Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News News Organisation January 13, 2021 Find out more News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Reporters Without Borders deplores a government-orchestrated campaign of threats and smears against journalists and human rights activists that is being waged above all through media controlled by Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL), a state-owned company better known as “Lake House.”The targets include Rohitha Bashana Abeywardane of Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka, a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, Dharmasiri Lankapeli of the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions and Sunanda Deshapriya, a journalist and media freedom activist.“The UN Human Rights Council has just passed a resolution urging the government to prosecute those responsible for war crimes during the civil war between the armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which officially ended in 2009, but meanwhile many journalists in Sri Lanka and in exile are the targets of threats and an unprecedented hate campaign,” ReportersWithout Borders said.“Lake House, which controls many newspapers, is using accusations of terrorism, separatism and collaborating with the LTTE as a weapon to undermine those who defend freedom of information and media freedom.“We urge UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay, who says she is ready to go to Sri Lanka, to address the situation of all those who defend freedom of information and media freedom, both inside the country and abroad. Ending these threats must be included in the ‘global action plan’ which the Human Rights Council resolution wants the government to implement in order to advance national reconciliation.”Threats against freedom of information activistsAttacks against Sri Lankan journalists have increased in recent months. In one of the latest cases, Sunanda Deshapriya had to be extricated by police in Geneva on 19 March when demonstrators opposed to the proposed Human Rights Council resolution objected to his filming them and became aggressive.In a joint statement yesterday relayed by Reporters Without Borders, many journalists, human rights activists and media defence NGOs such as the Free Media Movement urged the government “to take immediate action to stop these attacks and ensure the safety of human rights defenders whether they engage in national level processes and/or in inter-governmental processes such as the UN Human Rights Council.”PropagandaDefenders of freedom of the media and information are being accused of terrorism by the smear campaign that the government-controlled media have been waging since the start of the year.Lawyers for Democracy condemned the state-run Independent Television Network’s propaganda in a statement on 21 March, accusing ITN of “branding journalists and civil society representatives as terrorists and traitors” for participating in the Human Rights Council session in Geneva.On 11 and 24 January, the ITN programme “Vimasuma” accused several journalists of collaborating with Tamil exile groups. At the same time, an article in the Lake House-owned newspaper Dinamina accused one of the organizers of the “Black January” media freedom campaign in Colombo of links with the LTTE. The organizer singled out was Dharmasiri Lankapeli of the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions (FMETU).Dharmasiri LankapeliFollowing FMETU-organized protests on 4 and 6 July 2011 against the suppression of media trade unions within Lake House, leaflets were circulated by Lake House in July and November accusing Lankapeli of supporting the LTTE and participating in anti-government activities.The programme “Vimasuma” renewed its attacks on 1 February with a report about the “Black January” campaign that highlighted Lankapeli’s role and accused its participants of not recognizing LTTE atrocities.A representative of the Lake House journalists’ union, Lankapeli has for years been combating media freedom violations in Sri Lanka. He has been the target of threats and smears since 2007 and was forced to spend several months in hiding in 2009 and 2010.On 28 February, Reporters Without Borders published a timeline of cases of violence, threats and propaganda against journalists and media defenders during the first two months of the year that showed the lack of progress for freedom of information. Blocking of access to websites, especially those based abroad, has also increased since the end of 2011.Sri Lanka is ranked 163rd out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is classified as a country “under surveillance” in the “Enemies of the Internet” report. 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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Tensions in the Middle East are high following the U.S. government’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top-ranking military general. Iran retaliated in the early hours of January 8, launching more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.In addition to missiles and military maneuvers, Iran is also no stranger to cyber warfare. In 2016, the U.S. charged seven hackers linked to the Iranian government with executing large-scale coordinated cyberattacks on dozens of banks, as well as a small dam outside New York City.Two days before the missile strike, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a bulletin warning of Iran’s ability to carry out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the U.S., and for American companies to be prepared for “cyber disruptions, suspicious emails, and network delays.”Just one day after DHS released the bulletin, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his state has seen a spike in attempted cyberattacks from Iran on state agency networks at the rate of about 10,000 per minute.
