Two bloggers were detained in Tajikistan – Daleri Imomali and Abdullo Gurbati, transmits Tajik service of Radio Liberty. It happened on the evening of June 15, the bloggers were detained by employees of the prosecutor’s office of the Shomansur district of Dushanbe.
What Daleri Imomali and Abdullo Gurbati are accused of is unknown, the authorities do not officially comment on their detention.
On the morning of June 15, Imomali posted on Facebook that on the way from Dushanbe to Kanibadam, where he was supposed to start shooting a new film, he was detained by police officers in the Aini district and taken to the prosecutor’s office of the Shomansur district in Dushanbe. According to a Radio Ozodi correspondent, in the evening the blogger and his lawyer were put into a car with tinted windows and taken away in an unknown direction. According to journalists who were on duty at the prosecutor’s office, everything happened so quickly that no one had time to notice what condition the detainee was in.
At about 4 pm on June 15, another journalist and blogger, Abdullo Gurbati, co-author of Daleri Imomali’s reports, was also invited to the Shomansur district prosecutor’s office. An hour later, Gurbati was taken to the police department in the Shomansur district.
Blogger, actor and director Daleri Imomali, known for his reporting and live broadcasts on topical issues, reported on June 4 that law enforcement officers detained him and interrogated him for five hours. According to him, this happened immediately after the transmission was recorded in the reception room of the chairman of the Shohmansur district of the capital. Imomali said that at first the tone of the conversation was polite, but then it came to assault.
Radio Ozodi notes that shortly before the bloggers were detained, 11 journalistic organizations and editorial offices of state and private newspapers in Tajikistan demanded to find and punish those involved in the beatings of blogger Daleri Imomali and Radio Ozodi journalist Mullorajab Yusufzoda.
The authors of the joint statement stated the need to put an end to pressure and threats, harassment and beating of journalists, and also called on the journalistic community “to work within the framework of the country’s legislation and professional and ethical standards and demonstrate professionalism as a leading cultural and legal segment of civil society.”