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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The latest report- Kazakh Authorities Try To Extinguish Unrest In Unruly West
After riots in the western Kazakh town of Zhanaozen claimed at least 13 lives, the city has experienced an uneasy calm after a heavy deployment of police. RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service correspondent Kazis Toguzbaev traveled to Zhanaozen and the nearby Aktau on December 19
AQTOBE, Kazakhstan — Officials at a university in northwestern Kazakhstan have lifted a hijab ban for students after eight female students threatened to sue the school, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reports.
The students told RFE/RL on December 8 that they had been unable to attend classes at Saqtaghan Baishev University, as a duty officer at the school’s entrance was preventing them from entering the university because of their head scarves, or hijabs…[READ MORE]