A reporter for US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty who is four months pregnant was beaten in Uzbekistan after receiving threats, the station's correspondent said today.
Lobar Qaynarova was attacked on Friday by unidentified assailants in central Syrdarya province's capital, Gulistan, 120 kms south of the national capital, Tashkent, journalist Sadriddin Ashurov said.
Qaynarova was beaten in the stomach, her nose was broken, and her tape recorder was stolen, Ashurov said. She recently interviewed local Opposition activists, after which she received threats from unknown people who told her "not to mess with politics," Ashurov said. She has been hospitalized, but her condition is unknown, Ashurov said.
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