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Uzbekistan: no journalists behind bars, but a long way to go

The world’s longest-imprisoned journalist – Yusuf Ruzimadurov, who had served 19 years on anti-state charges – was released on 22 February in Uzbekistan.[1]

Though the current government has shown a willingness to reform undemocratic practices, there is still a long way to go for Uzbekistan, which sit in the middle of the 4th quartile.



[1] Human Rights Watch, Uzbekistan: Journalists Prosecuted, Harassed, 23 March 2018, available at