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Media are collateral victims of surge in tension

first_imgNews Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Organisation to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia (Photos: Ozan Kose / AFP) Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders calls for a de-escalation in tension and respect for freedom of information in Turkey. Tension has mounted dangerously since last week’s suicide bombing in Suruç and the media have been affected both by government censorship and generalized violence amid a resumption in fighting with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).Türkçe / Read in TurkishViewing the government as the accomplices of Islamic State, whose 20 July bombing in Suruç left 32 dead and more than 100 wounded, the PKK has been targeting Turkish policemen and soldiers, and government forces have responded with air strikes on both Islamic State in Syria and the PKK in Iraq.The peace process between the government and Kurdish rebels that began in late 2012 is now completely derailed. At the same time, clashes have erupted throughout the country between the security forces and various opposition groups. In the name of “combatting terrorism,” the authorities have arrested hundreds of activists, especially in pro-Kurdish circles. And journalists are paying dearly for this decline in the political climate.Massive censorshipShortly after the start of the air strikes, the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB) ordered the blocking of around 100 news and information websites on 25 July. And, in accordance with recent amendments to Internet legislation, court decisions subsequently endorsed these orders.According to a list compiled by Engelli Web, a specialist website, at least 65 of the targeted sites are pro-Kurdish ones. They include the sites of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, the DIHA, ANHA and ANF news agencies, the Rojnews and BestaNûçe TV stations, and local newspapers such as Yüksekova Haber and Cizre Haber.Rudaw, a news website that supports the ruling party in Iraqi Kurdistan, and left-wing news outlets such as Sendika.org and the ETHA news agency have also been blocked.A total of 23 Twitter accounts have also been rendered inaccessible since 25 July and the entire Twitter website was blocked for several hours on 22 July after a local magistrates’ court banned photos and video of the Suruç bombing.Dozens of journalists yesterday brought a complaint against Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç for accusing the Evrensel and Özgür Gündem newspapers on 24 July of being “criminal machines.” The Reporters Without Borders representative in Turkey, Erol Önderoglu, supported this initiative.Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu meanwhile invited leading Turkish news media editors and executives to a briefing yesterday about the ongoing “anti-terrorist operations” and used the occasions to remind them of the government’s “red lines,” as Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously did at the height of the clashes with the PKK in 2011.The editors of three newspapers that support the religious and social movement led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gülen – Zaman, Taraf and Bugün – and the editor of the left-wing daily Birgün were not invited to the briefing.“What with their massive censorship of Kurdish newspapers and their attempts to control other media outlets, the authorities seem to be succumbing to their old reflexes,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“But far from calming things down, this repressive spiral will only accentuate frustrations and help to fuel tension. A return to the peace process and the continuation of democratic reforms, including reforms that encourage freedom of information, are an integral part of the solution to regional security challenges.”Bihr added: “A relaxation of the taboo on covering Kurdish issues was one of the very few positive aspects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s record, one otherwise marked by increasingly authoritarian excesses. A drastic reduction in the space for democratic debate would be disastrous for Turkish society and for the Turkish government’s international obligations.”TensionOn 24 July, the security forces defused a bomb outside the headquarters of the pro-government Star media group for which the MLKP, a small, far-left organization, was widely held responsible. The Star media group nonetheless issued a statement attacking the HDP, a pro-Kurdish party, and the Dogan media group, which supports the Kemalist opposition.Cüneyt Yavuz, a journalist with the Özgür Gündem daily, was injured by a teargas grenade during clashes between police and far-left activists in Istanbul on 26 July. He was covering a police operation near a mosque that was preventing the burial of a female activist who had been killed two days earlier.In response to the attacks on the media, Reporters Without Borders urges all parties to act with restraint and to do everything possible to ensure that journalists are able to work safely. Turkey is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit July 28, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media are collateral victims of surge in tension Related documents rsf_280715_tr-2.pdfPDF – 131.99 KB Newslast_img read more

