IFJ Honours Journalists Killed in Russia

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) today paid tribute to the sacrifice of dozens of murdered

Russian journalists and their families at a special event in Moscow.

The IFJ affiliate the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) held its annual

Memorial Day in Moscow

to honour journalists and media personnel who lost their lives as a result of

their work over the last twenty years.

"We honour all of those who have been targeted, brutalised and done

to death in Russia for doing

their job, telling the truth," said

Jim Boumelha, IFJ President in a

message read out at the event. "And we congratulate the union for keeping alive the memories of our colleagues. The loss of these lives is tragic for

all of us and it is

difficult to bear,

particularly

for the families of the

victims."

The RUJ held the annual event

on Tuesday 15 December at the Journalists Club in Moscow, capping another

violent year in which a dozen journalists and media workers lost their lives,

including prominent journalists Anastasia Baburova, Sergei Protazanov, Vyacheslav Yaroshenko, Natalia

Estemirova, Malik Akhmedilov and Olga Kotovskaya.

An estimated 300 journalists and

media workers have died over the last 20 years in Russia, many of them murdered because

of their work, says the RUJ.

The IFJ in collaboration with the

union and

two leading Russian monitors of abuses against journalists, the

Glasnost Defence Foundation and the Centre for Journalism in Extreme Conditions has set up an online database http://journalists-in-russia.org to record the killings of journalists in Russia

and provide information about their deaths.

The database was launched on 15

June along with the IFJ report ‘Partial Justice; an

investigation into the deaths of Russian

Journalists 1993 - 2009' in Moscow to highlight the failure of the

authorities to consistently investigate cases of journalists' murders and to

effectively fight impunity.

The IFJ plans to build on the report

and the online database to support RUJ in its campaign against ongoing violence

to journalists in Russia.

"I salute all of you who continue to honour those

we have lost

to men of violence," added Boumelha. "Together we must work to end impunity and bring their killers to

justice."

For more information contact the IFJ at

  +32 2 235 2207       

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists

in 125 countries worldwide