Azamatova, Matluba

State of concern: .
Original citizenship: .
Alleged affiliation: Journalist.
Which stages experienced: Stage 1   not Stage 2   not Stage 3
Class of most serious incident: .
Date of most serious incident: 2005.
Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .
Exiled? Yes.
Category of exile: .

Who, Why and How exiled: Matluba Azamatova is a independent journalist and correspondent for the BBC (IWPR, 2005; RFE/RL; 2005). Matluba was one of the few correspondents whom provided honest accounts of the level of violence of fatalities during the Andijan Massacre. Because of this, the Uzbek government attempted to arrest and charge her, claiming she had prior knowledge of the Andijan uprising, before it turned to a massacre. To avoid detention, friends helped her and her children escape he country for Sweden (Ferghana News, 2008; IWPR, 2005).

Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …): Whilst in exile in Sweden, the Uzbek authorities murdered her brother (Ferghana News, 2008).

Current status: She is currently living in exile Sweden (Ferghana News, 2008).

Press sources: Ferghana News (2008). Uzbekistan’s president goes unpunished. [online] Fergananews.Com. Available at: http://enews.fergananews.com/articles/2472 [Accessed 26 Apr. 2018]. Kimmage, D. (2005). Uzbekistan: Message In A Courtroom -- The Andijon Trial. [online] RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Available at: https://www.rferl.org/a/1061742.html [Accessed 26 Apr. 2018]. Sadykova, N. (2005). Uzbek Activist in Starvation Protest. [online] Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Available at: https://iwpr.net/global-voices/uzbek-activist-starvation-protest [Accessed 26 Apr. 2018].