Preston Lancashire hot spot

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Nigeria Drops Six Places Despite Massive Win against Cameroon

first_imgThe three-time African champions however swapped places with the Indomitable Lions in the continental grading with Nigeria now in the fifth position.It appears the victory recorded by the home-based Eagles against Benin Republic in the sub-regional WAFU Cup of Nations qualifiers count little in the final grading for September. Nigeria’s total point haul depreciated from 716 to 696.Nigeria’s only rival to next year’s World Cup, the Chipolopolo of Zambia, are still a lowly 78th in the world and 16th in Africa. Both teams have an October 7 date in Uyo that may determine which country grabs the Group B ticket to Russia 2018.Nigeria with 10 points from four matches is three points ahead of second-placed Zambia.At the top of African rankings is the Pharaohs of Egypt with fellow north Africans Tunisia in the second spot. Senegal is fourth with Burkina Faso (7th), Ghana (8th), Cote d’ Ivoire (9th) and Morocco completing the Top Ten power houses of African football.Globally, World champions Germany pushed Brazil back into second place to return to the top of the FIFA rankings.Germany’s 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic and their 6-0 drubbing of Norway in the World Cup qualifiers lifted them over the already-qualified Brazil, who dropped points in a draw away to Colombia.European champions Portugal climbed three places to third – even though they are second in their World Cup qualifying group behind Switzerland.In another surprise, Argentina is fourth in the rankings despite struggling to qualify for the World Cup after drawing its last two games – away to Uruguay and at home to Venezuela.The rankings made disappointing reading for Asia with only three sides in the top 50 – Iran, Japan and Australia.The next FIFA rankings will be announced on October 16 and used to determine the seedings in the draw for the four European playoff ties for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA RANKINGS Germany upstages Brazil to become Number One football nationDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Super Eagles dropped six places to 44 spot in the September FIFA rankings released Thursday despite the heavy defeat handed out to Cameroon in Uyo and one-all draw in Yaounde four days later in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.last_img read more

Setback fails to faze Weaver

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Jered Weaver downplayed any serious problems Friday, but the facts look alarming. Not only did Weaver say he will not throw from a mound for another two weeks, he also admitted to having an MRI in the days before spring training. “The way I throw, it’s obviously going to be issues,” Weaver said. “I’ve had issues with it ever since high school, ever since I was little. It’s just something that I’ve got to deal with and work it out. The MRI came back negative, so it’s just a matter of working it out.” Manager Mike Scioscia was not ready to commit to Weaver’s two-week timetable. “I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to be extended to where he’s going to miss any appreciable time of the season,” Scioscia said. “I think we’re going to see where it is when he gets on the mound, and it should happen shortly. If it takes two weeks, it takes two weeks, but I don’t think it’s going to be that long yet.” Kelvim Escobar also is dealing with lingering pain from last season. He was held out of pitchers’ fielding practice because of patella tendinitis in his left knee. “I’m going to stay away from the drills and do cardio and exercises and treatments until it gets better,” said Escobar, who will be examined by team doctor Lewis Yocum in the next few days. “I don’t want to deal with this all year again. It’s a pain. I dealt with it all last year.” Escobar said he doesn’t feel pain when he pitches, only during fitness running. Even though he looks like the Angels’ obvious opening-day starter, Scioscia refused to grant John Lackey that honor after just two days of workouts. “John certainly has made strides in the last three or four years of being a lead-dog guy in a rotation,” Scioscia said. “You’re excited about all five, but to start to label guys one, two, three doesn’t do anything for what we’re looking for. “You need five good guys, and if one guy is going to take the lead and be the guy that has the consistency and goes out there and stops losing streaks or carries winning streaks forward, that’s beautiful. John has that in him and he’s done it at times.” Along with being the staff ace, Lackey figures to find himself in a leadership role. “We lost some definite leaders in the clubhouse this off-season,” said Lackey, who has some experience in the role as his high school’s quarterback and football captain. “Guys will definitely have to step up, and it might be my turn to be one of those guys.” Francisco Rodriguez still is not ready to pitch from a mound because of a sore hamstring and was held out of pitchers’ fielding practice drills. … Bartolo Colon’s long-toss sessions have been extended to 90 feet, but he will need to get to about 160-180 feet to begin throwing from a mound. … Chone Figgins made his first appearance of the spring, doing some light throwing in the outfield. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The MRI on his right biceps came back negative for any serious problems. Weaver also said the biceps tendinitis that affected him last season is something he likely will deal with the rest of his career. center_img Despite it all, Weaver tried to be reassuring. “No, it’s not as huge as you guys think,” he said. Weaver’s pitching mechanics are blamed for the tendinitis, but those mechanics are also what has led to the 24-year-old’s success throughout his pitching career. “(They are) a little different mechanics – long,” said Weaver, who played long toss from 120 feet Friday. “And it’s a little different arm slot than everybody else. I kind of fly open, and it’s a little bit more stress on my shoulder. It just comes along with the mechanics and the deception, I guess.” When the tendinitis bothers him, Weaver said he feels soreness in the front of his right arm along the muscle where it attaches to the shoulder. last_img read more

