Lukashenko delivers last fatal blow to independent newspaper

first_img RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” December 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lukashenko delivers last fatal blow to independent newspaper May 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus RSF_en News Voicing deep regret that the newspaper Solidarnost will no longer be available at news stands on 1 January, Reporters Without Borders today roundly condemned the action of the Belarusian authorities in denying the country’s independent newspapers access to all necessary resources.Belsayuzdruk, a state company that has a monopoly on newspaper distribution, announced on 30 November that its contract with Solidarnost would not be renewed. It gave no explanation. Three weeks before that, on 9 November, the state postal service said it would cease to distribute Solidarnost to its subscribers from the start of 2006. The first crippling blow for Solidarnost came in January 2004 when Belarus’s only printers, Krasnaya Zvezda, which is also state-owned, refused to continue printing the newspaper, forcing it to turn to a company in the Russian city of Smolensk.“The arsenal of repressive administrative measures deployed against the news media shows that President Lukashenko is bent on systematically silencing all criticism,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His aim is to leave Belarus without any opposition in order to pave the way for his triumph in next year’s presidential election. All the media are in his sights and there is every reason to think his offensive will accelerate as the election approaches.”Solidarnost was founded as the mouthpiece of an independent trade union grouping in 1991, when Belarus was about to detach itself from the Soviet Union and become independent. Published in Russian and Belarusian, it gradually turned a moderate opposition newspaper critical of the Lukashenko regime. Of late, its sales had been on the increase, with more than 95 per cent of its 5,400 print run being sold.The newspaper received a deadly warning on 20 October 2004, when one of its staff journalists, Veronika Cherkasova, was stabbed to death in her Minsk home. From the outset, the prosecutor’s office ruled out any possibility that her murder was linked to her work as a journalist, although she had been investigating arms sales that Belarus had made to Iraq while Saddam Hussein was still in power.The termination of news stand sales is the final blow for Solidarnost. Editor Alexandre Starikevitch said it would henceforth only be able to survive as a website or as a clandestinely distributed newsletter like the Soviet-era samizdats.“Officially, we have not been forbidden to do anything, but we have been cut off from all means of existence,” he said. Its circulation is too low for it to get enough advertising revenue to be distributed free of charge. The staff are looking for jobs with other newspapers.Since the start of this year, at least 15 independent newspapers have suddenly found themselves denied printing or distribution services by state-owned monopolies and have been forced to seek ways of surviving outside Belarus. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further Help by sharing this information News June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts The termination of news stand sales is the final blow for Solidarnost. Voicing deep regret that the newspaper Solidarnost will no longer be available at news stands on 1 January, Reporters Without Borders today roundly condemned the action of the Belarusian authorities in denying the country’s independent newspapers access to all necessary resources. Organisation May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mountain Mama | Rediscovering Holiday Joy

