Tuesday, September 15, 2009

CPR targets Russia's record

The Committee for the Protection of journalists has been compiling a report to

highlight the alarming and ongoing problem of deadly violence against critical journalists in Russia and the government’s consistent inability to bring justice in these cases.

It points out that since 2000, Seventeen journalists have been killed in retaliation for their work and in only one case have the killers been convicted,which stands in sharp contrast to Russia’s stated record in solving murders among the general population.

The report adds that

The Kremlin has set the political tone by marginalizing critical journalists, effectively barring them from state-controlled national television, and obstructing their work through politicized regulations and bureaucratic harassment. Probing journalists—often shunted to media with limited audiences—are isolated, undervalued, and vulnerable to attack.

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