Tajikistan: Journalist Fined, But Authorities Won't Say for What
A court in Dushanbe has fined a journalist with Ozodagon online news agency for allegedly abetting and failing to report a criminal act.
Sources familiar with the case told EurasiaNet.org that Mijgona Halimova was ordered to pay 25,000 somoni ($2,900), a crippling amount in Tajikistan.
The journalist has been informally warned against divulging any specific details about the case in public, however, on pain of an eventual custodial sentence.
In the absence of precise charges, there is little certainty about whether the case was warranted, although it is probably no coincidence that Halimova was until recently a reporter for a newspaper owned by banned political party.
Halimova has said she will not be appealing the verdict as she believes it is unlikely to bring about any positive outcome.
Until 2015, Halimova worked as a writer for the Najot newspaper, the house organ of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, or IRPT. Her troubles began when the authorities designated the party an extremist organization and went on to jail almost its entire leadership.
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