RSF’s 2018 round-up of deadly attacks and abuses against journalists – figures up in all categories

first_imgNews Related documents worldwilde_round-up.pdfPDF – 2.3 MBitog_rbg_20181.pdfPDF – 123.27 KB A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment of journalists released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which shows an unprecedented level of hostility towards media personnel. Organisation The RSF round-up figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and READTHE 2018 WORLDWILDE ROUND-UPenforced disappearances have all increased. Journalists have never before been subjected to as much violence and abusive treatment as in 2018.This year has been marked by the number of journalists in all categories* who were killed in connection with their work, a figure which increased by eight percent to 80, and by the 15 percent rise in the number of professional journalists killed, from 55 in 2017 to 63 this year. This number had been declining over the previous three years.The widely reported murders of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the young Slovak data journalist Ján Kuciak highlighted the lengths to which press freedom’s enemies are prepared to go. More than half of the journalists killed in 2018 were deliberately targeted.“Violence against journalists has reached unprecedented levels this year, and the situation is now critical,” RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said. “The hatred of journalists that is voiced, and sometimes very openly proclaimed, by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground, and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists. “Amplified by social networks, which bear heavy responsibility in this regard, these expressions of hatred legitimize violence, thereby undermining journalism, and democracy itself, a bit more every day.”With the release of its latest World Press Freedom Index in April, RSF had already expressed alarm over an increased level of hostility towards the media encouraged by politicians, as well as efforts by authoritarian regimes to export their alternative vision of journalism.More journalists detained or held hostageAfghanistan was the world’s deadliest country for journalists in 2018, with 15 killed. It was followed by Syria, with 11 killed, and Mexico, the deadliest country outside a conflict zone, with nine journalists murdered in 2018. The fatal shooting of five employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in June brought the United States into the ranks of the deadliest countries.The number of journalists detained worldwide at the end of the year – 348 – is up from 326 at this time last year. As in 2017, more than half of the world’s imprisoned journalists are being held in just five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey. China remains the world’s biggest jailer of journalists with 60 currently held, of whom three quarters are non-professional journalists.The number of journalists currently held hostage – 60 – is 11 percent higher than this time last year, when it was 54. All but one are being held in three Middle Eastern countries: Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. They include six foreign journalists. Despite the Islamic State’s defeat in Iraq and retreat in Syria, little information has emerged about the fate of these hostages, except for Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was freed after three years of captivity in Syria. A Ukrainian journalist is still being held in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” by the authorities who accuse him of spying. RSF also registered three new cases of journalists disappearing in 2018, two in Latin America and one in Russia.Compiled by RSF every year since 1995, the annual round-up of abusive treatment and deadly violence against journalists is based on precise data. We gather detailed information that allows us to confirm with certainty or a great deal of confidence that the death, detention, abduction or disappearance of each journalist listed was a direct result of their journalistic work.*These figures include professional journalists, non-professional journalists, and media workers. Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImprisonedImpunityCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionHostagesPredatorsViolence Читать на русском / Read in Russiancenter_img Help by sharing this information December 14, 2018 – Updated on December 18, 2018 RSF’s 2018 round-up of deadly attacks and abuses against journalists – figures up in all categories RSF_en About Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization with a recognized public interest function that has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the International Organization of the Francophonie and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Headquartered in Paris, it has bureaux, sections or representatives in 17 cities (Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Helsinki, Istanbul, Karachi, Kiev, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Taipei, Tunis, Vienna and Washington), correspondents in 130 countries and 15 local partner organizations. Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImprisonedImpunityCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionHostagesPredatorsViolence last_img read more

Email blunder reveals names of 1st year medics on pass/fail borderline

first_imgThe Medical Sciences Division have apologised for an “administrative error” which led to the names of students required to sit additional first-year exams being emailed to all first year medics. The examination timetable was meant identify students by their candidate number, but instead a document (labelled “for tutors”) showed a list of their full names of those required to return for verbal “viva voce” examinations. Medical students are asked to return to Oxford after Prelims to attend these exams if they have fallen just below the pass level in a particular topic, on which they are then questioned. If candidates perform successfully, they can be awarded a pass for that section.A University of Oxford spokesperson told Cherwell: “An apology was sent to all affected students as soon as the mistake came to light. The Medical School is taking steps to make sure this type of incident does not happen again.”In the email to students, the Medical Division noted the need to offer candidates “the maximum amount of notice” before the viva as the cause of their mistake.Oxford Medical Students’ Society said in a statement: “We have become aware of what appears to be an honest mistake on the part of the medical school, with regards the viva list for first-year examinations, which may have some distressing consequences for some students.“Oxford MedSoc is not involved in the setting or marking of any medical school examinations, nor any other part of the medical course at Oxford, but would encourage anyone affected by this to contact our dedicated welfare reps, Aoife Lyford and Charlotte Rose, in full confidence.”One first-year medical student student told Cherwell: “I am disappointed by their blaming of the mistake on our requirement for knowing about vivas as soon as possible, when checking the attachment on an email takes three seconds.“But ultimately it was just a mistake, and I think some people are blowing this out of proportion.”Speaking to Cherwell, another medical student condemned the faculty error as both “dumb” and “mean”.This is not the first time that the University has compromised candidates’ anonymity. In October last year, University administrative officials accidentally revealed the names of the nearly 500 Moritz-Heynan scholars, after students were CC’d rather than BCC’d into a group email. In January this year, Hertford College also shared the personal information of 200 unsuccessful candidates through a similar error in email procedure.last_img read more

