Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown October 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 On eve of second anniversary of Politkovskaya murder, her son asks journalists not to forget her Follow the news on Belarus June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, Ilya Politkovskiy, the son of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and Roza Malsagova, the editor of the Ingush news website Ingushetiya.ru, gave a news conference today at Reporters Without Borders headquarters in Paris about the press freedom situation in Russia, especially developments in the Politkovskaya murder case and recent events in the Caucasus.“Dmitri Medvedev’s election as president has brought no improvement in the press freedom situation in Russia. The broadcast media are under the Kremlin’s control and violence against journalists has not decreased” Julliard said, opening the news conference, held three days before the second anniversary of Politkovskaya’s murder in Moscow on 7 October 2006. Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Her son, Politkovskiy, reported that the murder case was transferred yesterday to a military court because one of the defendants is a former member of the Federal Security Service (the ex-KGB). “Our fear now is that the trial will be held behind closed doors,” he said.Politkovskiy insisted that, regardless of what the Russian judicial authorities say, “the case cannot be considered closed because the defendants include neither the person who fired the shots nor the people who were behind my mother’s death.”He asked journalists “not to forget my mother” and voiced his concern that, after the trial, the case will be regarded as closed and the real perpetrators will be left alone. “It is important that the media’s attention does not flag,” he said, adding that the family had brought a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights for “violation of the right to life” (article two of the convention).Malsagova talked about the murder of Ingushetiya.ru’s owner, Magomed Yevloyev, on 31 August. Arrested as he disembarked in Ingushetia from a flight from France, he was found shot in the head a few hours later. Ingush government investigators described his murder as “death through negligence.”“Magomed was the owner of the only website talking about the situation in Ingushetia, about the kidnappings and murders of young men by the special services and the Ingush police,” Malsagova told the news conference. “I take the responsibility of saying that Magomed’s death was an act of revenge by senior Russian and Ingush officials.”Photo Credits : Pierre Payan to go further News May 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, Ilya Politkovskiy, the son of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and Roza Malsagova, the editor of the Ingush news website Ingushetiya.ru, gave a news conference today at Reporters Without Borders headquarters in Paris. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out more
News Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the unacceptable escalation in harassment of themedia by the authorities in Nakhchivan, an autonomous Azerbaijani exclave between Armeniaand Iran, especially last week’s expulsion of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reporter YafezHasanov (Яфез Xасанов).Hasanov was abducted on 31 August by three unidentified men in plain-clothes using the kindof car that government security officials normally drive. They drove him to the Iranian border andtold him to return to the Azerbaijani capital of Baku via Iran. If he set foot in Nakhchivan duringthe next month, “it will cost you,” they told him.“After death threats and intimidation, Nakhchivan’s authorities are displaying exceptionalinventiveness in expanding their already complete repressive arsenal against the media,”Reporters Without Borders said.“Their latest invention, deporting a journalist from his own country to one that criminalizesjournalism, shows a complete contempt for legal appearances and a feeling of complete impunity.How far will they have to go before the central government and the international communitydecide to do something to half this escalation?”Hasanov had gone to the Julfa district of Nakhchivan to investigate Turac Zeynalov’s death (see below) indetention, a story that the local authorities are trying at all costs to suppress becauseit exposes the cruelty of the methods they use. Hasanov’s abductors told him not to meddle, tookhis passport and returned it with an exit stamp when they reached the border. Once inside Iran,Hasanov managed to return to Baku by taxi the next day. This entailed a degree of risk as RFE/RL has been classified as an “illegal organization” by the Iranian authorities.Malahat Nasibova (Малахат Насибовa – see below), a Nakhchivan-based reporter for the independent news agency Turan, hasmeanwhile been subjected to intense pressure since receiving a summons from the Ministry ofNational Security (MNS) for trying to interview members of the Zeynalov family.She and her husband have received death threats by telephone and SMS in recent days. Aftershe reported that an MNS official had called her an “enemy of the people,” the official’s motherthreatened her yesterday outside her home. “Who are you to quote my son’s name on theInternet,” the woman said. “You will see what I can do to you. You can do nothing against us. TheMNS supports us.”At a news conference on 2 September, Nasibova described the Nakhchivan AutonomousRepublic as a “laboratory of repression” for the rest of the country. “The repressive methodstested in Nakhchivan are then applied on a larger scale throughout Azerbaijan,” she said. “Itwas in Nakhchivan that demonstrators were first confined to a psychiatric hospital. It was inNakhchivan that journalists were kidnapped for the first time.”There was no comment from the government in Baku in response to her comments about humanrights violations in this remote province. The deafening silence makes an international reaction allthe more urgent, so that violations of this kind do not spread to the rest of the country.Reporters Without Borders joins Nasibova and other journalists and human rights activists inurging the national media and foreign embassy personnel to go to Nakhchivan in order to shedlight on these unacceptable practices.