Press freedom in the news 9/2/08

Both the BBC and The International Herald Tribune have coverage of protests at the funeral of slain Russian journalist Magomed Yevloyev. We released a statement yesterday about the death of Yevloyev, the owner of Ingushetiya Web site, who was found dead after being taken into police custody. Roza Malsagova, the editor of the site, fled Russia in July after being beaten and harrassed by Ingush authorities.

CPJ reported on the kidnapping of Zurab Tsechoyev, editor of Mashr, a human rights Web site in Ingushetia, in late July.

Also in the news today, violence in Kashmir continues to prevent journalists from working. An article on the Web site Kashmir Newz contends that police attacks against the media were “probably deliberate designs of state agencies.” CPJ has released two alerts on the violence and censorship in the region. Several other outlets covered this story over the weekend, including Kashmir Watch, the Associated Press of Pakistan, and The Daily Times of Pakistan.