Moment of truth for freedom of information, concern on eve of elections

first_img to go further Organisation UkraineEurope – Central Asia March 26, 2021 Find out more (Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP) Follow the news on Ukraine Receive email alerts Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Related documents RWB contribution for Ukraine UPRPDF – 217.84 KB October 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Moment of truth for freedom of information, concern on eve of electionscenter_img News News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV RSF_en The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva will today examine the situation in Ukraine as part of the second cycle of the procedure known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Reporters Without Borders, which has consultative status with the United Nations, submitted a report for this review in April (available here).Six months later, the situation is even worse. With four days to go to parliamentary elections, Reporters Without Borders would like to sound the alarm about freedom of information in Ukraine.”We urge the Human Rights Council’s member to remind Ukraine to respect its international obligations and its own promises,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Respect for freedom of information has worsened to such as degree that the country is now at a turning point. The onus will be on the parliamentarians elected on Sunday to not only refrain from further repressive legislation but also to halt this dangerous trend and reverse direction.”Although Ukraine has just refrained from criminalizing defamation at the last minute, freedom of information is in great danger. The impunity enjoyed by those responsible for the frequent violence against journalists has created a climate of intimidation that encourages censorship, while the media landscape’s growing polarization in the run-up to the elections is exacerbating the tension.”It is essential that the Human Rights Council’s members remind Ukraine of recommendation No. 27, which it undertook to implement in 2008 and which has become a dead letter. The council said that it was high time that the government took ‘all measures necessary to ensure that all acts of violence against journalists be investigated and that appropriate punishments are meted out.'”Six journalists have been the victims grave acts of violence in the past three months and one of them died. No fewer than 25 other journalists have been prevented from working in a more or less violent manner and nine others have been clearly intimidated. “Despite recent progress in the investigation into Vasil Klymentyev’s 2010 disappearance, impunity remains the rule, starting with the emblematic case of Georgiy Gongadze’s murder in 2000. There has been a notable resumption of cases of pressure on independent media and within newsrooms. This lamentable state of affairs is unworthy of a country that will take over the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in January 2013.”Violence and impunity – a toxic environmentIn the latest serious case of violence against a journalist, Konstantin Kovalenko, a reporter for GolosUA’s online edition, was kidnapped, tortured and threatened by unidentified individuals in Berdichev, in the northern province of Zhytomyr, on the night of 15 October. His assailants forced him into car, hit him repeatedly in the stomach and back, subjected him to a simulated drowning and threatened to kill him in a forest. They did this to deter him from publishing the results of his investigation into vote-buying in the 63rd electoral district. Despite their threats, he filed a complaint and told the media about his abduction, but he thinks he is still in danger.Dmytro Volkov, a reporter for 1+1 TV’s investigative programme “Hroshi,” was attacked and badly beaten as he was returning to his home in Kiev on the night of 26 September. His editor, Maxym Sukhenko, said he was accosted from behind by two unidentified men, one of whom hit him very hard on the head saying, “If you dig any deeper into this story, we’ll rip your head off.” They also told him “not to go back to Vyshgorod,” a town just outside Kiev.Volkov, who was hospitalized with concussion, a broken jaw and multiple bruising, had been carrying out an investigation into allegedly illegal land transactions in Vyshgorod, the results of which are still unknown. Interior minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko announced that he would personally supervise the investigation into the attack on Volkov.Vladimir Goncharenko, a respected environmentalist