RELEASE DATE: 23 May 2014
The conviction of five men for the murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya has been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Journalists.
Today two men have been given life sentences and three more convicted by a Moscow court for the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The three others convicted of the killing – two of whom are Makhmudov’s brothers – were given between 12 and 20 years in prison.
Last year former police officer, Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for supplying the murder weapon.
Politkovskaya, a reporter for Novaya Gazeta, was shot dead while returning home after shopping for groceries. She reported extensively on human rights violations in the north Caucasus province of Chechnya and her reporting won international renown for her dogged investigation of Russian abuses in Chechnya. But her pieces, which were highly critical of President Vladimir Putin, then serving his second term, and the Chechen leadership, angered many people in senior positions.
Recent journalist deaths have rightly focused attention in trouble spots in the Ukraine, Africa and Syria. However, Anna’s death highlights the dangers faced by many journalists who do not work from the frontline in conflict areas.
Death is the ultimate sacrifice for journalists working to uncover wrong doing. These convictions show that those who threaten and kill journalists can and will be caught and prosecuted.
Notes for Editors:
Formed in 1884, the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) is the world’s oldest established professional body for journalists, and a representative voice of media and communications professionals throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.