49ers buzz: What we’re learning Friday at HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garçon will remain out of the 49ers lineup when they visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as this will be Goodwin’s second straight game he’s excused for an undisclosed, personal matter.“He’s going through some serious things that have happened,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday. “I’d like to let him tell them and not me, unless he tells me he wants me to.“Family concerns and things like that. Real stuff, and he’s having a real tough …last_img read more

Nigerian banking guru is number one

first_imgMallam Lamido Sanusi has been voted Africa’s Person of the Year 2011 by Forbes Africa, beating two Nobel laureates, a former president and Africa’s richest man. (Image: Leadership) Sanusi is on the cover of the publication’s December/January issue, in which he is dubbed A Banker Unafraid. (Image: Forbes Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Bishop  Forbes Africa: Managing Editor  +27 11 384 0300 RELATED ARTICLES • Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief • New Forbes Africa out in SA • SA judge on Forbes power list • Motsepe joins billionaires’ clubRay MaotaNigeria’s Central Bank governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, has been voted Africa’s Person of the Year 2011 by Forbes Africa, beating two Nobel laureates, a former president and the richest man in Africa.Sanusi masterminded the recovery of Nigeria’s financial sector by introducing radical reforms when he started his tenure as governor of the country’s central bank in 2009.After taking up his appointment on 1 June 2009, Sanusi facilitated the 400-billion naira (US$2.6-billion or R21-billion) bailout of Nigeria’s Afribank, Intercontinental Bank, Union Bank, Oceanic Bank and Finbank, and then dismissed most of those institutions’ chief executives.These reforms earned him the nickname “Sanusi Tsunami”.Sanusi won the epithet after bagging the most votes in an online poll by Forbes Africa, to find the individual who “for better or worse, has had the most influence on events of the year gone by”.He was pitted against Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel laureate and Africa’s first female head of state; Pedro Veron Pires, former president of Cape Verde and winner of the 2011 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership; Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote; and the recently deceased Kenyan environmental and political activist and Nobel laureate, Wangari Mathaai.Sanusi said: “Everything I achieved as governor is a collective result of the bank’s 5 000 hardworking employees.”He urged the government to tighten fiscal discipline and discourage imports, saying: “You cannot be exporting crude oil and be importing refined petrol”.Nigeria is one of the world’s leading petroleum suppliers.The inaugural Forbes Africa Person of the Year awards ceremony was held in Lagos, Nigeria, on 29 November 2011.Chris Bishop, the magazine’s managing editor, said: “Those shortlisted for the award had significant influence on the events of 2011 on the African continent.”The awards ceremony also celebrated Sanusi’s appearance on the cover of the publication’s December/January issue, in which he is referred to as A Banker Unafraid for his banking sector reforms.Forbes Africa was launched in late September 2011 and gracing its October/November cover was South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe.Motsepe said at the launch: “It’s a huge honour to be on the cover of this prestigious magazine, as the people that will feature in this publication will reflect just how excellent entrepreneurship has become in Africa.”Entrepreneurship and excellence in an individual’s field of profession seems to be a focus of Forbes Africa‘s content, as seen by the latest cover.Sanusi honoured at home and abroadSince assuming the role of governor Sanusi has been given honorary degrees from Nigerian universities and awards from leading publications.He has received honorary degrees from, among others, the University of Benin and Benue State University.He has been recognised as the 2010 and 2011 Central Bank Governor of the Year by The Banker – a high-profile magazine for the international banking industry; while Time magazine placed him in 2011’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.Various Nigerian publications including Silverbird, Leadership, The Nation and Tribune, named him Man of the Year between 2009 and 2011.Forbes Africa has also recognised the richest people in Africa in the December/January edition which features Sanusi on the cover.Africa’s richestThe list of Africa’s 40 richest people shows the continent’s importance to the world by showing how companies catering for local taste or international needs are creating wealth in the continent.According to the publication, the net worth of the combined 40 listed is $64.9-billion (R525-billion). They are all men and their average age is 61-years.South Africa has bragging rights with 15 people listed – the most from any other country.Representing their country are: Nicky Oppenheimer and family (2); Johann Rupert and family (4); Christoffel Wiese (8); Patrice Motsepe (10); Raymond Ackerman (25); Gerrit Thomas (GT) Ferreira (27); Lauritz (Laurie) Dippenaar (18); Jannie Mouton (31); Michiel Le Roux (33); Adrian Gore (34); Cyril Ramaphosa (36); Giovanni Ravazzotti (37); Markus Jooste (39); Paul Harris (40); and Stephen Saad (20).There are four billionaires from South Africa in the top 10.They are: Nicky Oppenheimer and family with a net worth of $6.5-billion (R52-billion). The Oppenheimers have been in the diamond industry for nearly a century. The family took a decision in early November to sell its 40% stake in De Beers.Johan Rupert and family have a net worth of $4.7-billion (R38-billion) from their involvement in luxury goods concern Richemont, a Swiss holding company that controls brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc and Chloé.Christoffel Wiese is the chairman and the largest single shareholder of the continent’s biggest retailer, low-price supermarket chain Shoprite. He has a net worth of $2.7-billion (R22-billion); while Patrice Motsepe, a mining magnate and football club owner who became South Africa’s first black billionaire, has a net worth of $2.5-billion (R20-billion).The diversity of the industries that these individuals represent is a true reflection that Africa, and South Africa in particular, can cater to the world’s needs.last_img read more


