Journalists face mounting obstacles and threats to their work

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Organisation Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News December 28, 2020 Find out more September 25, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists face mounting obstacles and threats to their work News to go furthercenter_img News IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned today’s blast outside a hotel housing the Baghdad bureau of the televison network NBC and called for an investigation into the bombing, the first involving a US news organisation’s base in Iraq.The organisation also voiced deep concern about the call to order issued by the transitional Iraqi Governing Council in the form of a series of instructions to news media operating in the country. The council decreed the new rules on 23 September at the same time as it sanctioned the Arabic TV stations Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.The council appears to be opting for a threatening and repressive approach to the news media, allowing them only “conditional freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said.The new instructions add little to the decree issued in June by the US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, banning “incitement to violence.” They use extremely vague terms such as “inciting disorder” that could apply to almost anything. Furthermore, they do not specify the punishments for violators or whether there is any possibility of appeal.Without endorsing the editorial line being followed by some news media in Iraq, Reporters Without Borders can only condemn the council’s desire to restrict and control news coverage. This will not solve the problem of the terrorist attacks whose victims include Iraqi authorities, Americans and the civilian population.The news media should obviously be professional and responsible in their reporting of the news and there are often limits which journalists choose not exceed spontaneously and because they are indicated in international codes of conduct such as the Munich Charter.It is furthermore unacceptable that significant and draconian restrictions should be decided by a government rather than a professional ethics commission or a press council chosen by the news media themselves and consisting of news media representatives.Reporters Without Borders advises against suspending news media, closing news bureaux or expelling journalists, as this would be contrary to the promises made to the Iraqi population to respect basic freedoms, which include press freedom.Journalists are all the more aware of the security problems in Iraq after today’s bombing outside the Al-Aike Hotel in Baghdad in which journalists were for the first time among the victims of such an attack. The blast killed a hotel employee and injured two others, including NBC soundman David Moodie, who sustained a minor hand injury. NBC’s staff have been evacuated from the hotel.NBC correspondent Jim Avila said there was nothing outside the hotel to indicate there was an US television network bureau inside. NBC had not received any threat, either. It was too soon to say if the US journalists were deliberately targeted, but residents in the neighbourhood said it was no secret that Americans and journalists were staying in the hotel. Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Brave heroine Caitriona dies during search for missing man

first_imgCaitriona Lucas died during a search for a missing manTHE death of a search and rescue volunteer in Kilkee, Co Clare this Monday has shaken a community and indeed the country as the heroics of Caitriona Lucas and her fellow volunteers members comes to light as her family mourns her loss.A mother of two, Ms Lucas (41) from Ballyvaughan was one of three members onboard a Doolin Coast Guard boat involved in a search for a man missing in the area for a number of days.A tragic reversal of roles unfolded for Caitriona and her co-volunteers Jenny Carway (51) and James Lucey (49) when their Delta RIB flipped over during a search at Kilkee Bay.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The trio were thrown from their boat into the pounding seas before Caitriona lost her life and Jenny and James became the focus of a dramatic rescue bid.Both Jenny and James are now recovering in hospital but efforts to revive Caitriona failed after she was plucked from the sea by rescuers onboard the Shannon based Rescue 115 helicopter.RNLI crews from Ballybunion, Aran and Kilrush were also at the scene as their attention turned to their colleagues in peril.Upwards of 400 people had been involved in an initial shoreline search on Sunday for the missing man before it was stood down due to weather conditions.Volunteers, including the water based search units from the RNLI and the Kilkee and Doolin Coast Guard units returned on Monday to continue their search before tragedy struck for one of their members.As many onlookers, villagers and friends were left shaken by the tragedy, a statement from The Irish Coast Guard read that it extended “sincere condolences to the Lucas family and all the volunteer members of the Doolin and Kilkee units. The Coast Guard also wishes to thank all the other organisations that participated in today’s search.”In many tributes paid to the mother of two whose husband Bernard is also a member of the Doolin volunteer unit, Caitriona was described “as a brave and valiant woman”.Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, together with Limerick Fire and Rescue Service and the many other volunteer search and organisations have changed their online social media pictures to display a Irish Coast Guard logo with a black stripe through it, in memory and honour of Caitriona.Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam uasal. Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Facebook TAGSCaitriona LucasIrish Coast Guardlimerick WhatsApp Linkedin NewsBrave heroine Caitriona dies during search for missing manBy Staff Reporter – September 13, 2016 747 Printcenter_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleLimerick emergency department facing big demandsNext article110 new jobs for Limerick as Ortec Inc set up EU base Staff Reporter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

