CPJ also expressed concern over the detention on 2 September of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporter Andrei Babitsky. Babitsky was stopped at a Moscow airport before he could board a flight to the southern Russian city of Mineralnye Vody. He was later accused of "hooliganism" and sentenced to five days confinement. He has denied the charges.
Four years ago, Babitsky was abducted by Russian security officials and held for 40 days. Authorities detained him in an apparent effort to prevent him from reporting on the war in Chechnya.
(RFE/RL's Russian Service)
Click here to see an RFE/RL press release condemning Babitsky's arrest.