Soccer stadium receiving new playing field, lights and drainage system

first_imgTwitter ReddIt + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Madison Fowler is a senior communication studies major and journalism minor. When she is not writing for TCU 360 she is most likely fostering dogs and reminiscing on her travels abroad. Photo by TCU Soccer Twitter ReddIt Head coach Eric Bell said the field needed improvements.“In our situation, the resurfacing needed to happen,” he said. “These improvements are going to allow us to have a championship performance on a championship field.”The new field will be completed before this fall’s soccer season. The grass will be growing by the end of June and will be completed the end of July 2017 to be ready by this August. Updates can be found on their Twitter. printWhen crews finish construction on the Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium, players won’t have to run uphill anymore, but they will be able to safely play in the rain.The field was originally had a clay surface, meaning the water wouldn’t drain correctly, and it was built on a hill.“It may not seem to be too noticeable to the eye, but they were having to run uphill while playing,” said Harold Leeman, the director of facility planning and construction.The soccer field was six feet higher at one end, Leeman said. Now, construction crews are working on resurfacing the field by bringing the hill down to a level to ensure a flat playing ground.Crews are also adding a drainage system so they can play in the rain. The field will no longer turn muddy which affected practices and games because the water will drain through rather than sitting on top, Leeman said.The field is being changed from clay-based to sand-based. This will keep the field drier with less wet spots and flooding, Leeman said. The field will also permit more grass growth and less patchy spots.The crews will also replace the four existing light poles with six new poles. This will enable them to have televised games at night, said Brandie Davidson, the assistant director of media relations.During the resurfacing construction, the team is practicing in the indoor facility in the mornings. Linkedin Women’s basketball attendance is still “not where it needs to be” Facebook The know-it-all’s guide to getting your textbookscenter_img Facebook Linkedin Women’s hoops tops Texas Tech, 76-62 Madison Fowler Twitter Sustainability on campus shows progress but has further to go Madison Fowler Madison Fowler Previous articleCelebrity Dish (Ep. 13 – Chance the Rapper, The Oscars and more)Next articleStudent survives deadly ski accident Madison Fowler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Madison Fowler Madison Fowler read more

Money Week teaches impact of philanthropy

first_imgPaige Megyesi is a theatre and journalism double major at Texas Christian University, class of 2019. She is from a small town in eastern Texas, but Fort Worth feels like home. With the little free time she has, she loves to spend her time relaxing in Sherley Hall with her residents and fellow staff members. Paige Megyesi $400 million to help improve Fort Worth over the next 5 years printStudents signing in as the speakers get ready to present at Money Week Event.TCU’s One Million Reasons held a forum Monday to help students understand the importance of vetting charities before they give money or time.The financial literacy program hosted a speaker from the Community Foundation of North Texas, which acts as a liaison between donors and non-profits. Dr. Ron Pitcock, assistant dean of the John V, Roach Honors College who teaches a class on philanthropy, also spoke.Students learned what to look for when trying to determine if a charity is legitimate, as well as the language charities use to woo donors. To combat the challenge of finding legitimate charities, Pitcock suggested using sites such as Guidestar or Charity Navigator to check a charity’s status.These sites have information about nearly all charities including financial informations, IRS forms and its ratings of each charity. The information is used to help donors decide if the charity should receive their donations.“We work so hard to hold a budget and focus on financial wellness,” said Rachael Capua, assistant director of the Sophomore & Junior Year Experience. “But knowing what we’re doing when we are investing in non-profits or the most recent Bitcoin kaufen PayPal investment, is important because giving back is such a big part of what we do and what we encourage.”The event also had a speaker from the Community Foundation of North Texas, a company who is a liaison between people who want to donate and non-profits.“How powerful it is to get people together who are passionate about the same cause,” said Community Foundation representative Jessica Siegel.Pitcock said donors need to be careful because scams can be profitable.“It shocks me that a nonprofit that is doing nothing can raise $120 million,” said Pitcock. “That’s staggering. That shouldn’t happen.”Pitcock said there are both good non-profits and scams in Fort Worth.“You have a lot of non-profits right here in Fort Worth that aren’t good,” said Pitcock. “They’re doing a bad job and all their doing is raising money and they help no one.” Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Paige Megyesi Linkedin Facebook + posts Paige Megyesi Linkedin Facebook TCU student lobbies Texas congressional delegation for foreign aidcenter_img Previous articleTCU steps up efforts to promote financial literacy with new additions to Money WeekNext articleTCU School of Music celebrates 40th Jazz Festival Paige Megyesi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Primary election shows surge in voters for Democratic candidates Primary election results signal changes for the Democratic Party Twitter Paige Megyesi ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Paige Megyesi Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history last_img read more

