Middle East & North Africa

first_img RSF_en October 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Middle East & North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Region performs poorly, Israel nose-dives—–Israel cast down by Operation Cast LeadThis is the first time that Israel (internal) is not at the head of the Middle Eastern countries in the press freedom index. By falling 47 places to 93rd position, it is now behind Kuwait (60th), United Arab Emirates (86th) and Lebanon (61st). Arrests of journalists (and not only foreign ones), their conviction and in some cases their deportation are the reasons for Israel’s nose-dive. Israel’s media are outspoken and investigate sensitive subjects thoroughly, but military censorship is still in force.Like the United States, Israel has a separate ranking for activities outside its own territory. Israel (extraterritorial) also fell, to 150th position, as a result of its offensive against the Gaza Strip, Operation Cast Lead, in which the Israeli military bombarded buildings housing Palestinian news media. Foreign and Israeli media were denied access to the Gaza Strip throughout the offensive.Iran at gates of infernal trioIran (172nd) now stands at the threshold of the infernal trio of countries at the very bottom of the index after a major deterioration in its press freedom situation marked by blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi’s death in Evin prison, Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi’s arrest and the crackdown in the wake of President Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad’s disputed reelection in June. Many journalists were arrested and a Stalinist-style show trial began in Tehran in which the most basic rights of the defendants are still being flouted.Yemen (167th) continued to sink towards the bottom of the rankings. Journalists pay for the government’s scorched-earth policies towards any form of separatism, not only in the north against the Zaydi rebels but also in the south. The Saleh government has drastically curtailed freedom of expression since May, imposing a news blackout on its military operations.A similar downward trend continued in Syria (165th). Although there was less recourse to physical violence against journalists, the situation was very worrying, with repression steadily tightening its grip and closing off the remaining areas of freedom available to the independent and opposition media.Although Libya (156th) rose a few positions in the rankings, its already limited tolerance of free expression suffered setbacks this year. The import of Arab and other foreign publications was permitted, but two privately-owned publications created in 2007 by Al-Ghad, a company owned by Muammar Gaddafi’s son Seif Al-Islam, were nationalised and the Al-Libya TV station’s bureaux were closed.The situation of journalists in Iraq (145th) has evolved inasmuch as the problem is no longer the same. Instead of targeted threats from militias or terrorist groups, Iraqi journalists now have to cope with hostility from officials and politicians who deny the media access to certain areas. Abusive prosecutions and defamation actions against newspapers that expose corruption are now common. Even supposedly pro-government media are not spared.The run-up to major elections was marked by greater hostility towards journalists in the Maghreb. There was an increase in prosecutions of news media in Algeria (141st) while President Ben Ali’s regime stepped up its suppression of all independent journalism in Tunisia (154th).Morocco (127th) continued the fall that it began three years ago. The royal palace has become more vigilant about the “red lines” that the press must not cross but is changing the methods used to ensure respect. As with other regimes, financial reprisals are becoming the preferred weapon for use against journalists who go too far. Exorbitant damages awards now pose more of a threat to the Moroccan media that prison sentences.There was unfortunately little evolution in the Gulf states, where there is an almost complete absence of independent media. The ruling families have a monopoly of radio and TV and the printing and distribution of newspapers, and self-censorship is systematic. Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Middle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 3, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Newscenter_img News June 8, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Middle East – North Africa to go furtherlast_img read more

Win cinema tickets

first_imgNewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – April 21, 2017 671 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin WhatsApp TAGScinemacompetitionGoing in StylelimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon Limerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Printcenter_img Facebook Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live ODEON Limerick is this week giving away one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of your choice at their cinema at the Castletroy Shopping Centre.To be in with a chance, answer the following question and email your answer to [email protected] by 9am on Monday April 24.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Who directed ‘Going in Style’?A. Guy RitchieB. Zach BraffC. Danny Boyle Email Previous articleFashion Friday April 28 for RiverfestNext articleThe passion of Limerick Choral Union celebrating Easter Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

49ers training camp: How alarming is Dee Ford’s knee pain?

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Defensive end Dee Ford came to the 49ers as a high-priced solution to a meager pass rush. A week into training camp, they’re protecting that investment.Ford’s left-knee tendinitis required a platelet-rich plasma injection that will keep him out a week, coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday’s session.Ford was forced him out of practice last Tuesday and Thursday because of the knee, an issue he dealt with …last_img

