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VOA Uzbek reporter avoids jail time

Voice of America reporter Abdumalik Boboyev has been fined about $11,000 but has avoided jail time by an Uzbekistan court, in a case that was closely watched by international observers.

Boboyev was tried on charges of  “defamation,” “preparing and disseminating material constituting a threat to public order and security,” and "unlawful entry or exit to Uzbekistan." He was convicted of the first two but acquitted of the third, which was the only one that carried a jail sentence.

He also was allowed to resume his journalism work immediately, though he plans to appeal, a U.S. State Department source told EurasiaNet.

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VOA Uzbek reporter avoids jail time

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