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Leading independent journalist gunned down in Dagestan

first_img Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing December 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading independent journalist gunned down in Dagestan RussiaEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the founder of the independent weekly Chernovik and head of Svoboda Slova (Free Speech), the company that publishes the newspaper, was gunned down outside its headquarters in Makhachkala, the capital of the southern Republic of Dagestan, shortly before midnight last night.“The Russian media have just lost a leading independent journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Kamalov was respected for his investigative reporting and his refusal to compromise. He tackled sensitive subjects head-on with a great deal of courage. We share the pain of this loss with his colleagues and family.“We note the rapid response from the police to his murder and we urge them to conduct a swift, complete and impartial investigation, assigning appropriate importance to the hypothesis that it was linked to his work as a journalist. The impunity with which journalists are murdered in Dagestan and the rest of Russia is intolerable. Kamalov’s murder will have a major intimidatory effect on all of Dagestan’s journalists.”Kamalov was gunned down outside Chernovik at around 11:30 pm. Witnesses said he had just accompanied a friend to the door when he came under fire from at least one masked gunman, who fired around 14 times before making off in a black Lada car. Kamalov died in the ambulance that was rushing him to hospital.The police were quick to start an investigation, treating it as a violation of articles 105 and 122 of the criminal code (“homicide” and “illegal carriage of firearms”). The Dagestan Investigative Committee said the authorities were working on the assumption that it was linked to the victim’s journalistic work. A demonstration was due to held today in Makhachkala to pay tribute to Kamalov.Kamalov was known for his investigative coverage of the most sensitive subjects in this troubled part of the Russian Caucasus, including corruption, enforced disappearances and abuses against civilians by police and soldiers. Chernovik’s articles often criticize the authorities and have resulted in a series of lawsuits and prosecutions. As the newspaper tends to accuse elements within the security forces of helping to destabilize the republic, prosecutors have accused it of supporting Dagestan’s rebel groups.Several members of its staff have been the targets of hate and smear campaigns. In 2009, Kamalov was on an anonymously circulated list of journalists, human rights activists and well-known figures who were to be killed to “avenge the death of policemen” because they were “accomplices of the rebels.”Chernovik editor Biyakay Magomedov told Reporters Without Borders: “Kamalov had not been the target of any particular threats of late. It is hard for me to say which article in particular might have prompted his tragic death (…) But Chernovik has always had many enemies (…) even if there is now less of the open confrontation that existed between us and the security services in 2008 and 2009.”Magomedov added: “Our journalists are going to lose all motivation to do investigative reporting, to do really independent journalism. Our many appeals to Moscow have received no response. The federal security forces and authorities have shown no interest in solving the murders of journalists in Dagestan.”Impunity is generalized in Dagestan, where a low-intensity civil war has escalated in the past year. On 13 October, Reporters Without Borders issued an investigative report on media freedom in Dagestan and neighbouring Chechnya entitled “Terror, threats and corruption – report of fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus.” News RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News May 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Chile Has Already Received 1,135 Tons of Humanitarian Aid Following Earthquake

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2010 This is when we have to “activate” our human and compassionate side! It’s of extreme urgency to help a country that is in a post-earthquake situation more critical than its historical stock. We must interact contributing with waht our “pocket” allows. By: Samantha P. Tourinho Fernández spoke after meeting in the Palacio de la Moneda with German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, who arrived in Santiago today on an official visit. Following the 27 February earthquake, Westerwelle decided at the last minute to include Chile in his Latin American trip, which also includes Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The international aid to mitigate the damage caused by the earthquake has come from Peru, Brazil, the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, France, Russia, Colombia, China, Japan, Qatar, Australia, Germany, and Uruguay. In the meeting between the two ministers in the Palacio de la Moneda, Foreign Minister Fernández stressed the importance that German investment and development cooperation have for Chile at this time. In the first hours after the tragedy, the authorities said that before requesting international aid, they wanted to know exactly what they needed, so that assistance to the victims would be more efficient, something that was criticized by some political and media sectors. “He is the first major European politician to come to Chile in this time of disaster, so that we are doubly grateful,” Mariano Fernández underlined. The chief German diplomat explained that the purpose of his visit was to express the solidarity of the German authorities and the German people with the government and people of Chile, and additionally to offer aid in overcoming the crisis and collaboration in rebuilding. Chile has received 1,135 tons of humanitarian aid since the earthquake that struck on 27 February devastated the central and southern regions of the country, Chilean foreign minister Mariano Fernández announced today. “We are very moved by and very grateful for the international cooperation,” the minister declared, emphasizing that “the aid has fully corresponded to the priorities established by the government and the list of requests that we made.” “Germany will be at Chile’s side,” emphasized Foreign Minister Westerwelle, who is also federal Vice-Chancellor (the second-ranking position in the government) and head of the German Free Democratic Party. “It’s necessary to highlight the impressive Latin American collaboration, the commitment even from countries that are less developed than Chile, like Bolivia, which has provided us with three airplanes with potable water,” Fernández underlined. Fernández also highlighted the commercial exchange between the two countries, worth four billion dollars, and the ties established in the last twenty years thanks to the presence in Chile of all the German political foundations. The foreign minister recalled that since the emigration of 1850, Chile and Germany have given refuge to one another’s exiles at different periods in history. The foreign minister specified that the aid received has arrived on seventy flights originating in a score of countries, fundamentally in Latin America and the United States. The rebuilding of the regions affected by the earthquake will be the principal subject that the German foreign minister will address in his planned meeting today with Chilean President-Elect Sebastián Piñera.last_img read more

