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

Improved skills vital for Silicon Glen staff

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. After another manufacturing plant closure in the electronics sector, the ElectronicsIndustry Action Plan is vital for survival. Colin Wright examinesThe closure of NEC’s manufacturing plant at Livingston in Scotland’s‘Silicon Glen’ is the latest blow for the ailing electronics industry. The plant closure earlier this month follows that of Motorola, Compaq andHyundai, and the area has lost 10,300 jobs since 1999. Nearly 6,000 jobs havebeen cut over the past year. The cuts prompted former Scottish Enterprise Minister Wendy Alexander to launchan Electronics Industry Action Plan (EIAP) to identify and tackle the problemsthe sector is facing. The investigation found that Scotland’s electronics industry ischaracterised by large-scale assembly and manufacturing operations, but theseare ‘highly vulnerable’ to competition from other countries in Eastern Europeand the Asia Pacific region. Labour rates are significantly lower in theseregions. NEC’s experience supports the findings. HR director Maidie Cahill said:”The decision to close the plant at Livingston had nothing to do with theskills of the staff or the productivity levels, but with what is happening inthe world markets and, in particular, Japan. This was much more a globaldecision than anything to do with the way the operation was run. “An indication of the quality of the workforce can be seen by therapidity of its placement in other posts. Since we made the announcement morethan 80 per cent of all staff have been resettled, which says a lot about howhighly regarded they are.” The total number employed directly in the Scottish electronics industry hasfallen to 35,000 with a further 30,000 estimated to be employed indirectly. Theplan aims to protect these remaining jobs. “The skills issue is the singlemost important element in the industry’s transition,” states the EIAP. It concludes: “There will be a shift in the balance of skills required,with a reduction in low skill, low value jobs and an increase in the proportionof high skill, high value jobs.” As part of the practical help being offered to firms, the Executive hasagreed to help with staff retraining and management development. Skillsretraining is being offered to employees on debugging, servicing and repair,supply chain management, product design, software programming and customerservice. Managers are being offered development in areas such as e-commerce andenterprise resource planning. Silicon Glen employers support the drive. Neil Fraser, HR manager withNational Semiconductors, said: “We are constantly reviewing our policiesand we are conscious that we can’t compete on costs so we compete on skills andquality of work. In some of the local organisations we visit most of the staffare effectively just assembly workers – we want more for our staff than that.””Some of the work previously done by maintenance engineers, forexample, is now being done by manufacturing technicians. No-one talks ofdemarcation here,” he said. National Semiconductors announced in early June that it is to invest £20m inits chip-making and design facility in Greenock, which employs 600 people. Training and development manager Grace Mitchell explained that two years agothe company retrained 958 people when a manufacturing line was closed. “We upskilled all the staff using a step-by-step approach instead ofthe former ‘buddy’ system. This involved staff learning tasks until they coulddo them without hesitation or error. The average training time using the buddysystem was 168 hours whereas using the new system this was reduced by 48 percent, with less wastage.” New approaches to skills development and training will be needed for SiliconGlen to survive. The EIAP concludes: “IT is becoming increasinglypervasive on manufacturing systems and daily working life. This requiresoperators, ancillary staff, and management to constantly upgrade skills andposition the industry as a leader in technological change.” Comments are closed. Improved skills vital for Silicon Glen staffOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more