The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta is one of the only independent news outlets in mainstream media in Russia. It has gained recognition for being one of the country’s only sources for accurate news. Unfortunately it has also become famous in recent years because of its staff members being killed, including Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist and author who was shot dead in an elevator in her apartment building on October 7, 2006. Politkovskaya had been receiving threats since 1999 when she published articles claiming that the Russian army had violated human rights in Chechnya. Politkovskaya is among the many Novaya Gazeta journalists and media workers who have put their lives in danger in order to report the news. The staff at the newspaper never hesitate to investigate and publish articles that are critical of the state, unearth corruption or expose human rights abuses. However, they now take extra safety precautions, such as providing armed security, in order to protect their journalists.
International Press Freedom Award