Sunday, October 08, 2006

And you say you want to be a journalist...

From the Indy Star - www.indystar.com

Journalist who criticized government is fatally shot

Moscow -- A prominent Russian journalist known for reporting of human rights abuses in war-torn Chechnya was shot and killed Saturday in her apartment building in what colleagues and authorities described as an apparent assassination.
Anna Politkovskaya, 48, was shot in the chest as she was getting out of an elevator, then was shot in the head, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing investigative sources. The image of the suspected killer was captured on a surveillance videotape, the agency said.

Politkovskaya, a mother of two, was considered one of the toughest critics of Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and of pro-Moscow Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov. One of her areas of expertise was documenting mistreatment of ordinary Chechens by Russian troops or forces loyal to Kadyrov.

6 comments:

The Phosgene Kid said...

They are still evil commies. Their government got all the murderers; ours got all the sex fiends.

mummified said...

Hmmm... that is certainly one perspective although perhaps a little simplistic. I think authoritarian governments that actively repress free speech are not terribly helpful.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Goes to follow - my wife says I am pretty simple. Thing with the news; you don’t hear half of what is really going on. My favorite is the item that claims 911 was engineered. Probably brought to you by the same folks that claim the lunar landings were all Hollywood.

mummified said...

And don't forget the alien sightings....

The Phosgene Kid said...

I'd like to club Geraldo Rivera within an inch of his life, does that count?

mummified said...

I think a lot of people would like to club Geraldo to within an inch of his life. Join the queue...