Affiliated media: Independent journalist
Incident date: February 22, 2023
- Criminal/administrative prosecution excluding (1), (2) and (3)
Who attacked: Authorities
Source: Radio Ozodi
Location: Tajikistan, Dushanbe
A criminal case has been opened in Tajikistan against Rustami Joni, a journalist living in Prague. Authorities accuse him of publicly calling for violent change of the constitutional order and mercenarism. «On February 22, my mother-in-law, who lives in Dushanbe, was invited to the Sino District Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and told that the police had filed a case against me under Article 307 and Article 401 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Tajikistan», — the journalist said. Article 307 (public calls for violent change in the constitutional order of the Republic of Tajikistan) presumes a three-to-eight-year prison sentence, while Article 201 (mercenarism) presumes a five-to-twelve-year sentence. Rustami Joni believes that the case was brought against him because of his criticism of the actions of the Tajik authorities.