Statement by the Union of Journalists of Russia

posted 7 Dec 2011, 04:25 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Dec 2011, 05:03 ]
We demand effective investigations into all these disgraceful violations and we demand that both those who carried out these criminal orders and those who issued them be brought to justice before a court of law. 

"We consider that the mass detentions and beatings of journalists carrying out their professional duties during the Moscow demonstrations by the opposition are an attempt to shut the mouth of society and to instill fear through the demonstrative use of force and the open violation of the law with impunity. 

We demand effective investigations into all these disgraceful violations and we demand that both those who carried out these criminal orders and those who issued them be brought to justice before a court of law. 

We demand that the representatives of the journalistic community suspend their membership in the Public Advisory Councils established by police and prosecutorial bodies until this demand be met. 

We express our sympathy to all colleagues who have fallen victim to police lawlessness."

7 December 2011

Thanks to Nadezhda Azhgikhina, executive secretary of the Union of Journalists of Russia, for bringing this statement to our attention. For the Russian original, see Statement by the Union of Journalists of Russia, 7 December 2011


Nadezhda Azhgikhina is a journalist, writer and executive secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists.  
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