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

GEEK: Login security messages can be difficult to interpret

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Facebook By admin – May 27, 2018 Facebook GEEK: Login security messages can be difficult to interpret WhatsApp Twitter >> Jeff Werner is a software engineer and has been writing this column since 2007. Twitter Q: I read your column faithfully; it is my favorite in the newspaper! I have an Acer Laptop running Windows 7 which periodically does not recognize that it is plugged in to the wall. The battery icon just keeps getting lower & lower with no indication that it’s plugged in, even though it is. It has done this on and off since I bought it new. I bought another charger but that did not do the trick. It is random, and can even do it while plugged in, not shut on and off or unplugged, just all of a sudden stop detecting that it is plugged in. Hence, if I keep it on it dies once it uses all of its charge up. Any ideas? I use it for business and would like to keep it going before being forced to Windows 10 for my business. Thank you in advance for all your wisdom over the years!– Maureen D.Defuniak Springs, FloridaA: Such kind words, Maureen – thank-you! I’m not even sure I.G.T.M. is my own favorite column in the newspaper, but I’m glad to hear that it’s yours. Thanks for being a loyal reader.My first suggestion would have been to check your charger, but you said you tried a new one. The only other thing I can think of is that perhaps the part of the laptop that the charger plugs in to has become worn, and is making intermittent contact. Even a battery going bad would not cause the symptoms you’ve described, and everything else involved in managing power in your laptop is software-based, and can’t really wear out or go bad.Next time the issue occurs, without touching either the mouse or keyboard, gently wiggle and push on the cord where it plugs into the laptop. If it immediately snaps back into AC power mode, you have a plug that needs work. If not, take a second look at the charger. Make sure it’s really working properly, and that it’s the exact model that your laptop’s manufacturer calls for – they’re not all the same, even though they might have similar plugs.To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at ItsGeekToMe.co (not .com!) WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleTHE IDLE AMERICAN: Mere words don’t stand a chanceNext articleGUEST VIEW: The dangers of debt admin ItsGeekToMeQ: Lately I have been getting a reply “invalid username”. It works on other requests. How can someone tell me that my user name is invalid? I have used that username since the internet first started with e-mail.– Glenn H.Shalimar, FloridaA: Your question is missing some contextual information, Glenn. From whom or what are you getting that reply? I can only assume you meant my website, and I’ll answer that below, but let’s explore the issue first.The way I see it, there are at least three possible meanings to the phrase “Invalid Username”. One would be that the username in question does not meet certain criteria required by whatever it is that you’re signing into. For example, it might require an e-mail address, and you entered only your name. How can they tell you that your chosen username is not valid? Well, in this day and age of increasing cyber-crime, and with so many people continuing to be so lax about protecting themselves, many online services are enforcing rules to help protect their users’ data – and for good reason. One of the first things many people do when their data is compromised is to blame the service. In such cases, a service might very well declare a username to be “invalid” if it doesn’t meet their strict security requirements.A second possible meaning of “Invalid Username” is that the system you’re trying to sign into cannot find a match in its user records for the login information you entered. That would certainly make the username “invalid” from the perspective of allowing access. If this is what’s happening to you, that would certainly explain why you’re able to say “It works on other requests.” because if you’re using that username on other sites, well, of course it’s considered valid there. I looked into the user records of my own website, and could not find an account record for you. I found that to be odd, because I know you had one at one time, because you’ve submitted questions via the site’s web form. I noticed that this question arrived via regular e-mail though. If it was my site you were talking about, try signing up again (It’s still free!). If you have problems, drop me another e-mail and I’ll see what I can do.One final possible reason is that perhaps the username is valid, but the account’s password is wrong, or has expired. The worldwide web is truly world-wide, and there are occasional language barriers on some sites, as well as occasional programming errors. It wouldn’t surprise me even a little bit to see a page that displays the phrase “Invalid username” by accident when it actually means “Invalid password.” Pinterestlast_img read more