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India urged to put press freedom at centre of democratic debate

first_imgNews Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 3 March, during the results from the elections in the state of Tripura, which were won by his party, the BJP (photo: Sajjad Hussain / AFP). Although Prime Minister Modi sang the praises of the Indian media and promised to continue “upholding the freedom of the press and expression in all forms” in November 2017, it is hard for foreign journalists to get visas that allow them to report in India.The procedures and requirements for obtaining the “journalist” visa that all journalists need, even to visit India as tourists, are extremely demanding. Last month, for example, an Australian journalist with ABC, Amruta Slee, was asked, after a long wait, to provide a list of potential interviewees and even to have someone “accompany” her.Paul Comiti, a 47-year-old French journalist and documentary filmmaker, was arrested in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, last December and was charged with violating visa regulations because he entered India on a business visa, which he requested as a producer, instead of a journalist visa.Foreign journalists whose reporting on India is regarded as “negative” or “hostile” are banned outright from entering the country.Hostile prime ministerPrime Minister Modi prefers Twitter to press conferences for making his views known. Since his election in 2014, the BJP leader has kept his distance from the Indian media and, unlike all his predecessors, has given no press conferences.He uses social networks – on which he is supported by an army of Internet users who harass and threaten critical journalists with complete impunity – and has given interviews to just a handful of pro-government media outlets.India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImpunityImprisonedFreedom of expression IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImpunityImprisonedFreedom of expression to go further Follow the news on India June 10, 2021 Find out more “The press freedom situation is worsening on many fronts in India, with unpunished murders of journalists, arbitrary detention, obstruction of reporters, and hostility from the authorities towards their critics,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“With a year to go to the next general elections, we urge the federal authorities to take concrete steps to end the growing harassment of news and information providers, which is encouraging self-censorship.”Four journalists killed with impunityIndia is one of the world’s deadliest countries for reporters, with at least ten murdered in connection with their work since the start of 2015, four of them in recent months. Acts of violence against journalists are on the rise but most of them go unpunished and the government is doing nothing to protect media personnel.The victims include Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor who was well known for her criticism of Hindu nationalism and its leading exponent, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A gunman shot her three times outside her home on 5 September 2017. The arrest of a suspect on 2 March has confirmed the link between her murder and the Hindu far-right movement.Two journalists, Shantanu Bhowmick and Sudip Datta Bhaumik, were killed a few months apart in the state of Tripura, while Navin Gupta was gunned down in northern India in December without investigators being able to establish the motive for his murder. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said nothing about this surge in violence against journalists although he is very active on Twitter and has been much criticized for being a subscriber to the account of a nationalist who welcomed Lankesh’s murder.Kashmir turning into a news black holeKamran Yousuf, a 23-year-old Kashmiri photojournalist, has been detained arbitrarily by the Indian authorities for the past six months. Charged with sedition, criminal conspiracy and attempting to wage war against India, this young reporter is facing the possibility of life imprisonment for trying to cover the conflict in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.The persecution of Yousuf by the authorities – who say he is not a “real journalist” because he never covered “developmental activity” or the “inauguration of [a] hospital or school building” – clearly shows that they want to use him as an example to deter other Kashmiri reporters from covering the conflict.The Indian authorities do their best to impose silence on the situation in the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir by frequently disconnecting the Internet, banning foreign journalists and harassing Kashmiri reporters.Foreign reporters not welcome in India March 8, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 India urged to put press freedom at centre of democratic debate Organisation India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en After the latest election victory by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, this time in the small northeastern state of Tripura, where two journalists were killed in the space of two months last autumn, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) voices concern about press freedom in India and urges the prime minister to protect journalists and their work instead of disparaging them. News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Yahya Jammeh orders hounding of journalists

