Journalists attacked over coverage of crackdown on November 17 terrorist group

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders today voiced its concern about the recent attacks again Greek journalists and news organisations that have taken place against a backdrop of controversy about news coverage of the arrests of members of the November 17 terrorist group.”The use of violence against journalists is never justified,” ReportersWithout Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said, urging those who take issue with coverage of the November 17 arrests to voice their criticisms verbally in forums for public debate. “Those who accuse the press of bias on this issue should use democratic means to put their case.”On 2 October, some 20 helmeted individuals, apparently members of an anarchist group, attacked the Athens offices of the daily newspaper Apogevmatini, tossing Molotov cocktails and setting fire to several vehicles. The newspaper’s staff were at work at the time, but no one was hurt. The assailants all fled before the police arrived. The newspaper, whose owner Nikos Momfertos was murdered by November 17 in 1985, had come out clearly in favour of cracking down on the terrorist group, which hasclaimed responsibility for the deaths of a total of 23 Greek and foreignfigures since 1975.During a march on the US embassy in Athens on 26 September, protesters destroyed a truck belonging to the private television channel Mega, and caused minors injuries to a reporter and two technicians. Several news photographers and cameramen had their equipment destroyed. Messages of support for November 17 were found written on walls.On 13 September, about 30 presumed anarchist militants attacked TVjournalists filming outside the Athens home of Ioanas Kourtovic, a lawyer who is defending two of the detainees accused of being November 17 members.The assailants asked the journalists what they were doing there and accused them of biased coverage. They threw their cameras to the ground, hit the journalists, and then made off before the police arrived. GreeceEurope – Central Asia Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom Organisation April 29, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information News News RSF_en center_img News June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU October 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists attacked over coverage of crackdown on November 17 terrorist group Follow the news on Greece The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Receive email alerts GreeceEurope – Central Asia February 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journalists targeted in pro and anti-Lula protests in Brazil

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas Condemning abuses Violence AFP PHOTO / PAULO PINTO – FOTOS PUBLICAS April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the unacceptable physical and verbal attacks on media outlets and reporters prior to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s imprisonment and calls on both authorities and demonstrators to respect the work of the media. At least eight journalists were attacked on 7 April by demonstrators who had gathered outside the headquarters of the ABC metalworkers’ union in the state of São Paulo in a show of support for Lula shortly before he surrendered to the authorities.Reporters with three radio stations, CBN, Bandnews FM and Jovem Pan, and three TV channels, Bandnews, Rede TV and Globo, were subjected to verbal and physical violence while covering Lula’s last minutes of freedom. Some crews had to leave the area for security reasons.Similar incidents were reported in different cities on 5 April. In São Paulo and Brasilia, the vehicles of reporters for Bandnews FM and the Correio Braziliense newspaper were attacked and their windows were smashed. In João Pessoa, the capital of the northeastern state of Paraíba, demonstrators attacked the headquarters of Cabo Branco TV, Globo TV’s local associate.“The Brazilian authorities must ensure the safety of the media, whose work at this time of great political tension is fundamental,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.”Brazilian journalists are being unfairly targeted and are the leading victims of the frustration of demonstrators, who link them directly the media outlets they work for. This is a serious violation of freedom of the press and information, which the country badly needs amid the current political turmoil.”Attacks on media outlets and investigative reporters are common in Brazil. On 26 March, someone opened fire on the headquarters of the Jornal dos Bairros Litoral, a weekly newspaper in the southern state of Paraná.Lula’s imprisonment has exacerbated the already considerable polarization in Brazil since President Dilma Rousseff ‘s impeachment and removal in 2016. The presidential election due to be held in October could fuel the climate of mistrust and hostility towards the media.Brazil is ranked 103rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 10, 2018 Journalists targeted in pro and anti-Lula protests in Brazil Organisation News Receive email alerts RSF_en News BrazilAmericas Condemning abuses Violence News Follow the news on Brazillast_img read more

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Malabo correspondent of AFP and RFI completes 100 days in city jail

