FROM Abi Wright
Annual Report Documents 55 Journalists Killed in 2006 The war in Iraq and the rise of the Internet made the last year a bad one for journalists worldwide. Fifty-five were killed--some by assassination--and others are being held in prisons, including Guantánamo Bay. At a time when President Bush says he is spreading the values of democracy, the Committee to Protect Journalists has surveyed repression of the free media all over the world. Abi Wright, Communications Director for the Committee, says there's documentation of hundreds of cases in dozens of countries, including murders, assaults, imprisonments, censorship and legal harassment.
Thousands Mourn Death of Russian Journalist Thousands of people turned out in Moscow today for the funeral of Anna Politkovskaya , a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russia's war in Chechnya. The Russian journalist was shot to death in her Moscow apartment in what's being called a contract killing. President Vladimir Putin denounced her murder as "disgustingly cruel," but said her influence was "very minor." Who was she and why was her work important?