September 12, 2018 Find out more News RSF_en April 23, 2018 Find out more RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers July 15, 2020 Find out more Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist MaldivesAsia – Pacific News MaldivesAsia – Pacific RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates Phillip Wellman, a US journalist who works for Minivannews.com, was expelled from the Maldives on 19 January and was told he is banned from returning for two years. Reporters Without Borders condemns these measures and says they confirm that the government is continuing to harass one of the country’s opposition news media. Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Maldives News Help by sharing this information January 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition website’s reporter expelled, banned for two years Reporters Without Borders today condemned the expulsion of US journalist Phillip Wellman on 19 January and a decision to ban him from returning to the Maldives for two years on the grounds that his visa was not in order. Wellman works for the office of the news website Minivannews.com that is located in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.“The Maldivian government’s constant targeting of Minivannews, one of the only opposition news media, is alarming,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The process initiated by the authorities with a road map of reforms that was supposed to lead to more freedoms seems to have become seriously stalled. Once again, the government has not kept its promises and the harassment of independent journalists continues.”Wellman arrived in the Maldives in September to report for Minivannews.com. Although he had a work visa, the authorities arrested him on 3 November while he was covering the arrest of members of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party in the southern atoll of Gaaf Dhal. Accused by government spokesman Mohamed Hussain Shareef of “militant activities,” he and fellow journalist Graham Quick were then expelled. He was nonetheless told he would be able to return to the Maldives two weeks later.Following his expulsion, Wellman went back to Colombo and remained there until 14 January. Before returning to the Maldives, he and his editor, Paul Roberts, sent messages to the Maldivian immigration authorities in an attempt to get his return officialised. All they got in reply was verbal confirmation of the possibility of his return, and a tourist visa.Three days after his arrival in Male, Wellman was contacted by immigration officials and was told he would have to leave on the grounds that he did not have “official permission.” They refused to give him the reasons for his expulsion in writing, but they notified him that he would not be allowed to return for two years. Organisation to go further
Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Al-Sabah has reacted by urging Iraq’s highest-ranking Shiite religious leader, Ali Al-Sistani, to intervene in the controversy, while journalists and intellectuals took part in a rally organised yesterday in Baghdad by the Union of Men of Letters and the Journalistic Freedom Observatory to protest against an increase in threats and attacks on freedom of opinion and expression in Iraq. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about an offensive launched by the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), a Shiite political party, against the government newspaper Al-Sabah and its news editor, Ahmed Abd Al-Hussein, over an article he wrote for the 4 August issue blaming the ISCI for a major bank holdup two weeks ago. Hussein has received death threats. Hussein’s article accused the ISCI of being behind the holdup of a branch of the Al-Rafidin bank in the Baghdad district of Al-Zawiya on 28 July, in which eight security guards were killed. It was one of the biggest holdups since 2003, with a haul of nearly 4 million dollars. The alleged perpetrators, who were arrested three days later, including Capt. Jaafar Lazem, one of the bodyguards of Vice-President Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, an ISCI leader. Organisation News Follow the news on Iraq Hussein’s article said the ISCI had intended to use the holdup money to buy votes in next January’s parliamentary elections. Several of the ISCI’s rivals had accused it of distributing blankets in poor neighbourhoods in return for votes in last January’s governorate council elections. December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” August 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hate campaign by Shiite party against government newspaper journalist IraqMiddle East – North Africa News to go further Receive email alerts The ISCI immediately threatened to sue Al-Sabah and then, in a Friday sermon relayed to all of the ISCI’s mosques, one of the party’s leaders, Sheikh Jalal Eddin Al-Saghir (a member of the commission that drafted the constitution in 2005), condemned the politicisation of the media, accused the government of manipulation and called for Hussein to be tried and put to death. News News Hussein, who also edits the newspaper’s arts and culture pages, has taken indefinite leave for family and health reasons, Al-Sabah editor in chief Falah Al-Michaal said. Pressure is being put on the newspaper’s staff to prevent Hussein’s return. