Syrgak Abdyldayev, a political reporter and commentator with
the independent newspaper Reporter-Bishkek,
was attacked at around 7 p.m., Ferghana
reported. Abdyldayev, 47, is currently hospitalized with 12 stab wounds and a
broken arm, Reporter-Bishkek founder
Sultan Kanazarov told CPJ. In his recent articles, Abdyldayev criticized the Kyrgyz
government's poor economic policies and covered President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's
decision to close a
"We condemn this vicious attack on Syrgak Abdyldayev and
call on Kyrgyz authorities to investigate it thoroughly and effectively," said
CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator
According to Ferghana, at least one unidentified attacker was waiting for Abdyldayev in a car outside the newspaper's premises; as the journalist was leaving his office for the day, the assailant approached him, broke his arm, and stabbed him multiple times. Kanazarov told CPJ that his colleague was taken to the emergency room, where he remains in a serious condition.
Kanazarov said that none of Abdyldayev's belongings, including his wallet and cell phone, were taken. Bishkek police have not yet opened a criminal investigation, he said, because doctors have not allowed the police to speak with the journalist.