European ambassadors 'concerned' over restricted press freedom in Tajikistan

25th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

DUSHANBE, Aug 25 (AFP) - Ambassadors from Germany, France and Britain expressed "concern" Wednesday over growing restrictions on press freedom in the central Asian republic of Tajikistan.

DUSHANBE, Aug 25 (AFP) - Ambassadors from Germany, France and Britain expressed "concern" Wednesday over growing restrictions on press freedom in the central Asian republic of Tajikistan.

"The European Union heads of mission view with concern the fact that the publication of newspapers is being hindered," the ambassadors said in a joint communique.

Referring to independent newspapers prevented by the government from publishing last week, the ambassadors said they "will be taking steps to ask the Takij authorities about the background to the measures which have been taken against the newspapers concerned".

State printing plants have refused to deal with independent media, and independent journalists have been threatened and attacked, according to Nuriddin Karshiboyev, President of the Association of Independent Media.

Observers said journalists are attacked for criticising the government or military, and for reporting on sensitive issues such as official corruption and organised crime.

© AFP

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