Official reason for Kashmiri journalist’s arrest is challenged

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information News 18.06.2002The hearings resumed in the Geelani case on 18 June. The journalist had been remanded in custody for a further three days on 15 June. According to V.K Ohri, Iftikhar Geelani’s lawyer, the documents seized from his client’s home had been available on the Internet since 1993. ______________________________________________________________11.06.2002Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) called today for the release of Kashmiri journalist Iftikhar Ali Geelani and suggested his arrest was an attempt to restrict coverage of events in Kashmir.”Charging a Kashmiri journalist under the Official Secrets Act in present circumstances would seem an effort to intimidate any media which tries to report independently on the conflict in the province,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Indian interior minister Lal Krishna Advani.Calling on him to explain the arrest and charging of Geelani, who is New Delhi bureau chief of the Indian daily Kashmir Times and also correspondent for the Pakistani daily The Nation, he said the case against the journalist was “weak.”He also asked the minister to make a speedy inquiry into the beating-up of another Kashmiri journalist by Indian police who, he said, “seem incapable of putting a stop to a wave of physical attacks and attempts to kill journalists in Kashmir. It would be regrettable if the government allowed the climate of impunity enjoyed by these attackers to increase,” he added.Geelani was charged today under the secrets act and police were granted a further five days to hold him for questioning.  He was arrested on 9 June at his New Delhi home by tax department officers and police but was then accused of storing information in his laptop computer about India’s military presence in Kashmir.  He pointed out that this material was from a 1997 US State Department report and had already been published in the Indian daily The Hindu. The daily Hindustan Times said the journalist had admitted to his interrogators that he worked for Pakistani intelligence but this has not been confirmed by other sources.  Many Kashmiri journalists, as well as the New Delhi journalists’ union, have condemned his arrest, which came soon after the detention of his father-in-law, Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who has been charged under an anti-terrorist law and accused of being in the pay of Pakistani intelligence.Another Kashmiri journalist, Mohammad Yusuf Dar, a reporter for the Daily Excelsior in Jammu (Kashmir), was beaten and insulted by police and detained for two hours on 10 June. The independent English-language daily Kashmir Images said he was arrested on his way home.Police have still not made any serious investigation into the attempt to kill Zafar Iqbal, of Kashmir Images, who was shot and seriously wounded by masked men at his office in Srinagar on 29 May.  His colleagues told Reporters Without Borders that police had made no effort to guard the paper’s offices and made no inquiry into the shooting. News IndiaAsia – Pacific In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival March 3, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Indiacenter_img June 18, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Official reason for Kashmiri journalist’s arrest is challenged IndiaAsia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Organisation to go further India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s medialast_img read more

Thai TV channel suspended for 15 days in major blow to pluralism

first_img February 12, 2019 – Updated on February 14, 2019 Thai TV channel suspended for 15 days in major blow to pluralism Asked about Voice TV’s reported support for the opposition, one of the TV channel’s commentators, Sirote Klampaiboon, said it tried to be impartial in its programming and that the leaders of pro-junta political parties were often invited on its shows. Several media outlets, including the newspaper Voice of Thaksin and the TV channels Hot TV and Rescue Satellite TV were summarily closed, and all the other traditional media were forced to censor themselves. RSF described this relentless crackdown in a report in 2015 entitled “Media hounded by junta since 2014 coup.” Voice TV viewers will be watching blank screens for the next two weeks as a result of the order announced today by Lt. Gen, Perapong Manakit, the head of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, who blamed “provocative” content in two of its programmes without giving any detail. Organisation RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s decision by Thailand’s junta to suspend the opposition television channel Voice TV for two weeks. The suspension sends a disastrous message about pluralism just six weeks before a general election, RSF said. Receive email alerts “With less than a month and a half to go to the first general election in Thailand since the 2014 military coup, Voice TV’s suspension sends a very disturbing signal and deals a fatal blow to democratic pluralism,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on Gen. Prayut’s government to rescind this decision at once, or else the 24 March election will have no credibility.” Owned by a son of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a military coup in 2006 and has lived in self-imposed exile ever since, Voice TV is one of the few remaining traditional TV broadcasters that does not follow the editorial line set by the current junta. ThailandAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassment Since the 2014 coup, Voice TV has been the target of more than 50 acts of censorship, including broadcast signal disconnections, banning of programmes and banning of journalists. This persecution affected its view ratings, or had until recent months when, according to the TV Digital Watch agency this morning, its ratings have risen significantly in a sign of growing public interest in alternative news sources. August 21, 2020 Find out more The prime minister and junta chief, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, can meanwhile be seen and heard expressing his views on several national radio and TV stations ever Friday evening. It was Prayut who personally organized a “blitzkrieg” against independent media after taking power in 2014. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Help by sharing this information May 12, 2021 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassment News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Follow the news on Thailand News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar to go further News Illustration from a cartoon by Thai cartoonist #ไข่แมวx (“CatEggX”). Thailand is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. 50 censorship acts “Blitzkrieg” June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

