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Osman Hallyev, a longtime correspondent for RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, says he has been placed under what amounts to house arrest in eastern Lebap Province due to his affiliation with RFE/RL.

He says he fears his detention by state security forces is imminent.

Hallyev told RFE/RL's Ashgabat correspondent that his son, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law have all lost their jobs, which he also attributes to his work with RFE/RL.

Hallyev says the local Prosecutor's Office does not respond to his complaints regarding the situation.

In addition, Hallyev's international phone lines have been severed since mid-November and his access to the Internet has also been restricted.

Local officials have promised to deal with the matter as soon as possible.
An independent journalist in Tajikistan's southern city of Kulob was attacked and beaten on January 5.

Abdumumin Sherkhonov, editor in chief of the independent "Pazhvok" newspaper and a freelance correspondent of RFE/RL's Tajik Service, says he was on his way to work when three men stopped him.

One of them introduced himself as an official of the Interior Ministry, presenting what he said was his ID.

The men then threatened Sherkhonov with arrest.

When Sherkhonov refused to talk to them, they started beating him, knocking him to the pavement.

Passersby interfered and rescued the journalist.

Sherkhonov say he believes the attack was connected to his professional activities.

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