Court acquits principal suspect in Alexei Sidorov murder

first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News May 28, 2021 Find out more News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation October 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court acquits principal suspect in Alexei Sidorov murder News June 2, 2021 Find out more A regional court acquitted Evgeni Maininger, chief suspect in the murder of Alexei Sidorov, editor of regional daily Toliattinskoye Obosrenie, on 11 October. Reporters Without Borders, which had earlier voiced fears about failings in the investigation, has urged Moscow Prosecutor-General’s office to take charge to ensure its transparency and objectivity. Russian versionReporters Without Borders urged Moscow’s prosecutor-general to take over an investigation into the murder of journalist Alexei Sidorov after a court in Volga region acquitted the chief suspect for lack of evidence brought by the local prosecutor’s office.Evgeni Maininger was on 11 October 2004 acquitted by a district court in Komsomolski, Togliatti of murdering the editor of regional daily newspaper Toliattinskoye Obosrenie on 9 October 2003.The worldwide press freedom organisation, which had previously voiced a lack of confidence in the investigation by the local prosecutor’s office, called on Prosecutor-General, Vladimir Ustinov, to personally take charge to ensure the investigation was transparent and objective.The Sidorov family’s lawyer, Karen Nersisyan, said that the Samara region prosecutor’s office, which has already appealed, was not up to uncovering the truth. Reporters Without Borders, which made a fact-finding visit in October 2003, had expressed concern about direction taken by the investigation and expressed doubts about the official version of events.Just a few days after the killing and with insufficient information, the courts had ruled out a connection with Sidorov’s work as well as other significant leads.The organisation also raised doubts about the professionalism of the investigation after hearing several contradictory official statements.The newspaper’s editorial management was convinced that Sidorov’s murder was linked to his journalistic work and did not accept the theory that it was a common-law crime.Evgeni Maininger, a welder in Togliatti, arrested on 12 October 2003, was accused of killing the journalist in a street brawl. According to the official version, the accused, who met Sidorov in the street by chance, asked for a loan to buy vodka. A fight broke out after the journalist refused and the accused stabbed him several times before fleeing and throwing away the murder weapon in a forest.The Toliattinskoye Obosrenie editorial team had “trouble believing the official version” for several reasons. During a reconstruction on the evening of 17 October the daily’s journalists observed that the accused made a mistake in indicating the scene of the crime.Moreover the suspect’s family made several statements that he was not naturally aggressive and that he had only left home around 10pm, by which time the murder had already been committed.The editorial team also considered it highly improbable, knowing Sidorov’s character, that he could have been involved in a brawl of the kind described by the investigators.Sidorov, 31, was stabbed by two men in the parking lot of his apartment building on 9 October 2003 and died shortly afterwards in the arms of his wife. He had succeeded Valery Ivanov as editor after he was murdered in similar circumstances on 29 April 2002.Sidorov established links with auto-maker AvtoVaz, economic powerhouse of the region, which gave the newspaper financial backing. Before becoming its editor he was an investigative journalist on Toliattinskoye Obosrenie. A few weeks before his death he had gone back to investigating organised crime, but neither the newspaper nor his wife knew exactly what he was working on.The killers of Valery Ivanov have never been found and brought to justice.Russian version Help by sharing this information May 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en last_img read more

Iraqi cameraman working for Reuters shot dead in unclear circumstances

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more The fatal shooting of Dhia Najim, a freelance cameraman working for the news agency Reuters, brings the total number of journalists and media assistants killed since March 2003 to 46. Reporters Without Borders calls on the US defence department to carry out a thorough investigation in order to clarify the troubling circumstances in which he died. RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation Follow the news on Iraq to go further Help by sharing this information News February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News November 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iraqi cameraman working for Reuters shot dead in unclear circumstances IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders today called on the United States to carry out a proper investigation into the death of Dhia Najim, an Iraqi freelance cameraman working for the news agency Reuters who was shot dead in disputed circumstances yesterday in the town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad.”As Dhia Najim’s family accuses US soldiers of being responsible, we call on the US defence department to carry out a thorough and honest investigation in order to clarify the troubling circumstances in which he died,” the organisation said.At least nine journalists have been killed by US gunfire since the start of the war in Iraq in March 2003 without any serious investigation ever being conducted to establish how they died. They were Tarek Ayyoub (Al-Jazeera), Taras Protsyuk (Reuters), José Couso (Telecinco), Mazen Dana (Reuters), Ali Al-Khatib (Al-Arabiya), Ali Abdel Aziz (Al-Arabiya), Assad Kadhim (Al-Iraqiya), Hussein Saleh (Al-Iraqiya) and Mazen Al-Tomaizi (Al-Ekhbariya).Najim’s death brings the total number of journalists and media assistants killed since the start of the war to 46. Iraq today is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, who run many kinds of risks there. In addition to US military gunfire, they are the targets of organised crime and groups of armed combatants. The latter have above all targeted Iraqi journalists working for foreign news media.A US army communique said that Najim, 47, was filming clashes between US marines and Iraqi rebels in the Andulus district of Ramadi when he was shot in the neck. The US military authorities said they had looked at the footage he had taken and claimed that it showed rebels preparing to attack coalition forces.Reuters said it had seen video footage of Najim’s death. The agency, which did not identify the source of the footage, said it indicated that he was killed by a sniper shot without any signs of fighting going on at the time.A Reuters dispatch also noted that press photographs taken on 31 October showed US marine snipers taking up position in Ramadi. Reuters ruled out any possibility Najim being linked to the rebels and called for a thorough investigation by the US army. Najim’s colleagues and family believe he was killed by a US sniper. Receive email alerts News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

Man stabbed to death during Ganeshotsav in Karnataka

first_imgBengaluru: A 30-year-old man was stabbed to death by a gang in full public view during Ganeshotsav festival at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district allegedly over personal rivalry, police said on Wednesday. The three accused were at large, they said. Karthik Merla, who is the secretary of Hindu Jagaran Vedike, was attending the Yakshagana programme during Ganeshotsava in the town Tuesday night when the gang allegedly stabbed him to death near the Sampya police station. “The accused are absconding. We are searching them,” a police officer told PTI. Situation turned tense in the communally sensitive district after news of the murder spread like a wildfire.last_img read more