TCU ‘honored’ to host stiff competition in regional

first_imgFacebook Garrett Podell Linkedin ReddIt Twitter ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Mitchell Traver pitches against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Twitter Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ printUpdate 7 p.m.: Due to inclement weather the opening regional games have been postponed until Saturday. Virgina and Dallas Baptist will play at 2 p.m. and TCU and Central Connecticut at 7 p.m. All games will be televised on ESPN3. If the Horned Frogs want to make a fourth consecutive trip to the College World Series, they’ll be doing it the hard way.TCU’s reward for garnering the No. 6 national seed is hosting one of the toughest regionals in the country with University of Virginia, Dallas Baptist, and Central Connecticut state coming to Lupton Stadium this weekend.“We feel very honored to have the privilege to host, it’s not something we take lightly,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “We look forward to a great weekend for baseball.”UVA has won 22 of its last 29 games behind .400 hitter Adam Haseley and Pavin Smith, who set the team’s single-season RBI record with 72. Both are projected to be top ten picks in the upcoming MLB Draft. The Cavaliers have won 42 games this season, the same number as the Frogs.DBU, a team that has clubbed 84 home runs, matched TCU, Florida, Louisville and LSU as the only teams with 40 wins in each of the past four seasons. The Patriots are also coming into Fort Worth on fire, winning 22 of their last 26 games.Central Connecticut State has won 13 of its 15 games and led the Northeast Conference in team ERA.“I don’t know Dallas Baptist’s RPI, but I know they’re really good because we see them all the time and play them all the time,” Schlossnagle said. “To be frank, Virginia was a team that more than deserved to be a very high seed and host a regional. Why that didn’t happen, I don’t know. Any time a program like that is a two-seed in any regional, it makes it very very strong. Central Connecticut has won 36 games.”The Frogs are 17-3 all-time in regional games at Lupton Stadium, and they’ve won six regional championships in the last nine seasons.Playing without Luken BakerThe Horned Frogs are playing without superstar first baseman Luken Baker since he suffered a hairline fracture, a ligament injury and muscle tear in his left arm, requiring surgery that ended his sophomore season.“Obviously you can’t replace Luken Baker, but we don’t need to because everyone on this team knows their role and can do their job well,” pitcher Mitchell Traver said. “That’s a great bat to have in the lineup, but we’re confident in who we put out there.”The player filling Baker’s spot in the lineup has been freshman backup catcher Zach Humphreys who has primarily hit in the designated hitter spot since Baker’s injury.“He’s hit some home runs, a double, triple or two, but, it’s more about getting on base, as well as allowing Evan [Skoug] and Cam [Warner] and other guys to remain in their same spots in the lineup,” Schlossnagle said. “He handles the bat really well, he hits deep in counts, which we like, and he’s not afraid to take a walk. Having [Austen] Wade there at leadoff and if Humphreys can do what he does, then it sets the table nicely for Nolan [Brown], Evan, and Cam.”TCU designated hitter Zach Humphreys collects a hit against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament. (Photo courtesy of the last six games, Humphreys is hitting .304 and led the team in RBI at the Big 12 Tournament with five. He’s also drawn three walks for a .393 on-base percentage.“We’ve played for three weeks without Luken,” Schlossnagle said. “What’s been really good since then is that we’ve really pitched, especially from a starting pitching perspective.”Starting pitching heating up at the right time Nick Lodolo, Jared Janczak, Brian Howard and Mitchell Traver turned in their best collective week, going 3-0 with a 1.29 earned-run average at the Big 12 tournament.Janczak, who was named a third-team All-American Thursday, has pitched eight scoreless innings since returning from an injury that sidelined him for about a month.After every start he makes, Schlossnagle said he feels more and more comfortable letting Janczak pitch deeper in games.“I don’t think there’s any more limit on him than there is on anyone else, and he went 72 pitches last week,” Schlossnagle said. “I would think he could at least go that or a tick more than that, but, probably not as much as Howard did in his game against Kansas.”Howard pitched a complete game shutout against Kansas on May 26, striking out a career-high 12 batters.Traver matched career highs with seven innings and eight strikeouts.Lodolo allowed runs in only one of the seven innings he pitched against Kansas, leaving with the game tied.Bullpen YouthThe Horned Frogs also have faith in their young bullpen, even though this will be the first NCAA Tournament run for most of the relievers.“From a pitching standpoint, the energy is higher because you’re playing for a national championship and you can only lose so many games before you can’t play anymore,” Traver said. “We have a full season under our belt, and they’ve already been in big spots, so they need just go one pitch at a time, and they’ll be fine.”Seven of the 15 pitchers used this season are first-year students, while four others are sophomores. The seven first-year players have contributed 45.8 percent, 238.2 innings, of TCU’s innings pitched this season.TCU catcher Evan Skoug, who was named a second-team All-American Thursday, said he’s learned to adapt to each of the younger pitchers as the season has progressed.“For me, it’s just continuing to work hard behind the plate for them and for them to have faith in me during those big spots and just recognizing some of their emotions and expressions, to calm them down or fire them up, whatever the situation dictates,” Skoug said. “I’m living in the freshmen dorms so right now I’m really connecting with some of the young players, which has helped me understand how they react and respond.”Pitching PlanIn TCU’s first game of the regional, Schlossnagle has elected to send senior right-hander Mitchell Traver to the mound.“Mitchell is pitching, and then we’ll see how the games go,” Schlossnagle said. “I want to watch the games, but I have a good idea of what we want to do.”First pitch for the Horned Frog’s matchup with Central Connecticut State Friday is set for 8 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Previous articleTCU eliminated from Big 12 Tournament after game two loss to TexasNext articleAlumna finds TCU experience helped prepare her for ‘Survivor’ Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Garrett Podell Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Linkedin The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

