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What does it take to be a journalist in Central Asia?

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Liliane Landor | 17:49 UK time, Thursday, 16 June 2011

The BBC has called for the immediate release of its reporter in Tajikistan, Urinboy Usmonov, who works for the BBC World Service. Hamid Ismailov, Head of Central Asian Caucasus Service, has written here about the background to his disappearance, which continues to cause us very great concern.

Liliane Landor is languages controller of BBC Global News.

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    I am left rather wondering what it takes to fulfill the role anywhere in the BBC these days.

    If this is anything to go by:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13819093
    'And, if luck were on his side, he would like to launch a spectacular attack somewhere in the West on the pattern of 9/11 or 7/7'.

    Please would someone explain what is meant by 'luck' in this context, as the ambition of 'success' with premeditated mass murder via terrorism seems a smidge different to a 'Egypt's Got Talent' contestant bio.

    At least, you'd hope so on the pages of the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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    @Dex:
    "BOTH OF THE RC AND PRC ARE CHINA!!" is the opinion of the government of the (sigh) People's Republic of China. And Taiwan claims to own all of China, even though both of these opinions are far-fetched and hostile, and would cause a war if put into practice.

    I really don't see how the BBC are fanning the flames by publishing an article on "Taiwan" and "China": https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13768420
    You would bore and confuse your audience if you wrote the headline "The Republic of China's president [says]: 'The People's Republic of China is a risk and an opportunity'".
    And common sense/usage dictates that you AVOID confusion by referring to "China" and "Taiwan". But clearly it enrages some people.

    That's irrelevant to the blog post in any case. I've read about Mr Usmonov's arrest, and the political machinations around it: it's a very sad story all round.

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