Board Expresses Grave Concern for VOA Journalist Abdumalik Boboev

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) met on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic, at the broadcast headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. At the meeting, the Board voted to approve Board By-Laws, a schedule for meetings in 2011, and recommendations of the Strategy and Budget Committee.

The Board discussed the fate of Abdumalik Boboev, a journalist for VOA’s Uzbek Service who is on trial in Uzbekistan charged by authorities with threatening public safety, slander, insult, and visa violations. If convicted, Mr. Boboev could face several years in jail. The Board adopted the following resolution expressing concern for Mr. Boboev’s fate.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors wishes to express its grave concern with the Uzbek government