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RFE/RL Turkmen Reporter Badly Beaten In Moscow

6 May 2004 -- A correspondent for the Turkmen Service of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty was in serious condition today after being beaten at his home in Moscow.

The media rights group Reporters Without Borders today reported that Mukhamed Berdiyev was attacked by three men on 30 April and suffered serious head injuries. His computer and phone line had also been destroyed.

Berdiyev's son, Chanazar Berdiyev, who is also an RFE/RL correspondent, had his house searched the day before his father was attacked. Both men were previously attacked in separate incidents last year.

Two other Turkmen correspondents for Radio Liberty were arrested earlier this year in Turkmenistan and later released. Reporters Without Borders said the recent cases show that working for the U.S.-funded broadcaster is "sufficient reason for harrassment by the Turkmen authorities."

(AFP/AP/Turkmen Service)