The editor of independent Tajikh newspaper Farazh, Khurshed Atovullo, was attacked along with his brother and brother-in-law in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on August 31. According to media sources, Atovullo was on his way to an Eid al-Fitr celebration when three men wielding clubs beat him. The motive behind the attack is unclear, although Atovullo saw his assailants’ license plate and reported the attack to the police. This was not the first time Atovullo’s work likely was the cause of endangerment, as he was nearly killed in a 1995 attack. His newspaper Farazh has faced obstacles in the last year, banned from using printing facilities and then shut down for three weeks in 2010 after coverage of military activity.