Unsuccessful meeting between newspaper editors and deputy minister

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img RSF_en Unsuccessful meeting between newspaper editors and deputy minister May 18, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 BelarusEurope – Central Asia “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says June 2, 2021 Find out more News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns the Belarus government’s treatment of independent newspapers that cover social issues and politics, in particular, its refusal since last autumn to issue eight of them with the accreditation they need to operate legally. Three editors– Vadzim Barshcheuski of the Vitsebsk-based newspaper Nash Dom, Siarhei Balay of the Navapolatsk-based Khimik: Dva Goroda and Uladzimir Shyla of the Salihorsk-based Soligorsk Plus – requested a joint meeting with deputy information minister Lilya Ananich on 12 May with the aim of finding out the reason for the government’s refusals. Instead the minister received them one by one. The encounter was “disappointing” and their attempts to argue their case were unsuccessful, they said.The meeting might be seen as a goodwill gesture by the authorities but that would be far from the truth. The outcome showed that, although the government is pressuring newspapers to legalise their status, it is not ready to give them the accreditation they need.Instead, it is just creating more obstacles by finding additional trivial reasons to deny independent and opposition newspapers the required permits. Receiving the publishers separately, in order to handle each case on an individual basis and undermine their united front, seems to be the government’s latest tactic. The publishers should stick together. A global solution is needed.The authorities use silly pretexts for refusing accreditation. Khimik: Dva Goroda is about to make its fourth request but its editor, Balay, fears another rejection. The first time, it was refused on the grounds that its editor did not have a university degree. They second time on the grounds that it described itself as covering “general politics” but had a section called “House and Garden.” And the third time because of an alleged lack of hygiene in its office. Balay said the application procedure could be fairly simple but the ministry complicates it unnecessarily by insisting that it will accept applications only twice a week. He added that he had expected nothing from last week’s meeting but saw it as the first step in a future concerted action.Shyla, whose newspaper has been refused accreditation twice, said he was very disappointed by the meeting, in which the deputy minister turned a deaf ear to his pleas. The ministry refused to give Soligorsk Plus accreditation on the ground that its office was in Shyla’s home although this is allowed by the law. The ministry insists on respect for the letter of the law, but only when it suits the government.The deputy minister refused to discuss the case of Nash Dom, which has appealed against the ministry’s refusal to give it accreditation. The supreme court is due to issue a ruling on the case on 20 May.Reporters Without Borders is of the view that the refusals are all politically motivated and lack any basis in concrete facts that would be admitted by any proper court.The press freedom organisation therefore supports all the journalists who have been the victims of these refusals and urges the authorities to grant them the required accreditation. Some newspapers try to keep publishing without accreditation but, when they do, the authorities have a free hand to seize issues as they are published and block their distribution. May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Belarus News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

CBS freelance cameraman shot and wounded by US soldiers

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first_img Reporters Without Borders today called for a thorough and transparent investigation into an incident yesterday near the northern city of Mosul in which US soldiers shot and wounded a freelance cameraman working for the US television network CBS News.”Once again the US forces have targeted a journalist just doing his job,” the press freedom organization said. Reporters Without Borders pointed out that this was not the first time that US soldiers shot a cameraman after mistaking his camera for a gun. Mazen Dana, a Palestinian working for the British news agency Reuters, was killed in a similar fashion on 17 August 2003 in Baghdad. The US army claimed that the US soldiers involved had acted according to the rules of engagement.”We again call on this same army to be more vigilant and discerning in order to avoid these unacceptable blunders,” the organization added.The cameraman was injured in the hip in the course of an exchange of shots between Iraqi insurgents and members of the 1st brigade of the US 25th infantry division. In a statement issued by the Pentagon, the US army said soldiers fired at a rebel who was “waving an AK-47 (assault rifle) and inciting a crowd of civilians.”During the incident, “an individual that appeared to have a weapon who was standing near the insurgent was shot and injured. This individual turned out to be a reporter who was pointing a video camera. Regretfully, the reporter was injured during the complex and volatile situation,” the statement said, adding that the incident was being investigated.The journalist, who CBS News said should not be named for his own protection, was taken to a US military hospital for treatment. The US army described his injuries as minor.At least 52 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003, Reporters Without Borders said.Three journalists were killed by the US army in a single day, on 8 April 2003. Al-Jazeera cameraman Tarek Ayoub, 35, was killed during a US air raid when a missile hit Al-Jazeera’s bureau. Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk, 35, a Ukrainian normally based in Warsaw, was killed when the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad came under fire. Spanish cameraman José Couso, 27, who worked for the Spanish TV station Telecinco, was wounded in the same shooting and died on the operating table. The places targeted were all known to be used by journalists but the US army investigation brazenly cleared all those involved. RSF_en to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News Organisation Follow the news on Iraq February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders today called for a thorough and transparent investigation into an incident yesterday near the northern city of Mosul in which US soldiers shot and wounded a freelance cameraman working for the US television network CBS News. “We again call on this same army to be more vigilant and discerning in order to avoid these unacceptable blunders,” the organization said. News News Help by sharing this information News April 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 CBS freelance cameraman shot and wounded by US soldiers December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Excellent promotion of Croatia on Spanish national television. Want to share this video on your social networks?

