RSF urges Nicaraguan authorities to investigate reporter’s murder

first_img Credits AFP News Help by sharing this information Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage May 4, 2018 RSF urges Nicaraguan authorities to investigate reporter’s murder NicaraguaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ViolenceFreedom of expression Ángel Eduardo Gahona is one of the many victims of a wave of protests and anger than erupted on 18 April. According to the Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights (CENIDH), at least 48 people have disappeared and 42 have been killed in the course of clashes between (mainly student) protesters and the police, who are accused of using excessive force.Aged 42, Gahona was based in Bluefields, a town on southern Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, where he produced the local TV news programme El Meridiano and was a correspondent for Nicaragua’s Canal 6 TV channel.He was covering a protest in Bluefields on Facebook Live on 22 April when he sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head. It is not known who fired the shot but, according to reporters for the La Prensa newspaper, the regular police and riot police were the only people who were armed at the time.In an interview for Univision more than a week after his murder, his wife, Migueliuth Sandoval, and his son said the local authorities had still not contacted them or provided them with any information.Sandoval said she has received threats designed to deter her from continuing to demand the truth about her husband’s murder. She also explained that he was reporting on Facebook Live at the time of his death because the government had shut down local TV broadcasting.“The authorities will not end the protests in Nicaragua by silencing journalists and censoring the media, and it is incomprehensible that they have not yet ordered an investigation into Ángel Eduardo Gahona’s murder,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“For the sake of his family and all the media in Nicaragua, justice must be done and those responsible for this shocking crime must be quickly identified in order not to encourage more violence against the media. During the current turmoil, the authorities have a duty to do everything necessary to guarantee the safety of journalists and to allow independent coverage of the unrest.”The broadcasts of four TV channels that were providing coverage of the protests – Canal 100% Noticias, Canal 12, Canal 23 and Canal 51 – were taken off the air on 19 April on the orders of the Nicaraguan Institute for Telecommunications (TELECOR). This act of state censorship was condemned by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on 24 April.Since the start of the protests, there have been reports of hacking attacks against government media and media that support President Daniel Ortega. The attacks have been claimed by the hactivist group Anonymous.Nicaragua is ranked 90th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018World Press Freedom Index. Organisation NicaraguaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ViolenceFreedom of expression Receive email alerts News RSF_en center_img June 29, 2020 Find out more to go further RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill July 29, 2020 Find out more Amid continuing protests and violence in Nicaragua, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to guarantee free speech, ensure that reporters can work safely throughout the country, and shed light on journalist Ángel Eduardo Gahona’s murder, which has not been investigated although it took place more than ten days ago. Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist September 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Nicaragua News Newslast_img read more

Turkish journalist Can Dündar victim of revenge without end

first_img Follow the news on Turkey News Help by sharing this information In Germany, Dündar founded the Turkish-language news website Özgürüz (We are free). He is nowadays also a member of the International Commission of the (RSF-launched) Information and Democracy Initiative. Organisation His lawyer, Abbas Yalçin, reminded the court in vain that Dündar attended all of the hearings of his initial trial until the day that he was attacked outside the court. After being threatened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tried and imprisoned, and after narrowly escaping an armed attack that forced him to flee abroad, well-known Turkish journalist Can Dündar could now have all of his assets seized by the Turkish state. This unacceptable and vindictive measure must be revoked, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. Can Dündar (photo: AFP/Joël Saget). Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more September 24, 2020 Turkish journalist Can Dündar victim of revenge without end “This measure, a first in 25 years, is both contrary to the values of democratic justice and unjust, cruel, vengeful and disproportionate inasmuch as it not only punishes this journalist but also his entire family,” RSF Turkey representative Erol Onderoglu said, calling for it to be revoked. The staff of Cumhuriyet, which was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015, was also the target of a wave of arrests after Turkey’s failed coup in July 2016. Receive email alerts News Dündar was jailed in November 2015 on charges of “obtaining and disseminating classified state information for the purpose of political or military espionage” and “support for an armed terrorist organization without being a member.” After three months in prison, he was released on the basis of a ruling by the Constitutional Court, which described his arrest as unconstitutional.center_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Exiled mediaJudicial harassment News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Exiled mediaJudicial harassment Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor It was after appearing in court on 6 May 2016 on various charges including “support for a terrorist organization,” that Dündar narrowly escaped an armed attack as he left the court building in the Istanbul district of Caglayan. The light sentence passed on his assailant (10 months in prison) convinced Dündar that he should leave Turkey. Dündar, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Germany since the summer of 2016, was given 15 days on 17 September – until 5 October – to return to Turkey and appear before a court in Istanbul or else he will be considered a fugitive from justice and all of his property and bank account assets in Turkey could be seized. RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more News The measure has been condemned by more than 500 prominent civil society figures, including journalists, writers and Turkish academy members (such as Baskin Oran, Necmiye Alpay, Hamit Bozarslan, Mihail Vasiliadis, Eren Keskin, Ergin Cinmen and Nurcan Baysal), who published a joint letter yesterday describing it as “contrary to the law and vengeful.” As Dündar himself said on ARTI TV: “In a four-minute hearing, the court decided on the destruction of what I and my family took 40 years to build.” Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Dündar’s legal problems began in 2015 when, as editor of the daily Cumhuriyet, he published a report headlined, “Here are the weapons that Erdogan said do not exist.” Erdogan responded by threatening him on the air on the state TV channel TRT: “The person who wrote that exclusive article will pay dearly. I won’t let him get away with it.” April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Editor of only opposition newspaper killed in suspicious accident

