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New Politkovskaya trial

hearings will start on 5th August

Update 24th July
The Novaya Gazeta newspaper for which Anna Politkovskaya worked announced that the new trial over the journalist's murder will start on 5th August at the Moscow military court.

update 26th June
Politkovskaya trial quashed
the case returned to the Moscow Military District Tribunal

27th February
No offender in the Moscow trial
the presumed guilty of Anna Politkovskaja's murder are acquitted

Everybody is innocent according to the jury: the "troublesome" journalist wasn't killed either by the former police officer accused of being the instigator or by the two men who tailed her, or by the intelligence agent involved in the murder.
The trial had already been disputed by the son of the bold journalist's and by the people's jury, who had denounced the tribunal's decision to hold the hearings behind closed doors.

BBC News

5 August 2009

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Freedom of thought is usually the first of the fundamental rights of the human being to be targeted by authoritarian regimes, and this applies increasingly the closer it gets to the prototype of totalitarian society. Censorship muzzles the press and journalists are prevented from doing their job, 'till the point in which they are reduced to a mere mouthpiece of the state propaganda. Also the other free expressions of thought are under attack, no one is spared: intellectuals, writers, film directors... even figurative arts are under strict control. Repression heavily curbs all forms of individual sovereignty, such as above all opinions, personal ideas, which represent the worst threat for those who want to impose the "blinkered thought".
In fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, in maoist China and in the dictatorships of Latin America like in modern theocracies and new autocratic regimes, troublesome books were banned and even burnt on the squares, and the historian, scientists, scholars, artists who refused to line up were exiled or jailed.
Totalitarianism entered homes and imposed its grip within the family, which was dominated by the fear of being betrayed even by one's dearest ones. A mechanism of self-censorship thus started: in order to survive people preferred giving up not only expressing their views.. but even to conceive them. There was nothing left but settle for the doctrine expressed by the leaders on power.
Those who try to resist, to keep their own individual character and personal freedom, lose everything, but their independence, combined with the resistance of many other in the same conditions, undermines the very foundations of dictatorial regimes, until their collapse.

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