"She [Muradova] had been reporting for the Turkmen Service since March of 2006. And her reports covered mainly the social issues of Turkmenistan. In June she was jailed [on charges of illegally possessing ammunition] and later in September she died in custody after the imprisonment, she died in prison.
"Family members, when they saw the body, they saw the signs of torture, and that's why they demanded a thorough investigation of the body, but still they failed to get an investigation. Until now we don't have any official reports from the Turkmen authorities about the reason of her death.
'We have not had any information about two correspondents in eastern Turkmenistan for over three weeks'
Reporters Still Harassed
"After the death of President [Saparmurat] Niyazov there were some expectations of more freedom and now time shows that still the previous regime continues and correspondents, not only for Radio Free Europe, but other correspondents are under strict surveillance by the Turkmen authorities.
Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (left) succeeded Saparmurat Niyazov in February (epa)"We [have not had] any information about two correspondents in the eastern part of Turkmenistan for over three weeks. Our Ashgabat correspondent is facing harassment by the authorities these days. These latest incidents show that the harassment continues and we're concerned about the situation in Turkmenistan.
Ability To Report Curtailed
"They are invited for questioning, and they question the family members of the correspondents, and threaten not to contact the correspondents of RFE/RL, things like that. It's very difficult [for us] to report from Turkmenistan.
"But despite all the difficulties, our correspondents do their best to tell the truth to the international community about the situation in Turkmenistan."