RSF calls for EU pressure after wave of arrests of journalists in Belarus

first_imgNews News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of many journalists in the past days in Belarus, as the authorities try by every possible means to stop them covering rallies in support of opposition candidates in the upcoming presidential election. The European Union must press the government to stop the harassment, RSF said.Several journalists had already been arrested since the start of the presidential election campaign but this is the first time that the police have targeted reporters who had valid accreditation.The victims included reporter Aliaxandr Pazniak and cameraman Siarhei Bahrou, who were beaten and handcuffed during their filmed arrest on 20 June in Hantsavichy, a town 180 km south of Minsk, where they were covering a demonstration for the local independent newspaper and website Hantsavichy Chas.Yesterday, Pazniak was fined 810 roubles (300 euros) for resisting the police and participating in an illegal demonstration, while Bahrou was sentenced to 15 days in prison. Siarzhuk Latsinsky, a freelancer based in the eastern city of Babruysk, was sentenced to 10 days in prison for participating in an illegal demonstration.More than 270 people, including at least 14 journalists, were arrested during rallies in Minsk and other cities on the evening of 19 June, the deadline for would-be candidates for the 9 August presidential election to collect the necessary signatures.The police targeted both freelancers and the representatives of independent and foreign media including Reuters, Radio Svaboda (RFE/RL’s Belarusian service), the Belarusian exile radio station Euroradio and the news sites and Mobile Internet was disconnected ahead of the rallies, obstructing journalists.“In response to this unprecedented show of support for opposition candidates, the authorities are trying to gag the media and keep suppressing all forms of pluralism, both political and journalistic,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Noting that, on the eve of these arrests, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko participated in a summit meeting between the EU and six Eastern European partner countries, we urge Von der Leyen and the EU commissioner for neighbourhood, Olivér Várhelyi, to condition any negotiation with Minsk on an end to the harassment of journalists and the release of all those still held.”Ruled since 1994 by President Alexander Lukashenko, who until now has been reelected in the first round every five years, Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassmentViolence June 23, 2020 RSF calls for EU pressure after wave of arrests of journalists in Belarus “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 28, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus to go further News Plainclothed Belarus’ security service agents detain cameraman of Radio Svaboda, in Minsk, on June 19, 2020. Credit: Sergei GAPON / AFP. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassmentViolence June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Giants rookie Tyler Beede exits final start of the season with injury

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Tyler Beede was enjoying a perfect start to his last outing of his rookie season.An up-and-down season featured one last disappointment as Beede needed to leave Thursday’s game against the Rockies in the middle of the fourth inning.Beede had thrown 3 1/3 innings against Colorado without allowing a baserunner, but he appeared to tweak his left side on a pitch that struck out Rockies first baseman Ryan McMahon.Beede received attention from Giants trainer Dave Groeschner and …last_img

Roy Hodgson becomes oldest-ever Premier League manager, marks occasion with Crystal Palace win

first_imgCrystal Palace piled further pressure on Leicester City manager Claude Puel on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-1 Premier League win over his team, who have now gone seven games without a victory.Two goals from Wilfried Zaha, another from Michy Batshuayi and a penalty from Luka Milivojevic inflicted a fourth consecutive league defeat on Leicester — their worst run since 2000.But it was the manner of the performance that will have most alarmed Puel, with two goals conceded late on to set sections of the crowd booing.By contrast, 71-year-old Roy Hodgson was in delighted mood as he officially became the oldest ever Premier League manager.Asked on BT Sport how old he felt, Hodgson laughed: “I stopped at 60, anyway – I shall be 60 until I stop working! Age is a number, and it’s really how you feel and how capable you are of doing the job.””I was very pleased with the defending throughout the game really.” Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 23, 2019Leicester conceded the first goal for the 19th time this season when Batshuayi was hit by James McArthur’s shot, the ball ricocheting past Kasper Schmeichel at great pace. It was the Belgian’s first Premier League goal in 19 months.Although Evans responded with his first goal for Leicester, after 64 minutes, Palace quickly restored their lead with a finish from close-in by Zaha, who was returning from suspension.Milivojevic put the game beyond doubt with a spot kick after 81 minutes after Evans, making an eventful 250th appearance in the Premier League, fouled Jeffrey Schlupp.advertisementZaha added his second goal, and Palace’s fourth, late on after mistakes by Harry Maguire and Schmeichel.Interviewed on television immediately after the game, Zaha appeared surprised when James Tomkins was awarded the man-of-the-match award. Asked to present it, Zaha joked: “Oh wow, really? Okay.”The win put Palace six points clear of the relegation zone as they moved one place and two points behind 12th-placed Leicester.Also Read | Massive opportunity lost for us: Mauricio Pochettino disappointed with Tottenham lossAlso Read | Harry Kane scores on return but Tottenham Hotspur lose to Burnleylast_img read more