Harassment of pro-government journalists growing in Syria

first_imgNews SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists DisappearancesImprisoned Other journalists have also expressed their frustration on Facebook although, as in the preceding cases, they quickly removed their posts for fear of reprisals. The well-known former host of a state TV channel programme about corruption (who also prefers not to be  identified although he now lives in self-imposed exile) said he left Syria because it was no longer possible to cover corruption properly. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists DisappearancesImprisoned No one knows for sure where Al-Tair is or why he is being held. Some sources say he made the mistake of posting a poll about the fuel crisis in Syria. The Syrian writer and researcher Hossam Jazmati has offered another explanation on his Facebook page. He claims to know from “reliable sources” that Al-Tair was selling photos to foreign media, which constitutes an act of treason because only media that have the government’s approval are allowed to do this. News In reality, control of online publications has been stepped up since the government’s adoption of a law in March 2018 creating a special court for “information and communication crimes.” These journalists include Rida Albasha, a reporter for Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese TV channel whose coverage usually favours the Syrian and Iranian governments. Albasha was one of Syria’s most ubiquitous war reporters and was very influential on social networks. He accompanied the government forces in many of their battles until he started to talk openly about corruption in Assad controlled areas, above all in Aleppo, in videos broadcast live on Facebooks. He was expelled from Syria in April. Syria is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Illusion of freedom The only thing that we know for sure is that he has joined an already long list. RSF has learned that, in the past 12 months, at least 13 reputedly pro-government Syrian journalists have been charged or threatened by the intelligence services in connection with what they reported. The most common charges are “undermining the nation’s morale” and “harming the prestige of the state.” Tougher legislation News In theory, the Syrian constitution (adopted in 2012 after the first protests) guarantees press freedom and the “right of access to information about public affairs,” and prohibits “arrests, interrogations and investigations of journalists.” The government often reiterates this and claims that the media enjoy a great deal of freedom. Information minister Imad Sara recently even claimed in a communiqué that “red lines” would no longer be imposed on the media. The price of fuel is another subject that is off limits for the press in Syria. Mohamad Harsho, the editor of the Hashtag Syria website, was arrested on 10 April after posting an article about a government plan to increase the price of gasoline. He was released after intelligence officials got the site to remove the story and issue a formal apology instead. His punishment was less severe than that of Raeif Salameh, a journalist with the Baath Party’s media unit, who was jailed from April to May for allegedly running a Facebook page critical of the health ministry. And Hashtag Syria correspondent Amer Drau was held for four months in 2018, from August to November, after being arrested for “publishing false news.” A pro-government stance does not suffice to protect media personnel from arrest. Several Syrian media outlets have reported that Rabea Kalawandy, a journalist who works for the Iranian pro-government TV channel Al-Alam, was arrested in Aleppo on 8 July. His family have no idea why he is being held. He did not publish anything on his official Facebook page the following day and started sharing contents again the day after with no explanation. July 15, 2019 – Updated on July 16, 2019 Harassment of pro-government journalists growing in Syria Al-Tair’s family, who live in Jableh (25 km south of the port city of Latakia), talked about his arrest in a video posted on Facebook shortly afterwards. His brother says in the video that the intelligence services arrested Al-Tair when he began taking an interest in corruption. In tears, his mother describes going to Damascus and spending ten days there seeking information about his fate, without success. According to unconfirmed reports, he died under torture. RSF_en Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria Receive email alerts Until now, these journalists were privileged. The intelligence had chosen them and had allowed them to access combat zones and population resettlements so that they could play a key role in providing media coverage from the official viewpoint. This gave them a large audience. The director of NGO Syria Justice and Accountability Centre director Mohammad Al-Abdullah told the independent media outlet Enab Baladi that they sometimes used their fame and their familiarity with key figures to raise matters linked to such issues as poor living standards and corruption, but the reaction from the authorities and the security services served to remind them that the limits on criticism had not changed. “The power of fear in journalists” Shortly after being expelled, Albasha posted this question on Facebook: “Why did you promulgate a media law if you apply to journalists the laws that are used to prosecute murderers, drug traffickers and thieves?” His post was later removed but it was for the same reason that a newspaper editor who does not want to be named reached a joint decision with the newspaper’s owner to stop publishing. In an editorial that was online briefly in mid-May before being taken down, he referred to “the power of fear in journalists” during what is one of the toughest periods in the Syrian media’s history. February 3, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria The pro-government journalist who was arrested last week in Aleppo is the latest in a steadily growing list of journalists to fall victim to the Assad regime, a list that includes those who are supposedly its supporters. Organisation The most emblematic case is that of Wissam Al-Tair, the editor of Damascus Now, the most influential pro-government media outlet on Facebook, with more than 2.7 million followers. There was widespread surprise when he was arrested on 15 December 2018 and his Facebook page stopped functioning for several days. Sonel Ali, a Sham FM journalist who was arrested in the same raid, in which equipment was seized, was quickly freed. But not Al-Tair. March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law The unknown fate of Damascus Now’s editorlast_img read more

