A Study on the Negative National Image of Uzbekistan in Western News Media

The author of the paper served at 3 Uzbek embassies abroad and visited 22 countries around the world (from 1996 to 2011) and worked at information agencies of the Uzbek government in the capacity of a public information officer (PIO) for almost 25 years. The experiences as a PIO, whose mission is mainly to deal with foreign journalists and to assess news coverage of Uzbekistan by their media, led the researcher to suspect that their coverage was not very favorable to Uzbekistan.

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