who headed the movement “For the Right of Citizens to Environmental Safety” and edited the newspaper EKO Bezpeka (ECO Security), died in a hospital in the southern city of Dnipropetrovsk on 3 August from the injuries he received two days earlier when unidentified individuals in a car forced his car to stop and gave him a severe beating.Goncharenko had written a lot about the environment in the Dnipropetrovsk region, especially on the state of the water in the Dnieper, Ukraine’s largest river. Five days before the attack, he had reported the discovery of a large illegal dump of chemically polluted and radioactive metal waste in the Saksagan area near the city of Krivoy Rog.The police investigation into “serious injuries causing death” (article 121 of the criminal code) is working on the assumption that the assault was motivated by a dispute of a personal nature but is not ruling out a possible link to Goncharenko’s work. His family and colleagues think it was directly linked to his environmental investigations.Natural resource management and land use are highly sensitive issues. At STB TV journalist Irina Fedoriv’s request, a police investigation under article 129 of the criminal code (“death threats”) is being conducted into the phone threats she received on 20 September. For the past four years, Fedoriv has been looking into the allegedly illegal allocation of land in Belichansky Forest, near Kiev.Cases of physical attacks and threats against journalists are on the increase although the degree of seriousness varies. Those responsible are often government officials or influential businessmen who are rarely arrested or questioned.For example, Sergey Kiva, a reporter for the local newspaper Focus, was attacked by parliamentarian Vladimir Borisenko while investigating the water supply in a village in the eastern province of Poltava on 16 August. Angered by Kiva’s attempts to record his comments, Borisenko tore up his press card, seized all of his equipment and threatened him in violent manner.A businessman threw stones and other objects at an Inter TV crew led by reporter Roman Bochkala in Karmalyukove, a village in the central province of Vinnytsya, on 15 August when Bochkala tried to interview him about the alleged exploitation of his workers. Bochkala was injured by the oil can that the businessman threw it him.Increase in attempts to pressure mediaThe election campaign has seen a surge in cases of censorship of media and harassment of journalists. Many reporters have been threatened or roughed up while covering election rallies. These are just a few of the cases:- Georgiy Mochayev of the newspaper Tochka Opory was assaulted while trying to cover an address by a pro-government candidate in Kysorychi, in the northwestern province of Rivne, on 12 September.- Tatyana Zhuchenko of Khersonski Visti was prevented from attending a meeting with the Communist Party parliamentarian Kateryna Samoylyk (about whom she had written a critical article) in Myrne, in the southern province of Kherson, on 8 August.- Serhiy Furmanyuk of Ostrov was violently ejected from the meeting that the local candidate of the ruling Party of the Regions gave in Artemivsk, in the eastern province of Donetsk, on 14 September.- The mayor of Selidovo in Donetsk province threatened to hit a cameraman working for local TV station Kapri when he attended a meeting in violation of article 74 of the electoral law.The political pressure has not spared newsrooms. Two journalists, Olga Godovenko and Olga Komarova, resigned from MIG TV because, they said, they refused to “represent the interests of a certain political party” and because they were no longer able to “carry out their professional duties in accordance with the principles of ethical journalism.” The head of the station, Tatyana Yaroshenko, also resigned.Natalia Sokolenko, a leading investigative journalist, resigned from STB television in protest against the broadcasting of programmes which she said had been “ordered.”The situation of TVi, an independent station, continues to deteriorate. One by one, cable TV services are ceasing to carry the station, especially in the east of the country. Other media say they are also the victims of attempts to cut them off from their audience. The magazine Ukrayinskiy Tyzhden, for example, has been dropped from certain distribution networks. The news website “Mayesh Pravo Znaty” (You have the right to know) was dropped by its web host for covering “political issues.”Ukraine is ranked 116th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Sumner County Deputies to conduct spot sobriety checkpoints on area highways

