Threats and physical attacks on journalists and media continue

first_img Follow the news on Nepal Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage to go further Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News May 17, 2019 Find out more May 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats and physical attacks on journalists and media continue News Newscenter_img June 8, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation News NepalAsia – Pacific May 29, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Reporters Without Borders reiterates its deep concern about the continuing wave of violence against journalists in Nepal. Three days after sounding the alarm, the press freedom organization has received reports of more incidents.Muktiram Neupane of the daily Aarthik Abhiyan sustained head and stomach injuries in an attack in the western district of Palpa on 22 May, a day after Ashok Tuladhar, a reporter for the same newspaper, sustained a serious injury in an attack in the central district of Lalitpur.Sagarmath Television reporter Deepa Ale was attacked by demonstrators on 21 May in Nepalgunj, in the western district of Banke. She has been hospitalized in Kathmandu with serious eye injuries sustained in the attack.The following journalists have also reportedly been the victims of attacks:On 22 May-*Chudamani Wagle of Radio Sarlahi-*Dhruba Basnet of Star FM, in Bhaktapur-*Dila Prasad Gautam of Nepal Television-*Meena Khadka of Mountain Television, in Kathmandu-*Tikaram Neti of Mountain Television-*Uttam Phuyal of Mountain Television, in KathmanduOn 21 May-*Dharmendra Sapkota of Mountain Television, in Lalitpur-*Mukti Shrestha, a Mountain Television cameraman, in Lalitpur-*Nabaraj Shresth of News 24 Television, in Lalitpur-*Nirmal Wali of News 24 Television, in Lalitpur-*Pratikshya Sharma, a Mountain Television cameraman, in Lalitpur-*Rameshwor Sapkota of Mountain Television, in LalitpurOn 20 May-*Ramhari Pande of Sourya Daily, in KathmanduOn unspecified dates-*Binu Thapa Magar of Gandaki FM, in Pokhara-*Chuda Mani Wagle of Radio SarlahiMany copies of the Kantipur Daily, Annapurna Post, Kathmandu Post and Himalayan Times newspapers were burned by demonstrators in the eastern town of Lahan on 24 May.Mountain Television and Radio Madhyabindu reported being the target of intimidation attempts by demonstrators demanding favourable coverage of their protests. At one point, demonstrators surrounded the Radio Madhyabindu bureau in the central district of Nawalparasi.Protestors in the central district of Nuwakot issued a warning to Dhruba Rawal, an official with the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), accusing him of covering their demonstrations in a negative manner.A total of 13 radio stations, two TV stations and seven newspapers in the central district of Rupandehi were forced to suspend activity because of similar harassment.Media vehicles have been attacked again. A Nagarik Daily vehicle was damaged in Kerakha, in the eastern district of Jhapa, on 22 May. A Mountain Television vehicle was vandalized in the central city of Bhaktapur, while a Karobar Daily vehicle was vandalized in Kathmandu.____________________________22/05/2012 – Proposed new constitution fuels tension, threats and attacks on mediaReporters Without Borders is disturbed by the many acts of violence against the media in the past two weeks in Nepal. Attacks on journalists and threats to their work have been fuelled by mounting tension in the run-up to the adoption of a new constitution, scheduled for 27 May.“The government should not forget the media amid all the controversy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The new constitution must guarantee fundamental freedoms, including freedom of information. Only constitutionally protected media will able to question and criticize the government and make it accountable to the public.