—–30.08.2011 – Authorities in lawless Nakhchivan impose news blackout on detainee’s deathReporters Without Borders is appalled by the way that security officials in Nakhchivan – an autonomous Azerbaijani exclave between Armenia and Iran – have been harassing journalists in an attempt to impose a news blackout on a death in detention and the disappearance of four other young people who had been summoned for questioning.“After eliminating almost all the sources of news and information, Nakhchivan’s security services are carrying out intolerable human rights abuses with complete impunity,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The few independent journalists working there are under a great deal of pressure. The death of a citizen in detention one day after his arrest and the disappearance of four other people are test for the government of Azerbaijan, which signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is member of the Council of Europe and the OSCE.” “If the central government in Baku wants to demonstrate its sovereignty over Nakhchivan and it respect for its international obligations, it must immediately ensure that the media are able to operate there and it must rein in the regional authorities, who are resorting to increasingly violent authoritarian methods.”Journalists ran into problems when they tried to investigate the death in detention of Turac Zeynalov, a resident of Arazin, a village in the district of Julfa. While interviewing Zeynalov’s relatives, they were accosted by members of the Ministry of National Security (MNS), who tried to seize their cameras and microphones.Malahat Nasibova, a reporter for the independent news agency Turan, was insulted by an MNS official and accused of collaborating with “the nation’s enemies.” She was then summoned for questioning at MNS headquarters but decided not to go. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about her safety.Zeynalov did not return after responding to an MNS summons on 24 August. His relatives went to the ministry’s headquarters the next day and found his body. It bore the marks of severe beating and torture, especially on the head and face. Officials admitted “slapping him once or twice to teach him a lesson” but an MNS statement said he died “as a result of a cancer.” The family has not received any medical certificate about the cause of death and all their requests for information have met with silence from the authorities.The MNS claimed that Zeynalov committed “high treason” by spying for neighbouring Iran but no evidence of this has been produced and Nakhchivan’s authorities have refused to make any other comment aside from cautioning against “rumours.”In response to questions from journalists, the Azerbaijani interior minister in Baku said “Baku cannot interfere in Nakhchivan’s affairs.” It was the news agency Turan that reported that four other young people have disappeared after recently being summoned by the MNS.An increase in tension between Azerbaijan and Iran is just the latest pretext for a crackdown in Nakhchivan, where harassment of journalists has been on the increase recently (see below). Arbitrary detention, confinement in psychiatric hospitals and torture are all common in this autonomous territory. Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says September 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Stepping up harassment of media, Nakhchivan expels Azerbaijani reporter News Follow the news on Azerbaijan Receive email alerts to go further RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Help by sharing this information
In order to predict a political scenario that would most benefit the U.S. economy, the analysts at Wallet Hub dove deep into data. The researchers compared the condition of the economy under six different situations in which either Democrats or Republicans control one branch of government or both the presidency and legislature. Then they examined each setup according to 13 key economic performance indicators, ranging from “real gross domestic product (GDP) growth” to “poverty rate” to the “consumer and mortgage debt per capita.”They didn’t stop there. The authors went on to analyze each metric under the administration of each president who served between 1950 and 2019, in order to report “which president had the most positive impact on the economy.”The full report including graphics and methodology is available on WalletHub’s website.According to the report, the political mix under which the U.S. economy stands the best chance features a Republican congress and a Democratic President.Home values typically increase an average 4.67% under a Democratic President and a blended congress; as it relates to consumer and mortgage debt, a situation wherein a Democrat is President and the congress is split would be “best,” WalletHub found, with a $1,252 average decrease.Broken down further, some more of WalletHub’s specific findings:S&P averages 16.22% better under Democratic President and Republican congress.GDP growth rate shows 4.22% better performance under both Democratic President and congress.Employment rates show most improvement, .85%, under a Democratic President and a blended congress.Poverty goes down by .66% under a Democratic President and a Republican congress.Gas prices dip by an average of $.20 under