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIn addition to tourist attractions, the report also includes a story about the most trophy-winning Croatian water polo club “Jug” and is led through Dubrovnik by Xavier Garcia, a Croatian water polo player originally from Spain. The video lasts for an hour, in which the Spanish national television company Cuatro Tv made a report from Split, Korcula, Vis, Zadar and Dubrovnik. https://www.elperiodico.com/es/yotele/20190804/croacia-viajeros-cuatro-7581027https://www.diezminutos.es/teleprograma/programacion-tv/a28597563/viajeros-cuatro-croacia-donde-ir-lugares-bonitos-juego-de-tronos-escenarios/https://www.canarias7.es/revista-c7/tv/television-domingo-4-de-agosto-IN7708846https://www.cuatro.com/viajeroscuatro/dubrovnik-estragos-guerra-playa-kupari-ruinas_18_2797470077.htmlhttps://www.lavanguardia.com/television/20190805/463857564887/viajeros-cuatro-croacia-borja-lopez-xavier-garcia-viaje-cuatro.html “Adriatic cruises are one of the most popular products in Atlas’ offer due to their close contact with nature; you can get to know most of the Croatian coast in the most comfortable way, which is especially interesting for guests from faraway South America, who want to see as much as possible in a short period of time, ”said Touma, adding that the promotions continue at fair in Buenos Aires, where in addition to cruising the Adriatic, they will present other key products on offer, such as tours in Croatia and the region. The show received a lot of publicity on Spanish portals, which conveyed excellent positive impressions about Croatia: Want to share this video on your social networks? According to estimates, the show dedicated to tourism was watched by a million and a half viewers aged 28 to 55 – urban, modern Spaniards with an interest in travel and the latest trends from destinations.  Attachment: VIDEO ‘Four Travels: Croatia, complete on the map Adriatic cruises are one of the most popular products in Atlas’ offer center_img VIS / https://www.cuatro.com/viajeroscuatro/que-ver-vis-cueva-azul-stiniva-playa_18_2797470029.htmlDUBROVNIK / https://www.cuatro.com/viajeroscuatro/croacia-escenario-juego-tronos_18_2797470078.htmlZADAR / https://www.cuatro.com/viajeroscuatro/puesta-sol-zadar-mas-bonita-hitchcock_18_2797470081.html In the prime time of the Spanish national television company Cuatro Tv-Mediaset Spain, the show about tourism “Viajeros Cuatro” aired a show about Croatia which through the stories of native speakers and local guests covers the most popular Croatian destinations such as Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik. Who will promote us, if not ourselves. Through each additional post on our channels, one potential tourist from Spain will see this article more, and so the story of Croatia spreads. This tourist year has proven to be more than challenging, and will only be challenging in the future, where there will be a struggle for every guest. You can see all the videos here: The more this video is shared and spread, as well as all other video and promotional materials, regardless of the source, the more people will see it on the Internet, and therefore in the long run we all participate in a free promotion. All with the aim of promoting Croatia as a tourist destination on the Spanish market. One of the hosts of the show was the Atlas travel agency, so Sandra Touma, Atlas’s Spanish-speaking Market Manager, led a television crew around Korčula, introduced them to Atlas’ new ship in the Freedom fleet, introduced them to the crew and guests. sailed to the next destination – Dubrovnik. Therefore, it should be in everyone’s interest to share this video, as well as all other quality and interesting contributions, at least to those tourism workers from the area where it was seen and filmed. By sharing, the impact and reach of the promotion expands day by day. This is a free promotion and one of your posts. Let’s get started, the first step is up to us.last_img read more

Will Hicks is still influencing Syracuse athletes even after his role has changed

