Much still to be done

President Islam Karimov’s death in August 2016 marked the end of an era in Uzbekistan’s history. Karimov had never stopped reinforcing censorship and persecuting independent journalists during his 25 years as dictator. His successor, former Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has promised to improve the human rights situation. Well-known detained journalists have been freed and the signs of a thaw are growing. But at least three journalists and bloggers, including two who were arrested in 2017, are currently detained and the announced release of five others has not been confirmed. To judge by the accounts of former detainees, torture is still being used. Official criticism of the former repressive apparatus has begun to loosen some taboos. Leading independent news websites such as Ferghana and Radio Ozodlik are still blocked in Uzbekistan.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



169 in 2017

Global score


66.11 in 2017


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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