Anti-Crime Operations in Guatemala Produce 27 Arrestees

first_img In addition, according to López, these individuals are suspected of participating in at least two kidnappings and three murders. By Dialogo July 17, 2012 On July 15, the National Civil Police (PNC) of Guatemala conducted a large-scale operation in San Juan Sacatepéquez, west of the capital, in which 75 residences were searched, 27 alleged criminals were taken into custody, and a marijuana field was destroyed. The authorities also reported the discovery and destruction of a field of marijuana – around 500 plants – in a wooded area. According to the official announcement, two vehicles and one stolen motorcycle were recovered, and firearms of various kinds (shotguns, rifles, and revolvers) were confiscated, in addition to the arrests. Meanwhile, Rony López, the head of the public prosecutor’s office targeting organized crime, specified that those arrested include four men and one woman suspected of leading a gang dedicated to various crimes for the last four years. center_img “Those arrested include members of the Local Security Board who, according to investigations, committed illegal acts such as extortion and murder,” Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla told local media. “They forced residents to provide nighttime patrol service, assaulted passers-by, and despoiled drivers traveling through the sector of their belongings, among other acts,” he specified. The official added that these arrests demonstrate that “it doesn’t matter who it is, we’re going to take action against those who violate the law.” This is the third large-scale operation by Guatemalan security forces in a week, in different municipalities and departments of the country, with a total of 176 searches and the arrests of nearly 100 suspects.last_img read more

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Raising speech fears, Zoom briefly shuts account over Tiananmen

first_imgThe shutdown was first reported by news site Axios.Zhou Fengsuo, a co-founder of the group who was number one on Beijing’s most-wanted list after the Tiananmen crackdown, told AFP that the Zoom account was reactivated on Wednesday.Zoom acknowledged that it had shut down and restored the account after the attention.”Just like any global company, we must comply with applicable laws in the jurisdictions where we operate,” a Zoom spokesperson said. Long dilemma for US tech Zoom reported Tuesday that its earnings had soared in the quarter ending April 30 as both companies and friends, cooped up inside due to COVID-19 lockdowns, embrace the platform to meet virtually.Its rapid growth has not been without previous problems, with the company forced to confront a rash of racists and other unwelcome gatecrashers who hack into Zoom sessions.Beijing has developed a sophisticated “Great Firewall” that aims to keep out news that is damaging to the leadership.Authorities go to extraordinary lengths each year to ban commemorations of the Tiananmen crackdown, in which the military killed hundreds of unarmed protesters — by some estimates, more than 1,000 — who had packed the capital to seek reform.PEN America, the literary group that defends free speech, denounced Zoom’s move.”We wouldn’t tolerate it if a phone company cut off service for someone expressing their views in a conference call; we shouldn’t tolerate it in the digital space either,” said the group’s CEO, Suzanne Nossel.”Zoom portends to be the platform of choice for companies, school systems and a wide range of organizations that need a virtual way to communicate, especially amid global lockdown. But it can’t serve that role and act as the long arm of the Chinese government,” she said.With its alluring market, China has long been problematic for US tech giants that generally boast of allowing unfettered free speech at home.Apple in 2017 acknowledged that it bowed to Chinese law by removing apps for VPNs, or virtual private networks, that let its users evade local controls. A decade earlier, Yahoo faced intense criticism and conceded wrongdoing after helping Chinese officials identify pro-democracy advocates who posted on online message boards. Topics : Zoom said Wednesday that it had temporarily closed a US account of activists who met to mark the anniversary of China’s crackdown in Tiananmen Square, raising alarm over free speech on the fast-growing video-meeting service.US-based rights campaigners turned to Zoom, which has become a way of life for many people during the coronavirus lockdown, to connect more than 250 people to remember Beijing’s crushing of the pro-democracy uprising on June 4, 1989.The group Humanitarian China said it had brought in numerous participants from inside China, which has tried to erase memories of the bloodshed — and that its paid Zoom account was shut down without explanation one week later. “When a meeting is held across different countries, the participants within those countries are required to comply with their respective local laws.”We aim to limit the actions we take to those necessary to comply with local law and continuously review and improve our process on these matters.”The activists voiced outrage, charging that the company may have been under direct pressure from China’s communist leaders.”If so, Zoom is complicit in erasing the memories of the Tiananmen Massacre in collaboration with an authoritarian government,” Humanitarian China said in a statement.It called Zoom an “essential” resource in reaching audiences inside China, which rigorously enforces censorship.last_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 2 spot in Inside Lacrosse poll after double-overtime loss to now-No. 1 Notre Dame

