Political unrest sparks violent attacks on journalists and media


first_img RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News News Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns a major wave of attacks on media and journalists, including bombings and shootings, which began six days ago and which is linked to opposition demands for a neutral interim government prior to elections scheduled for January.“The violence against journalists is intolerable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Justice must be rendered. The authorities must identify those responsible and bring them to trial. We support the statements made by the Editors’ Council and Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), which have firmly condemned these attacks.“It is imperative that the authorities should be able to ensure effective security for journalists, so that they can work without fear, and that the political parties do not encourage their supporters to target journalists.”The attacks on the media began when an opposition demonstration degenerated on 25 October, and continued during a 60-hour “shut-down” called by opposition sectors to press demands for a neutral government for 90 days to establish a free and impartial environment for parliamentary elections in January. Schools and shopping centres closed and public transport halted although the prime minister urged Bangladeshis to ignore the strike call.Members of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami began attacking the offices of certain Dhaka-based media, especially privately-owned TV stations, with home-made bombs on 25 October. The targets included Channel 71, Desh TV, Mohona TV, My TV and the newspapers Bohrer Kagoj and BDnews24.com.Those injured included Channel 71 Newroom’s editor Zakaria Biblop, who was taken to a military hospital in a critical condition although his condition is no longer life-threatening. RSF_en Follow the news on Bangladesh October 31, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Political unrest sparks violent attacks on journalists and media BangladeshAsia – Pacific BangladeshAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Credit photo: the Daily Star Newscenter_img News Masudur Rahman, a cameraman with privately-owned Channel-i, was injured by bullet fragments when police opened fire in Dhaka to disperse a protest by Jubo Dal, a group that supports the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Kafi Kamal, a journalist with the daily Manabzamin, was injured when a bomb went off outside BNP headquarters, while Jamaat-e-Islami activists attacked Rashed Nizam, a journalist with Channel 24.Abdus Salam of Shomoy TV and Sheikh Tofazzal Hossain of RTV were the victims of similar attacks in the western city of Rajshahi. Hossain was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after he was beaten with clubs, his camera was smashed and his personal effects were stolen.On 29 October, Jamaat-e-Islami activists attacked Abu Habib of the daily Dainik Janmabhumi as he was covering vandalism in the village of Kaliganj. He was clubbed, his camera and mobile phone were seized and his thumb was almost cut off. He was rushed to Sathkira Sadar Hospital and from there to a specialist hospital.In Narayanganj, a town near Dhaka, four local reporters – Rasel Ahmed of Kaler Kantho, Riaz Hossain of Ajkaler Khabor, G.M Shahid of Shakaler Khabor and Imdadul Haque Dulal of Arthoniti Protidin – were injured when suspected BNP members threw homemade bombs at their vehicles, which were marked “Press.” They were briefly hospitalized for treatment.In the northwestern district of Thakurgaon, NTV reporter Luftar Rahman Mithu was injured while covering clashes between BNP activists and members of the ruling Awami League. Maasranga TV journalist Badrul Islam’s motorcycle was set on fire during these clashes but Islam was unhurt.In the southeastern city of Chittagong, Nasir Uddin Tota of Bangla Vision TV and Abul Hasnat of ATN News were injured when they went to help Mohammad Farid Uddin, an ATN cameraman who was being attacked by young Jamaat-e-Islami activists.In the southwestern city of Jessore, activists attacked Labual Haq Ripon of the daily Dainik Samajer Katha while a bomb was thrown at Sakirul Kabir Riton, the secretary-general of the Jessore Union of Journalists and a reporter for Boishaki Television.Many vehicles carrying media personnel were also attacked in the cities of Bogra and Noakhali.The Bangladesh Editors’ Council voiced concern about the attacks in a press release yesterday and urged the country’s political parties to get their activists to stop targeting journalists. The statement also stressed the importance of active and independent media in a democratic society. The Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) issued a similar statement.These attacks are the worst that the media have had to endure in the past eight years. Bangladesh is ranked 144th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 19, 2021 Find out more Organisation Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Receive email alerts to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

