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Journalist Tortured & Imprisoned
In 1999, Uzbekistani security forces tortured journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov, editor of a banned opposition newspaper. They beat him with rubber truncheons, suffocated him and gave him electric shocks until he confessed to “anti-state” offences. A judge used Muhammad's 'confession' to send him to prison, where he remains to this day. He is one of the world's longest-imprisoned journalists. Write a short letter to the President of Uzbekistan, urging Muhammad's immediate release. After you've written that letter, please also take a moment to write a short solidarity letter or postcard to Muhammad, letting him know that you are taking action for his human rights. All the information you'll need can be found in the case sheet and sample letter below.
Take Action With These Easy Steps
1. Download the case sheet for Muhammad Bekzhanov
2. Download the sample letter to President of Uzbekistan
3. Take action online for Muhammad, in addition to writing letters
4. Download case sheets, sample letters, and resources for all 12 cases
5. Let us know how many letters you wrote
Demand Justice for Muhammad
Write to the President of Uzbekistan.
Muhammad Bekzhanov has already served more time in jail than almost any other journalist in the world. Call on President Islam Karimov to order his immediate release and an independent investigation into his allegations of torture.
President Islam Karimov
ul. Uzbekistanskaia 43
Show Muhammad Your Support
Muhammad and his family need our moral support. His daughter Aigul tells us her father cherishes every single letter he receives in prison like a priceless possession.