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IFEX MEMBERS REQUEST MONITORING ROLE IN MURDER PROBE

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF), ARTICLE 19 and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have urged Ukraine's attorney general to give civil society groups a supervisory role in monitoring a government inquiry into the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.

Attorney General Vassiliev Gennady has denied the groups' request to monitor an inquiry into the so-called "Melnichenko tapes," which reportedly implicate top-level officials in the murder of Gongadze. Gennady says Ukraine's constitution does not allow for this type of monitoring.

Gongadze, the editor in chief of the online newspaper pravda.com and an outspoken critic of the government, was found murdered outside Minsk on 2 November 2000. His death caused an outcry among IFEX members (see: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/27997/).

The IFEX members say the inquiry must be done with the utmost transparency if it is to be credible in the eyes of the international community.

Read their joint statement here:
http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=9208
For the latest updates on the Gongadzy case, visit: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/1092/

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