In Dangerous Assignments, information war rages in Chechnya

New York, May 27, 2005—The Kremlin has waged a brutally effective information war in Chechnya using repressive policies, restrictive rules, subtle censorship, and outright attacks on journalists, Alex Lupis reports in the new edition of Dangerous Assignments. The spring/summer edition of the magazine is now available from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Also in the new issue of CPJ’s Dangerous Assignments …Bloomberg correspondent Brian Latham recounts his flight from Zimbabwe while under threat from government agents … Amanda Watson-Boles outlines CPJ’s “Eight Grave Threats to Press Freedom,” a worldwide accounting of the most severe dangers to the press … Gambian editor Pap Saine pays tribute to his slain colleague, Deyda Hydara … CPJ’s Julia Crawford examines the mysterious disappearance of French and Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer in Ivory Coast … and Dean Bernardo reports from Manila on the trial of a cop charged with killing a Philippine journalist.

In “Rebels and Reporters,” CPJ’s Lupis documents a pattern of harassment, threats, abduction, obstruction, and assaults against journalists since the second Chechen war began in August 1999. The Russian government’s information war, he writes, “has suppressed independent reporting and obscured the conflict’s steadily rising death toll.”

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