Reporters Without Borders prevented from going to Moscow for third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder

first_imgNews May 5, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more News News RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Related documents CaucasusReport-GB-LD-2.pdfPDF – 1.76 MB RussiaEurope – Central Asia RSF_en center_img October 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders prevented from going to Moscow for third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder News Listen to one of the last interviews with Anna Politkovskaya (Radio France International)Read our latest report on fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus : Organisation to go further Follow the news on Russia By not giving them visas, the Russian authorities prevented two Reporters Without Borders representatives, including secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, from travelling to Moscow to hold a news conference there today, on the eve of the third anniversary of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya’s murder. The press freedom organisation is nonetheless going ahead with the news conference and the screening of a film about Politkovskaya in Moscow, both of which will be attended by her children, Ilya and Vera, and by Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitri Muratov.“It was extremely important for us to be in Russia alongside Anna Politkovskaya’s colleagues and family on the third anniversary of her murder,” Julliard said. “We wanted to be there all the more this year, as it has been a terrible one for journalists and human rights activists with the surge of violence in the North Caucasus, a region that Anna knew particularly well. “We are shocked by this decision, especially as we have always acted openly with the Russian authorities. They decided to prevent us from expressing our solidarity with Russian journalists and human rights activists. Moscow does not want us to address the Russians directly. But we will not give up.”Julliard added: “We take this opportunity to reaffirm our support for Russian journalists and free speech activists and to express our admiration for their courage and perseverance, as well as our determination to remain at their side.”Reporters Without Borders – Russiaenvoyé par rsf_internet. – L’info video en direct.Entitled “Third anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s death: the murderers of journalists still go unpunished,” the news conference went ahead as planned at the Independent Press Centre at 12:30 p.m., Moscow time. A new version of the documentary “Letter to Anna” will be screened at 6 p.m. this evening thanks to the support of its director, Eric Bergkraut. Reporters Without Borders had a poster entitled “Russian School of Journalism” specially produced for the anniversary in Russian, French and English. It is based on a cartoon by Danziger that was published at the time of Politkovskaya’s murder.A total of 22 journalists have been killed in connection with their work in Russia since March 2000. Russia was ranked 141st out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

Butler’s hot shooting night helps lead Syracuse to win over Binghamton

first_imgDespite being a freshman, Brianna Butler has not been afraid to launch the 3-point shot this season. Heading into Saturday’s game against Binghamton, she had taken 47 3-pointers, making 13.Against the Bearcats, all eight of Butler’s field-goal attempts came from beyond the arc. She made four.“Obviously, Brianna Butler is a great shooter for us,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She has to make open shots, and she did tonight.”Behind Butler’s 12-point effort and a balanced offensive attack, the Orange outlasted the Bearcats 68-45 to move to 10-1 on the season. Binghamton struggled from the field, shooting at a 28.6 percent clip (16-for-56), and SU got the win after a week of rest from game action.Despite suffering through a tough early season that has seen only one win in 11 games, the Bearcats hung with SU early.  Binghamton pulled to within 20-17 on a 3-point shot by Stephanie Jensen with 5:30 remaining in the first half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut from there, the Orange defense tightened, holding Binghamton scoreless for the remainder of the half. SU closed the half on a 10-0 run, capped off by a Pachis Roberts 3 with 23 seconds left. Elashier Hall opened the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer that put SU up 33-17, and Binghamton would not get within 14 points the rest of the way.The Orange defense held up despite limited minutes from star senior center Kayla Alexander, who was held to 18 minutes due to two early fouls. Alexander’s foul trouble led to extended action for Shakeya Leary and Taylor Ford, who played 15 and eight minutes respectively.The two combined for 11 rebounds and played an important role in limiting Binghamton’s second-chance opportunities, Alexander said.“No matter what happens, I know we have so many other players like Keya and Taylor who have no problem (stepping in),” Alexander said. “(They) can usually come in, step in, just do their thing and help the team to be successful.”Four Orange players scored in double figures, with Hall leading the way with 14. Alexander continued her reliable pace with 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks, and has scored in double figures in all 11 SU games this season – while accumulating 44 blocks.Syracuse has strived to maintain a deep rotation and spread meaningful minutes across the lineup throughout the season. The Orange did it again on Saturday, 13 players seeing playing time, and nine of them racking up double-figure minutes.“To have four players in double figures tonight is really, really big for us,” Hillsman said. “That’s all we want, is balance. We want to have balance on the floor, balanced scoring, a balance of rebounding. I thought that overall, we had that.”If SU had shot a little better (the Orange went 20-for-63 from the field, a 31.7 percent clip), the margin of victory could have been even greater. Hall went just 4-for 12 despite leading the team in scoring, and senior guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas (0-for-5) was held scoreless for the first time all season.SU will try for its 11th win of the season on Friday, Dec. 21, when it takes on Washington State at the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.Any win is a good win, especially at the end of exam week, Hillsman said.“Coming off exams is tough,” Hillsman said. “We knew going into this game that it would be tough getting going. But obviously, we played well enough to win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected]last_img read more

