Published: 1 Jun 2005 | By Besarion Bokhashvili

Journalistic freedom in Russia – the case of Lejava v Russia


The Beslan hostage crisis attracted global media interest, with reporters being sent to cover the story from around the world. There was particular interest in neighbouring countries, including Georgia, with Mrs Nana Lejava travelling to the scene on behalf of the broadcaster ‘Rustavi 2’. In Beslan, she managed to obtain interviews with a number of the released hostages. However, her equipment was confiscated by the FSB, and she and her cameraman were arrested and held for a number of days, during which time Mrs Lejava was allegedly subject to torture, before being escorted out of the country. Mrs Lejava has since made a complaint to the ECtHR, alleging violations of Articles 3, 5, 6, 10 and 13.

In this article, Besarion Bokhashvili outlines Mrs Lejava’s experience whilst in Beslan and the nature of her case at the ECtHR. To read the full article, click on the link below.