IFJ/EFJ Send Support to Russian Colleagues for International Journalists Solidarity Day

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

in Russia.

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

to account.

"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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