Panel discusses the implications of diversity in the classroom

first_imgSpurred by the removal of the diversity requirement from the General Education curriculum beginning Fall 2015, the USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity held a forum Wednesday evening to discuss diversity on campus. Panelists included Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs Gene Bickers, Vice Dean for Academic Programs Steven Lamy, ASE Associate Professor Shana Redmond, Interim ASE Chair Viet Thanh Nguyen, ASE graduate student Emily Raymundo and Undergraduate Student Government President Rini Sampath.“In short, this topic is critical to any definition of ethnic studies or American studies,” Nguyen said in an email to students. “It’s crucial to our intellectual work as scholars. It’s crucial to our pedagogical work as teachers and students. We have a great deal invested in how this University (mis)understands diversity and how it plans to deal with it.”Bickers began the discussion by introducing the history of the GE requirements, saying that the former diversity requirement came about in GE requirements from the 1990s. According to Bickers, the language of the requirement recognized that students will need to “grapple” with increasing diversity in their lives.The University’s accreditation is reviewed every decade, with the most recent review occurring in 2011, shortly after the appointment of President C. L. Max Nikias. In response to recommendations by the accreditation board, USC began an effort to revise its GE program. After a multi-year effort, new requirements were unveiled that took effect for students entering the university in the fall semester 2015 and were, according to Bickers, very similar to the GE programs at Stanford and Yale.According to Lamy, the diversity requirement was not removed from the new GE program, but instead was revised and expanded with a new requirement for courses in “Citizenship in a Global Era.”“It’s a balancing act, and the attempt was to put the emphasis on issues that every person should grapple with,” Bickers said. “What’s missing — because it’s called global perspectives — is the label, ‘diversity,’” Lamy said.Lamy, who is also an international relations professor, pointed out that one of his classes, which explores issues that affect the world, would not have been included in the old diversity requirement but is included in the new global perspectives requirement.After Bickers and Lamy explained the background of the GE program, the conversation focused more closely on diversity as an educational tenet.“The importance of a diversity requirement is not solely about representation,” Redmond said. Redmond also said that diversity requirements are as important as foreign language requirements and that “all educational institutions should not only include these courses as requirements, but build their entire curriculum around them.”Raymundo bemoaned the disappearance of the word “diversity” from the GE program, saying that “without that important word diversity, [we’re] led to broad categories” that don’t emphasize the subject. All Dornsife classes, she said, should address diversity in some sort of rigorous way.Sampath said she has only had two female professors even though she is only six units away from graduating. In response to an audience member who mentioned learning about one’s heritage, Sampath argued that it’s important to learn from diverse educators.She added that as an international relations major, she was saddened to see that the faculty of the IR department all “look the same.”Audience member Nikita Johri, a junior majoring in cognitive science and international relations, observed that for many of her friends, GE requirements are just a “checkmark” to be filled on the way to a degree. She felt that diversity and other GE requirements should be deeply embedded in any student’s education.“I think it’s important to think of the impact that these classes are having on our students,” Johri said.Toward the end of the forum, Nguyen asked the audience for ideas of action that could be offered to Provost Michael Quick. Suggestions included, but are not limited to: a campaign to hire more diverse faculty, including diversity in STEM courses, requiring faculty to be informed on diversity and reinstating the diversity requirement.ASE Associate Professor Francille Wilson, while critical of the lack of a diversity requirement, praised the fact that such a forum took place.“I want to applaud the undergraduate and graduate students for holding the faculty and administration’s feet to the fire,” Wilson said.last_img read more