‘Move Mid West’ campaign to help fill job vacancies

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Limerick Chamber appoint new President TAGSbusinessindustryLIMERICK ChamberLimerick City and CountyMid WestNewsvideo Email Planned housing and medical campus further indication of positivity for Limerick – Chamber CEO states Chamber calls for O’Connell Street revitalisation programme to commence as matter of urgency Previous articleKilkenny too strong for Limerick in All-Ireland Camogie ChampionshipNext article“They are making it incredibly hard to whittle it down” – Easterby Staff Reporter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisementcenter_img Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Aer Lingus announcement for Shannon base – Limerick Chamber statement BusinessNewsVideo‘Move Mid West’ campaign to help fill job vacanciesBy Staff Reporter – July 21, 2019 329 Linkedin Print THE economic revival in the Mid-West was highlighted the launch of a Limerick Chamber campaign and new website to help companies recruit new workers.The ‘Move Mid West’ campaign and website was unveiled at the Limerick Chamber  ‘Let’s Talk Tech’ event in Dublin last week which was attended by representatives of multi-national employers in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The campaign is in response to the 1,012 vacancies currently in the Mid-West, with over 630 of these in the information technology, engineering, pharma and science sectors.Among the major international companies looking to recruit candidates in the Mid-West are Johnson & Johnson, Northern Trust, Analog Devices, BD and 4Site in Limerick, JLR in Shannon and First Data in Nenagh.Chief executive Dee Ryan said that Limerick Chamber wanted to send out that these employment opportunities were available and the Mid West is a fantastic place to live, work and play in.“This is one of the most affordable regions in the country and the evidence is that people get everything they need by way of lifestyle and jobs and they have a lot more disposable income to go with it.”Currently there are in excess of 20 estates under construction across the region, with the average price in Limerick city at €201,952, Limerick county €206,376, Clare €196,817 and Tipperary at €189,302.When compared with other regions with a city, the Mid West contrasts very favourably. In Dublin average prices range from €310,000 to €600,000 across the city; Galway city averages at €304,549 and county at €205,400, while Cork city has a €285,941 average and Cork county €235,033.John O’Dea, chief executive of TechIreland, which helps connect people across the tech industry, said that the great advantage of Limerick and the Mid West is that it has a great collection of multinational companies, a really vibrant infrastructure and strong growth“The numbers last year were 30 percent up on the previous year in terms of investment into the sector. So, it’s got an awful lot going for it, which is just so important when you’re starting a family or getting going in your career,” he said.Chris Foley, Agile Coach with Johnson & Johnson said that he hasn’t looked back since he made the move to Limerick.“There’s lots of organizations starting up, lots of job opportunities and a great way of life. We just need to get out there and promote it,” he Tom [email protected] Facebooklast_img read more