first_imgSyracuse dropped one spot to No. 2 in Inside Lacrosse’s Monday morning poll following the Orange’s 13-12, double-overtime loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.The then-No. 2 Fighting Irish now holds the top spot, garnering 24 of the 25 available first-place votes, while Syracuse received the other. Monday marks the first time in five weeks that the Orange hasn’t held the top spot.The rest of the top 10 consists of Maryland, North Carolina, Denver, Cornell, Duke, Virginia, Albany and Brown.SU (7-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) next faces the No. 9 Great Danes (7-1, 3-0 America East) at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Carrier Dome. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 30, 2015 at 9:42 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Live updates from Lakers press conference introducing Frank Vogel

first_imgLive updates from the Los Angeles Lakers press conference introducing new head coach Frank Vogel at 11 a.m. Monday May 20. This will be the first press conference for the Lakers since Magic Johnson resigned on April 9, and it follows Magic Johnson’s morning comments about the organization, especially critical of general manager Rob Pelinka.[scribble src=”/event/2873520″ /]Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Budd Inlet Closed For Shellfish Harvesting

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County Public HealthA marine biotoxin that causes diarrhetic shellfish poison (DSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in shellfish in Budd Inlet in Thurston County.  As a result, Washington Department of Health and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department have closed all of Budd Inlet to recreational shellfishing from Boston Harbor and the tip of Cooper Point in the north to the southern end of the inlet along Olympia’s waterfront.Shellfish sampled this week from West Bay in Budd Inlet contained DSP biotoxin at 17 micrograms per 100 grams shellfish, which is above the safety limit of 16 micrograms per 100 grams established by the Washington State Department of Health.Warning signs have been posted at public beaches alerting people not to collect shellfish due to the biotoxin closure.  The existing swimming and shellfish harvest closures due to pollution in lower Budd Inlet and near wastewater treatment plant outfalls remain in effect.DSP biotoxin is an emerging health threat in Washington State. The first confirmed cases of illness caused by DSP in Washington State were in July 2011 when three people were sickened after eating shellfish harvested in Sequim Bay in Clallam County.  This Budd Inlet closure is the first DSP closure to occur in South Puget Sound waters.DSP symptoms can begin from 30 minutes to 12 hours after eating contaminated shellfish, causing nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, with diarrhea being the most commonly reported symptom.  Most symptoms subside within 72 hours.DSP biotoxins are produced by naturally occurring algae, and can accumulate in the flesh of molluscan shellfish, making the shellfish unsafe to eat.  Marine biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing.  Shellfish harvested commercially that are available in stores and restaurants are tested for toxin prior to distribution, and are safe to eat.Recreational shellfish harvesters should always call the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or check the DOH website at http://www.doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.htm before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington State. Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Northwest Christian High School Students Pitch in During April’s National Rebuilding…

first_imgFacebook100Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rebuilding Together Thurston CountyStudents from Northwest Christian High School joined forces with Rebuilding Together Thurston County to help neighbors in need.We would like to share great news of our most recent Rebuilding Together Thurston County Project.  On April 16, 118 student volunteers along with staff members from Northwest Christian High School in Lacey, walked around the corner from their school to make improvements to Candlewood Manor, a neighboring low-income mobile home park, to provide a day service to the community.In consideration of the larger group of volunteers, Christina McNair from NWCHS divided the students into 11 teams, each headed by an efficient school staff member and they arrived at the park early that morning.  Raechel Kilcup, Susan Newman, Shirley Jones, Deb Parent, Brandy Farnsworth, Theresa Becker and Lane Sater were on hand from RTTC to provide coordination, along with several of their family members and friends.  Pam Folsom with SCJ Alliance and her daughter Nicole were also on site to provide communication, first-aid and logistics services.  Kim O’Hara from NWCHS was on-site to photograph the event.Armed with maps of each home site provided by SCJ Alliance and tools and equipment provided by the Olympia Downtown Association, the volunteers worked on much needed home and yard improvements for a large number of elderly and disabled homeowners.  They pulled debris from roofs, cleaned gutters, painted, washed homes, weeded flower beds, repaired porches, repaired fences, installed new gutters, washed and repaired decks and raked lawns.The volunteers also trimmed bushes and trees.  Chris Gillaspie of Gillaspie’s Tree Service in Centralia was on hand to trim some of the larger vegetation andNCHS students worked on home and yards to pitch in on National Rebuilding Day.provide pruning counsel.  Ted and Shirley Jones of T&S Cleaning provided much needed pressure washing and Jim Simmons of Mr. Electric installed a new light and made panel repairs on a home in serious need of electrical improvements.In one day, the volunteer’s hard work resulted in improvements in 23 homes, to the extent that one owner exclaimed, “I don’t recognize the place!”  The teams efficiency also allowed them to provide improvements to the community park and clubhouse, touching the lives of over 100 home owners residing in the neighborhood.  “Amazing!”, “They were so well mannered!”, and “What can we do for the students besides give our thanks?” were among many positive exclamations from the recipients.Reflecting on the day’s work, Dr. Terry Ketchum, the school principal and team leader had this to say about the volunteers, “Several of our students were commenting on the value they saw in what they were doing – helping those who had difficulty helping themselves..”  Park Manager Donna Hayward commented that the volunteers worked very hard and that residents were extremely pleased with the outcome.  Rebuilding Together Thurston County thanks all involved in this successful project that affected so many people!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR SENIOR FOOTBALL MANAGER FOR 2016 SEASON

