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Attacks on journalists and media in Iraq and Yemen, two bloggers freed in Saudi Arabia

first_img Follow the news on Saudi Arabia to go further RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News RSF_en Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img News June 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attacks on journalists and media in Iraq and Yemen, two bloggers freed in Saudi Arabia March 9, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation IRAQReporters Without Borders condemns the recent attacks on journalists by the Iraqi security forces. The authorities are resorting to every kind of method to censor the news, including physical attacks, lawsuits and raids on news media offices.Reporters and cameramen from local and international satellite TV stations were beaten and detained by the security forces while covering a demonstration in central Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on 25 May. Biladi TV reporter Omar Abdul Al-Razak and cameraman Hassan Ghazi, Russia Al-Youm cameraman Hussein Ali Hussein and Ain news agency photographer Akeel Mohamed were repeatedly hit, their cameras were smashed, their mobile phones were seized and they were forced to leave the area.A unit of interior ministry special troops stormed the headquarters of local radio station Sawt Al-Nahda Al-Democratiya on 22 May after it broadcast a programme about the housing crisis and other difficulties being experienced by the population. Founded in April, the station had just filed an application for a licence. Its recording and transmitting equipment was seized.Many journalists were physically attacked and briefly detained on 8 May in Ramadi, 100 km west of the capital, while covering a demonstration to demand the departure of US troops. They included Al-Rashid TV reporters and cameramen, Ifaq Al-Qadaya correspondent Saad Al ‘Ani and Al-Itijah correspondent Azhar Shalal. As well as being prevented from covering the protest, their equipment was damaged.Lawsuits are also being used to obstruct the work of the media. In addition to the legal action against Hashem Hassen, in which the first hearing has been postponed until tomorrow (http://en.rsf.org/iraq-star-journalist-sued-by-head-of-21-05-2011,40332….), a complaint has been brought against the daily Al-Mada by Chamber of Representatives speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi. He is demanding a formal apology and 150 million dinars (90,000 euros) in damages from editor Fakhri Karim and reporters Daoud Al-Ali and Ali Hussein for articles criticising the maintenance of quotas in the selection of parliamentarians, bargaining over posts and the shortcomings of a law cutting parliamentarians’ pay.Reporters Without Borders has learned of the release of two Iraqi journalists. One is Watheq Abbas, a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party and editor of the newspaper Dar Al-Islam, who was released on 16 May, six days after being arrested during a raid by security forces on his home in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Ghazaliyya. His was one of a series of arrests carried out jointly with the US army after a bomb explosion in Ghazaliyya.The other is Ali Ibrahim Khalil, a sports presenter on Diyala TV, who was released on 15 May, 10 days being arrested in Baqouba (70 km west of Baghdad) while on his way from home to work.While hailing these releases, Reporters Without Borders points out that Hussein Zaboon Muhsin Muhamadawwi, the editor of the Shiite newspaper Iraquna, has been held ever since his arrest at his east Baghdad office on 8 May by 18 armed men. They did not say why he was being arrested and it is still not known where he is being held. Reporters Without Borders demands his immediate release.YEMEN Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the attacks on journalists and news media offices that have been taken place. Security forces fired on the headquarters of Suhail TV on 25 May, apparently because of its news coverage. The headquarters of the Al-Sahwa Net news website and the Saba news agency were attacked the day before.Suhail TV cameraman Kamel Mahfadi was kidnapped on 25 May while covering clashes between security forces and supporters of Sheikh Sadeq Al, the leader of the Hashid tribe, which is fighting for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s overthrow.Mohamed Marsh, the head of Al-Saida Al-Mustaqila TV, was kidnapped on 23 May and taken to an unknown location before being released a few hours later.SAUDI ARABIAReporters Without Borders hails the release of Moustafa Badr Al-Moubarak and Hossein Kathem Al-Hashem, two bloggers who had been held in a police station the city of Safwa since late April. It urges the authorities to follow suit by releasing Nazir Al-Majid, a writer who was arrested in the eastern city of Khobar on 17 April (http://en.rsf.org/saudi-arabia-from-tripoli-to-manama-no-let-up-02-05-20…). 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Traders vent anger at city’s decline

