Turkmenistan: Reporter gets five years in prison

A Radio Free Europe correspondent in Turkmenistan has been sentenced to five years in prison. Dovletmurad Yazguliyev was sentenced yesterday on charges of inciting his sister-in-law to attempt to commit suicide. Yazguliyev was detained on 27 September and his family were pressured to sign a statement backing up the charges against him. Yazguliyev and his colleagues believe that the arrest is an attempt to silence the journalist for his critical reports: he was one of the first journalists to break news of deadly arms storage explosions in the eastern town of Abadan on 7 July.