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The grim toll of attacks on press freedom

first_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation Since 29 March, the Israeli army has conducted an all-out attack on journalists, especially Palestinians. This has included firing warning shots, uttering threats, manhandling media people, deportation etc. RSF reviews the heavy toll. IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en April 18, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The grim toll of attacks on press freedom News June 3, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa center_img 7 journalists wounded4 journalists detained15 journalists arrested60 journalists targeted by gunfire20 journalists roughed up or threatened20 journalists who had passports, press cards or equipment confiscated10 Arab media offices occupied or ransacked1 journalist deportedThe policy of the Israeli authorities towards the international media, especially Palestinian journalists, must be condemned for what it is: a massive, deliberate and conscious violation of press freedom and an unprecedented low in the history of Israel.The figures show the brutality of the Israeli army and its discriminatory, even racist attitude towards the Arab media and Palestinian journalists. They have included repeated obstruction of working journalists, arbitrary arrests, physical threats and a determination to belittle and humiliate – an aggressivity that has led to several journalists being wounded by gunfire and one even killed. These have not been blunders but a deliberate policy of hiding from the world the truth of the Israeli army’s violence and abuses, which must be clearly condemned and met with international sanctions. News Fifteen journalists have been arrested since Israel began its occupation of Palestinian towns and cities on 29 March. Ashraf Farraj and Jalal Hameid, of the local Bethlehem TV station Al-Rouah, were arrested by Israeli soldiers at the Bethlehem press centre on 3 April and taken to the Beitunia detention centre near Ramallah. Ahmed Assi (see picture), a cameraman with ANN, was arrested in Ramallah on 2 April and imprisoned at a detention centre in Ashkelon. Maher Hussein Romanneh, a presenter on Palestinian radio, was arrested in Ramallah on 30 March and taken to the Ofer detention centre.At least seven journalists have been wounded by bullets, some seriously. Carlos Handal, a cameraman for the Egyptian station Nile TV, was hit by an Israeli sniper’s bullets on 29 March in Ramallah while travelling in a car marked “Press.” One bullet came through the windscreen and seriously wounded him in the throat. These events have been sadly all too common since the second Intifada began in September 2000. RSF has counted 56 cases of journalists wounded by gunfire during that time, more than half of them Palestinians. The great majority of the incidents, after on-the-spot investigation, have been found by RSF to be shooting by Israeli forces. Yet some journalists were clearly identifiable as such and were standing some distance away from clashes when they were hit. Only rarely have these incidents been seriously investigated and very few of those responsible punished. An Italian photographer, Raffaele Ciriello (see picture), was killed on 13 March by shots fired from an Israeli tank in Ramallah.Incidents of shooting to intimidate have been numerous. Warning shots were fired and five stun grenades thrown at a foreign press convoy of seven armoured vehicles on their way to cover US mediator Anthony Zinni’s visit to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah on 5 April. When the convoy turned back, the CNN vehicle was hit by a bullet that broke the rear window.On 16 April, a Swedish TV crew were fired on in their vehicle in Ramallah. One of the crew, Peder Carlqvist, said the shots came as the vehicle was turning round in response to orders from soldiers. Two days before, the Israeli army had said journalists could enter the West Bank again, except for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Jenin refugee camps and Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah.  Many Palestinian journalists have reported being roughly treated or threatened. Two of them, Maher Shalabi and Majid Sawalha, were arrested by soldiers in the centre of Ramallah on 16 April and taken into a building where they were blindfolded and their handcuffed behind their backs. They were insulted and hit in the stomach, legs and back before being released a few hours later during the curfew.The same day, an Associated Press stringer, Mohammed Daraghmeh, was arrested at his home and taken to a detention centre where he was held for 20 hours blindfolded and handcuffed. When he was freed, he faced the same problem as Shalabi and Sawalha: how to get home to Nablus six miles away in the dark during the curfew. As he was walking towards the town, shooting broke out nearby. He asked Israeli soldiers posted along the road to protect him. “If you stay here, I’ll shoot you,” one soldier said. The journalist only managed to reach home the next morning.The Israeli army has targeted many privately-owned Palestinian and Arab media. On 8 April, four Israeli soldiers smashed their way into the Ramallah offices of Abu Dhabi TV and Nile TV, ordered journalists to lie on the floor and broke desks, doors and chairs.  So far this year, many Palestinian journalists have not been able to get their press cards renewed by the Israeli government press office, whose chief, Danny Seaman, has cited “security reasons.” Jassim al-Azzawi, Abu Dhabi TV’s special correspondent (see picture), was deported on 7 April after his press card was confiscated. In the past three weeks, many foreign journalists have had their passports, press cards or even equipment seized. A dozen of them were arrested by the Israeli army in Ramallah on 7 April while travelling in a three-vehicle convoy. Passports and press cards were confiscated. Ten days later, some of the documents had still not been returned. On 13 April, at a checkpoint near Jenin, Israeli soldiers arrested Walid el-Omari, the Ramallah bureau chief of the Qatari TV station Al-Jazeera, and seized his equipment. Follow the news on Israel News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists May 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Away game? Fans make Gilas Pilipinas feel right at home in Melbourne

