Censorship In Uzbekistan

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If you haven’t yet heard the news, Photographer Umida Akhmedova was convicted for slandering the Uzbek nation.  Umida’s works under scrutiny are a short film, “The Burden of Virginity” and a published book, “Women and Men: From Dawn to Dusk”; which both investigate gender roles in rural Uzbekistan.  In a strange turn of events, the judge who convicted Umida granted her amnesty, as a salute to the 18th anniversary of Uzbek independence.  Umida still plans to appeal the conviction.  What baffles so many is the fact that her photographs merely document, and do not really push forth an agenda or opinion.  You can take a look at some of the ‘slanderous’ photographs after the jump.  Do you find Umida’s portrayal of Uzbeki people as malicious?  Have you ever experienced censorship?  Weigh in on the matter and leave us a comment with your thoughts.

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