On 23rd March the Uzbek authorities refused to allow into the country the prominent Russian Novaya Gazeta
journalist and photographer, Viktoria Ivleva.
She was planning to spend six days in Uzbekistan during which time she was due to hold a master-class on contemporary photography.
Having borrowed a mobile phone, Ivleva reported how she was stopped even before going through passport checks
|We have become a land of fish – we are all silent; it was better before when we were a land of sheep, then at least we could bleat sometimes"|
|From Ivleva's 2006 article about the 'land of fish', Uzbekistan|
at Tashkent airport, but was given no explanation for this. She was later deported.
It is possible that her name was placed on a ‘blacklist’ by the Uzbek authorities after Novaya Gazeta
published her ‘land of fish’ reportage on 20th November 2006.
“We have become a land of fish – we are all silent; it was better before when we were a land of sheep, then at least we could bleat sometimes,” an Uzbek driver called Sharaf was quoted as saying in the article.
“But if someone finds out what I am talking to you about here, no-one will ever be able to find even a trace of me,” he added.
This is not the only recent expulsion of a foreign journalist by Uzbekistan. On 1st March, BBC correspondent Natalya Antelava was subjected to exactly the same treatment. Having flown into Tashkent, she was not even allowed out of the airport before being deported straight back to Russia.