The trauma of journalists forced into exile

first_img Organisation Help by sharing this information April 28, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The trauma of journalists forced into exile Hundreds of journalists who had to flee into exile because they had been attacked or threatened are being given an opportunity by Reporters Without Borders to begin publishing their work again.Dozens of journalists silently flee their country every year, without being offered a platform to protest. Most are from Africa and the Middle East, especially Eritrea, Somalia, Iraq and Iran. Most of them have been the victims of reprisals by their government, or the targets of armed militias, organised crime, or political or religious movements. Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the extent of this problem, which highlights the decline in press freedom around the world. It is extremely dangerous for journalists to use their right to free expression in some countries. Violence is the enemy of press freedom. When journalists are forced into exile, their countries lose valuable independent observers of their political and social situation.Among the most painful blows for journalists forced to flee into exile is finding themselves reduced to silence and forgotten by those they used to address. For this reason, Reporters Without Borders is offering them a forum, a page on its website, where they can express their views, post articles and report on what has been happening to them.Providing these men and women, whose lives and freedom were in jeopardy, with a platform for the stories of their experiences, for their videos and for their reports from exile is the only way to restore their right to speak and the only way to prevent their exile from becoming a victory for the oppressors who wanted to silence them.Journalists under threat hold on until the last moment before fleeing. They leave in response to a need, to a survival instinct. When Roza Malsagova, the editor of the website, left on a 10-day trip to the Czech Republic, she did not suspect that she would not be returning home to Ingushetia, a republic in the Russian Caucasus adjoining Chechnya where the civilian population is exposed to an appalling level of violence. After the website’s owner, Magomed Yevloyev, was murdered while held by the security forces, Malsagova felt she had no choice but to ask France for asylum. Does exile at least offer protection? There are no guarantees. As well as losing their right to work as journalists, these refugees must face new dangers. The flight into exile can prove extremely unpleasant. In some countries such as Iran or Eritrea, fleeing abroad is regarded as treason. Crossing the border on foot, concealing oneself in someone’s vehicle, seeking refuge in a village, hiding from border guards – this is all part of the experience of going into exile.Protection is just one of the facets of exile. Others include the unbearable periods of waiting, the suffering that results from being uprooted, and sometimes even hunger. Many exiles find themselves in an extremely difficult situation, trapped in an extended exile without any prospect of being able to return home or integrate into the country that has offered them asylum.An Eritrean refugee journalist in the Sudanese capital described his feeling of despair to us. “I’ve been hiding for months in Khartoum, where I have rented a room, because there was less risk here of being kidnapped by the Eritrean security forces present in Sudan,” he said. “But I have no money and eating three meals a day has become a luxury. I have avoided imprisonment and the government’s wrath but this is the first time I have found myself in financial difficulty. I now feel trapped, far from home and facing unprecedented problems.”The luckiest, those who have overcome the thorny problems of visas and residence permits, experience the difficulties that all refugees face – starting from zero, reuniting with their family, finding accommodation, getting training, finding some kind of job and communicating with their new compatriots in the host country’s language. Each component of daily life is a challenge, a new test. A Syrian journalist who has found refuge in Europe said: “I am nothing here. I must restart from scratch, rebuild everything, even my own identity.” center_img RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Sienna Miller’s Creepy Cabaret Dreams & More

