Organisation News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Syrian journalist Maya Nasser, a correspondent for Iran’s English-language Press TV, was fatally shot by a sniper yesterday while covering a twin bomb attack on military command headquarters in central Damascus and the ensuing fighting, Press TV reported. He died in hospital from a gunshot injury to the neck.Hussein Mortada, a Lebanese journalist working as Damascus bureau chief for Iran’s Arabic-language TV station Al-Alam, also sustained a gunshot injury while covering the fighting. Tajamu’ Ansar Al-Islam claimed responsibility for the two explosions (one of which was a car-bomb) but not for shooting the two journalists.Reporters Without Borders condemns the targeting of the Press TV and Al-Alam reporters and points out that, under UN Security Council Resolution 1738, journalists should under no circumstances be targeted by the parties to the conflict. Aged 35, Nasser was the 12th professional journalist to be killed in Syria since the start of the uprising in March 2011.It has meanwhile emerged that Abdelkarim Al-Oqda, a citizen journalist who had filmed many videos of the government’s violent crackdown its opponents, was killed during an assault by government forces on Arbaeen, a neighbourhood in the west-central city of Hama, on 19 September.He died when soldiers attacked his home and set fire to it. An amateur video posted online by activists shows four charred bodies on the ground, one of them Al-Oqda’s. An activist said the army targeted his house because of his coverage of the uprising in Hama.Aged 27, Al-Oqda was a cameraman and reporter for Sham News Network (SNN), providing thousands of videos about the clashes in Syria since March 2011. SNN’s videos are used by many international media such as Al-Jazeera and the BBC.His tragic death brings the number of citizen journalists killed since the start of the uprising to 29. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 12, 2021 Find out more News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists September 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press TV reporter shot dead in Damascus to go further Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts News February 3, 2021 Find out more
December 26, 2019 Find out more January 12, 2018 Police harass journalists covering Tunisia protests RSF_en “These media freedom violations by representatives of the security forces are unacceptable in a democratic country such as Tunisia,” said Yasmine Kacha, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “Journalists must be able to freely cover the protests currently taking place in Tunisia. We call on the authorities not to obstruct their work.” Receive email alerts Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Tunisia Review reporter Nadim Bouamoud’s telephone was seized by a police officer on 7 January while he was providing live video coverage of one of the protests in the anti-austerity campaign, whose slogan is “Fech nestannew” (What are we waiting for?). Tunisia is ranked 97th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Help by sharing this information to go further The wave of protests against austerity measures and cost of living increases began just days ahead the 7th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution. More protests erupted in Tebourba on 9 January after a man was killed there in clashes with the police the day before. News News Follow the news on Tunisia Mathieu Galtier, a French reporter for the Paris-based daily Libération, received an unexpected visit by police officers at his Tunis home yesterday, one day after he went to Tebourba, a city 30 km west of the capital, to cover a new outbreak of protests.Without showing any supporting document, the police made him accompany them to a police station where they questioned him for nearly an hour before letting him go. They tried above all to get him to provide information about his contacts.“I was very surprised that they came looking for me at my home and I was shocked by the fact that National Guard representatives asked me, in a very explicit and direct manner, for the names of the persons I had talked to in Tebourba,” Galtier told RSF. RSF invites reporters covering the protests to read its recommendations entitled “For a better dialogue between journalists and police officers.” Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns police harassment of journalists covering a ten-day-old wave of anti-austerity protests in Tunisia. The pressure has included the brief detention and interrogation of one reporter and the confiscation of another’s phone. News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists November 11, 2020 Find out more News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder November 12, 2019 Find out more
Catherine Liang | Daily TrojanIn the wake of terror attacks in Europe this summer, tensions have risen in the international community as countries around the world face a daunting task : counteracting violent acts organized by terrorist groups. On Wednesday, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted an event to discuss how social networks have become platforms for extremist organizations to spread their agenda, and what can be done to counter this shift. “The number of people espousing hate on social media is rising,” said Todd Helmus, a senior behavioral scientist from the Research and Development Corporation.Helmus and Erroll Southers, a professor in the practice of governance at the Price School of Public Policy, led the conversation.Helmus, who specializes in Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, defined it as a field that focuses on proactive actions to counter efforts by extremists to recruit, radicalize and mobilize followers to violence. He explained that observing the rise and fall of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria can allow researchers to understand the challenges of countering extremism online. ISIS, Helmus said, is the first extremist group to use new media technologies on such a grand scale. He explained that the group’s use of Twitter, among other factors, was instrumental in allowing it to reach out to the public in ways that no other terrorist group previously had.A major turning point, Helmus said, was when Twitter began to remove pro-ISIS accounts. This significantly reduced the flow of pro-ISIS content on social media. Several groups and organizations are also working to eradicate ISIS’ ideology, from anti-extremist production companies to community outreach programs.