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RWB launches Sochi 2014 campaign

first_img RSF_en May 21, 2021 Find out more Organisation “We are doing this in order to renew our support for Russia’s journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders at a crucial moment for freedom of information in that country,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Twenty-eight journalists have been murdered in connection with their work since 2000. The fight against impunity for those who attack and kill journalists is unfortunately still absolutely essential. But, as cracks begin to appear in the Putin regime, monstrous new laws are placing civil society under permanent threat. The authorities now have a repressive legislative arsenal ready to be used when the time comes. “We have no desire to deny Russia the right to project the image of a proud, dynamic and modern country, but we must not be deceived by the universal consensus that surrounds Olympic events. The real events are not those that will be taking place on the ski slopes and, in this other struggle, Russian civil society has more need than ever of our help.“We are also launching this campaign because the challenge extends far beyond Russia’s borders. Russia is a regional model and Moscow’s voice reaches the international stage. Many governments are waiting to see the outcome of the battle under way in the world’s biggest country. Some, such as Azerbaijan, welcome the growing crackdown in Russia as a legitimation of their own repressive measures.” News With just under a year to go until the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Reporters Without Borders activists gathered outside the Russian embassy in Paris today and unfurled a 70-metre-long banner showing the Olympic rings transformed into a bloody knuckleduster to draw attention to the impunity largely enjoyed by those who have attacked and killed journalists in Russia.Today’s demonstration marked the start of an international campaign that will continue until the opening of the Winter Olympics on 7 February 2014. News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Receive email alerts to go further March 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB launches Sochi 2014 campaign News News Avalanche of repressive laws Ever since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency last May, the government has had a spate of repressive laws passed in order to prevent the growth of more freedom of information. At the same time that legislation on human rights NGOs and unauthorized demonstrations was made much harsher, defamation was reintroduced into the criminal code after being decriminalized in November 2011.In the name of “protecting minors,” a federal government agency has been given the job of compiling a blacklist of “pernicious” websites that can be blocked without reference to a court and without any right of defence.In recent months, the Duma has been working on draft laws that will serve as large-scale gagging tools. The scope of what is regarded as “high treason” and a “state secret” is to be vastly extended. Tools for circumventing online censorship are to be banned. “Offending the feelings of believers” is to be penalized drastically. The desire to control is plain to see. No “return to normal” for reporting in the Russian Caucasus Despite the Kremlin’s boasts and the now deafening silence from the international media, the situation in the Caucasus is unfortunately anything but “back to normal.” The relative stability imposed in Chechnya has been accompanied by a deathly silence based on fear of a police state and the fatigue of a population traumatized by war.The violence has just moved elsewhere and neighbouring republics such as Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria have been corroded for the past decade by a latent, undeclared civil war in which an Islamist insurrection and human rights violations by the security forces feed on each other to the detriment of the civilian population caught in the crossfire. Enforced disappearances, bombings, extrajudicial executions and every kind of trafficking are all highly sensitive subjects for news providers. The list of murdered journalists continues to grow. To the well-known Anna Politkovskaya must be added Natalia Estemirova, Abdulmalik Akhmedilov, Khadzhimurad Kamalov and many others, whose killers are almost never caught.Read the Reporters Without Borders report on the state of freedom of information in the Russian Caucasus Persistent impunity More than a year after Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the influential founder of the independent weekly Chernovik, was murdered in Dagestan, the investigation has produced no results. Why is that? Why has the instigator of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder never been identified? Why have the violent attacks on Oleg Kashin and Mikhail Beketov never been solved, despite firm assurances by senior officials? This state of affairs just perpetuates the violence. At least two journalists were killed and 33 were physically attacked in connection with their work in 2012.On the same subject, read this September 2012 op-ed by Christophe Deloire on Huffington Post: “Prison bars cannot hold back the wind of freedom”. 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UN special rapporteur urged to visit Lebanon

