Reporters Without Borders prevented from going to Moscow for third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder

first_imgNews May 5, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more News News RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Related documents CaucasusReport-GB-LD-2.pdfPDF – 1.76 MB RussiaEurope – Central Asia RSF_en center_img October 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders prevented from going to Moscow for third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder News Listen to one of the last interviews with Anna Politkovskaya (Radio France International)Read our latest report on fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus : Organisation to go further Follow the news on Russia By not giving them visas, the Russian authorities prevented two Reporters Without Borders representatives, including secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, from travelling to Moscow to hold a news conference there today, on the eve of the third anniversary of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya’s murder. The press freedom organisation is nonetheless going ahead with the news conference and the screening of a film about Politkovskaya in Moscow, both of which will be attended by her children, Ilya and Vera, and by Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitri Muratov.“It was extremely important for us to be in Russia alongside Anna Politkovskaya’s colleagues and family on the third anniversary of her murder,” Julliard said. “We wanted to be there all the more this year, as it has been a terrible one for journalists and human rights activists with the surge of violence in the North Caucasus, a region that Anna knew particularly well. “We are shocked by this decision, especially as we have always acted openly with the Russian authorities. They decided to prevent us from expressing our solidarity with Russian journalists and human rights activists. Moscow does not want us to address the Russians directly. But we will not give up.”Julliard added: “We take this opportunity to reaffirm our support for Russian journalists and free speech activists and to express our admiration for their courage and perseverance, as well as our determination to remain at their side.”Reporters Without Borders – Russiaenvoyé par rsf_internet. – L’info video en direct.Entitled “Third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s death: the murderers of journalists still go unpunished,” the news conference went ahead as planned at the Independent Press Centre at 12:30 p.m., Moscow time. A new version of the documentary “Letter to Anna” will be screened at 6 p.m. this evening thanks to the support of its director, Eric Bergkraut. Reporters Without Borders had a poster entitled “Russian School of Journalism” specially produced for the anniversary in Russian, French and English. It is based on a cartoon by Danziger that was published at the time of Politkovskaya’s murder.A total of 22 journalists have been killed in connection with their work in Russia since March 2000. Russia was ranked 141st out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

Thugs threaten to kill journalist, what are authorities doing?

first_img RSF_en November 15, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thugs threaten to kill journalist, what are authorities doing? “Unpatriotic Citizens, Read this Tobaski warning. It is left to you to make a choice. You choose to live or die. You must take one. I know that you know what my name Mofala means in your own language Mandinka. You are stubborn fucking guys who want to destroy the image of the APRC Government and our affectionate President Yahya Jammeh. You think that you can apply for permit to bring the Tnisian,Egypt, Algeria,Seria and Libya situation here. I will come with my team of patriotic killers who kill for the love of our country and our president. The police are not the best guys to deal with you. I have stepped in voluntarily to kill all of you and if you deny this just ignore my warning. I know that you are dealing with Gambian dissidents abroad, but you will not survive it at all. For the fact that your stupid colleagues who called themselves Journalists give me your email addresses shows that you are easy to finish. (…) We will get all of you and slaughter you like Tobaski Rams. We will come for you without any further information. We will fuck you to death soon. None of you will escape. From Mofala Jato and his team of patriotic killers.”See below a screenshot of the threatening message. News July 23, 2019 Find out more Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom GambiaAfrica News January 27, 2020 Find out more —–26.10.2012 – Two journalists threatened with death in hostile e-mailsReporters Without Borders is deeply concerned by death threats received in e-mails yesterday by the journalists Baboucarr Ceesay and Abubaccar Saidykhan, against whom charges of conspiracy and inciting violence were dropped earlier this week.“The conditions that journalists face in Gambia have deteriorated to alarming extent,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Since August this year, Yahya Jammeh, a predator of freedom of information, has been increasing judicial and administrative pressure on journalists working for independent news organizations”.“Encouraged by these methods, the Gambian president’s supporters are prepared to resort to murder when journalists dare to criticize the government. We urge the authorities to call a halt to their campaign to undermine the credibility of the media and to guarantee journalists the safety they deserve, starting immediately by opening a proper investigation into the threats received by Baboucarr Ceesay and Abubaccar Saidykhan”. Organisation GambiaAfrica Help by sharing this information Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Follow the news on Gambia News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by an increase in threats and intimidation attempts against freelance journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan, who – along with Daily News reporter Baboucarr Ceesay, the Gambian Press Union’s vice-president – already received death threats by email in October.After talking to Saidykhan, Reporters Without Borders is amazed that the presence of police who are supposed to protect him has had no deterrent effect on those responsible for the threats, and calls on the authorities to accept that they have a duty to take effective action.Saidykhan has been under close watch for weeks by unidentified men often stationed outside his home. Two days ago, a car pulled up next to Saidykhan as he was standing at this gate, and one of the four men inside addressed him as follows:“We told you that we would come for you without any further warning. We have learned that you are a very stubborn journalist. The next time we meet you, your head will be hammered by one of our patriotic killers. Just continue to ignore our warnings.”“The increase in the threats received by Saidykhan is symptomatic of the decline in the situation of the media in Gambia since August,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The boldness of these ‘patriotic killers’ – supporters of President Yahya Jammeh bent on using death threats to terrorize journalists – is indicative of the impunity and protection they enjoy.”Deloire added: “We call on the authorities, who have been given a description of the vehicle and its licence plate number, to take all necessary stops to identify the passengers. A failure to react would show that these thugs were sent by the government and that Saidykhan is on his own and has no effective protection.”Shortly before he was shot dead in December 2004, Deyda Hydara, the editor of The Point and correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Reporters Without Borders, received similar threats to the ones that Saidykhan has been getting. Photo : Baboucarr Ceesay et Abubaccar Saidykhan Related documents Death threats PDFPDF – 693.1 KB to go further The two journalists were arrested and charged in early September after calling for a peaceful demonstration against a wave of executions of prisoners ordered by Jammeh in August. Each received the following e-mail yesterday: August 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more