a Republican President and a blended congress.The health insurance rates improve with a Democratic President and mixed congress (uninsured rate down 1.23% on average).Job growth is up 2.80% on average under a Democratic President and congress.Household income improves an average of $1,524 under a Democratic President and a Republican congress.National debt as a percentage of GDP dips an average of .76% with a Democratic President and Republican congress.Trade increases by $22 billion under a Republican President and Democratic congress.Numbers collected during the following time period: poverty rate from 1960, uninsured rate (’73), median income (’81) home price appreciation since 1964, trade deficit surplus from 1961, consumer/mortgage debt from ’51-’18—all other data used in the above findings were collected from 1950-2018.The study goes on to show every factor’s performance under each administration since Dwight D. Eisenhower and to detail its findings, taking inflation into consideration.To further expound on its findings, WalletHub posed questions to distinguished experts in economics and policy studies, including “Why do you think that the S&P 500 grew more under Democratic presidents paired with a Republican Congress, whereas GDP grew more under Democratic presidents paired with a Democratic Congress?”Robert E. Wright, a Fellow of Policy Studies at Georgia College and State University, explained that businesses dislike the uncertainty that accompanies big policy changes.”When power is split between the parties, big policy changes are less likely, allowing business leaders to forge ahead with plans that investors believe will be profitable, which of course induces them to shift resources into corporate stocks,” he said. “GDP growth is a much more complex phenomenon that is subject to short (business) and long term (structural) cycles along with external shocks (e.g., hurricanes, condition of trade partners) and a sizable random element (runs of good or bad luck). On top of all that, GDP growth is constrained by the build-up of centuries of existing policies.”In short, he thinks it’s a mistake to believe that any political scenario has much influence over macroeconomic conditions.In fact, all of the experts more or less agreed on that sentiment.Shantanu Bagchi, Associate Economics Professor at Towson University, called the above a difficult question to answer, “not because of the differences in their plans, but because of the nature of economic growth as a phenomenon itself.”He added, “Economic growth is a long-term measure of prosperity, and no one President can single-handedly create an environment the promotes sustained economic growth over a 20-30 year period. Future economic growth requires investment in technology, machines and equipment, and human capital today. The private sector does pretty well as far as investing in machines and equipment is concerned, but technology and human capital are areas where the government can play a crucial role.”From that perspective, he said, “Biden’s plan is more well-rounded than Trump’s, because it appears to be informed by real economics and not rhetoric.”Another belief the panelists shared is that “getting COVID-19 under control” is paramount to economic growth. They also stressed that economic recovery depends on action and not “ideology.””Ideologies are not the engine of growth,” said Gabriele Camera, Professor at The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.”History teaches us that ideology-based policymaking, be it of a political or religious flavor, has not been kind to human societies. Economic science teaches us that investment in human and physical capital, the availability of trusted social institutions, the freedom to think, trade, and experiment with novel ideas and methodologies is what ultimately matters.” Home / Daily Dose / Data Determines ‘Best Political Mix’ for the U.S. Economy Data Determines ‘Best Political Mix’ for the U.S. Economy October 13, 2020 1,076 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Previous: Altisource Expands Operations Next: Wildfire Impact on California’s Housing Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. 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27 Oct 2016 Aimi follows in champion footsteps to promote disability golf English golfer Aimi Bullock played in the footsteps of Padraig Harrington when she tackled the 18th hole at the Portugal Masters.Aimi, a member at Woking and Sunningdale Ladies’ Golf Clubs, was one of six players selected to represent championship’s official charity, the European Disabled Golf Association.The European Tour event – which was won by Harrington – raised at least 22,000 euros for the charity and the money will be used to help train professionals, therapists, teachers and community workers to introduce golf to children with disability.Aimi, who has multiple sclerosis, joined the other five EDGA players at clinics where they showcased their talents – and challenged some of the pros to one-handed and one-legged putting contests.The six golfers were also able to play the final hole immediately after the end of the third round. They were accompanied by suitably bibbed caddies and by a commentary on play broadcast over the loudspeakers.Aimi said: “Playing the 18th was the highlight – and I did pretty good, avoiding the water unlike some of the guys. I hit a good drive, laid up, wedge into green and had a great two putt. I was very happy with bogey playing under spotlight for first time!She added: “The experience was amazing but exhausting, it’s going take a while to recover.”Aimi is one of five English golfers with disabilities who have shared their experiences to inspire more people to take up golf.Captions: Aimi Bullock (top) at the Portugal Masters and below, with the other EDGA volunteers. (Images courtesy EDGA).