Alexander Klimchuk

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Alerts   |   Georgia, Russia

Dutch cameraman killed, reporter wounded in Georgia

New York, August 12, 2008--Stan Storimans, a cameraman with Netherlands-based television channel RTL Nieuws, was killed today during bombing in the central Georgian city of Gori. His colleague, reporter Jeroen Akkermans, suffered shrapnel wounds to his leg and was hospitalized in a Tbilisi clinic, Jaspir Teijsse, a spokesman for RTL Nieuws, told CPJ Storimans was 39.

August 12, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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Two killed, several injured or missing in South Ossetia

New York, August 11, 2008--Two journalists were reported killed, at least eight were injured, and two have gone missing since fighting erupted between Georgian, Russian, and local forces in the disputed region of South Ossetia. No press-related casualties have been immediately reported in the conflict in another breakaway Georgian region, Abkhazia.

August 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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  |   Georgia

Alexander Klimchuk

Alexander Klimchuk, 27, and Grigol Chikhladze, 30, were killed in South Ossetia on August 10 when they tried to enter the regional capital, Tskhinvali, according to news reports and CPJ interviews.

Russian press reports said Klimchuk, head of the Tbilisi-based Caucasus Images photo agency, was on assignment for the Russian news service Itar-Tass. Chikhladze, a freelancer and member of Caucasus Images, was covering the conflict for Russian Newsweek. The two journalists had freelanced for a number of Russian and international news agencies.

The Russian business daily Kommersant, citing information from Caucasus Images, said the journalists were killed by South Ossetian militia. Kommersant reported that Klimchuk, Chikhladze, and two other reporters--U.S. journalist Winston Featherly and Georgian colleague Temuri Kiguradze of the Tbilisi-based, English-language newspaper The Messenger--were trying to avoid a roadblock set up by South Ossetian militia when they saw a group of armed men.

The journalists reportedly could not identify whether the armed men were Georgian soldiers or South Ossetian militiamen because it was dark. Klimchuk greeted them in Georgian and the armed men started shooting, Kommersant reported. Klimchuk and Chikhladze died at the scene, while Featherly and Kiguradze were wounded and hospitalized.

August 10, 2008 12:01 AM ET

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Grigol Chikhladze

Alexander Klimchuk, 27, and Grigol Chikhladze, 30, were killed in South Ossetia on August 10 when they tried to enter the regional capital, Tskhinvali, according to news reports and CPJ interviews.

Russian press reports said Klimchuk, head of the Tbilisi-based Caucasus Images photo agency, was on assignment for the Russian news service Itar-Tass. Chikhladze, a freelancer and member of Caucasus Images, was covering the conflict for Russian Newsweek. The two journalists had freelanced for a number of Russian and international news agencies.

The Russian business daily Kommersant, citing information from Caucasus Images, said the journalists were killed by South Ossetian militia. Kommersant reported that Klimchuk, Chikhladze, and two other reporters--U.S. journalist Winston Featherly and Georgian colleague Temuri Kiguradze of the Tbilisi-based, English-language newspaper The Messenger--were trying to avoid a roadblock set up by South Ossetian militia when they saw a group of armed men.

The journalists reportedly could not identify whether the armed men were Georgian soldiers or South Ossetian militiamen because it was dark. Klimchuk greeted them in Georgian and the armed men started shooting, Kommersant reported. Klimchuk and Chikhladze died at the scene, while Featherly and Kiguradze were wounded and hospitalized.

August 10, 2008 12:00 AM ET

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