The authorities deny holding journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi as he begins a third week in secret confinement

first_img to go further December 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The authorities deny holding journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi as he begins a third week in secret confinement Organisation Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News News April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist Khawar Medhi Rizvi, who was working with two French journalists from L’Express, Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau, has been held in solitary confinement since 16 December. Although he has been shown several times on public PTV television, the authorities have rejected a habeas corpus petition from the family’s lawyer. The official reasons for the journalist’s arrest and his place of detention therefore remain unknown. Receive email alerts News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has voiced dismay at a “state lie” told to High Court judges in Karachi by a ranking official of the Federal Intelligence Authority (FIA) who denied it was holding journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi. The Pakistani journalist, who was working with two French journalists from the weekly L’Express, Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau, is being regularly shown on public PTV television as he begins his third week in detention at the hands of the security services.Reporters Without Borders is distressed by this State lie which involves exhibiting on television a journalist who is being held in secret confinement while at the same time denying to judges that he is imprisoned. The international press freedom organisation has renewed its appeal to the Pakistani government to release the Pakistani journalist and to allow the French journalists to return home.The 30 December denial by the FIA official before the Sindh High court that it was holding Rizvi followed the lodging of a habeas corpus petition by Rizvi’s family lawyer, Abid Saqi, in a bid to end his secret detention. The judges, who said they were not satisfied with the reply from the authorities, ordered the FIA’s national director to appear in court on 13 January to explain the official reasons for holding Rizvi.Rizvi, a freelance journalist who regularly works with foreign journalists, has appeared at least three times now in reports on PTV state television. The channel has also broadcast accounts by people aiming to prove that the three journalists had put together a faked report in Baluchistan (the southern border area with Afghanistan).The two French journalists Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau remain under house arrest in a Karachi hotel after being released on bail on 24 December. They are awaiting a verdict that is expected at the latest on 10 January.The three journalists were arrested on 16 December in Karachi after they had just finished a report on Taliban groups at the border with Afghanistan. The Pakistani authorities have charged the two French journalists with travelling to the Quetta region without permission. last_img read more

Oxford ranked world no. 1 in four subjects

first_imgOxford University has today been ranked as the number one in the world for the study of four subject areas in a new league table.The QS World University Rankings by Subject found Oxford is the world’s leading institution for teaching, research, and employability in Anatomy and Physiology, Archaeology, English Language and Literature, and Geography.Oxford was ranked ahead of Cambridge, which had no top spots this year, having lost its leading position in Archaeology, Mathematics, and History.The analysis rated Oxford second in the world for History, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration, and Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.The survey, compiled by “higher education analysts” Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), ranked Oxford alongside Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as one of only three universities in the world to record a number one position in more than one subject. Harvard had 15 and MIT had 12.Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, said: “Though the University of Oxford, like the rest of the UK’s leading universities, is receiving challenges from more places than ever before – Chinese and Russian universities advance apace this year – this year’s rankings indicate that it has risen to the challenge, continuing to provide world-class teaching, research, and career preparation in a comprehensive range of subjects”.According to QS, their analysis was based on over 185 million citations, 43 million papers, 194,000 responses to their Employer survey, and 305,000 responses to their Academic survey.Last year, Oxford was named the best university in the world by the Times Higher Education world rankings.A University of Oxford spokesperson told Cherwell: “The latest QS rankings show Oxford in the very forefront of the world’s universities, both for the quality of its teaching and the excellence of its research, across the full range of academic subjects.“This latest league table is consistent with last year’s Times Higher Education rankings, which rated Oxford as the number one university in the world.”last_img read more

Ingredients watch

first_imgAs we are all aware, some parts of the baking industry are still diminishing.The craft bakeries that are left have to contend with limited staff numbers and in some cases reduced technical knowledge or experience. That is where sometimes things can go wrong.Ingredients manufacturers are pleased to support their customers, with in-depth technical information as they, in turn, will have to explain these concepts to shoppers.These include things like explaining what are genetically modified (GM) organisms, what’s not GM-derived, what you do and don’t have to declare, and so on.This is why we opened the Sonneveld European Bakery Innovation Centre in Holland, which is intended to be a knowledge centre for the entire baking industry. It holds training courses, conducts consumer taste tests and our website can be used to exchange ideas interactively.It is therefore also important that bakery ingredients are kept as simple and as convenient to use as possible. We are about to launch in the UK, the first and only fat-based block improver called Proson.It can be stored in ambient conditions and can be cut to any quantity. It comes in 1kg blocks and there are indicators on the packaging, which bakers can use to cut specific weights.Martin Churchill is technical sales manager for Sonneveld in the UK and IrelandEach month British Baker will report the news and views of an ingredients expertlast_img read more