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Uzbekistan: Blogger Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Olimjon Khaidarov during the announcement of the verdict on December 1, 2023. © @Sarvar Ziyayev (Berlin, December 5, 2023) – A criminal court in Uzbekistan sentenced a blogger from the Ferghana region to eight years in prison and ordered his social media accounts and channels blocked on December 1, 2023, for “insulting” and “slandering” public officials and for dubious financial offenses, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities had detained the blogger, Olimjon Khaidarov, 34, on July 29, as he was allegedly in the act of extorting money from the head of the central…

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