18 Feb 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 11 Feb 2020 n° 16/2020 Russian Federation

Novaya Gazeta Journalist Assaulted in Chechnya

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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Russian investigative journalist Yelena Milashina of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and her lawyer, Marina Dubrovina, were attacked in the Chechen capital Grozny. On Thursday, 6 February 2020, the pair, who were in Grozny to attend the trial of a local blogger, were assaulted by unknown assailants at the entrance of their hotel. The attackers continued to punch and kick them as they moved inside the hotel lobby. In a statement, Milashina stated she believes she was targeted because of her profession. In spring 2017, the award-winning journalist exposed the arrest, torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya. Milashina noted that she had been threatened by Chechen authorities because of her reporting in the past. Several Novaya Gazeta journalists have previously been targeted in the Russian Federation.
Follow-ups
18 Feb 2020
PACE Rapporteur on media freedom and the safety of journalists calls on Russian authorities to urgently investigate attack on journalist and lawyer in Chechnya.
11 Feb 2020
CoE Human Rights Commissioner declared that the Russian authorities must ensure the safety and security of Elena Milashina and Marina Dubrovina and carry out a prompt, independent and effective investigation and punish those responsible for organising and committing this offence.
11 Feb 2020
Attack against journalist and lawyer in Grozny, Russia, extremely concerning, OSCE Media Freedom Representative urges full and thorough investigation.
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