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum “It’s the home court of Australia but the crowd is more for the Philippine team,” Estrella, who watched the game with her friends, told the Inquirer via Facebook. “The crowd was booing Australia. It felt like being in the Araneta [Coliseum].”“The whole ambience felt like home for the Filipinos sa dami. Out of 6,504 people in the arena, I’d say 85 percent were Filipinos.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAustralia eventually won the match, 84-68, but even the Boomers were reportedly surprised by the reception they got at their home court.National coach Chot Reyes said the team’s focus was split between the match against the Boomers and its coming game against Japan, especially in the second half. MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Defending champs F2 Logistics get campaign going vs Cocolife Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “All we wanted to do was compete, compete hard, and we did that,” said Reyes in a press conference. “But it’s hard coming into the ball game when you’re also thinking of the next game.”The Philippines, which slipped to 2-1 in Group B, will face Japan next at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.“We have a long trip ahead of us and we have to play Japan,” said Reyes. “So as much as we want to go all out for the victory, we also had to make sure we were managing minutes because we know we’re gonna need fresh legs against Japan.”The restructuring of the Fiba zones put both Australia and the Philippines in the same continental tournament. That, plus the home-and-away format of the qualifiers gave Filipinos Down Under the chance to finally watch the national team in action in an official tournament.And as with every stop Gilas Pilipinas makes, Filipino fans, made sure that the national team wouldn’t feel like the “away” squad. WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia. Photo from Fiba.comThe “best fans in the world” descended on Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, giving Gilas Pilipinas a homecourt feel during its Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier group stage match against Australia Thursday.Arie Estrella, a long-time resident Down Under who traces her roots to Nueva Ecija, was among the Filipino-Australians who trooped to the venue to support Gilas Pilipinas and found the overall atmosphere amusing.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Lampur to get first mental healthcare facility by Nov

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi to get its first hub with amenities to treat patients with mental illness by November this year at Lampur. The project will require Rs 110 crore. The Social Welfare Department is working on this project and this hub will have a medical centre along with a skill-based training centre for the inmates. “At this hub, all the inmates from the four Delhi government homes for patients with mental illness would be brought together. This would become the largest home complex in Delhi with the facilities to treat and take care of such patients,” Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam told Millennium Post. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEarlier, the Social Welfare Department used to run beggar’s home at this area but after the Supreme Court declared begging illegal the department planned this hub. The Delhi government has four homes with facilities to treat the people with mental illness across Delhi. “We want to give the facilities to these people and nearly 1,500 inmates would be staying at this hub. We will provide high-quality facilities to the inmates,” said Gautam. The Public Works Department of the Delhi government is setting up this complex. “Right now the project is under the Chief Engineer of the department who is scrutinising the details of the project thereafter tending will be floated for the project. I have set up a deadline for the project and ordered that by October end of this year the facility should be ready for the public. On November first week we want to inaugurate this hub,” said the Social Welfare Minister of Delhi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, as the four existing centres will become empty the Delhi government has a plan to set up training centres at those places. In these training centres, the government would give training to the students who want to work for people with mental illness. “This structure will benefit us in the future because we will have an in-house system of training the students who will be appointed to take care of the people at the hub,” said Gautam. The minister also said that the earlier government led by the Congress planned the same kind of project with nearly Rs 300 crore estimate. “I did not approve the project because the money was much higher. We can give much better facility at a much lower cost, therefore, we planned this new project,” said the minister.complex to have medical facility & skill training centre.last_img read more

