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AZERBAIJAN: Six years in jail for two of exile journalist’s young relatives

first_img AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentImprisoned Organisation April 9, 2021 Find out more Two young relatives of well-known Azerbaijani exile journalist Ganimat Zahid have been sentenced to six years in prison on trumped-up charges of drug possession, in a method that President Ilham Aliyev’s autocratic regime often uses to try to silence critics. Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more Despite high profile releases of detainees, there has been no let-up in the harassment of independent journalists in Azerbaijan. Rovshan Zahidov, a cousin of Zahid, and Rufat Zahidov, a nephew, were finally sentenced on 28 June after spending nearly a year in pre-trial detention. Now living in exile, Zahid hosts a TV programme called Azerbaycan Saati and edits the daily Azadlig. This case is far from isolated. When they can no longer directly target independent journalists, opposition members or human rights defenders who have fled the country, the authorities resort to every kind of judicial, financial or social pressure on family members who have stayed behind. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been documenting and drawing attention to these methods for years. “We were expecting this sentence or even worse,” Zahid said. “There is nothing surprising about it. We are used to such arbitrary behaviour by the state. Personally, I regard this trend as ‘state terror,’ something that began well before the trial of my relatives. Unfortunately, the government adopted these tactics long ago. Zahid added: “It seems that, in addition to my journalistic activities, I will now have to (…) launch an extended international debate on the subject of state terror in Azerbaijan. I think the term ‘terror’ is perfectly appropriate when people are taken hostage in an act of revenge against others or against society in its entirety.” Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk said. “The Aliyev regime continues to wage an all-out war on media freedom. It may be releasing a few well-known journalists one by one, but it continues to arrest others at will, without any change in the cruelty of its oppressive methods. The international community must keep demanding the restoration of pluralism and an end to despotism in Azerbaijan.” Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News News to go further RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en June 30, 2016 AZERBAIJAN: Six years in jail for two of exile journalist’s young relatives News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentImprisoned News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijanlast_img read more


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President “insulted” by talk of bribes

first_imgNews December 23, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 President “insulted” by talk of bribes SenegalAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF asks Senegal to amend its new press law Organisation Follow the news on Senegal Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more News to go further Reports RSF decries exceptional press freedom violations in Senegal Photo: Mamadou Mansour Diop, www.leral.net March 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en January 8, 2021 Find out more Surprised by the summons of four D-Média group executives and journalists in the past few days in Senegal, which has reputation for respecting media freedom and pluralism, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the authorities that the media must be free to cover all stories, including corruption allegations.Are some subjects off limits in Senegal? The usually relaxed climate for journalists has become much more tense since a recent report in the French daily Le Monde about the alleged use of bribes for illegal political funding. Discussion of these allegations on D-Média outlets did not please the authorities, who are accusing them of “insulting the president.”The first to be arrested was D-Média CEO Massamba Mbaye, whose outlets include the daily newspaper La Tribune, Sen TV and Radio Zik FM. The police interrogated him at length on 19 December and summoned him for further questioning on 21 December.Three of Mbaye’s employees – Sen TV head of programming Ndèye Astou Guèye, presenter Mamadou Mansour Diop and reporter Pape Bess Diba – were also questioned on 21 December and were told to remain available to the judicial authorities.The arrests were prompted by discussions on Sen TV and Zik FM on 18 December of a Le Monde report that Lamine Diack, the Senegalese former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, confessed to a Senegalese anti corruption body that he solicited bribes from Russians officials and used the money to fund opposition election campaigns in Senegal in 2009 and 2012. The police raided Sen TV on 19 December and asked to seize the recordings of all the programmes broadcast between 2 pm and 5 pm the previous day. They also said they wanted to arrest Diop for “prejudicial comments insulting the president.”“We are not used to such authoritarian measures in Senegal, measures that send a threatening message to all the media and encourage self-censorship,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“The charges of insulting the president are out of all proportion. The questions posed by the journalists were, it is true, disconcerting but must be regarded as part and parcel of a legitimate public debate. We call for the withdrawal of all the charges against them so that they can continue to cover developments freely.”Media freedom violations directly affecting journalists have been relatively infrequent in recent years in Senegal. But the authorities keep a close rein on independent media and parliament continues to refuse to approve a bill decriminalizing media offences that has sat in drawer for the past five years.Senegal is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News SenegalAfrica last_img read more


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Eye structure and amphibious foraging in albatrosses

first_imgAnterior eye structure and retinal visual fields were determined in grey–headed and black–browed albatrosses, Diomedea melanophris and D. chrysostoma (Procellariiformes, Diomedeidae), using keratometry and an ophthalmoscopic reflex technique. Results for the two species were very similar and indicate that the eyes are of an amphibious optical design suggesting that albatross vision is well suited to the visual pursuit of active prey both on and below the ocean surface. The corneas are relatively flat (radius ca. 14.5 mm) and hence of low absolute refractive power (ca. 23 dioptres). In air the binocular fields are relatively long (vertical extent ca. 70 °) and narrow (maximum width in the plane of the optic axes 26–32 °), a topography found in a range of bird species that employ visual guidance of bill position when foraging. The cyclopean fields measure approximately 270 ° in the horizontal plane, but there is a 60 ° blind sector above the head owing to the positioning of the eyes below the protruding supraorbital ridges. Upon immersion the monocular fields decrease in width such that the binocular fields are abolished. Anterior eye structure, and visual field topography in both air and water, show marked similarity with those of the Humboldt penguinlast_img read more


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Acheson say Tipp footballers don’t fear anybody

first_imgThe Moyle Rovers man made his comments as Tipp continue their preparations for Sunday’s Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final against Cork.Liam Kearns’ side face the 37-times provincial champions at Semple Stadium.His skipper believes there’s been a huge change in attitude during his time on the panel. Tipp FM’s live coverage of the match gets underway just after 3 o’clock on Sunday.We’ll also bring you updates on the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final between Tipperary and Cork, which throws-in on Sunday at 1.30pm.last_img


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Tipp preparing for Camogie quarter final

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography It’s not just our county’s hurlers that meet Galway next weekend – our camogie players face the tribeswomen in Semple Stadium on Saturday evening.They want to ensure they’ve no regrets in the All Ireland Quarter final, following a last minute qualification for the stage.Tipp camogie player Gemma Grace says this week’s training will focus on what needs to be done on the day.last_img