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Swedish foreign minister condemns Ingushetia attack on SR reporter

Published torsdag 10 mars 2016 kl 18.44
Calls for attackers to be brought to justice
(1:10 min)
Margot Wallström (left) reacts to the attack on SR correspondent Maria Persson Löfgren (right). Photo: TT/SR.
Margot Wallström (left) reacts to the attack on SR correspondent Maria Persson Löfgren (right). Photo: TT/SR. Credit: TT/ Sveriges Radio

Margot Wallström has commented on Wednesday's attack on journalists in Russia's Caucuses, saying that it is an attack against freedom of speech.

"Once again we see that journalists have become targets in war and conflicts," says Margot Wallström to Swedish Radio News.

Radio correspondent Maria Persson Löfgren suffered injuries, including severe bruising and a cut which needed hospital attention. 

The attack was condemned as "hooliganism" by a spokesman for the Russian president, reports news serviceMeduza. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov is hopeful that police will find the attackers.

Sweden's international prosecutor is working to see whether a case can be brought in Swedish courts against any suspect.

Opposition politician Birgitta Ohlsson says she has little faith that the Russian authorities will bring anyone to justice, in what she calls "an increasingly authoritarian Russia under Putin's leadership."

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