first_img Help by sharing this information Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Follow the news on Gambia News News Organisation GambiaAfrica News June 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Yahya Jammeh orders hounding of journalists August 6, 2020 Find out more Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murdercenter_img Receive email alerts July 23, 2019 Find out more Abdullamid Adiamoh, the managing editor of the independent daily Today, was sentenced yesterday by a Banjul court to a fine of 50,000 dalasis (1,360 euros), or six months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.16.06.09 – Reporters Without Borders today voiced its disgust at the arrest yesterday of five members of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) and two journalists at the end of a week in which President Yahya Jammeh made several threats against the media. Two other journalists were arrested on 10 June.“The Gambian press lives in a permanent climate of fear, but rarely has the hounding of journalists by the head of state and his government reached such levels before”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The bigotry of Yahya Jammeh towards the media and independant journalists is unparalleled in West Africa. We affirm our unconditional support to the Gambia Press Union and call for the immediate release of all the arrested journalists. We also urge the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the Commonwealth, of which Gambia is a member to put pressure on the government to show more respect for press freedom and fundamental rights,” said the organisation.Gambian police yesterday raided the premises of the GPU and arrested five of its members: vice president Sarata Jabbi-Dibba, its secretary general Emil Touray, its treasurer Pa Modou Fall, and Pap Saine and Ebrima Sawaneh, respectively publisher and editor of the independent daily The Point.Later in the day, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) agents dressed in plain clothes and circulating in a vehicle with the registration BJL 7176F, made two further arrests. They picked up the editor of the opposition newspaper Foroyaa, Sam Sarr and Abubakar Saidykhan, a reporter on Foroyaa, who was arrested when he tried to raise the alarm about the arrest of his colleague.The wave of arrests follows the release on 12 June of a statement from the GPU calling on the president to accept his government’s responsibility in the 2004 murder of the country’s best known and respected journalist Deyda Hydara. The president gave an interview on public GRTS television on 8 June in which he denied any state involvement in the killing.Deyda Hydara, editor and co-founder of The Point, who was also correspondent in Gambia for Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reporters Without Borders, was shot dead on 16 December 2004 while driving his car in an outlying suburb of the capital Banjul. Two investigations carried out by Reporters Without Borders pinpointed serious suspicion of the responsibility of the Gambian security services, particularly a semi-secret group of the president’s supporters, known as the “Green Boys”. At the time of his death Hydara had become identified with outspokenness and barbed criticism of the government.In another case, police arrested two journalists on 10 June and questioned them for “publishing false news”. They were the managing editor of the independent daily Today, Abdullamid Adiamoh, of Nigerian origin, who had a previous brush with the authorities in August 2008, and Edward Carayol, the paper’s editor. The journalists were to go on trial today for publishing an article saying that justice minister, Marie Saine Firdaus, and local affairs minister, Ismalia Sambou had been sacked. The reports turned out to be untrue and the newspaper immediately apologised and withdrew the article.The Gambian government issued a denial at the start of June that Musa Saidykhan, editor of the bi-monthly The Independent in Banjul, had been tortured by the NIA following his arrest in March 2006 and illegal detention on NIA premises for 22 days without charge. The ECOWAS community court of justice is currently investigating the case.Finally, on 22 May 2009, President Jammeh threatened immediate legal action against any media which carried remarks made by the Iman of Kanifing, Baba Leigh, a fierce opponent of the regime. “In my capacity as minister in charge of religious affairs, I will not allow such scholars to mislead people”, said the head of State.Yahya Jammeh has for several years been on Reporters Without Borders’ list of ‘Press Freedom Predators’. Gambia is ranked 137th out of 173 countries on the organisation’s worldwide press freedom index.For more information on:- President Yahya Jammeh- “Chief” Ebrima Manneh, journalist on the privately owned The Daily Observer, who disappeared after being arrested on 7 July 2006 – The state of press freedom in Gambia GambiaAfrica Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia January 27, 2020 Find out more to go further News RSF_en last_img read more

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MacGill Summer School announce details of this years event

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The annual MacGill Summer School has announced its theme for this years event.The renowned event which takes place in Glenties every year will begin on Sunday July 19th until Friday July 24th this year.The theme for MacGill Summer School this year will be ‘ 2016 – Ireland at the Crossroads’.The event, now in its 35th year, will see many high-profile figures descend on the village of Glenties to debate and discuss various topics.Director Joe Mulholland has confirmed US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley will open the event this summer.Among the topics on the agenda this year will be the upcoming General Election, the crisis in the Eurozone and prospects for reform of governance in Ireland.Climate change and the promised referendum in the United Kingdom on its future place in the European Union will also feature on the agenda. WhatsApp By admin – April 11, 2015 Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleElderly man victim of attempted car-jacking in BuncrannaNext articleThree people arrested in Derry following anti-social behaviour crackdown admin Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry MacGill Summer School announce details of this years event Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

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45 jobs to go at HML in Derry

first_imgNews Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Forty-five jobs are set to go at a financial services company in Derry.HML has said it is to reduce its workforce by 80 across the UK, with 45 redundancies earmarked for Derry.The company said it had started a 30-day consultation period with its employees and no redundancies would come before 15 August.HML, a mortgage outsourcing company, opened its Derry office in 2004 and employs about 470 people there.It has blamed changed market conditions for the redundancies.Foyle MP Mark Durkan said the news would come as a huge blow.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/durk1pm.mp3[/podcast] 45 jobs to go at HML in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp By News Highland – July 16, 2010 center_img WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDerry chosen as UK City of Culture 2013Next articleV.O.P Donegal predicts government will not cut pension News Highland Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

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Homeowners urged to secure homes following creeper burglaries in Derry

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter People in Donegal are being warned of a ‘travelling crime gang’ operating in Derry with homeowners urged to ensure their homes are secure as Winter approaches.It follows a spate of creeper style burglaries in the Woodbrook, Woodbrook West and Pinetrees area of Derry last week.Local Councillor Sandra Duffy says people should remain vigilant at all times:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/duffy5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleMichael McGeady defends Cairndhu Pro-Am title to stretch Order of Merit leadNext articleNew car registrations in Donegal down 11% News Highland Homeowners urged to secure homes following creeper burglaries in Derry Google+ By News Highland – September 3, 2018 Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

