Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Unconfirmed: Adam Tepsurgayev
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2001|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Unconfirmed: Adam Tepsurgayev, January 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649552c.html [accessed 25 September 2017]|
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November 21, 2000, in Chechnya, Russia
Tepsurgayev, a 24-year-old Chechen cameraman, was shot dead at a neighbor's house in the village of Alkhan-Kala. His brother Ali was wounded in the leg during the attack.
A Russian government spokesman blamed Chechen guerrillas for the murder. The gunmen reportedly spoke Chechen, but local residents said the militants had no reason to kill the cameraman.
During the first Chechen war (1994-1996), Tepsurgayev worked as a driver and fixer for foreign journalists. Later, he started shooting footage from the front lines of the conflict between Russian troops and separatist guerrillas. Reuters' Moscow bureau chief, Martin Nesirky, described him as an "irregular contributor." While most of Reuters' footage from Chechnya in 2000 was credited to Tepsurgayev, including shots of Chechen field commander Shamil Basayev having his foot amputated, he had not worked for Reuters in the six months before he died.