Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh

first_imgSince last February, at least ten foreign journalists have been denied entry by the Russian peacekeeping troops controlling access to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia via the so-called Lachin corridor. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan AzerbaijanArmeniaRussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsCouncil of EuropeFreedom of expression June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more Читать на русском / Read in RussianAn enclave populated by Armenians that is located in Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh is now at peace after last autumn’s six weeks of bloody fighting, and is secured by Russian peacekeepers, but control over journalistic activity has been stepped up.  At least seven journalists were injured during the Nagorno-Karabakh war from 27 September to 9 November. Three journalists who were injured when missiles were fired on the town of Martuni on 1 October – Armenia TV’s Avetis Harutyunyan and Aram Grigoryan and the Armenian news agency 24news.am’s Sevak Vardumyan – and the brother of a fixer who was killed the same day filed a case against Azerbaijan at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 26 March. The cease-fire agreement that the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia signed under Russia’s aegis on 9 November 2020 has no specific provision for the entry of journalists. Press accreditation is issued by the consulate of Nagorno-Karabakh’s unrecognised Republic of Artsakh or by the Armenian foreign ministry but it is the Russia peacekeepers who grant or refuse entry to foreign citizens, who are notified of the decision on the eve of their planned visit. Armenians and Russians just need to show their passports in order to enter. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Credit: KAREN MINASYAN / AFP Cavelier added: “Without international media, Nagorno-Karabakh is liable to become a news and information ‘black hole.’ We call on the Russian authorities to allow journalists access, regardless of their nationality. And we call on the UN and Council of Europe to ensure respect for the right to the freedom to inform, which is all the more essential in a conflict or post-conflict situation.” Access to Nagorno-Karabakh is also restricted via Azerbaijan, which is ruled by the authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev. TV crews from France 24 and the European channel Arte made highly controlled visits from Azerbaijan and were not able to report freely. With some difficulty, reporters Jonathan Walsh and Mohamed Farhat from the French TV news channel France 24 managed to get in at the start of March thanks to a privileged contact on the spot, but they are among the very few journalists to have succeeded. AzerbaijanArmeniaRussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsCouncil of EuropeFreedom of expression They include the French photographer Christophe Petit-Tesson, who said: “I spent several days there in January but the rules have changed since then.” Vincent Prado, a reporter for the Enquête Exclusive current affairs programme on the French TV channel M6, has had his requests to visit the territory refused several times by the Russians without any explanation.Similar unexplained refusals have been received by Neil Hauer, a Canadian freelancer for the Guardian and CNN, and Mark Stratton, a British journalist who described his frustration in an interview for the BBC. The photographer Kiran Ridley received permission to visit the enclave but was turned back at the Russian checkpoint on 4 April. center_img News “A growing number of foreign journalists are being systematically refused entry by Russian soldiers,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “There are no objective grounds for this obstruction. The reporters do not pose a threat to the territory’s safety, which is guaranteed by peacekeeping troops.”  Help by sharing this information Organisation News Receive email alerts Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 131.83 KB to go further News June 4, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Russia, whose peacekeepers have controlled access to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia since the end of last autumn’s war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over this disputed territory, to stop denying entry to foreign reporters. RSF also urges the UN and Council of Europe to ensure respect for the right to the freedom to inform. News Armenia is ranked 61st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is ranked 149th and Azerbaijan is ranked 168th. April 9, 2021 Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. … on the moveOn 27 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article RichardGreenhill has been appointed European partner with consultancy William MMercer.  A Companion of the CIPD,Greenhill joins from Bacon & Woodrow where he was a partner in its TotalReward Practice.  Greenhill will advisecompanies on planning and implementing pay and benefits packages.  He has written three books onperformance-related pay and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute ofBankers, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Instituteof Management. Automotivelogistics company Walon has appointed Emma Linegar as its training anddevelopment officer.  Ripon-born Linegarjoins from Great Mills Retail, where her previous role was management trainingofficer, looking after graduates and management trainees.  In her new position Linegar will look at thetraining needs across the company and develop a training plan for the year. Shewill run the company’s training resource centre, which will allow staff accessto the latest training and management techniques.  Linegar said, “I see my role as making training more proactivethan in the past – it is still early days but the company has a lot ofpotential.”BobMayho has been appointed assistant director for policy and communications atthe Employers Organisation for Local Government. He joins from the LocalGovernment Association, where he was head of policy.TopjobContracthire and fleet lease specialist Fleetlease has appointed Neil Hayward aspersonnel and training manager.Haywardlives in the New Forest and has more than five years’ experience in HR,spending the past four years as personnel manager (Scotland and Ireland) forthe Maritime and Coastguard Agency, based in Southampton.Hewill be directly responsible for Fleetlease staff training, recruitment and thedevelopment of HR strategy.Hesaid, “One of the main challenges I faced with the Coastguard was having toclose four stations, which raised issues such as retirement, redundancy andvoluntary redundancy. In my new role I will be looking at staff takingresponsibility for the own training and implementing personal developmentplans.“Ihope to introduce training which is tailored to each employee’s needs, ratherthan having everyone put through the same scheme. I also hope to introduce aninteractive HR system which people can access through the company intranet.“Inthe five months I have been here, I have tried to meet everyone in the companyand have an ‘open door’ HR policy – anyone is free to talk to me about anythingfrom HR issues to personal issues.”PersonalprofileJonParsons is the new European personnel director of direct marketing companyBrann Worldwide. Previous jobs include personnel roles at Unigate and he waspersonnel manager at White Arrow. He hopes to spearhead Brann’s campaign tobecome the leading direct marketing company on the continent.Whatis the most important lesson you have learnt in your career?Getting people to want to work for you or with you is generally the bestway to get home on time.  Whatis the strangest situation you have had to deal with at work?Interviewing Elvis Presley in Trowbridge in 1977.  Ifyour house was on fire and you could save one object, what would it be?My tenor saxophone. Ifyou had one wish to change your company, what would  it be?Recognition for the quality of thinking and action we produce and ourcommitment to getting it right for the customer/ buyer in an industry which hasa negative public persona. Whatis the best thing about working in personnel? People.  Whatis the worst?The incessant angst of a section of the HR profession and its media overits contribution and status.Howdo you get to work?I drive about 36 miles, very steadily, listening to music.Whatwould you do if you had more spare time?Play better saxophone, get fit and spend even more time with my wife Graceand the kids. Ifyou were to write a book, what would you write about?Why I believe a lot of the things done to people in the name of managementand leadership miss the point.  Whatis your greatest strength?My people say I encourage and trust them. Whatis your least appealing characteristic?My people say I talk too much.Whatis the greatest risk you ever took?I used to rock climb on ice, and most days I walk across a road. last_img read more