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgWhen Smith visited SU a few months ago, he visited Hicks first. Former N.C. State standout and St. Louis Ram Tory Holt still texts Hicks every Father’s Day, often before Hicks’ own children.Last summer, Hicks got knee replacement surgery on a Tuesday. After he was released from the hospital that Saturday, doctors told him he should be sidelined for the next six to seven weeks. With the help of a walker, the 55-year-old returned to work with the softball team the following Monday.“I had to check on my girls and make sure they were OK,” said Hicks. “They were surprised I was out that long.”That summer, the same country music playlist blasted over the speakers each morning. Pitcher Sydney O’Hara and second baseman Alicia Hansen could recite the entire country music mix by the end of the summer, Toby Keith stuck in their heads. The pair shuffled back and forth while rolling the softball to practice scooping groundballs. They practiced their gasser test weekly, which helped O’Hara drop two seconds off her usual time and Hansen pass the test with ease after previously struggling. Hicks cheered the duo on during the test.In the fall, Hicks had hosted the “Softball Ultimate Frisbee Championship of the Free World,” as he called it. Instead of their normal running for the day, the entire softball team participated in the Frisbee extravaganza for 45 minutes. For a day in the summer, tennis players had focused on trapping a balloon between their legs and balancing a tennis ball on a spoon.Since the switch over a year ago, women’s tennis made its first NCAA tournament. O’Hara has hit better than ever and leads the ACC in batting average. Hansen has started every game this season and finds herself one hit ahead of her total from last year with over 20 games left.“He expects you to work your hardest,” O’Hara said. “If you don’t you feel like you’re letting him down in a way.”Hicks has mostly stayed the same. Each morning at 5:15 a.m., he’s still the first Syracuse employee to arrive at Manley Fieldhouse. He still begins the day by brewing “the juice,” his daily dose of coffee and Mountain Dew. “Bring the juice,” Hick’s yells at dreary players. “You gotta bring the juice!”But after that, he no longer follows a regimented schedule. One day he meets with tennis at 4:30 p.m., and then at 9 in the morning.Hicks finished instructing the tennis players after about 30 minutes into the morning workout but they didn’t stop. Instead, each returned to the starting point and tried to break more personal records in Hicks’ drills.“If you coach them the right way they’ll want to stay all day,” Hicks said with a smile. “They stay for extra work because it’s fun, not because they have to.”Hicks didn’t have to stay either. But he did. Comments Will Hicks stood on the 10-yard line of the Manley Fieldhouse turf in his blue Syracuse jumpsuit with five SU tennis players in a line beside him. The athletes waited for Hicks to launch a tennis ball down the field. They’d run down as soon as the ball left Hicks’ hand, needing to catch it before it bounced twice on the turf.“Like a dog in the park,” Hicks boomed as Gabriela Knutson chased one down.“You get a treat if you bring this one back,” the assistant athletics director for athletic performance yelled as Anna Shkudun caught it on the fly.The players breathed heavy as they got back in line to continue the drill. But their coach, who already downed two cups of coffee and two bottles of Mountain Dew upon his arrival five hours earlier, showed no signs of fatigue.That’s how “the old professor,” as Hicks called himself, has been influencing his athletes for 34 years. He worked with SU football players from 2000 to 2016, when football coach Dino Babers fired former coach Scott Shafer’s staff, including Hicks, which is common as new coaches implement their system. Babers runs a high-pace, no-huddle offense that requires a specific strength and conditioning program.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve always brought my strength and conditioning coach with me.” Babers said. “What we do is unique. It hasn’t been seen before. The way they condition the way they handle the strength department is very different than what other people do. It’s important to keep that continuity as we move forward.”Now, Hicks works with Olympic sports but a change in job description hasn’t prevented him from bringing the same fire.“Truthfully,” Hicks said, “I’m having a blast.”Despite losing the job he held for 16 years, Hicks had no interest in leaving Syracuse. He’d become a part of the community and couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to the people who became his closest friends. And he understood what kind of influence the coaches had on their players.He learned that in high school. Hicks’ dad died when he was young, and Hicks turned to his football coach, who pushed him to spend extra time working out. It led to an offer from North Carolina State, something Hicks doesn’t think would have been possible without his coach’s motivation.He arrived on campus as one of the strongest players on the team, but knee injuries derailed his Division I athletic career. So, he left school. At 21, Hicks spent his days powerlifting and his nights as a bouncer.Then, his former coach at N.C. State, John Stucky called. Stucky urged his former player to return to finish his degree while helping coach in the weight room. Stucky, who was named one of the 10 Master of Strength and Conditioning Coaches by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, counseled Hicks to specialize: Push something heavy, pull something heavy, press something heavy, and condition.That phone call was in 1983. Thirty-four years later, Hicks still attributes the start of his coaching career to Stucky.“Coaches change people’s lives,” Hicks said. “Not just how they are physically and how they play and all that, but coaches can change lives. Somebody was willing to do it for me. I was always one of those that thought you should pay it back.”When Hicks began as graduate assistant strength coach, the National Strength and Conditioning Association didn’t even exist. The man that predates the association has earned emeritus status from the NSCA, meaning he no longer must renew his certifications.Yet the thing players remember most about Hicks can’t be credentialed. It’s the trust he earns with players.“That was my guy,” former SU wide receiver Ashton Broyld said. “… You could go in and talk to coach Hicks and talk about anything, and I mean anything, and I promise he ain’t telling anyone else about your business.”In 2010, following his redshirt senior season, former Syracuse linebacker Derrell Smith traveled to Boca Raton, Florida, to train for the NFL combine. A nagging knee injury prevented the eventual Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Houston Texan from attending the combine, but when Smith returned to Syracuse to train for his Pro Day, Hicks worked on Smith’s mobility. Within two days, the knee problems were fixed.“That’s not even his job,” said Smith. “He did that just out of the kindness of his heart because he wanted to see us succeed. That was the biggest part of the trust between us. He really wanting to see us succeed and doing what was necessary to do so.” Published on April 4, 2017 at 11:21 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more