Independent reporter facing up to eight years in prison, banned from going abroad

first_img– Khayrullo Khamidov – Nawruz- Dilmurod Sayid – Ezgulik- Bakhrom Ibragimov – Irmok- Davron Kabilov – Irmok- Ravshanbek Vafoev – Irmok- Abdulaziz Dadakhonov – Irmok- Botyrbek Eshkuziev – Irmok- Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov – freelancer- Jamshid Karimov – freelancer, wrote for the Ferghana.ru and Centrasia.ru websites- Jusuf Ruzimuradov – Erk- Mohammed Bekjanov – Erk New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia September 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent reporter facing up to eight years in prison, banned from going abroad to go further UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia After that incident, the Tashkent prosecutor’s office lost no time in notifying him that he was the subject of a judicial investigation. Later the same month, when he was about to go abroad again to take part in a conference, he handed in his passport for the addition of blank pages. But instead of being returned to him, the passport was sent to the prosecutor’s office. Receive email alerts The harassment of Boboyev began in January, when he and four other unruly journalists were summoned by the Tashkent prosecutor’s office for questioning about their work for unauthorised media. After the interrogation, Boboyev left for neighbouring Kazakhstan, where he spent several weeks. February 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Uzbekistan May 11, 2021 Find out more International press freedom groups including Reporters Without Borders have long condemned the facade of dialogue being maintained between the international community and the Uzbek authorities. It allows the Central Asian country to enjoy an unacceptable degree of leniency on the part of European institutions. The press freedom situation is appalling and there has been no improvement to justify such an accommodating attitude. Boboyev is one of the country’s last outspoken journalists. The authorities have long had him in their sights and have been harassing him since the start of the year, but he has never stopped providing independent coverage of Uzbek society. A supposedly scientific analysis by the UzACI was used to support the prosecution brought against photographer Umida Akhmedova in January in connection with her work showing women and poverty in Uzbekistan. She was accused of slandering and insulting the Uzbek people under articles 139 and 140 of the criminal code, charges that carried a maximum sentence of three years in jail. She was finally amnestied and released after her conviction in February. A total of 11 journalists are currently detained in Uzbekistan: Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders calls for their immediate and unconditional release. News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News Voice of America correspondent Abdulmalik Boboyev (picture, Ferghana.ru), one of Uzbekistan’s few independent journalists, is facing between five and eight years in prison on four charges that Tashkent prosecutors brought against him on 13 September. Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Thereafter, matters gained pace and he began being notified of charges linked to his articles, including charges based on expert evaluation by the mass media monitoring centre of the Uzbek Agency for Communication and Information (UzACI). The way authorities waited for the chance “get” him is particularly outrageous. They have seized on the spurious illegal entry charge as a way to silence him. Only international support from journalists, human rights and free speech groups, governments and international bodies is capable of preventing Boboyev from ending up in prison, where he could be mistreated and tortured. Organisation It was only much later, in May, that he realised that the Uzbek border guards had failed to stamp his passport on reentry. He was doing a report on Uzbek citizens lining up at the border in order to enter Kazakhstan in search of work, when immigration officers questioned him and pointed out the lack of a reentry stamp in his passport. Before being released, he had to write an explanation of what had happened and pay a fine for taking photos without permission. His mobile phone and audio recorder were seized. Three of the charges relate to his work as a journalist: “defamation” (article 130 of the criminal code), “insult” (article 140) and “preparing and disseminating material constituting a threat to public order and security” (article 244-1). The fourth is a trumped-up charge of “illegal entry into the country” (article 223) that exploits a minor incident. No date has been set for a trial but he can no longer leave the country. More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Two journalists killed, many missing, arrested or deported – list of media freedom violations gets longer

