Afrique Ameriques Asie Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
Turkmenistan17 October 2006

President Nyazov asked to include two imprisoned journalists in independence anniversary pardon

Reporters Without Borders today appealed to President Separmurad Nyazov to include two journalists and human rights activists in the pardon he announced yesterday for 10,000 prisoners. Held since June, Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khajiyev are now serving seven-year prison sentences.

The presidential pardon is to mark the 15th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence. The beneficiaries, who are expected to be freed on 19 October, are to include eight of the 50 people who were convicted of treason after an attempt to assassinate Nyazov in 2002.

“We learned on 14 September that Ogulsapar Muradova, the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist who was arrested at the same time as Amanklychev and Khajiyev, died in prison under torture, but a gesture of clemency is still possible for the other two,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“We have received no word of them for several weeks and we are very worried about their state of health,” the organisation added.

Amanklychev, who was working as fixer for the French independent TV production company Galaxie-Presse, and Khajiyev, a member of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, were arrested together with Muradova between 16 and 18 June and were given prison sentences ranging from six to seven years in summary trial held secretly on 25 August.

  In this country
18 February - Turkmenistan
Details of jail where two journalists have been held for past two and a half years
4 February - Turkmenistan
In joint open letter, eight NGOs urge president to include imprisoned journalists in amnesty
8 January - Turkmenistan
RFE/RL provincial correspondents harassed and threatened by intelligence officers
12 December - Turkmenistan
Increased harassment of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty correspondents in run-up to parliamentary elections
1 October - Turkmenistan
Incomprehension at UN Human Rights Council’s refusal to name special rapporteur for Turkmenistan

in the annual report
Turkmenistan - Annual Report 2008
Turkmenistan - Annual report 2007
Turkmenistan - 2006 Annual report

Europe press releases
4 June - Kosovo
Rrokum TV station still excluded by national broadcasting network
2 June - Ukraine
Potential witness’s death deals severe blow to probe into journalist’s murder
2 June - Turkey
Woman journalist held for past five weeks on baseless charge of link to armed group
2 June - Russia
Journalist seeks asylum in Finland after being convicted for prison torture articles
29 May - France
Regrettable decision by appeal court to lift ban on magazine only if offending photo is covered up

5 February 2009 - Bulgaria
“Resignation or resistance, Bulgaria’s embattled press hesitates”
28 January 2009 - Russia
Fact-finding visit : Moscow double murder may have been linked to November attack on local newspaper editor
27 June 2008 - Turkey
Investigation report into the detention of journalist Haci Bogatekin, imprisoned for more than two months and facing ten and a half years in prison

Sign the petitions
Jusuf Ruzimuradov

Europe archives
2009 archives
2008 archives
2007 archives
2006 archives
2005 archives
2004 archives
2003 archives
2002 archives
2001 archives
2000 archives