Several Kyrgyz men and one woman pose for the camera in front of a patterned background at an awards ceremony

RFE/RL Kyrgyz journalist named 2016 “Journalist of the Year”

RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service correspondent Kubanychbek Joldoshev was named 2016 Journalist of the Year by the Committee for Protection of Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan. Joldoshev was recognized for his complex investigative reporting throughout the year.

The commemorative diploma and “balbal” statuette were presented to Joldoshev by politician Elmira Ibraimova at a public reception held on December 23, 2016. The 36-year-old graduate of Osh State University has worked for the local newspaper Osh Shamy (The Torch of Osh) in addition to being a correspondent for RFE/RL’s Radio Azattyk since 2009.

Joldoshev was severely beaten by three unknown assailants on November 2, 2009, in an attack which he said was politically motivated and likely connected with his professional journalism activities. He suffered head injuries and broken bones in the attack.

About Committee for Protection of Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan

The Journalist of the Year is a recognition of journalists who work in service of a free society in Kyrgyzstan. It is awarded, along with several “persons of the year” in other categories, by the Committee for the Protection of Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan. The organization states as its purpose “to ring the bell and the fight for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly” on behalf of the citizens of the country.