RSF says it was planning to send two officials to Moscow to take part in a press conference devoted to the third anniversary of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s slaying.
RSF said in a press release that the Russian decision to refuse visas to the organization’s officials deprives RSF of being able to express its solidarity with Russian journalists and rights activists.
Politkovskaya, who was Russia’s most-active journalist in covering the fighting in Chechnya, was shot dead in the elevator of her Moscow apartment on 7 October 2006.
No one has been convicted in Politkovskaya’s killing. Four suspects allegedly involved in her murder were acquitted earlier this year. The Supreme Court ruled last month that the case must be further investigated.