December 28, 2020 Find out more August 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 CBS interpreter’s murder brings toll of journalists and media workers killed since start of war to 200 IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en The murder of CBS News interpreter Anwar Abbas Lafta brings the number of journalists and media workers killed in Iraq since March 2003 to 200. “This unbearable litany of death must stop, and for that to happen, the Iraqi authorities must at least try to adopt measures to combat violent crime and impunity.” Receive email alerts News Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay on learning of the murder of Anwar Abbas Lafta, an Iraqi translator and interpreter employed by the US television network CBS News. Lafta’s body was found on 25 August, five days after he was abducted in Baghdad. His death brings the number of journalists and media workers killed in Iraq since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003 to 200.“We are appalled by this latest murder and by the new overall toll,” the press freedom organisation said. “The number of journalists and media workers killed since the start of 2007 now stands at 49. This unbearable litany of death must stop and for that to happen, the Iraqi authorities must at least try to adopt measures to combat violent crime and impunity. Those who murder journalists in Iraq unfortunately have nothing to fear from the police and judicial authorities.”No war has ever been as deadly for the press. Whether foreigners or Iraqis, journalists are seen as a key targets. Seventy-three per cent of the journalists killed in Iraq have been directly targeted. This is much higher than in previous wars, in which journalists were above all the victims of collateral damage and stray bullets.Iraqi journalists have been among the leading victims of this war. Eighty-eight per cent of the journalists and media workers killed have been Iraqis. They are singled out by armed groups, often because they work for foreign news media. At the same time, they do not get the same protection that visiting foreign correspondents receive.Most of the 200 media fatalities have taken place in Baghdad (110 cases) or near the capital (34 cases). Another 45 cases have taken place in the north of the country, above all in the cities of Mosul and Kirkuk.More journalists are also taken hostage in Iraq than anywhere else in the world. A total of 84 journalists and media workers (64 per cent of them Iraqis) have been kidnapped there in the past four years. Only about half of them have been freed. At least 27 have been the victims of execution-style murders, and 14 are still being held by their abductors.Lafta was kidnapped by a group of 10 gunmen who forced their way into his Baghdad home on 20 August, beat his brother and shot and wounded his sister. Lafta was the only one they took away. CBS News said his abductors contacted the family several times to demand a ransom. The police eventually found his body in the east Baghdad district of Sadr City. News to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more
Kolkata: BJP supporters abused the officer-in-charge of Khejuri Women police station on Wednesday, after they were prevented from entering the area where prohibitory order under section 144 CrPC has been promulgated.The trouble started when police stopped the BJP supporters, led by Bharati Ghosh, on their way. The state administrative headquarters have instructed the police to take stern action against the saffron party and arrest those involved in abusing the OC. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataProtesting against the resistance from the police, Ghosh got down from her vehicle and sat on the road, demanding allowance to go inside the police station, where BJP had undertaken a thana gherao programme. But when police refused to allow them, the BJP supporters got agitated and hurled bricks at them. When the officer-in-charge Anuska Maity reached the spot, she was manhandled and abused. The police resorted to lathi-charge and dispersed the mob. The police soon began house-to-house raid to arrest the culprits. It may be recalled that the trouble at Keshpur began since Bharati Ghosh, BJP candidate for the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, lost to Dipak Adhikari alias Dev of Trinamool Congress. Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress leaders of West Midnapore alleged that BJP and CPI(M) cadres had threatened some of their supporters to leave the party.
