Press freedom in the news 10/07/08

The Web site of news channel France 24 is reporting that today, on the two-year anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, more than 200 people gathered in Moscow for a vigil. The story cites our alert from yesterday that criticized Russia’s decision to try three men accused in the murder case in a military, rather than civilian, court.

Web site Monsters & Critics has a long piece today about media issues in Zimbabwe as the country transitions into a new era of power-sharing.

The Venezuela-based papers El Universal and Tal Cual  have coverage of our letter to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressing concern at the growing violence in the South American country. Also, our special report on Mexico, “The Disappeared,” is covered today in Spanish daily ABC