Reporters Without Borders condemns ransacking of Gaza weekly newspaper offices

first_img Follow the news on Palestine Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders demanded an early and full investigation after the offices of the weekly newspaper Al-Daar in Gaza City were ransacked during the Muslim Id festival between 1-3 February.The Palestinian Authority should act decisively to prevent attacks against journalists and the media in the territories under its control, the international press freedom organisation said in a letter to the Palestinian interior minister Hakam Balaawi.Contacted by Reporters Without Borders, editor in chief of d’Al-Daar, Hassan Al-Kachef, said that the offices had been ransacked and computers damaged but nothing had been stolen, which ruled out a normal burglary. “I think it is more likely a warning to the newspaper because we broach subjects like corruption within the Palestinian Authority,” he said.The correspondent for Al-Arabiya satellite TV was assaulted in Gaza on 8 January 2004. Four months earlier on 13 September a group of armed men ransacked the offices of the same television station in Ramallah. The Palestinian Authority publicly condemned the incidents and announced the opening of an investigation, but nothing more has been heard of it publicly since then.”There has been an alarming rise in acts of vandalism against the media and physical attacks against journalists in the Palestinian territories since September 2003,” said Reporters Without Borders in its letter to the minister. “Our organisation calls on you to take action so that these repeated violations of press freedom do not go unpunished.”The interior ministry should in future guarantee the safety of the media, particularly from harassment from paramilitary groups and settling of scores by politicians,” it concluded. Reporter Without Borders also asked to be kept informed of the outcome of investigations into previous attacks against Al-Arabiya. Al-Daar is a privately owned weekly that was launched at the end of August 2003. Al-Kachef said it printed around 5,000 copies in Gaza and on the occupied West Bank and also scored around 30,000 weekly hits on its website : www.aldaar.com. PalestineMiddle East – North Africa May 16, 2021 Find out more to go further Newscenter_img RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Receive email alerts February 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns ransacking of Gaza weekly newspaper offices June 3, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

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Kris Boyd: Table-topping Rangers a different team this season | Football News

first_img2:37 3:01 – Advertisement – Kris Boyd insists table-topping Rangers are a completely different team this season.Steven Gerrard’s side have made a brilliant start to the season, opening up a nine-point gap over Old Firm rivals Celtic – who have two games in hand – at the top of the Scottish Premiership.- Advertisement – preview image Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton. They have also had success in Europe, moving to the top of Europa League Group D at the halfway point of the group stage.Ex-Rangers striker Boyd believes his former club are a much-improved side because of the confidence Gerrard has in his squad.“Their performances this season, especially after coming back from Europe, have improved,” Boyd told Sky Sports News.- Advertisement –  Image:Celtic beat Motherwell 4-1 on Sunday Celtic cruised past Motherwell with a 4-1 victory to stay in touch with Rangers heading into the international break, but Boyd insists the champions’ inconsistency will be a huge concern for Neil Lennon.“What will be annoying Neil Lennon is the inconsistency of his team,” Boyd said.“In the past fortnight, there was a good performance against Aberdeen and one for 20 minutes against AC Milan, one for 45 minutes against Lille and then at the weekend. But he’s not seen such inconsistency from his team since going back to the club – and that will worry him.“Mohamed Elyounoussi was excellent against Motherwell, taking his goals really well and that will be one of the most frustrating things for supporters as they can see players who can perform at a really high level but they’re not doing it in every game at this moment in time.” “Defensively, they’re aggressive from the front playing high up the pitch,” he added. “A lot of the goals against Hamilton were caused by pressing.“Successful teams have to do the other side of the game by working hard and forcing their opponents into mistakes, and they’ve been excellent so far this season.”‘Inconsistency a problem for Lennon and Celtic’ Highlights from the Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Celtic. 2:21 ‘A reality check for Duffy’ Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton. “It’s been a totally different team, as Steven Gerrard has so much confidence in his players. He can look around at the bench and he’s got international players and everyone seems to be playing with a smile on their face.“Even with players like Jermain Defoe not scoring, they’re still having a big impact on the game. Celtic cruised past Motherwell 4-1 at Fir Park to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Neil Lennon who was delighted with win. Meanwhile, Celtic defender Shane Duffy – a summer signing on loan from Brighton – found himself on the bench for Celtic’s win at Motherwell, and Boyd insists being out of the team will be a reality check for the Republic of Ireland defender.“Shane Duffy has been struggling,” Boyd added.“A lot of people down south have said that Scottish football is easy and have criticised it for a number of years, but a lot of players have experienced difficulties in the past and Duffy is on that list right now.“He has been struggling but because of the way Celtic play on the front foot, it’s natural to drop five or 10 yards as a defender and he’s been a bit isolated.“There’s definitely a defender in there with the number of years he’s played in the Premier League. Being out of the team on Sunday will be a reality check and it’s up to him to force his way back into the team as Celtic have paid big wages for him.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Twitter, Square to mark ‘Juneteenth’ holiday lauding end of slavery in US

first_imgJack Dorsey on Tuesday said that both companies he heads — Twitter and Square — are making “Juneteenth” a holiday for employees in commemoration of the end of slavery in the US.The holiday set for each June 19 marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers landed in Texas with the message that the Civil War was over and slavery ended, according to a Juneteenth.com website linked to by Dorsey.President Abraham Lincoln more than two years earlier had issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect at the start of 1863. Topics : The arrival of Union troops in Texas provided needed strength to overcome resistance there to freeing slaves, according to Juneteenth.com.”Both Twitter and Square are making #Juneteenth [June 19th] a company holiday in the US, forevermore,” Dorsey said in a tweet.”A day for celebration, education, and connection.”He added in a follow-up tweet that Twitter and Square will work to make company holidays of days celebrating emancipation in other countries where it operates.last_img read more

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