“The safety of journalists and news media in the course of their work will continue to be sacrificed in the absence of a concrete commitment by the authorities. Responding to physical attacks on journalists and ending impunity for those responsible for this violence should be priorities for the government. We note this week’s promise by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to provide better protection for journalists and we hope that concrete measures quickly follow.”In response to a nationwide call by the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), many ethnic and religious groups have staged protests this month in a bid to get their demands reflected in the new constitution, and protesters have repeatedly harassed, threatened and attacked journalists. Newspaper distribution has been disrupted in the regions with the most tension, especially in the west.Journalists attacked during demonstrationsHari Sharma of the Annapurna Post newspaper and Image Channel Television was attacked in the central district of Nawalparasi on 19 May by supporters of the United Tharu Struggle Committee, a group formed by members of the Tharu ethnic community, after he covered a demonstration they had organized. They burned his motorcycle and broke his right hand.Demonstrators attacked three journalists – Sharad Chandra Bhandary of the news agency Rashtriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) and two reporters with the daily Sourya, Ram Sharan Bajagain and Bheem Gautam – on 11 May in Kathmandu, robbing Bajagain and Gautam of their press cards.Homraj Ranabhat of the daily Gorkhapatra was physically attacked by representatives of a group formed by members the Tharu community in the west of the country on 8 May. Members of the same movement attacked Milan Parajuli and Prem Bahadur Kshetry of Vijay FM, taking their press cards and the keys to their motorcycle.Around 50 other journalists have been attacked in the past two weeks. They include:On 21 May-*Ashok Dulal of Aarthik Abhiyan -*Nawaraj Shrestha of News 24 Television-*Prakash Adhikari, of Sagarmatha Television, in Makawanpur district -*Radheshyam Khatiwada, secretary of the Federation of Nepali Journalists in Chitawan district -*Rajan Upadhyay, of Barahi FM, in Kaski On 20 May-*Biku Tamang, a freelancer affiliated to the Federation of Sports Journalists, in Lalitpur-*Bijay Chamling of Rajdhani Daily, in Chabahi-*Dinesh Gautam of Citizen FM, in Kathmandu-*Dipendra Karki of Karobar Daily, in Lalitpur-*Prakash Kattel of Road Map Weekly-*Radheshyam Dahal of Sagarmatha Television-*Rajan Parajuli of Antenna Foundation Nepal, in Kathmandu-*Rajesh Rai of Gorkhapatra Daily-*Shakti Karki of Road Map Weekly-*Shambhu Kumar Prasai of Gorkhapatra Daily-*Upendra Sharma of Muktipatra Weekly-*Y.P. Ghimire, a Himalaya TV cameraman, in LalitpurOn 19 May-*Ram Rijhan Yadav, a journalist and media adviser to the prime minister, in Anamnagar, KathmanduOn 17 May-*Dilli Acharya, the president of the Rajdhani section of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), in Kalanki, Kathmandu-*Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, a journalist with the newspaper Lokvani daily and adviser to the FNJ’s Tanahu section, in Tanahu-*Prem Prasad Poudel, a journalist with the newspaper Lokvani daily and president of the FNJ’sTanahu section, in TanahuOn 10 May-*Govinda Chaulagain of the Society of Cooperative Journalists-*Purna Bhakta Duwal of the Society of Cooperative Journalists-*Rajesh Khanal of the Kathmandu Post, in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu-*Tapendra Karki of the newspaper Rajdhani, in Bhaktapur, KathmanduOn 9 May in the town of Dhangadi (in the