The Glorious Dictatorship of Uzbekistan

A very curious puff piece has turned up in the Guardian for holidays in Uzbekistan, which fails entirely to mention that it is one of the world’s least free countries and most repressive dictatorships. Nor is this irrelevant to tourism, as there could well be serious problems for visiting religious muslims or gays, and it very definitely impinges on everybody’s freedom to move around.

I do not personally oppose people going on holiday to Uzbekistan. But I would advise people to avoid government organised official tours and stay in small private hotels, not government-run ones. And be very careful. Contact with the freer world however is, in general, good for Uzbek people.

But that does not explain the lack of context for the Guardian piece nor the fact that, though there is a comment pointing out the human rights record, two people have contacted me through this website to say they posted comments about it that the Guardian deleted. How many more has the Guardian deleted by people who did not go to the substantial trouble of contacting me to say so?

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  • diogenes

    I stopped reading the American Guardian site when it became apparent to me that it is no different from Time Magazine of the New York Times (which I think maybe now owns the site?) — that is, a hired liar, a source of the Official Story — the story which deletes all comments reflecting anything real and prints only comments that will sell and are designed to sell — whatever the Lords of Creation have to sell — shit for gold, ashes for flour, sand for soup, dictatorships for vacationlands, Amerika for America, usw. Hired liars bore and depress and oppress and discourage and delude and dull — that’s there deep function as deep functionaries of the deep state.

  • flemlad

    there’s a website,, that’s been documenting guardian censorship for some time :