Attacks on Russian journalists 'unacceptable':EU

8th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

The European Union on Monday said violence against journalists in Russia was "unacceptable" and that this weekend's punishing attack appeared to be a bid to silence the media.

A second journalist was attacked overnight Sunday to Monday, 48 hours after an assault on Kommersant business daily reporter Oleg Kashin.

Commenting on the attacks, European Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde said they were "obviously unnacceptable".

"We hope the persons responsible will be brought to justice," she added.

Adding comment from the EU, a spokeswoman for the bloc's diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton said: "We express very deep concern at the brutal and perhaps premeditated attack against a Russian journalist."

The attack on Kashin, added Maja Kocijancic, "can be interpreted as an attempt to silence journalists."

Kommersant reporters remain convinced the attack against Kashin was linked to his professional work. He is also known in Russia as a prominent blogger who stands up to officials on both environmental issues and general corruption.

The business daily wrote on Monday that Kashin has been made into a formal enemy by a pro-Kremlin youth group linked to the ruling United Russia party.

© 2010 AFP

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