Daily Archives: March 27, 2016

Ukraine | Silence in media: a lawyer murdered in Ukraine

Between 7 and 9 March Ukrainian lawyer, who defended two Russian citizens captured by the Ukrainian authorities, had disappeared in Odessa. The prosecution insists that two Russians were military, and Putin supposedly sent them to Ukraine to help terrorists. However, the Russians insist that at the time of detention they have not served in the Russian army. Ukrainian lawyer Yuri Grabowski defended these Russians in the Ukrainian courts.
Shortly after the disappearance of the lawyer it was suspected that he was murdered. Suspicion quickly confirmed. March 21 a man was arrested involved in the kidnapping of a lawyer, and on 25 March the body was found. Ukrainian officials say details in a very limited extent. It is still not made public information, who are the kidnappers of the lawyer, and what were the motives of the kidnapping and murder. Today it became known that Yuri Grabowski had been tortured for a few hours before the murder. Then the thieves simply shot him.
The case, which led Grabowski, sometimes compared to the high-profile trial against Ukrainian pilot Savchenko in Russia. However, if someone is kidnapped and killed her lawyer Feigin, this event would have broad international resonance. A Grabowski murder did not cause any reaction in the world at all. Why do the world’s leading media react to such events extremely selectively?

Breaking: Syrian Armed Forces liberate Palmyra

The Syrian Armed Forces and National Defense Forces, backed by the Russian Air Force, have triumphantly recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra in the heart of the Syrian Desert.

The Syrian Armed Forces began their wide-scale offensive on March 8th, striking the surrounding hills and orchards before they eventually stormed the ISIS-held bastion.

Arrests follow call for Chinese President Xi’s resignation

On the eve of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), an open letter by “loyal Communist Party members” was published on March 4 calling on President Xi Jinping to “resign from all Party and state leadership positions.” The letter presented a scathing critique of Xi for “gathering of all power in your own hands” and causing the “unprecedented problems and crises in all political, economic, ideological and culture spheres” facing the country.

USA | Turkish judge rules trial for journalists facing life sentences to be closed to public

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Istanbul court’s decision to bar the public from the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, journalists for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet. Representatives from CPJ and other press freedom groups attended the first session of the trial today.