first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Follow the news on Belarus Help by sharing this information May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go furthercenter_img News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en May 28, 2021 Find out more News July 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of only opposition newspaper killed in suspicious accident The editor of the sole opposition paper in the small Russian republic of Bashkiria died on 20 July from serious injuries received when his car crashed into a lorry. Firat Valeyev, who edited Vechernu Neftekamsk, had often had threats and his colleagues suspected a contract killing.The paper, published outside the republic for the past seven years, had often printed articles sharply criticising Bashkir President Murtaza Rakhimov and denouncing government corruption.”We fear that no serious investigation will be made into this suspicious accident in Bashkiria,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Russian general prosecutor Vladimir Ustinov. “Threats to journalists have reached an unprecedented level in the Russian regions,” he said. “In some republics, the authorities use violence to silence opposition journalists with complete impunity and local courts often protect those responsible.””So we ask you to take up the cases of killings and suspect accidents involving journalists and with which local officials are thought to be connected. The security of regional journalists is too serious a threat to Russian democracy for you not give the matter your priority,” Ménard said.Ustinov asked regional prosecutors on 12 July to crack down on violations of press freedom by regional and local authorities.last_img read more

Council asked to fix ‘dangerous’ road surface in The Hermitage

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCouncil asked to fix ‘dangerous’ road surface in The HermitageBy Alan Jacques – May 19, 2016 790 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email TAGSCorballyFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMill RoadThe HermitageWillie O’Dea TD Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous article#WATCH New jobs Minister hopeful of Roche successorNext articleBurglary pair sentenced over break-ins at Limerick legal offices Alan Jacques Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Willie O’Dea inspecting the road surface with local Fianna Fail representative Christy McInerney.Willie O’Dea inspecting the road surface with local Fianna Fail representative Christy McInerney.LIMERICK Fianna Fáil Deputy Willie O’Dea has called on Limerick City and County Council to address “major problems” with the street surface in The Hermitage on the Mill Road, before someone is seriously injured.“Following many requests from Iocal residents, I have made repeated representations to have The Hermitage estate taken in charge. At the very least, the council should carry out remedial works on the street surface which is littered with potholes and is one of the worst road surfaces I have seen in Limerick City,” he told the Limerick Post.“The council has informed me that they cannot even confirm when the estate will be taken in charge as they are awaiting a water services report on the current condition of the estate. According to the Council, this Water Services report is scheduled to be submitted to the Planning Department within three months,” he explained.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick TD wants the local authority to take a more expedient approach to dealing with the issue as he feels there is the potential for serious accidents to occur unless something is done urgently “to deal with the appalling state of the street surface in the Hermitage Estate”.“The residents of the Hermitage are paying their property tax which is supposed to go towards delivering services like adequate road surfaces. How can the Council justify taking property tax off these people and then not provide them with even the most basic of services?,” he asked.According to a spokeswoman for Limerick City and County Council, the estate is currently being assessed for taking into charge. “As it is not yet in the charge of Limerick City and County Council, funding has not been provided by the elected members in the 2016 Budget for such work. If councillors approve taking it in charge they will need to provide a budget for upgrade and ongoing maintenance works for the roads, footpaths, public lighting, surface water and open spaces,” she Alan [email protected] Linkedinlast_img read more

