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Journalists are finding it more and more difficult to speak out in Uzbekistan, writes the BBC's Natalia Antelava.

Alisher Saipov is a name to add to a roll call of honour including murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The murder of Alisher Saipov shows that attempts to stifle free speech are not only a problem of Putin's Russia but also of the dictatorial Mugabe type regime in Uzbekistan. Links via the Reuters story 'Uzbekistan's non-election' 21 Dec 2007, by: Andrew Stroehlein found through Craig Murray's site.

This story is well documented at including 26.10.07 'Bidding farewell to Alisher Saipov'.

Kiron Reid 18 January 2008.