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Attacks on the Press 2009: Russia

Top Developments• International community intensifies pressure to halt impunity.• Authorities restart investigations into Klebnikov, Politkovskaya murders. Key Statistic 19: Journalists murdered in retaliation for their work since 2000. Murder convictions have been won in one case. After a deadly decade for the press, the tone set by the Kremlin appeared to have changed. President Dmitry Medvedev said…

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Dagestan authorities try to close independent weekly

New York, June 17, 2009–Authorities in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan should immediately halt efforts to shut the Makhachkala-based independent weekly Chernovik and should drop extremism charges against editor Nadira Isayeva and four reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Persecution of Dagestan weekly continues

New York, August 28, 2008–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan to end their month-long offensive against the opposition weekly Chernovik (Rough Draft) in the regional capital, Makhachkala. Investigators with the local prosecutor’s office and officers with the Criminal Investigation (UR) department of Dagestan’s Interior Ministry searched…

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News Wrap for 8/11/08

On The Huffington Post this morning, Magda Abu-Fadil has a blog entry that closely examines the situation for journalists in Mauritania and mentions our alert on the bloodless coup and how it might affect the domestic media.Also this morning, the Web site The Editors Weblog has a short article about censorship in Dagestan, where we…

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Independent weekly editor charged with extremism in Dagestan

New York, August 7, 2008–The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the decision of regional authorities in Dagestan to open a criminal case against Nadira Isayeva, editor-in-chief of an independent weekly, after the newspaper quoted a former guerilla leader in an article. According to news Web site Lenta, regional prosecutors in Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala,…

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Russian journalists detained, harassed when covering local elections

New York, March 12, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that police and security services harassed several journalists covering local parliamentary elections on Sunday. Police in the southern city of Samara detained reporter Pavel Sedakov and photographer Artyom Pigarov of the independent business daily Kommersant when the two tried to interview a…

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