A conference on media freedoms that took place this week in Uzbekistan should rightly be considered a breakthrough in relations between Tashkent and the international journalistic community.
The two-day event, organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, closed on October 19. It brought together colleagues from the region to discuss pressing technical and political aspects of the industry.
But the proceedings — the so-called “festival of press freedoms” — were overshadowed by the late September arrest of Tashkent journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev.
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This analysis is adapted from a version that first appeared on Fergana News. Daniil Kislov is the chief editor of Moscow-based Fergana News, which focuses of current affairs in Central Asia.