first_img Lots of People Watched The Last Five Years on the Couch Honestly, if you didn’t spend Valentine’s Day crying into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s while wearing these PJs and watching The Last Five Years, you did it wrong. The film took in $42,042 in its (very) limited theatrical release, but also hit the top spot on the iTunes Independent Film chart and ranked eighth overall. Congrats to the little off-Broadway musical that could, Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan and (of course) Wayne the Snake! The 39 Steps Team to Return for Off-Broadway Bow The original creative team behind The 39 Steps on Broadway will return for the forthcoming off-Broadway revival at Union Square Theatre. Reuniting with director Maria Aitken are the original productions lighting designer Kevin Adams, sound designer Mic Pool and set and costume designer Peter McKintosh. The Patrick Barlow comedy will performances will begin on April 1 and open officially on April 13 (instead of the originally reported April 9). Is There a Marcia in the House? Tony and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden will head to the small screen for the upcoming CBS pilot Code Black. According to Deadline, Harden will play Christa in the medical drama, a soccer mom-turned-doctor who lost her son to cancer and now works at LA County Hospital with her fellow—albeit younger—residents. The series is based on the 2013 documentary of the same name. View Commentscenter_img Sally Struthers, Annie Golden & Mary Testa Will Get Cheery The York Theatre Company will host a two-night-only public developmental reading of Cheer Wars, a new musical by Gordon Leary and Karlan Judd. Hunter Foster will direct a cast that features Sally Struthers, Annie Golden and Mary Testa, as well as Britney Coleman, Molly Hager, Stephanie Hsu, Amy Linden, Alyse Alan Louis, Michael Dean Morgan, Robb Sapp and Dana Steingold. The tuner follows the rivalry between two cheerleading-obsessed coaches and their also-cheering daughters. Performances will take place on February 19 and 20 at Theatre at Saint Peter’s. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the Holiday weekend. Sienna Miller Dreams of a Culinary Cabaret Screen favorite Sienna Miller returns to Broadway tonight as Cabaret’s next and final Sally Bowles. She recently stopped by Good Morning America to discuss the role, saying she coincidentally got her Great White Way inspiration from Birdman, starring Oscar nominee and her Sally predecessor Emma Stone. “In the book, she’s supposed to be bad,” Miller says of the Kit Kat Klub headliner. So if she doesn’t exactly nail a note here and there, it’s totally a character choice. Take a look she discusses her bizarre show-related nightmares (including one involving a chef hat), and reveals that her first night on will be her first time on stage with her co-star Alan Cumming!last_img read more

Passing game showing signs of life

first_imgMichigan, the nation’s top rush defense, was at it again, shutting down UW’s running game. UM allowed Badgers back P.J. Hill only 54 yards on 20 carries and sacked John Stocco four times, surrendering just 12 net rushing yards to UW on the day.The Badgers managed to stay in the game by an unconventional manner. Stocco and the UW passing game have been stuck in neutral since losing 98 percent of last year’s completions (196 of 200 catches) to either the NFL Draft or graduation. Last week, Badger head coach Bret Bielema said the passing game was still “taking baby steps.”That’s not to say all the problems have been aired out, but those baby steps got a little bigger Saturday as Stocco hit on 22 of 42 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.”I think, in some ways, we did [get better today],” Stocco said. “I thought we started off the game very well and did some good things at the end there.”Stocco started out with as solid a quarter as he’s produced all year, completing each of his four passes for 53 yards in the first 15 minutes. The strong stanza was capped by a 29-yard touchdown pass in which Stocco snaked his way out of a blitz and calmly delivered the ball to Hill for the score.”He was on rhythm,” said Bielema of Stocco’s first quarter. “I like the fact that he was able to do some things at the line of scrimmage today as well. Coming into this game, we hadn’t done a lot of that in the heat of the battle, and he was able to take advantage of some looks of their defense.”Although the offense failed to capitalize on the opportunity of participating in a close game (10-10 at halftime) in the third quarter, the passing offense showed some more strength late in the game as Stocco completed six consecutive passes at one point and led the Badgers to 105 yards in the final four minutes.UW wide receiver Paul Hubbard, who left the game in the fourth quarter when he re-aggravated a shoulder injury, said he felt the passing game improved immensely from prior, mediocre games.”A lot of the guys went out there and they capitalized on the opportunities that they were given,” Hubbard said. “That’s what you do in big games, and it shows a lot for our passing game. Other games, we were all right, but we came into the Big House … and we were able to throw on them a few times.”The running backs and tight ends combined for 14 catches and 158 yards, led by five receptions and 64 yards for Hill. On the other hand, UW wide receivers tallied just eight catches for 78 yards.Bielema said that during the late surge of offense, Stocco began to look for tight end Travis Beckum, the converted defensive end who has become one of Stocco’s favorite targets.”It was apparent to me that John started looking to Travis a little bit after he made that catch on the sideline,” Bielema said. “He probably just saw him being able to catch the football.”Hubbard has made his name as a track star at Wisconsin and is still trying to sort out a struggle to hold on to the football. The other starting wideout, Luke Swan, has made few mistakes, but at 6 feet, 196 pounds has not posed a threat to opponents in terms of size.”We’ve still got a long season left. There were some good things we can be proud of today,” Stocco said. “We’ve just got to look at the things that we didn’t do well and clean those up this week.”We’re not far off. It’s just an adjustment here and there, and then we’re going to be right on track.”last_img read more

