Nadezhda Azhgikhina: "It is high time to end impunity for threats and acts of violence against journalists"

posted 12 Jan 2017, 01:22 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 01:23 ]
“Threats against Russian journalists and journalists covering Caucasus are a shameful reality. Unfortunately, law enforcement and regional authorities are not taking it seriously. We do remember threats against Dagestan correspondent of Caucasian Knot Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev. Authorities refused to investigate the threats, despite calls from professional community. On 9 July 2013, he was shot outside his house, after his name was added to a hit list for being critical of local law enforcement. More than 25 journalists have been killed in the Caucasus in the last 25 years. Most of them covered corruption and violation of human rights. All of them have been threatened many times before killings. I do hope that Russian authorities will react on this shameful case. The speaker of Chechenian parliament must be punished, according to the Russian legislation. It is high time to end impunity for threats and acts of violence against journalists.”

- Nadezda Azhgikhina, vice-president of the European Federation of Journalists

In a statement issued on 9 January 2017, the European Federation of Journalists said: 'The Speaker of the Chechen Parliament, Magomed Daudov, tried to intimidate Gregory Shvedov, the editor-in-chief of Caucasian Knot (Kavkazsky Uzel), an independent online news site that covers the Caucasus, focusing on human rights violations. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) strongly condemned this shameful intimidation.'

'Russian editor threatened by government official in Chechnya,' European Federation of Journalists, 9 January 2017