Uzbekistan Puts a Stop to Live Broadcasts After On-Air Bust-Up
Politically themed live broadcasts have been cancelled in Uzbekistan following a on-air confrontation between Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov and the head of the international press club.
The live broadcasts were an innovation ushered in since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to power and were seen as a bold experiment in curtailing of journalistic censorship.
But on August 21, when Aripov met with the presidential adviser on media affairs, Hairiddin Sultanov, and journalists at the Uzbek state broadcaster he ordered, in no uncertain terms, a stop to the straight-to-air shows presented by the head of the international press club, Sherzod Kudrathodjayev.
RFE/RL’s Uzbek service cited a journalist present at this charged meeting as saying Aripov confronted Kudrathodjayev directly.
“Look man, you’ve gone too far. Who do you think you are?” Aripov is reported as having said.
“You may be prime minister, but you have no right to yell at me and hassle me like this,” Kudrathodjayev is said to have replied angrily.
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