Europe's broadcasters voice alarm for Russian journalists

11th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

European broadcasters on Thursday expressed alarm at recent attacks on journalists in Russia and urged Moscow to ensure that reporters could work without risk of violence.

The European Broadcasting Union "expressed shock and alarm" following attacks on Kommersant business daily correspondent Oleg Kashin on Saturday and on Anatoly Adamchuk, a reporter for the Zhukovskie Vesti, on Monday.

The EBU "condemns violence against journalists and calls upon governments everywhere to investigate all instances of violence against journalists and bring to justice those responsible."

The news assembly of public European TV and radio broadcasters welcomed Russian President Medvedev's condemnation of the attack on Mr Kashin but it noted that 19 journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000.

Eighteen of these cases remain unsolved, the EBU added in a statement.

The union groups 75 state and private broadcasters from 56 European countries, including Russia.

The statement came as reporters and bloggers prepared to rally in central Moscow on Thursday in support of Kashin, who was still being treated in hospital for severe injuries he suffered during the assault.

Suburban Moscow reporter Adamchuk also claimed to have been beaten up early Monday after penning articles about the same Khimki forest demolition project as Kashin.

Russian police later accusing Adamchuk of staging his own beating.

Russia prosecutors on Thursday reopened a mothballed probe into a brutal 2008 assault on an independent reporter who had also been reporting on the controversial Khimki project.

© 2010 AFP

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