Journalists and media threatened on all sides

first_img News Follow the news on Iraq to go further Organisation Parker was threatened on Facebook and on Al-Ahd TV ¬– a TV station owned by Asaib Ahl al-Haq, an armed group backed by Iran – in connection with a 3 April article about human rights violations by Iraqi police and allied Shiite militias in Tikrit after its liberation from Islamic State.It described a climate of violence, looting and impunity, with police torturing a suspected Islamic State member to death and Shiite militiamen dragging a man’s body behind their car, and suggested that this would have dire consequences for the government’s strategy for combatting the jihadists.Reporters Without Borders urges the government to guarantee better protection for journalists who are targeted either by Islamic State or radical Shiite militias.“The Iraqi authorities must not allow crimes against journalists to go unpunished,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said. “When journalists are the targets of threats and violence, investigations must be carried out to identify and punish those responsible. The authorities have a duty to protect journalists, who are not safe anywhere in Iraq.”Reacting to the Reuters bureau chief’s departure, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi reaffirmed his support for journalists and the news media and claimed that the police did everything possible to protect Parker after the threats. He also ordered government forces to end the looting and arrest those responsible.Two-fold pressureAs violence and impunity continue to reign in Iraq, journalists are still being harassed by officials who refuse to accept criticism and do not hesitate to bring judicial proceedings against them.According to the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, the authorities in the southern province of Basra are prosecuting freelance journalist Nasser Al-Hajjaj for criticizing the governor on social networks. The head of the Supreme Islamic Council has asked the governor to withdraw his complaint. Al-Hajjaj is currently in Lebanon.Reporters Without Borders and JFO wrote a joint letter to the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, the Baghdad Court of Appeal and the Court for Press and Publication Cases in February 2014 drawing attention to the way many government officials and politicians abuse the possibility of bringing legal proceedings in order to sabotage the work of journalists.Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about journalists in Iraq being hounded in connection with their reporting after Reuters Baghdad bureau chief Ned Parker had to flee the country because of threats by Shiite armed groups over his coverage of their behaviour in the newly liberated city of Tikrit. February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alerts April 18, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists and media threatened on all sides News News News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

USA: 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition Concludes

first_imgThe 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition, held at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center, concluded April 18.During the three-day event Navy leadership and industry leaders spoke about topics ranging from the current and future Navy vessels to the future of Navy capabilities. More than 10,000 attendees had the opportunity to browse more than 180 booths from industry leaders and naval commands.“I think this expo is wonderful,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class James Williams, Naval Medical Logistics Command, Fort Detrick. “My favorite exhibit was the Raytheon exhibit because they were showing the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and different types of sea-based technologies.”Williams said he hopes to return for the 2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo.“I would love to come back next year because I’ve really enjoyed this experience,” said Williams. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to come out here and see all the different technology that we’re going to be able to use to help us do our jobs.”One officer said that events such as this one help both military and civilians have a better understanding of the relationship between industry leaders and the military.“Events like this one give the public as well as the military an idea of the involvement of the technical and engineering companies,” said Lt. Alexander Allen, Military Sealift Command. “You don’t have a true understanding until you come to an event like this one and see what it takes to build a destroyer, or an aircraft carrier, it’s a real eye opener.”Allen said he encourages all Sailors to come to future Sea-Air-Space Expos if given the opportunity.“I recommend anyone if they have the time and if their command can support it to come out here,” said Allen. “I especially recommend our Sailors to come out and see all the equipment that they will be working with and talk to the people who design and build it.”The 2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo is scheduled to be held at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center April 8th through April 10th.The Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition is three days of seminars and demonstrations highlighting the latest maritime-related technologies and solutions. The symposium provides an excellent opportunity for Navy policy and operational leadership to interact with industry representatives to discuss and debate common interests and concerns.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 20, 2012; Image: navy April 20, 2012 USA: 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition Concludes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Space View post tag: Concludes View post tag: air View post tag: 2012 View post tag: sea Training & Education View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Exposition View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition Concludes last_img read more