On Thursday, at about 12:00 Tashkent time, a female stringer of Tashkent bureau of the US-funded Ozodlik (Liberty) Radio, Robiya Mirzaakhmedova, was forcedly taken out of a taxi by security service agents. The agents, wearing civilian clothes, took her to the nearest police station, a source told Arena on the condition of anonymity.
Mirzaakhmedova is the only Ozodlik bureau employee wearing hijab, a headscarf that leaves only the face open.
At the police station, the young woman was searched in presence of the attesting witnesses. Her recordings were listened to over and over, by both police and the National Security Service staff, for several hours. The latter did not hide they represented the NSS.
The journalist was asked several times if she was related to the banned religious organization Hizb-ut-Tahrir. Her cellphone was taken away, and she was not allowed to telephone her colleagues to tell them about her whereabouts.
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