RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”

first_img to go further News SyriaYemenAfghanistanIraqMexicoIndiaPakistanPhilippinesHondurasMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statistics Armed conflictsCorruptionOrganized crimePredators Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Organisation Читать на русском / Read in Russian In Iran, it was the state that acted as executioner. Rouhollah Zam, the editor of the Amadnews website and Telegram news channel, was hanged after being sentenced to death in an unfair trial. Although executions are common in Iran, it was the first time in 30 years that a journalist has been subjected to this archaic and barbaric practice. Of all the journalists killed in connection with their work in 2020, 84% were knowingly targeted and deliberately murdered, as compared to  63% in 2019. Some were murdered in a particularly barbaric manner. Related documents bilan_2020_en-tues_.pdfPDF – 637.59 KBЧитать на русском / Read in Russian​PDF – 188.43 KB June 3, 2021 Find out more In Iraq, three journalists were killed in exactly the same way: by a shot to the head fired by unidentified gunmen while they were covering protests. A fourth was killed in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region while trying to flee from clashes between security forces and demonstrators. Receive email alerts A total of 50 journalists were killed worldwide in 2020, according to the second part of the annual round-up of abusive treatment and violence against journalists, published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). While the number of journalists killed in countries at war continues to fall, more are being murdered in countries not at war. SyriaYemenAfghanistanIraqMexicoIndiaPakistanPhilippinesHondurasMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statistics Armed conflictsCorruptionOrganized crimePredators Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists 2020 has also seen a 35% increase in the number of women journalists arbitrarily  detained, and a fourfold increase in arrests of journalists during the first three months of Covid-19’s spread around the world. Fourteen journalists who were arrested in connection with their coverage of the pandemic are still being held. RSF_en More journalists are being killed in countries considered to be “at peace.” In 2016, 58% of media fatalities took place in war zones. Now only 32% of the fatalities are in war-torn countries such as Syria or Yemen or in countries with low or medium-intensity conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq. In other words, 68% (more than two thirds) of the fatalities are in countries “at peace,” above all Mexico (with eight journalists killed), India (four), the Philippines (three) and Honduras (three). June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News December 28, 2020 – Updated on December 29, 2020 RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News RSF tallied 50 cases of journalists killed in connection with their work from 1 January to 15 December 2020, a number similar to 2019 (when 53 journalists were killed), although fewer journalists have been in the field this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The world’s violence continues to be visited upon journalists,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Some may think that journalists are just the victims of the risks of their profession, but journalists  are increasingly targeted when they investigate or cover sensitive subjects. What is being attacked is the right to be informed, which is everyone’s right.” As in the past, the most dangerous stories are investigations into cases of local corruption or misuse of public funds (10 journalists killed in 2020) or investigations into the activities of organised crime (four killed). In a new development in 2020, seven journalists were killed while covering protests.  In Nigeria, two journalists fell victim to the climate of violence accompanying protests, especially protests against the brutality of a police unit tasked with combating crime. In Colombia, a reporter for a community radio station was fatally shot while covering an indigenous community protest against the privatisation of local land that was violently dispersed by regular police, riot police and soldiers. In the 2020 annual round-up of journalists who are detained, held hostage or missing at the end of the year, published on 14 December, RSF reported that 387 journalists are currently detained in connection with their work. This is virtually the same as a year ago and means the number of journalists detained worldwide is still at a historically high level.  In Mexico, Julio Valdivia Rodríguez, a reporter for the daily El Mundo, was found beheaded in the eastern state of Veracruz, while Víctor Fernando Álvarez Chávez, the editor of the local news website Punto x Punto Noticias, was cut to pieces in the western city of Acapulco. In India, Rakesh “Nirbhik” Singh, a reporter for the Rashtriya Swaroop newspaper, was burned alive in December after being doused with a highly flammable, alcohol-based hand sanitiser in his home in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh by men sent by a local official whose corrupt practices he had criticised, while Isravel Moses, a TV reporter in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu, was hacked to death with machetes. News June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Four newspaper editors sentenced to a year’s forced labour for libelling president and ruling party

