Call for the authorities to respect press freedom ahead of South Sudan independence vote

first_img News News March 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders today called on the authorities in Southern Sudan and the government in the capital Khartoum to guarantee the safety of journalists and pluralism of news and information two days ahead of an historic referendum on independence for South Sudan. The South Sudanese will vote on 9 January – marking a decisive step in their history – whether or not to secede from the rest of Sudan, bringing about partition of Africa’s largest country, on the sixth anniversary of the peace agreement that ended a civil war that tore the north and south apart for nearly 20 years. Reporters Without Borders has noted, along with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, restrictions to press freedom that occurred during 2010 in the lead up to the referendum. We hope that these violations will not be repeated.“As in so many elections on the African continent, there is a real risk of freedom of expression being flouted and journalists prevented from working normally”, the organisation’s Secretary General, Jean-François Julliard said. “We remind the authorities of their responsibility to guarantee the people the right of access to free, pluralist and balanced news and information, and journalists to freely carry out their work”. The referendum is being held against a background of deep uncertainty as people feel themselves caught between hope and fear of the outcome. Some observers have warned of a serious humanitarian crisis, even a civil war, as a result of the poll. After saying he would refuse to countenance partition, President Omar al-Bashir has promised to respect the results of the referendum and to “help” Southern Sudan establish a “secure and stable” state in the event of secession. Reporters Without Borders hopes that the vote will go ahead peacefully in complete respect of human rights, democracy and freedom of the press.Sudan is ranked 172nd out of 178 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ 2010 world press freedom index. Its poor position in the rankings is due to President al-Bashir’s failure to keep his promise to lift prior censorship on the written press, to the ban on some privately owned publications, to the surveillance of many journalists in Khartoum and elsewhere in the country as well as continued arrests of journalist and harsh prison conditions. Three journalists on the opposition daily Rai al-Shaab (the People’s Opinion), Abuzar al Amin, Ashraf Abdelaziz and Altahir Ibrahim (alias Altahir Abugawhara), have been held in custody since February 2010. Another journalist, Gafar Alsabki Ibrahim, of the independent newspaper Alsahafa, has been held since the start of November 2010. For more information Crédit photos : AFP Receive email alerts News SudanAfrica Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information Organisation April 10, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sudan Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal January 7, 2011 – Updated on May 31, 2016 Call for the authorities to respect press freedom ahead of South Sudan independence vote April 6, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica last_img read more

More news providers killed by regular army, rebels or Kurdish militia

first_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News November 23, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More news providers killed by regular army, rebels or Kurdish militia Organisation Receive email alerts February 3, 2021 Find out more At least four journalists and citizen-journalists have been killed by the regular army, the rebel Free Syrian Army or Kurdish militiamen in the past week.A Syrian state TV journalist, Bassel Tawfiq Youssef, was killed on 21 November in the southern Damascus suburb of Tadamun. The official news agency SANA said he was killed by “terrorists” while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said he was shot by rebels who accused him of belonging to a pro-government “shabbiha” militia. The Syrian Journalistic Association (SJA) quotes the Syria Stamp network as saying one of its members, the citizen-journalist Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud, was killed while filming clashes between the rebel Free Syrian Army and a militia operated by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish party, in Ras Al-Ain, in the northeastern province of Al-Hasaka, on 20 November. Mahmoud had been very active covering demonstrations in the nearby city of Qamishli. Abed Khalil, the president of Ras Al-Ain’s Kurdish municipal council, was meanwhile killed by a Free Syrian Army sniper during clashes on 19 November. Khalil was a journalist by profession.Mohammed Al-Khalid, a citizen-journalist from Homs, was executed by the Diraa Al-Shahba Brigade’s Namr Battalion in Aleppo on 18 November for repeatedly criticizing the battalion’s actions in the city.The SJA also reports that Abdullah Hassan Kaake, a citizen-journalist, died under torture by military intelligence personnel in Aleppo on 17 November. Two of his brothers – Abdel Ghani, another citizen-journalist, and Ahmed Kaake – have already been killed since the start of the uprising in Syria.According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, at least 15 journalists and 41 citizen-journalists have been killed in connection with their journalistic activities since the start of the armed conflict.Two other citizen-journalists have been killed by shells in the past week. Mohammad Al-Zaher, also known as Abu Nasser Na’imi, was killed during shelling of the Damascus suburb of Al-Buaida on 19 November while Mustafa Kerman was fatally injured during shelling of the Aleppo district of Al-Bustan Al-Qassir on 16 November.Reporters Without Borders hails the Syrian government’s release of the Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal on 17 November. An employee of US-funded Al-Hurra TV, Ünal was abducted on 20 August in Aleppo. The following three foreign journalists are still being held by their abductors or are missing: – Ankhar Kochneva, a Ukrainian journalist who has worked for many Russian news media, especially as an interpreter, was kidnapped by an FSA faction on 9 October. She was able to confirm by telephone the same day that she had been taken hostage. And then, on 12 and 13 October, she was able to contact NTV, one of the Russian media she has worked for as an interpreter. A video was released on 8 November in which she asked the Ukrainian, Russian and Syrian authorities to agree to her captors’ demands.- Bashar Fahmi Al-Kadumi, a Jordanian reporter working for Al-Hurra, went missing in Aleppo on 20 August, at the same time as his Al-Hurra colleague, Cüneyt Ünal. After his release, Ünal reported that Kadumi was wounded in the stomach by a shot fired by a Free Syrian Army sniper.- Austin Tice, a US freelancer who worked for the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English and McClatchy, went missing while reporting in a Damascus suburb on 13 August. A video showing him held by Jihadis was posted online on 26 September. The only sign of life since his disappearance, it gave no indication as to where he is currently being held, exactly who is holding him and what their demands are. His parents gave a news conference in Beirut on 12 November to request his release. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria Read in Arabic (بالعربية) March 8, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more News News News RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go furtherlast_img read more

