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Uzbekistan Cancels Deutsche Welle's Accreditation


Uzbekistan has canceled the accreditation of German broadcaster Deutsche Welle's correspondents in the Central Asian state, the latest foreign reporters to have their credentials revoked.

The country has taken an increasingly tough line with foreign media since they reported eyewitness accounts of troops shooting on a crowd in the town of Andijan last year and killing hundreds of civilians.

Under a new media law introduced this month, it is illegal to work as a reporter in Uzbekistan without accreditation from the Foreign Ministry. The law says accreditation can be revoked for a range of reasons including interfering in the country's internal affairs.

Earlier, the Uzbek government shut down local offices of the BBC and U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The moves followed the bloodshed in Andijan, which led to European Union sanctions against Uzbekistan and criticism from former ally Washington.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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