Report of fact-finding mission : Press freedom in free-fall in run-up to presidential election

first_img Receive email alerts March 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report of fact-finding mission : Press freedom in free-fall in run-up to presidential election AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Reports Reporters Without Borders is also posting the text of its exclusive January interview with Perwiz Kambakhsh :Perwiz Kambakhsh, RSFenvoyé par rsf_internet June 2, 2021 Find out more Respect for press freedom has fallen sharply in recent weeks in Afghanistan. The murder of Jawed Ahmad, a stringer for various Canadian news media, in Kandahar, the newspaper Payman’s closure as a result of pressure from conservatives and the government, and the supreme court’s confirmation of Perwiz Kambakhsh’s 20-year jail sentence are all evidence that press freedom is in serious crisis. Media diversity is a reality that can be attributed to the policies of President Karzai and the international community, but at the same time there has been a constant increase in violence against the press and there is little evidence of a government commitment to combating it. The Taliban are to blame for much of this violence, but the security forces, local authorities and international military forces are all also guilty of seriously obstructing the work of journalists. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Reporters Without Borders recommends measures that would help to improve the situation of journalists working in Afghanistan. The report covers the crucial issues of journalists’ safety, the fate of women journalists, the media law that has not been implemented, the news “black holes” in the regions where the Taliban have the upper hand and finally manipulation of information about the war’s civilian casualties and the disputes that arise from this. As the international community debates the strategy to adopt in Afghanistan, Reporters Without Borders urges the Afghan authorities and all the parties to the conflict to make respect for press freedom a priority. Reporters Without Borders today released the report of a fact-finding visit to Afghanistan in January. Entitled “We have free speech, but we’re not safe and we don’t act responsibly,” it evaluates the gains for press freedom from Hamid Karzai’s seven years as president. Reporters Without Borders today released the report of a fact-finding visit to Afghanistan in January. Entitled “We have free speech, but we’re not safe and we don’t act responsibly,” it evaluates the gains for press freedom from Hamid Karzai’s seven years as president. Related documents Afghanistan’s ReportPDF – 900.88 KB March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders fears that the pressure on the media could increase in the run-up to the presidential election that is to take place in August. May 3, 2021 Find out more Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News Organisation RSF_en News How can the government and international community hope to combat the corruption and drug trafficking that are poisoning the entire state if there is no free press capable of exposing all the faults and failings of misgovernance? How can you combat Taliban propaganda if the government is unable to defend free speech? News Follow the news on Afghanistan to go further In the course of its fact-finding visit to Afghanistan, Reporters Without Borders met the justice minister, the culture and information minister, the head of the president’s press office, a member of the Council of Ulemas, civil society representatives, foreign correspondents, members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and diplomats, as well as many local journalists and representatives of media and journalists’ organisations from Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat.last_img read more

Tougher legislation on anti-social activity

first_img Previous articleDiscover Limerick Website Is LaunchedNext articleDingle is the foodie Mecca for opening weekend in October admin CURRENTLY nearing completion is a new antisocial behaviour strategy that Limerick City Council is preparing to adopt in the near future.Members of the city council’s Housing Committee have been notified by City Hall’s director of services, Kieran Lehane, that a draft strategy will shortly be available.  “It is my intention to consult with the groups who make submissions, in particular, the Limerick Regeneration Agency, as well as our legal advisors in the next two to three weeks,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “When this consultation process has been completed, I will hold a special meeting of the Social Policy and Housing Committee to discuss the strategy and to make a recommendation for its adoption to the council’.Referring to the recent establishment of a free phone Anti Social Behaviour Complaint Line – 1800 283 064, Mr Lehane said that since it was launched in May, a total of 115 complaints had been received to mid August.“These complaints have all been investigated and have been resolved or are being resolved, in so far as the legislation available to the council allows”.The city council is required to adopt an Anti Social Behaviour Strategy by November 30. Twitter Linkedin Advertisement Emailcenter_img Facebook NewsLocal NewsTougher legislation on anti-social activityBy admin – September 14, 2010 626 Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Arsenal want £40m for Barcelona and PSG target Matteo Guendouzi