COMMENTARY: Class B wrestling championships an event to behold

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Every two weeks, Mike Mandell gives his thoughts on the sports scene in Ellsworth, Hancock County and beyond.Some events are worthy of stories. Others can be explained better through columns. The Class B wrestling championships in Bucksport deserve both.Most wrestling events are long, and it’s rare to have one shorter than six hours. Even if you’re not a wrestler, you’re probably going to be tired at the end of the day. When a school is in charge of bringing together teams from nearly 30 cities and towns from all over the state, coordinating with businesses to feed and house 112 wrestlers and their families and making sure the gym is in order, dozens of people have to put in exhausting work for hours on end. A lot can go wrong.In Bucksport, nothing seemed to. In every way, the Golden Bucks were terrific hosts to wrestlers, coaches, fans, referees, media members and everyone else who packed Ralph Jewett Gymnasium. From the moment the teams got off their respective buses until the award ceremony at the end, the event went off without a hitch. Bucksport head coach Dan Ormsby said the high school and the town wanted to prove they could host a big-time tournament, and they succeeded.Also on display Saturday was remarkable sportsmanship from everyone involved. Questionable refereeing decisions happen all the time in sports, and this time was no different. On a day when referees officiated more than 150 matches, there were going to be some bad calls along the way. With so much at stake, athletes and coaches can get emotional over those decisions from time to time. After all, we’re all human.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThink about how hard refereeing is. Thousands of people are watching your decisions, and they always seem to point out the one instance in which you make a mistake instead of the hundreds of times you don’t. Sure, there were a few shouts of “Come on!” and “Bad call!” at times, but that was about it. Even when the outcome wasn’t as hoped, athletes, coaches and fans showed utmost class and respect.The sport of wrestling is one that doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves. In its purest form, the sport draws you as close to the action as you can get. Shouts from the coaches and fans draw you to that action in ways you can’t truly understand unless you’re in attendance, and that was particularly true with championships on the line in Bucksport.A wrestling match isn’t over until it’s really over. That’s an overused cliché in every sport, but it couldn’t be truer than it is in this one. Even if a wrestler leads 10-0 in the final period, one momentary lapse can lead to him or her being pinned. With seasons in the balance Saturday, that happened multiple times.It’s somewhat rare for a tournament to proceed with the efficiency it did at Bucksport High School. It’s even rarer to have the quality of competition and the sporting environment be as awe-inspiring as it was in that gymnasium. The 2016-17 high school wrestling season hasn’t concluded yet — there’s still the All-State championships and New England regional championships to be held in the coming weeks — but when it does, the countdown until next season won’t start soon enough. Latest Posts Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

Syracuse downs Loyola, 17-6, in season opener

first_img Comments Nicole Levy sprinted down the field and into space, creating a 2-on-1 with her teammate Kayla Treanor against Loyola goalie Molly Wolf. Levy kept the ball as she neared the net, but as Wolf took a small step toward her, Levy dished to Treanor.Treanor dodged a defender, ripped her stick from right to left and, with Wolf in front and the same defender on her back, added on to a Syracuse lead it would never relinquish.The Orange hadn’t led, even trailing at points, in the first five minutes, but Treanor’s goal made it 5-2 and SU never looked back. No. 3 Syracuse (1-0) kept adding to its cushion against No. 12 Loyola (0-2), going on to win its season-opener, 17-6, Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. It’s the second time in as many years SU has won the first game of its opening weekend double-header.SU dominated offensively, finishing with more goals than Loyola had shots (14). Syracuse averaged 12.7 goals per game in 2015 and nearly equaled that output in the first half alone heading to the break with an 11-3 advantage. The bulk of SU’s offensive chances early came on backdoor cuts in front of the net, pick-and-rolls or on free-position shots earned by drawing fouls.But that wasn’t always the case. On Treanor’s second goal, she won the draw, passed to Halle Majorana and sprinted down the field. The two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist got the ball back with her back to the net with a defender in between. Without turning around, she flicked her left wrist. The goal prompted a a Greyhound timeout.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMajorana and Treanor, two All-Americans last season, finished with five and four goals, respectively.It was Treanor’s first game as SU’s draw specialist. The Orange graduated Kailah Kempney, who assistant coach Regy Thorpe called an “all-time great” at the position, last season. Treanor controlled 22 of 25 draws.Midfielder Kelly Cross chipped in on offense, scoring twice in her first game back from her indefinite suspension.Syracuse plays again at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Binghamton. Published on February 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more