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.