January 22, 2009

Guns for Russian reporters

Alexander Lebedev, co-owner of Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has requested the Federal Security Service (FSB) issue firearms to journalists at the paper. The highly unusual request comes after Anastasia Baburova, a 25 years old journalist with the Gazeta, was murdered earlier this week. The paper previously employed Anna Politkovskaya who was also gunned down in […]

January 19, 2009

Anastasia Baburova shot dead in Moscow

Anastasia Baburova was shot dead in Moscow in broad daylight today along with Russian human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov. Baburova was killed as she tried to intervene when Markelov was attacked. The freelance journalist in her mid-20’s worked for Novaya Gazeta newspaper, the same newspaper as Anna Politkovskaya who was also shot dead in Moscow […]

December 3, 2008

Politkovskaya suspect offered to surrender

Rustam Makhmudov, the main suspect in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya outside her Moscow apartment building in 2006, offered to turn himself in six months ago according to a lawyer for the suspect’s brother, Six months ago, Makhmudov passed a message through his relatives from an undisclosed location that he would turn himself in if […]

November 16, 2008

Politkovskaya trial opens Monday

The trial into the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006 opens in a Russian military court on Monday. The family of the slain journalist have long campaigned for an open trial, but that looks unlikely, “We will demand that the trial be open. My mother was a journalist and I think it’s impossible […]

November 7, 2008

Scott Taylor on reporting from the Caucasus

Canadian war reporter Scott Taylor talks about getting into the Caucasus to report on the South Ossetian conflict. The editor of Canadian military magazine Esprit de Corps found the situation on the ground far from straightforward, Before setting out from Stavropol, I had been assured by the Russian authorities that we would have no problems […]

November 7, 2008

The other war in the Caucasus

I’ll second Mathew Collin’s sentiments about this BBC World Service report called the PR battle for the Caucasus. It’s a fascinating 23 minute listen, The South Ossetian conflict, which began in early August this year, not only sparked a military war between Russia and Georgia, but a propaganda battle. It even made the front-page of […]

October 20, 2008

Dutch journalist killed by cluster bomb

[video:youtube:B-epO3SDVYg] A Dutch government investigation has found that a Russian cluster bomb killed a television cameraman in Georgia in August, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. Russia denied using cluster munitions during its brief war with Georgia in August, but human rights groups say both sides unleashed the widely denounced weapons. link We previously linked to […]

October 2, 2008

BBC turned back by militia in South Ossetia

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and the TV crew he was travelling with were turned back by armed militia men as they attempted to enter South Ossetia. Click the image above to watch the footage.

September 19, 2008

Arkady Babchenko on South Ossetia

Arkady Babchenko, military correspondent for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and author of One Soldier’s War, took some of the most graphic and memorable footage from the recent war in South Ossetia. He talked to the German publication Neuer Zürcher Zeitung about the assignment. Sign and Sight translate the interview which covers Arkady’s thoughts on […]

September 4, 2008

Marcus Bleadale in Georgia and beyond

Marcus Bleasdale is a bit of a regular in these parts and it seems the Oslo-based photojournalist has been busy of late. The above frame is taken from a recent commission in Georgia. Beyond all out war, Marcus has also visited Venezuala and the USA. There are some great pictures (as usual) in all these […]

September 4, 2008

Georgia in motion

Now that’s how to do a multimedia presentation and get inside the workings of a photojournalist on the road all through images and emails. A Georgian Diary by Thomas Dworzak for Magnum in Motion is excellent, The Russians invaded Georgia on August 8th, while George W. Bush was in Beijing attending the Olympics. Twenty days […]

September 3, 2008

Russian TV journalist Abdulla Alishayev shot dead

Abdulla Alishayev, a journalist from the republic of Daghestan died today after being attacked by gunmen on Tuesday. Alishayev worked as the anchor to a popular religious programme Peace to Your Home. He was attacked in his car in the village of Separatorny near Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala. An official said he died in hospital. Earlier […]

September 2, 2008

Russo-Georgia Conflict: a collection of links

I’ve been taking a break from blogging recently but I’m hoping to get going again now September is here and those not-so-balmy August days are behind us. If you’ve been following the conflict and ongoing confrontation between Russia and Georgia, you might be interested in my delicious links on the topic. (Delicious is a social […]

September 2, 2008

Fund for relatives of journalists killed in South Ossetia

The response to the campaign for funds to help the relatives of two reporters killed in the recent conflict in South Ossetia has been impressive according to As we blogged at the time, Alexander Klimchuk and Giga Chikhladze were killed in the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali. talks to Mark Pinder, a friend of […]

September 1, 2008

Russian website founder Magomed Yevloyev shot dead

Magomed Yevloyev, the founder of the Ingushetiya website was arrested at gunpoint in Narzan as he stepped off a plane. He was taken into a police car where “an incident” took place… “resulting in a shooting injury to the head and he later died in hospital,” Interfax reported, A source at Ingush police said the […]