What we’re reading: Trump v. Cohen

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Black, Latinx communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 Cristian Arguetasoto Facebook ReddIt Website| + posts What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Cristian Arguetasoto Cristian is a senior Journalism major and Studio Art minor at TCU. He is a Managing Editor at TCU360. He enjoys landscape photography and learning new photo techniques. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Cristian Arguetasoto printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “Daily Beast” to “The Huffington Post.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got news on President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Michael Cohen’s testimony against Trump that is set to take place on Wednesday morning, possible witness tampering and more.President Trump and Kim Jong Un summit in HanoiTrump and Kim are set to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam on Wednesday morning. The first day of the summit will be focused on nuclear weapons. Trump plans to denuclearize North Korea.“I think it’ll be very successful,” Trump said while Kim said he is sure of an outcome that will be welcomed by all people.This is the first face-to-face contact the two have had since they met last summer in Singapore. Trump told Kim that ceasing nuclear weapon production could bring economic assistance for North Korea,a country that has “unbelievable, unlimited potential.”Back at home, Trump is under fire. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen is expected to testify allege “criminal conduct” against Trump on Wednesday morning.The president said he plans to hold a news conference after Thursday’s meetings with the North Korean leader.President Trump’s former attorney to testify against himMichael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, plans to testify against Trump in front of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday morning.Cohen is expected to talk about Trump’s alleged “criminal conduct” as stated in the leaked copy of his opening statement where he called Trump a racist.In the leaked copy of his opening statement, Cohen said that Trump threatened him to intimidate his former schools into not releasing his grades or SAT scores, is a blatant racist and that he has “the worst judgement of anyone in the world.”Cohen will speak in front of the committee Wednesday. You can tune in to your preferred media outlet to watch the hearing live.Floridian representative accused of possible witness tampering Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter is calling for the arrest of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), accusing him of witness tampering amidst the news of Michael Cohen’s plan to testify against President Trump.Gaetz tweeted at Cohen hours before his hearing allegedly threatening to reveal personal information to Cohen’s family.Painter, former President George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer, accused Gaetz of witness tampering, a federal crime, and called for his arrest.“I should have chosen words that better showed my intent,” Gaetz said after he deleted his original tweet. “I’m sorry.”Walter Shaub, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under President Barack Obama, also accused Gaetz of witness intimidation citing statutes.A tweet in which a sitting member of Congress tries his hand at witness intimidation:— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 26, 2019See 18 U.S.C. §§ 1512(b), 1515(a)(1)(B).— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 26, 2019That’s all we have for today. Check back soon for more. Cristian Arguetasoto TCU to research its history with racism, slavery and the Confederacy What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit COVID-19 cases prompt TCU to postpone home opener against football rival SMU Cristian Arguetasoto ReddIt Community Commons gives students place to go to leave their rooms Facebook Previous articleTCU falls in heartbreaker at West Virginia in triple overtime, 104-96Next articleMain water pipe floods Moudy plaza Cristian Arguetasoto RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

