Journalists are victims of violence by security forces and targeted attacks

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa September 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists are victims of violence by security forces and targeted attacks Receive email alerts December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Iraq News February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”center_img News News Help by sharing this information Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders deplores a targeted attack on Alaa Mohsen, the host of the programme “Liqa Sakhen” on state-run Al-Iraqiya television, who was badly injured by a bomb placed underneath his car as he was about to leave his home in the Baghdad suburb of Saydiya on the morning of 27 September to go to work. Rushed to the Yarmouk district hospital, he was reported to be in a critical condition yesterday.It was the third targeted attack on a TV presenter since the United States announced the withdrawal of its last combat troops on 31 August (,38320.html). Safaa Al-Dine Abdul Hameed of Al-Mosuliyah was shot dead in Mosul, in the northern province of Ninawa, on 8 September while Riad Al-Saray, another Al-Iraqiya presenter, was gunned down in Baghdad on 7 September.The current climate of terror and impunity has also seen an increase in violence against journalists by members of the Iraqi security forces.In one of the latest cases, reporter and cameraman Bashar Al-Badrani of satellite TV station Al-Sharqiya was the victim of an extremely violent attack by members of the Iraqi army while on his way to a news conference in Mosul on 23 September. After opening fire on his car, the soldiers forced him and his driver to get out and began to beat and insult them. They hit Al-Badrani even more when he told them he was a journalist.Several journalists were beaten or roughed up by bodyguards assigned to Khalaf Abdel Samad, the head of the Iraqi Martyrs Foundation, while trying to cover a seminar he gave on 22 September in the southern city of Al-Nasiriya.The bodyguards used unexpected violence when Samad told them to remove the journalists. An Al-Fiha cameraman was hit as he was filming and one of the bodyguards tried to smash his equipment. Three TV reporters – Jassem Khalaf of Al-Ahd, Mohammed Saadoun of Al-Ahwar and Marwa Al-Shammary of Al-Fiha – were also hit while Hazem Habib of the dayly Al-Sabah was dragged from the room.Several journalists were beaten by police at a checkpoint in the Baghdad district of Yarmouk on the night of 21 September as they were returning from covering a discussion seminar involving representatives of the various political coalitions in Baghdad.After stopping their car and telling them to get out, the police forced them to lie face down on the ground and began hitting and insulting them. Both dayly Sawt Baghdad news director Karim Al-Shammary and a Kurdistan TV cameraman sustained facial injuries. The police continued to hit them despite being shown press cards. Such a climate of impunity is undermining the possibilities of developing a free and independent press in Iraq. Those responsible for this violence must be identified and brought to trial. Reporters Without Borders also reiterates its desire for the adoption of a proposed law for the protection of journalists which has languished in parliament since it was submitted in September 2009 (,36963.html). Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

New Fredonia Restaurant Opens In Former Wing City Grille Building

first_imgSubmitted image.FREDONIA – A new restaurant is now open in the former Wing City Grille building on Route 60 across from Walmart in the Village of Fredonia. Officials say a ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at Buddy Brewster’s Ale House, which is owned by Andrew and Amber Carlson. The Carlson’s say they decided to take advantage of the downtime this past spring from the restaurant industry shutdown to remodel the building.“We brought in our chef from the Chop House on Main in Jamestown, Burke Lindquist, to create an amazing new menu,” Andrew Calrson said. “We offer a fresh homemade menu and a full bar including twelve draughts from local breweries.”“We are very excited to be part of the Fredonia community and have taken extra measures to ensure the safety of our guests through these difficult times.” Emily Aults is the General Manager of the new restaurant.County Executive P. J. Wendel, Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek, and representatives from the Fredonia and Dunkirk Community Chambers of Commerce were on hand  to help the Carlson family and staff cut a ribbon to formally open the new restaurant.Guests can order online at and pick up curbside, or can stop in. Seating in the dining room is available.Buddy Brewster’s Ale House is open 11am to 10pm daily serving lunch and dinner. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Yet another survey where media get it all wrong on definition of ‘euthanasia’

first_imgGPs admit actions to shorten lifeNZ Herald 24 July 2015Sixteen GPs have admitted their involvement in the deaths of patients who were prescribed medicines explicitly to shorten their lives.All the patients were near the end of their lives: 15 faced death within a week and one was expected to survive one to four weeks.The GPs “attributed death to a drug that had been prescribed, supplied, or administered explicitly for the purpose of hastening the patient’s death”, according to the results of a survey of GPs published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal.The survey results follow the decision of Parliament’s health select committee this week to hold an inquiry into voluntary euthanasia.A petition from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society was presented to Parliament by supporters including Matt Vickers, the widower of Lecretia Seales, who died last month, aged 42, from a brain tumour. She was unsuccessful in seeking a High Court ruling that would let her doctor help her die without criminal prosecution.Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are illegal. But the survey of GPs provides few details of the life-shortening drugs which were given – in some cases by more than one person – by two doctors, 15 nurses and one “other” person.The exception is the GP who reported involving a hospice home-care team, say the Auckland University researchers, Dr Phillipa Malpas – a member of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society – and her colleagues. and nurses more involved in patients’ ‘end-of-life’ decisions – studyStuff 24 July 2015Doctors and nurses are playing increasing roles in prescribing, supplying or administering drugs that may hasten a patient’s death, according to new research.A University of Auckland study anonymously surveyed 650 GPs.Sixteen reported prescribing, supplying or administering a drug with the explicit intention of bringing death about more quickly.But in 15 of those cases, it was nurses who administered the drugs.Researchers acknowledged the actions of the GPs would generally be understood as euthanasia, but the survey did not use that term.In the survey, led by Auckland University senior lecturer Dr Phillipa Malpas, GPs were asked about the last death at which they were the attending doctor. read more