1 Liverpool stars Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho Liverpool have suffered multiple injury blows in the build-up to their Europa League clash at Besiktas, with Brendan Rodgers confirming he will be without EIGHT first team players.The Reds return to Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium, venue for their famous 2005 Champions League victory, on Thursday holding a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg of their last-32 tie against the Turkish League leaders.However, they will have to complete the job without vice-captain Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and defenders Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho.Their absences, coupled with the already missing Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva – still working their way back from injury – and the suspended Lazar Markovic, means Rodgers has little room for manoeuvre.Nevertheless, the Reds manager remains confident what remains of his squad can get the job done and seal the side’s progression to the last-16.“We’ve got a few injuries,” said the boss, whose side host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.“We’ve probably out here without eight of our squad who have knocks, some with previous and some who picked up something at the weekend.“We still have a squad strong enough to hopefully get the job complete but we’ve got a few knocks and niggles from the weekend.”Gerrard’s absence means Liverpool will be without any players who played in their dramatic Champions League final victory against AC Milan almost ten years ago.However, the stadium brings back brilliant memories for supporters and the club itself will forever be associated with the venue.“Of course it was a great historic night for the club and everyone associated with Liverpool respects that,” added Rodgers.“It was a little while ago and there won’t be too many of our players that were involved at that time.“It’s a real iconic stadium for the club and a big part of that history.“For us to go there and play with a lot of young players and a new squad against a good team, we’ll look forward to that.“We’re looking forward to the atmosphere and we want to get the job complete.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Investigators believe that this murder may have been committed by known local Azusa gang members,” Gonzalez said. Police were looking for Raymond Cruz Ponce, 30, of Azusa. Ponce, also known as “Bear,” is wanted for questioning in connection with the killing. SWAT officers surrounded the home and used loudspeakers on their patrol cars and from a helicopter to order Ponce out of the home. Ponce was then arrested for a parole violation, Gonzalez said. Ponce’s mother and sister were detained in the home, but not arrested. Then investigators from several law enforcement agencies set about combing the interior of the home for clues. AZUSA – Police searched a home Thursday looking for clues in the 11-month-old slaying of a mother of five. Officers converged on a home in the 500 block of Duell Street with a search warrant and a forensic team in an effort to solve the killing of Fenise Luna, 28. Investigators believe Luna was killed at the home on Dec. 29. “Over the past 11 months, numerous witnesses have come forward, additional evidence has been uncovered and information from the state and federal prison systems resulted in detectives believing that the murder of Ms. Luna occurred at (the home on) Duell,” said Azusa police Capt. Sam Gonzalez. It is not clear why Luna went to the home in the first place. Luna’s sister and brother-in-law hope some answers come out of the search. Luna was depressed around the time of her death. She also had a learning disorder and a carefree attitude toward life that sometimes let people take advantage of her, family members said. “She was hanging around the wrong crowd,” said Evelyn Bernal, the older sister who had a hand in raising Luna. The night of her killing, Luna told Bernal and her husband, Mario, that she was going out for a few hours. She never came home. “We really haven’t heard the truth yet,” Mario Bernal said. “We’ve heard that she was strangled, that she was cut, that she was beat up.” Luna’s children now live with the Bernals and are slowly returning to a normal life. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
QPR are hoping recent signing Loic Remy will return to full training early next week.The striker has missed Rangers’ last two matches – a goalless draw at home to Norwich and a 4-1 defeat at Swansea – with a groin problem.Remy has sat out training sessions in Dubai, where the squad have been based this week in preparation for next Saturday’s match against Manchester United.He is due to be assessed on Monday morning to see whether he has a realistic chance of facing the Premier League leaders.Meanwhile, Junior Hoilett is back in training following a hamstring injury.See also:Worried Rangers to assess Remy groin 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Former teammates Kyrie Irving (left) and LeBron James AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOKyrie Irving and LeBron James will share the court on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season next month. But for the first time in a long time, it won’t be as teammates.Irving recently demanded his way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers and got his wish when he was traded to the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Austin, Ravena lead PH team in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take,” the 25-year-old guard confirmed that he did not speak with LeBron about his trade request, nor did he feel obligated to do so.“Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership before you let them know you wanted out?” host Stephen A. Smith candidly asked the four-time All-Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“No. Why would I have to?” Irving responded, prompting Smith to say that LeBron might have taken it personally.Without mentioning his former teammate’s name, Irving calmly explained his side: “I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life.” MOST READ “And it’s not anything personal, I’m not here to tirade anybody, I’m not here to go at any particular person or the organization, because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the times that I spent there. It’s nothing about that.”After mostly keeping to himself since the trade went down, Irving further explained his motivations behind leaving Cleveland.“It’s just there comes a time when you mature as an individual. It’s time to make that decision,” he shared.“And there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save someone’s feelings, when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do. And it wasn’t about me not wanting to win. It wasn’t anything about that. I want to be extremely, extremely happy in perfecting my craft. And that was the only intent that I have in all of this.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Modric: Real Madrid improving under Solariby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric believes Real Madrid are improving under coach Santiago Solari.Real begin their Club World Cup defence this week on the back of a scratchy 1-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano.But Modric says: “We are working on our physical preparation so that we can better express our talent and our qualities on the field. “We must do more work. I believe that we have progressed to this point under the guidance of Solari. There is still room for improvement, but I think we will get to Abu Dhabi in a good shape. “Motivation is always there when a trophy is at stake.”