New sophomore class council elected during special session of student senate

first_imgIn a close vote Monday evening, Judicial Council reported the votes of each undergraduate residence hall in the sophomore class council election, resulting in current freshmen Jordan Theriault, Devin Diggs, Lily Short and Timmy Gallagher winning the election after a failed runoff Thursday.The vote followed a tight race for the class of 2022’s sophomore class council last week. No ticket emerged with a majority of the votes in either the original or the runoff elections, so per section 17.5 (a.3) of the Student Union Constitution, the student senate convened a special session to decide the race.Junior and Judicial Council president Shady Girgis presided over the vote and explained the electoral college-like procedure: All votes were to be decided by a breakdown of the votes within each residence hall; if any dorm had a tie between two or three of the tickets, that dorm’s senator would decide the tie; if that senator was absent from the meeting and had not sent a proxy, that dorm’s votes were voided.Ultimately, the race came down to two consequential votes. The winning ticket received 12 votes, while the runners-up — freshmen Ronan King, Zoë Case, Matty Tighe and Quinn Hogan — received 10. The third-place ticket — freshmen Jack Looney, Alex Peyton, Tom Daly and MJ Haak — were close behind, with a final total of eight votes.As Girgis read through the results, he announced the first tie of the evening — Duncan Hall. Duncan’s senator, junior Steven Frick, however, was absent and had not sent a proxy.“Their vote will be voided,” Girgis announced.Junior Morrissey senator Patrick Paulsen decided the second tie, voting for King, Case, Tighe and Hogan.The off-campus senator, senior Natalia Yepez Frias, decided the final tie of the evening. The off-campus vote was a three-way tie because all members of the class of 2022 are freshmen and therefore, are required to live on campus. Frias, who had her pick of all three tickets, voted for Looney, Peyton, Daly and Haak. If Frias or a Duncan representative had voted for King’s ticket, the race would have been decided by senior vice president Corey Gayheart. With a two-point edge, however, Theriault, Diggs, Short and Gallagher prevailed. Theriault, the newly elected sophomore class council president, is currently president of the class of 2022’s freshman class council. He and Gallagher, current freshman class council secretary, are incumbents who said they are excited to move forward with their agenda next year.Freshman class council is still in full swing, however, and Theriault said he is focused on a wide variety of initiatives for the rest of his term this year. He and other council members are working on finalizing the class of 2022 apparel order and organizing a class Mass. Theriault said he’s especially excited about the Spring Fling dance that freshman class council is planning for freshmen this semester.“That’s something we’re really looking forward to,” he said.Next year, Theriault said he envisions more interaction between sophomores across campus. He hopes to strengthen community by connecting students from different dorms. Theriault said he is planning “events targeted for South Quad-North Quad meet up or West Quad-Mod Quad meet up with some kind of event, whether that be spiritual service or some kind of mini event during the day.”Additionally, Theriault said he wants to open up sophomore class council meetings to the public next year so members of the class of 2022 can see student government in action.Though the race was close, Theriault, Diggs, Short and Gallagher are moving full speed ahead. With the election behind them, the newly elected council is ready to carry out their vision for the class of 2022. Tags: 2019 election, Judicial Council, Notre Dame Student Senate, sophomore class councillast_img read more

Long Island Congressman Urges Boycott of Princesses: Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Princesses: Long Island is set to debut June 2 on Bravo.A Long Island congressman has joined the growing chorus of critics speaking out against Bravo’s new reality show, Princesses: Long Island, because he believes it fuels anti-Semitic stereotypes.“I will not silently tolerate a show that paints Jewish women on Long Island with all-too-familiar and painful stereotypes — money-hungry, superficial, Jewish-American Princesses,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), who is Jewish, wrote in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post.The lawmaker’s critique comes after Freeport residents were outraged that one of the women on the show called their village a “ghetto.”Israel said that he will not continue to watch the show, the fourth episode of which airs 9 p.m. Sunday on Bravo.The congressman was particularly upset by the show’s portrayal of the traditional Shabbat dinner, writing that it gives viewers who are unfamiliar with the significance of the Sabbath the wrong idea because it was exactly the opposite of what this sacred dinner is supposed to be.In a recent episode, the dinner included excessive drinking and a feud between “princesses” Casey Cohen and Erica Gimbel which “princess” Chanel Omari called a “Shabbocalpyse”. Erica made the offensive statement at the table, “Shabbat, Shalom, go %^&* yourself.”Israel wrote: “The characters do not shy away from any Jewish stereotypes and portray both Jews and Long Islanders in the most unflattering light possible.”Jewish stereotypes in the previous episodes included the women fighting over who should sit at the corner of the table while citing a Jewish saying that those who sit at the corner aren’t getting married.Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) at a news conference in Hicksville on Monday, April 29, 2013.According to Israel, “the characters on the show spewed gross generalizations about the living and dating habits of unmarried Jewish women.”​Bravo responded to the congressman in a statement, saying: “Princesses: Long Island is a show about six women who are young, educated, single and Jewish living in Long Island, and is not meant to represent all Jewish women or other residents of Long Island.”Israel urged viewers to vote with their remote controls and boycott the show.“Viewers should know that the show portrays the lives of the characters and is in no way representative of a religion, culture or geographic area.” he wrote. “I hope that others will join me in deciding that this show is not the type of TV we should be supporting.”last_img read more