first_img Comment Arsenal want £40m for Barcelona and PSG target Matteo Guendouzi Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 9 Aug 2020 11:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Advertisement Guendouzi is out of favour at the club (Picture: Getty)Despite failing to tie down a first team spot with the Gunners, Guendouzi has attracted interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Football.London claim that Guendouzi is now attracting interest from PSG and the French club are now considering a move for the 21-year-old. Despite the interest in Guendouzi, a stumbling block may by the Gunners’ valuation of the Frenchman.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal reportedly want £40m for Guendouzi, which is significantly more than the £5m they paid Lorient for him in 2018.The Gunners offered £22m and Guendouzi in a bid for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey last month but the Spanish side rejected the offer.Given Partey has a £45m release clause in his contract, that offer would value Guendouzi at around £23m but reports suggest that Arsenal would want a bigger upfront fee to sell him outright.MORE: Diogo Dalot returns to Manchester United’s Europa League squad after missing LASK victory Matteo Guendouzi is surplus to requirements at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hope to raise as much as £40million through the sale of midfielder Matteo Guendouzi this summer.The Frenchman is deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates after a falling out with manager Mikel Arteta.The midfielder hasn’t featured for the club since a 2-1 defeat to Brighton in July, in which he grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat and reportedly mocked the salaries of Brighton players.Guendouzi was subsequently banned from first team training and Arteta is happy to offload the midfielder, despite being an admirer of his. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rashford can be as good as Kane, says Man Utd boss Solskjaer

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford has the potential to be as good a centre-forward as England teammate Harry Kane as the pair prepare to face off in the Premier League this weekend.Rashford is expected to line up as the spearhead of United’s attack when they face Kane’s Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday with both the team and striker on a hot run of form under the interim manager.Rashford looks reborn under interim coach Solskjaer, scoring three times in the centre-forward position as United have rattled off four straight league wins since the Norwegian took over from the sacked Mourinho in December to close in on the Champions League places.“He can become a top, top striker,” said Solskjaer. “We can talk about Harry Kane and his class and I’m sure Marcus as well. He’s got the potential to get up there.“He’s got frightening pace, he’s now become stronger and can hold the ball up for us. He’s a great link player.”Kane, 25, has set the goalscoring standards in English football over the past three years — he was the league’s top scorer in 2015/16 and 2016/17 before finishing runner-up to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah last season.He won the Golden Boot at last year’s World Cup and this season is joint-top scorer alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 14 goals.Rashford, 21, scored four goals in his first two senior matches for United after being been given his debut by then-manager Louis van Gaal in February 2016, and established himself as a regular squad member at Old Trafford.However, he was regularly restricted to substitute appearances after Jose Mourinho replaced Van Gaal as manager later that year, and was often asked to play in a left-sided role, with Romelu Lukaku as the central attacker.– ‘Top striker’ – Since returning to United, where he played as a striker between 1996 and 2007, Solskjaer has spoken repeatedly of the need to return to the attractive, attacking football that they played for much of Alex Ferguson’s reign.A central part of Ferguson’s philosophy was the development of players from the club’s academy, which Rashford joined at the age of seven.United have a proud history of producing their own talent, having included at least one youth-team graduate in every first-team matchday squad since October 1937.Solskjaer sees Rashford’s academy background as valuable, suggesting the forward has learned from a young age about the attacking style traditionally associated with United.“Marcus has been brought up here,” he said. “There were a couple of training sessions here (I watched) with the young kids, and Chongy (Tahith Chong) and Angel (Gomes) and him and Jesse, they played together in a certain way. He’s a very exciting player to work with.”Solskjaer, loaned to United by Norwegian club Molde for the rest of this season, reiterated that there have been no discussions with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over the permanent job despite his desire to take the hot seat.“No, we’ve not had that conversation,” said Solskjaer. “You don’t plan five or six months ahead and then suddenly change that after two weeks. No, nothing’s changed. We just keep working every single day on improving the team here.“I work with a fantastic coaching staff, I have to say. We’ll put a plan together on how we want to look the next few months.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Leafs have all the shots but Posse get the goals in 4-2 victory over Nelson

