CPJ: investigate threats to paper over Chechen gay torture

AP News
Posted: Apr 17, 2017 3:59 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — An international journalists' rights organization is calling on Russian authorities to investigate threats made against a newspaper that reported gays were being tortured and killed in Chechnya.

The report this month in the respected Novaya Gazeta drew a range of official denials and rebukes. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday said international attention to the story constituted a "massive information attack ... to blacken our society, lifestyle, traditions and customs."

A meeting of elders and Islamic leaders in Chechnya after the story appeared called for retribution, which Novaya Gazeta said "pushes religious fanatics toward the massacre of journalists."

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On Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Russia should "act swiftly, decisively and effectively" against threats to the newspaper and to the story's reporter.