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Blog   |   Russia

Beketov still recovering from attack a year later in Russia

Mikhail Beketov before he was brutally beaten and left for dead in 2008. (Eco Oborona)

Those familiar with Mikhail Beketov’s ordeal describe his survival as nothing short of a miracle. The once fit, towering 51-year-old who campaigned on environmental issues and criticized his city government’s policies through the pages of his newspaper is now gone. But the former editor of Khimkinskaya Pravda, an independent publication that exposed the blunders of the Khimki administration headed by Mayor Vladimir Strelchenko, has a fierce desire to return to normal life, or at least some semblance of it. He has a long way to go and he needs our help.

December 4, 2009 3:41 PM ET


Blog   |   Russia

Op-ed: The Kremlin Can't Have It Both Ways

Jointly authored by CPJ's Kati Marton and Nina Ognianova, an op-ed piece is running on The New York Times' Web site today and will be published in the November 10 edition of The International Herald Tribune. The article is a follow-up to Marton and Ognianova's mission to Russia to launch our special report Anatomy of Injustice: The Unsolved Killings of Journalists in Russia. The op-ed argues that Russia must put an end impunity in the cases of murdered journalists as it positions itself as a legitimate democracy and requests equal treatment with what it calls other "great nations." 

To read the full article, please click here.

November 9, 2009 12:23 PM ET


Blog   |   CPJ, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Turkey

A memorial to killed journalists, a call to action

Natalya Estemirova (AP)We've launched a new section of our Web site, and we hope you take a few minutes to read some of its pages. There is one, for example, on Russian reporter Natalya Estemirova, who dared to examine human rights crimes in Chechnya. Another is devoted to Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco, a Tijuana newspaper editor who exposed the workings of the Arellano Félix drug cartel. They are among the 758 journalists killed for their work since 1992. Our new database memorializes these women and men, most of whom were local reporters, photographers, producers, and editors who confronted the powerful or took unpopular positions.

Blog   |   CPJ, Russia

Clinton raises impunity in journalist murders in Russia

When CPJ issued its recent special report Anatomy of Injustice: The Unsolved Killings of Journalists in Russia, we called on world leaders to join us in engaging Russian leaders on human rights, press freedom, and impunity. We were pleased to hear Secretary Hillary Clinton do just that today when she spoke about impunity at a town-hall style meeting today in Moscow

October 14, 2009 3:00 PM ET


Blog   |   Georgia, Russia

CPJ makes headway in cases in Russia, Georgia

Amid ongoing attacks on journalists, CPJ advocacy in Europe and Central Asia has generated some positive results. Earlier this month, a CPJ delegation met with Russian and European officials, who promised to revisit 17 journalist murders in Russia since 2000. The declared commitment to reverse Russia’s grim record of impunity came after we presented our own in-depth investigation into the unsolved killings of Russian journalists in our report Anatomy of Injustice.

September 25, 2009 12:13 PM ET


Blog   |   Belgium, CPJ, Russia, UK

Russia, EU tell CPJ they will act on Russian murders

On September 15, a CPJ delegation released a special report in Moscow on impunity in journalist killings committed in Russia under the country’s current leadership. The report, Anatomy of Injustice, garnered an unusual amount of attention from the Russian media. Our press conference at the Independent Press Center was packed with journalists, both domestic and international; representatives from 20 news agencies, print and online publications, and radio and television outlets covered the release. The high attendance was a clear sign of the magnitude of the issue and the urgent need for it to be addressed.

September 21, 2009 4:49 PM ET


Blog   |   Russia, Sri Lanka

Journalists under threat: The psychology of sacrifice

Over the summer, as a book I’d written about the lives of murdered journalists went to press, a crusading human rights reporter from the Russian republic of Chechnya was shot dead. I was not surprised by the details of her murder, just as the Chechen reporter was not surprised she’d become a target for execution: Like all the journalists in my book, Natalya Estemirova had known she would probably be murdered.

Blog   |   Russia

Natalya's death: You don't kill a story by killing a journalist

Supporters hold photos of Estemirova at a remembrance in Moscow. (Reuters/Denis Sinyakov)We were only 30 on Friday: representatives of human rights organizations, a few journalists and academics, a couple of anonymous "concerned citizens." Standing on the Place de la Liberté (Freedom Square) in Brussels two blocks from the Parliament, a few meters away from a police team that had asked us to limit ourselves to a "static demonstration," we held pictures of Natalya Estemirova and roses. A few journalists--the Belgian news agency, Reuters Television, a community TV station--were filming the scene. Scores of people were walking by on their way from lunch back to office work.
July 20, 2009 11:20 AM ET


Blog   |   Russia, Security, USA

In Novaya Gazeta interview, Obama addresses impunity

Before he even arrived in Moscow, President Barack Obama gave an exclusive interview to an independent Russian newspaper that has long been on the front lines of press freedom. Novaya Gazeta is known for its ground-breaking investigative reports--and the fact that four of its journalists have been killed in retaliation for their work.

Blog   |   Russia, USA

CPJ testimony focuses on Russian impunity

Nina Ognianova, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, provided testimony to the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on the pressing issue of impunity in journalist murders in Russia. The commission held a hearing this week on Russia's human rights record. A transcript of the testimony follows:


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