“Having a local approach means that culture is always baked in,” Helmus said. Helmus added that a problem with some earlier attempts to counter extremism was that organizations and the U.S. government did not have an approach that was sufficiently refined. Southers noted that program workers were not attached to the communities and therefore could not reach their audience as effectively. “The Somali-American community in Minneapolis is very different than the one in Columbus, Ohio,” Southers said.Helmus cited movement to private messaging apps, which is much more difficult, if not impossible, to intercept. He added that many have also voiced concerns about the anti-extremist programs, saying that they are too focused on Muslims.Helmus added that both right-wing and left-wing extremists in the United States are growing bolder online.This issue, Helmus explained, has not received enough attention and funding. Technology companies, however, are beginning to help address these new issues. Twitter, for example, is moving toward removing racist content on its platform, according to Helmus.Ultimately, Southers said, the bigger modern threat might be white nationalists. “They are now outperforming ISIS in every social metric online, both in Twitter follower accounts and tweets per day,” Southers said.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said his side will leave their illustrious European history to one side in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus and try to imagine they are vying to win the trophy for the first time.Real won the first five editions of the European Cup between 1956 and 1960 and are in their 15th final, bidding for a record-extending 12th crown and for the honour of being the only team to successfully defend the trophy in the Champions League era.Juventus meanwhile are competing in their ninth final, having lost in six of their previous eight appearances, beating only Liverpool in 1985 and Ajax in 1996.Ramos is gunning for his 18th winner’s medal for club and country and is far from alone in the Madrid dressing in room in having a lengthy honours list. Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in his fifth Champions League final.Ramos, however, said his side were still as hungry as ever to win Europe’s biggest prize.”Tomorrow we have a date with history, with ourselves and we have to all forget about the things we have won and think about it like our first trophy,” Ramos told a news conference on Friday.”In that sense we’re motivated and excited about being the first team to win two Champions Leagues in a row.”Ramos scored a 93rd-minute equaliser in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid, leading to a 4-1 extra-time win which ended a 12 year Champions League barren spell. That started a cycle of three finals in four years, as they also beat Atletico on penalties in the 2016 showpiece in Milan.advertisement”After so many years without winning the Champions League you never know when the cycle might end and we’re proud of what we’ve done and are enjoying the moment,” Ramos said.”What we’ve done is unbelievable – no-one could have predicted it. The numbers speak for themselves and we’re going to try to bring the cup home again.”Juventus defender Dani Alves, perhaps inspired by his many years spent with Real’s arch rivals Barcelona, did look into the past as he dragged up the 1998 final between Real and Juventus which was decided for the Spaniards by a hotly-debated Predrag Mijatovic goal.”This isn’t Alves v Real Madrid, this is Real Madrid v Juventus, and the last time they won with an offside goal,” said the Brazilian, who has never shied away from controversy.Real defender Marcelo refused to be drawn into his Brazil team mate’s mind games, however.”It’s a Champions League final and they are trying to get at us in various ways but we need to think about ourselves and remember what we came for and what we have to do,” Marcelo said.”Their words wont bother us at all, we have come here to defend Real Madrid.”
As far as match-ups go, India vs Afghanistan promises to be as ill-matched as David vs Goliath, but when the teams meet in Southampton on Saturday, it seems highly unlikely that the result will follow it’s biblical corollary. The magnitude of the gulf between the 2 sides in the ongoing World Cup 2019 can be gauged from the fact that while India are yet unbeaten in the tournament after 4 games, Afghanistan are still waiting for their 1st victory and the way they were brushed aside by Eoin Morgan’s England in their last match, it seems the wait is poised to get even longer.India are yet to lose a wicket to spin in World Cup 2019. Oppositions have so far bowled a total of 53 overs of spin to the Indian batsmen without getting a single wicket while leaking 339 runs. That’s an economy of 6.39!During India’s World Cup opener against South Africa, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled 10 and 9 overs respectively while going away for 112 runs in total. Australia, who possess a pace-heavy attack, still used Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell for a combined 13 overs but the duo was treated with disdain by the Indian batsmen as they plundered 95 runs off the spinners. Pakistan, possibly not taking a cue from India’s outing against Australia, unleashed 4 spinners (Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez) at Old Trafford, but there was no letup from the Indians as they refused to give a single wicket to their spinners.All this is not good news for their opponents on Saturday. Afghanistan arrived for the World Cup 2019, banking heavily on their troika of spinners – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman. The trio had proven to be match-winners in the past, including in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and for Afghanistan, they remained key to whatever success they thought of achieving at the tournament.advertisementHowever, the story of these spinners has mirrored their team’s fortunes at the ongoing World Cup. Their spearhead Rashid has gone wicket-less in the past 2 matches against England and South Africa since he couldn’t bowl after being hit in the head while batting against New Zealand. In 16 overs since that blow, Rashid has been punished for 155 runs, with Morgan alone heaving him for 7 sixes! Before that Taunton game, Rashid had managed to pick 3 wickets against Sri Lanka and Australia.Rashid’s teammate Nabi, shone bright against Sri Lanka with 4 spectacular wickets with his off-spin but he too has failed to make a bigger impact in the rest of the games. Mujeeb has only played 3 games till now but only managed to get a solitary wicket so far. Clearly, one of Afghanistan’s biggest strengths has turned into their Achilles heel. Combine this with India’s record against spin in this World Cup, and Afghanistan have got a few headaches ahead of their clash on Saturday.If things go India’s way, the agony for Afghanistan from their outing against England in their last match could seem like it was in the distant past.Also Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantAlso Read | World Cup 2019: People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing, says Rashid Khan