first_imgFacebook Print AMID threats to withdraw payment of rates and make city council bankrupt, traders did not mince their words of condemnation when they demanded immediate action from City Hall in order to save what remains of Limerick’s city centre’s retail business.They pointed to, and requested:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up * Poor garda presence on the streets* expensive parking* dirty streets* magnificent wide paths but no footfall* beggars and heroin addicts causing intimidation* incentive for shoppers to “come into town”* first hour of on-street parking free* paint the frontages of the premises in the Opera Centre or demolish it entirely* more ground floor parkingSpeaking at a meeting with Mayor Kevin Kiely and Fine Gael councillors, they said that compared to Dublin, Cork and Galway, Limerick city is not on the map.Chief executive of Limerick Chamber, Maria Kelly, was acutely critical of the lack of co-operation and goodwill between the Limerick City and County Councils.“There is no messing in Cork’s city centre because there are gardai all over, and in terms of image, Limerick’s is the worst in the country. We have no visitors at the weekends unless there’s a big match – we need to make this a destination city. In Cork, everyone is involved – we need to do the same as what we have now is a crisis situation – people held at knifepoint in their premises is terrible”. Over 100 traders told the FG councillors that they are now literally on their knees. The mayor, on behalf of the nine FG councillors had invited them to voice their concerns which they, as the “pro business party” on the council, would take to the city manager.“We are pro-business and have to decide how best to promote you the traders and stabilise jobs,” Cllr Ger Fahy told one trader, who wanted to know what City Hall is going to do to maintain business in Cruises Street, William Street and throughout the city.Calls were made for free parking days from 11am. It was said that landlords need to be penalised for leaving their premises to run down, “when as it is, we are being served fines for €300 for putting out signage to promote our businesses”.Ger Clancy of Clancy Electrical, said his family had been trading on O’Connell since 1936. They moved to the Parkway Roundabout last autumn, asserting that they had no option as City Hall had ignored their calls for essential parking.“I now have a pup’s chance of letting this main street premises in this ghost town. We must bring in a cardboard clock system of parking which would give people a chance to set the clock for one hour free parking – this would bring people in to do three or four messages at a time”.There was enthusiastic support for another trader’s call to demolish the empty premises in the Opera Centre area.“The few businesses that are still there are isolated and vulnerable, it’s not safe to walk there and in the summer months there is a revolting smell coming from some of these buildings”,The general manager of Brown Thomas said it is essential that a major anchor sets up in the city. The meeting heard from a female retailer how she has been held at knifepoint in her shop on three occasions. Twitter WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Email NewsLocal NewsTraders vent anger at city’s declineBy admin – February 18, 2010 604 Previous articleMinimum 12 hour wait for 46% of A&E patientsNext articleWorrying ‘remedy’ to drugs debt adminlast_img read more

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Twisters Baseball Team Gets Victory Over Cougars

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters got a 7-6 win against The Trinity Lutheran Cougars in Varsity Baseball action to improve to 3-9 on the season.OA Batting:  Nick Bischoff 0-4, 3 runs, reached by error twice; Sam Gast 2-2, 2 runs, 2 bb, double, rbi; Tanner Alley 1-3, bb; Aaron Huber 1-4, run; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3, 2 rbi, sac fly; Dalton Mooney 1-4; Zach Pottschmidt 1-3; and Bryce Ahaus 0-3, sb.OA Pitching.  Tyler Hesselbrock 7 IP, 6 runs, 2 earned, 6 hits, 1 bb, 7 k.   Win.“Tyler pitched an absolute gem tonight!”  OA Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.OA’s next game will be Thursday, May 5th,  at Milan.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

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Champions League: Lewandowski sets up Bayern, Barca clash

first_imgRobert Lewandowski bagged his Champions League-leading 12th and 13th goals this season as Bayern Munich set up a quarter-final clash with Barcelona after a 4-1 home win over Chelsea in Saturday’s last 16 second leg.Leading 3-0 from the first leg at Stamford Bridge in February before the coronavirus pandemic halted the competition, treble-chasing Bayern underlined their dominance to progress 7-1 on aggregate. The Bundesliga and German Cup champions will meet Barcelona next Friday in Lisbon for a place in the semi-finals.Lewandowski netted a penalty with just 10 minutes gone at the Allianz Arena.Winger Ivan Perisic then doubled Bayern’s lead before England striker Tammy Abraham tapped home a loose ball to give Chelsea brief hope.However, replacement midfielder Corentin Tolisso put the result beyond doubt when he fired home a Lewandowski pass with 14 minutes to go.This was a world-class display from Lewandowski who played a hand in all four goals, adding a late header to his pair of assists. After a ruthless display in the first leg, Bayern picked up where they left off six months ago.They took the lead when Serge Gnabry, who scored twice in London, spotted the run into the box of Lewandowski, who was tripped by Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero.The Poland striker was initially flagged offside, but VAR ruled otherwise.Caballero was booked and Lewandowski converted the resulting penalty for his 12th goal in seven Champions League games.He turned provider on 24 minutes as Bayern kept up the pressure. After Mateo Kovacic lost possession near the halfway line, the ball was worked to Lewandowski who squared for Perisic to fire home.Former Bayern target Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was linked with a move to Munich at the start of the season, beat Manuel Neuer on 28 minutes only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR for an offside.However, Chelsea pulled a goal back just before half-time.Bayern goalkeeper Neuer could only parry a shot by Hudson-Odoi and Abraham tapped home the loose ball on 44 minutes to make it 2-1 at the break.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Mason Mount forced Neuer into a low save early in the second half, while Bayern lost defender Jerome Boateng to a leg injury with an hour gone.He was replaced by Niklas Suele as Perisic made way for Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho.Bayern coach Hansi Flick also changed both defensive midfielders, Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich, for the final 20 minutes.It paid off two-fold as moments later Tolisso, on for Alcantara, made it 3-1 when he turned home Lewandowski’s pass on 76 minutes.Alvaro Odriozola, on for Kimmich, then supplied the silky cross on 84 minutes which Lewandowski headed home for his 53rd goal in 44 games this season.Tags: Bayern MunichChampions LeagueChelseaFC BarcelonaRobert Lewandowskilast_img read more