ISIS – major threat to media freedom in both Iraq and Syria

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 30, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 ISIS – major threat to media freedom in both Iraq and Syria IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the attacks that the Jihadi group known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has carried out against news media and journalists in the past few days in both Iraq and the so-called “liberated” areas of Syria.“We are worried and appalled by the growing number of ISIS attacks on journalists in Iraq and Syria,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This Jihadi group uses all means possible to further its goal of controlling news and information, systematically targeting journalists and media that do not share its ideology. Intimidation, abduction, torture and murder – ISIS rules nothing out in order to impose a reign of terror. “The local media play a crucial role in Syria, where news gathering and dissemination is becoming increasingly dangerous. Nowadays they are virtually the only media reporting what is happing in Syria, so attacks on them are real crimes against freedom of information. We firmly condemn this armed group’s actions.”In a communiqué posted on Jihadi sites on 23 December, ISIS claimed responsibility for the suicide attack earlier that day on the headquarters of Salaheddin TV in Tikrit (180 km north of Baghdad), in which five of the TV station’s employees were killed.The communiqué said the TV station was targeted because it put out lies and gave a distorted image of Iraq’s Sunni community. The statement also described how the attack was carried out.ISIS carries out equally violent actions against journalists in the regions it controls in neighbouring Syria and has become one of the main threats to freedom of information in that country, as Reporters Without Borders noted in a report published on 6 November, entitled “Journalism in Syria, impossible job?” It also bans the circulation of publications it regards as “ungodly.” On 24 December, for example, it prohibited the distribution of the magazines Tlena Al-Huriya and Al-Ghirbal in the northern province of Raqqah and burned copies of them. Follow the news on Iraq to go further Help by sharing this information RSF_en On the night of 27 December, ISIS fighters stormed the premises used jointly by Shahba Press and Hanano News Network in the Aleppo district of Hanano, ransacking the offices, removing all the equipment, and kidnapping Milad Al-Shibahi, a reporter who has worked for both news outlets for more than a year.Although the offices are located just a few meters from the revolutionary police headquarters, the revolutionary police did not intervene. Receive email alertscenter_img December 28, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News On 28 December, ISIS attacked Fresh FM radio and the Kafranbel administration press office, looting almost all of their equipment and abducting six citizen-journalists – Salah Abduladir Jaar, Ahmad Hamdo Al-Bayoush, Hamoud Jnaid, Abdullah Al-Salloum, Ahmad Muhammad Al-Jannack and Abdullah Mouafaq Al-Hamadi – who were released yesterday.ISIS is about to be added to the list of “Predators of freedom of information” which Reporters Without Borders updates every year and which already includes Jabhat Al-Nosra, another Jihadi group operating in Syria. ISIS has ransacked media offices and kidnapped many Syrian and foreign journalists. This practice has intensified in the past few days, with attacks on at least five Syrian news outlets.ISIS members attacked Shada Al-Huriya TV, an Aleppo-based pro-opposition TV station, on 26 December and kidnapped five of its employees – Amin Abu Mohamad, Maher Hasroumi, Abu Younes, Taim Shami and Sultan Al-Shami.The attack came just days after the station broadcast an interview in which Adnan Al-Araour, a famous salafi cleric, accused ISIS of treachery and murder. News February 15, 2021 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Are Home Prices Finally Slowing Their Pace?

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Are Home Prices Finally Slowing Their Pace? in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Best Markets for Single-Family Rental Investment Next: Untapped Urban Development Potential Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Related Articles About Author: Radhika Ojhacenter_img Demand FHFA Homes House Prices HPI Prices Regions Supply 2018-05-24 Radhika Ojha May 24, 2018 1,198 Views Home / Daily Dose / Are Home Prices Finally Slowing Their Pace? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Demand FHFA Homes House Prices HPI Prices Regions Supply Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home prices in the U.S. rose 1.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA’s) House Price Index (HPI). The FHFA said that house prices rose 6.9 percent from the first quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.”Home prices continue to rise across the U.S. but there are signs of tapering,” said Dr. William Doerner, Senior Economist at FHFA. “Since housing markets began to rebound in 2012, house prices appreciation has been positive because demand has outpaced supply. In the last month, however, some regions reflect a slowing or even flattening of house price growth.”In this video, Doerner gives a breakdown of how prices performed across regions.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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Williams hands Mallards 2nd home loss

