Tajikistan appears to be cracking down on the freedoms of speech and thought, and intellectuals find little room for reasoned discourse, reported eurasianet.org on 28 January 2014.
In July 2013, authorities in Tajikistan confiscated the only manuscript of a little-known novelist’s latest book. The author, Pulod Abuev, 69, later appealed to representatives of the feared State Committee for National Security (GKNB) to have his work returned to him.
After some time, Abuev was told that a special committee at the state-run Academy of Sciences had reviewed his writings, including stories critical of Tajikistan’s widespread corruption, and decided it “offends the Tajik people.” The manuscript, thus, was not returned.
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RFE/RL’s Tajik Service – 10 January 2014:
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