October 30, 2002


Vienna, 30 October 2002

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the authorities in Tajikistan after nine journalists were arrested on 28 October. Officers from the military commissariat in Khujand forced their way into the building of the SM-1 and TRK-Asia TV stations.

Six journalists were later released, but three journalists, Akram Azizov, 21; Nasim Rahimov, 20; and Yusuf Yunusov, 21, were reportedly taken to the Khujand military base. All nine journalists participated in a journalism workshop organized by the U.S.-based organisation Internews.