first_img LIBYA – French photographer missing after setting off from BenghaziReporters Without Borders is very worried about the fate of Stéphane Lehr, an experienced French freelance photographer working for Polaris Images, who went missing early yesterday afternoon shortly after arriving in Benghazi with a French TV crew.The head of Polaris Images, Jean-Pierre Pappis, said the last contact with Lehr was a message received at 7 a.m. New York time (1 p.m. in Libya). “He sent us an email saying: ‘I have just arrived in Benghazi. I am trying to leave this afternoon for the front. Nothing is certain.’”One of Lehr’s fellow journalists said he set off in the direction of Ajdabiya, a town on the coast 160 km south of Benghazi.Lehr’s case brings the number of journalists currently missing in Libya to four. Agence France-Presse previously said it had received no word from two of its reporters – Dave Clark, 38, and Roberto Schmidt, 45 – since the evening of 18 March, when they were near the eastern city of Tobruk. In a statement, AFP reported that they had “said in an email on Friday evening that they intended to travel some 30 km from Tobruk on Saturday morning to meet opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and interview refugees fleeing the fighting.” Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle was travelling with them.Four Al-Jazeera journalists who were arrested near the western town of Zawiya are meanwhile still being held by pro-Gaddafi forces.Reporters Without Borders is also without any news of six Libyan journalists. Follow the news on Bahrain The Yemeni authorities ordered Al-Jazeera journalists Ahmed Zidan and Abdulhaq Saddah to leave the country on 19 March on the grounds that they were working illegally in Yemen and were inciting violence. An information ministry official told the government news agency Saba that they had “provoked the Yemeni people” by their coverage of the demonstrations in Yemen in recent weeks. The authorities had confiscated transmission equipment from Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya on 11 March on the grounds that their coverage of protests in the south of the country was biased.The deportation order came one day after the massacre in Sanaa’s Change Square in which 52 people were killed, including photographer Jamal Al-Sharabi of the independent daily Al-Masdar, and 126 people were wounded. Six other foreign journalists were deported a week ago. Four of them were arrested in Sanaa and expelled on 14 March. They were Oliver Holmes, a Briton who strings for the Wall Street Journal and Time, Portia Walker, a Briton who strings for the Washington Post, Haley Sweetland Edwards, an American who writes for the Los Angeles Times and AOL News, and Joshua Maricich, an American who writes for various media including the Yemen Times.The other two – Patrick Symmes, a US journalist working for Outside magazine, and Italian photographer Marco Di Lauro – were detained on arrival at Sanaa airport on 12 March after visiting the Yemeni island of Socotra and were deported the same day. March 17, 2021 Find out more SYRIA People began staging sit-ins, marches and demonstrations to demand more freedom in various parts of the country on 15 March, defying the state of emergency that has been in effect since 1963. The authorities have used violence to disperse these protests and have arrested demonstrators arbitrarily. They have also stepped up their restrictions on journalists, in many cases denying them access to the sites of the protests.Several international news agencies were prevented from covering the demonstrations that have been taking place since 18 March in the southern city of Deraa (near the Jordanian border), where the authorities opened fire on the protesters. According to Human Rights Watch, five people were killed (http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/03/20/syria-government-crackdown-leads-protester-deaths).Reporters Without Borders has learned that the journalist, poet and novelist Mohammed Dibo was arrested on the night of 18 March at his home in Al-Annazah, in the northwestern city of Baniyas, where demonstrations were held earlier in the day to demand reforms.Dibo writes for various newspapers including Jordan’s Al-Dustour and many news websites such as Al-Waan (run by the Association of Rational Arabs), Bab el Moutawasset (MediterraneanGate.net), which covers the various cultures of the Mediterranean basin, Lamp Of Freedom (http://lampoffreedom.com/) and Shukumaku (http://www.shukumaku.com/Default.php).Mazen Darwich, the founder of the Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression, was arrested on 16 March while attending a peaceful sit-in outside the interior ministry in Damascus as an observer. He was later released. Organisation Help by sharing this information June 15, 2020 Find out more October 14, 2020 Find out more Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest March 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists killed, many missing, arrested or deported – list of media freedom violations gets longer BAHRAIN German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News LIBYA Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi and his allies have not stopped their abuses in response to the UN Security Council resolution of 17 March authorizing the use of force to protect civilians. Foreign journalists and their Libyan colleagues continue to be targeted in both the east and the west of the country. Seven journalists are currently missing while a Libyan blogger was killed by a sniper on 19 March in Benghazi. Reporters Without Borders urges the Libyan authorities to end their violence against all journalists.The Libyan blogger and journalist who was shot on 19 March was Mohamed Al-Nabbous, also known as Mo. He was providing live commentary on developments when he was killed. After the Internet was blocked in Libya, he launched his own TV station, Libya Al-Hurra, which broadcast by satellite. He was the second journalist to be killed in Libya since the start of the fighting. Al-Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan Al-Jaber was fatally shot in an ambush as he was returning to Benghazi on 12 March. A colleague was injured in the same incident.Al-Jazeera reported on 19 March that four of its journalists were arrested by pro-Gaddafi forces a week ago. The four – Mauritanian reporter Ahmed Vall Ould el-Dine, Tunisian reporter Lotfi Messaoudi, Norwegian photographer Ammar Al-Hamdane and British photographer Kamel Ataloua – had entered the country across the Tunisian border and were covering the fighting between rebels and government forces in Zawiya, to the west of the capital.Agence France-Presse said it has received no word from two of its reporters – Dave Clark, 38, and Roberto Schmidt, 45 – since the evening of 18 March, when they were near the eastern city of Tobruk. In a statement, AFP reported that they had “said in an email on Friday evening that they intended to travel some 30 km from Tobruk on Saturday morning to meet opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and interview refugees fleeing the fighting.” Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle was travelling with them.The four New York Times journalists who were arrested on 15 March have been released. They are currently at the Turkish embassy in Tripoli and were due to leave the country in the next few hours via Tunisia.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there has been no work since the start of the uprising from six Libyan journalists who are known critics of the government. The CPJ said it is rumoured that they are currently being held by pro-Gaddafi forces. to go further Receive email alerts BahrainMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News ——- News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives YEMEN BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Ali Abdulemam, a blogger who was freed on 22 February after several months in prison, was arrested again on 17 March amid a continuing crackdown on human rights activists. After being set free again, he went into hiding to avoid further arrest. The BBC said his wife, who was very outspoken during his months in detention, is now refusing to give interviews for fear of reprisals (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12796892). Abdulemam was one of the nominees for this year’s Netizen Prize, which Reporters Without Borders awards with support from Google. The prize went to the Tunisian website Nawaat.Abdeljalil Al-Singace, a blogger who like Abdulemam and 21 other human rights activists and government opponents was detained from September to February, was also reportedly arrested again on 17 March. The head of the pro-democracy and civil liberties movement Al Haq, Singacewas previously arrested in 2009 for allegedly trying to destabilise the government because he used his blog (http://alsingace.katib.org) to denounce the deplorable state of civil liberties and discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite population.Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was abducted from his home at about 1:30 a.m. yesterday by about 40 individuals who threatened him and beat him before finally releasing him several hours later. Rajab had been giving interviews to international news media about the government’s use of violence to disperse protests and indiscriminate killings by the armed forces (http://bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/3825).CBS journalist Toula Vlahou was travelling in a car with a colleague on 19 March when riot police fired on them using shotgun pellets. Watch the video in which she tried to get an explanation from foreign minister Sheikh Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpxSPY5ZPCM. Newslast_img read more

