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Kyrgyzstan extradites journalist to Uzbekistan amid howls of protest

Abdullayev was denied access to his lawyers

Kyrgyzstan acquiesced to an extradition request from Uzbekistan and on August 22 handed over journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev, who has previously been sentenced on sedition charges for his writings.

The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security, or GKNB, said it received assurances from their Uzbek partners that Abdullayev would not be ill-treated. The journalist reported being subjected to physical and torture after his arrest in September 2017.

This case is causing deep concern among rights activists of significant backsliding by Uzbekistan’s government, whose commitment to promoting democratic freedoms is looking increasingly shaky.

Abdullayev, 47, was detained by the GKNB on August 9. The following day, a Bishkek court ordered he remain in custody until September 8 pending extradition procedures. The journalist’s legal representatives say he is facing charges in Uzbekistan of unspecified offenses against the president and attempting to undermine the country’s constitutional order. Convictions could lead to prison sentences of up to 20 years.

The extradition occurred in short order despite appeals from an array of rights groups and even the U.S. government.

“Freedom of speech [and] movement are fundamental human rights, essential to any functioning democracy. We urge the [governments] of Uzbekistan [and] the Kyrgyz Republic to uphold their commitments [and] defend these rights for Uzbekistani journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev,” the U.S. State Department tweeted on August 13.

Kyrgyz authorities not only ignored that appeal, but Abdullayev’s lawyers say they even flouted his basic legal rights. The lawyers at one stage filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office against staff at the GKNB detention center on the grounds that they were not permitted to meet their client. The reason given was that Abdullayev was being placed under quarantine for two weeks in connection with the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

It appears that the charges against the journalist may stem from his alleged writings for a Telegram channel called Qora Mergan, which has 3,000 subscribers and features articles critical of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and his policies, and a Canada-based website featuring similar content.

Abdullayev denies being the writer behind those resources.

Rights advocate Muzaffar Suleymanov tweeted to say that even if the journalist were responsible for the writings, it did not justify the extradition and looming prosecution.

“Even if he wrote them, critical commentary is not a criminal offense,” he said.

Uzbek authorities have been evincing growing unease with the free airing of dissident views in recent months. In some cases, actions as seemingly harmless as reposting news items on social media has been enough to get the security services involved.

In July, three journalists in western Uzbekistan were summoned to the prosecutor’s office over a weekend after using their social media accounts to share a news item about the purported death of an important local political figure. The trio was held and questioned for hours, although they had only shared links to content published on a respected news website.

The official in question, Musa Yerniyazov, the chairman of the legislature of the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan, did in fact die some days later.

Abdullayev had traveled to Berlin in November and trained while there with the journalism advocacy group Reporters Without Borders. He later flew to Kazakhstan and then onward to Kyrgyzstan, where he had been invited to pursue a four-month training course at the American University of Central Asia. Following completion of those studies, however, he was unable to leave the country because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Rights activist scoff at assurances that Abdullayev is guaranteed against further ill-treatment.

“When Bobomurod Abdullayev was last in the hands of the Uzbekistani security services, they tortured him for days on end – and there is a significant risk that he would be tortured yet again if sent back,” Nadejda Atayeva, president of the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, said in a statement published jointly by numerous rights groups on August 11.

(This story was originally published by Eurasianet Eurasianet © 2020)

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How to identify Fake News or Messages on Social Media 

Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

Follow WHO guidelines

www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they a.re developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

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