A court in Uzbekistan today sentenced the brother of an RFE/RL journalist to 8 years in prison on drug-related charges, the latest government action involving persons affiliated with the media company’s Uzbek Service.
Our journalists, under threat
The right to free and open access to news and information should be universal, but threats to a free press persist. Journalists reporting for the BBG networks face risks every day as they report on regions in conflict or transition. The BBG strongly condemns these actions, which violate international standards by suppressing independent media and targeting journalists doing their jobs.
Blogger and contributor to RFANguyen Ngoc Gia was sentenced to a four-year prison term with another three years on probation for carrying out "propaganda against the state" according to article 88 of the penal code.
Contributor, RFE/RL Turmken ServiceNepeskuliev was detained by agents of Turkmenistan’s National Security Ministry on July 7, 2015 in the western city of Avaza, and he has been held incommunicado since.
Ricardo de Mello
“Threats to the free practice of journalism are a denial of basic human rights and must not be supported by any government.”
John LansingBBG CEO and Director