There are some very good quarterbacks returning to college football in 2015. Michigan State’s Connor Cook. TCU’s Trevone Boykin. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott. USC’s Cody Kessler. And, of course, Ohio State’s three star quarterbacks – J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes just aren’t sure who will be their starter, and that’s OK. ESPN is confident enough in Urban Meyer that they’ve tabbed the generic “QB For Ohio State” as one of the country’s top returning signal callers. Pretty hilarious graphic pic.twitter.com/wkwU7f88pp— Andrew Gaug (@AndrewGaug) January 23, 2015You’ve got it pretty good, Ohio State fans. Which quarterback do you want to see behind center for the Buckeyes come fall – Barrett, Jones or Miller?
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 15: Running back James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers dives into the end zone during the Panthers’ game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)…and we’ve got a new viral Internet meme. “Sad Virginia Fan” is taking over Twitter.The context? If you missed it, Notre Dame survived an upset bid by UVA, 34-27, behind a heartbreaking last-minute touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer to Will Fuller. Immediately following the play, ESPN showed a Cavaliers supporter who clearly just had his day ruined. Enjoy:… pic.twitter.com/c45vwTQtqB— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 12, 2015Sniper in the house. pic.twitter.com/IaN9EmPwRL— Sam Dekker (@dekker) September 12, 2015looks about right pic.twitter.com/JWA4qrlDdc— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) September 12, 2015ND killed a man pic.twitter.com/4gSwa8aJ97— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 12, 2015Current mood in Virginia … #NDvsUVA pic.twitter.com/TWzXXao77n— Sports on Earth (@SportsonEarth) September 12, 2015Every Virginia fan right now … pic.twitter.com/LAzCTmAA2m— ESPN (@espn) September 12, 2015Cheer up, you’re now an Internet sensation, Sad Virginia Fan. pic.twitter.com/ZrEDsfdYi8— SportsNation (@SportsNation) September 12, 2015pic.twitter.com/AadmZgeEZw— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 12, 2015Dead Virginia fan is the best pic.twitter.com/HzNhpEGQM1— Matt T. (@michiganlions) September 12, 2015This sad Virginia fan is just hilarious pic.twitter.com/LlcW1OIJGw— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) September 12, 2015Virginia fan not sure if he’s dead. pic.twitter.com/OnKoZKrE1x— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) September 12, 2015i’m sorry pic.twitter.com/IeH1MZZdnC— martin rickman (@martinrickman) September 12, 2015Yep, no field-rushing today. Someone get that man a beer – if he’s of age.
colin cowherd says nebraska beats iowaFox Sports’ Colin Cowherd isn’t shy about voicing his opinion on many topics, including the College Football Playoff. Yesterday, Cowherd tweeted that he disagreed with one-loss Alabama getting into the playoff over one-loss Ohio State, due to what he perceives a difference in strength between the SEC and Big Ten. Tonight, Cowherd revealed his current CFP foursome, and he lived up to his opinion from yesterday. Alabama is nowhere to be found among the four teams, while Michigan State and Ohio State are in the group. Turned in my playoff top 4 to @FOXSports. 1.Clemson 2. Oklahoma 3. Michigan St 4. Ohio State. SEC is an overrated mess. Sorry Bama.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 30, 2015Expect Cowherd’s email and Twitter mentions to be engulfed with angry Tide fans starting 20 minutes ago. As good as the Buckeyes are, Alabama’s resume is impressive. Yes, the Tide lost to 9-3 Ole Miss and have three “cupcake” wins, but their other eight victories are against teams with .500 records or better. Their defensive front seven is scary and Derrick Henry is a legit Heisman candidate. They belong in the CFP.