Horoscope: January 29, 2021

first_imgHoroscope: May 1, 2021 Linkedin Previous articleTCU fraternity on probation after investigation into car crashNext articleTCU employee dies of complications related to COVID-19 Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tamia Banks Linkedin Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 2, 2021 ReddIt Twitter Facebook Tamia Banks Twitter ReddIt Facebook Horoscope: April 29, 2021 + posts Tamia Banks Tamia Banks Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 printA baby born today has a Sun in Aquarius and a Moon in Leo.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Jan. 29, 2021:Compassionate, courageous and fun-loving, you stand u and fight for what you believe in. You’re provocative only so that others recognize the issue at hand, and this year, this is how you succeed. — brilliantly. If single, it is definitely complicated. You do need your freedom. If attached, your partner gives you security, which, despite how radical you seem, you do need. You’re happy this year. PISCES has it all handled.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★★Happiness with children and creative breakthroughs are likely today. Accept imperfections philosophically. Express affection. Tender sentiments will be returned. Single Aries, you have to reach out more than before. Tonight: Attached Aries, a very special date night, with enlightenment.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★★Today there is more focus on your domestic environment. Be receptive to changing home and family dynamics. It’s a perfect time to repair and redecorate your home and surroundings. You will feel proud of yourself. Tonight: The good feeling continues, shared with family.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★You’re worn out by your own nervous energy. And today promises an even more hectic pace, as you rush to finish everything before the weekend. It’s a marvelous time to work with computers and other technologies. Tonight: Calls, emails and conversations are most revealing.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★Your birth sign is shared with more bankers and millionaires than any other. Usually you’re well paid and manage money wisely. COVID has brought upheaval. Be flexible and don’t invest in risky ventures today. Tonight: Take advice with the proverbial grain of salt.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★Expect to be highly visible. Your charisma and appearance directly impact your success today. There are changes brewing that will affect your profession and aspirations all year. Get the facts straight, and don’t panic just because the status quo is threatened. Tonight: Have faith.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★There is a need to act and to meet challenges today. Keep a perspective, and don’t push yourself too hard in exercise. Controversy surrounds you. Make constructive efforts at improvement, but use care if too much irritation is building within or around you. Tonight: Relax.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★★Cleanliness and efficiency spell your success today. Assuming the persona best suited to any occasion is second nature to you — but no whimsical side. A serious practicality helps you begin this new year successfully. Tonight: Pride in a job well done.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★There could be a new authority and other challenges affecting your career. Communication is delicate today. Be cautious if speaking or writing about controversial topics. A relative is cultivating a new social circle. Be understanding and accepting. Tonight: Rework your wardrobe.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★★★You explore new philosophies today and are profoundly affected by different awakenings. Faraway places and foreign people turn your thoughts away from the familiar. Daydreams are vivid. You must listen now. Tonight: Watching a dramatic foreign film or documentary.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★★There is a curiosity about death’s mysteries today. There is a message of wisdom and comfort from the spirit realm. A sense of deja vu prevails. Look at repeating patterns to understand the future. Give yourself extra rest. Tonight: Early beddie-byes and a restful sleep.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★★A partner, in love or business, expresses new needs and interests. Others involve you in their plans. Be cooperative and understanding. Friends are recovering from difficult times and provide more cheerful companionship today. Tonight: Grateful for the blessings of friendship. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★Today can bring temporary weariness. Take care of old maladies and get extra rest when those occur. Avoid those who are ill — you’re especially vulnerable today. Your overall health is good, but take these precautions for now. Tonight: Trying to find a hot tub.Born today: Actor Tom Selleck (1945), writer Anton Chekhov (1860), talk-show host Oprah Winfrey (1954) Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 28, 2021last_img read more

