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Russia: Bill calls for tougher punishment when journalists are attacked

Russia: Bill calls for tougher punishment when journalists are attacked

A bill that would create harsher punishments for those who attack journalists has been submitted to the lower house of the country's parliament, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported. However, the legislation is "not enough," said lawmaker Irina Yarovaya.

Earlier this month, two journalists were violently attacked in Moscow. Oleg Kashin was beaten outside of his home and had to be put into an induced coma, and Anatoly Adamchuk was attacked two days later, according to Journalism.co.uk.

Photo via RIA Novosti: Oleg Kashin, a reporter for Kommersant, was beaten outside his home earlier this month.
Russia has one of the worst safety records for journalists in the world, ranked fifth, behind Iraq, the Philippines, Colombia and Mexico, according tot he International Press Institute. At least 35 journalists were murdered in Russia between 2000 and 2009, RIA Novosti noted.

Kashin published his first column since the incident on Monday, the same day one of his alleged attacker released a video on YouTube, The Moscow Times reported today. A one-minute recording shows a man, wearing a mask and with his voice digitally distorted, saying that he and his accomplices were contracted to "imitate a beating by certain 'very influential people,' who are now looking to dispose of them." He said that he and his accomplices did not know who Kashin was, but cooperated with authorities so they themselves would not be killed. He added that if anything happens to him, another video exposing the employer would be uploaded to YouTube.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-30 16:57

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