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

Dail passes lower drink driving limits

first_img Google+ Google+ Twitter Twitter By News Highland – June 24, 2010 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Facebook WhatsApp New, lower drink driving limits have been voted through the Dail – and will become law within a matter of weeks.This is despite strong opposition from publicans and the Vintners’ Association – who say the lower limit will be the ‘final nail in the coffin’ for the pub industry. However, Donegal based road safety organisations PARC and A-Ceart have been advocating the move for some time.The Road Traffic Bill will bring the drink-driving limit from 80 mg to 50 mg.The road safety organisation PARC, which was founded by Donegal woman Susan Grey has welcomed the new law. Susan Grey was in the Dail last night to see the new bill pushed through. She says it’s a major breakthrough, but there is one loophole that must be addressed……….[podcast][/podcast] Dail passes lower drink driving limits Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMc Loone promises Lisfannon halting site will be closedNext articleFurther overnight restrictions to water supplies News Highland Pinterest Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Newsx Adverts Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

Summit addresses off campus safety

first_img Hechlinski said efforts to keep residents informed are aided by both the neighborhood watch program and the distribution of information regarding incidents with students as victims by student government. After a brief introduction by Tim Sexton, associate vice president for Public Affairs at the University, student body president Catherine Soler spoke about what student government has been doing to deal with off-campus issues and how students have responded. Also citing the forum with ResLife and the presentation by attorney C.L. Lindsay, Soler said things have improved with regards to students and off-campus problems since the implementation of the recent programming. “Our focus … has been off-campus safety and community relations,” Soler said.  Next, Sgt. Pat Hechlinski spoke about what police are offering citizens both in traditional law enforcement as well as spreading information and taking advantage of both civilian and interdepartmental cooperative efforts. Members of the South Bend community gathered with leaders from the University, student government, the Prosecutor’s Office and law enforcement at the Robinson Community Learning Center. Tuesday for the second annual Northeast Neighborhood Safety Summit.  Dvorak said while he understands the relatively minor nature of alcohol offenses, he feels that students need to recognize that the consequences are still serious. He said it was important that all groups involved in the issue continue to collaborate.  After an update on the case of the carjacking of Holy Cross students, Dvorak spoke about the crackdown on underage drinking at the beginning of the year. While the previous speakers concentrated on how crime can be prevented, County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak next spoke about what his office has been doing to deal with offenders once prevention has failed and where students can reduce problems with police. “I think they’ve dialed down on underage drinking,” he said. “It’s still a crime, and they’ll use their discretion.” “In our updates with police … we’ve been getting good reports about students being good neighbors,” she said. Soler said they have a good neighbor guide, have been meeting with campus and South Bend police and have a website, [email protected] Shibata said residents should avoid giving potential criminals access to unsecured entrances to homes or clear views of expensive items in cars.  “Make your property a harder target,” she said. “Keeping an open dialogue is a great problem-solver for us,” he said. “Be aware of crime problems and other neighborhood concerns [and] communicate concerns to police,” she said. “One thing we like to do is make you aware of the crime statistics so the residents can see what’s going on,” he said.  “[Police and prosecutor work] is all pretty reactive, the damage has been done,” he said. “We try to hold people accountable.” “Claim the neighborhood as your own. It’s ours, not the criminals’ ,” she said. “I’m not unsympathetic,” he said. “It’s a crime, and I don’t think students understand it’s not just an infraction.” “This has been a very significant issues,” he said. “It has less to do with people under 21 consuming alcoholic beverages than it does about safety.”  Dvorak said he believed student cooperation has helped cause a shift back from arrests to ticketing and reminded students to cooperate with law enforcement during an incident. Shibata also reminded residents to be cautious of people they do not know, to be proactive about possible threats, become acquainted and work with neighbors and taking greater ownership and involvement in the community. Offering advice on how students and South Bend residents alike can improve their personal security, Notre Dame Security Police Officer Keri Kei Shibata was next to speak. Shibata said a lot of things people can do seem like common sense but are often looked over.last_img read more