first_imgIt’s four losses and counting for the Nelson Leafs.Princeton Posse scored twice in the opening four minutes to double the Nelson Leafs 4-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday in Samilkameen Country.The loss is the first of a three-game road swing through the Okanagan Conference.Nelson, failing to take advantage of a loss by Murdoch-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks to Creston Friday, has not won since October 22 when the Leafs defeated the Columbia Valley Rockies.Jaden Janzen and Alex Demchuk gave the home side the early lead after beating Andrew Walton in the Leaf nets.Carsen Willans, with his fourth of the season, cut the margin to 2-1 before the period ended as the Leafs pounded Princeton goalie Phoenix Logan-Hill with 14 shots.Nelson, tossing everything but the kitchen sink at the Posse, continued its assault on the Princeton goal with 12 more shots in the second, but was denied by Logan-Hill.In the third the teams combined for three goals in a span of 49 seconds, but it was the Posse scoring two of the markers to pull out the victory.Eric Kubis and Kurtis Bond completed the scoring for Princeton while affiliate player Colton Dawson, with his first ever Junior Hockey goal, replied for the Leafs.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Posse 39-22.The Leafs continued the road trip Saturday in Kelowna against the Chiefs.BLUELINES: The Leafs record falls to 12-7-0-1. . . .The Posse officially ended the scoring streak of Nelson sniper Patrick Martens at 14 games. During the streak Martens, falling to fifth in KIJHL scoring race, scored 18 times while adding 14 helper for 32 points. . . .Nelson’s high-powered offence has hit a low during the losing streak. In five previous games before the streak, all wins, the Leafs averaged five goals per game. During the recent four losses that goal output has dropped to three per game, with three of the games Nelson only managing two goals. . . .The Leafs had defenceman Walker Sidoni and forward Matti Jmaeff back in the lineup. Jmaeff has struggled of late and not scored in four [email protected]last_img read more

Spain draw 1-1 with Italy in Euro 2016 warm-up

first_imgFOOTBALL: UDINE, Italy (AP): Two-time defending champions Spain began their preparations for this summer’s European Championship with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly yesterday. Substitute Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy in front in the 68th minute, sliding in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini’s cross. It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minutes. Italy’s lead lasted just two minutes before Aritz Aduriz levelled with his first international goal, tapping in the rebound after Gianluigi Buffon parried a header by Alvaro Morata — who appeared to be offside. Italy were the more dangerous side and Spain — who beat the Azzurri 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final to successfully defend their title — did not have a shot on goal in the first half. Spain goalkeeper David de Gea pulled off several saves, including two to deny Insigne, who was a real threat after coming on for Eder in the 51st minute. Buffon was rarely challenged. There was a minute’s silence before the match to honour the victims of the Brussels attacks as well as the 13 exchange students — seven of them Italian — killed in a bus crash in Spain. Wales also drew 1-1 against Northern Ireland, thanks to a last-minute penalty from Simon Church, while the Czech Republic began their preparations with a 1-0 home defeat to Scotland. Iceland also lost to a team which failed to qualify for the tournament as two goals in four minutes from Nicolai Jorgensen helped Denmark win 2-1. Cenk Tosun scored twice to help Turkey to a 2-1 victory over Sweden, which rested Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Ukraine beat Cyprus 1-0. Elsewhere, Malta’s match against Moldova and Estonia’s against Norway ended goalless. Greece beat Montenegro 2-1.last_img read more

