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I’d like to suggest that we draft a text for submission by interested news media freedom NGOs to UN bodies to broaden international law to protect the rights of news gatherers to seek and distribute news and information, not only as now in interstate wartime under Article 79 of the Geneva Convention’s Additional Protocols, but also in times of peace, tensions and civil strife.Nov. 3, 2014 - Letter of Support Requesting Russian Authorities to Investigate the Murder of Journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev
Head of the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation
The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation
105005, Russia, Moscow,
Technicheskii Lane, 2
Sunday 2 November 2014
Dear Mr Bastrykin,
RE: Request for investigation into the murder of Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev to be transferred to the Central Investigative Department of the Russian Federation’s Investigative Committee.Nov. 3, 2014 - WPFC Statement on the Request to Russian Authorities to Investigate the Murder of Journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev
Confidentiality of journalists' sources is essential to underpin freedom of the news media. So, the unsupervised and unlimited police invasion of the right to protect sources, exploiting the ambiguity of the RIPA law designed to counter terrorism, has indeed been a worrying threat to press freedom. If allowed to continue as is, it would inevitably produce the proverbial "chilling effect".