Officials See Slander in Uzbek Photos, but Artists See Censorship – NYTimes.com

MOSCOW — How can a photographer defame her country?

Umida Akhmedova and her lawyer in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Tuesday. She was convicted Wednesday but granted amnesty.

Uzbekistan tried to answer that question this week in a slander trial that harked back to the days of Soviet censorship. The answer, in part: by showing people with sour expressions or bowed heads, children in ragged clothing, old people begging for change or other images so dreary that, according to a panel of experts convened by the prosecutors, “a foreigner unfamiliar with Uzbekistan will conclude that this is a country where people live in the Middle Ages.

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~ by Gary Austin on February 11, 2010.

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