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About the Service

Since 1953, Radio Ozodlik is an essential alternative to state-run media that counters government disinformation and Russian propaganda. 

Known for investigative reports of money laundering and public corruption, facilitating oversight and accountability, and breaking news coverage. 

Following an investigation into the death of a driver in Samarkand’s Kattaqorgon district, police officers were arrested and charged with criminal negligence and abuse of power.    

Reaching Audiences

Media Climate

Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index ranks Uzbekistan 137th out of 180 countries. 

Operates from Prague since Tashkent Bureau closed in 2005 after reporting on the Andijan Massacre; websites blocked.  

Radio Ozodlik journalists received death threats before the 2021 presidential election.  


The Society of Publishers of Asia’s 2022 Awards

The Society of Publishers of Asia’s 2022 Awards for Editorial Excellence honored Ozodlik for uncovering President Mirziyoyev’s secret compound and water reservoir.

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Latest Updates

RFE/RL President Jamie Fly Visits Central Asia 

During visits to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan this week, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) President & CEO Jamie Fly met with top government officials, human rights activists, and independent journalists.

RFE/RL Reporters 2017

RFE/RL Reporters Faced ‘Relentless Pressure’ In 12 Of 23 Countries In 2017

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalists have been targeted in no fewer than 38 incidents in at least 12 of the countries they cover in 2017.

A still from an RFE/RL video report on the death of Karimov, in which an RFE/RL journalist asks a pedestrian, "Have you heard that Karimov is hospitalized?"

Innovation Is Game Changer For RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service

The internet was teeming with reporting and speculation earlier this month over the death of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov and the ensuing political succession. Much of that managed to reach…

Service Director

Alisher Sidikov

Alisher Sidikov is the Service Director of RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, known locally as Radio Ozodlik. Under his leadership, the service has become a pioneer in using the latest digital platforms to break the information blockade in one of the world’s most closed societies. Sidikov reported on the Andijon massacre in Uzbekistan in 2005, and earlier worked for the BBC’s Uzbek service in Tashkent and London. He was named “Journalist of the Year” by Reporters Without Borders-Stockholm in 2005. He holds an M.A. and B.A. in Middle East Politics and Arabic Studies from the University of Oriental Studies in Tashkent.

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