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Uzbekistan: Another Journalist Arrested, Casting Doubt on Liberalizing Agenda

Security services in Uzbekistan have arrested another journalist, Hayot Nasreddinov, sowing doubt about the seriousness of the government’s unspoken intent to expand media freedoms.

Nasreddinov, 47, was arrested on October 20, but confirmation of the jailing has only been revealed in the past few days. The pattern matches what occurred with Bobomurod Abdullayev, who was taken into custody by the National Security Services, or SNB, in late October and held incognito for several days afterward. 

News of Nasreddinov’s arrest was broken by fellow journalist Alexei Volosevich, who said that the reporter’s relatives have not been told what charges the security services are investigating.

“Nasreddinov is being held in a National Security Service holding cell on Gvardeisky street,” Volosevich wrote on his website.

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Uzbekistan: Another Journalist Arrested, Casting Doubt on Liberalizing Agenda

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