Tuesday 1 March 2011

Concern over Gongadze murder investigation

The Committee to Protect Journalists has raised its concern over the investigation in the Ukraine into the kidnap and murder of internet journalist Georgy Gongadze and has written to the Ukrainian president.

The CPJ says in the letter: "Dear President Yanukovych: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by reports of irregularities in the decade-long investigation into the 2000 kidnapping and murder of Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze.

"Particularly, CPJ is disturbed by efforts to derail progress in the investigation and peg the ultimate responsibility for the murder on a dead suspect, while other leads in the case languish. Since assuming office in March, you have publicly stated your commitment to press freedom in Ukraine.

"The case of Georgy Gongadze is a litmus test for you and your administration, and we urge you to ensure that none of the perpetrators of his kidnapping and killing are allowed to walk free."

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