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Surge in police violence against journalists in India

first_img March 29, 2018 Surge in police violence against journalists in India IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PhotoreportageViolence RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 The protest that began on 24 March in New Delhi continued at the start of this week. Earlier this month, TV journalist Emmy Lawbei (right) posted on her social networks pictures of several bruises caused by police batons (photo: Money Sharma / AFP). IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PhotoreportageViolence RSF_en Follow the news on India News News News Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img On 24 March, New Delhi journalists staged a major demonstration about the issue after the latest example of police violence against journalists the day before, when police tried to break up a “pad yatra” (long march) in New Delhi by students and teachers from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Clearly trying to prevent media coverage of their dispersal of the university protest, the police manhandled and beat journalists, seizing cameras and injuring several reporters including Anushree Fadnavis, a women photojournalist with the Hindustan Times. Given the fact that in the recent past, there had been multiple incidents when scribes had been attacked by the police, many suspect the police were acting on orders from superiors when they resorted to violence. “We have registered at least four cases of police violence against the media in India in March alone,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This climate of hostility is intolerable. We urge the authorities to conduct thorough investigations into the violence and to apply the appropriate sanctions. Above all, the ministry of home affairs must issue clear directives to the police in the field, and to those who give them their orders, that the work and the safety of journalists must be respected throughout the country.” Extreme violence The latest case was on 25 March, when N. C. Shareef, a reporter for the daily newspaper Suprabhatham, was beaten by police and locked in a cell after going to a police station in Areekode, in the southwestern state of Kerala, in search of information about a local protest movement. On 10 March, at least seven journalists were injured when police beat them with batons as they tried to cover a student demonstration at the other end of the country, in the northeastern state of Assam. The victims included Emmy Lawbei of News18 TV, Catherine Sangi of All India Radio and Tridip Mandal of The Quint, who have described how they were badly beaten although they repeatedly tried to tell the police that they were journalists. This can be seen in videos of the events. Two days before that, a photojournalist who prefers not to be named was attacked by police while covering an operation against traders opposed to the closure of a market in Lajpat Nagar, a southeastern district of Delhi. After he took a photo of a police commander beating a trader, he was beaten by police officers, who took his camera and told him to delete the photo. He and a colleague were then taken to a police station. Impunity The surge in cases of police brutality against the media is all the more worrying because it nearly always goes unpunished. The outcome of a similar case of police violence in February 2017 does not bode well. A year later, the report of the investigation that was supposed to shed light on the events is now gathering dust in a cupboard at New Delhi police headquarter without any sanctions having been imposed by the police chief. The officer who conducted the investigation has meanwhile been moved to a more junior position. At a time when the Indian media are in mourning for the three journalists who were murdered in the space of 24 hours earlier this week, the Indian authorities must now set an example or else India is liable to fall even further in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, in which it is currently ranked 136th out of 180 countries. After at least four cases of police violence against journalists in India in March alone, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to take immediate steps to punish those responsible and to end the climate of police mistrust and hostility towards the media. Receive email alerts to go further India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media April 27, 2021 Find out more Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting News March 3, 2021 Find out more February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


