EU and USA called on to help restore media access

first_img May 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU and USA called on to help restore media access Organisation May 11, 2021 Find out more Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Uzbekistan RSF_en Help by sharing this information “I don’t know of any country that allows journalists access to armed conflict zones,” said President Islam Karimov, referring to the eastern city of Andijan that has been sealed off to journalists since 14 May. The Uzbek head of state figures on the organisation’s list of “predators” of press freedom, Reporters Without Borders pointed out. Receive email alerts News News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay at a news blackout throughout Uzbek territory, opening the way to excesses. It urged EU and USA representatives in Tashkent to press President Islam Karimov to immediately restore free access to news and information.Since all local and foreign journalists were expelled from the eastern city of Andijan overnight on 13-14 May, no journalist has been able to report from there. The city has been sealed off by trucks and armoured vehicles set up by the police and army.Uzbek and foreign journalists should be allowed to work normally so that Uzbek civil society as well as international opinion can be informed about political and social developments at this particularly crucial time, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”We strongly condemn the silence imposed by the Uzbek authorities that gives rise to completely unverifiable rumours and sows terror among the local population,” said Reporters Without Borders.Journalist Dmitri Iasminov and cameraman Viktor Muzalevsky of Russian REN-TV, who attempted to reach Andijan by car on 14 May, were arrested at a checkpoint a few kilometres outside the city and held for more than two hours.”They were forced to return to Tashkent and, according to our information, no journalist has been able to cover the events in Andijan,” said Marianna Maksimosky, deputy news editor at REN-TV, told Reporters Without Borders. Police arrested a Russian journalist working for NTV, Alexey Ivliev, just outside Andiijan on 14 May and refused him access to the city. “Police confiscated the crew’s papers and escorted us to Tashkent,” he told the organisation.The news blackout imposed by the authorities since 13 May remains in force across Uzbek territory. Foreign TV channels, BBC, CNN and DeutscheWelle, broadcast by cable and satellite, are still inaccessible to viewers. Russian TV news bulletins on NTV, ORT and Rossiya have been replaced by blank screens and musical interludes. News bulletins on the four Uzbek public channels were replaced by footage of agricultural work.However President Islam Karimov’s press conference in Tashkent on 15 May has been shown on a loop. In it, the head of state criticised “journalists and foreign media who are only paid if they produce sensationalist news”. Praising Reuters news agency for its relative objectivity, he castigated all journalists who wanted to repeat what they said and wrote in Och and Jalalabad (Kyrgyzstan) and those who, “their eyes wide with fear are tempted by hyperbole” The president justified the news blackout in Andijan by saying, “I do not know any country that would allow journalists access to armed conflict zones”.Elsewhere, the Uzbek foreign ministry recalled, on 14 May, that it reserved the right to refuse or to discontinue accreditation granted to a foreign journalist at any time.The authorities have said 70 people have been killed since the start of clashes in Andijan, but many eye witness have reported more than 500 dead and 2,000 injured, many of them women and children. February 11, 2021 Find out more to go further New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Garda Ken gets set to carry up Carrauntoohil

first_imgWhatsApp NewsCommunityGarda Ken gets set to carry up CarrauntoohilBy David Raleigh – February 22, 2020 972 Print Facebook Twitter A LIMERICK Garda is planning to carry a rowing machine to the summit of Ireland’s tallest mountain where he will row a distance of ten kilometres to raise funds for children battling terminal and serious illnesses.Ken McDonald from Ashbrook Gardens on the Ennis Road has set a €30,000 target for his “Carry up Carrauntoohill” fundraiser to cover the cost of repairs to the Share A Dream ‘Dreamland’ play area which was broken into a number of times last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The one of a kind fantasy play land on the Dublin Road allows for non-able bodied children to play with their able-bodied siblings and friends.A champion rower and training instructor at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Garda McDonald told the Limerick Post that he was determined to help the Share a Dream Foundation after meeting its founder Shay Kinsella last year.“To say I was blown away by the amazing work being done by the charity for seriously ill and disabled children all over Ireland for the last 27 years, would be an understatement.“Not only do Share a Dream make dreams come true for children fighting terrible life threatening illnesses but they have also built the very first ever all- inclusive magical indoor Fun Centre called Dreamland.”Garda McDonald said the charity relies solely on donations and the goodwill of the community and does not receive any government funding.“So, when the charity suffered two major break-ins last year causing thousands of euros worth of damages, I decided I had to do something to raise much needed funds for repairs and to make dreams come true for terminally ill children while raising more national awareness that the charity deserves.”“Rowing is my passion and I have been so fortunate in my career to have broken the World indoor record over 1000m last November at the Provincial rowing Championships; I won the Rhine marathon in Germany in a men’s coxed quad, and won two Gold medals at the World Masters rowing championships in Budapest.“So, whatever I decided to do, it had to be associated with rowing. After witnessing the amazing courage and determination that the children endure daily to find some quality in life, I decided I would challenge myself to the limit for Share a Dream.”He plans to carry out his ‘Carry up Carrauntoohill’ challenge on Saturday, March 28.“I will be attempting to carry my rowing machine, which weighs 26kgs up Carrauntoohill and then row 10 kilometres before bringing it back down.“My aim is to raise €30,000 rectify the damage caused by the break-ins and so that this wonderful organisation can continue making dreams come true for very sick children.”He is now encouraging people to take part in raising funds by organising a sponsored cycle on a stationary bike or rowing machine; a sponsored head shave/beard shave.“Or why not get out with the kids and go for a walk or a climb in your local area,” he suggests.Online donations can be made at on iDonate or contact 061-200080 to get a sponsor pack.center_img Email Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleCity’s churches will fill for Limerick Choral FestivalNext articleWATCH: Munster earn bonus point win over Zebre David Raleighlast_img read more

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