years ago today, press freedom in Kyrgyzstan received a deadly blow from
which it has never recovered. Alisher Saipov, one of
most promising and prominent regional reporters of his time, was murdered in
his native city of Osh. Since that October night, authorities have promised to
solve his killing, but impunity reigns to this day, Shohruh Saipov, his brother
and also a journalist, told CPJ.
At the time of his murder, Saipov edited his own independent
newspaper, Siyosat (Politics), but
his resume was impressive for a 26-year-old reporter. In his short career, Saipov
contributed to the BBC World Service, the U.S. government-funded outlets Voice
of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Moscow-based regional
news website Ferghana News.