One of Russia's leading newspapers has dedicated its front page to a moving apology to the Dutch people for the downing of
When it comes to journalists who criticise the Putin regime though, murder rather than jail seems to be the sad result. Over a dozen journalists have been killed since Putin came to power in 1999. Like Anna's, their cases also remain unsolved.
In fact it's always timely to be reminded of the fact that journalists are a vital pillar of any properly functioning democratic society. And this is notwithstanding the recent hammering that some parts of the profession have taken in this country over phone-hacking and other illegal activity. The fall-out from Leveson shouldn't distract us from the extremely serious work that journalists regularly do.