RSF urges Iraqi authorities to protect journalists in the field

first_img to go further Receive email alerts Organisation Mosul, cemetery for freedom of information RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Ali Raysan, a 33-year-old cameraman with Iraq’s Al-Sumaria TV, was killed by an Islamic State sniper while filming clashes near Al-Shura, a village in the Al-Qaraya region south of Mosul, on 22 October.Ahmed Hajer Oglu, a 30-year-old TV reporter, was fatally shot by an IS sniper while covering clashes between Peshmerga forces and IS fighters on 21 October in the city of Kirkuk (170 km southeast of Mosul), where IS launched a counter-offensive. His death was reported by Turkmeneli TV, the Kirkuk-based Turkmen TV station he worked for. “We deplore the deaths of these two journalists in the course of their work,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “In view of the dangers of journalism in a war zone, especially in Iraq, we remind all parties to the conflict that they are required by the Geneva Conventions and its additional protocols to protect journalists. At the same time, journalists covering the conflict should also take care not to endanger either their sources or the conflict’s participants.”According to a 22 October release by the Metro Centre for Journalists Rights and Advocacy, a local NGO, 10 journalists have also been wounded while covering the offensive in northern Iraq. They include Arian Brawari and Rasti Khaled of the Kurdish-language Waar TV and freelancer Ari Jalal, who were injured in an explosion Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul.Bishtiwan Hussein of Zagros TV and Hajer Brawari and Yasser Abdulrahman of Speda TV were wounded by explosions near Tel Skuf (north of Mosul) and Bashiqa. Ahmed Al-Zaidi, a reporter for Iraq’s Al-Forat TV, was wounded in the leg by a mortar explosion on 20 October. Rasoul Mahmoud, a freelancer covering the offensive for Radio Free Europe, was badly injured in Mosul by a mortar explosion, sustaining multiple fractures and the likely loss of one eye. Bryan Denton, a US photographer working for the New York Times, was injured by a car bomb near Bartella, east of Mosul. Heavily covered conflictA national media coalition was established on 17 October by the state-owned Iraqi Media Network with the aim of ensuring a national media strategy in support of the military offensive, countering rumours that could adversely affect military operations, and providing media outlets with technical and material support.The Al-Iraqiya, Al-Sumaria, Hona Baghdad, Al-Rasheed, Al-Forat, Al-Hadath and ANB TV channels are all part of the coalition, which produces a joint TV news programme every evening and coordinates communication campaigns on social networks.The offensive is receiving a great deal of media coverage, including on social networks, with live broadcasting on Facebook. But the public prosecutor’s office in Iraqi Kurdistan issued an order on 24 October banning three TV channels – Rudaw TV, Kurdistan 24 and NRT TV – from providing live coverage from any of the frontlines.The grounds given by the public prosecutor’s office in a communiqué was the need to protect troops and ensure respect for journalistic ethics. The communiqué cited the case of the fighting in Kirkuk where, it said, Kurdish forces were put in danger because unprofessional live coverage revealed their positions.The media in Iraqi Kurdistan have long been the victims of a power struggle between the leading Kurdish political parties, a struggle that has been exacerbated by the offensive against Islamic State.On 21 October, for example, the Nalia Media Corporation’s broadcast outlets – NRT, NRT2, Nalia Radio – were banned by the Ministry of the Peshmerga (Iraqi Kurdistan’s military forces) from going to Mosul and are having to cover the fighting from afar. According to NRT, the ban was a reprisal for a broadcast in which Peshmerga’s lack of unity was criticized by guests, including a former parliamentarian of the opposition party Goran (Change).According to RSF sources, the office of the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government has also banned two opposition TV channels – KNN TV and Payam TV –from reporting from Mosul since the start of the offensive. They are nonetheless allowed to cover clashes in cities controlled by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s two ruling parties.In October 2015, RSF and its partner organization in Iraq, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) issue a joint report about the appalling media freedom violations in Mosul since Islamic State seized control of the city in June 2014. The offensive to retake Mosul was launched on 17 October.Ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Iraq is one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Iraqi authorities to do everything possible to protect journalists in the field after two Iraqi journalists were killed and at least ten others were injured while covering the military offensive aimed at retaking the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State jihadi rebels. October 27, 2015 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses News News October 26, 2016 RSF urges Iraqi authorities to protect journalists in the field Help by sharing this information last_img read more

