When Mick Deane was killed in Egypt on Wednesday, he became the 1,000th journalist documented by CPJ as having died in direct relation to his work. The photos above, a sampling of those who have died over the past 21 years, serve as a powerful reminder of the cost of critical, independent journalism.
Mikhail Beketov's recovery, in photos by CPJ and news agencies.
Beketov, the former crusading editor of the independent newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda in the Moscow suburb,
Khimki, died this afternoon at a Moscow hospital. A choking
episode during lunch led to heart failure, Elena Kostyuchenko, Beketov's friend
and a reporter for the newspaper Novaya
Gazeta, told CPJ by phone from Moscow. Really, though, Beketov's life was
taken by the thugs who
smashed his skull, broke his legs, pulverized his hands, and left him to die in
the freezing cold nearly five years ago. He defied them, surviving that November 2008 night and valiantly rallying in the ensuing years, but the once robust and fearless editor was
never the same.
likes to work through the night. His attackers knew that. Masked men grabbed Syria's most famous cartoonist as he set out for
home from his office near Damascus'
central Umayyad Square
at around 5 a.m. on Thursday, and bundled him into a van. A few hours later, he
lay in a bloody heap with a bag over his head on an airport road some 19 miles
(30 kilometers) out of town.
Beketov can walk now--using an artificial leg and propping himself on crutches. He's
moving around his house in the Moscow suburb of Khimki. It was here, in his
front yard, where the newspaper editor was attacked two years and seven months
ago. It was in this yard where assailants left him for dead. The fact that Beketov can stand on his own again is testament
to the sheer strength of the man, whom friends describe as a born fighter. He
could be obstinate, they say, and that's why he would never turn away from what
he believes in.
New York, December
10, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved that the Khimki City
Court has overturned the defamation conviction of editor Mikhail
Beketov, a verdict that had been condemned in Russia and abroad.
New York, November 11,
2010--Russia's top investigator, Aleksandr Bastrykin, today ordered the reopening
of a probe into a near-lethal November 2008 attack on Mikhail
Beketov, editor of the independent newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda.Bastrykin's order comes a
day after a court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki convicted
Beketov of criminally slandering local mayor Vladimir Strelchenko. The
conviction, coming at a time when Beketov's assailants are walking free, drew
New York, November 10, 2010--A court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki today convicted Mikhail Beketov, the editor of the independent newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda, of criminally slandering Khimki's mayor, Vladimir Strelchenko, in a 2007 television interview. Beketov, who is in a wheelchair and unable to speak two years after a near-lethal attack, was wheeled into the courtroom for today's verdict.
Beketov is lucky to be alive, although I'm sure there are days when he
doesn't think so. On November 13, 2008, the environmental reporter who
campaigned against a highway that would have destroyed a forest in Khimki, a
town outside Moscow,
was beaten nearly to death by men with metal bars. The attackers made a special
effort to destroy his hands and left him to die in the November cold. He would
have if neighbors had not noticed him and called the police 24 hours after the
New York, November 8,
2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces two attacks on
journalists in the Moscow region and calls on authorities to end impunity in
crimes against reporters in Russia. Both victims, Oleg Kashin of the business
daily Kommersant and Anatoly Adamchuk
of the independent weekly Zhukovskiye
Vesti, have covered a contentious highway project that would go through a
forest in the Moscow suburb of Khimki. Kashin worked on a number of other
sensitive subjects as well.