Three-day Internet ban prevents journalists from working in Kashmir

first_img IndiaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Receive email alerts October 7, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three-day Internet ban prevents journalists from working in Kashmir March 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the Indian government’s indiscriminate disconnection of the Internet throughout the entire far-north state of Jammu and Kashmir from 25 to 28 September on the grounds of preventing any exacerbation of tension between the state’s Muslim and Hindu communities. Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival The suspension of 2G, 3G, GPRS and broadband Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, which borders China and Pakistan, lasted 82 hours, paralyzing the work of journalists and media outlets, especially online media, and depriving the population of access to online information and communication.The ban was imposed at the start of Eid al-Adha, a festival during which Muslims traditionally sacrifice cows, an animal revered by Hindus. A recent court order enforcing a ban on the slaughtering of cows and the sale of beef has revived communal tension in the state.“It is unacceptable that a government is able to take arbitrary decisions affecting access to information and the sharing of information throughout an entire region,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“By gagging journalists and Internet users, who relay information about developments in the region and comment on them, the authorities are just increasing frustration and fuelling street violence.”No information for three daysThe local newspaper Rising Kashmir was unable to keep updating its website as it normally does during Eid al-Adha. Op-ed editor Daanish Bin Nabi said readers were angered by the site’s unavailability during the three-day ban, which had a big impact on traffic to the newspaper’s Twitter and Facebook pages as well as the main website.Kashmir Monitor online editor Mubashir Bukhari said the Internet ban had undermined the English-language daily’s attractiveness, especially to readers based abroad. “Caging” the Internet in today’s digital world was completely inappropriate, he said.“I hope that in future the government will understand the nuisance of banning the Internet and will think twice before sending us back to the Stone Age,” Bukhari told Reporters Without Borders.Press TV correspondent and producer Syed Ali Safvi said this was not the first time the authorities had suspended Internet services in Kashmir. Describing the ban as “both irrational and unconstitutional,” he said the authorities saw it as a solution when in fact it just aggravated tension.The Internet ban overlapped with an official visit to the United States by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from 26 to 30 September, when he toured Silicon Valley and presented his “Digital India” project to some of the world’s biggest technology companies.A social network fan, he kept tweeting throughout the trip and reaffirmed his support for new technologies after meeting the leaders of Facebook, Google and Microsoft.“On the one hand, Prime Minister Modi talks about digital India and on the other hand the Indian government virtually sends Kashmir back into Stone Age by imposing a ban on Internet services,” Safvi said.India has continued to see a significant number of violations of freedom of information in 2015, especially in Kashmir. In April, the Indian government banned Al-Jazeera TV from broadcasting for five days for displaying a map in which India’s border with Pakistan in Kashmir did not correspond to its territorial claims.Journalists are also exposed to the possibility of often deadly violence from all quarters, especially when they cover corruption, local politics or crime. India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more News June 10, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on India News News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19last_img read more

Florida teacher arrested and charged in alleged sexual relationship with student

first_imgA Doral Academy Preparatory School teacher has been arrested for having a alleged sexual relationship with her 15-year-old student that was recorded on video.Police took Desiree Cartin Rodriguez,27, into custody on Friday after they discovered a video that confirmed the relationship she had with the teen.Doral Police spokesperson Rey Valdes says  “It wasn’t like it was a hidden camera. She was aware that there was video. You can clearly tell by the proximity of her face to the camera that she was aware she was being filmed.” “I’m not going to go into details, but I can tell you it’s graphic and explicit, and we’ll leave it at that,” said Valdes.Police said Rodriguez, who is married, confessed to the crime and was placed under arrest. She is facing two felony counts of lewd and lascivious assault on a child.Doral Academy Prep fired her right away.Police will continue to investigate the incident.last_img read more

