Five years after Anna Politkovskaya’s death: The legacy of Anna
On 7 October 2006, the courageous Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed at the entrance of her apartment in Moscow. Since then, neither the murderers nor any possible assassin's paymaster have been convicted. Anna Politkovskaya was not only a journalist; she fought for the victims of the conflict in North-Caucasus by making their stories known to the public.
No one has been able to quite fill her place. During the seminar we will hear about the latest steps in the murder investigation and how her legacy has had an impact on how North-Caucasus is covered by the press today. Journalism in Russia and in North-Caucasus in particular, is still dangerous. Since year 2000, 18 journalists have been killed in Russia due to their professional activity. When being a journalist in Russia covering North Caucasus is so dangerous, do international media take upon themselves the responsibility to thoroughly cover events in the region?
Time: 7 October 2011, 9:00 – 11:00
Place: Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram hall, Oslo.
09:00 Introduction, Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee
09:10 Anna Politkovskaya’s case: investigation status. What is the impact of the case on the work of Novaya Gazeta? Sergey Sokolov, Vice Chief Editor, Head of Investigation Department, Novaya Gazeta
09:40 The challenges of Russian Journalism in North Caucasus, Gregory Shvedov, Chief Editor of the web portal Caucasian Knot
10:00 Panel discussion: How do Russian and international journalism carry on the legacy of Anna?
Morten Høglund, MP, Progress Party. Member of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee
Geir Ole Bjartvik, journalist in the Norwegian paper Vårt Land
Dag Herbjørnsrud, Chief Editor of the weekly news magazine Ny Tid
Sergey Sokolov, Novaya Gazeta
Gregory Shvedov, Caucasian Knot
The seminar will be held in English, free entry.
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