first_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en September 14, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four newspaper editors sentenced to a year’s forced labour for libelling president and ruling party News A Cairo criminal court yesterday sentenced four newspaper editors to a year’s forced labour and the maximum possible fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds (2,600 euros) for libel and “false information harming the country’s reputation and general interests.” Their conviction was the result of lawsuits brought last year by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). “We are witnessing a crackdown on independent publications which had enjoyed a relative respite in recent years,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Once again, it is the same journalists, ones known for being critical of the government, that are being targeted.”The lawsuits were filed on 15 September 2006 by Ibrahim Rabe’a Abdel-Rasul, a lawyer and NDP member, against Ibrahim Issa of the weekly Al Dustour, Adel Hammouda of the weekly Al-Fagr, Wael Al-Abrashi of the independent newspaper Sawt Al-Umma and Abdel-Halim Qandil of the weekly Karama. The suits accused them of libelling President Hosni Mubarak, his son, Gamal (the party’s deputy secretary-general), the prime minister and the interior minister in articles published from July to September 2006.The charge of “insulting the president” was dismissed, but judge Sherif Ismael ruled that the four editors libelled the NDP and its leaders and “harmed the general interest by publishing false information” under articles 188, 302, 303 and 306 of the criminal code.The four editors will have to pay bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (1,300 euros) to avoid immediate imprisonment and they now have 10 days to file appeals. They were also sentenced to 10,000 Egyptians pounds for damage award.The Union of Egyptian Journalists described the sentences as a “declaration of war on press freedom” and demanded the repeal of all laws that allow journalists to be jailed. The press law adopted last year defines no fewer than 35 press offences that are punishable by imprisonment.It has become very hard for journalists to criticise President Mubarak and his inner circle at a time when the question of his succession is constantly being raised. Issa is currently also being prosecuted by a state security court under articles 102 (b) and 188 of the criminal code for “spreading false news about the president’s health likely to cause disturbances of the peace and harm the country’s reputation.” His trial is due to open on 1 October. Follow the news on Egypt Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Newscenter_img February 1, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa January 22, 2021 Find out more to go further Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation February 6, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Protest over banning of journalists from press conferences

first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Serbia Organisation News to go further Reporters Without Borders today condemned local authorities in the region of the southern city of Novi Pazar for drawing up a blacklist of undesirable journalists ahead of press conferences.Enes Halilovic, local correspondent for the news agency FONET and the newspaper Blic, was banned from a press conference given by the EU and Swiss ambassadors on 25 September. The authorities said he had been excluded because he gave “too negative a view of the city of Novi Pazar”.The same journalist has also been denied entry to the city hall. He was strongly advised by the mayor’s personal bodyguard to apologise for his critical articles.“Whether the authorities in Novi Pazar like it or not, political leaders are not authorised to decide who has access to information which they make public and who has not,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Both ambassadors, who were made aware of the situation, expressed support for Enes Halilovic by refusing to take part in the press conference, judging it unacceptable for the restrictions to be placed on journalists and on press freedom in general.“We urge the authorities in Novi Pazar to review the basis on which journalists are allowed into press events so that the freedom to inform the public and plurality of opinions are respected,” the organisation said.It had discovered the case was far from an isolated one. Similar action has been taken against several journalists in the region and Reporters Without Borders obtained information that the authorities were drawing up a blacklist of journalists ahead of each press conference. SerbiaEurope – Central Asia June 29, 2020 Find out more Serbia and Montenegro: Are judges protecting journalists or their aggressors? July 2, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img September 27, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Protest over banning of journalists from press conferences Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says SerbiaEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Newslast_img read more

Margaret Mgrublian Joins Pasadena Community Foundation Board

first_img Make a comment 23 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Margaret MgrublianPasadena Community Foundation (PCF) today announced its newest board member, Margaret Mgrublian, a well-known community volunteer. Following her lengthy career in the electronics industry as International Sales Executive for Accele Electronics, Margaret has dedicated her time and resources to helping a variety of causes close to her heart including: Mother’s Club, AIDS Service Center, Cancer Support Community, Haven House and St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church. While working full-time, Margaret served as a volunteer Sunday School teacher for 22 years and was on the staff of the Western Diocese Summer Camp for ten years.Ms. Mgrublian has also been active in many professional capacities. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Pasadena Women’s Civic League, and serves on the Southern California Regional Council of the Armenian Assembly of America and on the board of the Armenian International Women’s Association. She is a past president of the Westridge School Parent Association and a former chair of its Summer Opportunities Fair.“In my opinion, Pasadena Community Foundation is about building our community with compassion while embracing its ethnic and socio economic diversity,” states Ms. Mgrublian. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve on this board and to help usher in the next 60 years of PCF’s extraordinary philanthropic work.”“Margaret’s addition to our board brings with it a wealth of passion and inspiration in helping local charities,” states Jennifer DeVoll, executive director of Pasadena Community Foundation. “As we look forward to the future, we want to ensure that we reach all of the voices that need to be heard. I’m confident Margaret’s connections to the Pasadena community will be a valuable asset in accomplishing this goal.”Margaret and her husband, David Mgrublian, are longtime residents of Pasadena. They have two daughters: Kathryn, a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, who works in San Francisco for Fleishman-Hillard, and Madlyn, a senior at Williams College.In honor of its 60th anniversary, the Pasadena Community Foundation will be hosting a gala celebration, October 5th at 6 p.m., at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. For more information on the Pasadena Community Foundation, please visit: www.pasadenacf.org. First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena COVER: Right Margaret Mgrublian Joins Pasadena Community Foundation Board Published on Friday, May 3, 2013 | 2:04 pm Community News Top of the News center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stufflast_img read more