National : Former SU lacrosse captain Plunket starts up program at Division III Albright College

first_img Comments While most lacrosse coaches are at practice, Jake Plunket is holed up in his office. His longest days are spent making phone calls and sending emails to recruits for 14 hours. And when he does leave the office, his work goes with him.‘Sometimes I’ll go home for what I think is going to be an early night,’ Plunket said. ‘I get home at 6:30 p.m., and I end up making calls until 10 o’clock at night just in a blink.’Plunket was hired as the first head coach of the brand new men’s lacrosse program at Albright College in Reading, Pa., in October. The head coach — a former Syracuse lacrosse player from 2002-05 — has been working the phones all year, trying to fill out his roster to begin play in Division III in the spring of 2012.Albright received a $1 million donation from the John K. Roessner III Trust in July to fund a new practice facility and the operational costs of the first three years of the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs.Rick Ferry, Albright’s co-director of athletics, said the school wanted to add lacrosse for more than eight years. Many prospective students asked about lacrosse, but the school didn’t have the field space or locker rooms to support new programs, Ferry said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We could say, ‘Well, we have club lacrosse,” Ferry said. ‘If you’re a competitive athlete, you want the varsity level. We didn’t have that to offer.’The lacrosse programs will help attract students who can afford the private school’s tuition, Ferry said. In time, he expects lacrosse to become a ‘high-profile’ sport that regularly competes for championships.To achieve that goal, Ferry had to bring in a high-profile coach. Plunket played on two national championship teams at Syracuse and served as the team captain his senior year. He also played Major League Lacrosse for the Rochester Rattlers from 2007-08.Plunket graduated from Syracuse in 2005 and went to SUNY Cortland that fall for his master’s degree. He planned to be a gym teacher after graduate school, but his plans changed during his first semester. His gym teacher from elementary school, Rich Barnes, then the head coach at Cortland, offered Plunket an assistant coaching job.After helping the team win the 2006 Division III national championship in his first year, he was hooked.‘It got to the point where it’s like, ‘Do I want to be a teacher, or do I want to be a coach?” Plunket said. ‘I jumped at the opportunity to coach, and it’s something I’ve never looked back from.’Plunket spent two more years at Cortland before taking an assistant coaching job at Division III Hampden-Sydney in Virginia for the past two seasons.Ferry said other candidates had more experience than Plunket’s five years — all as an assistant — but his energetic personality and reputation as a tireless worker convinced Ferry to hire him.‘This is a guy that could go out everywhere and anywhere and sell the program and get us on the map,’ Ferry said. ‘That high-energy approach, along with the Syracuse pedigree, I don’t know that guys like that are falling off trees for startup programs.’Plunket wants to pass that Syracuse pedigree onto his players at Albright. He said he wants his program to have the same Division I mentality.The head coach said his team will have fall season and offseason workouts in the weight room every day. Plunket also wants his team to play with the same ‘free style’ SU head coach John Desko encouraged while Plunket was in college.‘You go there, and you’re not put into a certain mold,’ Plunket said. ‘I want to do that as a coach. I’m not going to get on them every time they make a mistake.’His Syracuse connections were crucial in landing Cortland High School senior attack Phil Potter. When Plunket was still playing at Syracuse, he coached Potter at some lacrosse camps in Homer, N.Y. Potter said he remembered Plunket when he received an email from the coach last fall.Plunket wanted Potter to join him at Albright. Potter, though, was being recruited by Division I programs Providence and Binghamton and Division II powerhouse Le Moyne.But he chose Albright because of Plunket.‘Knowing Coach Plunket, he’s one of the best lacrosse players in the world,’ Potter said. ‘When I went and met him for the visit, that really made my decision clear.’Plunket still has work to do. He said he currently has about 10 commitments for next season. And he knows tough times are ahead with a team of first-year players. With road trips planned for recruiting and scouting this spring, Plunket will have the chance to get out of his office, too.But also waiting there is his motivation to succeed. A commemorative Wheaties box featuring his 2004 Syracuse national championship team sits on a shelf across from his desk. To the left of that is a 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship trophy from Cortland’s national runner-up finish that season.‘It lights a fire in me to want to bring the right players in,’ Plunket said. ‘To bring it from the bottom and keep improving and finally one day being at the top level.’[email protected] Published on March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more