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Lately, this blog has been addressing busily what the Homegirls perceive as transgressions against the public image of our Head Homegirl, Hillary Rodham Clinton, diplomat extraordinaire.  Today, however, we take a moment to spotlight her own remarks regarding the deplorable war against free speech being waged in Russia against the press.  Today marks the third anniversary of the death of Anna Politkovskaya.

Born in New York City of Soviet Ukrainian parents assigned to the U.N., she was a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Russian Federation and an indefatiguable champion of human rights.  She was shot to death in the elevator of her apartment house on this day three years ago, one of,  as Hillary states, 18 journalists murdered in Russia since the year 2000.

The government of Russia has been less than assiduous in tracking down the assassins in these cases much less bringing them to justice.

MURDERED

Anna Politkovskaya

Along with our Homegirl, DeHoS calls on Russia.  Bring the perps to justice!  Not another journalist dead!  Not another one!

Here are Hillary’s remarks on the occasion of the sad and intolerable anniversary.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 7, 2009

Today we mark with sadness the third anniversary of the tragic slaying of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. To date, no one has been brought to justice in this case, similar to other cases involving violent crimes against journalists in Russia, including Paul Klebnikov and more recently Natalya Estemirova. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 18 journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000 in retaliation for their work. In only one case have the killers been convicted.

While we welcome calls by Russian officials defending the necessity of a free press, the failure to bring to justice the killers of these journalists undermines efforts to strengthen the rule of law, improve government accountability, and combat corruption.

MURDERED

Paul Klebnikov

MURDERED

Natalya Estemirova

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