Research project to track wellbeing of key workers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Linkedin TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Dr Elaine KinsellaKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostUniversity of Limerick Email LimerickNewsResearch project to track wellbeing of key workersBy Alan Jacques – April 17, 2020 174 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Designed by FreepikTHE first research project to track the wellbeing of frontline key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched by researchers from the University of Limerick and the University of Gloucestershire.The researchers are looking for people across the UK and Ireland, who are deployed in frontline key worker positions, to take part in the longitudinal survey. They want to hear from those working on the frontline, from hospitals to supermarkets, to understand how the impact of being a key worker affects their wellbeing over time.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The research team is headed by University of Limerick Psychology lecturer Dr Elaine Kinsella, who is an expert in the psychology of heroism, and Dr Rachel Sumner from the University of Gloucestershire,who is an expert in stress and wellbeing. Their team will be concentrating on factors that may predict wellbeing as the pandemic continues. Their questionnaire asks about how frontline heroes feel about the pandemic, and how their wellbeing might be impacted by the increasing strain on their reserves. It asks about how they cope, what their approaches are to helping others, and how they feel about government strategies to deal with the various issues posed by the pandemic.An important part of the study will be to see if there are any differences between the two countries in terms of how frontline workers are coping with increased demands on their personal resources. With markedly different strategies to deal with the pandemic, data from the two countries will provide an interesting case study into how national policy may impact frontline worker wellbeing during times of crisis. “The heroic efforts of our key workers, whatever their role, rely on them being able to cope with the extraordinary pressure that they are all facing in this rapidly changing situation. We hope the study will help us understand more about how they cope, and how they can be helped,” Dr Kinsella explained.The researchers want to hear from as many people as possible over the age of 18 that works in a frontline key worker role during the pandemic in the UK or Republic of Ireland, including those who have recently answered the call to re-join organisations like the NHS and the HSE. The first survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, and respondents are invited to register for follow-up surveys taking no longer than five minutes every two weeks as things progress. There is also an option to opt-in to follow-up interviews so the researchers can explore the nature of the heroism of these workers, what they feel they’ve been up against, and what support they’ve had or felt they needed.Visit the CV19 Heroes page on Facebook for more. Previous articleWATCH: 1990 Gerald Griffins Snatch West Junior Final Draw Against KnockfiernaNext articleKeep the Limerick Lockdown Party going this weekend Alan Jacques Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Printlast_img read more

Letterkenny retains Gold medal as Tidy Towns results are announced

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Moynalty in Co Meath has been named as Ireland’s tidiest town.Letterkenny has again been awarded a Gold Medal, securing 313 points this year, two behind category winners Killarney and three behind Moynalty in County Meath, the overal winner this year. Letterkenny was also named as the North West regional winner and the recipient of one of 10 Tourism Town awards.Glenties also secured a Gold Medal with 306 points.There were silver medals for Raphoe with 301 points and Buncrana with 296, and Bronze Medals for Malin with 304 points and Carrigart with 301.Annagry won the endeavour award for Donegal with a 4.5% improvement in its mark to 236, while once again, the Gaeltacht award was won by Carrigart. Google+ Twitter News Previous articleRetired Bloody Sunday commander shot dead in KenyaNext articleChampionship decision to be taken on Tuesday night News Highland Letterkenny retains Gold medal as Tidy Towns results are announced Pinterest Pinterest By News Highland – September 9, 2013 Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today center_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApplast_img read more

Karnataka High Court Seeks State Response On Plea Seeking Priority For Disabled Persons In COVID Vaccination

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka High Court Seeks State Response On Plea Seeking Priority For Disabled Persons In COVID Vaccination Mustafa Plumber23 April 2021 5:32 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has directed the State government to respond by Monday on a petition filed by KARNATAKA RAJYA VIKALACHETHANARA RAKSHANA SAMITHI seeking vaccination on a priority basis for persons with disabilities. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindraj said “As this petition will require urgent consideration, list it on Monday when a special sitting is proposed to be held.”Advertisement Advocate VISWESH S appearing for the petitioner submitted that “Due to disabilities, a person cannot maintain social distance, may not be able to avoid touch, may not be able to wear a mask, so they are a high risk category. The only way to keep them safe is to vaccinate them and their caregivers on a priority basis. Since there is a right they are entitled to a mandamus.” The petition referred to section 8 and section 25 (i) and (j) of the Rights of Persons with disability Act and suggested that vaccinations for persons with disability can be done through district disability welfare officers who can hold special camps, and the persons with disabilities can be identified through their disability cards. Further, it is said that every district disability welfare officers have data of all those who are disabled in each district. They can identify and make arrangements for vaccines.Advertisement Section 8 reads thus: Protection and safety.—(1) The persons with disabilities shall have equal protection and safety in situations of risk, armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. Section 25 reads thus: Health care: The appropriate Government and the local authorities shall take necessary measures for the persons with disabilities to provide,— (a) free healthcare in the vicinity specially in rural area subject to such family income as may be notified; (b) barrier-free access in all parts of Government and private hospitals and other healthcare institutions and centres; (c) priority in attendance and treatment.Advertisement Advertisement (2) The appropriate Government and the local authorities shall take measures and make schemes or programmes to promote healthcare and prevent the occurrence of disabilities and for the said purpose shall— (i) healthcare during the time of natural disasters and other situations of risk; (j) essential medical facilities for life saving emergency treatment and procedures. Advocate Vishwesh contended that since self-registration for vaccine for all persons above 18 years, is starting from April 28, directions need to be passed before that. The matter will be heard on Monday.TagsKarnataka High Court Covid19 Vaccination KARNATAKA RAJYA VIKALACHETHANARA RAKSHANA SAMITHI Chief Justice Abhay Oka Justice Suraj Govindraj Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Goshen third graders ‘track’ the weather