Millennial Homeowners: Living With Regret

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Millennial Homeowners: Living With Regret in Daily Dose, Featured, News Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Bankrate buyers remorse Down Payment Home Homebuyers Homeowners House HOUSING Maintenance Millennials mortgage Bankrate buyers remorse Down Payment Home Homebuyers Homeowners House HOUSING Maintenance Millennials mortgage 2019-02-28 Radhika Ojha February 28, 2019 13,412 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Home / Daily Dose / Millennial Homeowners: Living With Regret Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Will Entry-Level Homes Catch a Cold This Spring? Next: A Turning Point for Home Price Growth? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha First, it took them more time to buy a home and now that they have a place to call their own, do millennials suffer from homebuyers’ remorse? According to a survey, nearly two-thirds of millennial homeowners have regrets about their home purchase—and most of it stems from difficulties with maintaining the home they bought.Millennials also form the largest share of any generation who regret their home purchase. The survey which was carried out between January 30 and February 1, covered 2,668 adults across age-groups.When looked across age-groups though, the survey found that overall 44 percent of homeowners had regrets about their home purchase while 56 percent were happy with their home. The most common factor that caused homeowners to regret their purchase was unexpected maintenance or hidden costs. While 18 percent of all respondents cited this as their key factors, a quarter of these respondents were millennial homeowners.“Repairs and maintenance costs are something all homeowners face.  Consumers should expect to set aside 1 percent of their home’s purchase price each year to keep in a savings account to cover these expenses,” said Deborah Kearns, Analyst at “Budgeting early on can prevent dipping into emergency savings or going into debt to handle these added expenses.”Some of the other factors that made homeowners suffer from buyers remorse included, buying a house that was too small (12 percent), buying a house that was in a bad area (8 percent); making a poor investment (7 percent); having a high monthly mortgage payment (7 percent); not getting the best mortgage rate (6 percent); and buying a house that was too big (6 percent).The survey also revealed that 79 percent of Americans believed that owning a home was “a hallmark of achieving the American dream.” However, income proved to be the biggest hindrance to achieving their goal of homeownership with 51 percent of survey respondents who didn’t own a home citing this as the key reason for not having their own home yet. Forty-one percent of respondents who don’t own a home also said that they didn’t buy because they couldn’t afford a down payment and closing costs related to buying a home.Click here to read the full report. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Music On The Mesa Sees Collaborations By Members Of SCI, Robert Randolph, Stringdusters, And More [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Music on the Mesa in Taos, New Mexico, came to close last week, touting their the best line-up yet. The festival transpired over three days on the site of the Taos Mesa Brewing Company and featured artists for over eight hours each day on three stages. Roughly five miles from the quaint town of Taos, the festival site was set among sagebrush with a 360-degree view and the Taos Mountains as the backdrop. Featuring music on the amphitheater, patio, and indoor brewery stages, festival organizers made every attempt to keep the music playing without pause by starting each band on their respective stages as the previous group ended their set. With the long game in mind, they utilized the brewery stage for the hottest part of the day gigs as well as the late night closers as temperatures began to drop.The vibe of Music on the Mesa was without pretense and brought out people of all ages. Arriving on site, attendees were greeted by knowledgeable and friendly volunteers who directed both single day pass holders and those who were in for the long haul. The price for Music on the Mesa’s line-up was ridiculously low at $99 for the early bird and $125 after that. Camping was an option at a mere $20, and patrons were able to come and go as they pleased, as many left the festival grounds during the day for rafting excursions or the therapeutic hot springs of the Rio Grande river gorge. For those looking for more creature comforts, restored vintage Airstreams were also available. The campground itself featured two bonfire sites for after-show festivities and a circus tent erected for late-night picking sessions, advertised and encouraged by the promoters. The walking distance between tents and the venue was no more than five minutes for even the most distant camper. Other amenities included made-to-order options, catering to both vegetarian and the carnivorous, multiple watering stations that were always filled to keep patrons hydrated, and a handful of vendors offering handmade goods, including clothing, art, and instruments. Inaiah Lujan, a self-professed ‘mole snob’ from Colorado’s Haunted Windchimes, declared the pork mole tacos worthy of his palette. Of course, let us not forget the beer! Offering their full listing, the brewery delivered on service and quality, keeping lines short and patrons returning for more.Featuring some of the best in Americana and jam, promoters enlisted a lineup that even the bigger festivals would be envious of and, as if the roster wasn’t enough, each act certainly brought their best to the table. From start to finish, it seemed as though no group needed a warm-up tune or proper sound check to get going, bringing their “A” game from the first notes of each set. As if it couldn’t be better, the innumerable amount of sit-ins kept the smiles rolling. On night one, members of Elephant Revival sat in with local boy Ry Taylor, the first act of the festival, lending vocal and percussive accompaniment. Biko Casini joined on-the-rise bluegrassers Gipsy Moon and a portion of the following set of Elephant Revival alongside Omar Al’Tbal of Gipsy Moon. Later in their set, Elephant Revival also invited Mackenzie Page and Matt Cantor of Gipsy Moon to assist on vocal duties. Drew Emmitt’s conglomerate of Leftover Salmon and the Infamous Stringdusters turned into a familial jam when Drew pulled his own son to the stage and Gipsy Moon’s Salmon spawn Silas Herman.The following day saw Austin powerhouse Patrice Pike invited to guest with Robert Randolph on both lead vocals and drums for a total spiritual meltdown. The closing band of the second evening, regional act Last To Know, certainly received the biggest and best surprise by far the entire weekend. Halfway through their set, Robert Randolph and the entire Family Band joined the stage. This extensive guesting was more than likely an effort to make up for the sound issues Robert Randolph’s set experienced on the amphitheater stage, derailing the focus of the band. The set continued past the point of alcohol service and no one seemed to mind. The set was finally called due to exhaustion and smiles carried weary patrons and players off to bed. For most, the closing day held the most potential for mind-bending sit-ins and certainly did not disappoint.Railroad Earth treated the audience to an unexpected soundcheck jam that was more of great first set then a test run. Although Andy Goessling was absent for medical reasons, uber-talented hired gun Erik Yates stepped up to the plate and the band progressed with a misstep. For their main set, most of The Cheese Dusters, including Bill Nershi and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident and Andy Hall and Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, were invited to join in for the last tunes of an already festive session. The favor was returned when Tim Carbone was summoned to join The Cheese Dusters, potentially one of the greatest one-off collaborations of the summer, which included the aforementioned musicians plus the legendary John Cowan of New Grass Revival.What made Music on the Mesa stand apart is that it still seems to be off the radar, especially in this region. Although the turn-out size was perfect, the expectation of greater numbers from the Jam Nation, especially from the Colorado neighbors, fell short. The patrons truly seemed to be there more for the music than the party, although plenty enjoyed both. The festival vibe appealed to all walks of life and many families were seen with kids in tow, including noise-cancelling headphone-sporting infants and toddlers. Surprisingly, in the age of liability, security was present, but very toned down. On each of the nights, children could be seen hoisted up on any of three stages and left there to enjoy the music without intervention. Although it would be hard to top the 2017 line-up, enthusiasm expressed by the promoters revealed that this weekend of magic was not a one-time thing and that next year they would try to outdo themselves. Going to the larger festivals might provide more of everything, but if someone is looking to experience something different at a reasonable cost without the lines and headaches, this southwest secret might be the destination that delivers.You can check out photos from Music on the Mesa below, courtesy of the author, Jake Sudek.Music On The Mesa | 2017 | Photos by Jake Sudeklast_img read more