RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service found itself part of the news while covering the mysterious death of a university student who had purportedly killed herself after being released from police custody. The convoluted story includes a suicide hoax, an assassination plot, and online social activism, which began unraveling as Radio Ozodlik uncovered the real story behind Uzbek activist “Gulsumoi Abdujalilova,” a figment whose virtual trail leads to more questions than answers.
In Kazakhstan, Radio Azattyk has been praised for its strong coverage of deadly protests in the western cities of Zhetibai and Zhanaozen. From the first videos of police driving back striking oil workers to current police lockdowns, RFE/RL’s Kazakh service has been providing key information under an intense media blackout.
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