western district of Kailali)-*Devraj Joshi of Swarnim Nepal-*Nawaraj Khanal of Mountain Television-*Ranga Timalsina of the Dhangadhi PostOn various dates-*Akkal Kunwar of Sagarmatha Television, in Kathmandu-*Ankit Adhikari of the Kathmadu Post, in Kathmandu-*Basu Satyal of Avenues Television-*Ganashekhar Sharma, a media union adviser, in Chitawan district-*Govinda Ghimire-*Hari Upreti Bhuwan-*Karna Chanda of Triveni FM in Doti district-*Milan Parajuli-*Mohan Shahi of the newspaper Kantipur, in Doti district-*Prakash Bam of Triveni FM in Doti district-*Prakash Gyawali-*Pranab Kharel of the Kathmadu Post, in Kathmandu-*Punya Dhamala of Sagarmatha Television-*Radheshyam Dahal-*Rajendra Acharya-*Rajendra Pokhrel of Nepal News-*Rajesh Chamling of Sagarmatha Television-*Raksha Regmi-*Rohit Bhandari of Mountain Television-*Saral Gurung of Sagarmatha Television-*Satish Subedi of Sagarmatha Television-*Shaligram Nepal, the president of Press Chautari, in Chitawan district-*Shambu Prasai of Sagarmatha Television-*Shishir Simkhada of Radio Nepal, in Chitawan district-*Tek Chanda of Triveni FM in Doti districtThreats and harassmentRadio Kantipur FM’s studio in the central district Lalitpur was surrounded on 20 May by demonstrators demanding favourable coverage of their community.Dharminda Saha of Samachar, a daily based in the western city of Dhangadhi, received a phone call on 13 May in which he was told to stop covering the current demonstrations.In a note to the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) on 13 May, the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) accused the media of opposing a federal system and threatened to boycott media that covered the proposal negatively.NEFIN general secretary Ang Kaji Sherpa also warned that he would disperse media demonstrations and would “finish off” journalists if they dared to stage a counter-offensive. “We have heard that the Federation of Nepali Journalists is organising a protest rally against our strike,” he said. “If it happens then we would not spare the journalists.”The chairman of NEFIN, Raj Kumar Lekhi, meanwhile contradicted the organization’s general secretary. He reportedly asked demonstrators to stop attacking the media and insisted on NEFIN’s respect for the press.The FNJ and other journalists’ unions and media associations such as the Revolutionary Journalists Association (RJA), the Nepal Press Union and Press Chautari have condemned the threats and attacks. After lodging a complaint with the interior ministry, they organized a demonstration on 20 May against violence against journalists.The government, which has begun negotiations with ethnic and religious groups, has condemned the attacks on the media and has urged protesters to calm down.Attacks on media propertyDemonstrators attacked a vehicle owned by the daily Rajdhani as it was being used to deliver newspapers in Butawal, in the western district of Rupandehi, on 11 May. They also attacked the journalist Dinesh Pande when he tried to protect the vehicle.A vehicle owned by the daily Nagarik was damaged by Muslim protesters in Inaruwa Chowk, in the eastern district of Sunsari on 10 May.The vehicles of other media including Kantipur Publications, Kantipur Television, Karobar Daily, Kantipur TV, Himalaya TV, Avenues TV, Nepal 1 TV, Citizen FM, Gorkhapatra Daily, Lumbini Television, News 24 Television, Annapurna Post, Radio Lumbini and Mechi Kali have been attacked in recent days in various parts of the country including the capital.In Kathmandu, demonstrators set fire to 60 copies of the Kantipur and Kathmandu Post newspapers and to the motorcycles of Himalaya TV cameraman Y.P. Ghimire and Nagarik reporter Govinda Pariyar.Nepal is ranked 106th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. last_img read more

