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

Public Safety Committee to Interview Seven Community Organization Candidates for Police Oversight Commission Next Week

first_img Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Public Safety Committee to Interview Seven Community Organization Candidates for Police Oversight Commission Next Week By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 7:54 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community Newscenter_img [UPDATED] The Public Safety Committee on Wednesday selected six applicants from the community based applications to come back for interviews next week.Patrice Marshall McKenzie, Mikala Rahn, Juliana Serrano, Florence Annang, Shoghig Yeprmian, Kenneth Rotter and Alexis Abernathy will make short presentations to the Public Safety Committee publicly sometime next week.All of the candidates except Rotter are women.McKenzie, Abernathy and Annang are African American.Serrano is Latina, and Rahn and Rotter are white.The City Council is seeking to establish a commission that is 50 percent women.After presentations next week, three candidates will be recommended to the City Council although the PSC could decide to send more.“This is a matter of tremendous importance. This is the real first step in the appointment process,” said Mayor Victor Gordo.Originally the committee was scheduled to make selections based on the applications and send the candidates to the City Council, but Tyron Hampton asked for interviews with the nominations before they were sent to council.Mayor Gordo and Councilmember Steve Madison agreed with the idea.“We are looking for fairness and people with a willingness to look at all sides of the issue,” Gordo said. “I think it’s fair to ask questions of the candidates and get a response.”Local residents have called for citizen oversight of the police department since the early 1990s. After the commission is in place, Pasadena will have more oversight and advisory bodies related to its Police Department than most other departments –members of local community organizations for the city’s Police Oversight Commission.City Clerk Mark Jomsky’s office received 31 letters and four public speaker cards.Marshall McKenzie and Serrano received the majority of the support from that correspondence.The City Council approved the commission, along with an auditor in October after voting down an alternate version that would have granted the commission subpoena power.The council moved to provide more civilian oversight in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, as well as a number of officer-involved deaths in Pasadena over the past several years.Following Floyd’s death, cities around the country, including Pasadena, erupted in highly emotional protests, marches, and occasional acts of violence.Chauvin, who was fired following the incident, is presently on trial for Floyd’s murder.The purpose of the commission, according to the city’s website, “is to enhance, develop, and strengthen community-police relations, and review and make recommendations regarding the ongoing operations of the police department to the chief of police, city manager, and/or city council.” Top of the News Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News More Cool Stuff 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

RBC Canadian Open picks, sleepers for daily fantasy golf contests and betting advice

first_imgMORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | Canadian Open DFS adviceHamilton Golf and Country Club is a short course by modern PGA Tour standards and measures only 6,950 yards for a Par 70. The course gets most of its distance from its Par 3s, three of which measure over 210 yards. The two Par 5s are both very reachable for even moderate-length hitters and virtually all of the Par 4s — barring the 481-yard 11th — will require just a short iron or wedge approach shot. The fairways are tree lined, so we may also see some players club down off the tee to make sure they are playing out of the fairway.The last three times the Canadian Open was held here in modern times (2003, ’06, ’12) we saw shorter hitters take the title, and this is certainly a week where we can’t rule out taking some of the shorter hitters in the field who are accurate off the tee and solid with short approaches under 150 yards.  The top end of this field has extremely short odds with Dustin Johnson coming in at only +450, so you will need to make a difficult decision between loading up on a heavy bet with one of the top-tier golfers or spreading out your exposure to a few golfers in the mid-range.Before we get into the Canadian Open picks, we always like to remind you that plenty of strategy goes into cashing winning DFS lineups and winning betting tickets. By now you should know the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools  and the BetQL Mobile App. Our easy-to-use RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer gives you a big advantage when you’re putting together DFS lineups, and our BetQL Trending Picks and Public Betting tools provide a massive edge when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size.I’m always ready to help, too, so check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.Key StatsBall StrikingPar 4 ScoringApproach 125-150 YardsBirdie or Better PercentageRBC Canadian Open picks (Daily Fantasy Golf)DFS Core Plays to Consider:  Top Tier: Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar (GPP), Brandt Snedeker, Bubba WatsonMid Tier: Jim Furyk, Erik Van Rooyen, Joaquin Niemann, Nick WatneyValue Plays: Ryan Armour, Harold Varner III, Curtis Luck, Julian EtulainRBC Canadian Open betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookSergio Garcia 33/1I’m really tempted to load up on Dustin Johnson in this spot, but I just can’t bring myself to bet him at +450 in a field that features a pretty solid top end of golfers. I also don’t want to bet Brooks Koepka at his number and don’t like where some of the other top-tier players’ games are at right now at an event that they may see as a tune up before next week’s U.S. Open. This brings me to Garcia at 33/1. He hasn’t won since the Masters three years ago, and it feels like he is due for a victory after playing well in spurts this season. Hamilton is a nice setup for a ball striker like Garcia, and I see his 33/1 odds as a discount in a field that has a weak middle tier.Bubba Watson 40/1Watson doesn’t really stand out at first glance, but at 40/1 you have to give him a look in a field this weak. Watson killed everyone in DFS and in the betting markets at the PGA Championship, but that was mostly due to one of the worst putting performances he has had in his entire career. If he can maintain his solid tee-to-green game, then he can compete at Hamilton. We are getting a massive value on his 40/1 odds.Brandt Snedeker 45/1 Snedeker is a former Canandian Open Champion, and on paper, Hamilton sets up nicely for what he does well. Snedeker has quietly had a solid season, making 14 of 16 cuts and has strung together back-to-back top-20 showings at the PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge. I like the value on Snedeker at 45/1 in this field and at a course that will allow him to take advantage of his solid wedge play. Starting my card off with Garcia, Watson, and Snedeker gives me three players with long track records of success, and I prefer that angle of attack at a course that doesn’t favor the bombers.Danny Lee 150/1There are a few interesting long shots this week, and my one long-bomb sprinkle play is going to be Lee at 150/1. Lee is a guy who can show zero form and come from nowhere to contend, and we’ve seen him play well at short courses in the past, including a T2 showing last November at Mayakoba. We’ve had some great moments this year with our picks, but last week certainly was one to forget as none of our four bets even sniffed the top of the leaderboard at the Memorial Tournament. This week, we’ll look to get back on track at the RBC Canadian Open, which will be held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2012.The field this week is very top heavy, as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, and Justin Thomas will headline. After them, the quality of this field drops off significantly, and the bottom end of the field is among the weakest that we will see all season as many players opted to skip this event to prepare or try to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open.last_img read more