June 12, 2021 0

England fight back to leave third Test balanced

first_img(REUTERS) – England fought back strongly to leave the third Test against Pakistan hanging in the balance after an enthralling third day in Birmingham yesterday.The hosts bowled out Pakistan for 400 before Alastair Cook and Alex Hales took them to 120 for no wicket in their second innings at the close, 17 runs ahead with two days remaining at Edgbaston.“It was a really good day. We felt like we put the ball in the right areas and put them under pressure,” England all-rounder Chris Woakes told Sky Sports.“Yesterday was tough, but we felt like we deserved more than we got. Today we got a few more rewards.”Pakistan moved on to 336 for five at lunch and looked set to establish a commanding first-innings lead but England picked up their last five wickets quickly to get a foothold in the match.Cook and Hales batted positively, the former ending on 64 not out and Hales taking a single off the final ball of the day to reach his first fifty of an intriguing series which is level at 1-1.After resuming on 257 for three, Pakistan lost the key wicket of Younus Khan in the morning session but captain Misbah-ul-Haq led from the front with a combative 56.Misbah was bowled by James Anderson before England’s leading strike bowler was ordered out of the attack for the rest of the innings after transgressing cricket’s follow-through laws for a third time.Anderson had apologised to the umpires on Thursday for his reaction to receiving his first two warnings for running on the pitch.Stuart Broad and Woakes claimed three wickets each to run through Pakistan’s lower order. ENGLAND 1st innings 297 (G. Ballance 70, M. Ali 63; S. Khan 5-96)PAKISTAN 1st inningsM. Hafeez c Ballance b Anderson 0S. Aslam run-out 82Az. Ali c Cook b Woakes 139Y. Khan c Bairstow b Woakes 31Misbah-ul-Haq b Anderson 56A. Shafiq b Broad 0S. Ahmed not out 46Y. Shah run-out 7M. Amir lbw b Woakes 1So. Khan lbw b Broad 7R. Ali c Root b Broad 4Extras: (b-5, lb-21, nb-1) 27Total: (all out, 136 overs) 400Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-181, 3-257, 4-274, 5-296, 6-358, 7-367, 8-368, 9-386.Bowling: J. Anderson 29.1-7-54-2, S. Broad 30-4-83-3 (nb-1), S. Finn 27.5-7-76-0, C. Woakes 30-7-79-3, M. Ali 17-2-79-0, J. Vince 1-0-2-0, J. Root 1-0-1-0ENGLAND 2nd inningsA. Cook not out 64A. Hales not out 50Extras: (lb-4, nb-2) 6Total: (for no loss, 35 overs) 120Fall of wickets: nilBowling: M. Amir 11-2-28-0, So. Khan 8-0-40-0 (nb-2), R. Ali 5-0-20-0, Y. Shah 11-1-28-0.last_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

Warriors HQ Podcast: What does the KD-Draymond kerfuffle mean?

first_imgMark Medina, Logan Murdock, Dieter Kurtenbach and Dan Brown were on the scene Tuesday night to sift through the details of the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green situation.Are these just friends and brothers who can hash it out and kiss and make up?Or are the threads of conflict too deep to get past and put this 3-peat machine back into gear?You can hear all of their thoughts on the complex issue via the player above or by going to iTunes, where you can subscribe to the Warriors HQ Podcast — and …last_img read more


December 21, 2019 0

Lions happy to be back home.

first_imgPublished on SouthAfrica.info on 9 March 2010. Click arrow to play video. Five lions escaped appalling living conditions in Europe to retire to South Africa. They arrived in December. Three months later, Times LIVE decided to visit the lions in the Free State to see how their conditions have improved.last_img


December 18, 2019 0

Music made for Mandela

first_img“It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world.” – Nelson Mandela (Image: BBC) Sello Hatang Chief Executive Officer Nelson Mandela Foundation 27 11 547 5600 [email protected] • Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela • National order for ‘Free Mandela’ songwriter Jerry Dammers • Jazz inspired by Mandela • Mandela and more at the Durban International Film Festival • Mandela: a life in booksSulaiman PhilipAtticus Finch, the champion of To Kill a Mockingbird, is the ideal fictional hero. He is the calm at the centre of the book, the polite strength who believes in the mind above the fist. Finch, played by Gregory Peck in the film, is the archetype of a certain kind of manliness – a self-assured poise expressed through lessons taught to his children. He shows leadership through quiet strength. Atticus Finch made you want to say: “That is an ideal of manliness that matters, that we should strive for.”At one point he says: “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” It is lessons like these that bring to mind Nelson Mandela, a South African hero who comes closest to the heroic fictional ideal. Mandela’s heroism and idealism set him above most, and his life has inspired artists to create great works. He is the canvas on which artists express ideas about the world and how it should be.In music, Mandela influenced artists across genres stretching back to his life in prison. When American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron released Johannesburg in 1975, heroic Mandela was just an idea. His example influenced lyrics such as “glad to see resistance growing”.More than a decade later, in 1987, Mandela was three years from being released unconditionally from prison, a day that few in South Africa could imagine. The country was in the middle of an oppressive state of emergency, when any opposition to the apartheid government was met with force. Bright Blue boomed into this world, deeply influenced by the country in which the band was born. The music was a mix of the eighties English pop of white suburbia, the swing and swagger of township jive, and the African rhythms and harmonies of mbaqanga.It was one of many South African bands at the time, all mixing up a uniquely South African sound and urging an end to apartheid. But the song that separates Bright Blue from their contemporaries was written while Dan Heymann was serving in the South Africa Defence Force, the old apartheid army into which all white males over the age of 18 were conscripted for two years. The melancholy Weeping, with its sly dig at the apartheid regime in the intro – hinting at the then-banned ANC anthem Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika – lifted the song with its moving, angry lyrics and iconic saxophone break into one of the most important South African songs.Pop is not the only genre inspired by Mandela, and an opera influenced by him is not a disparate idea. Madiba loved music and the Mandela Trilogy opera brings together different genres that sound-tracked his life. It is a polished piece written by South Africans that tries to unravel the enigma of a man whose life seemed to be an open book.The opening act, with its Xhosa choral pieces, deals with his youth in the Transkei. The second act, with its township jazz soundtrack, is the most vibrant and covers his life up to the Rivonia Trial. The optimistic finale is Madiba free from prison and balancing the demands for freedom now with the realities of leadership. It is trite but beautifully captures the spirit of the nation throwing off the shackles.In the years after he stepped down from the presidency, Mandela was known to have enjoyed sitting in his Houghton home in Joburg, watching the sun set while listening to classical music. His biography, Long Walk to Freedom, inspired composer Wilhelm Kaizer Lindemann to produce Hommage à Nelson M, for cello & percussion, Op.27.And the youth orchestra at the Frank Pietersen Music Centre in Paarl, founded in 1970 as an outlet for disadvantaged youth, has won international acclaim for its orchestral piece, A Song for Mandela.Pablo Picasso once said that art exists to wash the dust off our souls. Artists, however, need inspiration, and they find it in the best of us. Artists have used Madiba’s example to fill in the Technicolor glory of the world of which Nelson Rohlihlala Mandela dreamed.last_img read more


