▲ Up
 akipress
03:09 20-07-2018
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
akipress
OSCE media freedom representative concerned about sentencing of journalist in Tajikistan, reiterates call for his release
Kyrgyzstan | society | 14:59, 12 July 2018 | 521

AKIPRESS.COM - The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, on July 11 expressed his concern about an excessive sentence of 12 years in a penal colony handed down to Khayrullo Mirsaidov by a court in Tajikistan.

Mirsaidov, a former contributor to the Asia Plus news agency and the Deutsche Welle, who also led the satirical comedy show KVN, has been in custody since December 2017. Today he was found guilty of embezzlement of public funds, forgery of documents and dissemination of false information. Mirsaidov admitted to some of the charges, but maintains that his arrest and trial are retribution for an article he wrote on corruption among local authorities in November 2017.

“I am alarmed by the stringent and disproportionate sentence handed down to the journalist, especially given the sum of 124,000 Somoni (approx. 11,521 EUR) he is accused of embezzling,” the Representative stated.

“I call on the authorities to immediately release Khayrullo Mirsaidov and to ensure that journalists in Tajikistan are free to report on all matters of public interest without fear of reprisal,” Désir said.

The Representative previously intervened in the case of Khayrullo Mirsaidov in a letter to the authorities of Tajikistan in March 2018 and in a public statement in April 2018 expressing concern that the journalist's detention is a result of his professional activities.

LATEST NEWS
21:55 Fomer mayor of Bishkek to be held in custody until August 2919:59 Olympic bronze medalist dies of stab wound in Kazakhstan18:16 Tashkent-Issyk-Kul flight canceled18:11 Russian gangster detained in Russian was issued Kyrgyz passport by Interior Ministry, State Registration Service says17:56 Ex-President Atambayev says he doesn't believe investigation against former Bishkek mayor will be impartial17:44 PM Abilgaziyev dismisses Bishkek mayor17:36 President Jeenbekov wrote down all questions raised by civil society activists during 4-hour meeting - activist17:07 President Jeenbekov agreed to discuss environmental issues in Kyrgyzstan – ecologist16:43 Prosecutor General Jamshitov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan discuss legal cooperation16:20 Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan discuss cultural ties15:58 Rights groups urge better treatment for Mongolia child jockeys15:31 AKIpress opens press center in Jalal-Abad15:13 Israel's Parliament has passed Jewish nation bill14:58 Bishkek mayor Albek Ibraimov detained by national security committee12:44 President Jeenbekov urges civil society organizations to team up in fight against corruption, court reforms, building harmonious society12:33 Ministry of Internal Affairs should promptly respond to information on violence against children: Ministry of Health12:13 Interior Ministries of Uzbekistan, Belarus sign protocol on interaction12:09 Lawmaker speaks for death penalty for pedophiles12:05 Kazakhstan, Italy to launch direct flights11:27 Lightning kills 44 sheep, 12 goats in Issyk-Kul
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2018. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06