A German journalist said that she was detained and deported from Uzbekistan last week as the nation prepares to elect a new president.
Freelance journalist and researcher, Edda Schlager based in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty, said she was held for 14 hours before boarding a place last Friday.
Schlager, who admitted to working in Uzbekistan while on a tourist visa, said Uzbek authorities had told her she would be unable to re-enter the country for three years.
“My fear is not for myself. I am fine. My fear is for the people who I interviewed,” Schlager told reporters, noting that she had been gathering audio material for a radio programme about the country.
A German foreign ministry source said “the person concerned received consular assistance from the German embassy in Tashkent” as soon as it learned of her case, until her departure.
The embassy itself refused to comment.