Russia suppresses coronavirus information at home, manipulates it abroad

first_imgNews Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 96.17 KB News Follow the news on Russia RSF_en March 26, 2020 – Updated on March 29, 2020 Russia suppresses coronavirus information at home, manipulates it abroad Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned to see the Russian government stepping up control of domestic reporting in connection with the coronavirus epidemic while, according to the European Union, conducting a disinformation campaign about it internationally. Russian journalists covering the coronavirus are being targeted by Roskomnadzor, the media control agency that RSF has included in its list of Digital Predators of Press Freedom. The regional online newspaper Magadan Govorit was forced to delete a story at the start of the week about the death of a patient suspected of having the virus who finally tested negative. The newspaper said its information was reliable and verified, and did not give the cause of death. Roskomnadzor nonetheless insisted on its deletion.Radio Echo Moskvy, Facebook and the Russian social network VKontakte were also forced to delete posts at the start of the week under the law on disinformation that took effect in March 2019.“Russia’s big censor, Roskomnadzor, must not increase its activities at a time of crisis, when unrestricted access to information is extremely necessary,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Information control initiatives are being stepped up on the pretext of combatting disinformation. The Russian authorities must not take advantage of this epidemic to restrict press freedom. We call for the repeal of the excessively vague ‘fake news’ law, which violates the freedom to inform.”At Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s behest, a centre tasked with informing Russian citizens about the coronavirus epidemic, called “StopCoronavirus.rf,” was launched on 17 March. Although operated by the state, it has been attached to an NGO run by Alexey Goreslavsky, who used to work for the presidential administration overseeing Internet policy.Vladimir Tabak, the former deputy director of the Institute for Internet Development (IRI) is to assist Goreslavsky. He says he will be responsible for “information risks, fake news, and content production.” He and Goreslavsky previously distinguished themselves by helping to create RuNet, the Russian “Sovereign Internet,” which is supposed to protect Russia against digital threats in the event of conflict but provides also a new way to control online activities.Media access to information is meanwhile being restricted more and more. Since 17 March, reporters cannot attend an event at which Vladimir Putin is present unless their temperature has been taken at least three times.On 19 March, foreign reporters were denied access to the Russian parliament, while the courts began preventing the press from attending public hearings. Although the Moscow court authorities promised to provide written reports and video retransmission “when possible,” the measure was regarded as arbitrary and lacking in transparency.At the same time, the EU has accused Russia of conducting a disinformation campaign about the coronavirus epidemic in five languages with the aim of sapping trust in European institutions and spreading panic. More than 80 cases of disinformation have been registered since 22 January. One of the examples cited was Russia’s amplification of Iranian claims that Covid-19 is a US biological weapon with the aim of inciting nationalist and anti-American sentiment in Europe.Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. May 21, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown center_img Receive email alerts to go further Credit: Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP Help by sharing this information Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption June 2, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Six Pakistani journalists investigated for posting Khashoggi photos online

