12 Jun

Two more journalists arrested, making eight in two weeks

first_img Kanak Mani Dixit, prominent editor of the Nepalese language magazine Himal Khabarpatrika, was arrested and questioned for several hours in Kathmandu. He criticised the royal coup mounted by King Gyanendra. Reporters Without Borders asked the authorities to put an end to arbitrary arrests and perverse summonses. March 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two more journalists arrested, making eight in two weeks Organisation News RSF_en NepalAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Nepal Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts May 29, 2019 Find out more Police on 8 March arrested Rishiram Pokhrel, editor of the local weekly Tanahu Aawaj, in Tanahu, western Nepal as he was covering a peaceful demonstration for a return to democracy. He is being held at the police station in Damauli.Photographer Ashish Sarraf, better known as Nikki, was arrested in Janakpur, central Nepal while taking pictures of demonstrations against King Gyanendra. He is being held at Dhanusha police station.Meanwhile, police in Kathmandu arrested Kamal Koirala, editor of the weekly Roadmap and a leader of the opposition communist party CPN-UML but his arrest did not appear to be linked to his work as editor.______________________________________________________________________________8.03.2005At least six journalists arrested in two weeksAt least six journalists have been arrested during the past two weeks, despite a claim from government spokesman Tanka Dhakal that there were “no government controls on the media”.Reporters Without Borders said it was incensed by the statement from the minister, whose only legitimacy stemmed from a coup. The authorities should put an end to arbitrary arrests and perverse summonses, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.It added that censorship has been stepped up with a ban on the press from using any sources of information about the security situation other than the security forces.Nepal is currently holding nine journalists in jail and at least six more have gone into hiding to escape arrest.Dhakal, government spokesman and information and communications minister, speaking in Nepalgunj, in the southwest, denied that the government had imposed any media controls. “The press is free to write whatever it wants apart from anything that encourages terrorism” he said.Three days later, Kanak Mani Dixit, prominent editor of the Nepalese language magazine Himal Khabarpatrika, was arrested and questioned for several hours in Kathmandu after plain clothes police officers arrested him at his home after his return from India where he had spoken at a press conference about Nepal’s political crisis.Dixit, who also directs the press group Himal Media, publishers of the weekly Nepali Times, criticised the royal coup mounted by King Gyanendra on 1st February 2005.Security forces on 3 March arrested Lavadev Dhungana, editor of the weekly Panchthar Times and correspondent for the daily Rajdhani in Panchthar district, far-eastern Nepal. He is apparently accused of publishing articles about pro-democracy demonstrations and a detention order was reportedly issued against him for disturbing the public order.Narayan Shah of the weekly Drishti in Rukum, was detained for three hours by the army on 26 February. The reporter is also a local official with the Federation of Nepalese journalists (FNJ). On 22 February, Arjun Prasad Shah, editor of the weekly Batabaran, and Monohar Pokhrel, who edits the weekly Jana Aakrosh, were arrested in Saptari district by the army. Both journalists are local FNJ officials.Elsewhere, Swagat Nepal, a reporter on the daily Nepal Samacharpatra, was held for more than 14 hours by soldiers in Kathmandu on 21 February. Surya Thapa (photo), editor of the opposition weekly Budhabar, was summoned and questioned on 4 and 7 March, by the head of the Kathmandu district administration, Baman Prasad Neupane, who demanded an explanation about an article headlined “Five parties united against authoritarianism”. If found guilty of publishing banned news, he could face up to one year in prison, under the press law. The same official on 3 March questioned Indra Rijal and Suneel Sharma, owner and editor of the weekly Rashtriya Janamanch, about an article on Nepalese police actions.Meanwhile Naryan Adhikari, correspondent for RSS, Kalifa FM and Communication Corner, and Basanta Parajuli, of Gorkhapatra and Synergy FM, were released on 1st March after being held for two weeks in Chitawan. NepalAsia – Pacific News June 8, 2020 Find out more Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News to go further Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

12 Jun

Well-known TV host’s death in Iraqi Kurdistan – murder or suicide?

