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Bearing Witness in Chechnya: The Legacy of Natalia Estemirova

PEN American Center joins forces with the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), CUNY’s School of Journalism, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and Witness to pay tribute to Natalia Estemirova, the award-winning human rights activist and journalist murdered on July 15, 2009. The event features readings and a conversation to honor the legacy of Estemirova, while calling attention to issues of freedom of expression in the North Caucasus and Russia in general.

This program was made possible by a grant from the Foundation to Promote Open Society.   PHOTO GALLERY
• View the photo gallery on Flickr   AUDIO, VIDEO & MANUSCRIPTS   Entire event (1:23:18)   Michael Arena introduces the event (4:41)   Larry Siems introduces the event (4:29)   Salman Rushdie reads “Wild Garlic Gatherers” (4:57)   Tanya Lokshina reads “Men’s Revenge” (4:37)   Salman Rushdie reads Estemirova’s acceptance speech for the Anna Politkovskaya Award (6:51)   Michael Arena reads “Thousands of Executioners at Large” (4:20)   Keith Gessen discusses Anna Politkovskaya’s murder trial (9:50)   Elena Milashina, Tanya Lokshina, and Ann Cooper discuss the current situation in Chechnya and the legacy of Natalia Estemirova (43:35)

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