first_imgOn the Final day of last week’s X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, volunteers who had contributed to the tournament were publicly acknowledged by Touch Football Australia centrefield at the BCU Coffs Harbour International Stadium.Touch Football Australia National Media Coordinator Karley Banks provides this special insight into one the vital cogs in our Technical Volunteer army, with an inside look at the work performed by the Director of Elite Programs Cathy Gray, and respected National Selectors Les Wellbourne, and Karen Larose within the High Performance Youth Program.Please click on the below attachment to read the full story.Related Filesselectors_story_-_18s_2007-pdflast_img read more

10 months ago​Man City hesitate on making January acquisitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man City hesitate on making January acquisitionsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are hesitating on transfers this winter.The Citizens are facing some issues in the team, especially with Fernandinho injured.They have lost three of the last four league games to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City.But The Times claims that City are not going to invest in the team this winter.The board and coaching staff believes that City can catch up to the Reds with the squad they have.It is known that manager Pep Guardiola wants a central midfielder to compete with Fernandinho.But it appears he will have to wait until the summer to get that player last_img read more

10 days agoSouthampton want transfer guru to replace Ross Wilson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton want transfer guru to replace Ross Wilsonby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton will seek to replace Ross Wilson after his departure for Rangers.Wilson, who had been director of football operations at St Mary’s, has officially left Saints to head north of the border after four years on the south coast and is expected to take up a similar role at Ibrox. The Daily Echo says Saints are comfortable with the structure they have and the personnel leading the other areas of the club, but feel they need a proven expert in player trading.There is clearly much work to be done to the squad to restore Saints to a team regularly battling for the top ten, starting with shifting on a large amount of deadwood while also trying to bring in enough quality within their budget to improve.Saints remain committed to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and are fully bought into his plans and vision for the squad and are now seeking the right person to deliver for him. last_img read more