Italy complains about “traffic light” food labelling

first_imgItaly has complained over the UK’s use of voluntary colour-coded food labels, claiming the system is discriminatory.The European Commission’s Competitiveness Council said last week that the launch of a voluntary “traffic light” nutrition labelling system in the UK had “triggered vivid reactions” from EU economic operators.It added Italy had “requested discussion” of this point concerning the “alleged discriminatory and negative effect” of the system.Additionally, on 18 February 2014, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME), wrote to representatives ahead of the Commission meeting in Brussels. It claimed the labels “seriously hinder the free movement of food products within the European internal market”, adding food exports from EU countries towards the UK could decrease by up to 12%.Citing a market survey by The Co-operative, it said “some 40% of women and almost a third (30%) of men” say “red” traffic lights have stopped them purchasing a product because it contained too much fat, salt or sugar.Introduced last June, the UK’s traffic light system uses red, amber and green front-of-pack colour coding to show consumers salt, sugar, fat and calorie levels, alongside EU-mandated Reference Intakes.According to the Department of Health (DOH), the new recommendation was based on “over 11 years of research” to identify a label that consumers can use at a glance to identify healthier choices.last_img read more

Police collect nearly 800 bodies from Ecuador’s virus epicenter

first_imgHe later said Sunday on Twitter that the joint task force, in operation for the past three weeks, had retrieved 771 bodies from homes and another 631 from hospitals, whose morgues are full.Wated did not specify the cause of death for the victims, 600 of whom have now been buried by the authorities.Ecuador has recorded 7,500 cases of the coronavirus since the first diagnosis was confirmed on February 29.The coastal province of Guayas accounts for over 70 percent of those infected in the country, with 4,000 cases in the capital Guayaquil, according to the national government. Ecuador said police have removed almost 800 bodies in recent weeks from homes in Guayaquil, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, after the disease overwhelmed emergency services, hospitals and funeral parlors.Mortuary workers in the Pacific port city have been unable to cope with a backlog, with residents posting videos on social media showing abandoned bodies in the streets. “The number we have collected with the task force from people’s homes exceeded 700 people,” said Jorge Wated, who leads a team of police and military personnel created by the government to help with the chaos unleashed by COVID-19. Topics :center_img The military and police began removing bodies from homes three weeks after the mortuary system in Guayaquil collapsed, causing delays in forensic services and funeral homes under a 15-hour long daily curfew.Guayaquil residents posted videos on social media of bodies abandoned in the streets, along with messages asking for help to bury their family members.The Ecuadorian government has taken on the task of burying bodies, given the inability of relatives to do so for various reasons, including financial ones.In early April, Wated said “medical experts unfortunately… estimate that COVID-19-related deaths in these months will reach between 2,500 and 3,500, just in the province of Guayas.”last_img read more

“We can bring accidents down to zero”, Minister Scott tells Linden stakeholders

first_imgOSH month of observancesVarious stakeholders from across Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Friday marched in observance of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Month 2018.The month of observances aims at creating awareness of safety and health by improving the safety and health of young workers. Stakeholders drawn from the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC), Linden Electricity Company Inc (LECI), among others, marched from Casaurina Drive in Mackenzie to the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, where the event culminated.Addressing stakeholders, Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Keith Scott, reminded stakeholders of the commitment towards implementing and promoting the United Nations 2017 Strategic Goal of the Decent Work Agenda, which reflects occupational health and safety in a meaningful way. The minister also pointed to the important role youths play in implementation of occupational health and safety. He noted that there were multiple deaths last year due to carelessness, moreso in the instance of mining pit collapses, as he stressed the importance of creating the right environment for safety at such workplaces, and the need to obey laws governing workplace safety.“It will reduce accidents…and accidents can therefore be prevented. We can bring accidents down to zero. We need to have respect for occupational health and the rules… Once we get that through, we will have no accidents; and if we have any, it will be miniscule”, he said.The minister added that, more importantly, accidents go further than just causing injury and death, there is also suffering for the nation, as families’ lives can also be transformed. “We have to spend money on every single person that goes into the hospital”, the minister added as he pointed out that while public hospitalization is free in Guyana, it comes at the expense of taxpayers’ money. The aim, he said, is to have the stakeholders involved as leaders for occupational health and safety, and he urged employees to become part of workplace safety committees.He also congratulated stakeholders present at the function, noting that they made a conscious effort to be there.The minister urged employees to spread the word that Guyana is committed to the development of a greener and safer environment.Meanwhile, the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) was awarded for fielding the largest contingent, while the Guyana Forestry Commission was awarded “Best banner”.last_img read more