Things to know: why Brent Burns might be losing his grip on the Norris Trophy

first_imgSAN JOSE — Like his team, Brent Burns is catching a glimpse of just how quickly the picture can change in the NHL.After the Sharks earned a sixth consecutive win against the Winnipeg Jets on March 12, they looked like the undisputed team to beat in the Western Conference and Burns appeared to be the clear frontrunner in the race for the Norris Trophy. Now, after six straight losses, the Sharks are standing on shaky ground heading toward the playoffs and Burns’ grip on the Norris is starting to …last_img

Spiders Play Silk Harps

first_imgSpider webs are so finely-tuned, they are like musical instruments that the creatures can strum or listen to.Here’s an article showing how science can be reported without Darwinese. In “Tuning the instrument: Spider webs as vibration transmission structures,” PhysOrg reports work on spider webs by scientists from Madrid and Oxford. The emphasis is on the fine-tuning of spider webs for sensing vibrations as a source of information to the spider. The article treats a spider web as a virtual musical instrument:Two years ago, a research team led by the University of Oxford revealed that, when plucked like a guitar string, spider silk transmits vibrations across a wide range of frequencies, carrying information about prey, mates and even the structural integrity of a web.Now, a new collaboration between Oxford and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has confirmed that spider webs are superbly tuned instruments for vibration transmission – and that the type of information being sent can be controlled by adjusting factors such as web tension and stiffness….Spiders carefully engineer their webs out of a range of silks to control web architecture, tension and stiffness, analogous to constructing and tuning a musical instrument.The scientists used lasers to measure the frequency responses of webs, even detecting ultra-fine vibrations. Then, they used computer models to relate the vibrations to the web material. The short PhysOrg article mentions “tuning” five times, once saying “superbly tuned” and once saying “highly tuned” of the webs. The spiders behave like tiny acoustical engineers, if not craftsmen of fine musical instruments:These new observations propose that the spider can use behaviour and silk properties to control the function of its web instrument. These control mechanisms could alter vibration filtering, as well as orientation to and discrimination of vibration sources in the web.Scientists are not attributing aesthetic sensibilities to spiders, of course, but they do find it remarkable how spiders can fine-tune their structures to maximize information. One researcher seems to get a little emotionally involved in the wonder of the phenomenon he studies:Professor Fritz Vollrath, Head of the Oxford Silk Group, added: ‘It is down to the interaction of the web materials, a range of bespoke web silks, and the spider with its highly tuned behaviour and armoury of sensors that allows this virtually blind animal to operate in a gossamer world of its own making, without vision and only relying on feeling. Perhaps the web spider can teach us something new about virtual vision.’ Another type of spider doesn’t spin webs, but uses silk ingeniously in another way. It’s the trapdoor spider. Inhabiting North America, Asia, Africa and Australia, these spiders dig crypts with hidden doors, hinged with silk so that they can open them quickly. Special silk “tripwires” help them sense vibrations from passing insects. Though sitting silently in the dark most of their long lives (up to 20 years), trapdoor spiders can sense the vibrations above ground and discriminate prey from other sources. A cricket or ant doesn’t stand a chance with the predator’s quick door-opening and capture action. Good thing these creatures are not human sized! It would be a nightmare scenario to be pulled into the dark by a vicious predator, stabbed and injected with poison, waiting to be eaten.Science Daily discusses the trapdoor spiders of Australia. Because they are so well hidden, nobody knows how many species there are. A PhD student at Griffith University is studying them. He mentions evolution, but not with any evidence or understanding:Mr [Jeremy] Wilson wants to delve further into how the species and its trapdoors have evolved.“If we know why evolution occurs and why different species occur then we can predict how things like climate change and deforestation could affect these spiders in the future.“There’s so much work that needs to be done and it’s important work because these spiders get overlooked. They live in trapdoors and no one sees them.”Though people may find them scary, Wilson adds that trapdoor spiders “have an important role to play in the ecosystem” as the top invertebrate predators in the food chain. We don’t want too many ants, crickets and flies around, do we?Update 9/07/16: Scientists are looking to spider webs for new materials that can attenuate sound. PhysOrg reports that European scientists noticed how the concentric rings of the webs absorb different frequencies. Here’s how to design a new, lightweight soundproofing material:The acoustic advantages of the spider web arise, at least in part, from the concentric circles, or “rings,” of the web. These rings resonate at a particular frequency when exposed to vibrations. Based on this natural architecture, the researchers designed the acoustic metamaterial to have square units containing resonating rings with supporting ligaments that radiate outward from the center of the rings. The design could be incorporated into many diverse man-made structures.Five parameters would allow acoustic engineers to finely tune the materials for best absorption. Their “bio-inspired design” could apply from the small scale to large scale, including attenuation of seismic waves.Does anyone need to hear a story about how these creatures “evolved” their skills? Would that add anything to understanding? Look, biologists: just study the phenomenon, describe the design and its function, and help the world learn more about these amazing creatures. A scientist doesn’t have to mention God or creation or even get rhapsodic. The listener can draw his or her own conclusions. What’s useless and harmful is to spin stories, blow fogma, and force-fit observations into a secular materialist ideology. The first article set a good example. The second was OK until the researcher started talking in Darwinese propaganda. (He probably needed to mention evolution and climate change to get his degree.)(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Support pours in for protesting Honda workers

