IFJ Marks Fourth Anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya Murder by Call for Justice


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today marked the fourth

anniversary of the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya by

urging the Russian authorities to ensure justice for her and her long-suffering

family and colleagues.


killer has been named but not caught, his alleged accomplices have been put on

trial but acquitted, and those behind her murder appear to have got away scot-free

," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "The way her murder has been

handled is an indictment of the Russian justice system. Her family and friends

have endured much distress and frustration and it is time to put an end to



IFJ says the recent announcement by Russia's chief investigator of plans to

re-examine 19 deaths of journalists since 2000 is a positive development but

must be backed up by real deeds tackling the instigators of murders such as

that of Politkovskaya in 2006, not just the perpetrators. The Federation also

calls on the authorities to re-open not only the most famous and widely known

cases but also the targeted killings of journalists in regions of Russia far

from Moscow or the North Caucasus.


a prominent journalist for the Novaya

Gazeta and a specialist in exposing human rights violations who

voiced criticism of Kremlin policy in Chechnya, was gunned down outside her

flat four years ago today. Two men suspected of helping to organise her murder

were acquitted in February 2009.

In its on-going campaign against impunity for

those who attack journalists in Russia, the IFJ will keep up the pressure for a

successful investigation of these murders and attacks and for open and fair

trials of all accused of taking part in such violence.


goal of the campaign is to encourage zero tolerance for violence against

journalists, whatever form it may take - threats, attacks or targeted killings.

Having examined the deaths of journalists in Russia since the

early 1990s with its Russian partners, the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ),

the Glasnost Defence Foundation (GDF), and the Centre for Journalism in Extreme

Situations (CJES), the IFJ is now focusing not only on bringing the killers to

justice but on preventing attacks and tackling the widespread threat of

violence. In December the Federation will publish a study of assaults on

journalists in Russia since 2005. This shows that, if trials are now held in

more than half of all killings, only one in ten of these non-fatal attacks lead

to judicial hearings.


is time for violence to cease

being an option," added White. "We need protection for journalists and justice

for the victims and it's time for the authorities to get this message."


Click here to watch the demonstration held in Moscow yesterday to mark the fourth anniversary of Anna Politkovskayas' murder( courtesy of Novaya Gazeta)

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