The 24th Annual Celebration Of Leadership Was AMAZING

first_img2019 Celebration of Leadership RecipientsDivision RecipientsIndividual – Winternheimer/LaMar Public Service Award – Dave WeddingProject/Program – Community Collaboration Award -Honor Flight of Southern Indiana, Inc.Business/Organization – Integrity Award – Family Matters of Posey CountySpecial AwardsThe Spirit Award – EPD Mounted PatrolSam Featherstone Youth Award – Project or Program – Dare to DreamSam Featherstone Youth Award – Project or Program – UE’s Mad Hot BallroomSam Featherstone Youth Award – Business or Organization – Southside Stars Youth ZoneSam Featherstone Youth Award – Overall – Lorelei TaylorBryce Jordan Servant Leader Award – Lincoln Food PantrySusan Kelley Jordan Courage Award – 414 CollectiveLeader in Technology Award – Debbie CalhounLieutenant Colonel Reginald Gibson Award – Carisa CampbellWillie Effie Thomas Diversity Award – Lori SuttonShirley James “Greening the Community” Award -EVSC Solar Field ProjectNancy Sieben Koehler Sustainability Award – 100 Guys Who Care/100+ Women Who CareDarrell Ragland Award – Arlinda PayneSara B. Davies Award – Jack MillerOutstanding Innovation Award – Harwood Career Preparatory High SchoolTransformational Inclusion Award – MASIHA Specialty ClinicRegional Impact Award – Individual -Jeff WhitesideRegional Impact Award – Project or Program – A Year of Hip HopRegional Impact Award – Business or Organization – Linda E. White Hospice HouseCivic Engagement Award – Individual -Hannah JaramilloCivic Engagement Award – Mickey’s Kingdom PlaygroundLifetime Award – Alfred SaviaRecognition for Individual LeadershipArts – Todd HuberCommunity & Neighborhood – Marci HallEducation – Marvin SmithGovernment, Public Service, & Environment – Kris HolzmeyerHealth & Social Services – Kelly SaleeRecognition for Project or Program LeadershipArts – ARTS-N-THE PARKCommunity & Neighborhood – Castle High School Riley Dance Marathon BoardEducation – Carver Community Organization AARP Foundation Experience CorpsGovernment, Public Service, & Environment – American Red Cross Services to Armed Forces Totes of HopeHealth & Social Services – Program – Community Job Link through The Arc of EvansvilleHealth & Social Services – Project – Neighborhood Baby ShowerRecognition for Business or Organization LeadershipArts – Evansville Civic Theatre, Inc.Community & Neighborhood – Diamond GalleriaEducation – Optimal Rhythms/ACCESS AcademyGovernment, Public Service, & Environment – Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement DistrictHealth & Social Services – Just Stylin Salon FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare T! With over 1600 attendees, it was our BIGGEST YEAR EVER! We honored 175 nominees, giving 40 awards to servant leaders in our community. See the list of amazing recipients below!At the end of the evening, Lynn announced our name change to Leadership Everyone! Past and present board members came on stage, and a beautiful video from EXTEND GROUP. was played, highlighting LE’s diversity and inclusion over the past 41 years. “The name describes what happened at Celebration of Leadership this year—everyone was represented.  But it also describes the amazing inclusive work we have been doing with everyone, every year, every time!  ‘Leadership Everyone’ describes servant leadership at its best and it sets our region apart as one of the most collaborative and visionary communities, based on Leadership Everyone’s mission: ‘Diverse servant leaders transforming community.’  One short video says it all.”Our web page is now live. Please hang on tight as our social media pages and emails get updated! center_img And check out this videofrom In Depth with Brad Byrd, where he and Lynn talk about last night’s event! last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary between Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2.View Roundup 03-05 in a larger mapCrimes against propertyAt 2:01 p.m. on March 1, a suspect entered the Pertusati University Bookstore and removed a textbook and placed it in his backpack. The suspect was transported to LAPD 77th Street Division and charged with theft.Miscellaneous incidentsat 2:53 a.m. on March 2, a staff member parked and secured his vehicle in the University Village parking lot. When he returned, his right rear side window was smashed but no property was missing.at 1:43 a.m. on March 2, DPS responded to two suspects pouring what appeared to be gasoline on two couches on Orchard Avenue. DPS observed the substance to be motor oil not gasoline. The officers cleared the area and the incident was determined non-USC related.at 10:53 p.m. on March 1, a taxi driver on Adams Boulevard and Portland Street reported that he was involved in a business dispute over a cell phone. The driver said that during the struggle over the cell phone he was inadvertently hit in the face.at 3:57 p.m. on March 1, Environmental Health & Safety responded to an acidic liquid spill in Mudd Memorial Research Building. A student accidentally spilled the liquid onto her face. The student was transported to White Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.at 3:05 p.m. on March 1, DPS officers responded to a report of two students involved in an argument at the School of Cinematic Arts building and detained for questioning. Each party accused the other of pushing and shoving, but neither party desired criminal prosecution of the matter. Both parties were cited to Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.last_img read more