Scott Metzger, May 22

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We started back in planting last Monday after two or three weeks. You could row the corn this morning already.We got done with everything for the first planting on Saturday and started replanting beans on Saturday. We had those big rains earlier and corn really struggled. That corn we planted the week of April 23 through 27, it was three weeks before it was up really good. We planted our Plenish beans that week too and all of those acres need another 125,000 on them because the beans couldn’t push through the ground crusting over. Most of that was on patterned tile ground too.We were fortunate with our 500 or 600 acres of corn we planted that week of April 23 and we only had about 40 acres that we needed to spot in. Some of that rotted, some of it leafed out underground and some of it just disappeared in the white clay.There are always a couple of days every year you shouldn’t plant and this year those days were April 27 and 28 before we got four inches of rain. The next couple of weeks we got more small rains and cool weather. We didn’t get good drying days until the week before last.We had a great run this last week and then Saturday we ended up getting a half inch to 1.2 inches. We needed about a half inch or so just to keep things going. East of us 10 miles it didn’t rain at all. I really feel for the guys west of us that have really been hammered with rain this spring.This area has been a really big replant area. There were a lot of guys jamming in crops that week of April 23. A lot of that corn planted on the 28th got torn out. We were fortunate we didn’t have to replant that much.Wheat is coming along really well. There were some early varieties starting in on the blister stage in the area. I would say by June 12 or 15 we will probably be in wheat harvest around here, unless it cools off. It looks pretty good.The new hog barn we put up is just a little over half full and everything seems to be running alright. They look to have it at full capacity here in the next couple of weeks.On our early-planted soybeans the bean leaf beetles are just running rampant. The one early field is the worst because it is the only field of beans planted in that area. They have had a feeding frenzy on them. We have had a little Pythium in the beans too.last_img read more

Welcome to the Age of Robot Reporters

first_imgNozzl was founded by a team of ex-newspaper reporters and engineers. They got out when it was clear the newspaper industry was in trouble, but now they aim to give something back by bringing together the real-time, programmatic possibilities of the web with the reporting of the newspapers. Reporters have for decades written programming scripts that repeat database queries over and over again to extract public data for bulk analysis. The Nozzl team has taken that to the next level and combined it with new social media.The company put up a demo page for Portland, Oregon news that anyone can look at today. The public records streams are the big value-add and are fully customizable per newspaper. Visitors can then type live filter terms into the box at the bottom of the widget to zero in on topics of interest to them. That’s the nozzle in Nozzl Media.User Experience is Hard For RobotsUnfortunately, there are two big issues here. First, the flow of Tweets is overwhelming and undifferentiated. On the demonstration site you see almost nothing else unless you can think of something to filter for. If automated Twitter feeds hold value for local news, they will probably require some smart pre-proccessing before being presented to the reading public.There have always been people who like to listen to police radio scanners. Myself, I like to read restaurant health inspection reports, building permit applications and liquor license applications. If Nozzl had some categories I could choose between, that would be very helpful.The second, and more interesting, problem is that the public records that are extracted are exciting in theory but relatively unreadable in practice. The truth is, Nozzl didn’t exactly tell me that there was an unconscious person reported at Nike HQ today – it told me with code from a form that there was an UNCONS/UNRESPONSIVE report at 1 SW Bowerman Drive, in Portland. A little Mad-Libs style transformation of forms into human-readable sentences and some pre-fetching of names associated with addresses could go a long way. Run the name associated with that address through a News search engine and tell me if it’s an entity that’s been reported on in the past – if so then it’s probably high-priority news to push live again. The company needs to put these machine-readable pages it displays into coherent English sentences, or find some other solution. Don’t Forget the HumansAmbulances to Nike’s Headquarters to help someone unconscious today? That sounds like it could be news. Even if the technology presented the information this clearly – it may take a human eye to pick a story like that out of a list of automatically captured ambulance reports. Having a human available to pick up a phone, call Nike HQ and ask who was found unconscious there this afternoon would add another element of value to this data – but that’s not what Nozzl is looking to do. The company is serving up raw data to news consumers.In the end, human reporters and raw robot feeds sound like a great combination. That appears to be what Nozzl is aiming to create by offering its widgets to established news organizations. The company says that a mobile application could be in its future, too. That’s something I’m very excited about. Be it a widget or a mobile app, Nozzl’s robot reporters need more polish before they are ready to win back the hearts of fast-leaving newspaper readers. As a picture of the future, though – Nozzl is very inspiring.Interested in what companies like Nozzl Media mean for the future of the web? Check out our profile of Nozzl and ten other case study companies in our recent research report The Real-Time Web and Its Future. One hour ago, three emergency vehicles responded to a report of an unconscious person at the world headquarters of Nike Inc. in Portland, Oregon. How do I know? An automated form-pumping robot from startup company Nozzl Media told me.Nozzl Media today unveiled a demonstration of its first product, a widget intended for newspaper websites seeking to display real-time local information derived from Twitter messages, blog posts and automatically extracted public records like restaurant health inspections, building reports and public safety emergency responses. It’s like a little robot reporter and the company plans on offering it as a mobile app in the future as well. Nozzl raises questions, though, about what constitutes news and whether or not human reporters are expendable in the news process. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Wordless Wednesday – Celebrating Military Children