Sarri fears Chelsea ban will ruin title hopes

first_imgWith Real Madrid expected to make a move for Blues star Eden Hazard, who is out of contract next year, Sarri could be forced to sell a player he would prefer to keep rather than risk losing him for nothing when his deal expires.That would further weaken his options, but the Italian remains intent on staying with Chelsea next term.The former Napoli manager insists he would be able to survive without new signings at Chelsea next season, despite the obvious impact on his team’s development.Asked if he would be ready to promote youth talents to the senior squad, Sarri said: “I like to play with young players, so for me it’s not a big problem.“At the moment, we spoke one month ago about the pre-season, the program of the next season.“But we didn’t speak about the market, also because at the moment we don’t know if we’ll be able to go into the market.”Meanwhile, Eintracht manager Adi Huetter revealed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sent the Bundesliga club a good luck message.Klopp urged underdogs Eintracht to follow Liverpool’s example after the Reds’ stunning Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday.Liverpool overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit with a 4-0 win and, while Eintracht don’t have to author such a dramatic escape, Huetter was happy to get the greeting from Klopp.“He wished everything for Eintracht Frankfurt, and I did congratulate him for reaching the final,” Huetter said.“If you really believe in something it shows you can put that across to your team.“His team played the way they had all year, and I hope that’s what my team can do.“Everything is possible. The favourite is Chelsea but once you get this far you want to get into the final.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Maurizio SarriLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Maurizio Sarri said Chelsea have no chance of competing with Manchester City and Liverpool next season unless their two-window transfer ban is overturned.Chelsea were hit with the ban for breaches of the international transfer rules on minors and FIFA threw out their appeal against the decision on Wednesday.The Blues will take their fight against the transfer embargo to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but it was the worst possible news for Sarri ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.Having booked a place in next season’s Champions League after securing a top four finish in the Premier League, Chelsea are bidding to win the first trophy of Sarri’s reign in the Europa League.They are favoured to reach the final after drawing 1-1 in Frankfurt in the first leg last week.But Sarri is concerned that a potentially uplifting end to hs troubled first season would be erased if Chelsea are unable to sign the players he believes are needed to fight City and Liverpool in the Premier League.“It’s very difficult to cover the gap at the moment; we need to work, probably we need to do something from the market,” said Sarri, whose third-placed team are 24 points behind leaders City.“So it’s not easy, because the level of the top two is very, very high. As we can see in Europe, so it’s not easy.“Of course, we have to work and we have to try. In my opinion we can reduce the gap.“I think that we have to buy only one, two players, otherwise it’s very difficult to improve immediately.“I think we are a very good team, so we need only one, two players, no more.”– Young talent –FIFA confirmed it has “partially upheld” Chelsea’s appeal, but only in allowing the club to sign European players aged under 16.The ban on signing over-16s remains in place, leaving Chelsea unable to make changes to Sarri’s squad unless they win the CAS appeal.last_img read more

New support for clubs to involve BAME communities in golf

first_img13 Nov 2017 New support for clubs to involve BAME communities in golf Tags: BAME, Birmingham, Diversity, MyTime Active Golf clubs across England are being offered new support to encourage more people from diverse ethnic communities to get involved in the game.It is the result of a two-year project in Birmingham, run by England Golf and course operator Mytime Active, to discover how to involve Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in golf.The project successfully attracted 140 people from a range of backgrounds to take a six-week beginner course and now, with the support of Sporting Equals, a toolkit has been created to help clubs engage with local communities to grow the game.It’s part of the England Golf strategy to create a healthy future for golf by encouraging clubs to offer what their existing and potential customers want. Chief Executive Nick Pink said: “Our aim is to be customer focused. We want clubs to respond to the needs of all players and encouraging minority ethnic communities is an area with huge potential for growth in the sport.”England Golf is committed to showing that golf is a game for all, to encouraging clubs to offer inclusive programmes which appeal to their local community, and to challenge perceptions by using diverse imagery to portray golf.The Birmingham project centred on three courses: Hilltop Golf Course, Pype Hayes Golf Course and Hatchford Brook Golf Centre. Jason Stanton, Operations Director of Mytime Active remarked: “Over 40% of Birmingham’s population is from a non-white background and Mytime Active operates seven golf courses across the city, making us ideally placed to engage with the local population.“The three courses we chose for the project already had links with the local community and we were able to build on these to develop relationships and discover how to involve more people from BAME groups in golf.”The project involved local community groups and leaders and looked at everything from the make-up of the communities to the image of the game and the barriers to playing.These included the usual difficulties, such as time and money, as well as cultural restrictions. For example, a group of Bangladeshi Muslim women were keen to learn but needed a female-only session, taught by a male golf pro with a female assistant, and a relaxed dress code so that they could wear headscarves and saris.With these barriers overcome, 15 women completed the six-week course, with 12 others attending for between three and five sessions. There are plans to include more golf opportunities in the summer programme at their community centre.The project first offered golf at trial and taster sessions in the community before signposting the six-week beginner courses at the golf centres. Encouragingly, the average age of the 140 participants was 32, compared to the national average of 46; and 35% were women, compared to the national average of 15%. The largest ethnic group was from a Bangladeshi background, with 32 participants, followed by 30 with a Pakistani background.The project was supported by Sporting Equals, which promotes greater involvement in sport and physical activity by the BAME population. The organisation provided advice and insight and eight members of the West Midlands staff went even further, by taking part in golf activities in their lunch breaks.They also modelled for pictures to promote and market the project. Their images help to dispel stereotypes by reflecting the local community and portraying the mixed group in casual, comfortable clothing – and having fun.They later went to play nine holes at Hatchford Brook and regional officer Dan Allen commented: “Golf was not an accessible sport in the area where I work and live. There were no role models that align themselves to the community groups I surround myself in, therefore I have struggled to play. However, the offer from Mytime Active to participate with my colleagues really appealed and gave me the pathway to get into the sport. Knowing the basics of the technique of how to hit the ball from these lessons has given me the confidence to go to a golf course and not look stupid – which was a definite barrier!”Sporting Equals Chief Executive, Arun Kang, urges clubs to reach out to and welcome customers from diverse backgrounds. He says: “Golf is an inspiring sport which has produced some great champions from a range of backgrounds; however, there still remains a worrying shortage of BAME engagement.”Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

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