The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has condemned the recent detention and physical attack on Uzbek photojournalist Timur Karpov.
In a statement on October 10, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic urged the Uzbek authorities "to ensure journalists' safety and safeguard the freedom of the media."
Karpov, a freelance photojournalist for the Fergana News online portal, was detained on October 6 while on an assignment in the Boka district in eastern Uzbekistan.
Karpov was reportedly beaten and held in custody for approximately 10 hours.
According to Karpov, his detainment had not been documented. He has also alleged that police deleted all video and photo materials from his mobile phone.