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Malaika Arora Khan is miffed over hijacked ‘Munni’ gig

first_imgTwo actresses can clearly not be friends in Bollywood. Never mind that they belong to different age groups. We hear that all is not well between Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora Khan, both of whom worked in the film Dabangg. At the recently held Sahara India Sports Awards, Sonakshi marked her stage debut with a performance of the Munni badnaam hui track from the film, originally picturised on Malaika.Everyone applauded Sonakshi for her first stage act, which she performed with much grace and aplomb. However, sources confirm that Malaika was disturbed that Sonakshi performed on Munni when she could have chosen any other number.”Malaika is using Munni as her big ticket song, to be performed at various stage shows. She doesn’t want anyone else to perform to it,” said a source.While Salman Khan launched Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, Sonakshi, Malaika is his bhabhi . Malaika is miffed because she wants the song to remain exclusively associated with her.Ever since the movie was released, Malaika has been spotted at various events performing to the popular track. However, she was not approached for the Sahara awards. The show was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and the Munni number was one of the highlights of the event.last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, with only 2 and a half weeks until the 2005 Under 18 National 18 Championships and just 9 weeks until the 2005 All Nations Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand… * The race is underway at NSW Touch for the 2005 Boland and Smith medal winners…For all the news on who is winning and what the running total is, check out the following article: http://www.nswtouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=965&sID=12 * TouchWest are looking for a media student to help them out with promoting the sport through WA’s media outlets…with up to $2000 in payment being offered, as well as the great experience the work brings, it’s a great part time job or work experience for a student looking to work in the sports media field. On a personal note, I’d encourage all interested to check it out…I had the same part time job with Australian Touch in 2003-2004 and when I graduated in 2004 they allowed me to take a permanent full time role with the organisation. It’s a fantastic opportunity that TouchWest are offering, so check it out at http://www.touchwest.com./ * Rachel’s latest Sports News article is up on the Sports News website. Once again, another opportunity to show the Sports world that Touch has an incredibly large participation and readership base. Please check out the story and keep supporting the efforts to promote Touch Australia-wide. Here’s the link straight to the story: http://www.sportsnews.com.au/content.php?article.112 * If you’re looking to get some media coverage for your Under 18 sides heading to the National 18’s Champs in Coffs, simply send Rachel an email at [email protected], she’ll be glad to help you out in any way she can. * All the merchandise ordered for the Under 18 Championships is in and it looks awesome, there’s new Kooldri gear, graffiti print singlets and t-shirts, new items such as headbands and wristbands in a bevy of colours and also the silicon wristbands that seem to be everywhere at the moment. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be loading up a photo gallery that will show images of some of these items. Keep an eye out so you can see some of what’s on offer before you get to the event. Also, if you’re a bargain hunter, there will be plenty of old gear on sale at the event, including various event t-shirts, hats, bags, odds and ends, as well as referees gear that can’t be sold at full price because it has the old logo on it. It’s certainly a great way to pick up a spare shirt or pair of shorts for just $5 or $10 each. * Winter is slowly but surely (and very thankfully for those of us here in Canberra) coming to an end, meaning Summer Touch competitions will be calling for nominations, registrations and so forth soon. Keep an eye out at your local association; perhaps get a social team together to take in the action over summer. What’s better than a bit of fun and fitness with your mates or perhaps office mates, followed by a BBQ and drink or two on a beautiful summers evening? * The planning is coming together for the Under 18 Championships Opening Ceremony, with South Sydney’s ex-Touchies Joe Williams and John Sutton agreeing to come down again for the tournament. They’ll be involved with the Opening Ceremony, as well as helping out with a little bit of commentary from the `Fishbowl’ and field work as well. They’ll also be taking part in the Celebrity Challenge match, a sight surely not to be missed! The Celebrity Challenge match is a new initiative being kicked off this year and will take place before the Mens and Womens Under 18’s grand finals. Make sure you get out on the finals day for this! * If you’ve been taking advantage of the great merchandise specials on the internet, or you’ve been thinking about ordering some of those shirts for your social team…THIS INFO IS FOR YOU: The specials have been so popular that our shelves are getting bare…before you place an internet order please contact Casey at [email protected] to check that we have what you want, what sizes you need and what colours you’re after. This will minimise the stress for Casey as she deals with orders that have been paid for, for clothes we don’t have! * Apparently America held their Touch Football nationals over the weekend…keep an eye on the website for more info as we get our hands on it. * Feel free to send any info you have for this column to [email protected] By Rachel Moylelast_img

a month agoTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfers

first_imgTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists their transfer funds remain as deep as ever.Levy has insisted that the refinancing of Tottenham’s stadium debt will not impact the club’s activity in the transfer market.Spurs borrowed £637million in loans from various banks to help finance the development and construction of their 62,062-seat ground, which opened in April.Levy told the Financial Times that the new arrangements will not alter the way the north London club is run.He said: “The refinancing will have no ­bearing on how we run the club… and no bearing on those types of short-term movements [like transfers].” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBurnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood: We were at our best

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood: We were at our bestby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood praised the manner of their win over Norwich City.Norwich – fresh from beating champions Manchester City a week ago – never really threatened the lead as Sean Dyche’s men wrapped up a first win since the opening day with an accomplished display from back to front.“That’s what comes of it if we are at our best – we get the three points,” said Wood.“That’s what we try and strive to do every week and it’s nice to put in a great performance and get the three points out of it.“We thrive on home games and try and work hard to get those wins. Thankfully we got another one today and now we can build on that and go forward.“We knew we had a good four games (between international breaks) to hopefully get some points on the board and we’ve started pretty well.“You can look it very happily, knowing that we can build on it and move forward and hopefully get some more results.” last_img read more