The Promise of Artificial Intelligence-Enabled IoT

first_imgTags:#IoT#iot in action#Microsoft#Q&A#Steve Clayton Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Olivia Burgess Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img The next technology revolution is underway. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning coupled with more robust and competent devices is driving transformation across industries and workstreams, from small farms in India to huge corporations in the United States.So what kinds of changes are underway and what does AI-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) offer businesses across industries? For a full discussion on this, I’d suggest attending the upcoming IoT in Action event in San Francisco on February 13 (more on that later). For this article, we’ll look to Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller, Steve Clayton, who touches on some key areas.The rise of AI AI has been around for decades. But as Steve summarizes in his interview, there have been three crucial breakthroughs that have pivotally propelled AI and the ability for computers to interact with their environments in a more human-like way.First, is big data. A massive pile of data is being generated from devices like sensors, PCs, phones and the like that can inform AI. Second, cloud computing has come a long way—these days, there is infinite cloud-computing capability. And third, there have been substantial breakthroughs in AI and machine learning, including deep neural networks. Combined, they have set the stage for AI-enabled IoT.Enabling devices on the edgeIn addition to the three breakthroughs Steve references, a fourth is now bringing IoT to the edge. Up until recently, AI and machine learning happened in the cloud. It required device connectivity. But that is changing. AI computing is increasingly moving onto the IoT devices themselves, reducing dependence upon the cloud.In his interview, Steve calls out a great example of how edge devices are transforming even industries not traditionally considered to be technologically advanced, such as farming. Farmers are always looking for ways to become more precise. They need data on soil temperature, density, and moisture—all vital information for making decisions around when to plant or rotate crops. But, how do you gather data across an environment where you have inadequate cloud connectivity?The answer is AI-enabled edge devices. A Microsoft project called FarmBeats puts IoT technology in the hands of farmers, who use sensors out in the field to collect data. These sensors perform computing on their own and store the information for later use, removing reliance on the cloud and enabling more informed decisions.Transforming job opportunitiesOf course, while IoT is enabling business across every industry in countless unique scenarios, like every technology innovation it is also generating shifts in the job market. While historically, automation has led to displacement, it has also led to new career opportunities we had never dreamed of being created.The same is true for AI-enabled IoT. Technology leaders like Microsoft are anticipating these shifts and partnering with governments and other institutions. By working together to plan for changes in the job market, employees can train to acquire the skills they need to transition into new roles, while employers get qualified employees who can drive the business forward.The same concept applies to advancements in machine learning, AI, and IoT. New jobs are appearing today that we have never before considered, like roles that examine bias in AI. Furthermore, the industry promises to generate an entirely new set of career opportunities in the next three to five years that we have yet to define.Attend IoT in Action – February 13 in San FranciscoAs IoT continues to advance, we can expect to see increasingly affordable and accessible AI-enabled solutions across all industries and in every size of a business in countries all around the world. And now is the time to transform your business with IoT.To get started, I’d highly recommend that you register for the next IoT in Action event on February 13 in San Francisco. Delivered by Microsoft and ReadWrite, this free one-day event will give you the insights you need to make AI-enabled IoT work for you. Find out how big the IoT opportunity is and how to make your mark in the industry.Watch an IoT solution come to life as a team transforms an ordinary refrigerator into a scalable smart cooling service. Explore how to overcome key security gotchas. Plus, connect with partners who can help you take your IoT solution from concept to reality.Watch the interview with Steve Clayton, Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller here: Related Posts 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoTlast_img read more

The Antidote to Hope is Action

first_imgHope. The very word suggests that one believes what they want is out of their control. Something unavailable to them without divine intervention. It suggests passivity and waiting. Hope and waiting are the twin diseases of the disempowered, those who believe they lack agency.Of all the strategies one might choose to produce better results, hope should not be one of them, least of all the reliance on a luck, or chance, or circumstances to unfold in a way that is favorable to you. Any strategy that requires that one do nothing but wish for what they want is to believe that reality in some way resembles a fairy tale.The antidote for the infection or the disease called hope is massive action. Hope indicates that you know what you want, and that is an excellent place to start – something many people haven’t yet figured out. Hope suggests that you have a goal of some sort, some sort of future state that finds you in a better position than the one in which you find yourself now. In the long history of success, hope’s role has been to disappoint those who rely on it for help.If there is something that you want, it is certain someone already has it. And because someone already has what you want, the strategies, tactics, and actions necessary to create it are well-known (and with equal certainty, books and courses are available to you). To hope is to ignore the strategies and tactics, and refuse to take the actions necessary to bring what you want in life. The energy you expel hoping, and being disappointed, is better spent doing what is necessary to have whatever it is you want.Good things don’t happen to you. They happen because of you. If you want to increase the chances that Fortune occasionally smiles on you, let her see you working like you don’t need her help. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco this month

first_imgNadal says he is undergoing intensive treatment to make sure he is fit to play in the Mexico tournament which starts on Feb. 26.Nadal was in Madrid to inaugurate a sports medicine clinic dedicated to tennis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Disgraced USA Gymnastics doc sentenced to another 40-125 years Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – This is a Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 file photo of Spain’s Rafael Nadal hits a forehand return to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Nadal said Monday Feb. 5, 2018 that he is recovering well from the muscle injury that forced him to retire in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill/ File)MADRID — Rafael Nadal says he is on track to returning to the ATP Tour in Acapulco this month.The top-ranked Nadal says on Monday he is recovering well from the left leg muscle injury that forced him to retire in the Australian Open quarterfinals last month. He was in the fifth set against Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more