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Leading independent journalist gunned down in Dagestan

first_img Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing December 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading independent journalist gunned down in Dagestan RussiaEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the founder of the independent weekly Chernovik and head of Svoboda Slova (Free Speech), the company that publishes the newspaper, was gunned down outside its headquarters in Makhachkala, the capital of the southern Republic of Dagestan, shortly before midnight last night.“The Russian media have just lost a leading independent journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Kamalov was respected for his investigative reporting and his refusal to compromise. He tackled sensitive subjects head-on with a great deal of courage. We share the pain of this loss with his colleagues and family.“We note the rapid response from the police to his murder and we urge them to conduct a swift, complete and impartial investigation, assigning appropriate importance to the hypothesis that it was linked to his work as a journalist. The impunity with which journalists are murdered in Dagestan and the rest of Russia is intolerable. Kamalov’s murder will have a major intimidatory effect on all of Dagestan’s journalists.”Kamalov was gunned down outside Chernovik at around 11:30 pm. Witnesses said he had just accompanied a friend to the door when he came under fire from at least one masked gunman, who fired around 14 times before making off in a black Lada car. Kamalov died in the ambulance that was rushing him to hospital.The police were quick to start an investigation, treating it as a violation of articles 105 and 122 of the criminal code (“homicide” and “illegal carriage of firearms”). The Dagestan Investigative Committee said the authorities were working on the assumption that it was linked to the victim’s journalistic work. A demonstration was due to held today in Makhachkala to pay tribute to Kamalov.Kamalov was known for his investigative coverage of the most sensitive subjects in this troubled part of the Russian Caucasus, including corruption, enforced disappearances and abuses against civilians by police and soldiers. Chernovik’s articles often criticize the authorities and have resulted in a series of lawsuits and prosecutions. As the newspaper tends to accuse elements within the security forces of helping to destabilize the republic, prosecutors have accused it of supporting Dagestan’s rebel groups.Several members of its staff have been the targets of hate and smear campaigns. In 2009, Kamalov was on an anonymously circulated list of journalists, human rights activists and well-known figures who were to be killed to “avenge the death of policemen” because they were “accomplices of the rebels.”Chernovik editor Biyakay Magomedov told Reporters Without Borders: “Kamalov had not been the target of any particular threats of late. It is hard for me to say which article in particular might have prompted his tragic death (…) But Chernovik has always had many enemies (…) even if there is now less of the open confrontation that existed between us and the security services in 2008 and 2009.”Magomedov added: “Our journalists are going to lose all motivation to do investigative reporting, to do really independent journalism. Our many appeals to Moscow have received no response. The federal security forces and authorities have shown no interest in solving the murders of journalists in Dagestan.”Impunity is generalized in Dagestan, where a low-intensity civil war has escalated in the past year. On 13 October, Reporters Without Borders issued an investigative report on media freedom in Dagestan and neighbouring Chechnya entitled “Terror, threats and corruption – report of fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus.” News RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News May 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick Mayor says M&S must stay in city centre

first_img Previous articleEnterprise Ireland to host Brexit Advisory Clinic in LimerickNext articleTough draws for Limerick sides in FAI Junior Cup Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsBusinessLimerick Mayor says M&S must stay in city centreBy Bernie English – November 14, 2018 2814 Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up TAGSbusinessLimerick CityNews Mayor of Limerick City and County James CollinsPicture: Keith WisemanNEWS that retail giants, Marks and Spencer are at an advanced stage in plans to open their first store in Limerick has been welcomed.But Limerick’s Mayor has warned that any new store opening will have to be in the city centre.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr James Collins said in a statement this week that he is aware of the news coverage surrounding a potential investment by Marks and Spencer in Limerick and would welcome any such development. He added: “It’s clear this would only be permissible in the city centre as per the retail planning and development guidelines.”Despite the fact that the UK retail chain has been having difficulties that are leading them to plan the closure of 100 stores across the chain, a spokesman has confirmed that they are about to expand in the Irish market.In an interview with the Sunday Independent, country manager Ken Scully said that the company is on the point of agreeing a new store location for Limerick, which will carry a full range of food and clothing.“Any kind of big population centres where we are not at the moment, we would look at trying to get in to,” he said.And he said that the Limerick store will see price cuts to match the stiff competition in the Irish market. As yet, the proposed location of the new store has not been revealed. Retail space in the city centre for a store of the size needed to make the M&S venture sustainable is likely to be at a premium. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Facebookcenter_img Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Advertisement Email Twitter Print Linkedin Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more