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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Press Group Urges Karimov to Let Reporters Work

PARIS -- Media rights group Reporters without Borders is urging Uzbek President Islam Karimov to allow media to operate freely, after journalists were told to leave Andijan.

Reporters working for foreign news organizations, including a Reuters correspondent, left Andijan on Saturday after security services briefly detained them and warned them that they were in danger.

"When the authorities keep journalists away from a conflict zone, it is most often to hide abuses committed there. We are very concerned and urge President Islam Karimov to allow our colleagues to cover these events," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.

Seven journalists had been in Andijan covering the violence until Saturday. Most, including Reuters correspondent Shamil Baigin, worked for foreign media. One journalist worked for a pro-opposition web site.

Although parts of the town remain sealed off, some reporters have since been able to return.

Uzbek media are tightly controlled by the state and have not reported from inside the town.

Reporters Without Borders said U.S., Russian and British cable television channels were cut throughout Uzbekistan on Friday and news was replaced with cultural programs and music clips.