US-backed radio says Turkmen commentator tortured
Turkmen security forces detained and tortured a commentator for a U.S.-backed radio station after he had refused to stop working for the broadcaster, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) said.
“Today a contributor to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service (Radio Azatlyk) was found beaten and tortured for refusing to sign a letter in which he agreed to stop reporting for RFE/RL,” the station said in a statement released late on Tuesday. The Prague-based station said Sazak Durdymuradov told his wife he “wanted to die” after she found him at a state security detention centre. Full Story