Journalisten Alisher Saipov ble tirsdag skutt og drept utenfor sitt kontor i byen Osh i Kirgisistan. Saipov arbeidet for uzbek-sendingene til Voice of America.
«A professional journalist has paid the ultimate price by doing his job,» said Voice of America Director Danforth Austin. «We are all deeply saddened by Alisher’s brutal death but firmly resolved to continue reporting events in Kyrgyzstan and throughout Central Asia.»
VOA colleagues remember Saipov as a fearless journalist, with impeccable skills and deep knowledge of the region, who was always willing to go to the scene to report events. His reporting focused on the volatile Ferghana Valley that straddles Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and is a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism.
Mr. Saipov, age 26, was a native of Osh. He leaves behind his wife and three-month-old daughter.