first_img In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 2, 2021 Find out more News Summary “investigations” News RSF_en Organisation The investigations were ordered in a leaked letter dated 13 March from the Cybercrime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), an interior ministry offshoot – a letter that says a great deal about the practices of the Pakistani security services. Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News “This kind of harassment of journalists, whose only crime is posting content online that displeases the authorities, is symptomatic of the treatment that the Pakistani political establishment reserves for dissidents,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. PakistanSaudi ArabiaAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassment “This leak is all the more shocking because, throughout the world, Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has become a tragic symbol of the destruction of press freedom, a task to which that Pakistani authorities dedicated a great deal of effort in the run-up to the elections in 2018, using intimidation to encourage self-censorship in the traditional media. It is now clear that their new targets are online.” Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom But this “conveyed a very disrespectful message” towards the visitor, the letter said, clearly reflecting Pakistani government concern to pamper someone whose potential investments in Pakistan are badly needed by the government and its business allies. Help by sharing this information Everything, including the accounts of the victims themselves, indicates that they were abducted by the Pakistani intelligence services with the aim of intimidating those expressing dissident views online.center_img The campaign simply consisted of repeatedly posting photos of Jamal Khashoggi – who was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October – throughout the crown prince’s visit. June 7, 2021 Find out more PakistanSaudi ArabiaAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassment Receive email alerts The FIA arrested Din TV journalist Rizwan Razi on 9 February for posting “defamatory and obnoxious” comments about the judiciary, the government and the intelligence services. He had simply questioned their impartiality. News to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a Pakistani intelligence agency ordered investigations into six journalists just because they posted photos of their murdered Saudi colleague Jamal Khashoggi online. RSF condemns this latest case of intimidation, especially given the Pakistani police’s past behaviour towards dissident journalists. In the letter, the Cybercrime Wing’s “additional director” notes that “a targeted social media campaign was planned/executed” against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during his visit to Pakistan in February, and asks the FIA’s other “additional directors” to investigate the six journalists involved. The six journalists targeted by these investigations by the FIA – the umbrella of all the Pakistani domestic security services – are known for being outspoken on social networks, which are now the only place where they can express themselves freely. They are Matiullah Jan, Murtanza Solangi, Azaz Syed, Ammar Massod, Umer Cheema and Ahmed Waqas Goraya. Two of the journalists have already lost their jobs for trying to defend their editorial independence, Goraya told RSF. June 10, 2021 Find out more “Investigations” ordered by the FIA can take very summary forms. Now living in self-imposed exile in the Netherlands, Goraya was one of five Pakistani bloggers who were mysteriously abducted in January 2017 and were held for several weeks or months until finally released by their unidentified abductors. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The Pakistani government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) rolled out the red carpet for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in February while harassing those denouncing Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. The protests were angrier in other parts of South Asia, including in Sri Lanka (left) on 25 October (Photos: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi – Aamir Qureshi / AFP). April 1, 2019 Six Pakistani journalists investigated for posting Khashoggi photos onlinelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders condemns bombing of Iraqi national TV building in Baghdad

first_img News March 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns bombing of Iraqi national TV building in Baghdad Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the bombing of the Iraqi national TV building in Baghdad during the night of 25-26 March, which put it off the air for a short time.”Military bombing must be limited to strictly military targets,” warned Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.  “The Americans cite the Geneva Conventions when it comes to pictures of US prisoners of war in Iraq but then immediately forget them when they bomb a TV building which is civil property and therefore protected under those conventions.”In 2001, the US army bombed the offices of Al-Jazeera in Kabul.  It should be careful not to give the impression of routinely targeting media that oppose it.”The extent of the damage to the Iraqi TV building was not known because Iraqi officials kept journalists away from it.  The station resumed broadcasting 45 minutes after the bombing.  However, Shehab TV, the youth channel run by President Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday, went off the air after the bombing, leaving only the Iraqi national TV and the satellite channel broadcasting.US officials said the attack on the TV building was aimed at knocking out President Hussein’s means of communicating with the Iraqi people and army, citing the broadcast this week of pictures of US prisoners of war and bloody corpses of what the Iraqis said were American soldiers.These statements show that the building was deliberately attacked, even though under international law it cannot be a military target.   Propaganda is part of all warfare and is aimed at maintaining the morale of the population.  Neither this morale nor the civilian population can be considered a military target.In the past, other media accused of being vehicles for propaganda have been targeted in what are very dangerous precedents for the media.  During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, planes attacked the headquarters of Serbian radio and TV (RTS) in the centre of Belgrade on 23 April 1999, killing 16 of its employees.On 19 January 2001, the Israeli army blew up the headquarters of the Voice of Palestine radio and TV headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  The US bombed the Kabul offices of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera on 12 November that year during its war in Afghanistan.On 3 October 2001, US secretary of state Colin Powell asked Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Al-Jazeera’s main shareholder, to get the station to tone down its coverage of events.  A month later, its Kabul offices were bombed, supposedly because members of Al-Qaeda were hiding there.  Despite promises to Al-Jazeera, US officials have never made an official enquiry into the incident.Reporters Without Borders warned the US authorities on 19 March this year not to target broadcasting transmitters and media offices, including those used for propaganda. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the bombing of the Iraqi national TV building in Baghdad during the night of 25-26 March and noted that international humanitarian law forbade it from being a military target. News to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Letter to provincial governor about journalist forced to go into hiding

