2 Journalists Killed in Russia

TV reporters killed in Moscow, Dagestan
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 5:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two journalists have been killed in separate incidents in Russia, AFP reports. A reporter for state-run television was found strangled and stabbed in his Moscow apartment. Only hours earlier he had written a blog post saying "Now I'm a dissident!" The man had worked in Dagestan and elsewhere in the volatile North Caucasus region. Colleagues said he often worked in "combat-like conditions."

Another television journalist was killed in Dagestan itself. The head of a state-run TV station died when attackers in a passing vehicle riddled his car with bullets. Journalism is a dangerous profession in Russia; more than a dozen reporters having been killed since Vladimir Putin took power. Government critics charge that freedom of the press is being stifled.