Two arrests made in the murder of Al-Iraqiya’s director

first_img RSF_en Two people have been arrested in Abu Ghraib, 20 km west of Baghdad, for the 11 March murder of Al-Iraqiya director Amjad Hameed Hassan and his driver Anwar Turki. The arrests follow the appearance of a message from the Mujahideen Consultative Council on its website claiming responsibility for the killings. Its authenticity could not be confirmed.Dominated by the Iraqi wing of Al-Qaeda, the MCC said in the message: “Your brothers in the military wing of the Mujahideen Council murdered Amjad Hameed Hassan, the director of Al-Iraqiya … We consider this TV station to be the mouthpiece of the government … always ready to broadcast lies about jihad and the mujahideen to please the crusaders.”Hassan and his driver were gunned down in the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Amariyah as he was going to work, according to interior ministry sources and Al-Iraqiya. A total of 85 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war in 2003.————————————————————————–11.03.2006 Iraqi TV journalist killed from station that has lost 11 reporters since fighting beganReporters Without Borders deplored the murder in Baghdad today of Amjad Hameed, of the local TV station Al-Iraqiya, its 11th journalist to die since fighting began three years ago and the second TV reporter to be killed in Iraq in the past week.He had just left his home in central Baghdad on his way to work when he was shot dead by armed men who blocked his car. His driver, Anwar Turky, was seriously wounded.Reporters Without Borders expressed condolences to his family (he was married with three children). It expressed concern at the recent wave of violence against journalists and called on the Iraqi authorities to make every effort to guarantee their security.Another reporter, Munsuf Abdallah al-Khaldi, of Baghdad TV, was murdered on 7 March on the road between Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul.Al-Iraqiya is part of the Iraqi Media Network group, which is close to the ruling Shiite parties, and has been the media outlet hardest-hit in the Iraq fighting.84 journalists have been killed in the three years since the war began. Only 63 were killed during the entire 20 years (1955-75) of the Vietnam War. Organisation March 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two arrests made in the murder of Al-Iraqiya’s director IraqMiddle East – North Africa News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information February 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq Newscenter_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out more News to go further Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 28, 2020 Find out more News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Laid off for implicating Emirates Airlines

first_img October 29, 2009 – Updated on July 21, 2016 Laid off for implicating Emirates Airlines United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation to go further News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF_en Follow the news on United Arab Emirates Help by sharing this information United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa center_img The exclusive account of Courtney C. Radsch, a US journalist who recently lost her job at the Al Arabiya news website (www.alarabiya.net) in the United Arab Emirates for posting information about safety violations by the national air carrier, Emirates Airlines. “ On Sunday Oct. 4 one of my reporters asked me if we could write about a report on safety concerns at Emirates Airlines following a report about pilot fatigue. Since the report was from a respected Australian paper based on a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) for a report from the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) and I assessed that the story was newsworthy and in the public interest. We sought and received a response from the airline which we featured in the lede and devoted an entire section of the story to. The story was on the site for about 4 hours before I received a call from Dawood al-Shirian, the manager of AlArabiya.net, telling me to remove the story from the site.He provided no explanation and I refused to remove the story without a discussion about its merits explaining that to do so would compromise my journalistic principles. I have built a reputation as a journalist based on my professionalism, credibility and refusal to compromise on journalistic standards. I spoke with Nakhle al-Hajj, who had also expressed concern over the story, but was willing to discuss its merits. He asked me if I had spoken to a pilot or anyone else who could corroborate some of the issues in the report and I agreed to do so and add this to the story. I asked whether if I were to do that it would alleviate the need to remove the story. I interviewed an EA employee on the record anonymously who confirmed that fatigue among pilots and crew was a problem and that the airline was not adhering to the required rest time between legs and I added this to the story. I hoped that this would assuage Dawood’s concerns and attempted to call him 15 times, sent 2 text messages and an email but never received a response. He refused to take my calls and told the Arabic editor, when he called on my behalf, that he was in a meeting. I spoke to my Arabic colleagues and they explained that they had been told a few months ago not to publish anything about the airline. This had never been conveyed to me or my English team and I told them this. As it turns out the head of Emirates Airlines is also the head of the aviation authority and an al-Maktoum, a member of the ruling family. About 6 hours after posting the story I agreed to take it down out of concern for my and my fellow journalist’s personal safety (it was a dual byline story). We did not want to land in jail or be fined, which according to the new media law, was a real possibility. I decided that if Al Arabiya was unwilling to standup for what’s right and publish an important article that I was not willing to go to jail for Al Arabiya. But an hour later we saw that Gulf News, considered a state mouthpiece that provides guidance on which stories are acceptable to publish, and Arabian Business had both published articles about the report and the airline’s denial. I called Dawood, got no answer, and texted him to let him know that other Emirati papers had published the story. I got no response. I wanted to put the story back up, but I did not have access to the CMS at home and did not want to ask my fellow reporter to put her neck on the line. The next day when I got into the office I emailed him to express my disappointment that a critical story with major pubic safety implications had not been published. The media plays an important role in putting the spotlight on companies that are not abiding by regulations or are cutting corners that put the public at risk. About an hour later I was requested to attend a meeting with Dawood and the head of Human Resource where I was informed that I had been “made redundant” effective immediately. They said the English website was being “restructured.” Less than 24 hours after publishing the story I had lost my job and have 30 days from the cancellation of my work visa to leave the country. Residency visas in the UAE are tied to one’s job. Upon termination the employee provides the visa for cancellation to the company and is given 30 days to leave the country. If you have paid rent in advance – most landlords require rent be paid in one to four checks meaning that one has paid for at least 3 months at a time – then you will loose your money, since there is no protection for such cases and there would be no time to go to court“.She left the UAE today. RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Receive email alerts News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News June 8, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Brazil Invests in Border Surveillance Radars