first_img Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further June 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to provincial governor about journalist forced to go into hiding Receive email alerts NigeriaAfrica News June 10, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeriacenter_img Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms News Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Chief Timipre Sylva, the governor of the southern state of Bayelsa, asking him to guarantee the safety of a journalist who went into hiding a week ago after being threatened. This is the text of the letter:Chief Timipre Sylva, Bayelsa State Governor, Yenagoa, NigeriaParis, 4 June 2009Dear Governor Sylva,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to share with you its concern about the safety of Segun James, the national newspaper Thisday’s correspondent in the state you govern. He has had to flee Yenagoa, the state capital, and go into hiding after learning that certain individuals are after him.Several individuals who did not identify themselves made several visits to Thisday’s bureau in Yenagoa on 27 May asking where Segun James was. These repeated visits came the day after the publication of an article by James about the arrest of Ken Niweigha, the alleged mastermind of the 1999 murders of 12 policemen. It is reported that Niweigha is the elder brother of your current aide-de-camp. You reportedly denied this in an interview for Bayelsa Radio.It is not entirely clear why these individuals are currently looking for James. We urge you to take this matter very seriously and do everything possible to identify the people who are threatening him.As you know, journalists are often the victims of intimidation and physical attacks in Nigeria. By publicly undertaking to guarantee James’s security you would demonstrate your commitment to press freedom and would sent a strong signal to all those who might be tempted to target journalists in Bayelsa State.We trust you will give our request your careful consideration.Respectfully,Jean-François JulliardSecretary General RSF_en NigeriaAfrica February 8, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Nigerialast_img read more

