Jan 21, 2010
According to RIANovosti, yesterday, the heads of Russia's leading media outlets sent an open letter to the interior minister demanding protection for journalists and society against police arbitrariness after a court fined a photographer for covering an anti-government rally. The fine was about $17, but it's the pinciple of the thing! The letter said the journalistic community is alarmed the incident may set a precedent for prosecuting journalists "while they perform their professional duty" in Russia.
Is it wrong that all I can think is "at least he wasn't poisoned or shot"?