Nina Ognianova: "It is outrageous that a journalist should live in fear because of his work while those who threaten him enjoy their freedom due to the indifference of law enforcement"

posted 25 Dec 2016, 10:35 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Dec 2016, 10:57 ]
"We call on authorities in the Republic of Khakassia and in the neighboring Krasnoyarsk region to immediately investigate the death threats against Mikhail Afanasyev and to ensure his and his family's safety. It is outrageous that a journalist should live in fear because of his work while those who threaten him enjoy their freedom due to the indifference of law enforcement. This is how impunity thrives and begets violence against journalists."

- Nina Ognianova, CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator

On 21 December 2016 the Committee to Protect Journalists called on Russian authorities to ensure the safety of independent journalist Mikhail Afanasyev, editor of the online magazine Novy Fokus in the Siberian republic of Khakassia, after the head of a criminal gang based in a neighboring region threatened to kill him because of his critical reporting on the gang's activities.

Photo: CPJ

Source:
'Journalist threatened with murder in Russia,' Committee to Protect Journalists, 21 December 2016
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