Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

In Memoriam Anna Politkovskaya

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 7th October, 2009

Anna PolitkovskayaShe was deeply committed to Truth. Following in the fine tradition of Quakers and other Christian radicals, she believed in Speaking Truth to Power.  Anna Politkovskaya was indeed a Christian, as Lord (Frank) Judd emphasised in his tribute today at the thanksgiving service at St. Bride’s, Fleet Street, for the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, but above all else she was a campaigning reporter. What more fitting place  in London to celebrate her life, on the third anniversary of her assassination by persons unknown, than the journalists’ church? There was sublime music for violin and piano byRachmaninoff and Prokofiev, as well as Anglican  hymns and renderings of both English and Russian choral music by St Bride’s exquisite singers (surely one of the best choirs in London). Elena Cook, who often acted as Politkovskaya’s interpreter, and Christopher MacLehose, her original English-language publisher, both gave addresses. I never met Anna, but like many people working in Bush House for the BBC World Service in the 1990s, I felt I knew her intimately, as she filed her press reports about extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuse in Chechnya. During the last few months of her life, I sometimes felt physically sick, as she stuck her neck out, probing into places the Kremlin and others wanted left dark, and I thought, ‘They will kill her!’ As indeed, they did.

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2 Responses to “In Memoriam Anna Politkovskaya”

  1. Neil Craig said

    Are you saying she was not the sort of person who would censor or lie to promote racial mass murder. You may be right but what beliefs did she have that LibDems would support?

  2. anick roschi said

    Homage to Anna Politkovskaïa

    Dove

    In a miserly desert
    Of humanity
    The glance of a dove
    Settled where the wolves,
    Low heads,
    Are not wearied to howl,

    In a poisoned desert,
    Miserly of truth,
    A dove, this evening, fell.

    Anick Roschi october 7th,09

    ********************************
    Freedom for Press :

    http://video.moncinema.ch/video/iLyROoafM5Tx.html

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