BREAKING: Scott Walters found not guilty of all charges


first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — A jury has acquitted Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Walters of all charges, including rape and sexual abuse.Walters, 34, was indicted on charges of first-degree rape and sexual abuse, and the jury also considered attempted rape. He was originally charged in 2017 along with another man, Matthew Pinney, who with a plea deal, ended up being a witness in Walters’ trial. He was accused of raping a woman who could not consent because she was physically helpless and possibly drugged.On Wednesday after several notes to Judge John C. Rowley, who was presiding over the case, jurors came back at about 4:30 p.m. and said they found Walters not guilty of all charges.“We’re just glad that the truth came out,” defense attorney Veronica Gorman said after the verdict Wednesday.Gorman said Walters is feeling relieved following the verdict. “Unfortunately because the accusation was made, he’s always going to have to live under an air of suspicion … to some extent just like his identity here became Deputy Scott Walters charged with a crime. Part of his identity is going to be the person that went to trial. So, my fear is that people will not acknowledge the jury process and the fact that a jury of his peers acquitted him and they’ll just hang on the fact that he was accused, which is unfortunate in today’s society.”Last week, the jury heard testimony from the victim, Walters, Pinney, experts, friends and family members, related to an alleged incident in February 2013. A jury spent part of Monday and all day Wednesday deliberating — for more than 11 hours — before coming to a decision.Following the verdict, Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary, who was special prosecutor, said this was a difficult case for jurors to deliberate.“You have the victim who came forward four-and-a-half years later. … Obviously, you want people to come forward immediately but we also recognize the fact that that doesn’t happen because the vast majority of sexual abuse victims don’t ever come forward. I trust in the system. I understand that we’re asking 12 jurors to make a decision on some limited information.”Fazzary said he accepts the jurors’ decision and does not think he could have done anything different to change their minds. “There were just some questions that they had,” Fazzary said.Pinney was a key witness in the trial and testified last week that he had “sexual intercourse” with the woman while she was out of it. When asked by Fazzary during questioning if she asked him to do that, he replied, “No.” Pinney told jurors that he had lied when he had said in previous court proceedings that he had consensual sex with her. Pinney’s testimony and whether it should be considered credible was a key part of closing arguments Monday.In exchange for testifying at Walters’ trial, Pinney is receiving a plea deal. He will plead guilty to attempted forcible touching and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors. Fazzary said he is due in court to plead to those charges in October.Asked why he decided to offer that plea deal, Fazzary said Wednesday, “In my mind, the person who orchestrated this was Scott Walters. As much as (defense attorney Veronica Gorman) said during the trial this is just Scott Walters, just the person Scott Walters, not the police officer, I was looking at it the entire time saying if he did this, he cannot be a police officer any longer.”Jurors began deliberating before 9 a.m. Wednesday and throughout the day had several notes for the court, including asking for testimony to be read back. At one point, jurors told the judge they did not believe they could come to a unanimous decision, but Rowley sent them back to try to continue deliberations.Walters declined to comment outside the Tompkins County Courthouse after the verdict. Read full coverage from the trial below:Trial begins for Tompkins deputy accused of rapeWalters Trial: Jury hears testimony from witnesses including victim and defendantAfter closing arguments, jury begins deliberations in trial of Scott Walters Kelsey O’Connor Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: Tagged: john rowley, scott walters trial, Tompkins County Court Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more

9 CUNA-backed regulatory relief bills to be marked up by HFSC this week


first_imgA number of regulatory relief bills will be marked up by the U.S. House Financial Services Committee Wednesday, including bills supported by CUNA. CUNA testified on regulatory relief before the committee last week, and the bills included in the markup were part of more than two dozen regulatory relief proposals CUNA testified on.“There are certainly a number of other things we’d like to see Congress do, but a lot of these bills … have passed the House previously, generally by wide margins,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer. “These bills, for the most part, are generally very familiar to the committee; we appreciate the speed with which the committee has taken them up. We’re going to be encouraging the House to pass them when it returns in April.”CUNA reinforced its support for these pieces of legislation in a letter sent to the committee prior to the hearing, calling them a good first step, and reiterating its desire to continue to work with the committee to provide additional regulatory relief.The CUNA-supported bills that will be marked up include (Click the link for News Now coverage, as well as more information, about each bill): continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Salah spared national service


first_img Press Association Chelsea’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has been spared national service, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed. It was feared that Salah would be forced to return home to fulfil the military obligation that lasts between one and three years, but he has been given permission to continue his promising career at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old became eligible for military service, which is postponed for students, after cancelling his enrolment in one of Egypt’s education institutes. center_img Salah has made a positive impact since completing an £11million transfer from Basle in January, scoring two goals in 10 Premier League appearances. The move came after he impressed when the Swiss club faced Chelsea in the group stage of the Champions League last season. He was on target in both games. A fine international record reads 17 goals in 29 appearances and the news that he will not be required for military service enables him to participate in Chelsea’s pre-season training camp in Austria. Meanwhile, the Blues have declined to comment on reports that Didier Drogba will return to Stamford Bridge for the 2014-15 season on a one-year deal. last_img read more

The Latest: There will be basketball to watch this weekend


first_imgThe Latest: There will be basketball to watch this weekend Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESPN will stream a HORSE tournament on ESPN’s app. The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.”The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar.The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers.The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center. The NBA HORSE Challenge will have eight participants. The quarterfinals are to be shown Sunday and the semifinals and final on April 16.The quarterfinal matchups are Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks against former NBA player and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups; WNBA great and 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tamika Catchings against Mike Conley Jr. of the Utah Jazz; Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls against NBA retiree and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce; and Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder against Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.Players must call their shots before the attempt and dunking is not allowed. The players will be isolated and competing on separate home courts.State Farm is the presenting sponsor and will offer a prize pool exceeding $200,000 to charities working on the coronavirus response. The event will be pre-taped.___ ___Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28.The NRL has been suspended since March 23.The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up. April 9, 2020 Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.”___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka. Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union.The league has been indefinitely suspended.Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.” ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more