday's decision by the Tajikistan Supreme Court to uphold the conviction of the BBC journalist Urinboy Usmonov (Урунбой Усмонов) for contacts with a banned Islamist organization. “By persisting in this absurd verdict, the legal system has once again proved its lack of impartiality,” the press freedom organization said. ”The main effect of this decision is to intimidate journalists who hope to cover the activities of Hizb-ut Tahrir and the anti-religious activities of (...)

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