Friday, 17 December 2010

Not on the Wires opens window on Uzbekistan

Not on the Wires the website which has pioneered multi-media journalism covering international stories such as the Berlin Project and G20 London Live has launched a new project looking at life in Uzbekistan.

Not on the Wires says: "Upon return from our two trips to the country, despite our academic preparation, we were all profoundly affected by the political and economic situation on the ground.

"If there's one thing Uzbeks don't have for example, it's a say in their government or any realistic hopes for democracy in the near future.

"Even discussion of political ideals in the most abstract of terms was conspicuously avoided, and for understandable reasons.

"The recent revelations by Wikileaks indicate widespread corruption but only hint at the political repression that also plagues the country.

"In compliment with these revelations however, which do offer a realistic glimpse of how things work in today's Uzbekistan, Not on the Wires brings you a collection of ordinary human faces: There may be corruption and no democracy, but there is culture, there is hope, and there are stories to be told."

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