first_img Reports News Organisation Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Rodrigo Angue Nguema, the Malabo correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, who has been held in the capital’s Black Beach prison for the past 100 days. He was tried on a defamation charge on 1 September but the court has yet to issue a verdict.“Held for three months in pre-trial detention and another three weeks since his trial, Nguema still does not know his fate,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This long wait is incomprehensible. Imprisonment is a disproportionate punishment for defamation and we urge the authorities to amend the legislation that allows this.”The prosecutor’s office did not present charges against Nguema when he appeared at a public hearing in Malabo on 1 September in connection with the defamation action brought against him by the head of the national airline Ceiba, Mamadou Jaye, on 17 June. The court deferred its verdict.The only journalist in Equatorial Guinea working as a correspondent for international news organisations, Nguema was sued by Jaye over a report that he had embezzled 3.5 billion CFA francs (5 million euros) and skipped the country in April.Nguema got his information from rumours circulating online, which he thought he had confirmed by talking to local sources, above all at Malabo airport. The story turned out to be wrong and he quickly admitted his mistake.When a Reporters Without Borders delegation was received in Paris by the ambassador of Equatorial Guinea, Federico Edjo Ovono, on 18 September, the organisation said it would like to visit the country soon. RSF_en News Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship June 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go furthercenter_img News September 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Malabo correspondent of AFP and RFI completes 100 days in city jail Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives November 27, 2020 Find out more Equatorial GuineaAfrica Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea Equatorial GuineaAfrica May 18, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Sex differences influence organ transplant rejection rate

first_imgMen and women who receive donated organs can have different rates of transplant rejection, in some cases influenced by the sex of the donor, according to a new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).The study assesses what is currently known about the influence of biological sex differences, possible mechanisms that may explain discrepancies between rejection rates for male and female recipients, and what questions remain to be explored. Their analysis is published this week in Trends in Immunology.“In solid organ transplantation, the importance and implications of the sex of both the donor and the recipient have long been underappreciated,” said Stefan G. Tullius, chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at BWH and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. “The differences may be subtle but I think they are very relevant, particularly as we move toward individualizing immunosuppression and try to find ways to be more specific in our treatment. I think understanding the relevance of sex differences will play a significant role in this.”Data on transplant rejection rates have been correlated with specific patterns of donor and recipient sex in several types of transplanted organs, including kidneys and hearts. In kidney transplantation, female donor sex has been associated with an increased rate of transplant rejection, especially among male recipients. In cardiac transplantation, organs from female donors have also had lower rates of success than organs from male donors; however, in contrast to kidney transplantation, these differences are only consistently present in male recipients, and are absent in female recipients. The authors also note the importance of age — among women 45 and older, they observed a positive effect among female recipients, especially when they received a transplant from a female donor.Tullius and his colleagues describe two important categories of molecular sex differences that may influence immune response and help account for the different rates: genetics and hormones. Approximately 50 genes on the X chromosome have immunological functions, and may be more variably expressed in females. The Y chromosome, on the other hand, harbors genetic loci for male-specific antigens. Different hormonal environments in males and females may influence multiple immune cell types that express hormone receptors.The team also notes that certain therapies that target hormone receptors — such as selective estrogen receptor modulators — could be used in the future to target these hormonally mediated differences between male and female immune responses. Further analysis in experimental and clinical models will be needed to determine if this kind of therapeutic approach may be helpful for organ transplantation.Transplant rejection is a complicated phenomenon with many contributing factors, and the researchers note that mismatched sex of a donor should not be cause for concern for transplant recipients.This work was supported in part by NIH grant RO-1AG039449.last_img read more

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GPL: Kotoko to play Aduana in Sunyani

first_imgThe Premier League Board has confirmed the Coronation Park in Sunyani as the venue for Asante Kotoko’s home game against Aduana Stars on Sunday.The league organisers announced the change of venue Wednesday.“Following the temporary ban of Asante Kotoko from using the Baba Yara Stadium as its home ground, the Premier League Board has decided that the 27th Week league match between Asante Kotoko SC and Aduana F/C on Sunday 19th May, 2013 should be played at the Sunyani Sports stadium,” a PLB statement read.last_img

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Muguruza, Stephens post straight-set wins at French Open

first_imgSpain’s Garbine Muguruza plays a shot against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS — Former champion Garbine Muguruza and last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens both posted straight-set wins Wednesday to reach the third round of the French Open.On a sunny morning in the French capital, Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.ADVERTISEMENT Seeded 19th this year, Muguruza won the title at Roland Garros in 2016 when she upset Serena Williams in the final. The Spanish player is expected to face tougher opposition in her next match against ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who progressed to the third round without hitting a shot.Svitolina was set to play 67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova but organizers said the Ukrainian player withdrew with “intercostal pain.” She twice reached the quarterfinals in Paris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsStephens, who lost to Simona Halep in last year’s final, needed a bit more time to prevail 6-1, 7-6 (3) against the gritty but error-prone Sara Sorribes Tormo.In a match that featured 11 breaks of serve, Stephens could not hold on to a 3-0 lead in the second set and Sorribes Tormo twice had the opportunity to level at 1-set apiece on her serve. A turning point came in the 11th game when the 22-year-old Spaniard hit two consecutive double-faults to drop serve. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The seventh-seeded Stephens hit a series of winners in the tiebreaker and sealed the match with a backhand down the line.“Just decided to keep it exciting, to play a bit longer on that court,” Stephens joked. “I missed it from last year.”Later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were to play German qualifiers in second-round matches. Federer faces 144th-ranked Oscar Otte while Nadal meets 114th-ranked Yannick Maden.Federer is playing at Roland Garros after a four-year absence. Nadal is aiming for a record-extending 12th title at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Column: Metta World Peace finally finds his peace PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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BC premier and jobs minister sued by fired LNG advocate claiming 5

