Uzbekistan: BBC Set to Make a Return?
Uzbekistan has said that it is considering restoring journalistic accreditation for the BBC, signaling a possible opening to greater international exposure.
Almost all international media were drummed out of the country following the bloodshed that ensued after the crushing of the Andijan uprising in 2005.
Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov said on April 14 that an application from the British broadcaster has been received and that work on accreditation is ongoing. It has not been confirmed if the accreditation request has been granted.
Kamilov said at a press conference that Uzbekistan is interested in seeing a greater number of leading media outlets represented in the country. He did not specify, however, to which outlets he was referring.
The possibility of the BBC resuming its Uzbekistan operations is particularly surprising in view of a recent incident in involving the head of the British broadcaster’s Central Asia service, Hamid Ismailov.
Ismailov flew into Tashkent on March 1 but was detained and ordered out of the country on the same day.
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