New York, February 6, 2009--Following a vicious attack
At least three young men attacked Bakhytzhan Nurpeisov, 19, of the weekly Obshchestvennaya Pozitsiya (Public Position), at around 9 p.m. on Thursday when he was walking home, Reuters reported. The assailants also took Nurpeisov's camera, press ID, tape recorder, and notepad. His wallet and phone were still on him. Nurpeisov is currently hospitalized with a concussion, a broken cheekbone, and multiple bruises on his head.
Obschestvennaya Pozitsiya covers
social and political issues in
This is a third attack on an independent journalist in
"We condemn the brutal attack on Bakhytzhan Nurpeisov and
call on Kazakh authorities to investigate it thoroughly and effectively, and
bring the perpetrators to justice," said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program
In the two issues of Obshchestvennaya Pozitsiya preceding the attack, Nurpeisov wrote about Astana Mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov's collection of rare and expensive cars and his several mansions in Almaty; the journalist contrasted this with dire conditions of local residents who struggle to make their living amid an economic crisis, Taukina said.
Kazakh Interior Ministry spokesman Bagdat Kozhakhmetov told Reuters that police are investigating the incident, but added that "one should not rush to link everything with politics."
In late December, an unidentified assailant stabbed Artyom
Miusov, a reporter from the opposition weekly Taszhargan, when he was walking home in Almaty. A few weeks later,
five young men attacked Yermek
Boltai, a reporter and editor for the Web site of the Kazakh service of the