in-store bakery of the year

first_imgWinner: MorrisonsLaceby, Grimsby, Lincs”A credit to the baking industry,” was how the judges described this ISB’s bakery manager Steven Mumby. They were particularly impressed with his on-shelf presentation and cited his excellent team as one of the reasons for his success.A baker for 25 years, Steven has been running his 13-strong department (which includes four qualified and one trainee baker) for five of those. Some 80% of products are made from scratch bread, buns and doughnuts with others, including croissants and Danish, baked off from frozen.The monthly-changing Baker’s Table showcases handmoulded breads, including the department’s single biggest-seller, Spelt & Rye. Baking throughout the day, the department turns over £13,000 a week, and Mumby credits his “supportive and quality” team for increasing sales and improving customer service. “Staff are doing internet research so they can tell customers about the products,” he says.Finalist: Sainsbury’sGambrel Road, NorthamptonBakery manager Robert Pither did his bakery apprenticeship with Sainsbury’s and was an ISB manager with them for 10 years before going to work for a bakery specialist. He arrived in his present department at Christmas last year. “First, I addressed quality issues, then availability and poorly performing areas,” he says. One such area was confectionery, where Robert’s ability to challenge the 23 staff and empower them to run their own department has resulted in rapid growth.Availability in the bakery has risen from 86.5% this time last year, to 95.2% today.Finalist: AsdaWolstanton Retail Park, Newcastle under LymeWhen bakery manager Claire Chadwick joined the Wolstanton store last year, she felt morale was low. “Some of our staff were stuck in a rut,” she says. “I asked them which areas they would like some training in and we took it from there.”Now, her 22-strong team, including five fully-trained bakers, pull together. Product knowledge and customer service are improved and weekly turnover has risen to £22,000.Up to 70% of products are scratch-made, including the white, brown and Granary loaves.Finalist: TescoCrieff Road, Perth, PerthshireStella White, bakery manager, took over her department just a year ago, after the 11-strong team had been without a manager for nearly five months. “The staff were very focused on the products,” she explains. “I needed to raise morale and get them looking after the customers.”Now, she says, her team, with five qualified bakers ensures good availability and customer service. The department turns over up to £15,000 a week. Loaves, including speciality breads, are made from scratch, while patisserie is supplied frozen and baked-off.last_img read more

