Attacks against journalists have become more frequent in recent months as municipal elections in Yerevan draw close.
According to nearly every human rights and media watchdog organization in the world, Turkmenistan is among the very worst places for journalism.
March 13, 2009 -- Gagik Shamshian was beaten by a university security guard and sought refuge at RFE/RL's Yerevan bureau
January 5, 2009 -- Abdumumin Sherkhonov was beaten in the street by three men, one of whom claimed to represent the Tajik Interior Ministry
January 18, 2009 -- Ermek Boltay, the editor of RFE/RL's Kazakh Service website, was attacked by a group of unidentified assailants outside his home in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty.
There are few things more dangerous than reporting from Afghanistan. Journalists face threats from Taliban militants, corrupt officials, and gangs of ruthlessly violent criminals, and often find instinct prevailing over the rule of law.
In the fourth attack on an RFE/RL journalist in Central Asia this year, the editor of RFE/RL's Kazakh Service website was attacked by a group of men outside his home in Almaty.
November 26, 2008 -- Radio Free Afghanistan (RFA) reporter Dawa Khan Meenapal and a colleague were kidnapped by the Taliban. The two were released four days later.
January 5, 2009 -- Dovletmyrat Yazguliev, Ashgabat correspondent for RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, was interrogated on December 25 by state security officials.
January 7, 2009 -- Osman Hallyev, a Turkmen Service correspondent from the eastern Lebap province, was put under house arrest.
January 5, 2009 - Abdumumin Sherkhonov, an RFE/RL freelancer and editor of the newspaper, “Pazhvok,” was beaten by three men alledgedly associated with the Tajik Interior Ministry.
Authorities in this Central Asian country confirm that RFE/RL radio and television broadcasts have been taken off the air.