October 8th, 2006 08:19 EST
U.S. Expresses Shock Over Murder of Russian Journalist
Washington – The United States has expressed shock and sadness over the murder of outstanding Russian journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow on October 7.
Along with extending "deepest sympathies" to Politkovskaya's family, the Department of State called upon the Russian government to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"Politkovskaya devoted much of her career to shining a light on human rights abuses and other atrocities of the war in Chechnya and the plight of Chechen refugees," according to the statement, and was the winner of numerous awards for her journalism and advancing the cause of press freedom.
The statement points out that 12 journalists were murdered in Russia in the past six years, including an American citizen, Paul Klebnikov, killed on July 9, 2004. The statement calls the intimidation of journalists “an affront to free and independent media and to democratic values.” (See related article.)
The text of the press statement can be found on the State Department Web site.
For additional information, see Freedom of the Press.
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)