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Journalists routinely slain in deadliest region

Dagestan has become the most dangerous place in Russia for journalists, reports the Glasnost Defence Foundation (GDF). In May 2010, the director of two radio stations was shot and killed. A few days later, the director of a television station was killed. This month, the editor-in-chief of another television station was shot to death.

Magomedvagif (Sultan) Sultanmagomedov, the editor-in-chief of Makhachkala-TV, came under machine-gun fire while he was driving his car on 11 August. He had survived a previous assassination attempt in 2008.

His predecessor at the TV station, Abdullah Alishayev, was shot and killed in 2008. Both journalists were ideological opponents of Wahabiism, a conservative form of Islam that has gained popularity in Dagestan and other North Caucasus republics.

Journalists have been murdered and assaulted in Dagestan throughout 2008 and 2009.

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