News May 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government ministers try to intimidate Polish media News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia News January 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en PolandEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by attempts by Polish government ministers to intimidate the media during the past few days.The media freedom organization condemns the utterly disproportionate and exorbitant damages that transport minister Slawomir Nowak is demanding from the magazine Wprost in a libel suit over an April 2013 story about his friendship with businessmen who often win government contracts and his presence at private parties paid for by wealthy corporate executives. Nowak’s lawyer, Roman Giertych (who was deputy prime minister from 2005 to 2007), says Nowak is demanding 30 million zlotys (7 million euros) in damages, together with a public apology and correction. He is also asking the court to forbid Wprost’s sale to another publisher before the end of the case in order to ensure that it remains solvent.Giertych said: “We want to be sure that the defendant is able to comply with the court’s ruling if we win and that it will not be able to get out of it by claiming a lack of financial resources.” The court has not yet decided when it will start hearing the case.“We are particularly worried by the size of the damages sought by Nowak,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Suing for this amount of money is clearly intended to intimidate. He is using the law to impose censorship by threatening the magazine’s financial survival. No publisher in Poland or anywhere else in Europe would be able to pay such a disproportionate amount.“It is very disturbing to see the minister of a European government put this kind of pressure on a news outlet over a story of public interest. If he thinks he was libelled, he can use his right of response. “And he is obviously free to bring a lawsuit, but he should ensure that the damages are proportionate to the harm suffered and to the news outlet’s financial resources. Otherwise he is liable to encourage self-censorship, which has already increased considerably among journalists as regards certain sensitive subjects.“We also condemn the minister’s attempt to meddle in the financial affairs of Wprost’s publisher. We remind Nowak that companies are completely free to merge and be traded within the European Union, which was founded on this principle. Seeking damages is one thing. Interfering in a company’s management is quite another, and could alarm certain European Commission bodies.”The climate of intimidation has been reinforced by the statements that deputy prime minister and economy minister Janusz Piechocinski made to a TVN 24 journalist when asked about a possible cabinet reshuffle on 17th of May. “Your behaviour is outrageous, idiotic and unacceptable,” Piechocinski told the journalist on the air. “I am going to request a meeting this week with representatives of your management.”Piechocinski continued in the same vein in a later post on his Facebook page. “I am going see the management of TVN and TVN 24 next week in order to ask them to consider a change of attitude,” he wrote. to go further With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland News Help by sharing this information Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns “We are stunned by the deputy prime minister’s statements,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If merely asking about the composition of the next cabinet is deemed to be outrageous, what will happen when journalists start commenting on the choice of the new ministers? “We urge the deputy prime minister to retract his remarks. Neither government officials nor representatives of any political parties should take it upon themselves to demand meetings with TV channel executives to ‘explain’ how journalists should behave.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This interference in media editorial policies is completely incompatible with European standards on freedom of information. Doing it in public makes it even more serious.”Poland is ranked 22nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.
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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard presented with the 2015 SCANPH Housing Hero Award by Pasadena Director of Housing and Career Services, William Huang (photo: SCANPH)On May 6, 2015, former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard was recognized by the Southern California Association for Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) as its 2015 Housing Hero for his contributions to affordable housing.Bill Bogaard officially ended his fourth term as Mayor of Pasadena, but he leaves behind an incredible legacy in affordable housing, as well as, smart growth, sustainability, economic development, historic preservation, and many more areas. He created a civic culture where decent, safe and affordable housing is viewed as an official right and where there is broad recognition that a truly dynamic city is also a truly diverse city.In 2001, under Mayor Bogaard’s leadership, Pasadena courageously adopted a progressive inclusionary housing ordinance, but only by a slim majority due to strong opposition from market rate developers, property owners, realtors, and others. This nationally-recognized ordinance has resulted in the completion of 446 units of affordable housing without using any of federal, State or local affordable housing funding resources. The inclusionary ordinance also generated over $17.3 million in in-lieu fees used to produce additional affordable housing, and there are currently over 250 more inclusionary units in the development pipeline.Bill Bogaard has been a champion of smart growth. He worked tirelessly on the initial construction of the Gold Line from downtown LA to east Pasadena, and on its pending 2016 expansion from east Pasadena to Azusa. The Gold Line has presented numerous opportunities for transit-oriented development surrounding Pasadena’s 6 stations and additional stations in other cities. The creation of these development opportunities, coupled with the city’s Inclusionary Ordinance has ensured affordable housing is built adjacent to transit stops to make it possible for low income households to live close to the transit on which they depend.During his tenure, Pasadena has proven to be fertile ground for affordable housing where successful projects have been completed by top-notch non-profit developers and SCANPH members including Abode Communities, Heritage Housing Partners, Habitat for Humanity San Gabriel Valley, Homes For Life Foundation, Southern California Presbyterian Homes, TELACU, and Retirement Housing Foundation with projects currently under construction by Bridge Housing and National CORE.While homeless numbers increased across the County, with Mayor Bogaard’s strong support, Pasadena has been able to reduce its homeless population from over 1,200 to less than 650 over the last four years. This nearly 50% reduction was made possible by focusing on homeless prevention and permanent housing rather than on shelters and transitional housing.Furthermore, Pasadena has been an early adopter of the Housing First strategy and has ended homelessness for 63 of its most chronically homeless persons in the last three years by placing them in permanent housing with wrap-around services scattered throughout the city.As a result of Mayor Bogaard’s leadership on affordable housing, the Urban Land Institute recognized the City of Pasadena, as well as, Austin, TX, with their 2014 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award for the best housing policies in the nation.