Gary Ray Loney

first_imgGary Ray Loney, age 70 of Dillsboro, Indiana passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 at Manderley Health Care in Osgood, IN.After graduating from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Gary went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.  He worked for many years as an over the road truck driver.  Gary was a member of the Route 46 Pentecostal Church.He is survived by his wife, Arlena (nee: Savage); daughter Heather (Jacob) Welch; sons Jeffery (Katrina) Savage and Jimmy Taylor; four grandchildren, Ethan Welch, Leah Welch, Zoey Savage and Brooklynn Savage along with two brothers and one sister.The funeral service will be 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville, IN.  The family has chosen cremation to follow.Memorials maybe given to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

Basketball team has room for progress

first_img“The 19th Hole” runs on Tuesdays.  To comment on this story, email Joey at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com. In the minutes prior to tipoff between the USC men’s basketball team and UCLA on Sunday afternoon, the Galen Center video board flashed a montage of highlights from the Trojans’ upset win over the Bruins on Jan. 30. It showed flashy dunks and some last-minute free throws, preserving the victory in the minds of fans.USC players and fans smiled, reminiscing. Meanwhile, UCLA players and fans grimaced, re-living the game.“That definitely pissed them off,” senior forward Renaldo Woolridge said, when asked about the Bruins’ reaction to the video clips. “It would’ve pissed me off.”Pissed-off UCLA opened the game by racing out to 7-0 lead in less than three minutes. Its lead grew would only grow from there to 17-4 and then to 21-8. Little changed when the final buzzer rang. UCLA won and did so handily by a final score of 75-59.For USC, which had been riding a modest four-game winning streak as recently as nine days ago, Sunday’s loss, combined with a similarly disappointing defeat at Cal on Feb. 17 in which it relinquished a 15-point second half lead, functioned as a slap back to reality. This, by all accounts, isn’t playing to rise — contrary to the team’s frequently mentioned slogan.“We didn’t come ready,” said junior center Omar Oraby, who finished with 11 points. “It comes down to who plays harder, and they played harder.”The Trojans were simply out of it from the get-go versus the Bruins.“It was too much of a hole to get out of,” added USC interim coach Bob Cantu, speaking on UCLA’s first-half onslaught.No doubt, double-digit deficits remain difficult to overcome.“Obviously it’s a loss, but with the rivalry it’s bigger than a loss,” junior guard J.T. Terrell said.And so Sunday served as the Trojans’ second-straight loss. Not to mention they’re now 12-15 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-12. The NCAA tournament? That remains every bit of an afterthought barring an unexpected run in the conference tournament to secure an automatic bid. The NIT? That stands increasingly less likely as the Trojans inch further away from the .500 benchmark.This season — whatever was left of it, anyway — appears to be slipping from their grasp. It isn’t unexpected: Moving on from Kevin O’Neill and a nightmarish final 12 months of his tenure isn’t exactly a quick, overnight fix. Evidently, undoing the damage is going to take a bit of time, perhaps much more than it looked like a couple weeks ago.No matter how well Cantu, who is now 5-5 since taking over for O’Neill in January, has done at changing the culture around the program and inspiring confidence among players midseason, everything about his scheme looks off. The Trojans still take terrible shots and have little flow offensively; by and large, they live and die by 3-pointers and 17-foot jumpers, which can lead to some nice wins but hardly serves as a recipe for any long-term offensive success.As for defense, Sunday’s effort couldn’t have been much worse. To open the game, the Bruins made 8 of their first ten shots, a rate that would eventually culminate in a 47.2 percent clip for the game.The problem currently appears to be that USC can’t find any sort of middle ground for its team. With O’Neill at the helm, they looked like an over-disciplined bunch, robots timid and hesitant to assert themselves on the court, especially on the offensive end. Now, by contrast, they seemingly lack any discipline, are out of position on defense and hoist   ill-advised shots on offense.Cantu mentioned during his post-game media session that this is a “low” point. There’s nothing new about that: In basketball, as he mentioned, there are plenty of highs and lows. But this group’s problems run deeper than simply a low point. Really, UCLA and Cal have exposed ’SC after a two-week span in which good shooting masked a number of glaring problems: regression on defense and a lack of anything that resembles offensive structure.This program needs an overhaul. That much is apparent in the wake of a 16-point home loss to a crosstown rival. Does that overhaul still leave Cantu in the big chair on the Galen Center sidelines? Perhaps, sure. But with every loss, it becomes an increasingly unlikely possibility.Whoever takes over on a full-time basis, whether that’s Cantu or the wide range of candidates who have been publicly linked to the opening in recent weeks, has quite a bit of work cut out for them. What transpired Sunday sure indicates this team is one that’s far, far away from one dancing in March. Despite O’Neill’s departure, USC is still chasing not only UCLA, but most everyone out west.last_img read more