Newspaper founder killed in Russia's Dagestan

December 16, 2011 08:52

MAKHACHKALA, Russia - The founder of a newspaper that investigated government corruption was shot dead in Russia's North Caucasus region on Thursday, in what an international watchdog called "a lethal blow to press freedom."

A gunman shot Gadzhimurat Kamalov as he was leaving the offices of the newspaper Chernovik in the capital of Dagestan province shortly before midnight on Thursday, the regional Interior Ministry said.

Police said Kamalov was shot eight times and was pronounced dead on the way to hospital.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said journalists at Chernovik, known for reporting on corruption in the provincial administration, had been "routinely persecuted for their work".

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