ESPS Galicia, USNS John Ericsson Engage in RAS

first_img ESPS Galicia, USNS John Ericsson Engage in RAS View post tag: ESPS Galicia Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Galicia, USNS John Ericsson Engage in RAS View post tag: RAS During a recent counter-piracy patrol off the coast of Somalia, Operation Atalanta flagship, ESPS Galicia, conducted a ‘replenishment at sea’ (RAS) with USNS John Ericsson.The transfer of fuel took only two hours to complete.USNS John Ericsson is currently deployed with Task Force 53, that regularly provides replenishment support to European Union counter-piracy warships.Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Navy Share this article August 26, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: africa View post tag: USNS John Ericsson View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Split Weekend Games With Lady Knights

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldog Softball team lost to South Dearborn Friday night by a score of 2-0.The Knights scored early in the first inning off a pair of errors by the Bulldogs. They were then held scoreless until the 6th inning when 2 base hits scored another run.The Bulldogs ended with 4 hits: Burkhart, Oldham, Waechter, and Cornn all had singles. The Bulldogs also left 5 runners on base.  Kara Obermeyer pitched the full 7 innings and ended with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks and a 1.0 ERA. Wilson and Cornn both finished with 6 putouts while Obermeyer ended with 4 assists. Cornn ended the game with zero passed ball and threw out 2 runners stealing 2nd.Considering South Dearborn’s great hitting capabilities, I thought we played a very good game against them. Our defense played a great game after the 1st inning, but our bats continued to struggle.Up next – Connersville at home Tuesday with a game time of 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.The JV Lady Bulldogs defeated the South Dearborn Lady Knights Friday evening by a score of 4-3.The game was tightly contested all night with the Lady Knights striking first in the top half of the second.  A single and a walk came around to score when South Dearborn’s nine batter hit a two out double in the gap.  The Bulldogs responded in the bottom half with two of their own.  Hannah Nunlist led off the inning with a walk and scored on a wild pitch by the South Dearborn pitcher.  McKenzie Laker followed suit with a walk and came around to score on an error committed by the Lady Knights.  The Lady Knights struck again in the third when a Bulldog error to the leadoff hitter came around to score on a double to the following hitter.  The Bulldogs charged back in the bottom half of the third when Gwen Martin hit a double and Chloe Saler followed up with a single the very next pitch to drive her home.  Saler came around to score on a wild pitch to push the Bulldogs out to the 4-3 advantage, which they never surrendered.The JV Bulldogs were led at the plate by Martin who had two doubles on the evening.  Paige Oldham and Saler were the other hits for the Bulldogs with one a piece. Abby Westerfeld pitched a great game on the mound for the Bulldogs striking out nine Lady Knight hitters while allowing just four hits.Batesville JV Softball will next be in action Thursday evening at home against the visiting Greensburg Lady Pirates.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.last_img read more

Chelsea offer Abraham £100,000 weekly deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Lampard: Tomori won’t leave Chelsea Anjorin: I’ll fight for shirt in Chelsea except there’s a tempting loan offer Tammy Abraham is on the cusp of penning a new £100,000-a-week deal with Chelsea, according to reports.The 22-year-old striker has had a blistering start to the season in front of goal and is currently joint top of the scoring charts in the Premier League alongside Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.His impressive form under Frank Lampard has also seen him receive an England call-up.And, according to Sky Sport Italia, Chelsea are confident that they will soon come to a deal with Abraham.There is a level of surprise that Abraham has been so effective for Chelsea despite his 26-goal season for Aston Villa in the Championship last campaign.But the academy graduate has rewarded Lampard’s faith in him already this campaign with eight goals in the league.Abraham recently commented: “I could not have asked for a better start with Chelsea.“Since I was a young boy, I’ve always had a dream that I would break into the first team one day. Not only have I done that, I am scoring goals. It’s going well.“It’s still early doors. I am happy with the way I’ve started. I’ve always believed in myself, it’s still early. I’ve got to keep on trying to help the team.”Tags: Frank LampardTammy Abrahamlast_img read more