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Two journalists freed after seven years in prison in appalling conditions

first_img Receive email alerts #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News News (Photo: AFP – Bertrand Guay / AFP) Follow the news on Turkmenistan TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that journalists and human rights activists Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadjiyev were released during the weekend on completing seven-year jail sentences in appalling conditions.“We are delighted that these two journalists have finally been freed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We often feared for their lives during these past years, in which reports of terrible prison conditions occasionally reached us. Nonetheless, they are in very poor shape after this ordeal. Nothing will be able to redress the seven long years of unjust detention.“Justice has still not been rendered to their colleague, Ogulsapar Muradova, who died in detention shortly after their arrest. And anyone who dares to criticize the authorities is still jailed or confined to a psychiatric hospital. How many other journalists, media assistants and human rights defenders still languish in Turkmenistan’s terrible prisons? It is hard to say because so little information filters out from what is one of the world’s most closed and repressive countries.”According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, Amanklychev and Khadjiyev were released on 16 February and have returned to their homes. Their years in detention have left serious after-effects, including cardiac and psychological problems, partial loss of vision and other ailments that are due to be diagnosed.They received their jail sentences in August 2006 on charges of “possession of illegal firearms or ammunition.” Muradova, the correspondent of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty’s Turkmen service was tried and convicted at the same time but died in September 2006 after being beaten by guards in Ovodan Depe high security prison, to the north of the capital Ashgabat.All three journalists were arrested after helping Galaxie-Presse, a French TV production company, make a documentary on Turkmenistan for the France 2 programme Envoyé Spécial.No convincing investigation was ever conducted into Muradova’s death, while Amanklychev and Khadjiyev served their sentences in almost complete isolation in a prison in an extremely hot desert region near the western city of Turkmenbashi.Reporters Without Borders twice occupied the Turkmen embassy in Paris, in 2006 and 2008, to press for an explanation for Muradova’s death and to demand the release of her two colleagues.Turkmenistan has for years been ranked among the last three countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, along with North Korea and Eritrea. to go further Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Organisation Help by sharing this information News December 18, 2020 Find out more March 31, 2020 Find out more February 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists freed after seven years in prison in appalling conditions March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Wenger: I’ve no doubt about Alexis’ mentality

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger denies weak Alexis mentality and dodges Lemar transfer failure questions Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 17:16 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AlexisSanchez - Cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Thomas Lemar A. Sánchez Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Premier League The forward has endured a tumultuous week with the Gunners and Chile, but the manager is not concerned by the his star’s state of mind Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he has no concerns over the mindset of Alexis Sanchez, who saw a move to Manchester City fail to materialise before suffering back-to-back defeats with Chile.Sanchez, who made his first Gunners appearance of the season in the 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool before the international break, was the subject of heavy interest from the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola sought a reunion with the former Barcelona forward.Arsenal 5/1 to win & under 2.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, deadline day came and went without Sanchez agreeing a move to City, and his mood will not have been improved by defeats to Paraguay and Bolivia, which left Chile out of the qualifying places in the CONMEBOL section for next year’s World Cup, with two matches to play.Sanchez will return to Emirates Stadium on Thursday ahead of Arsenal’s home Premier League meeting with Bournemouth at the weekend, and Wenger was quick to dismiss any notion of the player arriving under a cloud of discontent.”I have no doubt about Alexis’ mentality,” Wenger told a media conference.”People question it, he needs to come back to full fitness – he wasn’t [fit] at Liverpool, it was his first game.”He’s strong mentally and hopefully he’ll be back very quickly to his best.”Alexis Sanchez Arsenal v LiverpoolThomas LemarArsenal attempted to bring Thomas Lemar to the club from Monaco in a deal reportedly worth £90 million, before the France international opted to remain with the Ligue 1 champions.Asked if Sanchez’s potential departure to City was dependent on Arsenal securing the services of Lemar, Wenger was typically evasive in his response.”I believe the transfer market is over,” he said. “There was a lot going on, it’s very difficult for me to speak about it because the most important thing for us now is to focus on the next game.”My view is that it’s very difficult to speak about that because Lemar is now in Monaco and Sanchez is here and focuses on here and we have to keep a certain confidentiality about the transfer negotiations.”Wenger also reiterated his view that the transfer window should close before the season begins.”In the players’ minds they have no clarity, it’s not a way to work,” he said. “It’s uncomfortable and every single manager in the league will say it’s time to kick that out before the season starts.”last_img read more