Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout the Middle East

first_img News SYRIAReuters television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were released on 28 March after being held for two days but Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that two other journalists were arrested on 27 March. The London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre identified them as Doha Hassan, who works for Orient TV and several websites, and Zaher Omareen. Reporters Without Borders has been told they are being held at the General Directorate for State Security in Damascus.Reuters announced on 28 March that Basma and Baltaji were in good health and back in Lebanon, their country of origin, after being held by the Syrian authorities for two days. A Syrian official said they were arrested because they did not have work permits and were filming in an area where no filming was allowed.As previously reported, the Syrian authorities have also withdrawn the accreditation of the Reuters correspondent in Damascus, Khaled Ya’qoub Oweis, accusing him of filing “unprofessional and false” reports, and have banned the media from visiting the southern city of Deraa (http://en.rsf.org/syria-reuters-news-agency-targeted-by-28-03-2011,39894…).JORDANAt least 10 Jordanian journalists were physically attacked when the security forces used batons and tear-gas to clear the camp that the young protesters of the “24 March Movement” had established in Amman’s Abdel Nasser Square (also known as Dakhliyeh Circle):- Firas Nassan, the editor of the newspaper Al-Ghad’s website, was injured when his ankle was hit by a stone and had to be taken to hospital.- Aziza Ali, a woman journalist who works for Al-Ghad’s arts and culture section, also had to be hospitalized.- The photographer Saher Guidara sustained an injury to a foot from by stones thrown by thugs. He said he was surprised by “stones raining from the sky.”- The head of Al-Ghad’s photo department, Mohammed Abu Ghosh, and the Chinese agency Xinhua’s photographer, Numan Al-Qazaa, were prevented from filming and were threatened with being beaten.- Thugs armed with sticks attacked the photographer Mohammed Hanoun and a cameraman working for the satellite TV station Al-Quds.- A Reuters photographer was attacked by members of the security forces.- The regional director of the satellite TV station Al-Arabiya, Saad Silawi, was attacked by members of the security forces as he was covering their use of force to disperse the protesters. His video camera was broken.- His colleague, Ghassan Abou Louz, was prevented from filming.Nidal Mansour, the head of the Centre for Defending the Freedom of Journalists, issued a statement condemning the government’s silence about the attacks on demonstrators and journalists and the scenes of violence that had taken place in full view of the media’s cameras.OMANTwo programmes hosted by the journalist Salim Al-Amri on state-owned Oman Radio – “Li-Kul Maqaal Maqaal” and “‘Anayen Faniya” – have been suspended by the authorities. Al-Amri said he received a letter from the information ministry telling him to stay at home. No reason was given. In an interview for Muscat Daily on 28 March, he linked the suspension to his refusal three weeks before to interview Hussein Hamoud Al Abry, a doctor working for the health ministry, about protests in the Sohar region because he was told not to ask certain questions. Another reason he gave was his participation in a demonstration outside the information ministry on 8 and 9 March calling for media freedom.Despite the information ministry’s denials, journalists and intellectuals have begun circulating a petition condemning the information ministry’s decision and other free speech violations and calling for the resumption of Al-Amri’s programmes and respect for the right to protest.GAZA STRIPMohammed Maher Abdul Nabi, the correspondent of radio Sawt Al-Quds, was theatened by members of the security forces on 27 March for reporting on the air that doctors at Kamal Adwan Hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip had been negligent after an Israeli raid.Reporting live from the hospital, Nabi said that the relatives of victims and journalists were at the Beit Lahiya morgue when someone noticed that one of the supposedly fatal victims was still alive. This victim was rushed back to another wing of the hospital where he died 30 minutes later. Nabi interviewed a relative accusing the doctors of negligence.Six plainclothes policemen accosted Nabi and asked him to accompany them to the health ministry. When he refused, they forcibly escorted him to a room in the hospital where the director threatened to file a complaint if did not retract the story.YEMENNew York Times reporter Robert Worth was denied entry on 25 March. Worth, who had come to cover the anti-government demonstrations that have been rocking the country since mid-February, was detained at Sanaa international airport for about 12 hours and then put on a flight to Dubai.The Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera announced the closure of its Sanaa bureau on 25 March following the withdrawal of all of its journalists’ accreditation. Two days before the announcement, an Al-Jazeera cameraman was attacked by soldiers while covering a sit-in in Taiz province and had to be hospitalized with a fractured hand.As already reported, Al-Jazeera’s Sanaa bureau was attacked at dawn on 22 March by around 20 gunmen who ransacked its equipment. Three days before that, two of its correspondents, Ahmed Zidan and Abdulhaq Saddah, were expelled on the ground that they were “working illegally in Yemen” and “inciting violence.”LIBYAReporters Without Borders continues to be concerned about four Al-Jazeera journalists – Mauritanian reporter Ahmed Vall Ould el-Dine, Tunisian reporter Lotfi Messaoudi, Norwegian photographer Ammar Al-Hamdane and British photographer Kamel Ataloua – who are still held by the Libyan authorities, despite their promises to release them.The organization is nonetheless relieved to learn that Tunisian journalist Fatma Ben Dhaou of the newspaper Le Quotidien is back in contact with her editors and relatives,BAHRAINThere has been no news of the blogger Ali Abdulemam since 16 March when around 40 gunmen raided his sister’s home, where he had been holed up since the arrests of several government opponents. His niece has described the incident on Facebook. Since then, his Twitter blog has been silent, aside from a message saying he was turning off his mobile phone, “which isn’t like him,” relatives say. He was released under a royal pardon on 23 February after several months in prison.Fellow blogger Abduljalil Al-Singace, who was also one of the government opponents freed in February, did not escape the wave of arrests on 16 March. He has not been allowed to contact his family since his arrest. As he was tortured during his previous spell in prison, Reporters Without Borders is concerned at the possibility that he is being mistreated again.The blogger and human rights activist Sayid Yousif Al-Muhafdah has also been missing since 19 March, when the authorities arrested two activists and four doctors in a series of nighttime raids. The police have threatened his family, telling them they will return every night if he does not report to the police station.Reporters Without Borders calls for an immediate halt to the harassment of Bahraini Internet users and for the release of bloggers who are being held in violation of the right to free expression. RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes to go further RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information March 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout the Middle East June 3, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalistscenter_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News News May 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Palestine May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Climate change in the western Antarctic Peninsula since 1945: observations and possible causes

