Woman journalist describes police crackdown on press freedom activists

first_img YemenMiddle East – North Africa January 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Yemen Receive email alerts RSF_en February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF Newscenter_img News News February 11, 2021 Find out more News to go further Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months A demonstration in defence of free expression that the NGO Women Journalists Without Chains has been organising with hundreds of participants ever Tuesday since 2007 in Freedom Square in Sana’a was dispersed violently yesterday by the police.The head of the NGO, Tawakkol Karman, has given this account: “The authorities have today revealed their true face (…) Each week, hundreds of citizens, journalists and intellectuals have been gathering to defend free expression, talking about the subjects that are dear to them. “Without flagging, despite the police violence, we have been fighting for information about the kidnapped journalist Muhammad Al Maqalih and we have been supporting his family. We have also called for the reopening of the independent newspaper Al Ayyam and the release of the journalists Fouad Rashed, editor of the Al Mukallah Press website, and Salah Al Saqladi, the editor of Aden News Network.“The police violently dispersed our peaceful demonstration on 6 October on the grounds that we did not have a permit from the interior ministry. The police tried to confiscate our cameras and broke our video camera. Several of us were injured. The authorites regard our actions as a call for revolution that endangers the republic.”Karman added: “All this is inadmissible. Such methods are an insult to the constitution. Are we going to continue the sit-ins? Yes, with even more force. We will resist in order to restore fundamental freedoms and journalists’ freedoms, because the authorities have suppressed all the means of expression and information that existed in Yemen.”Reporters Without Borders said: “We are approaching the end of an independent press in Yemen. The government’s determination to ban this weekly sit-in is the last stage in a persecution of journalists that is aimed at imposing a media blackout on what is happening in the country.”The press freedom organisation reiterates its concern about Al Maqalih, the journalist who was kidnapped three weeks ago (see the 25 September release: “Still no word of opposition website editor”). The authorities refuse to provide any information about his current situation or cooperate with attempts to locate him.Sit-in video:Reporters sans frontières: Sit-in organisé par le WJWC envoyé par rsf_internet. – Regardez les dernières vidéos d’actu. YemenMiddle East – North Africa October 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Woman journalist describes police crackdown on press freedom activistslast_img read more

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77 dead in Spanish train crash

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 77 dead in Spanish train crash Google+ Google+ Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Facebook Facebookcenter_img Twitter By News Highland – July 25, 2013 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News WhatsApp Pinterest A train has derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela killing at least 77 people.Some 140 are injured in what is turning out to be one of Europe’s worst ever rail disasters. Officials say it is possible that up to 50 of the injured are in a serious condition – the region’s Health minister said he was aware of 5 people who are in comas at hospitals in Santiago.The government says it thinks the derailment was an accident not sabotage but reports suggest the train may have been travelling too fast.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is from the area, will visit the site of the crash later.Rescue workers are still working through the wreckage in hopes of finding more survivors. Lines of bodies covered with blankets can be seen at the side of the tracks.In a statement issued this morning, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, has expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and injured.”My thoughts are with those who have lost family and loved ones in this tragic accident. The Galician region and the city of Santiago is a popular destination for Irish travellers and the Irish Embassy in Madrid has been in contact with the regional authorities since the accident occured. While at this stage, there is no indication of any Irish involvement, the situation is still developing and it will be some time before all of those involved have been identified.I would ask any family who are concerned for loved ones they believe may have been travelling on the train to contact my Department at 01-4082000″.It happened just outside the city of Santiago de Compostela where a local festival was due to start last night.Spanish journalist Miguel Anxo-Murado says the train should have reduced its speed on the stretch of track where it crashed.”This is an area in which there are very sharp bends – one of them is particularly dangerous – so he should have gone at much, much lower speeds; say 80 kilometres per hour maximum” he said.”It appears that it was totaling its speed”.”The reason for that (is) apparently that the train was running with a 5 minute delay” he added. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleAssociation has held 11,200 former offenders with social integrationNext articlePresident convenes Council of State over abortion legislation News Highland last_img read more

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