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MICA Nr. 30-31 / November-December 2002
Archive 2002 | 2001 | 2000
issue Nr. 29

Editorial

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IN CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES
Investigative reporting in the true sense of the word is a rarity in Central Asian countries. Political partiality, pressures from authorities and criminal groups, and beggarly wages are major factors hampering progress in this sphere..
Aleksandr Khamagayev, reporter, Uzbekistan
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Focus: Investigative Reporting in Central Asia

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IN KYRGYZSTAN
It is common for the media of Kyrgyzstan to publish stories blasting corruption and other misconducts involving top-ranking officials. To obtain this kind of information journalists sometimes undertake investigations.
Marina Sivashova, reporter, Kyrgyzstan
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NO INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IN THE MEDIA OF TAJIKISTAN
Investigative reporting in Tajik mass media is non-existent a fact that experts ascribe to low professional skills as well as to a possibility of authorities pressurizing them through court and to a threat of physical elimination by criminal circles.
Nargis Zakirova, reporter, Tajikistan
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UZBEKISTAN JOURNALISM NEEDS PUNGENCY AND SPICE
Investigative reporting is still a black swan in the Uzbekistan press. Problems and difficulties in obtaining first-hand evidence and writing stories, surefire unpleasantness following thereafter, low earnings and long-standing censorship that has been only recently abolished disincline journalists to work in this genre. 
Viktor Nikolayev, reporter, Uzbekistan
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FOCUS: Reporting on Human Rights in Central Asia

HUMAN RIGHTS AS MIRRORED BY THE KYRGYZ MEDIA
The break-up of the Soviet Union and consolidation of its former constituent republics as sovereign countries opened the way to the development of mass media, which started covering previously banned topics.
Anton Lymar, reporter, Kyrgyzstan
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UZBEK MEDIA NOT PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS
Human rights are a subject that receives but a cool welcome in the mass media of Uzbekistan as work on such publications consumes too much time and energies but more often than not winds up litigations. Few journalists feel like running the risks.
Rustam Baltayev, journalists, Uzbekistan
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TAJIK NEWS MEDIA DO THEIR BEST TO DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS
Tajik journalists are more concerned with advocating freedom of expression and access to information rather than human rights at large. The economy of Tajikistan is still unable to offer its citizens much. Journalists make a sober analysis of the situation without trying to aggravate it.
Turko Dikayev, reporter, Tajikistan
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Current events:

HUMAN RIGHTS UNPOPULAR TOPIC IN SOUTHERN KYRGYZSTAN
The southern regions of Kyrgyzstan are poor in news media, both in number and variety. Only government newspapers come out more or less regularly in Osh. More than once were they rebuked for ignoring questions that matter for readers, like human right issues.
Alla Pyatibratova, reporter, Kyrgyzstan
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HOW JOURNALISTS CAN REMOVE A PRESIDENT: 
Western ideals of Investigative Journalism
Jan Gunnar Furuly, Deputy news editor, daily Aftenposten, Oslo, Norway
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