New York, November 3, 2009—Police in Kyrgyzstan should investigate work-related motives in a weekend assault that left Kubanychbek Zholdoshev, a reporter with the government weekly Osh Shamy, with a concussion and broken ribs, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Three assailants beat Zholdoshev as he was returning home
from dinner in the southern city of
Osh Shamy’s chief editor, told
the AP that his colleague had received recent threats.
Osh police said that Zholdoshev was attacked after he was returning home from dinner with friends at a local restaurant, according to the independent news agency Aki-Press. Zholdoshev reportedly hailed a taxi, but was left stranded when traffic police stopped the cab and questioned the driver. The attack occurred as the journalist, on foot, was resuming his way home, police said according to Aki-Press.
“Kubanychbek Zholdoshev had already been threatened for his
work before being beaten senseless by three attackers who did not rob him,”
said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “The police should not jump to
conclusions about motive but investigate all leads and bring those responsible
for this assault to justice. Independent, critical journalism is already in
short enough supply in