The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and
the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have sent a message of solidarity
and support for their affiliate, the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ), as it
prepares for a moving solidarity event to remember fallen colleagues.
This Sunday, 8 September, thousands of people, including RUJ
leaders and members, journalists and writers, will unite for the International Journalists'
Solidarity Day in Moscow, supported by UNESCO, a powerful day of demonstrations and events to commemorate
colleagues who have been killed, stand up for freedom of expression and
strengthen solidarity in their struggle to combat impunity against journalists
To mark this vitally important day, now it its third year, the RUJ and
the famous Russian orchestra, led by Yury Bashmet, will hold a memorial music
concert in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory to pay tribute to those
journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
"It is with great humility that we remember those of our fellow
journalists who have died in their line of duty. Russian journalists have paid
a heavy price for their courage, professionalism and determination to expose
the truth regardless of the risks to their safety," said IFJ President Jim
"The IFJ and EFJ stand side by side with the Russian Union of
Journalists in its efforts to bring justice to the victims and to support their
During this year's concert the RUJ will give
the special Politkovskaya award to Olga Allenova. Olga is an investigative
journalist who works for the Russian newspaper Kommersant in the North Caucasus.
The award, given to a journalist who has excelled in the field of press
freedom and human rights, is named after Russian journalist, writer and human
rights activist Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya. Anna, known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict,
was shot and killed in the lift of her block of flats in 2006, an unsolved
murder that continues to attract international attention.
"We stand alongside the IFJ to support the RUJ on this important day,"
said EFJ President Mogens
Blicher-Bjerregård. "Journalists in Russia will only be free and the
profession only safe when those that have threatened, maimed or killed are held
"We look to the political leaders, the police and
the judiciary to make good on their promises to ensure justice is served, and
we ask our journalist brothers and sisters to keep alive the memory of those
that have died, and to always strive to live by the standards that they have
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