August 30, 2008

Anna Politkovskaya remembered

[video:google:-1006358898865632661&ei] Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya would have celebrated her 50th birthday today had she not been gunned down in Moscow in October 2006. Russian human rights groups intend to gather in central Moscow today to remember her, “On August 30, on the day of Anna Politkovskaya’s birthday, we want to honor her memory and again […]

August 28, 2008

A look back at South Ossetia

Global Voices point us to Live Journal user photomans with photographs from Tskhinvali and a refugee camp in Vladikavkaz. They’re from mid-August, but have not been circulated throughout western media as far as I can tell. There are the, by now, familiar appeals from journalists who know no other way of contacting bloggers in the […]

August 20, 2008

Yuri Kozyrev in South Ossetia

TIME photographer Yuri Kozyrev rides with Russian troops through Georgia and the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali. Meanwhile, Leli Blagonravova, a Georgian photojournalist, who was in Gori when the Russians first attacked on August 8-9 delivers a personal account on France 24’s Observers site. The Frontline Club‘s very own Kim Sengupta reports on Georgian claims […]

August 20, 2008

Blogs ‘fail’ in coverage of Russo-Georgia War

Joshua Foust argues that blogs have not lived up to expectations in covering the Russo-Georgia War. He homes in on what he describes as ‘large blogs’- the Small War Journal, Instapundit, the Washington Monthly etc. He’s disappointed that they seem to have relied on the same set of sources as the mainstream media: Soon after […]

August 20, 2008

Alexander Klimchuk laid to rest

[video:youtube:7-o8qgZY1MQ] Alexander Klimchuk was killed in Tskhinvali, the capital of the embattled region of South Ossetia nearly two weeks ago. Russian Today reports from his funeral in the video above. He was found dead in the streets of the South Ossetian capital along with another Georgian reporter, Grigol Chikhladze. Alexander headed up the photographic agency […]

August 19, 2008

Three killed, dozens injured and arrested

Reporters Without Borders catalogues the deaths and injuries to journalists in Georgia since the war began less than two weeks ago. Turkish cameraman Levent Öztürk working for the NTV station was severely injured in attack which he and his colleagues caught on video, “When I was hit, my eye went and I knew something bad […]

August 18, 2008

Crossing the frontline

[video:youtube:wmGl5FACJ2o] This dramatic footage purports to show journalists crossing the frontline in Georgia because… well, it doesn’t look as if there is anywhere else to go.

August 16, 2008

Reporters under fire

[video:youtube:So07TMHRJ7E] CNN reports on the recent spate of journalist shootings and deaths in South Ossetia and Georgia.

August 16, 2008

In the 21st century…

Two great clips via Mohamed Nanabhay, Head of New Media at the AlJazeera Network. All about Georgia, Iraq, politics, the west and ‘stuff’… say no more. Just go over and take a peek.

August 16, 2008

FOX news reporters shot at in Gori

[video:youtube:UQXUW_ks8ls] FOX News reporter Steve Harrigan says he and a group of journalists were shot at in the Georgian town of Gori by “irregular, undisciplined, angry” Georgian forces with pistols. However, this appears to have happened at the same location we previously posted and both EuroNews and The Guardian reported the incident saying the man […]

August 15, 2008

Impossible to verify 2,000 dead

From the BBC Editors blog Jon Williams, BBC World News Editor, offers an interesting perspective on how easy it is for big media to get access to powerful people who want a soapbox, but how difficult it is to verify basic facts, For the BBC to have access to someone so influential [as Georgian President […]

August 15, 2008

Arkady Babchenko in Georgia

Arkady Babchenko’s photographs of the war in Georgia and South Ossetia are more graphic than you’ll find in the British press. Arkady is an ex-Russian soldier turned author who served in Chechnya. He works as a journalist with Novaya Gazeta – the same newspaper that Anna Politkovskaya wrote for before she was murdered. We’ve featured […]

August 15, 2008

Cluster bombs killed Stan Storimans

Bombies, originally uploaded by myriadity. Human Rights Watch say the attack on Gori that killed at least eight civilians, including Dutch journalist Stan Storimans, and injured dozens involved the use of cluster bombs, “Cluster bombs are indiscriminate killers that most nations have agreed to outlaw,” said Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch. […]

August 14, 2008

Czech politician puts war reporting boots back on

Jaromír Å tětina is a Czech senator with the Green Party. At the outbreak of war in Georgia he made his excuses and headed to the border. This is a politician with a difference. An ex-war reporter who has covered conflict in Europe, Asia and Africa and the Caucasus. “I came here to seek the truth […]

August 14, 2008

Footage of Georgian TV journalist fired upon during report

[video:youtube:-ETQpCsvrIY] A Georgian TV journalist is apparently fired upon by a Russian sniper and injured while delivering a piece to camera. Fortunately, she’s soon patched up and back on with the job. UPDATE: I see Reuters have now picked up on the video: A correspondent working for Georgian state television was injured in a shooting […]