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Anna Politkovskaya seminar 2012: New challenges to Russian journalism

Anna Politkovskaya seminar 2012: New challenges to Russian journalism

Time: 8 October 2012, 12:30 – 15:00
Place: Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram hall, Oslo

On 7 October 2006, our friend and colleague, the courageous Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed outside her apartment in Moscow. No one has been convicted for the murder. Anna Politkovskaya gave voice to the victims of the conflict in Chechnya, and no one has been able to quite fill her place. The on-going human rights crisis in the North Caucasus has faded from the public mind.

Two prominent young Russian journalists will discuss whether Anna’s legacy is still alive. Journalism, particularly in the North Caucasus, is dangerous. Yet, especially on the web, information has until now remained relatively free. However, a number of restrictive new laws are threatening freedom of speech in Russia.

Will critical journalism survive in Norway’s largest neighboring country?

12:30 Introduction, Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

12:40 Anna Politkovskaya’s case: investigation status. What is it like to work as a journalist in Russia today? Elena Kostychenko, Korrespondent, Novaya Gazeta

13:10 Russian media and web journalism in light of new and restrictive laws. Journalists in conflict areas, security challenges. Gregory Shvedov, Chief Editor of the web portal Caucasian Knot

13:40 Q & A session

13.55 Panel discussion: What can be done to protect Russia’s critical journalism and independent journalists?

Aage Borchgrevink, Advisor, Norwegian Helsinki Committee
Elena Kostyuchenko, Novaya Gazeta
Gregory Shvedov, Caucasian Knot


The seminar will be held in English and Norwegian, free entry.

Please sign up with before 5 October 2012