Another journalist gunned down, second in three days

first_img Follow the news on Pakistan News June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en March 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist gunned down, second in three days to go further News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Organisation The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for Afridi’s murder a few hours after his death.—–03.01.2013Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Mehmood Ahmed Afridi, a correspondent for the newspaper Intikhab, was gunned down by unidentified men on a motorcycle today in Kalat, in the southwestern province of Balochistan. He was the second journalist to be murdered in Pakistan in the space of three days.No one has so far claimed responsibility for Afridi’s murder.“We are deeply shocked that just two days after Malik Mumtaz Khan’s murder, another journalist has been murdered in a similar fashion,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Pakistani authorities need to realize the terrible dangers to which journalists are exposed and immediately deploy sufficient resources to provide them with effective protection. Thorough and impartial investigations are also needed to identify and punish those responsible for these killings.”Reached by telephone, a Balochi journalist based in Quetta told Reporters Without Borders that Afridi, 56, had worked as a journalist since 1995 and was president of the Kalat press club.“Mehmood Ahmed Afridi was waiting outside a public telephone cabin when two men on a motorcycle arrived and opened fire,” the source said on condition of anonymity. According to doctors who carried out an autopsy, he was shot four times. Kalat deputy police commissioner Bashir Ahmed told Dawn News TV bureau chief Ali Shah that it was a “targeted killing.”Condemning the shooting, Balochistan Union of Journalists president Essa Tareen accused the government of hardly bothering to try to identify those who murder journalists, despite repeated appeals from the journalistic community.“We feel humiliated because we submit requests to the government and the government does so little,” Tareen told Reporters Without Borders.Balochistan is one of Pakistan’s most dangerous regions for journalists as they are liable to be targeted by both the intelligence agencies and Balochistan’s armed separatist groups.This week’s other media victim, Malik Mumtaz Khan, was gunned down near his home in Miranshah, the chief town in North Waziristan, in the Tribal Areas of northwestern Pakistan. He worked for Geo TV and the Jang newspaper group.Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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UK court blocks US attempt to extradite Julian Assange, but leaves public interest reporting at risk

first_img News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia January 4, 2021 UK court blocks US attempt to extradite Julian Assange, but leaves public interest reporting at risk US/UK : Julian Assange’s extradition hearing marred by barriers to open justice Receive email alerts November 26, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved by the 4 January decision of UK District Judge Vanessa Baraitser blocking the United States’ attempt to extradite Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, but is extremely disappointed by the court’s failure to reject the substance of the case, leaving the door open to further prosecutions on similar grounds. October 9, 2020 Find out more January 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation Although Judge Baraitser decided against extradition, the grounds for her decision were strictly based on Assange’s serious mental health issues and the conditions he would face in detention in the US. On the substantive points in the case – in which the US government has pursued Assange on 17 counts under the Espionage Act and one count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act – the judge’s decision was heavily in favour of the prosecution’s arguments, and dismissive of the defence.“We are immensely relieved that Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US. At the same time, we are extremely disappointed that the court failed to take a stand for press freedom and journalistic protections, and we disagree with the judge’s assessment that the case was not politically motivated and was not centred on journalism and free speech. This decision leaves the door open for further similar prosecutions and will have a chilling effect on national security reporting around the world if the root issues are not addressed,” said RSF’ Director of International Campaigns, Rebecca Vincent. The US government has indicated that it intends to appeal the extradition decision. Assange remains detained on remand in high-security Belmarsh prison, pending the judge’s consideration of his bail application on 6 January. RSF calls again for his immediate release, and will continue to monitor proceedings.Despite extensive difficulties securing access – including refusal by the judge to accredit NGO observers and threats of arrest by police on the scene – RSF monitored the 4 January hearing at London’s Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey), and has been the only NGO to monitor the full extradition proceedings against Assange.The UK and US are respectively ranked 35th and 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News to go further UK: RSF calls for Julian Assange’s urgent release as Covid infections rise at Belmarsh Prison US/UK: “Future of journalism” at stake as historic extradition decision looms in case of Julian Assange United KingdomUnited StatesEurope – Central AsiaAmericas ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Reports United KingdomUnited StatesEurope – Central AsiaAmericas ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment last_img read more

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Councillor walks out of Buncrana chamber in row over report delay

first_img Google+ Councillor walks out of Buncrana chamber in row over report delay A Buncrana Town councillor has walked out of today’s monthly meeting in protest at delays in reports being provided to elected members.Councillor Peter Mc Laughlin said he left the meeting in protest, claiming he has been waiting 5 months for a report on the land deal agreed last year by the county council and the IDA.He says that deal favors Letterkenny.Councillor Mc Laughlin says the delay in the report is holding up other business of the council:[podcast][/podcast] Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Newsx Adverts Previous articleCllr Terence Slowey “breached ethics guidelines” – SIPONext articleReport into Cllr Slowey expenses likely to come before council News Highland Facebook Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly center_img Twitter Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – April 13, 2011 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

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