Journalists in 2010 targets and bargaining chips

first_img Organisation Figures in 201057 journalists killed (25% fewer than in 2009) 51 journalists kidnapped 535 journalists arrested 1374 physically attacked or threatened504 media censored 127 journalists fled their country 152 bloggers and netizens arrested 52 physically attacked 62 countries affected by Internet censorshipFewer killed in war zonesFifty-seven journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2010, 25% fewer than in 2009, when the total was 76. The number of journalists killed in war zo- nes has fallen in recent years. Significantly, it is becoming more and more difficult to identify those responsible in cases in which journalists were killed by criminal gangs, armed groups, religious organizations or state agents.“Fewer journalists were killed in war zones than in preceding years,” Reporters Without Borders secretary- general Jean-François Julliard said. “Media workers are above all being murdered by criminals and traffickers of various kinds. Organized crime groups and militias are their leading killers worldwide. The challenge now is to rein in this phenomenon. The authorities of the countries concerned have a direct duty to combat the impunity surrounding these murders. If governments do not make every effort to punish the murderers of journalists, they become their accomplices.”Journalists as bargaining chipsAnother distinguishing feature of 2010 was the major increase in kidnappings of journalists. There were 29 cases in 2008, 33 in 2009 and 51 in 2010. Journalists are seen less and less as outside observers. Their neutrality and the nature of their work are no longer respected.“Abductions of journalists are becoming more and more frequent and are taking place in more countries.” Reporters Without Borders said. “For the first time, no continent escaped this evil in 2010. Journalists are turning into bargaining chips. Kidnappers take hostages in order to finance their criminal activities, make governments comply with their demands, and send a message to the public. Abduction provides them with a form of publicity. Here again, governments must do more to identify them and bring them to justice. Otherwise reporters – national or foreign – will no longer venture into certain regions and will abandon the local population to their sad fate.”Journalists were particularly exposed to this kind of risk in Afghanistan and Nigeria in 2010. The case of French TV journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier and their three Afghan assistants, held hostage in Afghanistan since 29 December 2009, is the longest abduction in the history of the French media since the end of the 1980s. Exile – the last resortMany journalists flee abroad to escape violence and oppression. A total of 127 journalists from 23 countries did this in 2010. The exodus from Iran continues. For the second year running, it was the biggest source of fugitive journalists – 30 cases registered by Reporters Without Borders in 2010. The Horn of Africa continues to shed journalists. Around 15 fled Eritrea and Somalia in 2010. The year also saw the forced exile of 18 Cuban journa- lists, who had been jailed since March 2003 and who were released on condition that they immediately leave for Spain. RSF_en Related documents bilan_2010_en.pdfPDF – 883.66 KB Even the internet no longer a refugeReporters Without Borders is continuing to investigate the June 2010 death of the young netizen Khaled Mohammed Said, who was arrested by two plain-clothes police officers in an Internet café, taken outside and beaten to death in the street. There were reports that his death was prompted by a video posted online that incriminated the police in a drug deal. Autopsy reports attributed his death to a drug overdose, but this was belied by photos of his body.The number of arrests and physical attacks on netizens in 2010 was similar to previous years. Harassment of bloggers and censorship of the Internet have become commonplace. There are no longer any taboos about online filtering. Censorship is taking new forms: more aggres- sive online propaganda and increasingly frequent use of cyber-attacks as way to silence bothersome Internet users. Significantly, online censorship is no longer necessarily the work of repressive regimes. Democracies are now examining and adopting new laws that pose a threat to free speech on the Internet.Journalists killedcenter_img No region of the world sparedJournalists were killed in 25 countries in 2010. This is the first time since Reporters Without Borders began keeping these tallies that journalists have been murdered in so many countries. Almost 30% of the countries (7 in total) were African countries: Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda. But the deadliest continent by far was Asia with 20 cases, and this was due above all to the heavy toll in Pakistan, where 11 journalists were killed in 2010.Of the 67 countries where there have been murders of journalists in the past 10 years, there are eight where they keep recurring: Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, and Somalia. These countries have not evolved; a culture of violence against the press has become deeply rooted there. Pakistan, Iraq and Mexico have been the three most violent countries for journalists during the past decade. The passing years have brought no changes to Pakistan, with journalists continuing to be targeted by Islamists groups or to be the collateral victims of suicide bombings. This total of 11 killed was the highest of the year.Iraq saw a return to earlier levels of violence with a total of seven journalists killed in 2010 as against four in 2009. Most of them were killed after the United States announced that all of its combat troops had been withdrawn in August. Journalists are caught in a trap between the different sectors – including local authorities, those involved in corruption and religious groups that refuse to accept media independence.In Mexico, the extreme violence of the drug traffickers affects the entire population including journalists, who are particularly exposed. This has a major impact on reporting, with journalists reducing their coverage of crime stories to the minimum in order to take as few risks as possible.In Central America, three were killed in Honduras in 2010 in connection with their work. Politically-motivated violence since the June 2008 coup d’état has com pounded the “traditional violence” of organized crime, a major phenomenon in this part of the world.In Thailand, where newspapers are able to enjoy relative independence despite recurring press freedom violations, 2010 was a very tough year. Two foreign journalists, Fabio Polenghi of Italy and Hiroyuki Muramoto of Japan, were killed in clashes between government forces and Red Shirts (supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra) in Bangkok in April and May. The shots that killed them were very probably fired by the members of the army.Two journalists killed in EuropeTwo journalists were murdered in European Union countries – Greece and Latvia. Neither murder has so far been solved. Social and political instability is having an impact on the work of the media in Greece, where Socratis Guiolias, the manager of Radio Thema 98.9, was gunned down with an automatic weapon outside his home in southeast Athens on 19 July. The police suspect a far- left group calling itself Sehta Epanastaton (Revolutionary Sect) that emerged in 2009.In Latvia, a country with a calmer environment for the press, Grigorijs Nemcovs, the publisher and editor of the regional newspaper Million and owner of a local TV station of the same name, was shot twice in the head in the southeastern city of Daugavpils while on his way to a meeting on 16 April. December 30, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Journalists in 2010 targets and bargaining chips News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more