Anna, we will not forget you
Freedom of the press is one of the main attributes of democracy. Journalists are people whose duty is to inform, to let people know what’s going on around the world. The right to report is as important as the right to know.
That’s why even during wars journalists can’t be touched. When soldiers are taken hostage, it is, of course, terrible and the world is trying to do it’s best to save their lives.
But when journalists become hostages, we are all shocked. Because it prevents them to report, and it deprives other people’s right to know the truth. Because journalists are not fighters, their goal is not to win the fight, but to reveal and retell.
And when our colleagues are murdered because of their work, because of their willingness to tell the truth and somebody’s unwillingness for this truth to be discovered, we can’t keep silent. The least we can do is to pay tribute.
And the fact that we have to do this is distressful for all the journalists in the world, and for the whole country where such things happen.
In October 7, 2006, one of the most well-known Russian journalists Anna Politkovskaya was killed when she was returning home from a store. She was just 48 years old.
All the journalists in Russia knew her, not necessarily in person, but everyone had read her articles. And in the universities, at the departments of journalism, she was always one of the examples of how we should work, and what we should do. She was one of the best political investigative journalists may be not even in Russia, but in the whole world.
And most of the world state leaders, including US President George W. Bush, presented their condolences to Anna’s family and her Russian colleagues, staff of the newspaper “Novaya Gazeta”, where she worked.
Anna was born in the USA, but she devoted her life and love to the motherland of her parents, who worked in the Soviet Embassy in the United States. She became well-known because of her investigations of anti-terror operations in Chechnya.
Although not everyone agreed with what she wrote, all acknowledged her braveness, courage, and fidelity. Her career started in 1980, when she graduated from the department of Journalism of the Moscow State University. She received numerous Russian and international journalistic awards and awards from human rights organizations.
“Unfortunately, there is every reason to believe that this murder is related to Politkovskaya’s work” – the Union of Journalists of Russia wrote in its address regarding Anna’s death.
“We consider that this crime is the defiance to all the journalists of Russia, the defiance to the future of the country, which all of us want to see prosperous, free and safe. We appeal to the law-enforcement authorities to hurl all effort and resources into the quickest disclosure of this terrible murder” they also wrote.