RSF decries Pakistan’s closure of Radio Mashaal bureau

first_img News PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsPredators Last autumn, journalists in the southwestern province of Baluchistan were given an ultimatum by armed separatist groups operating in the province after the authorities banned the media from covering the actions of these groups or the statements they issue. Organisation Help by sharing this information Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire The interior ministry announced the Islamabad bureau’s closure on 19 January on the grounds that the radio station’s programmes were “against the interests of Pakistan” and “in line with a hostile intelligence agency’s agenda.” RSF has obtained a copy of the interior ministry directive (attached), which quotes the findings on an ISI report accusing Radio Mashaal of portraying Pakistan as a “hub of terrorism” and as a “failed state in terms of providing security to its people.” It also accuses it of portraying the Pashtun population as “disenchanted with the state.” “It is not the job of the intelligence services to dictate the editorial line of a radio station that provides Pashto speakers with an alternative viewpoint,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Investigating security and terrorism issues and interviewing people in the field is not acting against Pakistan’s interests. This is what’s called journalism and it’s what enables a society to prosper. The authorities must immediately rescind this decision, which constitutes a grave violation of media freedom.” Broadcasting on the short wave from Prague, Radio Mashaal is an offshoot of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), which is funded by the US congress. It was created in 2010 “to provide an alternative to extremist propaganda in the tribal regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan,” RFE/RL says. Radio Mashaal was created to provide Pashto speakers with “an alternative to extremist propaganda in the tribal regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan” (photo: Noorullah Shirzada / AFP). Safety of its journalists News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Pakistan’s federal government to rescind its arbitrary and iniquitous decision, on the recommendation of the all-powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to shut down the Islamabad bureau of Radio Mashaal, a Pashto-language radio station funded by the US congress. June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Rightly included on RSF’s list of press freedom predators, the ISI often threatens and intimidates media outlets that fail to toe its line. Investigative coverage of security issues is a red line that exposes those who cross it to arrest, harassment or murder. RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan “Radio Mashaal serves no intelligence agency or government,” RFE/RL President Thomas Kent said in response to the interior ministry’s accusations. “Our reporters are Pakistani citizens who are dedicated to their country and live and raise families in the villages in which they report.” News April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Related documents The notice of the ministry of Interior justifying the closure of Radio Mashaal operations in PakistanPDF – 36.42 KB News January 23, 2018 RSF decries Pakistan’s closure of Radio Mashaal bureau PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsPredators RSF shares the safety concerns of the radio station’s journalists, and calls on the authorities to do whatever is necessary to guarantee their security. to go further January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Lakers’ defense a primary factor for 0-4 start

first_imgFor all the criticism Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni received about the Lakers’ defense the past two seasons, the Lakers’ current defensive efforts fare worse than last season’s production. The Lakers finished 29th out of 30 NBA teams last season in points allowed (109.2), 24th in defensive field goal percentage (46.8) and 30th in fast-break points allowed (16.7). To be fair, the Lakers have 76 regular-season games left to fix that trend.Scott maintains he will not make any lineup changes and suggested he will only do so if the Lakers fail to make substantial progress after 15 to 20 games. Instead, the team can correct the defensive issues another way, he said. Scott has chalked up the Lakers’ perimeter defense mostly as leaving corner three-pointers uncontested out of fear of leaving the top of the key open. Scott also took aim at Lakers center Jordan Hill and forward Carlos Boozer. “Our bigs got to do a better job,” Scott said. “You’re playing against teams like this that run multiple pick and rolls, if we’re trying to trap it, our bigs got to be up there. If we’re trying a hard show, our bigs got to get up there.”Showing range An emerging theme surrounded Byron Scott’s introductory press conference in July as the Lakers’ head coach.When he wasn’t waxing nostalgic about spending 11 years of his 14-year NBA career in Los Angeles and winning three league championships, Scott also preached improving the team’s defense. Yet, the Lakers’ 0-4 start primarily hinges on the team’s inability to address that issue. The Lakers stand last out of 30 NBA teams in points allowed (118 per game), defensive field-goal percentage (50.5 percent) and fast-break points allowed (21.2). The Lakers also fall in 28th place for defensive three-point field goal percentage (43.6 percent). “Defensively, we’ve just got to get tougher and we’ve got to get a little bit more grittier,” said Scott, who has said the Lakers should finish at least in the top 15 in overall defense. “Sometimes we lose focus after we score and all of a sudden we relax.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Lakers have gushed about Hill’s energy during his past three seasons. Rarely have the Lakers ever raved about Hill’s shooting.But in the past two games, Hill has averaged 23 points on 68.9 percent shooting and has made 11 of his 20 field goals off mid-range jumpers. “He can make it on a consistent basis, so I just encourage him to take a shot when he’s getting them,” Scott said. “He’s taking it right now with a lot of confidence.”Hill has spent the past two summers working on his mid-range jumper, mindful that the Lakers’ offense could not just hinge on Kobe Bryant. “Kobe can’t do it by himself all the time,” Hill said. “I love Byron. He’s telling me to go out there and play my game. He’s telling everybody if you’re open, shoot it. If it’s a good shot, just put it up. I have to continue to do that. I have to do it on the defensive end too.”last_img read more