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s fired liquefied natural gas advocate is suing Premier John Horgan, the province’s jobs minister and a New Democrat MP in a lawsuit claiming $5 million in damages.Gordon Wilson alleges in a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court that Horgan made defamatory statements to news media earlier this month by saying there’s no evidence of any written reports or briefings to back up his salary.The statement of claim says Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston told a media outlet Wilson’s contract was terminated because an internal review uncovered no documents to support $550,000 in payments since 2013.Wilson also quotes in the claim a Facebook post by British Columbia MP Rachel Blaney in which she implies taxpayers money could have been used to meet other needs, such as housing.Wilson says in his claim that information detailing his work on LNG was available on a government website but was negligently or wilfully overlooked and neither Horgan nor Ralston discussed any employment issues with him.Horgan cited the court case in declining comment, Ralston wasn’t available for comment and Blaney could not be reached on Friday.Ralston and Blaney say in separate Facebook posts their claims about there being no written reports were inaccurate, they regretted making the statements and apologize to Wilson.No statements of defence have been filed and none of the allegations made in the statement of claim have been tested in court.Wilson asserts that his termination soon after the NDP’s election victory was “political payback” for his support of former premier Christy Clark, who appointed him as LNG advocate.The statement of claim alleges Wilson has been seriously injured in character, credit and reputation and the comments have negatively affected his ability to obtain employment as a government or industry consultant or advocate.last_img read more

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Post Holdings buying Bob Evans Farms in 153B deal

first_imgST. LOUIS – Bob Evans Farms is being sold to Post in a deal worth about $1.53 billion, giving the cereal maker a stronger presence in the grocery store through Bob Evans’ valuable refrigerated sides business.Bob Evans makes things like refrigerated potato, pasta and frozen convenience food items under a number of brands other than Bob Evans, such as Owens, Country Creek and Pineland Farms. Bob Evans, founded in 1948, also has a foodservice business that sells products including sausage, sausage gravy, breakfast sandwiches and side dishes. It sold its restaurant chain to Golden Gate Capital in April.Packaged food makers have struggled as Americans increasingly seek out non-processed foods. In August Campbell Soup said that it expected sales to continue to decline over the next year partly because of that trend, but also because of access to ready-to-cook meal delivery services and the desire to put more fresh produce on the dinner plate.Post Holdings Inc. — whose cereals include Fruity Pebbles, Honey Bunches of Oats and others — will pay $77 per Bob Evans share, a 5.6 per cent premium to the company’s Monday closing price of $72.93.Once the transaction closes, the St. Louis company plans to combine its own refrigerated retail egg, potato and cheese business with Bob Evans. The refrigerated retail business will be led by Bob Evans President and CEO Mike Townsley.The boards of both companies have approved the sale, which is targeted to close in Post’s second quarter next year. Bob Evans’ shareholders must still sign off on the deal.Shares of Bob Evans Farms Inc. jumped nearly 6 per cent in Tuesday morning trading.last_img read more

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76ers Andrew Bynum Considering Knee Surgery

Andrew Bynum is considering arthroscopic knee surgery that would end any chance of him playing this season for the Philadelphia 76ers,  general manager Tony DiLeo said.Meanwhile, the organization has yet to decide whether to sign the one-time All-Star center when he becomes a free agent after this season.“He is Plan A,” DiLeo said. It was his first public comments about Bynum since the 7-footer on Friday announced a setback in his rehab from what could be career-threatening knee injuries.The 76ers gave up young prospects in Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless, along with former All-Star Andre Iguodala, in the four-team deal that moved Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers  last summer. They built their entire team around Bynum as the building block. He has not played a minute because of knee troubles.Should Bynum get healthy and sign somewhere else, it would be a colossal blunder for the Sixers. Bynum experienced knee soreness over the summer, then injured his other knee bowling.The Sixers might still be able to get something for Bynum if they don’t re-sign him, in the event of a sign-and-trade, but that would require a team with cap space to absorb him and return assets. Bynum has previously said he’s interested in playing for Houston, which has the assets, but would the Rockets want to take on the risk of Bynum, given his health?Bynum is not worried about getting the deal he wants, nor should he. It’s a weak free-agency class, and he’s a top-quality center in a terrible time for centers.But  for everyone else, the risk is severe and complicated. We’ll keep you updated on whether Bynum goes in for surgery. read more

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