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BBG Demands Release of Journalist in Turkmenistan

BBG Demands Release of Journalist in Turkmenistan

The Broadcasting Board of Governors issued a statement demanding the immediate release of a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty who was arrested in Turkmenistan and held since June 18 without contact with the outside world.
The BBG oversees RFE/RL and other all U.S. non-military broadcasting entities. It quoted Chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson saying a resolution condemning the arrest of Ogulsapar Muradova and her three children received unanimous approval. “It is intolerable that our journalists in Turkmenistan have become targets of harassment and arrest.”
Muradova’s adult children have been released after 12 days but she herself has not been allowed to contact a lawyer or any other civilians, the BBG said.