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo January 03, 2019 The Brazilian government allocated $37 million to acquire three low-altitude mobile air radars. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) will use the equipment to cover Brazil’s borders with Paraguay and Bolivia. The country shares 1,365 kilometers of border with Paraguay and 3,423 km with Bolivia. “The partnership will strengthen the fight against arms and drugs entering the country by monitoring small aircraft along the border,” said Public Security Minister Raul Jungmann at a meeting in Cascavel, Paraná state, on September 29, 2018. “Drug dealers use small airplanes and fly over the border at low altitude to escape conventional radars, managing to move a significant amount of arms and drugs that feed trafficking in Brazil.” FAB’s Social Communication Center told Diálogo that the Brazilian Airspace Control System has 21 of these radars distributed across Brazil. The system seeks to provide order, security, and efficiency for traffic flow at airports and in Brazilian airspace. Low-altitude air radars The radars in the border areas with Bolivia and Paraguay only monitor aircraft at high altitude. The lack of low-altitude mobile air radars allows airplanes to evade conventional radars and enter the national territory undetected, while performing low-altitude flights at up to 200 meters, close to trees or hills. “These radars can also detect low-altitude flights, which is essential in this region because the drug trade uses small planes as principal means of transportation,” Jungmann said. “This means we are closing our aerial borders to drug trafficking. We are closing sea routes to the main ports in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro and Santos, as well as the bays along the coastline; and now we will also close the border with the two countries with whom we face severe challenges regarding cross-border crimes,” he said. When the radars detect a suspicious airplane, FAB’s fighter jets intercept it. The service members contact the pilot through an emergency international frequency, seeking information such as origin and destination. If the pilot fails to respond, FAB’s fighter jet may force them to land or alter route. The Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) wait on the ground to search for weapons and drugs and take the suspects into custody. SISFRON During the transfer of fund ceremony, General Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, FAB commander, explained that the three new radars will be combined with the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, in Portuguese), a program whose objective is to use high-end technology to monitor Brazil’s 17,000 km of borders with 10 neighboring countries. The pilot project that initiated in 2013 currently covers a range of 650 km in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul that borders Paraguay and Bolivia. The coverage only amounts to 4 percent of the country’s total border being completely monitored by fixed and mobile radars, optical sensors, and service members using night-vision goggles and long-range cameras, among others. SISFRON includes materials and sensing networks, command and control centers, and is integrated with PF and state police systems to guarantee flow of information. The system was initially scheduled to start operating along the entire Brazilian border in 2022. The date, however, was pushed to 2035, contingent on budget approval. Gen. Rossato said that when the three radars begin to operate they will “close the border’s blind areas,” that is, the regions that are currently difficult to monitor. “The use of these radars will help us defend our territory. It’s important to defend the airspace. As entry on the ground is so difficult, it’s much easier [for criminals] to bring drugs into the country via air,” said Gen. Rossato, adding that the radars could be operational in 2019. The next step consists of starting the bidding process to acquire the radars. During the ceremony, Jungmann said he anticipated that similar agreements would be executed with the Brazilian Army and Navy.last_img read more