first_imgTemperature records from stations on the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula show a very high level of interannual variability and, over the last 50 years, larger warming trends than are seen elsewhere in Antarctica. In this paper we investigate the role of atmospheric circulation variability and sea-ice extent variations in drivingthese changes. Owing to a lack of independent data, the reliability of Antarctic atmospheric analyses produced in the 1950s and 1960s cannot be readily established, but examination of the available data suggests that there has been an increase in the northerly component of the circulation over the Peninsula since the late 1950s. Few observations of sea-ice extent are available prior to 1973, but the limited data available indicate that the iceedge to the west of the Peninsula lay to the north of recently observed extremes during the very cold conditions prevailing in the late 1950s. The ultimate cause of the atmospheric circulation changes remains to be determined and may lie outside the Antarctic region.last_img read more

Highlands explodes past Trail Allstars at Little League Championships

first_imgTrail Allstars watched Highlands score 10 runs in the final two innings to dump the host squad 12-5 at the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships Tuesday at Andy Bilesky Park.The loss dropped the Trail Allstars record to 1-3.Hastings Allstars lead the standings with a 4-0 record after pounding Beacon Hill of Victoria 20-2.White Rock and Highlands are tied for second at 3-1 with Trail in fourth with Beacon Hill.Nelson’s Bryce Sookro singled in Noah Quinn for the first run for Trail. Sookro then scored as did Will Doerksen to give the hosts the early 3-0 lead.Highlands scored a single in the first and third before exploding for three in the fourth frame and seven runs in the fifth.Quinn took the loss on the mound for Trail while Jed Decooman was the pitcher of record for Highlands.Sookro, Darren Issel and Seamus Boyd of Nelson all finished with one RBI.Trail meets winless Dunbar Wednesday to conclude the round robin part of the tournament.In other games, White Rock faces Beacon Hill and Hastings meets Highland.The top four teams advance to the semi final round Friday with the two winners advancing to the final Saturday.last_img read more

BC Green Party leader tables pet owner liability bill

first_img“In this case, the dog was a repeat offender,” he said in the B.C. Legislature.Here in Fort St. John, City Council agreed in January to bring the conversation of pet owner liability to municipal forums — including the annual meetings of both North Central Local Government Association and Union of BC Municipalities — later this year.This move followed a dog attack on Christmas Day in 2015 that left a Fort St. John couple with serious injuries. Robin Elgie had to undergo multiple surgeries in Edmonton and received extensive damage to his hands in the attack.According to Canada’s Safety Council, more than 460,000 dog bites occur across the country every year.Advertisement VICTORIA, B.C. — Earlier this week, the leader of the B.C. Green Party tabled legislation that could see owners more liable for the actions of their pets.Andrew Weaver, who represents the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding, modeled the Animal Liability Act 2016 after Manitoba’s legislation. He says the province is falling on this front while other jurisdictions, including Ontario, have laws to ‘ensure that public safety is put first.’“Earlier this year a number of vicious dog attacks occurred in the Lower Mainland,” he told members of the B.C. legislature. “Over the years, British Columbians have called on B.C. legislators to act.”- Advertisement -Weaver says he’s not targeting responsible pet owners with this Act, but negligent pet owners who he feels aren’t socializing, training, or restraining their animals out in public.“As it currently stands, when someone gets bitten by a dog the options available for legal recourse hinge on the dog having a previous history of violence,” he said. “That’s simply not enough.”Weaver also referenced a dog attack that happened in Saanich recently, in which he says nearly left a man without his employment for the years to come.Advertisementlast_img read more

