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Journalist charged with defamation

Abdumalik Boboyev, an Uzbek journalist, has four criminal charges set against him by the Uzbekistan government, according to Radio Free Europe.

On Oct. 6, Boboyev was facing a possible eight-year prison sentence after prosecutors charged him with defamation, insult, and preparing and disseminating information constituting a threat to public order and security on Sept. 13, according to RFE.

The charges against him came after authorities sent Boboyev’s articles to several experts, chosen by the government, who found them to be defamatory.

Boboyev told RFE he had little hope about his prospects for justice. Reporters without Borders has called the case “outrageous.”

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