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Beketov still recovering from attack a year later in Russia

December 4, 2009 3:41 PM ET

Those familiar with Mikhail Beketov’s ordeal describe his survival as nothing short of a miracle. The once fit, towering 51-year-old who campaigned on environmental issues and criticized his city government’s policies through the pages of his newspaper is now gone. But the former editor of Khimkinskaya Pravda, an independent publication that...

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Op-ed: The Kremlin Can't Have It Both Ways

November 9, 2009 12:23 PM ET

Jointly authored by CPJ's Kati Marton and Nina Ognianova, an op-ed piece is running on The New York Times' Web site today and will be published in the November 10 edition of The International Herald Tribune. The article is a follow-up to Marton and Ognianova's mission to Russia to launch our special...

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A memorial to killed journalists, a call to action

October 19, 2009 9:07 AM ET

We've launched a new section of our Web site, and we hope you take a few minutes to read some of its pages. There is one, for example, on Russian reporter Natalya Estemirova, who dared to examine human rights crimes in Chechnya. Another is devoted to Francisco Javier Ortiz...

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Clinton raises impunity in journalist murders in Russia

October 14, 2009 3:00 PM ET

When CPJ issued its recent special report Anatomy of Injustice: The Unsolved Killings of Journalists in Russia, we called on world leaders to join us in engaging Russian leaders on human rights, press freedom, and impunity. We were pleased to hear Secretary Hillary Clinton do just that today when she...

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CPJ makes headway in cases in Russia, Georgia

September 25, 2009 12:13 PM ET

Amid ongoing attacks on journalists, CPJ advocacy in Europe and Central Asia has generated some positive results. Earlier this month, a CPJ delegation met with Russian and European officials, who promised to revisit 17 journalist murders in Russia since 2000. The declared commitment to reverse Russia’s grim record of impunity...

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Russia, EU tell CPJ they will act on Russian murders

September 21, 2009 4:49 PM ET

On September 15, a CPJ delegation released a special report in Moscow on impunity in journalist killings committed in Russia under the country’s current leadership. The report, Anatomy of Injustice, garnered an unusual amount of attention from the Russian media. Our press conference at the Independent Press Center was packed...

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Journalists under threat: The psychology of sacrifice

September 17, 2009 4:04 PM ET

Over the summer, as a book I’d written about the lives of murdered journalists went to press, a crusading human rights reporter from the Russian republic of Chechnya was shot dead. I was not surprised by the details of her murder, just as the Chechen reporter was not surprised she’d...

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Natalya's death: You don't kill a story by killing a journalist

July 20, 2009 11:20 AM ET

We were only 30 on Friday: representatives of human rights organizations, a few journalists and academics, a couple of anonymous "concerned citizens." Standing on the Place de la Liberté (Freedom Square) in Brussels two blocks from the Parliament, a few meters away from a police team that had asked us...

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In Novaya Gazeta interview, Obama addresses impunity

July 7, 2009 3:03 PM ET

Before he even arrived in Moscow, President Barack Obama gave an exclusive interview to an independent Russian newspaper that has long been on the front lines of press freedom. Novaya Gazeta is known for its ground-breaking investigative reports--and the fact that four of its journalists have been killed in retaliation...

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CPJ testimony focuses on Russian impunity

June 25, 2009 5:27 PM ET

Nina Ognianova, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, provided testimony to the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on the pressing issue of impunity in journalist murders in Russia. The commission held a hearing this week on Russia's human rights record. A transcript of the testimony follows:...

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