CPJ releases statement marking anniversary of television journalist’s murder

New York, July 25, 2002—To mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Georgy Sanaya, a popular anchor for the Tbilisi-based independent television station Rustavi-2, Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Ann Cooper issued the following statement:

“We are disheartened that one year after Georgy Sanaya’s July 26, 2001, murder, justice has not been done. And although President Eduard Shevardnadze said yesterday that the murder has been solved, no further information about this heinous crime has been made public.

We urge President Shevardnadze and Georgian law enforcement authorities to release this information and to do everything in their power to ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice.”