With 48 killed since January, 2006 is deadliest year for press since start of war

first_img Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News October 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 With 48 killed since January, 2006 is deadliest year for press since start of war With a total of 48 journalists and media assistants killed in cold blood since the start of January, 2006 is already the deadliest year for the Iraqi press since the start of the war in March 2003, Reporters Without Borders said today, condemning targeted violence against media.“Journalists are being attacked more often that Iraqi politicians, who work in the Green Zone where the parliament, ministries and US embassy is located and who are protected by private security companies,” the press freedom organisation said.“But Iraqi journalists get no protection and have to work with the population, which makes them more vulnerable to attack,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “We reiterate our call to the Iraqi authorities to finally guarantee a safer work environment for all media personnel.”Toll of employees killed in attack on new TV station rises to 11The toll of employees left dead by the targeted attack on 12 October on the new Iraqi TV station Al Shaabiya has risen to 11. The dead include director Abdel Rahim Nasrallah Al Shumari, deputy director Nawfal Al Shumari, technicians Hussein Ali, Dhakir Hussein Al Shuwaili and Ahmad Shaaban, and head administrator Sami Nasrallah Al Shumari. Five security guards were also killed, while journalists Mishtak Al Maamuri and Mohammed Kazem Al Finiyin are still in a critical condition in hospital.The attack was carried out by masked gunmen who pulled up outside the TV station’s new premises at 8 a.m., shot the security guards outside and then went inside looking for any journalists they could find. One journalist had time to call a colleague and ask him to alert the police. After dialling the emergency number, 130, without success, he got through to an operator on a different emergency number, 104. Despite the urgency, the operator asked him to file a report with the police because, he said, it was impossible to send out a patrol each time an attack took place.Two Al Irakiya journalists killed, cartoonist shot and woundedRaid Qais Al Shammari, a journalist working for the TV station Al Irakiya and the radio station Sawt Al Irak, was shot dead at the wheel of his car on 13 October in the Baghdad district of Al Dora. Another Al Irakiya journalist, Ali Halil, was murdered by gunmen yesterday in the Baghdad district of Al Hurriye.Dhiaa Al Hajjar, a cartoonist working for the newspaper Al Sabah, was meanwhile shot and wounded by gunmen in Baghdad on 13 October. His condition is reported to be stable.The TV station Al Irakiya and the daily Al Sabah are part of the Iraqi Media Network (IMN), which was created by the coalition forces after they had taken Baghdad in 2003. Many journalists working for these media have received letters warning they will be killed if they do not give their jobs.Journalist freed by kidnappersWe have just learned that Ali Karim, the editor of the weekly Nadb Al Shabab, was released on 11 October after his family paid a ransom of 30,000 dollars. Karim was tortured for three days and still has burns on his hands and back.A total of 123 journalists and media assistants have been killed and 51 have been kidnapped since the start of the war in 2003. Four of the kidnap victims are still being held hostage. RSF_en News News News Organisation Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further Follow the news on Iraq Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of targeted attacks on the media after the total of journalists and media assistants killed since the start of January reached 48, making 2006 the deadliest year for the Iraqi press since the war began in 2003. The organisation again calls on the Iraqi authorities to take the necessary measures to guarantee a safer work environment for all media personnel. February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Paralympic athlete tells court she’s determined to get to Rio

first_imgNewsParalympic athlete tells court she’s determined to get to RioBy Staff Reporter – April 22, 2015 790 Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AN IRISH paralympic horsewoman says she is determined to make the Rio 2016 games after injuries sustained in a County Limerick car crash forced her to miss the London 2012 Paralympic games.Breda Bernie is 40-year-old Cerebral Palsy sufferer, but could ride a horse at the age of five even before she could take her first steps unassisted.At a sitting of the High Court in Limerick this week, she gave evidence of how she was driving back to Limerick city from dressage training session at a Crecora equestrian arena when her car was written off after a collision with a John Deere tractor and trailer on a narrow road in February 2011.She was at the height of her training with the elite high performance Para Equestrian Ireland squad to reach the Olympic qualifying standards at international dressage events for the London 2012 games when the accident occurred.Ms Bernie, who has represented Ireland at both European and World Championships, described how she had left the stables in Crecora and was returning to Limerick city where she was staying at around 7:45pm on February 25, 2011.Noticing the lights of a vehicle coming towards her, the two time paralympian said she slowed and pulled in as close to the ditch as possible.“Only when the lights came closer did I realise that over half of their vehicle was on my side of the road before it attempted to turn back to its own side.”Ms Bernie described how the subsequent impact with the tractor forced the rear of her car off the road and into the ditch causing over €15,000 worth of damage. The car was written off and she said this left her in shock and with extensive injuries to her neck, back and arm.Ms Bernie said that “there was little or no dialogue” between herself and the tractor driver after he initially asked if she was alright. He also refused to allow her use his phone to contact Gardaí as her own phone was in the boot of her car and couldn’t be accessed.Ms Bernie was initially treated and later referred to her GP. She was subsequently treated by pain and orthopaedic specialists.She missed the first qualifier for London 2012 two months after the accident and her scores at subsequent events failed to improve. despite having ranked at the Irish Paralympic standard before the crash.She was told that she had not been selected shortly before the last qualifier in Germany a number of months later. She continues to have pain despite having regular pain relief injections and is much slower doing things at home.Although still suffering from her injuries, she has since returned to horse riding and told Mr Justice Michael Moriarty that she is “hoping to get to the next Olympics”.“Through determination, I will get to Rio de Janeiro “, she said.In cross examination, Ms Bernie accepted that she had suffered other injuries as a result of a number of falls from her horse at competitions or while hacking, but denied that she had returned to her baseline health status within a few weeks of the accident.Following a brief adjournment on the second day of hearing, Mr Justice Michael Moriarty was told that the case had been settled and costs were awarded to Ms Bernie. Previous articleDirector Liddy returns for Film FestivalNext articlePigtown Fling documentary screening Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSfeatured Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Shannondoc operating but only by appointment No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus Linkedin Email Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended WhatsApp Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Abelson is first in photo finish at Raceway Park

