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Uzbekistan9 June 2008

Tashkent press freedom seminar condemned as “sad farce” by Reporters Without Borders and three other NGOs

Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group and the Open Society Institute today issued a joint statement condemning the "International seminar on freedom of media in a modern democratic society" being held today and tomorrow in Tashkent as "a sad farce" and "empty shadow" of the seminar that was meant to be taking place there now as part of a dialogue on human rights between the European Union and Uzbekistan.

The four organisations voiced they readiness to take part in the original dialogue although they doubt that it will take place, despite the desire reiterated by the European authorities. They also criticised the press freedom situation in Uzbekistan and recommended ways to improve it.

Read the Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group and Open Society Institute joint statement.

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