The price of success? Warriors’ new $100 passes don’t include court view

first_imgThe Golden State Warriors, apparently desperate for cash, are offering their fans a Seinfeldian deal.You Gen Xers likely recall that “Seinfeld” was a sitcom about nothing. In a recent email sent to Warriors fans, the team announced a $100 pass that allows entry into Oracle Arena for every home game in a given month. The catch? The bearers are allowed to see nothing that happens on the court — unless they view it on a monitor in any of Oracle’s bars and restaurants.A Warriors spokesperson …last_img

Photos: Stephen Curry sells Alamo mansion

first_img … Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry has sold his Alamo, Calif. mansion for $6.3M, reports the Los Angeles Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.Curry purchased the estate in 2016 for $5.775M. The 10,290 square foot home boasts a main house with five bedroom suites and a guest house with sauna. The main house includes a media/billiard room and library among many other amenities. The 1.5-acre property also has an infinity-edge pool, manicured gardens and a six-car garage.last_img

Tankoua wins NCAA Finals MVP in comeback season

first_imgLATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLimited to a spectator in last year’s Finals, Donald Tankoua watched intently as his San Beda squad celebrated another title.The Cameroonian, who tore his ACL on his right knee late in the first round, wished he could have contributed to the title romp over Arellano.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA With that in mind, Tankoua dilligently worked the hardest to regain his peak form in time for Season 93.READ: San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championshipFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough he couldn’t get to the level he desired, he stayed the course and did his part in coach Boyet Fernandez’ system to once again earn a spot in the Mythical Team.And in the NCAA Season 93 Finals, Tankoua made up for lost chance, averaging 22.0 points, 18.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.0 steal in San Beda’s sweep of Lyceum to be named the NCAA Finals MVP. “Coming from an ACL injury, this is really special for me,” he said. “I really wanted to win it for me and my teammates.”He helped San Beda defy the odds against an erstwhile undefeated team in the Pirates and win back-to-back titles, its 10th in 12 years, and 21st overall.“I hope to win more championships in the coming seasons,” said Tankoua.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments UFC: Anderson Silva addresses 2nd failed drug test QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

How to Make Your Mission More Compelling

first_img3. Speak in story.Last, make sure you are describing what you do through story, not just facts and jargon. Stories make a cause relatable, tangible and touching. Remember, a good story has a passionate storyteller (you), clear stakes and a tale of transformation at its core. The NRDC, an organization focused largely on process and the work of lawyers and scientists, does an amazing job with storytelling all over its home page. There are heroes with a heartbeat to show every dimension of their work in stories. Many nonprofits have trouble making their missions relatable and exciting to potential supporters. I often get questions like this one from Deirdre:“As an organization with a mission that is a bit more abstract than, say, feeding hungry children or saving whales, we often struggle to make our work concrete. How can organizations dedicated to civic engagement or research create an inspiring story?”Whatever your issue area, these three tips will make your cause clear and compelling.1. Describe your mission as a destination.Don’t talk about your process or philosophy. Talk about your outcomes.Let me give you an example. Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Switch and Decisive, provide a great example from a breast care clinic as envisioned by Laura Esserman. She could have described her mission in ways that focused on the building or the philosophy. For example:  “We are going to revolutionize the way breast cancer is treated and create a prototype of the next-generation breast cancer clinic.” Another poor choice:  “We are going to reposition radiology as an internal, rather than external, wing of the clinic, and we will reconfigure our space to make that possible.” These all fall into the customary trap of talking about HOW your approach your work rather than WHAT the end result will be. (They also make the mistake of having no people in the description of their cause, but that’s the second point below.) What would be better? The Heaths nail it: “A clinic with everything under one roof—a woman could come in for a mammogram in the morning and, if the test discovered a growth, she could leave with a treatment plan the same day.” You can see the destination clear as day. 2. Give your mission a pulse.You have to talk about what you do in a way that makes clear its effect on people or animals. If you don’t have a heartbeat to your message, no one will care about your cause. Suppose you are advocating for quality schools. Don’t get so lost in descriptions of quality education and advocacy techniques that you forget to talk about kids! This is one of the most common mistakes I see. Always answer the question, “at the end of the day, whose life is better for what we do?” I like how Jumpstart talks about their work in early childhood education. They put it this way: “Working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.”last_img read more