December 18, 2019 0

PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds

first_imgLATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Vietnam ruled the event with 8.43, while Thailand was second with 8.37.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former world champion Rani Ortega hugged the three jins, whom she had mentored after the scores were flashed on the screen of the KLCC Hall 1.It was a big relief for the Philippine taekwondo team here as Malaysian competitors were getting scores deemed too high for their performances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We didn’t play like we are the defending champion. We still worked on it like this was our first time,” said Dustin.Dustin and Raphael won the same event in 2013 with a different teammate, and the 2015 edition with Reyes in tow. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I said to myself I will avenge my defeat,” said a teary-eyed Reyes after it was clear that they won the gold. Malaysia was second and Indonesia was third (8.04).Reyes, earlier, vied for gold but ended up with bronze in the men’s individual event which the Malaysian took.The trio won bronze in the World Championships in 2014 before bagging the 2015 SEA Games gold in Singapore.“We are very happy because we worked very hard for it,” said Dustin who along with the team also won bronze in the 2016 World Championships in Peru and this year’s Korea Open.The women’s team of Jocel Lyn Ninobla, Rinna Babanto and Juvenille Faye Crisostomo in poomsae won bronze in the event with a score of 8.27.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Philippine poomsae team of (L to R) Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella performs its routine in the finals of men’s poomsae team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The Filipinos took home the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines scored a gold medal in taekwondo men’s team poomsae via defending champion Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday.Completing a routine with grace and snap, the Philippines accumulated 8.40 points to overcome title favorite Malaysia (8.34).ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

Koreas to meet IOC in February on joint Olympic bid

first_imgSeoul, Dec 14 (AFP) The two Koreas on Friday agreed to hold talks with the International Olympic Committee on their joint bid for the 2032 Summer Games in February, Seoul said, as a rapid diplomatic thaw takes hold on the peninsula.North and South Korean officials will meet with the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland on February 15 to discuss the prospects of co-hosting the 2032 Olympics, according to a joint statement following a cross-border meeting on Friday.Making a joint bid for the 2032 Games was part of a broader agreement made between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in during their third summit in Pyongyang in September.If it materialises, it will mark the first time for the Olympics, summer or winter, to be shared by two countries.The two sides also agreed to form unified teams at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics in 2020, in addition to their earlier deal to jointly compete at the Olympics in the same year.They have yet to determine which Olympic sport will have North and South Koreans on the same team, but the South’s chief delegate said a decision will be reached in the next few weeks.”We agreed to narrow down the sports to those that will see a synergy effect under cooperation between the South and North,” vice sports minister Roh Tae-kang said after the meeting, according to pool reports.The two Koreas technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty with military clashes often erupting along the frontier.advertisementBut ties improved markedly after Pyongyang sent athletes and top delegates — including leader Kim’s younger sister — to the 2018 Winter Games held in the South in February, for which the two rivals also formed a joint women’s ice hockey team.Kim has made a series of reconciliatory gestures since then, including a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June and three summits with Moon — a dove who advocates dialogue with the North. (AFP) RUPRUPlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0