Anna Politkovskaya: Putin’s Russia
The murder last weekend of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya was widely marked in Sweden this week. Politkovskaya is the thirteenth journalist killed in Russia since the President Vladimir Putin came to power.
Coverage of the murder in Sweden has concentrated on what the death says about democracy under Putin,and the difficulties critical journalism is facing hard times in Russia today. A country which the American Committee for the Protection of Journalists ranks as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, surpassed only by Iraq and Algeria.
Stig Fredriksson is senior foreign political commentator for Swedish Public Television and head of Sweden’s publicist club - an organisation which promotes freedom of speech and which organised demonstrations to mark anna politkovskaya’s murder in Stockholm this week. He explains why it is important to mark her death in Sweden and around the world.