Sweden: Swedish Radio’s Director General Cilla Benkö demand action from Russian police. According to the Russian newspaper Gazeta, the Russian police investigation into the attack on Swedish Radio correspondent Maria Persson Löfgren and two colleagues in March 20016 has been put on ice due to lack of evidence.
– If the information is correct, we are still awaiting confirmation, it is completely unacceptable that the investigation is not completed. But unfortunately we are not surprised, says Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio.
The attack on Maria Persson Löfgren and her colleagues took place in the Russian republic of Ingushetia in March 2016 when 30 masked men attacked and seriously assaulted Maria and her two colleagues.
As late as last week Swedish Radio wrote to the Swedish Foreign Minister, Mrs Margot Wallström, demanding that the Swedish government contact Russian authorities to clarify how the police investigation was proceeding, as no information had been forthcoming. Swedish Radio also urged the Swedish government to act on the matter.
– We cannot accept that the police investigation is put on ice and therefore urge the Swedish government, once again, to contact their Russian counterparts to get them to act but also to clarify what this new information actually means, says Cilla Benkö.
– The Russian police must resume the investigation and actually bring those responsible to justice, says Cilla Benkö.
– An attack on a journalist, like Maria Persson Löfgren, who is trying to fulfil her duties and report on issues is also an attack on the entire journalist corps, free speech and democracy itself. It is therefore of the utmost importance that those responsible for the attack are brought to justice, says Cilla Benkö.