first_imgNews December 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN special rapporteur urged to visit Lebanon Receive email alerts January 14, 2021 Find out more News LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Ambeyi Ligabo, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, asking him to go to Lebanon with a view to creating “a special international commission of enquiry into all the bombings that have targeted politicians and journalists.”The organisation also urged Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to issue an official invitation to Ligabo, stressing that a visit by the special rapporteur “would send a strong signal of the international community’s commitment to do everything possible to rein in this series of killings in which journalists have been among the targets.”Voicing “deep concern about the growing number of targeted attacks on the press since the start of this year,” Reporters Without Borders said it wanted to draw the international community’s attention to the plight of Lebanon’s journalists, who have to endure terrible security conditions. The organisation added that there was reason to fear that more journalists could be the victims of violence in the very near future.The most recent victim was Gebran Tueni, the CEO of the Arabic-language daily An-Nahar and a parliamentary representative for Beirut, who was killed by a car-bomb on 12 December. His murder, on the eve of the publication of a new interim report by the international commission of enquiry headed by Detlev Mehlis, was a flagrant provocation to the United Nations. Samir Kassir, a columnist for An-Nahar, was killed by a car-bomb on 2 June. Both were well-known and respected journalists who knew they were under threat ever since former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination on 14 February.This year’s other prominent press victim was May Chidiac, the star presenter of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corp (LBC), whose car blew up on 25 September in northeastern Beirut, resulting in her losing a leg and a hand, and “reinforcing the climate of terror for journalists now working in Lebanon,” Reporters Without Borders added. RSF_en Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Organisation News Help by sharing this information February 4, 2021 Find out more Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Ambeyi Ligabo, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, asking him to go to Lebanon with a view to creating “a special international commission of enquiry into all the bombings that have targeted politicians and journalists.” November 11, 2020 Find out more News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Follow the news on Lebanon to go furtherlast_img read more

Road users urged to take care during wintry spell

first_imgPrint Linkedin Previous articleNeil Delamere on Today FM and onstage in LimerickNext articleHorse Racing Ireland weekly news Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsRoad users urged to take care during wintry spellBy Staff Reporter – January 13, 2015 571 Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img WITH two weather warnings in place for Limerick, Clare and counties along the western corridor, the Road Safety Authority has issued advice to road users over the next two day period.Road users are advised to take extra care on the roads, as Met Eireann forecast a drop in temperature between 2 and -2 degrees overnight. Outbreaks of rain and sleet will spread further east tonight, turning to snow in places, but tending to die out.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, frequent wintry showers will develop across the western half of the country as the night goes on, giving a covering of snow in places before morning.Sharp ground frost and icy stretches will develop, despite southwesterly winds being fresh or strong overnight.Tomorrow will be bitterly cold, with strong and gusty southwesterly winds. Wintry showers will become widespread and many will fall as snow. Highest temperatures will be between 1 and 4 degrees.The RSA has issued the following advice:Check local and National weather forecasts before setting out on a journey. Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer.  Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.Use your dipped headlights so that others will see you. Make sure your headlights and taillights are all in working order, replace broken bulbs.Watch out for “black ice.” If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, black ice” one of winter’s worst hazards: Black Ice is difficult to see! It is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. It can occur especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.Check tyres, including spare wheel, replace them if the tread depth falls below 3mm and make sure they are inflated to the correct tyre pressure. Lack of grip can occur even on treated roads so drive slowly in the highest gear possible, manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking.In icy conditions manoeuvre gently, slow down and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Too much steering is bad and avoid harsh braking and acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.In patches of fog, switch on fog lamps where visibility is reduced. As you enter fog, check your mirrors and slow down. Use your foot brake lightly so that your lights warn following drivers.Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing). This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely.In heavy fog, turn off your radio and let down your driver’s window a fraction, so as you can hear the presence of other traffic.Remember to switch off your fog lights once the foggy conditions improve.Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to;Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.While walking on footpaths and in public places, or entering and exiting your vehicle, DO NOT underestimate the danger of ice.Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. It is very possible that a thin sheet of transparent ice or “Black Ice” is covering your pathway putting you at risk. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with ice, always use extreme caution.Avoid going out unless it is a necessity. If walking or cycling in fog, make sure you are clearly visible by carrying a torch and wearing reflective clothing. Stay well in off the road where there is no footpath when vehicles are approaching.Visit the RSA’s website for more information on Severe Weather Advice for road users. Visit your local authority website to view the road gritting plan for each county and the roads being treated in your area. Facebook Email Advertisementlast_img read more