4 January 2007

IFEX MEMBERS DEMAND JUSTICE IN POLITKOVSKAYA MURDER


Eleven IFEX member organisations, led by the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations (CJES), have called on the Russian government to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. In a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the free expression groups said resolving the crime is "vital to enable journalists, who are experiencing persecution, to feel safe."

Politkovskaya was gunned down in Moscow on 7 October 2006. She was an internationally acclaimed reporter for the biweekly newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" and a staunch critic of Putin (see: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/78166/).
Another IFEX member, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) has presented a separate petition to the Council of Europe calling for an international investigation into Politkovskaya's murder.

The petition has been signed by 12,175 individuals, including International Criminal Court prosecutor Carla del Ponte, European Parliament member Elmar Brok and Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón.

Thirteen journalists, including Politkovskaya, have been murdered in Russia since Putin came to power in 2000, says the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) No one has been brought to justice for any of the murders.

Visit these links:
- IFEX Joint Action: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/79593/- RSF: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=20194- Politkovskaya Named World Press Hero: http://tinyurl.com/yaf58h- 13 Murders, No Justice: http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/2005/russia_murders/russia_murders.html

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