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Russian journalist dies after beaten by police

A Russian news agency said a journalist has died after being beaten by a police officer in the Siberian city of Tomsk.



Moscow: A Russian news agency said a
journalist has died after being beaten by a police officer in
the Siberian city of Tomsk.

RIA Novosti reports the 47-year-old journalist died today
in a Tomsk clinic.
It says the officer assaulted him in a police station
where the journalist was detained in early January, and that
the officer has been charged with manslaughter and abuse of
office.

Sixteen journalists have been killed in Russia since
2000. Most of them had written reports critical of
authorities.
The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists named
Russia the world` third deadliest country for the news media
last year.

Several Russian police officers have recently been
charged with murder, beatings and other abuses.

PTI

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