The Murdered Journalists of Central Asia, Still (sigh)

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by Joshua Foust on 10/23/2011

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — On Abrahmanova St, between Chuy Avenue and Frunze St in Bishkek, across from the Hyatt Regency and over to the left, there lies a statue of Gennady Pavlyuk. Gennady was a Kyrgyz journalist on assignment in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2009 when his hands were bound and he was tossed off the 6th floor of a building still under construction. He died of his injuries several days later, part of a rash of physical attacks on journalists that escalated under the Bakiyev regime.

In a rare act of justice, Pavlyuk’s killers were just sentenced to jail time in Kazakhstan. Good riddance to them, I say.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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