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Statement by the Committee of Supporters to the Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

Letter to the Editor of The Sunday Times and Novaya Gazeta

7 October 2012 

Sir, Today marks the sixth anniversary of the murder of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya. To date, the  killers and those who ordered her murder have still not been brought to justice.

We the undersigned are supporters of the human rights organisation RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War). On Friday 5 October, we presented the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, set up to recognise women defending human rights in zones of war and conflict, often at great personal risk, to Marie Colvin (The United States), the brave Sunday Times war correspondent, who was killed in Syria. 

We presented this year’s award to Marie Colvin for her courage, integrity and passion to give a voice to the women, children and communities blighted by the violence and horrors of conflict and war. Marie reported from some of the worse conflict zones including in Sierra Leone, Chechnya, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, East Timor and from the heart of the Arab Spring. She was killed on 22 February 2012 in Syria, while bringing to the world the truth about the targeting and killing of civilians by the government. She spoke truth to power. Just like Anna did and paid for it with her life. 

Like Anna, Marie did much more than simply reporting the story of violence. In East Timor, in 1999, she was credited with saving the lives of 1,500 women and children besieged by Indonesian-backed forces. While other international journalists left, she refused to leave until the group was evacuated to safety four days later.

It came as no surprise that Marie defied the Syrian authorities ban on foreign reporters, in order to ensure that the world would hear about the massacres of civilians that continue there to this day. Marie lost her life, when the Syrian government army shelled the building she and other journalists used as a makeshift media centre.

As the situation in Syria is getting worse by the day, we also honour the many Syrian women journalists and human rights defenders, like last year’s award winner Razan Zaitouneh, who despite the danger they are facing, continue to speak out about the brutality currently facing the people of Syria....

To read the full Statement click here. 

The Statement is signed by members of the Committee of Supporters to the Anna Politkovskaya Award:

Nobel Women’s Initiative (Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Betty Williams, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), Tatiana Yankelevich, Desmond Tutu, Jon Snow, Jane Wellesley, John Pilger, Jeremy Bowen, Andre Glucksmann, Gloria Steinem, Sergey Kovalyov, Alexei Simonov, Vladimir Bukovsky, Svetlana Gannushkina, Lyudmila Alekseeva, Karinna Moskalenko, Mara Polyakova, Malalai Joya, Halima Bashir, Leila Alikarami, Razan Zaitouneh, Gillian Slovo, Eva Hoffman, Adam Michnik, Oleg Panfilov, Oleg Orlov, Ella Polyakova, Tom Stoppard.... to read the full list click here.

 
The Guardian: Tribute to Marie Colvin in a letter addressed to the late Anna Politkovskaya PDF E-mail

8 October 2012 

Here's a piece of writing - in the form of an open letter to the late Anna Politkovskaya - that deserves as wide a journalistic audience as possible.

It is written by Razan Zaitouneh, a Syrian human rights lawyer who won the Anna Politkovskaya Raw in War Award in 2011.

Addressed to Politkovskya, who was murdered in Moscow in October 2006, it concerns the death of the Sunday Times correspondent, Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria in February this year. She was the posthumous recipient of this year's raw in war award.

Dear Anna,

I feel the irony of fate. Firstly, because I am writing to you again, Anna Politkovskaya, following a year, which passed like a century while we still run between dream and death.

Secondly, because I have been commissioned to present the award in your name to another woman who left us while trying to convey the truth that cost her life. Marie Colvin, the courageous reporter, never feared searching for truth in the face of death.

Marie went to many countries wracked by wars and conflict to bear witness. She lost her eye while covering the civil war in Sri Lanka.

In Syria, Marie chose the capital of the revolution, Homs, to report, both in sound and through images, an aspect of the revolution that the regime turned into an all-out war against the Syrians. Marie was not wrong in her choice.

At that time, Homs was the whole event, the focus of most journalists, the symbol of the revolution, and the symbol of survival despite voracious death. Right up to the last, Marie Colvin was sending reports that show the ugly crimes committed against the city and its people. Within a few seconds, she became the headline and content of the news.

About 70 foreign reporters and local citizen journalists died during the months of the revolution. The regime's shells and tanks do not differentiate between one who holds the camera and the pen, the demonstrator who holds banners, or the child who holds his future in his small hands.

Read the full article at The Guardian

 
The Sunday Times: Statement by the Committee of Supporters to the Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

7 October 2012

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the murder of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya. To date, the killers and those who ordered her murder have still not been brought to justice.

We the undersigned are supporters of the human rights organisation RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War). On Friday 5 October, we presented the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, set up to recognise women defending human rights in zones of war and conflict, often at great personal risk, to Marie Colvin (The United States), the brave Sunday Times war correspondent, who was killed in Syria.

Read the full statement at The Sunday Times
 
Novaya Gazeta: Letter to the Editor by the Committee of Supporters to the Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

7 октября 2012 года

Письмо в редакцию «Новой газеты» и The Sunday Times от членов Комитета поддержки премии имени Анны Политковской

 

Уважаемая редакция,

Сегодня отмечается шестая годовщина со дня убийства российской журналистки Анны Политковской. По сей день убийцы и заказчики её убийства  гуляют на свободе.

Мы, нижеподписавшиеся, сторонники правозащитной организацииRAWinWAR (Reach all Women in War -  Дойти До Каждой Женщины в Войне), вручили в пятницу 5 октября ежегодную премию имени Анны Политковской, учреждённую для признания женщин, которые, рискуя собственной жизнью, отстаивают права человека в зонах конфликтов и военных действий, убитой в Сирии бесстрашной военной корреспондентке газеты Sunday Times Мари Колвин (США)

 

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US State Department: Six-Year Anniversary of the Murder of Anna Politkovskaya PDF E-mail

Six years ago on October 7, renowned journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed in her apartment building. With her death, the Russian people lost a voice that courageously sought to report the truth. Today we remember Anna’s legacy both as a journalist and as a champion of human dignity. Justice will not be done until all involved in her murder have been identified and prosecuted.

We will continue to shine the spotlight on this case, and others, such as American Paul Klebnikov who was gunned down in Moscow eight years ago. Journalists across the globe who speak out against abuses and work to secure fundamental freedoms for their fellow citizens must be protected.

To read the Statment on the US Department of State website, click here

 
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