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Man charged with having sex with underage girl in Forest City park pleads guilty

first_imgFOREST CITY — A rural Garner man charged with sexual assault after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a Forest City park has pleaded guilty.18-year-old Zakary Schachtner was charged with third-degree sexual abuse after Forest City police say he committed a sexual act with someone under the age of 16 and was four or more years younger. Forest City police in a criminal complaint say that Schachtner admitted to having sex with the girl in a bathroom at Pammel Park back in October.Schachtner pleaded guilty in Winnebago County District Court earlier this week. He’ll face up to five years in prison when sentenced on July 2nd.last_img read more

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Silent Wenger’s future still up for debate

first_imgThere are many Arsenal fans who feel Wenger, appointed Arsenal manager in September 1996, has overstayed his welcome for an awfully long time, or that the title drought has been both awful and prolonged, but Bould was confident there would be plenty to cheer about before the end of the season.“The more games we can win now the better the season becomes and what happens in the end is what happens,” he said.Jack Wilshere has recovered from the knee problem that forced him to miss England’s friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy and striker Alexandre Lacazette is also back in full training following injury. The pair are more likely to be on the bench than start, however.Meanwhile Stoke manager Paul Lambert believes midfielder Joe Allen is so full of energy he could still star against Arsenal after rushing back from China.Allen has been hugely influential in midfield since Lambert took over in December and recently featured in Wales’ 6-0 win against the hosts and their 1-0 defeat by Uruguay in a tournament in China.“It wouldn’t surprise me if Joe Allen ran back from China and is still fit as a fiddle. He’s really brilliant — a manager’s dream,” said Lambert.“I don’t know how he does it. I spoke to him after his long flight and it was a breath of fresh air talking to him — he looked great and he was in a good mood.Relegation-threatened Stoke are three points shy of safety and go to the Emirates bidding to end a run of nine straight defeats at Arsenal.At least Lambert knows how to win there, having guided Aston Villa to a 3-1 success in August 2013.“For me, it’s fresh so I’m not thinking we haven’t won there — I don’t have anything in my head… just try to win,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger may have lost his voice before Arsenal’s home match with Stoke City on Sunday but the discussion over his future is unlikely to be silenced just yet.At the end of the season Wenger will be halfway through a two-year contract many Gunners fans felt should never have been handed in the first place to a man who had not won the Premier League since 2004.The 68-year-old declared during the international break that many of his critics were simply guilty of age discrimination rather than a genuine unhappiness with Arsenal’s current position.North London giants Arsenal will kick off in sixth position, 13 points adrift of fourth-placed local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and therefore in danger of missing out on the Champions League for a second successive season.Yet the Gunners can still pin their hopes on emulating Manchester United and qualifying for Europe’s elite trophy next term by winning the Europa League.The visit of second-bottom Stoke is the third in a five-game sequence of home fixtures, with the first leg of the Europa League last-16 clash with CSKA Moscow following on Thursday.Wenger’s throat problems saw assistant manager Steve Bould hastily thrust into media duties, and the former Arsenal defender, who also played for Stoke, his hometown club, was reluctant to take on the Frenchman’s mantle of providing intelligent yet often controversial commentary about all aspects of the game.The only game Bould wanted to talk about was the Stoke one, but he did offer an insight into how Arsenal fans’ unrest was perceived from the bench.– ‘Unbelievable stick’ –“I admire him immensely,” Bould said of Wenger. “He takes unbelievable stick off an awful lot of people and he’s just one of the great managers. It’s a pleasure for me to sit next to him.“He’s remarkable. Behind closed doors I’ve never known someone who’s as hungry and determined to win football games. It’s as big as I’ve ever seen. He’s doing a great job, as far as I’m concerned and has done a great job for an awfully long time.”last_img read more

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