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Vale Anna Politkovskaya

Only yesterday this blog had an item on the journalists killed this year.

Today comes the tragic news of veteran Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya seemingly killed execution-style in Moscow.

"The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s murder of Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist renowned for her critical coverage of the Chechen conflict. Politkovskaya was found shot to death in the elevator of her apartment building in Moscow, The Associated Press reported."

Read the CPJ tribute to the journalist here - a woman without peer:

"CPJ had named Politkovskaya one of the world’s top press freedom figures of the past 25 years in the next edition of its magazine, due out next month. In an interview for that profile, Politkovskaya noted the government’s obstruction and harassment of journalists trying to cover the Chechen conflict and pointed to the deadly 2004 hostage crisis in the North Ossetian town of Beslan. “There is so much more to write about Beslan,” she told CPJ, “but it gets more and more difficult when all the journalists who write are forced to leave.”

The Independent's piece on the journalist can be found here.

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