24 Journalists Slain This Year

Twenty four journalists were killed in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States this year, bringing the toll to 130 since the Soviet Union fell apart, a human rights official said Wednesday.
Oleg Panfilov, of the Glasnost Defense Fund that monitors human rights in the former Soviet Union, said that they were print, television and radio journalists.
“In Russia, the situation is still bad,” he said, adding that 19 of the journalists had been killed in Russia itself.
Many reporters, both Russian and foreign, have been killed in Chechnya, where Russian troops spent 21 months trying to crush an independence bid.
Panfilov said journalists’ rights were most at risk in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Kazakhstan.