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 25) – With the money on the line, the IMCA Modified feature Sunday at Raceway Park came down to a photo finish.Mills Fabrication kicked off a progressive jackpot winner’s purse for the Professional Concrete IMCA Modifieds that had grown to $1,558 by race time.At the drop of the green flag, Chris Mills and Jim Thies jumped to the front early, riding the inside rim of the track. By the mid-point of the 25 lap feature, Chris Abelson started to get the rubber laid down on the outside groove and began picking his way to the front. With 10 laps remaining, Abelson took over the lead with Ricky Stephan also riding the outside into second place.The pair came out of the final turn side by side, making contact sending both cars sliding across the finish line with Abelson determined to be in front by mere inches at the line. Abelson earned an additional $100 as the hard charger. Jim Thies got by Mills to take third. In the Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car feature, point leader Jason Ward accepted a $100 challenge to win the feature from the rear of the field and did just that, taking another feature victory. Behind Ward, Jeff Thomas and Joe Smith rounded out the top three. Kyle Prauner scored his second win in as many starts in the Skyline Casino IMCA SportMods. Prauner passed leader Matt Frederickson on the outside coming out of the final turn for the checkers. Todd Boulware moved into the division point lead with one race remaining with a third place finish.Division point leader John Cain took another win in the Frederick Welding IMCA Hobby Stocks, edging out Tony Fetterman in the final run to the checkered flag. Finishing third was Mike Hansen.Age and cunning defeated youth and exuberance in the KISS 107FM Sport Compact division with 71-year-old Mark Dorcey taking the feature win over 80-year-old Don Tank and middle-aged whippersnapper Mike Denney. Action continues Sunday night, Sept. 1 with championships decided in all five IMCA divisions. The final championships of the Quick Pick Auto Parts Big Wheel Shootout will also be held. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag dropping at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

WSOC : Syracuse goes into Big East tournament confident in underdog role

first_imgPhil Wheddon warned all season long opposing Big East schools would be surprised at what Syracuse was capable of. The Orange head coach knew his team was better than its opponents thought.‘Everyone wrote us off,’ Wheddon said Oct. 18 as SU prepared for the regular-season finale against St. John’s last Friday. ‘… I think some teams still do. I think a lot of people are going to look at us and say it was a fluke, Syracuse got lucky. It’s not luck, it’s hard work on the ladies’ part.’Now Syracuse (7-7-3, 6-5 Big East) looks to keep surprising teams as it attempts to navigate its way through the Big East tournament, starting with Georgetown (14-5, 8-3) this Sunday at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C., in the Big East quarterfinals. Although the Orange has no experience in postseason play and already lost to Georgetown earlier in the regular season, SU still believes it’s capable of beating the odds once again and moving on to the semifinals and finals in West Virginia.The last time Syracuse was in the Big East tournament was back in 2005. As a result, there isn’t a single player on this year’s roster who has played in a Big East tournament in their college career. The Orange is arguably the most inexperienced squad in the 10-team tournament.SU’s opponent, Georgetown, finished with the most regular-season wins in school history and has 19 players who were on the team’s roster last year who advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2010. The difference in experience, though, doesn’t bother or concern Wheddon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn fact, he’s encouraged by it.‘I think that can be a good thing,’ Wheddon said. ‘Sometimes there’s added pressure when you’ve already experienced something in the past.’And though this is foreign ground for players, it’s also unknown terrain for Wheddon. The fourth-year head coach will be roaming the sideline in a playoff match for the first time in his SU career.Wheddon said it’s imperative for him to stay grounded and be a calming presence for his players, unlike other coaches who might have the propensity to ‘freak out.’He said that some coaches allow their emotions to get the better of them, and they end up yelling and screaming orders. That lack of composure can put pressure on players on the field.‘The players should be excited to train,’ Wheddon said. ‘This week is about them. It’s not about the coaches.’Jenna Rickan, a junior forward, believes the team will be excited rather than nervous.Using the team’s lack of experience as a reason for any failures would only be an excuse, Rickan said.Rickan said though the Orange might be new to the postseason, it is familiar with a Georgetown squad that came into SU Soccer Stadium on Sep. 23 and topped Syracuse 3-1. SU had multiple scoring chances throughout the game, including one within the first five minutes, when Cecilia Borgstrom couldn’t capitalize on a one-on-one against Georgetown goalkeeper Elizabeth Hanna.Rickan said this time around, Syracuse has to cash in on its scoring opportunities.Junior midfielder Alyscha Mottershead said since that game the team has concentrated more on its attacking and defending inside the box. She also thinks that previous loss to Georgetown is one that will push them even more when the two meet Sunday.‘Just using the motivation that we lost to continue and go at them even harder than we did last time,’ Mottershead said.When Sunday finally approaches, Rickan thinks as long as the team goes into the match with the right mindset, a win is well within reach.But Syracuse can’t afford to be tentative in the early going even if the postseason is unfamiliar to the entire team.‘Just knowing that we deserve to be here and not being timid and coming out and just playing how we play, and we’ll come away with a win,’ Rickan said.And that’s what Wheddon hopes his team can do. He said in the playoffs, one bad bounce or slipup from a goalkeeper can change the entire game.Wheddon wants Syracuse to make its own luck. If the Orange can do that, then it can continue to exceed expectations.‘The sky’s the limit,’ Wheddon said. ‘When you get into a knockout situation anything can happen.’[email protected] Comments Published on October 25, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more