first_imgSeveral trade unions on Wednesday expressed solidarity with contractual workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) Private Limited on the second day of their protest against the dismissal of over 200 workers.The company, meanwhile, announced to shut “B” and “C” shifts at its Manesar Sector 3 plant from Thursday saying that it was difficult to run all three shifts due to the protest. Shift “C” remained shut on Wednesday as well.Intervention soughtCentre of Indian Trade Union (Haryana) president Satvir Singh told The Hindu that the Trade Union Council (TUC), a conglomeration of all trade unions in Gurugram and Rewari, had submitted a memorandum to Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri seeking his intervention for an amicable solution. The memorandum warned that the situation could escalate and disturb peace in other companies as well.Besides Mr. Singh, All-India Trade Union Congress Haryana deputy general secretary Anil Panwar; Maruti Udhyog Kamgaar Union general secretary Kuldeep Janghu; and Hind Majdoor Sabha Gurugram secretary V.S. Yadav, were also part of the delegation.Extending support to the Honda workers, Bellsonica Auto Component India Employees Union vice-president Ajit Singh said that more than 75,000 workers were rendered jobless in Gurugram industrial area alone on the pretext of economic slowdown. He alleged that it was a conspiracy hatched by big industrialists in collusion with the government to lay-off permanent workers and hire labour at cheaper rates in violation of the labour laws.Later, the members of the TUC along with several hundreds of workers from different automotive companies, including Maruti Suzuki, Napino, Munjal and Shivam Autos, gathered outside the Manesar plant of Honda to express solidarity with the protesting workers. While around 2,000 contractual workers are on a continuous dharna inside the plant since Tuesday hampering production, the affected workers are holding a simultaneous sit-in outside company premises. The plant has around 1,800 permanent workers and 2,500 contractual workers.HMIS Employees’ Union president Suresh Gaur said talks with the management had been inconclusive since the company was not willing to take back the sacked workers.Deputy Labour Commissioner Ajay Pal said the contractor had offered to settle the legal dues of the dismissed workers or help them secure jobs elsewhere or asked them to wait for the market situation to improve as part of solution, but the workers rejected all the three offers and instead sought compensation over and above their legal dues. “Since the contractual workers don’t have an elected leader, they have been told to discuss among themselves and come up with the mutually agreed compensation amount. The talks would continue on Thursday,” said Mr. Pal.last_img read more