Sazak Durdymuradov, a history teacher and contributor to RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, has been found beaten and tortured after refusing to sign a letter in which he agreed to stop reporting for RFE/RL.
Durdymuradov's commentary and analysis often focuses on educational and constitutional reform.
He was seized three days ago by Turkmen police from his home in Bakharden. He was discovered today at a detention facility run by the national security office (former KGB). His wife said he told her he "wanted to die."
The incident, condemned by RFE/RL President Jeffrey Gedmin, occurred as the Turkmen government is hosting human rights talks with the European Union in the capital, Ashgabat.
In a report issued on June 23, Amnesty International said Turkmen authorities regularly target independent journalists, including RFE/RL correspondents, in an attempt to silence independent voices.
Read the full RFE/RL press release here