Kyrgyzstan: Journalist brutally attacked

Shokhrukh Saipov, the Osh-based editor and publisher of news website Uz Press, was last week attacked by unidentified individuals. Saipov had been attending a media seminar in Osh, and was found unconscious with his nose and several teeth broken on a street in the village of Aravan, 17 miles outside of the city. Family members have said Saipov was hospitalised overnight and diagnosed with a severe concussion and partial memory loss. The journalist is also the younger brother of Alisher Saipov, the prominent reporter killed in southern Kyrgyzstan in October 2007, and whose murder remains unsolved.