first_imgJoe DePinto (12) had two extra-base hits and two RBIs in the Mallards\’ 6-3 loss Tuesday to the Waterloo Bucks at the Duck Pond.[/media-credit]Scott Williams turned the tables on the Madison Mallards Tuesday night at the Duck Pond.After getting shelled — eight runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings — the last time he pitched in Madison on June 4, the sophomore from Portage, Wis., kept the Mallards off balance all night Tuesday, allowing just one run on five hits over seven inning of work.Williams earned the win in the Waterloo Bucks’ 6-3 victory over Madison, while Joe Yermal took the loss for the Mallards, allowing four runs on four hits in three innings.“He just had more command of his stuff tonight,” shortstop Joe DePinto said of Williams. “He was throwing it where he wanted to, and even when we got guys on base he got ahead of batters and was able to put them away.”It looked like the Mallards were ready to jump on Williams early once again, when DePinto got things started in the first with a one-out triple to right center. Joe Patterson brought in the run with a single up the middle, giving them a 1-0 lead.Unfortunately for the Mallards, that was as much as they would get off Williams the rest of the night.After allowing a two-out single to first baseman Jerrud Sabourin, the righty from UW-Stevens Point went on to retire the next 12 batters he faced before issuing back-to-back walks in the fifth inning. He followed by retiring the next three in order.Williams’ biggest advantage in the game was retiring the leadoff hitter in each of the seven innings he pitched, including four leadoff strikeouts.“That’s probably the key,” DePinto said. “That first batter, if they get on base, we’re going to score. When guys go down without putting the ball in play, it’s a little demoralizing, but it’s part of the game and we’ve got to just battle past that.”While the Bucks got strong pitching and defense to hold off their opponent, the Mallards struggled in those departments.Waterloo scored their six runs in the first six innings, plating a pair in each of the second, third and fifth innings. The first two runs came as a result of some sloppy plays in the outfield.After Frazier Hall singled to lead off the inning, Ryan Rieger followed with a single of his own to right field. Hall was able to score on the play and Rieger reached third when Madison right fielder Jimmy Parque took his eye off the ball and allowed it to get by him and roll all the way to the fence.Rieger would come around to score on Willie Argo’s grounder to second.Parque made a similar mistake on a sharp single by Josh Lyon, letting it get by him again as it bounced off his glove, allowing Lyon to reach third on the single.“The first one just took a bad bounce and I took my eye off it,” Parque said. “I think I was trying to throw the guy out before I even had the ball. On the second one, I tried to stay in front of it — the ball was smashed at me — but I guess I could have squared up a little better and it just went off my glove.”The next two runs for Waterloo came on a Michael Giller home run to deep right field, which gave the Bucks a 4-1 lead and proved to be the eventual game winner.Yermal was removed from the game after the inning due to an elbow injury.In the fifth inning, they plated two more runs against reliever Danny Burawa. The first came around on a passed ball with the bases loaded. Burawa loaded the bases again when he hit the next batter, who appeared to have completed his swing on the pitch.Mallards manager C.J. Thieleke argued the call, but was eventually ejected by the field umpire.“I’m not going to get ejected unless I think I’m right,” Thieleke said. “He swung the bat and got hit. At that point in time I also thought we needed something to get the guys fired up.”After the next batter was retired on strikes, the Bucks’ sixth and final run came across on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Argo.Madison finally struck again in the ninth inning against Waterloo reliever Jared Wagoner, but it was too little too late, as the Mallards could not pull off yet another comeback win.“We’ve had a lot of comeback wins,” DePinto said. “It’d be nice to get ahead in the game every once in a while, but if that’s the type of team we’re going to be, then we need to win games like this.”Following a two-out single by Kurtis Muller, DePinto drove another ball off the wall in center, plating the Mallards’ second run. Greg Bieker followed with another double, a blooper to left, to drive in the shortstop from USC and cut the Bucks’ lead to 3 runs.But just when it seemed the momentum had shifted in the Mallards’ favor, second baseman Mark Ginther was retired on the first pitch he saw to end the game.Madison and Waterloo will square off again Wednesday as the Bucks’ look to become the first team to sweep the Mallards this season.last_img read more

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Villa ‘agree fee for Dempsey’

first_imgFulham are reported to have agreed a fee with Aston Villa for Clint Dempsey.The American is keen to move to Liverpool but the Anfield club are yet to table a bid for him.It has been widely suggested that the possible sale of Reds midfielder Charlie Adam to Stoke could lead to Liverpool finally making an offer for Dempsey.Sunderland have also expressed an interest in the 29-year-old forward, who has made it clear he wants to leave Craven Cottage.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Drake, Gretzky and Monica among the stars at NBA Finals Game 5

first_imgSome of Canada’s biggest names were at NBA Finals Game 5. The country was on the verge of getting its first NBA championship.It all starts with Drake, who wore a more subdued and less trollish outfit. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was also on hand. Two female sports stars golfer Michelle Wie and tennis player Eugenie Bouchard sat courtside. One of the most famous Raptors players Vince Carter represented his old team.During the breaks in the contest, Torey Lanez and Baka Not Nice performed for …last_img

