Writers at Risk Database

Ruslan Sharipov

Sharipov was detained in 2001 after publishing a series of articles challenging the government. In 2002, he was beaten 3 times, and in 2003 was arrested on suspicion of… More

Writers at Risk Database

Muhammad Bekjanov

A prominent journalist and advocate for democracy in the post-Soviet era, Bekjanov was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in 1999 when then-president Karimov blamed explosions in Tashkent on Erk,… More

Writers at Risk Database

Dzamshid Karimov

Freelance journalist Karimov has twice been placed in psychiatric detention by Uzbek authorities--for 5 years in 2006 and again for 5 years in 2012. A nephew of former president… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mamadali Mahmudov

Writer and activist Mahmudov was released from prison in April 2013 after serving a 14-year sentence on charges of “threats” to the president and the constitutional order. A supporter… More

Dzamshid Karimov | Status: Released | Uzbekistan

Dzamshid Karimov is a journalist who was held in psychiatric detention for over a year. He is known for being an outspoken critic of the government, and for his… More

Writer Faces Another Prison Term

PEN disturbed by reports that Uzbeki writer will not be released from prison on completion of his 14-year jail term. More

Mamadali Mahmudov | Status: Released | Uzbekistan

Mamadali Mahmudov is a renowned Uzbek writer and opposition activist who was released in 2013 after serving a 14-year sentence on charges related to a series of explosions in… More