first_img RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Violence The police version is contradicted by the eyewitness accounts gathered by an NRT reporter. Several other journalists, politicians and commentators also disputed the police version, sharing a video on social networks showing the car with bullet impacts. Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani has promised to conduct a “personal” investigation. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” “The Kurdistan Region’s government must find the time to conduct a thorough investigation to establish the real circumstances of what may have been a triple murder,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “If it proves to have been murder, it shows that media personnel are still in danger in Iraqi Kurdistan, even in a place that is supposed to be ‘relatively safe’ such as Sulaymaniyah, and that the practice of killing journalists in public hasn’t ended.” News Amanj Babany, a presenter for the Kurdish TV channel NRT, his wife, Lana Muhammad (herself a Kurdsat journalist), and their young son were all killed when gunmen opened fire on the car and then fled, witnesses reportedly said If confirmed, yesterday’s murders would not be isolated. Roj News journalist Wedat Hussein was found dead, bearing the marks of torture, shortly after been abducted in Dohuk in August 2016. Freelancer Sardasht Osman was found dead in Mosul two days after being abducted in Erbil in May 2010. Moreover, Lvin Magazine reporter Soran Mama Hama was gunned down outside his home in Kirkuk in July 2008 and founder of Rayal Magazine Kawa Germyani was gunned down in similar circumstances in Kalar in December 2013. No one has been convicted of any of these murders. News October 17, 2019 Well-known TV host’s death in Iraqi Kurdistan – murder or suicide? News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Violence February 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to do everything possible to clarify the circumstances of yesterday’s deaths of a well-known TV host, his wife and their baby son, in Sulaymaniyah. Reports say they were shot by gunmen but the police say it was a suicide. Follow the news on Iraq News But a few hours after they died, the Sulaymaniyah police reported their deaths as a suicide following an argument between Babany and his wife. Babany hosted a programme called “Without Borders” that tackled such sensitive subjects as marriages with minors, violence against women and other societal issues that are controversial in Kurdistan. Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

12 Jun

Stateless blogger facing deportation after being tricked by immigration authorities

first_img News December 23, 2020 Find out more News United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Related documents Stateless blogger facing deportation after being tricked by immigration authorities (In Arabic/بالعربية)PDF – 57.56 KB Help by sharing this information United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group June 8, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Arab Emirates May 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Stateless blogger facing deportation after being tricked by immigration authorities April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns the possibly imminent deportation of Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, a blogger and member of a group of five pro-democracy activists known as the “UAE 5,” following his arrest on 22 May after being summoned to the immigration department in the northeastern emirate of Ajman in connection with his statelessness.Khaleq is currently being held in Abu Dhabi’s Al-Wathba prison, but is due to be transferred to Al-Sadr prison (which is notorious for its mistreatment of detainees) and then to be deported to Comoros under a 2009 agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the Indian Ocean island nation.Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release and suspension of the deportation process.“By re-arresting Khaleq, the Emirati authorities have again shown the extremes to which they are ready to go to silence dissidents,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Their cynicism has repeatedly been demonstrated, above all in the comments by Col. Abdul Rahim bin Shafi of the interior ministry displaying complete contempt for public opinion and fundamental freedoms.”Khaleq and other members of his family who, like him, are stateless, were told on 21 May that they would be given Comorian passports under the 2009 agreement that would allow them to continue residing in the UAE as Comorian “economic” citizens (without political rights) as a first step toward being naturalized as Emirati citizens.To receive the Comorian passports, they had to surrender the documents showing they were stateless persons residing in the UAE. It was supposedly for this purpose that Khaleq was summoned to the immigration department on 22 May. But the authorities arrested him with the intention of deporting him, while giving his family the Comorian passports that will allow them to remain in the UAE.Khaleq and the four other members of the “UAE 5” were arrested in April 2011 after issuing a petition calling for democratic reforms, and were held until late November.The United Arab Emirates is listed as a country under surveillance in the “Enemies of the Internet” report that Reporters Without Borders issued in March. The UAE authorities recently stepped up their harassment of online dissidents. Organisation last_img read more

26 Sep

Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair now in its fourth year.

