July 28, 2020

Uzbekistan comics test new limits on free speech

Tashkent (AFP) – When comic Erkin Choliyev apologised for mocking the police, in a video posted by Uzbekistan’s interior ministry, his loyal fans feared the worst.Wearing a black mask, the diminutive actor famous for his infectious grin looked unusually serious as he explained that his hit comedy troupe Salty Bone had made a “mistake”.The comedians didn’t have enough “information and knowledge” about traffic police in the ex-Soviet country and had painted an unfair portrait of them in a recent sketch, he conceded.To most observers the apology — which looked forced — was a clear step backward…

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