At least two reporters have been targeted in Uzbekistan after the bloody suppression of last month's uprising, an international media freedom group said in a statement, urging authorities to stop abusing journalists' rights.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders accused Uzbek authorities of "systematic repression" against the media, according to the statement posted on the group's web site late Tuesday.
The group said that Gafur Yuldashev, a Radio Free Europe correspondent, was questioned for four hours by police on Sunday in the eastern city of Andijan, where he had planned to interview opposition activists. Police also seized Yuldashev's tape recorder, it said.
Also on Sunday, independent journalist Ulugbek Khaidarov was brutally beaten by unidentified assailants in the southern city of Karshi, where he had gone to visit his colleague.
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