first_img Share 37 Views   no discussions Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair now in its fourth year. by: – July 29, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share In photo: Nature Island Literary Festival Children’s Workshop 2010. Photo credit: Nature Island Literary FestivalThe NATURE ISLAND LITERARY FESTIVAL AND BOOK FAIR which was launched in 2008 is now in its fourth year.  Scheduled to be held August 5-7, 2011 the Festival will be held on the grounds of the University of the West Indies Open Campus on Elmshall Road, Roseau.Over the past three years the Festival has been able to attract large crowds who listen to readings by leading local and regional writers including Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott of St. Lucia, Earl Lovelace from Trinidad and Tobago, Marie Elena John from Antigua, Cynthia Wilson and Esther Phillips from Barbados, Phillip Nanton from St. Vincent, Muhammed Muwakil from Trinidad and Tobago, Kwame Dawes, Colin Channer, Kei Miller and Esther Figueroa from Jamaica, Caribbean publisher Ian Randle, and noted film producer Rudy Langlais from Los Angeles.The accompanying Book Fair and workshops expose the public to a number of Caribbean works and writers and open the public to the wide range of possibilities for careers in literature.To make this another memorable event which will impact positively on our writers, publishers and community as a whole, a programme has been developed that includes notable writers from the region and diaspora.  Special invitees include Snoo Wilson and Trish Cooke from the UK, Lisa Paravasini-Gebert , Gino Morrow and Joanne Skerret from the US, Beverly East-Davenport from Jamaica, Ken Corsbie from Guyana, Keegan Maharaj from Trinidad and Tobago,  Kendel Hippolyte from St. Lucia and Paulette Jno.Baptiste from Guadeloupe.The Festival also includes a series of FREE workshops for children and adults.Over the past three years the children’s session has introduced hundreds of kids to the fascinating world of books and story-telling.  This year’s workshop for children will be held at the Dominica Grammar School on Saturday July 30, 2011 from 9am -1pm and will target children ages 3 – 15.  The workshop will include reading by award winning children’s writer Trish Cooke; Japanese Calligraphy; Origami; Books for exchange and for sale; Face Painting; Word Games and more.The adult workshops which have already begun, continue on August 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th – including such topics as Self Publishing; How to Write for Children; Travel Writing; Opening Doors to Early Literacy and Playwriting.For further information on those workshops persons can go to the Festivals website and register: www.dominicalitfest.com or www.facebook.com/NatureIslandLiteraryFestivalAs part of Emancipation Celebrations this year’s Literary Festival and Book Fair promises to be an event that should not to be missed.Press ReleaseNature Island Literary Festivallast_img read more

20 Sep

Gerrard calls for Sterling to sign

first_img Despite his current deal having two and a half seasons to run, Sterling has seen his contract situation at Anfield become a talking point. Sterling’s versatility in being able to operate as a striker has provided under-pressure boss Brendan Rodgers with a welcome boost, and Gerrard hopes to see the 20-year-old stick around for a lot longer. He told a number of national newspapers: “I hope he signs a new contract at the club because I think this club is perfect for him, certainly for the next few years. “He’s going to play most weeks, the fans love him here. He can progress here and become a top, top player here so I hope the people around him give him the right advice because he should stay here. “He’s great to watch, great to play with, he’s got that pace. When you look up he’s always giving you an option and that’s what I’ve thrived on throughout my career at Liverpool with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen. “There’s nothing better as a midfielder when you look up and see pace running in behind. I saw it on numerous occasions [against Bournemouth in midweek] and hopefully it will continue because it stretches teams and creates chances.” Sterling’s brace in a 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday was a real pressure reliever after a run of poor results. His finishing was also impressive, having squandered a number of clear-cut chances at Manchester United on Sunday. “You’ve got to be able to have that [versatility] in your locker if you want to be top drawer,” added Gerrard. “Raheem’s got potential to be top drawer for sure. He took a lot of stick after the weekend but I thought his all-round performance was magnificent, the only thing that was missing was a finish and that came [against Bournemouth]. “The exciting thing for all of us is that he’s English and going to be a top, top player. I think he can play anywhere along the front, he’s that intelligent. He’s got to keep learning, he’s got to keep wanting it.” Press Associationcenter_img Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told team-mate Raheem Sterling to commit his future to the club.last_img read more