first_imgThis year I had planned to skip Christmas. My four-year-old son was going to his dad’s house, and the holidays didn’t seem nearly as amazing and joyful without him. I doubted I’d find the magic of the season without sharing his excitement on Christmas morning, and so I opted not to celebrate.On Christmas Eve Santa delivered every paddler’s dream – lots of rain. My friend and his son were going paddling so I tagged along. We met up with two other boys and another dad in Hot Springs. All six of us piled into a car and headed to the put-in.The boys swapped stories about where they’d paddled since the last time they saw one another. One had recently kayaaked the Green River Narrows, another had styled Wilson’s Creek for the first time.  We stopped at the Laurel River Store to check to gauge. The water kissed the marker a few inches above two feet and was on the rise. The dads conferred and decided that a swim would be long and cold so we opted for a Section 9 run of the French Broad instead of paddling the Laurel.The river ran brown, carrying whole trees in its swirling rage. The waves loomed over our kayaks, casting shadows on our decks. The paddlers in front disappeared entirely from view. We high-fived and smiled at the bottom of the bigger rapids, all feeling happy to be on the water.1934184_1662308987376717_3072866356966009963_nWe pulled our kayaks onto the bank at the confluence of Laurel River and the French Broad. The dads decided to add to the adventure by hiking the boats up the river trail and putting on so that the boys could have at least a little taste of the Laurel at high water.Two of the boys glanced the rapids and started reconsidering whether they wanted anything to do with the creek at that level.  Their pace slowed and then they took a break to shuffle the boats from one shoulder to the other.When the dads offered to help their boys, one of the boys told his father how scared he was by the Laurel River, which escalated into a general fear of paddling the last two rapids on the French Broad that day.His dad said, “Take it one little adventure at a time.”  He assured his son that he didn’t have to paddle anything that he didn’t want to, but that he shouldn’t make a decision about the rest of the river until he got there.A few minutes later we saw deer swimming down a rapid, their bodies nearly vertical as their heads bobbed amongst the waves. When the rapid subsided, they frantically swam toward the shore and scrambled up the bank. The boys and I watched their dads paddle the Laurel, and then all got into our boats to paddle the rest of the French Broad, pausing to gape at a bald eagle flying high above.By the time we drove to the put-in, Christmas lights sparkled in the twilight. Carols looped in my head as we recounted the small adventures that unfolded that day.1525112_1662309040710045_262446807883075700_nI spent Christmas day still basking in the afterglow of big water paddling and indulged in a poetry bender that lasted until the late afternoon when I finally peeled myself off my futon to join another family’s post-holiday hang out. Sitting in the easy company with people I barely knew, I felt a sense of peace that comes with understanding that the magic of Christmas doesn’t require spending time with any one person, not even my own sweet boy.I thought about the conversation I had overheard between father and son, how I had been like the son, indulging my fear until it loomed so large I wanted to avoid the holiday. I realized that letting fear snowball results in missing out on the best parts of life.By taking it one little adventure at a time, whether it’s paddling a river at a higher level than I’m accustomed to, diving into the quiet space of being alone, or spending a holiday with new friends, the joy of life on and off the river becomes more apparent.last_img read more

Nomination Opens for 2016 Nigerian Sports Award

first_imgHe then called on sports loving corporate organisations, government, well-meaning individuals and sports philanthropists to support the Nigerian Sports Award by sponsoring the 2016 edition.While making a presentation of the plans and timelines for this year’s edition of the Award, the Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu revealed that 19categories will be awarded this year.He also hinted that the award ceremony will be held in Lagos on December 2, 2016 at the Banquet Hall, Eko Hotels & Suites.According to Idowu, the categories includes; Ball Sports Person of the Year (Tennis, Tabletennis, Basketball, handball), Coach of the Year, Combat Sports Person of the Year (Karate,Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Boxing), Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women), Footballer of the Year (Men), Special Sports Person of the Year, Sports Administrator of the Year and Sports Governor of the Year.Others are; Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Sports Journalist of the Year(Radio), Sports Journalist of the Year (TV), Sports Journalist of the Year (Print), Sports PhotoJournalist of the Year, School Sport Award, Team of the Year, Track and Field Star of the Year and Weightlifter of the Year.Also speaking at the press conference, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Bet9ja, one of the sponsors of the awards, Mr. Tunji Mesh, explained that Bet9ja is proud to sponsor the awards, as it recognises and appreciates sports men and women in Nigeria who are doing the country proud in their various fields.He promised that Bet9ja would continue to support the Nigerian Sports Award in their drive for sport development in the nation by motivating Nigerian athletes and rewarding excellent performance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award, Unmissable Incentives Limited, have announced that all is set for the 5th edition of the award as members of the public are now open to nominate Nigerian athletes who have exhibited excellent performance in their various sporting fields.Speaking at a press conference held in Lagos yesterday, the Chairman of the Award Panel, Mr. Ikeddy Isiguzo disclosed that nominations for the various categories of the award have opened from 26th of July, 2016 to the 23rd of September 2016.Isiguzo assured stakeholders in Nigerian sports that being the 5th anniversary of the award, the panel would leave no stone unturned to ensure that this year’s edition would be bigger and better than any of the previous editions.last_img read more