Belarusian authorities turn their sights on press freedom defenders

first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News RSF_en This large-scale operation began on the morning of 16 February when police searched BAJ headquarters in the capital, Minsk, and then placed a seal on its entrance. Searches were also carried out on the homes of three BAJ representatives and six journalists in Minsk, Homyel, Rechytsa and Mahilyow.In Minsk, police searched the home of BAJ vice-president and spokesperson Barys Haretski from top to bottom. When BAJ president Andrei Bastunets received a visit from the police shortly thereafter, he was arrested and taken to BAJ headquarters before being released. The police also entered the apartment of another BAJ vice-president, Aleh Aleyeu, where they seized computer equipment after a thorough search.“The Belarusian authorities have taken their coercive strategy to a new level and are now targeting press freedom defenders,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “RSF condemns these attacks on its local partner and calls on the UN’s special rapporteurs, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, and European Union institutions to react to this wave of arbitrary searches and to implement RSF’s recommendations for ending the spiralling repression.”In the eastern city of Homyel, the police seized all of the computers and phones of freelance journalist Yauhen Merkis’s family during a search of his father’s home. In a search of freelance reporter Larysa Shchyrakova’s home that lasted more than three hours, the police confiscated equipment and material and questioned her about videos, photos, the contents of her storage devices and her financial resources.The human rights group Viasna and two representatives of the Radio and Electronic Industries Union (REP) were also targeted during yesterday’s raids. Belarus’s Investigative Committee said the operation was carried out as part of a preliminary investigation into “funding or organizing actions posing a serious threat to public order” (article 342 of the penal code).As yesterday’s searches were taking place, a second hearing was held in the trial of Daria Chultsova and Katsyarina Andreyeva, two journalists working for Belsat, the Belarusian exile TV channel based in neighbouring Poland, who are charged under article 342.Ruled by Alexander Lukashenko since 1994, Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Credit: AFP May 28, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s orchestrated offensive against press freedom defenders in Belarus, consisting of police raids on the premises of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), RSF’s partner organization, and the homes of several BAJ members and journalists. BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public”center_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says February 17, 2021 Belarusian authorities turn their sights on press freedom defenders News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Belarus to go further News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The drug courts on trial

first_imgRadio NZ News 21 October 2018Family First Comment:  A very good concept – where the law and the health components serve each other and act together to bring about the best  The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court was started by Judge Ema Aitken, based in central Auckland, and Judge Lisa Tremewan in Waitākere.Up to 100 people can be in the programme at any one time, 50 at each site.There is no defended hearing for the offender. To get in, they have to plead guilty to their crime and show their offending is driven by alcohol or drug dependency.They also must be facing a sentence of three years or less, and it cannot be one that involves serious violence, sexual offending or arson.And importantly, they have to convince the court they are ready to make a permanent change to their lives.But the sentence they would be serving is always hanging over them – if they consistently relapse, fail to meet their rehab commitments or reoffend, it is back inside.READ MORE: read more

IHOC : Orange escapes with overtime win over Lindenwood despite missed offensive opportunities

first_imgAll Margot Scharfe had to do was tap the puck into the back of the net.Lindenwood goaltender Taylor Fairchild was out of position with her attention turned to the far side of the ice when the puck was passed to Scharfe. With the puck right in front of an exposed net, Scharfe just had to guide it home. But rather than scoring an easy goal, Scharfe shot wide of the near post, hitting the glass instead of the net.If Scharfe had converted, it would have broken open a scoreless deadlock. Instead, the missed opportunity just added to the frustration for an Orange team that struggled to score in SU’s game against Lindenwood on Saturday.‘We need to be able to finish plays, so I need to grip my stick a little tighter and put it in,’ Scharfe, a sophomore forward, said. ‘It really sucks when you can’t put those in, but that’s what we’re going to work on in practice this week.’Despite a 2-1 overtime victory for Syracuse (8-10) on Saturday against Lindenwood (1-16), the Orange could have won easily with the offense putting up a season-high 49 shots against Lindenwood. But no matter how many shots Syracuse fired against a Lions team that was on its heels for most of the game, goals continued to elude SU. For every chance the Orange missed, the frustration built.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor freshman forward Nicole Ferrara, that was the difference between Saturday’s tight contest and Friday’s blowout 6-2 win. The six goals were a season high for the Orange, which capitalized on many of its chances.In each period, Syracuse outshot its opponent by seven or more shots. In the first period alone, Syracuse rattled off 13 consecutive shots, hammering Fairchild at will. Still, the Orange had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.That trend carried over to the second period when Casey Hirsch hit a wide-open shot that resulted in a quick glove save from Fairchild. Afterward, teammate Allie LaCombe had to skate over to pat Hirsch on the back and console the fellow freshman, who was still in disbelief.‘We were a little snake bitten today in terms of trying to bury the puck,’ SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. ‘There were three of four in the second period, I didn’t know how they didn’t go in, but they didn’t.’And with bad luck repeating itself, even in an SU win, the frustration started affecting the team on the ice. Flanagan said although his team outshot Lindenwood 12-5 in the third period, he actually thought the Lions outplayed Syracuse in the third period.Junior forward Jessica Sorensen said it was difficult for the team to keep its composure and momentum when it seemed the puck simply wasn’t destined to go in the net.‘Definitely frustrating among the girls when you know you’re getting shots and none of them are going in,’ Sorensen said. ‘People start slowing down.’Senior forward Megan Skelly said that when the team was in the locker room between periods, the players talked about staying relaxed despite the missed opportunities.Still, the Syracuse offense remained on the attack all game.The Orange moved the puck continuously, keeping the Lindenwood defenders scrambling for most of the game. But SU struggled to convert as it shot too many times right at Fairchild, making her look better than she really was, Skelly said.For Flanagan, games like Saturday’s — in which shots misfired time and time again — worry him. He said if Syracuse couldn’t find the back of the net, it would cost it the game.But SU kept the pressure on and scored a goal late in the third and then another one in overtime for the win to avoid a game in which Skelly said the score didn’t indicate Syracuse’s dominance.‘At the end of the game it doesn’t matter if we had 50 shots or two,’ Skelly said. ‘It obviously goes down to the score, so that’s what counts.’[email protected] Comments Published on December 4, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more