Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reports that two of its representatives were denied entry to Moscow on the eve of the third anniversary of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya’s death.
The press freedom group was planning a news conference and film screening in the city – and will push ahead with these plans.
“We are shocked by this decision, especially as we have always acted openly with the Russian authorities. They decided to prevent us from expressing our solidarity with Russian journalists and human rights activists. Moscow does not want us to address the Russians directly. But we will not give up,” said RSF secretary-general Jean-Francois Julliard, one of the pair denied entry.
The Guardian reports on other meetings being held to mark the anniversary of the murder of Politkovskaya.