Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 3 Issue: 9

In an editorial appearing in its March 22 edition, the Times of London wrote that, on the previous day, Anna Politkovskaya, a well-known war correspondent who writes for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, had been presented with the prestigious Index on Censorship award for “the most courageous defense of freedom of expression.” The Times then underscored: “Only Novaya Gazeta, the small liberal biweekly carrying Ms. Politkovskaya’s reports, still speaks out on Chechnya; now the [Russian] courts have imposed record libel damages in a clear attempt to bankrupt and silence it.” A lengthy article entitled “Russia’s Whistle Blower,” appearing in the March 16 issue of the Guardian (London), also paid tribute to Politkovskaya.