S. Korea says kids with suspected COVID-19 syndrome had another disease

first_imgTopics : The symptoms of MIS-C are similar to toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, including fever, rashes, swollen glands and in severe cases, heart inflammation.KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said the investigation showed that both the two patients, an 11-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, had suffered Kawasaki disease and shock syndrome.Both children tested negative for the coronavirus and were released from hospital after receiving treatment, she said.”After consulting an expert panel, we determined that neither of the two cases correspond to MIS-C,” Jeong told a briefing. Two children suspected to be South Korea’s first cases of a life-threatening syndrome linked with the coronavirus were found to have contracted Kawasaki disease, a similar but separate infection, health authorities said on Wednesday.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said last week it had launched an investigation into two suspected cases of the “Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children” (MIS-C).Officially called “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19”, MIS-C cases have been reported in France, Italy, Spain and Britain and the United States, where more than 100 cases were found in the state of New York.center_img “We’re also examining a third suspected case that has been reported, though chances are low that it is MIS-C.”The syndrome has raised fears that COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could pose a greater risk to children than had been understood. COVID-19 so far has taken its greatest toll on the elderly and those with chronic health conditions.Kim Ye-jin, a professor at Sungkyunkwan University’s medical school who consulted the KCDC, said the expert panel is conducting research as the link between MIS-C and COVID-19 has not been clearly established globally.last_img read more

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Black Stars begin training ahead of Kenya clash

first_img–By: Citi Sports The Black Stars held their first training session at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday ahead of their final AFCON 2019 qualifier against Kenya on March 23.The session had coach Kwesi Appiah supervising 21 of the 24 players he had called up for the match.Citi Sports’ Fentuo Tahiru, who was at the training session, reported that the players present were:Jordan and Andre Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Jeffrey Schlupp, Kassem Nuhu, Amis Frimpong, Felix Annan, Kwame Bonsu, Christian Atsu, Emmanuel Boateng, Alfred Duncan, Kwesi Appiah, Lawrence Ati Zigi, Richard Ofori, John Boye, Lumor Agbenyenu, Joseph Aidoo.Shooting drills:ParteyDuncanJordan— Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo (@Fentuo) March 19, 2019The rest of the contingent including Inter Milan’s Kwadwo Asamoah is expected to be join the team for their next training session on Wednesday. In addition, Reading’s Andy Yiadom will not be available for the match due to injury and he will be replaced by Daniel Opare.Both Ghana and Kenya have qualified for the 2019 AFCON tournament  but the match is to determine who finishes in top spot in the group which had Sierra Leone disqualified after they were suspended from international football by FIFA for government interference.Kenya leads the group on 7 points with Ghana second on 6 points.last_img read more

Minister praises football progress in Ghana

first_imgGhana’s sports minister Hon. Clement Kofi Humado has hailed the progress in Ghana football insisting that government will support the federation to ensure success for all the national teams and clubs.The minister praised new initiatives introduced by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) last season claiming it helped to improve standards in the local league and football in the country.He greeted the introduction of the electronic registration system, the referees review panel and the up-to-minute coverage of the results of the top-flight league on the GFA’s website.Hon. Humado was speaking at the opening of the 14th Annual Congress of Ghana Football Association which started in Prampram on Wednesday.“The introduction of the electronic registration and verification systems for players helped to significantly solve the perennial problem of protests in respect of unqualified players that some years ago culminated in the winning of points at the FA’s boardroom instead of the football pitch,” Humado told Congress.“Your introduction of the Referees Review Panel, the up-to-minute updates of the matches, on the FA’s website, the presentation of referees’ strips to the referees officiating in the Division One League and the live telecast of some of the League and FA Cup matches among others, have added more beauty to Ghana football and are highly commendable. “The ministry once again wishes to assure the GFA of our unflinching collaboration and co-operation on matters of developing and promoting football in the country.“We shall continue to offer the necessary support of the various national teams for their respective engagements for the rest of the year and 2013 to bring honours to the nation.”Despite hailing the progress of Ghana football last season, the minister called on the GFA to improve efforts to get more sponsors for the league and also asked officials to help clamp down on hooliganism.last_img read more

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