First, They Came for the Journalists – By Julia Ioffe | Foreign Policy

In line as one of the toughest jobs around—journalist in modern-day Russia:

Yet despite all that, a year after the attack, not only have no heads been torn off, but the bodies to which they’re attached have not been apprehended either. This was both predictable and utterly shocking. Given the volume of the outcry and the apparent sincerity and generosity of the official response, there was, one year ago, some faint reason to hope that this case might be solved. Kashin, after all, was a mainstream, well-connected figure. He was no Anna Politkovskaya, killed on Putin’s birthday in 2006, whose work was so obviously dangerous (Kashin compared her to a suicide bomber). Nor was he like the other journalists and human rights activists whose work in the Caucasus has brought Caucasus-style revenge on their heads.

via First, They Came for the Journalists – By Julia Ioffe | Foreign Policy.


2 thoughts on “First, They Came for the Journalists – By Julia Ioffe | Foreign Policy”

  1. I thought it was a very interesting read. I think we often take liberties (the the freedom of expression, freedom of the press and the right to assemble peacefully) for granted. In the absence of such freedoms, the socio-political climate becomes perfect for fungoid-like growth of corruption, oppression and violence. I think that this is a great reminder for us to value and cherish the freedoms we have, and remember why we should seek to promote these ideals through diplomacy. Very moving piece.

  2. First and foremost I would like to expression my admiration for Kashin and his stoic, positive reaction to this tragedy. It truly is upsetting that there still exists this type of violence in response to the work of journalists. The way politicians used their influence to prevent justice from being served should be even more upsetting. This does nothing but deter the spread and free flow of necessary news information. News censorship is a topic that I believe is not a problem of the past or a problem of the developing world. I think the fact that Ioffe revisits this story years later puts a necessary emphasis on reminding the world of the constant need for protection of the freedom of the press. It should also cause us to look inward and first express gratitude that our journalists are not censored and persecuted as they are in many parts of the world. However, the U.S. is not perfect either even in its recent record with concern to censorships of news outlets and potential abuses of power. In 2007 PBS Frontline aired a series on the history of government-news media conflict in the U.S. which can be found here: Although the whole series is over four hours long, I would suggest watching segment 13 (which is only about 10 minutes long), as it is one of the most pertinent to this topic. Thank goodness that journalists in the U.S. don’t face the same difficulties that Kashin and his colleagues face in Russia, yet we cannot fall into complacency and think that there are no problems with freedom of the press in our own country.

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