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VIDEO: Officers Doused with Water While on Duty in New York

first_imgNYPD Chief Terrence Monahan responded to the incident on Twitter. “The videos of cops being doused with water and having objects hurled at them as they made an arrest in #Harlem is reprehensible,” Monahan wrote. “NYC’s cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less.”Another video, taken in Brooklyn on Saturday and posted on Instagram Monday, shows two drenched officers walking away from a group of people, who follow them and continue to pour buckets of water over the officers’ heads. The officers involved in the incident were responding to a call about a disorderly conduct.Mayor Bill de Blasio also responded to the incidents on Monday night. “Throwing things at NYPD officers is not only not acceptable, it can lead to charges. All of those actions can lead to charges.” No arrests have been made in either cases, and the NYPD is investigating. Two stunning videos one shot in Harlem, the other in Brooklyn has surfaced online showing NYPD officers under attack.The videos show New York City police officers being doused with water while responding to calls over the weekend and have gone viral.The behavior has sparked widespread outrage in the city.One video, taken in Harlem over the weekend, shows two officers being doused with water and pelted with empty buckets while making an arrest.last_img read more

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DAYTONA STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY DECEMBER 24, 2015

first_imgNOTES: The winning owner is Rebecca Wanta of Las Vegas who campaigns as Queen Bee Racing, LLC. GARY MANDELLA, NO SILENT, SEVENTH: “He was in a good spot. He wasn’t quite as good as he was the day that he won the Eddie D.; to be honest with you, probably not as good as he was in the Breeders’ Cup (Turf Sprint).“Gary said he was a little anxious today. That’s kind of this horse’s weakness; sometimes mentally, he takes things hard. Even though he was in a perfect spot, he wasn’t happy there like he was the day he won the Eddie D. That kind of made the difference, because he only got beat two lengths. There was nothing terrible about it, but he wasn’t perfect and he needed to be to beat these kinds of horses.” TIAGO PEREIRA, TOOWINDYTOHAULROX, WINNER: “This horse is great down the hill. Having him in an outside post is best for him. When he is outside of horses, he’s at his best. When he’s on the inside, not always. He was free today and he made a big run.” TYLER BAZE, COASTLINE, SECOND: “I loved this horse today. I don’t care what the odds were(52-1), he’s a really nice horse. He’s a super-good horse, and I rode him with a ton of confidence. I didn’t like that I had to stay wide the whole way, and he jumped at the dirt. He ran a great race, and I can’t wait to get him back in.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES PHIL D’AMATO, TOOWINDYTOHAULROX, WINNER, AND COASTLINE, SECOND: “I wanted them to stay outside, ‘Toowindy’ especially. He likes to be in the clear. Anytime he’s got to split horses, he doesn’t like it as much. He likes to be running freely and Tiago (Pereira) bided his time back there, got him widest of all and came with a big run.“The Breeders’ Cup is a possibility. I know he likes this trip, and he’s just getting his confidence going. He’s getting better and better with every race.”Asked if he thought t his horse would catch the leader (Rocket Heat): “It was tight. My other horse ran a big race, too. Coastline got bumped out there, almost in the grandstand crossing the dirt, and he still came on strong and only lost by a nose. They both ran huge.”last_img read more

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Ateneo beats UP, claims 2nd win in UAAP women’s basketball

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ateneo earned back-to-back wins in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after sneaking past University of the Philippines, 52-51, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Cara Buendia had 10 points and eight boards to lead the Lady Eagles, who are undefeated at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Lakers’ Ingram alters shooting stroke, has grown 2 more inches—report BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games University of the East, meanwhile, hung on and tamed Far Eastern University, 59-56, for its first win in the season.Eunice Chan finished with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds as the Lady Warriors improved to 1-1, the same record as the Lady Tamaraws’.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLove Sto. Domingo aided Chan with 12 points and nine rebounds while Ruthlaine Tacula filled the stat sheets with eight points, seven boards, six assists, and three steals.last_img read more

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2014 NTL Memo

first_imgPlease find attached a memo regarding the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League. To view the attachments, please click on the attached links. Related Filesntl_memo_-_6-11-2013-pdfteam_nomination_form_-_2014_ntl__indicative_-xlsxRelated LinksNTL Memolast_img

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What The College Football Top 25 Poll Will Look Like At The End Of The Season

first_imgESPN College Football promotion.TennesseeTennessee will finish the 2016 regular season ranked No. 1 in the country, according to an acclaimed prediction model. McIllece Sports, which attempts to predict how the season will play out using 70,000 full season simulations, has released its top 25. This isn’t a preseason top 25, though. It’s a prediction of what the top 25 poll will look like at the end of the regular season. Here’s the top 10. Coming up! We’ll talk to the man behind this @mcillecesports poll that predicted Tennessee to finish the season #1 pic.twitter.com/jXCzhaKSSS— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 1, 2016Here’s the full top 25:1. Tennessee 2. Alabama 3. Washington 4. Ohio State 5. Michigan 6. Oklahoma 7. Nebraska 8. Florida State 9. Notre Dame 10. UCLA 11. Clemson 12. LSU 13. Louisville 14. West Virginia 15. North Carolina 16. Houston 17. San Diego State 18. Iowa 19. Boise State 20. Florida 21. USC 22. Ole Miss 23. Oregon 24. Texas 25. Pittsburgh—–Who do you think is going to finish the regular season ranked No. 1?[McIllese Sports]last_img read more

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Waterton investor fund pushing for new board of directors at Hudbay Minerals

first_imgTORONTO — An activist investor in Hudbay Minerals Inc. says it will push for a new slate of directors at the company’s next annual meeting after accusing the board of mismanagement.Waterton Global Resource Management Inc. says it is advocating for change at the mining company to address “massive value destruction and chronic underperformance”.The investment fund, holding about 10 per cent of Hudbay shares, says it pushed for dialogue with the company in October on potential changes to the board but was disappointed with the response.Waterton has also pushed to halt Hudbay’s plans, announced at the end of October, to acquire Mason Resources Corp. in a deal that valued the company at $31 million.The fund also requested a special meeting for an advisory resolution that Hudbay scheduled for February, but has withdrawn that request while announcing it would instead push for a new slate of directors.The push for new directors comes as hedge fund Paulson & Co. Inc. successfully led an overthrow of Detour Gold Corp.’s board of directors Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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