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“Who is to Blame?” and “What's to be Done?” - High-level discussion on the safety of journalists makes little progress

posted 24 Dec 2012, 15:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Dec 2012, 15:30 ]
17 December 2012 

Source: Glasnost Defence Foundation 

On Friday 14 December the RF Presidential Council on Human Rights gathered in Moscow to discuss the safety of journalists. The meeting was intended to bring together the heads of Russia’s law-enforcement agencies - Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev, Investigative Committee Chief Aleksandr Bastrykin – with those who represent and defend journalists in the country and the wider world: RF Human Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin; Moscow Bar Association Chairman Henry Reznik; RF Journalists' Union President Vsevolod Bogdanov; Glasnost Defence Foundation President Alexei Simonov; and UNESCO Assistant Director-General Janis Karklins among others. On the agenda was a discussion of how to end impunity and improve legislation and law-enforcement. [Read more]