OSCE 'alarmed' by journalist's murder in Dagestan
The OSCE voiced alarm Friday over the fatal shooting of leading journalist Khadzhimurad Kamalov in Russia's troubled Caucasus region of Dagestan.
"I am alarmed by this murder, which targets a newspaper known for its investigative reporting," the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe's media freedom representative Dunja Mijatovic said in a statement.
"I am confident that the Russian authorities will not only investigate Kamalov's killing and bring the perpetrators to justice but they will also take pre-emptive measures to ensure that journalists working in the region can carry out their professional duties safely and without fear."
Kamalov, founder of the Dagestan weekly newspaper Chernovik and the director of its publisher Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech), was shot as he left the offices of the publisher at around midnight, investigators said.
The journalist had become known in particular for his criticism of the Dagestan interior ministry and had carried out investigations of unsolved "disappearances" blamed on criminal groups.
The International Press Instititute said Kamalov's death "confirms the disgraceful status of Russia as a territory dangerous for journalists," saying he was the fourth to be killed there this year and the 40th since 2000.
"In the majority of these cases, investigations have not led to the prosecution of the perpetrators of these crimes, which have greatly undermined independent journalism in Russia," it said.
© 2011 AFP