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Distribution, growth, diet and foraging behaviour of the yellow-fin notothen Patagonotothen guntheri (Norman)on the Shag Rocks shelf (Southern Ocean)

first_imgThe distribution, total length (L-T) frequency and diet of Patagonotothen guntheri are described from 14 bottom trawl surveys conducted on the Shag Rocks and South Georgia shelves in the austral summers from 1986 to 2006. Patagonotothen guntheri (80-265 mm L-T) were caught on the Shag Rocks shelf from depths of 111 to 470 m, but no specimens were caught on the South Georgia shelf. Multiple cohorts were present during each survey and L-T-frequency analysis of these cohorts suggests that growth was slow (von Bertalanffy K = 0.133). Evidence from stomach contents and acoustic data (2005 and 2006) showed that P. guntheri is primarily a pelagic feeder, migrating from the sea floor towards the surface to feed during daylight. The diet of smaller fish (< 140 mm) was dominated by copepods, predominantly Rhincalanus gigas, whilst larger fish principally consumed the pelagic hyperiid amphipod, Themisto gaudichaudii and Antarctic krill Euphausia superba. Some larger fish also took benthic prey. (C) 2008 The Authors Journal compilation (C) 2008 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.last_img read more

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Early glacial maximum and deglaciation at sub-Antarctic Marion Island from cosmogenic 36Cl exposure dating

first_imgSouthern Hemisphere glacial chronologies can provide valuable insights into interactions between glaciation and past climate changes, but are not well constrained on most sub-Antarctic islands. We present the first cosmogenic 36Cl exposure ages of deglaciated bedrock surfaces and moraine deposits from sub-Antarctic Marion Island in the southern Indian Ocean. Results show that the ice reached a local Last Glacial Maximum before 34 ka and retreated, with no re-advances, but possibly minor stand stills, until ∼17 ka. This early deglaciation left island surfaces below 850 m a.s.l. ice-free after ∼19 ka, and any subsequent advances during the Antarctic Cold Reversal or Holocene cooling periods would have been restricted to the interior. This glacial chronology is similar to that of some other sub-Antarctic Islands (e.g. the Kerguelen archipelago, Auckland and Campbell islands, and possibly South Georgia) and a number of other Southern Hemisphere glaciers (e.g. in Patagonia and New Zealand) and adds to evidence that suggest the Southern Hemisphere was in a glacial maxima earlier than the global LGM. We suggest a combination of declining temperatures, a northward migration of oceanic fronts and the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds (causing precipitation changes), as well as the physiography of Marion Island, created optimal conditions for glacier growth during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3 instead of MIS 2. Our findings redefine the glacial history of Marion Island, and have implications for future investigations on post-glacial landscape development and ecological succession.last_img read more

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Opportunistic fungi found in fairy rings are present on different moss species in the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgWe surveyed the distribution and diversity of fungi present in moss fairy rings from the South Shetland Islands. In the different islands accessed, the mosses Bartramia patens, Brachythecium austrosalebrosum, Bryum pseudotriquetrum, Pohlia nutans, Polytrichastrum alpinum, Sanionia uncinata, Syntrichia magellanica, and Syntrichia saxicola were infected with fairy rings. Among them, B. patens, B. pseudotriquetrum, P. nutans, P. alpinum, S. magellanica, and S. saxicola were reported for the first time as species susceptible to infection with fairy rings. From five different fairy ring moss species sampled, we isolated 40 fungal taxa identified as belonging to the genera Alpinaria, Cadophora, Cladosporium, Chalara, Cosmospora, Drechmera, Glarea, Gyoerffyella, Hymenoscyphus, Juncaceicola, Melanodiplodia, Mortierella, Mycosysmbioses, Pseudogymnoascus, Phoma, and Velucrispora. A high level of fungal richness was associated with the infected mosses, and Mortierella was the dominant genus. However, most of the fungi were present as minor components of the fungal assemblages. Among the mosses studied, S. uncinata harboured the greatest fungal diversity. Some fungal taxa present have previously been reported as opportunistic plant pathogens, including Cladosporium sp. and Phoma herbarum. We hypothesize that some of the fungi recovered from fairy ring mosses might represent secondary opportunistic pathogens and contribute to the reduced natural defences of the infected mosses, thus accelerating the dissemination of the pathogenic fairy rings in the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition, the presence of fairy rings on previously unreported moss species suggests that the disease may be becoming more widespread in Antarctica.last_img read more

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Jazz Done With Summer League

first_img Tags: Charlotte Hornets/Las Vegas Summer League/NBA/Utah Jazz Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Utah Jazz are all done at Summer League in Las Vegas.They played their final game on Saturday, a 84-74 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.Next up this summer is the FIBA World Cup, which tips off in China on August 31st. Donovan Mitchell is expected to play for Team USA, while Joe Ingles will suit up for Australia. Written by July 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jazz Done With Summer Leaguelast_img read more