No Pac-12 College Football in the Rose Bowl This Year

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Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Make a comment Top of the News Sports No Pac-12 College Football in the Rose Bowl This Year Pac-12 cancels fall sports By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 1:46 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Soon after the Pac-12 CEO announced there would be no college football this fall, Rose Bowl officials told Pasadena Now that they were still optimistic that UCLA could play football in spring 2021.“Today, the PAC-12 Conference has made the difficult decision to postpone all sports competitions through the end of the calendar year, which includes the UCLA Football season held at the Rose Bowl, America’s Stadium,” the stadium said in a prepared statement. “While this news is unfortunate, we understand and agree with their decision that keeping student-athletes and guests safe during these difficult times is what matters most. We look forward with anticipation to welcoming our UCLA Bruins home at a time when it is safe to do so.”On Tuesday, the Pac-12 CEO group voted unanimously to postpone fall sports and said they will look at options to return to competition next year, the conference announced. The vote ends any chance of UCLA football in the Rose Bowl this year.A Tournament of Roses official said the 2021 Rose Bowl Game is actually not a traditional game between the PAC-12 and BIG 10 and would be a College Football Playoff Semifinal game, so “we’re still waiting on direction from the CFP regarding the status of this year’s postseason.”Officials with the stadium were forced to cancel all events when the pandemic hit earlier this year and severely impacting the stadium’s finances.Rose Bowl officials were looking to college football to help with the recovery. UCLA was scheduled to play crosstown rival USC on Sept. 26.UCLA is one of the Rose Bowl’s primary tenants and has made millions of dollars for the stadium.The stadium will lose $5 million including concessions, souvenirs and parking, according to Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Victor Gordo“This is a very disappointing development but certainly not unanticipated,” Gordo said. The Rose Bowl Operating Company Board of Directors and staff have been working very hard to come up with alternatives that will generate revenue. While the Rose Bowl is limited to the type and size of events they can hold during the pandemic. There are opportunities to be creative and make revenue.”Gordo led the RBOC for more than 10 years dating back to 2009 decade and helped bring the stadium into the black. He stepped down in 2019, but remains on the RBOC.According to a staff report in a Finance Committee agenda report released two weeks ago, the Rose Bowl Operating Committee was expecting a 25 percent reduction in fans due to social distancing guidelines, if fans are allowed inside the stadium at all.The Rose Parade was canceled late last month.“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott in a statement. “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”Student athletes will continue to have their scholarships guaranteed. The conference is also encouraging the NCAA to grant students who opt out of playing this academic year an additional year of eligibility.Presidents from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC athletic conferences — also known as the Power 5 — held an emergency meeting Sunday amid growing concerns that fall.“We’re all holding out hope for spring athletics,” Gordo said. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Katie Brayben Set to Star in London’s Beautiful

first_img Joining Brayben in the cast will be Alan Morrissey as King’s husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as songwriter Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. The complete cast will be announced later. Some kind of wonderful news for Katie Brayben, who will play the title role in the previously reported West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The tuner will begin previews on February 10, 2015, with opening night set for February 24. The Broadway production continues its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Brayben is currently playing Princess Diana in King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre and previously was seen in American Psycho: A new musical thriller at the Almeida Theatre. Her other theater credits include Joking Apart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime, 13 and Mamma Mia!. Morrissey was last on stage in I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium.  His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Want’s West End credits include Footloose, Evita, Parade, The Fantasticks and Dreamboats and Petticoats.  Barber is best known for her TV work playing Harriet Makepeace in Dempsey and Makepeace and Soolin in Blake’s Seven. Trainor’s theater credits include Potted Potter and The Shawshank Redemption.center_img Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. View Commentslast_img read more