CPJ Journalists Protection Committee stood up for Soltan Achilova

The authorities of Turkmenistan should allow the journalist Soltan Achilova to freely travel outside the country. Such a statement was issued on March 25 by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

"The authorities of Turkmenistan should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on independent journalist Soltan Achilova and ensure unimpeded departure from the country," said CPJ Europe Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said . "The systematic harassment of Achilova and other journalists should be stopped, as they perform important work in covering events in one of the most closed countries in the world."

CPJ notes that the statements sent by the Committee to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General's Office of Turkmenistan, which are among the government agencies that impose a ban on travel of citizens of the country, remained unanswered.

Recall that on March 11, journalist Gurbansoltan Achilova was scheduled to fly from Ashgabat to Tbilisi to attend an international seminar. When trying to pass passport control, they took her passport and asked to wait. Half an hour later, the migration service officer returned the document to her and stated that she had noright to leave Turkmenistan. Obviously, the name of Achilova was included in the so-called black list of persons who are prohibited from leaving Turkmenistan.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan