Media allowed to cover parliamentary sessions again, but placed under surveillance

first_img News Organisation February 15, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq December 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media allowed to cover parliamentary sessions again, but placed under surveillance Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistancenter_img December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Reporters Without Borders today hailed a decision by the speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mahmoud Al Mashhadani, to allow journalists to cover its sessions again after a two-week ban. But the organisation condemned new restrictions on the media, as well as the murder of cameraman Aswan Ahmed Lutfallah of the US television news agency, Associated Press Television Network (APTN). “It is idiotic to blame sectarian rioting on the media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “While journalists have responsibilities as regards their news coverage, they also have rights which are unfortunately violated more and more in Iraq. Curbing their freedom of movement, closing down media and official threats are all part of the daily lot of Iraqi journalists.”The press freedom organisation added: “The latest measures for regulating the media announced by the Iraqi authorities are worrying. The frontier between protection of state security and censorship is fragile. We appeal to the authorities to display restraint and prudence.”The ban on journalists entering parliament and the international press centre located inside it was imposed on 27 November. Live broadcast coverage of parliamentary debates was suspended at the same time, after a stormy debate about ongoing sectarian violence. Several parliamentarians and political parties objected to the ban, calling it unconstitutional. Mashhadani had claimed that press interviews with parliamentarians triggered angry reactions in the population and exacerbated tension.Created by former US administrator Paul Bremer in 2003, the international press centre was originally meant for foreign journalists covering Iraq. It also offered training for Iraqi journalists. Located in Baghdad’s green zone and equipped with Internet connections and a modern communications infrastructure, it is now a place where Iraqi journalists can work safely.Meanwhile, on 30 November, the interior ministry announced the creation of a media surveillance unit empowered to bring legal actions against the press. The ministry warned that it would “take all necessary measures against media that broadcast mendacious reports” and would “not hesitate to prosecute in order to prevent them from diverting Iraqis from the fight against terrorism.”The unit will contact journalists and news media and ask them to publish or broadcast corrections to reports deemed to be false. If they refuse, they could be prosecuted.In a 27 November communiqué, the ministry condemned satellite TV stations that “try to disorient public opinion and foster political chaos by broadcasting mendacious reports liable to undermine the public’s confidence in the security forces and endanger the unity of Iraq.”Aged 35, APTN cameraman Lutfallah was gunned down today in the city of Mosul, 370 km north of Baghdad. Reuters reported that he had gone to an industrial district to get his car repaired when two gangs started shooting at each other. He was shot when he took out his camera to film the clash.A total of 139 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the war in 2003. Four journalists are currently held hostage. IraqMiddle East – North Africa News December 16, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

The Governor’s Week in Photos

first_imgimage004 image001 image003 3) Governor Pence Cuts Ribbon on New Manufacturing Facility in Northwest Indiana // March 31, 2016.Governor Mike Pence joins executives from Hoist Liftruck Mfg. in East Chicago to cut the ribbon on their new manufacturing operations in Indiana. Hoist Liftruck Mfg., a manufacturer of high-capacity material handling equipment, announced plans last August to relocate its manufacturing operations from Bedford Park, Illinois, to Indiana, creating up to 500 new jobs by 2022. 2) Governor Pence Cheers on Valpo Crusaders // March 30, 2016. Governor Mike Pence joins Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas in cheering on the Valparaiso University Men’s Basketball team before they took on George Washington in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship at Madison Square Garden. 4) Governor Pence Welcomes New Manufacturing Facility to Northwest Indiana // March 31, 2016.Governor Mike Pence joins executives from Pratt Industries in Valparaiso to cut the ribbon on their new manufacturing operations in Indiana. Pratt Industries, the only major American paper-making company in the industry to produce only 100 percent recycled paper, announced plans in September 2013 to locate a new recycling facility in Valparaiso, creating up to 137 green-collar manufacturing jobs by 2018. 1) Governor Pence Dedicates New Medical Clinic at Camp Atterbury // March 30, 2016. Governor Mike Pence joins representatives from the Indiana National Guard and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Centerto dedicate a new medical clinic, called the Wakeman VA Clinic, at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. The Wakeman VA Clinic is the first of its kind in Indiana, and offers primary medical care, as well as physical therapy, mental health assessments, and technology-based, long-distance clinical health care. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare image002last_img read more

Sportspersons and celebrities pour in with their wishes as the Hitman hits 33!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement Rohit Sharma, the famed ‘Hitman’ of the Indian Cricket Team has just turned 33 today. A fan-favourite and revered as one of the greatest batsmen of the game, the limited overs vice captain received numerous wishes on social media from fellow cricketers, sportspersons and celebrities alike, who felicitated the hard hitting Mumbaiker on his blowout.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersBelow here are some of the best tweets and Instagram posts from the country’s cricket fraternity, that includes Sharma’s current teammates, former Men in Blue icons and also cricketers from around the globe.Wishing you a very special birthday, Rohit! Keep hitting the ball with ease and elegance as you have been doing over the years. Have a safe year ahead. — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 30, 2020Advertisement Happy birthday Rohit @ImRo45 … god bless and have a great year ahead .. stay safe— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) April 30, 2020Happy B’day Rohit @ImRo45. God bless you with good health and happiness and many more elegant innings. Stay safe stay healthy.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 30, 2020Wishing a very happy birthday to one of my favourite batsman @ImRo45— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) April 30, 2020Happy birthday partner @ImRo45, hope you keep striking the ball out of the ground as clean as a shooting star 😉😎— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 30, 2020Happy birthday brother @ImRo45 May you continue to shine and make us all proud.. lots of love always 🤗🤗— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 30, 2020Happy birthday @ImRo45. Lots of love and continue to make batting look so easy 🤗— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) April 30, 2020Happy birthday to you. From good friends and true, from old friends and new, may good luck go with you and happiness too!”@ImRo45— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) April 29, 2020 View this post on Instagram On your birthday I take the opportunity to show everyone the actual secret behind your smile 😜😁 Happy Birthday Rohitaaaaaa sharaammaaaa 🎂🎂 #cutesmallcheeks🙄🤣A post shared by Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal23) on Apr 29, 2020 at 1:08pm PDTHappy birthday, Rohit! Wishing you and the family health and happiness in these dire times. Stay home, stay safe, bake a cake. @ImRo45 #HappyBirthdayRohit— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) April 29, 2020Happy Birthday to the best white ball cricketer in the world @ImRo45! Have a great year ahead!!— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 30, 2020Happy birthday big bro 🤗 Always fun around you, hope you have a great day Hitman 🎯 #HappyBirthdayRohit @ImRo45— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) April 30, 2020You are one of the nicest and most genuine people I know. Wish you a very happy birthday bro @ImRo45 #HappyBirthdayRohit #HappyBirthdayHitman— Khaleel Ahmed (@imK_Ahmed13) April 30, 2020Throwback to this special moment with @ImRo45 as he guided me to my first test hundred. Happy Birthday, Rohit!Can’t wait to recreate this!#HappyBirthdayRohit— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) April 30, 2020Happy Birthday, Sharmaaaa! Have a great year ahead. Here’s wishing you and your family health and happiness 🤗- God Bless @ImRo45 #HappyBirthdayRohit #HitmanDay #HappyBirthdayHitman— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 30, 2020Wish u a very happy birthday @ImRo45 Have a bleesed one! Stay safe and keeping rocking 🤘#HappyBirthdayHitman— Karn Sharma (@sharmakarn03) April 30, 2020 Bina SHARMA E ese hi entertain karte raho yehi dua hai tumhare janam din pe @ImRo45 #HappyBirthdayRohit— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 30, 2020Wishing you a very happy birthday Ro!Hope Samaira is keeping you busy at home with all her love and cuteness… Best wishes always! @imro45#HappyBirthdayRohit— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) April 30, 2020Throwback to this special moment with @ImRo45 as he guided me to my first test hundred. Happy Birthday, Rohit!Can’t wait to recreate this!#HappyBirthdayRohit— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) April 30, 2020Happy birthday @ImRo45 Have a wonderful year ahead. 🥳🎂🎂🎂#HappyBirthdayHitman— Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) April 30, 2020It is a time of darkness @ImRo45 but when the world is back, spread some joy with your touch and style. Hope you have a lovely year.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 30, 2020Happy birthday @ImRo45. To watch you bat is to watch poetry in motion. You are an artist in a cricketers body. Lots of good wishes and blessings on your birthday. #RohitSharma #Hitman— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 30, 2020 View this post on Instagram Happy Birthday @rohitsharma45 bhai.. Wishing you loads success, happiness and good health..Have a great timeA post shared by Shivam Dube (@dubeshivam) on Apr 29, 2020 at 11:26pm PDTHappy birthday Brother ⁦@ImRo45⁩ 🎉🎉🎉— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) April 30, 2020Yuvraj SIngh and Zaheer Khan’s birthday wishing clips were shared by the official Twitter handle of Mumbai Indians.📹| Zak and Yuvi send wishes for their ‘Brothaman’ 💙#HitmanDay #HappyBirthdayRohit #OneFamily @YUVSTRONG12 @ImZaheer @ImRo45— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 30, 2020A heart-touching post was seen from Rohit’s wife Ritika Sajdeh, who shared a selfie with her better half on Instagram with a wholesome caption. View this post on Instagram Happiest birthday to the one that makes me laugh till I can’t breathe, to my favourite travel companion, to my best friend, to the best dad, to the one that can’t sing even if his life depended on it. To the best I could ever wish for, happy birthday ❤️ love you RoA post shared by Ritika Sajdeh (@ritssajdeh) on Apr 29, 2020 at 11:02pm PDTWishes also poured in from celebrities and politicians.You Made India Proud And Showed The Potential Of Indian Cricket Team On The Field❗️Happy Birthday @ImRo45 #HappyBirthdayRohit— Deepak Mhaskey (@deepakmhaskey) April 30, 2020Wishing you @ImRo45 a very Happy Birthday. May you continue to break records and give us joy. 🎂🎂💐 #Hitman #HitmanDay #HappyBirthdayRohit— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) April 30, 2020Since his international debut back in 2007, Rohit Sharma has made 224 ODI and 107 T20I appearances for the Men in Blue. He has won four Indian Premier League titles and two Champions League T20 titles with Mumbai Indians.Other than cricket, Sharma has been a vocal supporter of animal rights and welfare. He is the official Rhino Ambassador for WWF India and has also worked with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for the betterment of street dogs and cats in the country.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-A tribute to Chuni Goswami: Independent India’s Greatest Footballer Advertisementlast_img read more