Thursday, September 04, 2008

Free blogs

European Union murmurings about blog control are exercising writers over here, but it could be worse:

According to the police, Yevloyev was "by accident" shot in the temple while being driven in a police car. Yevloyev died in a hospital in Nazran, Ingushetia.
Magomed Yevloyev, owner of opposition Internet site, is the most high-profile Russian journalist to be killed since investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya was shot outside her Moscow apartment in October 2006.

Police said Yevloyev, who was a leading opponent of Ingushetia's Kremlin-backed leader Murat Zyazikov
The French government is concerned enough to have issued a statement:
We were distressed to learn of the death of Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of, an independent news website specialized in the Caucasus, in Nazran, Ingushetia.

We hope the investigation under way will shed all possible light on this case.

We are deeply concerned by the attacks against the freedom of the press and, more generally, by the violence in the already unstable region of the North Caucasus.
The US government has called for a proper investigation of the case.

Nothing from here so far. Surprised? No, perhaps not.

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