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NGO Says Journalists Harrassed During Beslan Siege

8 September 2004 -- The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), today said that journalists covering the Beslan hostage crisis in southern Russia were harassed while trying to report on the siege.

IPI said a series of incidents including arrests and physical assault on journalists during the crisis raise "the impression of deliberate control" of the media by Russian authorities.

IPI quoted Raf Shakirov, editor in chief of the Russian daily "Izvestiya" as saying he was forced to resign over the paper's coverage of the crisis.

Among other incidents, IPI said a reporter for the Arabic-language news channel Al-Arabiyah and a team of Georgian journalists were arrested while covering the events in Beslan.

The Georgian journalists were released today.


For full coverage on the recent wave of terror attacks in Russia, see RFE/RL's webpage on "Terror In Russia".