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Journalist gunned down in Russia

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A prominent journalist has been gunned down in Russia’s North Caucasus region.

Gadzhirmurat Kamalov was shot in the Dagestan capital, Makhachkala, outside the office of the newspaper he founded. The Chernovik was renowned for investigating government corruption.

Kamalov was shot eight times and died on the way to hospital. Staff at the paper have been routinely persecuted for their work.

His assassination brings to 19 the number of unsolved murders of journalists in Russia since 2000.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists described Kamelov’s death as a “lethal blow to press freedom”.

The CPJ places Russia eighth on its “Impunity Index” of countries where governments fail to solve the killing of journalists.