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan In a news conference, interior minister Jawad Al-Bolani stressed the hold-up’s underlying political motive without going into details. RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more “This hate campaign and the calls for the death of Hussein, a well-known journalist, writer and poet, is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The threats must stop at once. All Hussein did was expose a scandal involving public figures. The authorities must take the appropriate measures to protect this journalist and put a stop to this outrage.” Saghir also announced that he would sue Al-Sabah and all the other media and websites that linked the party to the holdup, including opposition websites that support deposed President Saddam Hussein’s Baath movement. An ISCI parliamentarian and militias that support the party also voiced direct threats against the journalist.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Opinion & Columnists Cameron Turner: Unfair Hampton Bashing Undermines Council Race By CAMERON TURNER Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 11:43 am No evidence has been presented to prove that Tyron Hampton had anything to do with damaging or removing the two dozen campaign signs that his city council election rival, Calvin Wells, had to replace the other weekend. Nor is there any evidence that Hampton had any involvement with the alleged disappearance of copies of the Pasadena Journal newspaper which endorsed Wells and reportedly vanished from Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ and a few other locations around town. But the lack of evidence hasn’t stopped some of Hampton’s critics from making vicious and unproven accusations. This has polluted a campaign that should have been seen as a win-win for Pasadena – a race between two excellent and principled candidates.Tyron Hampton and Calvin Wells are both men of integrity who have demonstrated their love of Pasadena through public service – Hampton with two years on the Pasadena school board and Wells with three years as our fire chief (capping a three decade career with the Pasadena Fire Department). Either man would make an honorable addition to the city council.Hampton bashers take a much dimmer view. In back to back editorials (March 18 and 25), Pasadena Journal publisher Joe Hopkins excoriated Hampton as “another crooked politician” with “flexible ethics” who faces “a lot of unanswered questions about his lack of honesty” and whose city council bid is “based on illegal activities.” But Mr. Hopkins offered no facts to prop up these harsh allegations. Instead, his editorials presented nonspecific and unsupported claims of cronyism, guesswork about how much Hampton may have spent of campaign posters, and an assertion that, when he ran for school board in 2013, Hampton “promised a number of local residents” that he would change his political party membership.That many of these vague and unsubstantiated attacks depend on hearsay and rumor makes them all the more unfair. In his March 18 piece, Mr. Hopkins states that “a number of people” claim that Hampton’s camp has “initiated a campaign to replace Calvin Wells campaign signs with Hampton signs on their property.” Mr. Hopkins closed his March 25 op-ed by restating the unproven sign-stealing allegation as if it was a fact. As for those stacks of the March 18 Journal that were allegedly taken from various places, Mr. Hopkins admits in his March 25 op-ed that he has no proof that Hampton was involved. However, he writes that “one guy told us he saw a tall African American woman in a nice car” taking the papers from a distribution spot in Altadena.Perhaps the worst use of rumor-based reporting is Mr. Hopkins’ March 25 claim of a Hampton family conspiracy to take over City Hall for personal gain. Hopkins asserts that “the Hamptons are already… discussing which family members they will put in appointed positions” and that “the father is saying that he can now get all the things done that he has wanted done for years.” Did Hopkins get this unnerving information from a verifiable source? No. He attributes these claims to “word on the street.”As the leading African-American newspaper in the San Gabriel Valley, the Pasadena Journal plays an important role in illuminating the events, people and issues of concern to the black community. I am proud that the Journal is one of the outlets to which I contribute as a writer. But the publisher’s attacks on Tyron Hampton (which actually predate the current city council contest) are a disservice to all of us.The groundless, rumor-based attacks on Tyron Hampton unfairly impugn the character of a respected and dedicated public servant. And, even more significantly, they undermine discussion of the important issues that voters must consider as they prepare to cast ballots in the April 21 runoff election.Thank you for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents. 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