Governments still cracking down hard on media covering pro-democracy demonstrations

first_img News October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BAHRAIN The human rights situation and the problems for those who defend media freedom continue to be extremely worrying in Bahrain. Several journalists have been summoned for questioning including Issa Ebrahim, a photographer for the daily Al-Wasat, who was detained and interrogated for several hours on 5 May.The following are still detained:- Al-Bilad editor Jasem Al-Sabbagh, held since 26 April.- Al-Watan sports reporter Abdullah Ashur, held since 13 April.- Al-Bilad sports reporter Abdullah Alawi, who was arrested in April.The Bahraini news agency reported that the trial of 21 people accused of belonging to terrorist organizations and trying to overthrow the government began before a military court on 8 May. The defendants include several human rights activists and the bloggers Abdul Jalil Al-Singace and Ali Abdulemam. After the trial opened, it was adjourned until 12 May.The head of the pro-democracy and civil liberties movement Al Haq, Singace was rearrested on 16 March after being held from September to February. He was previously arrested in 2009 for allegedly trying to destabilize the government because he used his blog ( to denounce the deplorable state of civil liberties and discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite population.Abdulemam, who is being tried in absentia, is regarded by fellow Bahrainis as one of his country’s Internet pioneers and is an active member of Bahrain Online, a pro-democracy forum that gets more than 100,000 visitors a day despite being blocked within Bahrain. A contributor to the international bloggers network Global Voices, he has taken part in many international conferences at which he has denounced human rights violations in Bahrain. He was also detained from September to February but avoided being rearrested.Abbas Al-Omran, a human rights activist who obtained refugee status in Britain a few years ago, has also been put on the list of wanted persons. A member of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, he provides the international media with information about human rights violations in Bahrain.Mujtaba Salmat, a blogger and photographer who was arrested on 17 March for covering the anti-government demonstrations in Manama’s Pearl Square and posting the photos on Facebook, was released on 27 April.The opposition newspaper Al-Wasat announced in its 8 May issue, previously billed as the last issue, that its board had reversed its decision to close and intended to continue publishing. Closed by the information ministry on 3 May for allegedly disseminating false information that undermined the country’s international image and reputation, it was allowed to resume publishing the next day but three of its most senior journalists – editor Mansour Al-Jamari, managing editor Walid Nouihid and local news editor Aqil Mirza – were forced to resign. Several of its journalists were also arrested. to go further Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives May 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Governments still cracking down hard on media covering pro-democracy demonstrations March 17, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more SYRIA The crackdown by the Syrian authorities on media trying to cover the anti-government protests continues to escalate. Arrests, threats and acts of intimidation are all still taking place. The Internet is also being censored.The Syrian journalist and writer Ammar Mashour Dayoub was arrested yesterday while taking part in a demonstration by about 100 people in Arnous Square, in central Damascus. Malak Al-Shanawani, another Syrian journalist, was also arrested yesterday.Ghadi Frances, a Libyan journalist working for the Lebanese daily Al-Safir, was arrested in Damascus on the afternoon of 7 May. No information about the reason for her arrest has been given. She had arrived in Syria ten days ago to cover the unrest and had written an article in Arabic headlined “Blood, horror and hope in the street in Homs” on the eve of her arrest.Ghassan Saoud, a Lebanese journalist who writes for Al-Akhbar (a Lebanese newspaper regarded as pro-Syrian), was briefly detained on 6 May near the Omeyyades mosque in Damascus. He was taken to a military police office with a plastic bag over his head and was repeatedly kicked and insulted. He has written a series of articles about the pro-democracy uprising in which he interviewed members of the Syrian political opposition, young people and activists, and reported their views.Meanwhile, there is no news of Jehad Jamal, a Facebook activist known by the pseudonym of Milan.The photographer Akram Darwish was arrested while covering a Kurdish demonstration in the northeastern city of Qamishili on 3 May. The reporter Iyad Khalil was badly beaten in the northwestern port city of Latakia oh the evening of 1 May. When he went to the police station to report the assault, he found himself face to face with his assailants, who turned out to have been members of the security forces (see his Facebook page). Maher Deib has resigned as a presenter on Syrian national television in protest against the station’s coverage of the unrest. Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Habib Saleh, a cyber-dissident who was arrested in May 2008, has been released on completing a three-year jail sentence.The following are still detained: – The Syrian writer and journalist Omar Koush, who was arrested on 2 May on his arrival at Damascus airport after attending a conference in Turkey.- Dorothy Parvaz, an Al-Jazeera journalist with US, Canadian and Iranian nationality who was arrested on her arrival at Damascus airport on 29 April. This is the Facebook page calling for her release. The government newspaper Al-Watan nonetheless claims that she left the country on 1 May without saying where she was going.- Fayez Sara, a Syrian journalist and writer arrested on 11 April.- Mohamed Zaid Mistou, a Norwegian journalist of Syrian origin arrested on 7 April.- Kamal Sheikhou, a Syrian blogger arrested on 15 March.There is still no news of the journalists Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal, who have been missing since 24 March.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned Syrian Facebook users on 5 May that fake security certificates, probably planted by Syria’s telecommunications ministry, are being used to trick them into logging on to what they think are securely encrypted Facebook pages. If they do, their personal data can be stolen and their communications can be monitored. The fake security certificates cause warnings to pop up in browsers, but people tend to ignore them because they think they are caused by routine technical problems. Although the trap is not very sophisticated, the EFF urged Syrian Facebook users to use proxy connections to access Facebook, or to login via Tor. The EFF subsequently reported that Syrian ISPs were blocking access to Tor. Another option is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).The New York Times has reported difficulties using satellite phones in Syria. News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa IRAQI KURDISTAN Ahmed Mira, the editor of Lvin Magazine, reported in an article on 7 Mary that he received a direct death threat from Pershmergas minister Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa on 7:46 p.m. on 24 April. The minister denies threatening Mira, although Mira recorded the conversation.The threat was made against the backdrop of a generalized crackdown on journalists and news media covering the street protests that have been rocking northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region since mid-February. But it was the first time that a journalist has been directly threatened by a government minister. The authorities should punish anyone making such threats.Mira has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government’s prime minister, Dr. Barham Salih, to order an investigation into Mustafa’s threat. News YEMEN Ali Iskander, a distributor of the newspaper Al-Tajamou, was attacked and beaten by pro-government thugs known as baltajiya on Sanaa’s Al-Zabiri Street on the morning of 8 May. They seized copies of the newspaper and threatened to cut Iskander’s tongue out. They also threatened to attack the newspaper’s headquarters if it continued to publish articles criticizing President Ali Abdallah Saleh.The journalist Abdelhafez Ma’joub was arrested at the Bagel checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Hodeidah as he was returning from Sanaa on 6 May, and his mobile phone was confiscated. He was released on the evening of the next day. German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Gardai seek help tracing missing Limerick man

