Ismail Haniyeh urged to lift ban on newspaper’s distribution in Gaza Strip

first_img RSF_en February 20, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ismail Haniyeh urged to lift ban on newspaper’s distribution in Gaza Strip News Organisation Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News to go further News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes PalestineMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Robert MénardSecretary-General Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Palestine May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard wrote today to the Hamas government’s Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, about a ban on the daily Al-Ayyam in the Gaza Strip.HE Ismail HaniyehPrime Minister of the Hamas GovernmentGaza StripDear Prime Minister,Reporters Without Borders would like to share with you its concern about the significant deterioration in the situation of press freedom in the Gaza Strip.You have on several occasions expressed your government’s desire to guarantee a free and independent press. However, your pledge is contradicted by the suspended sentences of six months in prison passed on 6 February on two Al-Ayyam journalists on a charge of defamation in connection with a cartoon that members of your party regarded as offensive.Those sentenced were the daily newspaper’s editor, Akram Haniyeh, and his cartoonist, Bahaa Al-Boukhari, while the newspaper itself has been banned from distribution in the Gaza Strip. We urge you to have these sentences overturned as they could make it even more difficult for journalists to work in the Gaza Strip. We are worried by the fact that, according to our figures, 22 journalists have been arrested since June of last year, 14 have been threatened in the course of their work, 14 news media have been ransacked and three have been censored.We are writing to you about this situation, Mr. Prime Minister, because we consider it to be critical for the future of the Palestinian press. Aside from the fact that a cartoon should be regarded as a matter of free expression and not an as an offence to you or your party, we believe that the differences between Palestinians should not be allowed to restrict the work of journalists.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.Sincerely, June 3, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


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March Madness bracket 2019: Ryan Fagan’s expert NCAA Tournament predictions

first_imgThe Fagans take our NCAA Tournament bracket seriously. If you finish dead last in the Team Fagan challenge, you have to wear the pink bunny suit — you know, Ralphie’s nightmare from the classic movie ‘A Christmas Story’ — for the following year’s St. Patrick’s Day five-mile run. And no excuses are allowed.  (SN illustration) West region (SN illustration) SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsMy brother Seth scheduled his honeymoon during that weekend (saving thousands of dollars to avoid spring break travel fare hikes) but we punished him by making him wear the bunny suit two years in a row. I say all this to let you know I don’t fill out this bracket lightly. And I only fill out one bracket. None of this “different picks for different brackets” nonsense. I go with the picks I feel good about, because of strengths and weaknesses of the teams involved. I love an upset as much as anyone, but with the bunny suit on the line, I’m not going to get stupid just to say “I picked that one!” at the office, y’know?So without further delay, my NCAA Tournament picks for the 2019 dance. MORE BRACKET PICKS: DeCourcy (Duke) | Bender (Duke) | KenPom (Duke)NCAA Tournament bracket picksEast region (SN illustration) South region (SN illustration) … And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history: It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw.Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history: The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.” Final Four picks  Midwest region March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.How to stop Zion Williamson: Opposing coaches dish on their strategies to deal with Duke’s freshman phenom and, with some luck, beat the Blue Devils.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory …: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament.  (SN illustration) read more

Research brings encouraging news for golf

first_img A new report has brought encouraging news for golf by identifying an increase in the rounds played in Great Britain in the first quarter of 2015. Leading sports research company SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. (SMS INC.) reports that the average number of rounds played increased by 14%, compared to the same period in 2014.  Richard Payne, Senior Manager of Sports Accounts, commented: “This increase is fantastic news for the industry. This new data offers encouraging insight into the future of the game, and we hope to see similar promising figures leading into the summer months before The Open returns to the home of golf at St Andrews in July.” The above average temperatures and the generally drier weather in January 2015 meant that all regions, except Scotland, enjoyed an encouraging start to the number of rounds played. February was also much drier than the same period 2014, and as a result all regions enjoyed increases in excess of 30%. During this time the Cricket World Cup began with coverage starting in the mornings, however this did not impact on GB golfing figures. March 2015 was relatively cold and wet vis-à-vis 2014, and also a month which saw a dramatic culmination in an exciting Six Nations rugby campaign where the final game attracted a TV audience of around 10 million viewers. Both happenings were key factors in all regions suffering decreases in golf rounds played, with the exception of the North region which boasted an increase (5.7%) in contrast to 2014. Overall, rounds played in the North region of England were up 13.5%, the South region by 15.7% and the Midland region, which includes Wales, by 20.5% 3 Jun 2015 Research brings encouraging news for golf last_img read more