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Argentine football superstar Messi charms Kolkata

first_imgThe Argentine wizard Lionel Messi arrived in football-crazy Kolkata early Wednesday morning but hundreds of his frenzied fans were left disappointed.Hordes of supporters and mediapersons stayed awake throughout the night and waited outside the airport to catch a glimpse of the best player on the planet.But the 24-year old Barcelona superstar made a quiet exit through the VIP gate amidst high security, escaping the hysterical crowd. Messi and Javier Mascherano were held back for their La Liga match against Villarreal on Monday and landed in the city at 3.20 am on Wednesday.They got out of the airport at 3.55 a. m. and headed for the team hotel. More than 30 members of the Argentine delegation, including coach Alejandro Sabella, had already checked in. The Venezuelan team had landed on Tuesday morning itself.The friendly between the South American rivals, in the run-up to World Cup 2014 qualifiers, will be the biggest ever football event in the country.The Mecca of Indian football is gripped by Messi fever as youngsters donned Argentina jerseys and thronged outside the hotel and the stadium premises chanting Messi’s name.Tickets priced at Rs. 700, Rs. 1,000, Rs. 2,570 and Rs. 3,590 are all sold out and so are the 16 luxury boxes priced at Rs. 7.5 lakh each which can accommodate 15 people each. The remaining tickets, which are priced from Rs. 1,550 to Rs. 5,120 are fast moving off the counters.Messi and his teammates’ menuBeef, chicken, potato, cereals, cheese, cold meat, breads, pasta, grilled meat salads and other vegetables served on the platter.advertisementSpaghetti and fruit juice in breakfast Beef Spaghetti, non-vegetable items and dessert in lunch Most of the ingredients procured from the local market with a select few imported.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: Twitter abuzz with gloomy Argentine fans

first_imgArgentina’s loss to Germany in the FIFA World Cup final on Monday had its effect on social media as well.While overwhelmed Germany supporters celebrated their team’s win, disappointed Argentine fans found solace in the fact that it was able to make it to the finals.Argentina isn’t rioting; cars there are pretending to be tipped over to draw a foul.; Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) July 14, 2014Argentina lost but we still partying. https://t.co/TbX2TI227v; pizza goddess (@rowseeyo) July 14, 2014Cutting these onions and crying like a 13 year old Argentinian boy at the World Cup. Peter Gilroy (@petergilroy) July 14, 2014Marking Argentina’s heartbreaking loss by watching equally grim TV shows.; Edmond Ortiz (@satscribe) July 14, 2014as consolation for their loss, argentina can have an extra hour in the ball pit aneesha (@ane3sha) July 13, 2014The best extra weight we’ve ever carried! pic.twitter.com/qaknvITdGyLufthansa (@lufthansa) July 13, 2014During the final World Cup match, more than 32.1 million tweets were sent out about the game between Germany and Argentina. Nearly 5.6 lakh tweets were sent out per minute as Germany’s Mario Gotze scored the winning goal.Lionel Messi had his own followers tweeting up a storm with nearly 4 lakh tweets when he was awarded the Golden Ball and declared Best player of the tournament.Here is a heat map of how fans reacted on twitter through the match:Mario Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.advertisementlast_img read more

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Michael Dasmariñas secures world title shot, decisions Kenny Demecillo

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Dasmariñas’ plan was to hit then keep his distance from Demecillo. He slowed down in the later rounds, but somehow mustered enough strength in the last two rounds to keep Demecillo at bay.Demecillo had his moments but Dasmariñas more often that not, got the better of their exchanges.The IBF world title is currently held by undefeated Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) is slated for a title defense against Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue, who is also yet to be beaten with 15 of his 17 wins by knockout, on May 18 in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series.ADVERTISEMENT “I really gave my best in this fight. All my hard work paid off with this win,” said Dasmariñas (29-2-1, 19 KOs) in Filipino after his unanimous decision victory. The judges had scored the bout, 116-112, 115-113, 117-111.The 26-year-old Dasmariñas endured a cut above his right eye midway through the ninth round due to accidental clash of heads and hurdled a game and gritty opponent in Demecillo (14-5-2, 8 KOs).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDasmariñas, the International Boxing Organization champion, used the ring to his advantage and went to work in the early rounds to set the tone.But Demecillo, who was an easy target for Dasmariñas in the first three rounds, kept coming forward. Crunchman Alex Cabagnot left in awe of Mark Nonoy’s clutch heroics Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Up-and-coming Filipino boxer Michael Dasmariñas moved a step closer in his bid to become a major boxing world champion Saturday night.Dasmariñas topped compatriot Kenny Demecillo on points in a slugfest to become the mandatory challenger for the IBF bantamweight title in the main event of Rising Stars at Resorts World Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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a month ago​Arsenal boss Emery explains substituting Dani Ceballos

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery explains substituting Dani Ceballosby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has explained his decision to substitute midfielder Dani Ceballos.The Spanish loanee was taken off during the second half, when the Gunners were struggling to retain control over the game.Some fans criticised the decision, believing the sub only made the team worse.But Emery defended his choices, saying to the club’s official website: “But today it was very, very hot. We needed in the second half, some fresh players. “We were struggling second half and I was thinking how we can improve with three players, fresh players, for give us more energy and give us also more capacity to be strong physically and tactically and also technically.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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