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Tim Dennehy, who is missing in Limerick since last MondayTim Dennehy, who is missing in Limerick since last MondayLIMERICK Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Tim Dennehy (41), who is missing from Limerick City since this Monday.Tim was last seen in the Dooradoyle area of Limerick City on Monday night May 23 at approximately 11pm.Tim is described as being 5’8″ in height, of slim build, with short brown hair and a long beard.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When last seen Tim was wearing a navy coloured Cork GAA hoodie with red sleeves, light brown trousers and brown shoes.Gardaí are concerned for Tim’s welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact them at Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061 214340, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin NewsBreaking newsGardai seek help tracing missing Limerick manBy Staff Reporter – May 24, 2016 990 Print Previous articleSocials – UL Presidents Dinner 2016Next articleGarda Band and Brendan Grace join forces for McCabe Memorial Concert Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSDooradoylelimerickmissingTim Dennehy center_img WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Emaillast_img read more

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Covid-19: Welbeck donates £10,000 to maternal home Ghana

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King RemakeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Gadgets & Inventions That Could Save Our Planet7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” CharactersCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Danny Welbeck has donated £10,000 worth of relief to his maternal hometown in Ghana in their fight against the coronavirus.The Watford striker, who is of Ghanian descent, has paid for food and sanitary relief for the residents of Nkawiepanin in the Atwima Nwabiagya municipality of Ashanti. Welbeck has also paid for new hand sanitisers PPE equipment for the local hospital.The England international also spoke to a number of the area’s residents through a video call, urging them to stay home in their fight against Covid-19.Presenting the items on behalf of footballer, his aunt, Charlotte Adwoa Tumutuom said, ‘Danny has been very concerned about how his people would survive these trying times.England squared up in a friendly against Ghana in 2011 which ended 1-1 with Welbeck in action for England‘Though he has never lived here, he has a great affection for the people of Ghana, so he felt it prudent to offer some help in the very small way that he can to support the government’s efforts in these times.’The former Arsenal striker signed for Watford early August last year.  He scored 16 goals in 88 appearances for the Gunners.Recall that in 2008, it was reported that the Ghana Football Association was keeping tabs on Welbeck, with a view to him representing the Ghana national team in the future, however  On 29 March 2011, Welbeck was called up to the England squad, for their friendly fixture against Ghana.Read AlsoEuropa League: Iwobi, others Console Injured WelbeckWelbeck replaced Ashley Young in the 81st minute of a 1–1 draw with Ghana at Wembley Stadium thus putting paid to the dream of joining the Black stars.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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