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"This is a genuine product of Uzbek television," said Alisher Komolov, who worked for the Yoshlar television channel until he left the country in 2006. "The editing layout, the choice of words and the overall denunciatory tone resemble other propaganda videos, especially the ones on Andijan."
In 2005 government troops killed hundreds of mostly peaceful protester sin the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan, according to eyewitnesses and human rights groups. Authorities said fewer than 200 died and blamed the violence on Islamic militants.
Uzbek television showed several documentaries that supported the official viewpoint and slammed Western non-governmental organizations and reporters for allegedly funding the uprising and providing biased coverage.
The United Nations says Uzbekistan has one of the world's fastest-rising HIV infection rates. About 16,000 cases of HIV/AIDS were reported in 2009 -- more than an eleven-fold increase from 1,400 cases in 2001, a World Health Organization report said.
For many in this predominantly Muslim nation of 27 million, HIV and AIDS are taboo subjects. At the same time, infection rates are rising due to a sharp deterioration in medical services, as well as a growth of intravenous drug use and sexually transmitted diseases since the 1991 Soviet collapse.
Kislov said the video could not have been made without government cooperation, calling the documentary's style "typical" of Uzbek state television.
"It glorifies the country's leaders and law enforcement agencies and degrades the hand-picked scapegoats," he said.
In late February, Uzbek activist Maxim Popov, who distributed brochures saying condoms and disposable syringes can help prevent HIV, was convicted of corrupting minors by promoting homosexuality, prostitution and drug use. He was sentenced to seven years in jail.
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