January 22, 2007 -- Russian news agencies report that a local television journalist was found dead today in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.
Police said Konstantin Borovko, a presenter for Guberniya television in the city of Khabarovsk, had been beaten to death.
His colleagues said they did not believe the killing was connected to his work. They say he was not working on any sensitive issue.
More than 40 journalists have been killed in Russia in the past 15 years, and few of the murders have been solved, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
In a separate incident, Russian news agencies reported today that a journalist was beaten on January 19 in the city of Partizansk, near Vladivostok.
Tamara Golovanova was beaten in the face and chest by an unidentified assailant who demanded she stop taking pictures of people she was interviewing in connection with an investigation into allegations that a local company was mistreating employees.
Golovanova was hospitalized with a broken nose and a concussion. Police are searching for the assailant.
(AP, AFP, Interfax, ITAR-TASS)