Reporter who formerly worked for VOA and RFE/RL Uzbek killed in Kyrgyzstan (updated).

Posted: 28 Oct 2007   Print   Send a link
"An unknown gunman fired three shots at Alisher Saipov at close range as he was leaving his office in the city of Osh." AP, 25 October 2007. "He wrote extensively about torture in Uzbek President Islam Karimov's prisons, about the clampdown on dissent and the plight of the Uzbek refugees living in Kyrgyzstan." BBC News, 25 October 2007. VOA director Danforth Austin: "We are all deeply saddened by Alisher's brutal death but firmly resolved to continue reporting events in Kyrgyzstan and throughout Central Asia." Voice of America press release, 24 October 2007. Update: "In his reports for Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and various regional websites, Alisher wrote endlessly about torture in Karimov's prisons, the brutal clampdown on dissent, the climate of fear and the total economic collapse of Central Asia's most populous state." Natalia Antelava, Central Asia Correspondent for the BBC, The Observer, 28 October 2007.