first_img Goshen Elementary School third graders began their class-wide project Tuesday with a visit from meteorologist Josh Johnson with WSFA’s Storm Team. The students were able to take a close-up look at WSFA’s mobile weather unit.MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLThe third-grade students at Goshen Elementary School kicked off their class-wide weather project Tuesday with a visit from Josh Johnson, meteorologist with WFSA’s Storm Team and an up-close look at StormTracker 12, WSFA’s mobile weather unit.The weather project will span the scope of the school year, and Johnson congratulated the students on being weather aware and weather prepared.Debbie Coley, third-grade teacher, said today’s elementary students are weather conscious kids. By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Goshen third graders ‘track’ the weather You Might Like Pet photo contest: Why not mules? Don Renfroe of the Shiloh community mulled over the rules for the Humane Society of Pike County’s Pet Photo Contest…. read more Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 8:31 pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationcenter_img Sponsored Content Johnson told the students that television brings the weather to life.“Television shows you what the weather looks like and what it feels like,” he said. “It also bring the science of meteorology to life.”Johnson said having a mobile weather unit capable of going out into a storm is a powerful tool for reporting and forecasting weather conditions.He explained that the camera mounted in a glass dome on the roof of the vehicle is used for tracking storms. “Years ago, children were not as aware of the weather and weather conditions as they are today,” Coley said. “They see weather reports on television and anytime there are severe weather conditions here or elsewhere, they know about them.”Weather awareness leads to weather preparedness. The goal of the weather project is for GES students to be weather aware and prepared.“During the school year, the third-graders will learn more about the weather and how it affects them,” Coley said. “Having a meteorologist visit the school was an opportunity for the students to learn more about the way technology is used to forecast weather conditions and predict threatening conditions.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “It’s not always sunny so, we’ve had a windshield wiper installed so we can have a clear picture even when it’s raining,” Johnson said.A spinning device on the roof of the van makes it possible to gauge wind speed.When the wind speed gets to a certain point, then it becomes dangerous that’s why that spinning device is so important, Johnson told the students.The vehicle also has a mobile weather lab with a big screen monitor in the back of the van. That lab makes it possible for the meteorologist in the field to have continuous access to the most current weather information.Coley said Johnson’s visit was a great ways to kick off the third grade weather program.“In a few weeks, the students will begin giving the daily weather forecast during the morning announcements,” Coley said. “We have a weather station set up in back of the school and the students will collect data from there and enter the information in the computer.”The weather information the GES third graders collect could be sent to NASA where it would be recorded and sent to different places around the United States. The weather project will provide many opportunities for the students to learn more about the weather and discover ways to share their knowledge. Latest Stories Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“At the time the police agreed to let it go ahead, there were fewer than 100 people signed up. Now there’s more than 1,200 and, unsurprisingly, the police aren’t too happy about it.”- A ’pie fight spokesman’ on having to postpone a record-breaking attempt for the world’s biggest custard pie fight, organised through social networking site Facebook and due to be held in Brighton last Saturday, due to fears innocent passers-by could be targeted with pies”They’ve kept the doors open at the back and the pigeons came in on the first morning and pooed on some of the stands.”- One of Caffè Culture’s exhibitors who, reasonably enough, didn’t expect pigeons to take over the place. And you thought that was foam in your latte…last_img read more

Rude health

first_imgLaunched on 1 April but apparently not an April Fool’s gag is the strictly for adults only website Rude Cakes. A spin-off from The Cake Store (, Rude Cakes is following the economy’s descent into the gutter by establishing an X-rated emporium.”Perhaps the recession is responsible for Brits getting saucy and ordering explicit cakes for laughs,” explains Tim Slatter, co-director of Rude Cakes with brother Kevin.Sales of rude cakes have apparently risen by 140% in the last six months. The site features all the cakes that customers have requested so far, as well as a new line of “poor-taste wedding cakes and divorce cakes that’ll really shock”. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!www.rudecakes.comlast_img read more