A prominent photographer and film-maker in Uzbekistan has been found guilty of slandering the nation through her work.
Umida Akhmedova had been facing up to three years in prison for a series of photos and a film portraying people in Uzbekistan as backward and poor.
But after announcing the guilty verdict, the judge said the photographer would automatically be pardoned under an amnesty.
Ms Akhmedova said she would still appeal against the conviction.
Last month the Uzbek government decided to prosecute the photographer for an album of work, published in 2007, depicting rural life scenes in Uzbekistan, and for a documentary film. The film, The Burden of Virginity , focused on the
experiences of young women immediately before and after marriage.
But a panel of experts appointed by the government ruled that her work would damage Uzbekistan's spiritual values. The panel concluded in its report that the photo album does not conform to aesthetic demands , a throwback to Soviet jargon,
and that it would damage the country's spiritual values .