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“Hands Off Russian-Language Press” in Tajikistan
Written by Mahina Shodizoda On 4 March 2014 @ 21:54 pm | 1 Comment
In Central Asia & Caucasus, Citizen Media, English, Freedom of Speech, Language, Media & Journalism, Russian, Tajik, Tajikistan
Following a recent court ruling against an ethnic Russian journalist and a newspaper that published her material, some netizens in Tajikistan believe that the authorities are cracking down on Russian-language press.
On February 25, a Tajik judge found  Asia-Plus editor and columnist Olga Tutubalina guilty of “insulting” state-appointed intellectuals and ordered that she pay them about 6,000 US dollars in “moral damage”. The journalist “insulted” the intellectuals – as well as the country's Academy of Science and four creative unions – by criticizing the intelligentsia in service of the state and quoting Vladimir Lenin's characterization of docile intellectuals as “shit”. The judge also ruled that Asia-Plus, the most popular Russian-language weekly in Tajikistan, must apologize for publishing the “insulting” column.
A journalist tweeting under an alias ‘Bachai Sako’ wrote [ru]:
Я всё больше и больше уверен в том, что приговор против Тутубалиной – это начало кампании против русской прессы в Таджикистане
— Бачаи Сако (@BachaiSako) February 28, 2014 
I am increasingly convinced that the ruling against Tutubalina is the beginning of a campaign against Russian press in Tajikistan.
Пора всем журналистам страны встать на защиту Тутубалиной и русскоязычной прессы!
— Бачаи Сако (@BachaiSako) February 28, 2014 
It is time for all journalists to stand up and defend [Olga] Tutubalina and the Russian-language press!
Blog Russian Chronicles of Tajikistan argued  [ru] that the ruling was “part of the campaign against independent Russian-language press”. In an earlier post, the blog claimed  [ru] that the authorities were trying to accelerate the “inevitable” process of “de-Russification” of Tajikistan by destroying media catering to Russian speakers. The post ends with the blogger calling on all “Russian-speaking citizens and representatives of Russian-language media” to defend the independent press by confronting the “most ardent nationalists” in the government of Tajikistan.But some netizens do not agree with the view that Russian-language press is under threat. In fact, some believe that media in Russian are themselves a threat:
@BachaiSako  Русских в РТ никто не трогает, русские СМИ тоже, успокойтесь. Радуйтесь что вообще разрешают на русском издавать газету.
— Tajik Land (@tajikland) March 4, 2014 
@BachaiSako  Calm down, nobody is messing with the Russians or Russian media in [Tajikistan]. Enjoy the fact that the publication of a newspaper in Russian is allowed at all.
@BachaiSako  I would have banned all media in languages other than the state [Tajik] language. If you want to read newspapers, learn Tajik. It is for your benefit.
@BachaiSako  They should all be closed. The presence of Russian-language media [in Tajikistan] is a serious threat.
@BachaiSako  Агар мо имруз рузномахои русзабонро махкам накунем, хеч вакт волоияти забони точикиро таъмин намекунем.
— Мардикор (@mardikor) March 4, 2014 
@BachaiSako  If we don't close down Russian-language newspapers today, we will never make the Tajik language dominant.
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URLs in this post:
 found: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/25/tajik-court-fines-journalist-for-calling-docile-intellectuals-shit/
 February 28, 2014: https://twitter.com/BachaiSako/statuses/439238942651478016
 February 28, 2014: https://twitter.com/BachaiSako/statuses/439239617091354624
 argued: http://russiantajikistan.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/%d1%80%d1%83%d0%ba%d0%b8-%d0%bf%d1%80%d0%be%d1%87%d1%8c-%d0%be%d1%82-%d1%80%d1%83%d1%81%d1%81%d0%ba%d0%be%d1%8f%d0%b7%d1%8b%d1%87%d0%bd%d0%be%d0%b9-%d0%bf%d1%80%d0%b5%d1%81%d1%81%d1%8b/
 claimed: http://russiantajikistan.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/%d0%ba%d0%be%d0%bc%d1%83-%d0%bc%d0%b5%d1%88%d0%b0%d1%8e%d1%82-%d0%b3%d0%b0%d0%b7%d0%b5%d1%82%d1%8b-%d0%bd%d0%b0-%d1%80%d1%83%d1%81%d1%81%d0%ba%d0%be%d0%bc-%d1%8f%d0%b7%d1%8b%d0%ba%d0%b5/
 effort: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/09/tajikistan-welcome-to-the-facebook-republic-of-pitzostan/
 @BachaiSako: https://twitter.com/BachaiSako
 March 4, 2014: https://twitter.com/tajikland/statuses/440918223387500544
 March 4, 2014: https://twitter.com/tajikland/statuses/440918487880318976
 March 4, 2014: https://twitter.com/mardikor/statuses/440959624280145920
 March 4, 2014: https://twitter.com/mardikor/statuses/440959957320474625
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