Call for G8 members to react to detention of french media contributor and Radio Free Europe journalist

first_img Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Turkmenistan Reporters Without Borders is calling on members of the G8 countries to intervene on behalf of seven journalists and human rights activists who have been held in Turkmenistan for the past two weeks. “We have very good reasons to fear that they are being ill-treated,” the press freedom organisation said News Human rights activist, Annakurban Amanklytchev – who was working in collaboration with the broadcast company Galaxie-Presse and French TV channel France 2, Ogoulsapar Muradova, of US-run Radio Free Europe, her three adult children and two other human rights activists are being held secretly in custody.“We are urging members of the G8 – which will be meeting at a summit in St Petersburg from 15-17 July – to put pressure on the Turkmen authorities for the release of these seven people,” the press freedom organisation said.”The international community must urgently react to protect freedom of expression in Turkmenistan. This country is one of the worst in the world in terms of respect for human rights and press freedom. It is the responsibility of all of us to condemn this state of affairs and to do our utmost so that Turkmen journalists and human rights activists no longer suffer such harassment.”Journalist Catherine Berthillier of Galaxie-Presse had contacted Annakurban Amanklytchev in March this year to make a film ‘travel diary on Turkmenistan’ for the France 2 documentary programme “Envoyé Spécial”. Amanklytchev was arrested on 16 June. Witnesses who saw him at the offices of the National Security Ministry said, “He is being interrogated night and day and with extreme brutality. He has become unrecognisable and there are fears for his life.” Help by sharing this information TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia March 13, 2020 Find out morecenter_img TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries March 31, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan June 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for G8 members to react to detention of french media contributor and Radio Free Europe journalist Organisation Ogoulsapar Muradova, correspondent in Turkmenistan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was arrested in Ashgabat on 18 June. Members of the security forces went to her home and took her to the interior ministry without any arrest warrant or official summons. The same services have been holding her children, Sona, Maral and Berdy Muradova since 19 June. There has been no news of two human rights activists, Elena Ovezova and Sapardurdy Khakiev, who were also arrested on 16 June. The official accusations against the journalist and the other arrested human rights activists arrested were reported on the Ashgabat TV, controlled by the President Saparmurat Niazov. The authorities reportedly suspect them of being behind a plot against the head of state. Newslast_img read more