Sir – Today marks the second anniversary of the murder of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
We call again on the Russian government to bring to justice both those who killed Anna Politkovskaya and those who ordered her murder. Despite an announcement in June 2008 by the office of the General Prosecutor in Russia that the investigation had concluded and charges brought against several suspects, two years on, justice has not been done.
We also call on the world’s leaders to pledge to do everything in their power to protect the journalists and human rights defenders who work in areas of war and conflict.
We owe it to Anna’s memory to protect the few who still speak out, on behalf of those to whom nobody wants to listen.
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