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Another Outspoken Kyrgyz Journalist Attacked
Former Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporter in hospital
Ryskeldi Satkeev (ryskeldi64)     Print Article 
Published 2009-11-05 10:13 (KST)   
This article is only lightly edited.  <Editor's Note>
Kyrgyz journalist Kubanych Djoldoshev suffered multiple injuries after being assaulted by unknown attackers at about 2 a.m. on November 1 in the southern city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

Djoldoshev told a Azattyk.kg reporter that three men approached and beat him, resulting in a concussion and broken ribs.

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The emergency staff at the local hospital described his condition to RFE/RL as critical.

This is the latest incident in a series of hostile actions against freelance journalists and reporters in the country.

Djoldoshev has been working for the Kyrgyz branch of the RFE/RL prior to his current assignment with a newspaper. The paper, Osh Shamy, has been critical of local authorities in the country's southern region.

The paper's chief editor, Turgunbai Aldakulov, said the beating was directly connected to material published by Osh Shamy on recent university student protests.

Aldakulov also told RFE/RL that newspaper staff were threatened by associates of Osh city officials.

Colleagues of Djoldoshev -- fellow journalists from Osh Shamy and other news outlets -- gathered in front of the hospital where he was treated. They expressed their solidarity with injured reporter and voiced concern over current free-speech and safety issues in the Kyrgyz Republic.

According to Institute for Public Reporting in Kyrgyzstan, there have been 58 registered cases of attacks against journalists since 2005 including two high profile murders of outspoken reporters and six who escaped Kyrgyzstan seeking asylum in Western Europe.

Injured Djoldoshev treated in the hospital
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