Amnesty International: "As a party to the European Convention on Human Rights the Russian authorities have an obligation to guarantee freedom of expression and protect journalists from threats and attacks"

posted 9 Jan 2017, 11:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Jan 2017, 11:50 ]
"Please write immediately in Russian, English or your own language: 
 Urging the authorities to conduct a prompt, effective and impartial investigation into the threats made to Grigory Shvedov, which is a crime under Article 144 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“obstruction of lawful professional activities of journalists”); 
 Urging them to condemn in the strongest manner the threats posted by Magomed Daudov and ensure that Grigory Shvedov is protected from any possible physical attacks; 
 Reminding the authorities that as a party to the European Convention on Human Rights the Russian authorities have an obligation to guarantee freedom of expression and protect journalists from threats and attacks."

- Amnesty International

On 9 January 2017, Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action entitled 'Journalist Threatened by Chechen Official: Grigory Shvedov' in response to threats issued on 6 January 2017 by speaker of the Chechen parliament Magomed Daudov on his Instagram account against prominent journalist Grigory Shvedov. Amnesty commented: 'Grigory Shvedov is the editor-inchief of Caucasian Knot, an independent website reporting on the situation in the Caucasus. Grigory Shvedov is a co-founder and the editor-in-chief of one of the most authoritative news resources dedicated to the Caucasus region, Caucasian Knot. This media outlet and those working for it have regularly faced threats, harassment and physical violence in connection with their work, in particular for covering human rights in the North Caucasus, including Chechnya.' 

Source:
'RUSSIAN FEDERATION: JOURNALIST THREATENED BY CHECHEN OFFICIAL: GRIGORY SHVEDOV', Amnesty International, 9 January 2017
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