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Spotlight: | Russia

Investigations reopened into journalists' murders thanks to CPJ

Top authorities at the Kremlin have vowed to pursue 19 cases of unsolved, work-related murdered journalists following an appeal by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Last week officials at the Investigative Committee in Moscow, who are directly responsible for investigating the most serious crimes in Russia, met with a visiting delegation from CPJ and pledged to aggressively look into the murder cases, including at least five that had been previously closed or suspended.

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Cameraman killed in targeted bomb explosion

An Iraqi cameraman was killed on Monday - the latest in a series of targeted attacks on journalists over the past few weeks, report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Tahrir Kadhim Jawad, a cameraman for the Arabic-language service of the U.S. TV channel Al-Hurra, was on his way to work near Jasr al-Korma when a bomb placed under his car exploded in Garma, 50 miles west of Baghdad.

| Russia

More media workers killed in Dagestan

A director of a local television station in Dagestan who was on his way to repair television equipment was shot dead on 13 May, reports the Glasnost Defence Foundation (GDF). TBS director Sayid Ibragimov was ambushed by gunmen as he was travelling with a team of repairmen on their way to restore a TV re-transmitter damaged by militants a day earlier. Ibragimov's car and an accompanying police jeep were attacked near the village of Ayazi. Gunmen set off a bomb in front of the vehicles and then opened fire on them, killing five men and wounding four others.

| El Salvador

  • Photojournalist/documentary filmmaker killed
  • Photojournalist/documentary filmmaker killed

    A filmmaker who spent years documenting El Salvador's most violent gangs was shot dead last week, say the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

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