Use the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly to Strengthen Your Donor Communications

first_imgDonor communications that connect—that appreciate, energize, and activate your prospects and donors—are the key to fundraising success. But you already know that.What you may not know, however, is that few organizations do donor communications well. Most have lots of room to improve, as evidenced by the focus on donor communications in conference agendas, e-newsletters, blog content in the field, Facebook chats, Twitter discussions, and more. If that’s your organization, you’re not alone!Now, with the release of Integrated Fundraising: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, by Mal Warwick/DonorDigital, we have proof of the ways most donor communications fail and the impact of those failures. If you’ve asked for resources to strengthen donor communications and have been turned down or just haven’t found the time to tackle them, this is the kick in the pants you need. These striking findings come from a six-month study of donor communications—both online and offline—from 16 large nonprofits, following online contributions to each organization. Since “multichannel donors are more loyal than single-channel donors,” researchers focused on how much and how well outreach is coordinated across channels for a consistent, recognizable, and satisfying donor experience.What I love about this report is that the researchers share what’s good, bad, and ugly in multiple dimensions so we get an idea of what’s working well (that is, what to strive for and what’s happening in organizations you’re competing with for donor dollars), as well as what’s not. Take a look at these findings:Thank you letters—a reliable cultivation tactic—arrive way too late or not at all. The quickest thank you letter, sent via USPS, arrived in 12 days. The slowest took 28 days. Eight organizations didn’t mail a thank you at all.Most donor communications content is inconsistent—in tone, message, and or/graphics—across channels, so it’s more likely to confuse and annoy recipients than to strengthen loyalty or motivate them to give. Most organizations do reach out to donors via multiple channels.Follow-up appeals via direct mail are frequently implemented, but that second ask can come months after the initial online gift, diminishing its success rate.Sustainer programs (aka monthly giving) provide a strong base of revenue, especially during economic dips, and “new online donors are highly responsive to monthly giving recruitment.” But only one organization integrated its monthly giving ask into mail and email, whereas four didn’t make monthly giving asks at all. There’s much more to learn in the full report, and I recommend that you download it now. Wherever your organization currently sits on the good, bad, and ugly continuum, there’s always room to do donor communications better.With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build the strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.last_img read more

Free Charity Fundraising Event Ideas for Nonprofits

first_imgFundraising ideas are always in demand for nonprofits, and the options are endless, but many of them cost a lot of money to produce. High-end fundraisers, like an annual gala, bring in the big donations, but they are a lot of work and can be very expensive to put on. Not everyone can participate in them, so you also need to have fundraisers that are more casual and easier to put on. Here are some ideas for low-cost, or free, fundraising events.Use What You’ve GotThe first step in free charity fundraising is to assess your resources. Take a look at what your organization already has that may be of use. If you have a building, look at your space — both inside and out — and see if you have a place you can use for an event. If the indoors is all office or clinic space, but you have a lawn, then consider an outdoor function. A couple of ideas to get you started thinking of possibilities might be:Build community by holding a small-town feeling event like a pancake breakfast or spaghetti supper. If you can get some “celebrity” chefs (the mayor, radio personalities, doctors, etc.), you can create a bigger draw.Support the arts by hosting an art show or sale. Use hallways as the gallery if you don’t have a room you can dedicate to the effort. You can sell pieces and charge a commission, encouraging sales by publicizing the fact that a certain percent of all sales goes to the charity. Of course, you can ask the artists to donate something for an auction too. Alternatively, you could just make it a show and ask local businesses to donate the prize money. Additional funds can be raised by selling ad space on a program or through sponsorships that you will publicize on flyers for the event. You also have the opportunity to make money from entry fees and guest admissions.Take Advantage of Fundraising WebsitesPhysical events are fun for guests and are a great way to give potential supporters a sense of connection with your organization, but more and more people are spending time online and developing personal networks there. Young people, especially, connect with others online and love to share what they are passionate about, so the Internet can be a great “place” for free fundraising.Auctions are great because the process is familiar; you get the donations, post details (pictures are vital!), and buyers make their offers and pay with online donations when it’s over. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, though. Consider the popularity of the “ice bucket challenge” that came out of nowhere and spread virally.Every organization is different, so the opportunities are endless. Hopefully, these ideas have given you a starting point for planning some events of your own.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on nonprofit marketing, including how to set up an effective donation page, and how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more