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington Isnt Completely Delusional

A season after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, there’s no getting around how lousy the team has been. With a record of 43 wins and 52 losses, the Red Sox entered the All-Star break in last place in the American League East — nine-and-a-half games behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles and eight games out of the league’s final wild-card spot. Naive estimates of playoff probability, which treat every future game on the schedule as a coin flip, peg Boston’s chances of qualifying for the postseason at just 3.7 percent.For a team in such a predicament, the media’s attention usually turns to which players it should sell off at the July 31 trade deadline. Sure enough, Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington was asked Thursday about deadline plans, to which he responded:“We’re going to do whatever we feel gives the Red Sox the best chance to be as good as possible as quickly as possible. And we are not conceding 2014 with that statement. … We’ve put ourselves in this position, so the math is working against us a little bit. But stranger things have happened. We don’t see why we can’t win more games than most of the teams ahead of us.”That’s pretty standard fare; Boston wasn’t the only team in such straits to deny the obvious about its deadline-day status. But in Cherington’s case, such a statement might not merely be a case of brazen self-deception. Beneath the Red Sox’s terrible record, there might lurk a good baseball team.The baseball statistics website FanGraphs.com has a mechanism by which it projects — based on the talent of players — the number of wins above replacement (WAR) each team is likely to accrue over the remainder of the season. This process incorporates updated forecasts for each player (using the ZiPS and Steamer projection systems) and playing-time estimates from the site’s depth charts (which take injuries into account).By this measure, the four teams projected to produce the most WAR from the All-Star break onward are the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics and … Boston Red Sox.The first three teams on that list have won 58.4 percent of their games this season; Boston has won 45.3 percent. But, as Cherington alluded to, the Red Sox do have the talent to play better. Compared to their preseason (per-plate appearance) ZiPS and Steamer projections, Boston’s batters have produced 4.7 fewer WAR than would have been expected before the season, and that doesn’t even take into account injuries suffered by Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli during the season. (Interestingly, all of the Red Sox’s WAR shortfall has come on the position-player side; the team’s pitchers have exceeded expectations by 1.8 WAR.)A study by sabermetrician Phil Birnbaum showed that teams frequently see their players’ performances vary wildly around projections due to chance alone. In Birnbaum’s data, there were 1.5 teams per season from 1960 to 2001 who, through simple bad luck, undershot their “true” talent by the equivalent of 11 wins per 162 games — a hypothesis the FanGraphs numbers are asking us to believe about this Red Sox team. (Note as well that Major League Baseball had 17 percent fewer teams per season over the span of Birnbaum’s data than it has today, so the number of teams falling short because of luck in a 30-team league is even larger than the study’s seasonal average.)Birnbaum’s “luck-adjusted” wins from the previous season track much more closely with a team’s wins in the following season than its actual wins from the previous season, which attests to the value of projections that attempt to filter out random variance. That’s a big reason why FanGraphs’ projections expect Boston to post the seventh-best record in the major leagues from today onward, despite its poor record to date. It’s also why, after adjusting for the Red Sox’s projected talent level (instead of treating future games like coin flips), FanGraphs’ playoff-odds report bumps their postseason probability up to 6.6 percent.It’s always possible that in the roller-coaster world of the Red Sox, last year’s World Series winning squad might be the outlier sandwiched between two terrible seasons. But the best public sabermetric projections available agree with Cherington — this team is much better than its record would have us believe (even if it’s still unlikely to make the playoffs). read more