Last Updated: Friday, 24 October 2014, 15:39 GMT

Journalists Killed in 2006 - Motive Confirmed: Ogulsapar Muradova

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2007
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2006 - Motive Confirmed: Ogulsapar Muradova, January 2007, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64960526.html [accessed 25 October 2014]
DisclaimerThis is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
September 2006, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Muradova, a reporter for the Turkmen service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), died in prison sometime in September. Her body was released to her family on September 14, 2006. One Turkmen human rights group that had spoken with relatives said Muradova had suffered head and neck injuries. Authorities in the capital, Ashgabat, handed over the body only after Western diplomats accompanied Muradova's children to the morgue, RFE/RL Turkmen Service Director Aleksandr Narodetsky told CPJ. Authorities refused the family's request for an autopsy and did not disclose the cause or date of death.

Security forces later surrounded the Muradova home and prevented people from seeing the body or contacting Muradova's relatives.

Muradova, 58, had been convicted of possessing ammunition and sentenced to six years in jail after a closed-door trial that lasted only minutes. She had been denied legal counsel.

The Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation, a human rights organization operating from Bulgaria, released a statement saying that Muradova's body showed a large head wound and bruises around the neck. The foundation, which also said Muradova had been drugged and tortured in jail, had spoken with her adult children before the telephone connection was abruptly cut. RFE/RL's Narodetsky also said that the children reported that their mother had a head wound.

U.S. government funded RFE/RL is the last foreign broadcaster to maintain a network of correspondents in the secretive Central Asian state.

Medium:Radio
Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:Human Rights
Gender:Female
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Government Officials
Impunity:Yes
Taken Captive:Yes
Tortured:Yes
Threatened:Yes

 

Copyright notice: © Committee to Protect Journalists. All rights reserved. Articles may be reproduced only with permission from CPJ.

Search Refworld

Countries