first_imgSenior Football Manager 2016CLG Bun Cranncha is currently accepting applications for the position of Senior Football manager for 2016. Applications and queries to be emailed to Club Secretary, [email protected] Closing date for applications is Sunday 1st November 2015.  Bord Na nÓg PresentationSave The Date will be held on Sunday, 31st of October 2015.  Our two guests of honour are Donegal’s own Footballer Eamonn Mc Gee and Nine times All Ireland winner Hurler JJ Delaney (Kilkenny).  The format of the presentation will be similar to last year with a coaching session with these two lads from 10am-12.30pm and then onto the plaza for the presentations.  Senior Ladies  Buncrana 2-07  Glenties 2-01 Our ladies continued their winning streak at the weekend by defeating Glenties.  Good all round team performance.  They now take on Steelstown this Sunday in the Ulster Semi-Final in Steelstown at 2pm.  All support needed. U9 BoysOur U9 boys put on a magnificent display on Friday night to get their hands on the Inishowen GAA’s U9 Cup over a strong physical and talented Brian Óg’s GAC, Steelstown.  These young lads put in a serious effort over the last few months, training 2 nights a week and playing games weekly.  They are a credit to their Club & Parish.  Praise must go to their Manager, Marty Coyle; Coaches, Paul mcGonigle, Neil J McCarron, Peter Mclaughlin and Leo Gill, the parents of these young players, taking them to and from training and games; and everyone else who has helped out in anyway.  Thank you to CLG Inish Eoghain for a fantastic tournament, Donegal Animal Hospital for sponsoring the event  and all proceeds on the night went to a great cause, The Childhood Cancer Foundation. U8 and U10 GirlsOur U8 and U10 girls’ teams travelled to Steelstown on Saturday afternoon.  Games were played in go games spirit and scores weren’t kept, however the Steelstown girls started too strong for our U10s.  The girls didn’t allow this to get to them and they battled strongly to the end, staging a powerful comeback when the Steelstown’s clearly dominant midfielder had to leave.  Saturday’s team was mainly made up of our U9s with the exception of two players so this team will be one to watch next year.  The U8 girls played two games.  First up was a well matched game against Steelstown.  This was followed by an excellent performance against Limavady when the Buncrana girls showed just what they are capable of!  Here’s hoping we have a another successful day in Steelstown next weekend! Ongoing Repairs/Maintenance WorksThe Club is always looking for help with ongoing repairs/maintenance works.  If you have a skill that could be useful please volunteer your time if you can.  Contact Sean on 0862388071.  Club MerchandiseOrders are now being taken for Christmas Packs which include a gear bag, a windcheater, pencil case, a bobble hat, a water bottle & Gumshield.  All in Club colours and logo.  Contact Elizabeth Ann on 086 0604075 Training Times – New and Old Players Always WelcomeFootball U14 Boys Tuesdays (indoor fitness) 5-6 and Fridays 7pm – 8pmU13 Boys Wednesday 7pm – 8pm and Fridays 7.00pmU11 Boys Fridays 6.30pm U8 & U9 Boys Fridays 6.30pmU8 & U10 Girls Saturdays 10.30-11.30amU12, 14 & 16 Girls Mondays 7-8pmHurlingU8 & U10 Sundays 11-12noonU12 Tuesdays 7- 8.30pmU16 Wednesdays 6.30pm—Le meas,GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR SENIOR FOOTBALL MANAGER FOR 2016 SEASON was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more