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Northeastern Syria turning into news black hole

first_img Receive email alerts SyriaTurkeyMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance The convoy had set off from Qamishli with the aim of attending a protest in Ras Al-Ayn against the Turkish incursion. The Union of Syrian Kurdish Journalists told RSF that at least eight other journalists were injured. All were local journalists working for regional media outlets such as the Kurdish news agencies Hawar News and Firat News (ANF), the Syrian news agency North Press Agency (NPA), the Kurdish TV channel Sterk TV and the Iraqi Kurdish TV channel Rudaw. June 3, 2021 Find out more “Northeastern Syria is liable to lose its journalists and become a black hole for news and information if the Turkish and Syrian authorities do not do everything possible to guarantee their safety and allow them to work,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Any attack on journalists is strictly prohibited under international law, which requires belligerents to protect media personnel along with humanitarian personnel and all other civilians.” RSF_en SyriaTurkeyMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts Saad Ahmad, a reporter for the Kurdish news agency Hawar News (ANHA), and Mohamed Hossien Rasho, a reporter for Çira TV, a Kurdish TV station based in Germany, were killed when Turkish forces bombarded a convoy of civilians accompanied by Kurdish soldiers and journalists near Ras Al-Ayn (Serekaniye) on 13 October, killing and injuring dozens of people. June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 October 15, 2019 – Updated on October 22, 2019 Northeastern Syria turning into news black hole to go further Help by sharing this information In response to the increase in risks for journalists, RSF calls on media outlets to take all necessary measures to ensure the best possible level of protection and urges those going to the region to consult its Safety Guide for Journalists, which is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. The many journalists who have fled the region since 13 October include BBC correspondent Feras Kilani, who reports that he has gone to Iraqi Kurdistan. The collapse in the security situation in Syrian Kurdistan is due to a Turkish offensive and now a counter-offensive by the Syrian government, which has begun deploying its forces in the northeast after reaching an accord with the local Kurdish authorities. Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Journalists at Semalka Border Crossing, October 14. (Photo: Hejar Seyid) News Syria is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, while Turkey is ranked 157th. A France 2 TV crew consisting of Stéphanie Perez, Nicolas Auer and Yan Kadouch was at the back of the civilian convoy targeted by Turkish forces on 13 October, but none of them was injured. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about local journalists still in Kurdish northeastern Syria, which many reporters have fled since 13 October when two were killed by a Turkish bombardment. RSF calls on all belligerents to respect their international obligations to protect the media in the region, where the security situation continues to worsen and which could become another black hole for news and information. June 8, 2021 Find out more News The Internet was meanwhile temporarily disconnected in northeastern Syrian in the night of 13 October, making it even harder to access news and information, according to the Rojava Information Centre. News News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistslast_img read more

D-DAY ARRIVES AT LAST FOR DONEGAL’S 50K WALKER

first_imgCounty Donegal athlete Brendan Boyce is set for the race of his life in the 50km walk at the London Olympic Games today.He may not be considered as a likely candidate to step on the podium by many.The young Milford man is against the best in the world in his sport but that certainly won’t phase Brendan. Brendan, who qualified for the Olympics with a personal best of 3.57.58 in Germany last September, was more than a minute inside the qualifying time.Brenan is already a winner in many Donegal people’s eyes having just qualified for the games.In the run-up to the London Olympics, Brendan kindly visited a number of schools to speak to younger pupils about sport and diet.Principal of Milford Vocational School, Ms Fiona Temple, said Brendan recently came into the school to talk about his career and to pass on some tips for a healthier lifestyle. “He was so done to earth and you would not have thought that he was training to represent Ireland at the Olympics.“He took lots of time out to chat to all the pupils and was genuinely interested in them,” she said.Brendan’s race starts at 9am. D-DAY ARRIVES AT LAST FOR DONEGAL’S 50K WALKER was last modified: August 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more