RSF writes to Uzbekistan’s new president


first_img Follow the news on Uzbekistan Related documents Письмо Шавкату МирзиоевуPDF – 579.79 KB New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) wrote the following letter to Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, after his installation on 14 December. It asks him to end the draconian censorship in Uzbekistan, which is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, and to quickly carry out the reforms needed to ensure respect for the right to information and media freedom in accordance with Uzbekistan’s constitution. News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionRSF PrizeInternet December 22, 2016 – Updated on December 23, 2016 RSF writes to Uzbekistan’s new president Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Receive email alerts Organisation October 15, 2020 Find out more Christophe DeloireSecretary-General RSF_en News Help by sharing this information More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption February 11, 2021 Find out more Читать по-русски / Read in RussianPresident Shavkat MirziyoyevRepublic of UzbekistanParis, 15 December 2016Dear President Mirziyoyev,When you were installed as the Republic of Uzbekistan’s president yesterday, you swore to “guarantee the rights and freedoms” of your fellow citizens. The international NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) takes this occasion to draw your attention to the deplorable state of media freedom in Uzbekistan and to express the hope that you will undertake the necessary reforms so that your fellow citizens may finally have access to full and diverse news coverage, independent media and a free Internet.Your country is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index. No fewer than 10 journalists – including Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov, Dilmurod Sayid and Barno Khudoyorova – are currently imprisoned in connection with their reporting. Most of them have grave health problems. Two of them, Muhammad Bekjanov and Yusuf Ruzimuradov, are among the world’s longest held journalists. We ask you to ensure that they are freed without delay, along with all other prisoners of conscience.The censorship to which the media are currently subjected prevents pluralism and deprives the public of its right to full and diverse news coverage. The foreign media have been banned from Uzbekistan since the events in Andijan in 2005 and the harassment of the few remaining critical journalists continues to mount.Access to the main independent news websites, such as those of the Ferghana news agency and Radio Ozodlik, have long been blocked in Uzbekistan. The Internet traffic regulatory bodies, such as the Commission of Experts on Information and Mass Communication, act as censors. The leading VPNs are also inaccessible, as are many instant messaging apps. We urge you to lift the unwarranted restrictions on the media and Internet and to enforce article 67 of the Uzbek Constitution, which says, “the media must be free.”We are fully aware of the major challenges facing Uzbekistan in the coming years. But news and information should not be feared. On the contrary, they are an essential condition for your country’s development. The Uzbek population has been deprived of its basic rights for too long and must finally be able to enjoy them freely.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter.Sincerely, News to go further May 11, 2021 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionRSF PrizeInternet last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored goal of the season against Watford, claims Dean Saunders


first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Apr 2019 10:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Aubameyang capitalised on Ben Foster’s error (Getty Images)‘You look at Salah’s goal and you think, ‘how can that be better?’.‘Aubameyang has chased a lost cause, which is a goal he’s got out of nothing, closed down Ben Foster and turned it into a goal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘A spectacular goal for me, being a striker and coaching strikers, I enjoyed that goal more than Salah’s goal.‘Because he turned a backpass, he didn’t have to do it, effort and determination, if Aubameyang like a lot of strikers didn’t chase him he [Foster] plants it forward. He’s made a goal out of absolutely nothing and won them the game.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal sealed Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford (EPA)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the goal of the season in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford, according to Dean Saunders.The Gabon international sealed a vital victory for Unai Emery’s side after capitalising on a mistake from Ben Foster in the first half at Vicarage Road.Foster took too long to clear the ball and Aubameyang was able to close down the Watford goalkeeper, whose clearance cannoned off the Arsenal striker in flew into the net.Saunders, who played for Liverpool, Aston Villa and Benfica, has praised Aubameyang’s determination and believes the Arsenal’s striker’s goal was even better than Mohamed Salah’s long-range effort in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aubameyang’s goal, for me, this is going to sound stupid, is goal of the season for me,’ Saunders told talkSPORT. Advertisement Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored goal of the season against Watford, claims Dean Saunders Advertisementlast_img read more

New minister wants end to mining strike


first_img27 May 2014 New Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi has appealed for an end to the four-month strike in South Africa’s platinum mining belt. “I appeal to all stakeholders to assist this country to emerge from the crippling strike that is really hurting the economy and individuals involved,” Ramathlodi said after being sworn in to office at the Sefako Makgatho presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday. Mineworkers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) downed tools over wages at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin mines in January. “Everyone would be keen to see the strike end as quickly as possible,” Ramathlodi said. “It will be my first job tonight, as I will be briefed by my director-general so that I have a sense of what are the issues that are holding the agreement back. “I’m sure we will succeed,” he added. “I am aware that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration is mediating, and I think we must give them the necessary support. “But, for my ministry, I’ll be meeting the trade unions individually, collectively [and I’ll also] be meeting the mining houses as well as the traditional leaders in the areas that the mines are operating [in].” Ramathlodi was one of 35 new Cabinet ministers who were sworn in to office following President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of his new Cabinet on Sunday evening. He takes over from former minister Susan Shabangu, who has been moved to the Ministry of Women. Source: read more

PBA: Phelps tows Phoenix past Kia


first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix hardly missed the services of its bluechip rookie Matthew Wright as it whipped Kia, 118-105, in the opener of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Eugene Phelps had 33 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks while locals JC Intal, Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul picked up the slack in the absence of Wright, who is with Gilas Pilipinas for the Jones Cup in Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT Soriano comes up big for Valdez-less Creamline, humbles Power Smashers View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Intal collected 19 points and seven rebounds, Jazul had 18 points while Baguio added 11 for the Fuel Masters, who led by as much as 15.“Good start for us. We broke our losing streak from last conference which started with a Mahindra loss last conference,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMarkeith Cummings, Kia’s second-choice import after its initial reinforcement Chane Behanan went a shade over the 6-foot-5 height limit, posted 31 points and 10 rebounds.Vanguardia also said Phoenix’s other rookie Norbert Torres will be at least four weeks due to a hand injury.last_img read more

Tendulkar, Laxman move up in ICC Test rankings


first_imgSenior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar moved up a rung to third while VVS Laxman rose four positions to achieve a career-best eighth in the latest ICC Test Rankings released on Wednesday.The 37-year-old Tendulkar scored 98 and 38 runs in the first Test against Australia in Mohali which India won by one-wicket on Tuesday. As a result, he improved his ranking by one place which puts him in third position in the list which is headed by Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara with India opener Virender Sehwag in second place.Tendulkar’s third position is his highest ranking since the Hamilton Test against New Zealand in December 2002.He now trails Sehwag by 13 ratings points and another solid performance with the bat in the second Test, which starts in Bangalore from October 9, could potentially put him in second place for the first time since October 2002.Also on the charge was VVS Laxman whose unbeaten 73 proved to be the cornerstone of India’s thrilling victory.Interestingly, Laxman in the past has peaked thrice in 2001, 2003 and 2007 – all against Australia.Rahul Dravid has moved up one place to 22nd spot but Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have fallen to 16th and 37th positions, respectively.Australia opener Shane Watson, who scored 126 and 56, has also made a big impact on the rankings as he has vaulted nine places to claim a career-best 30th position.The news is not very good for the other Australia batsmen as Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Marcus North have all slipped in the latest rankings.advertisementClarke has fallen five places to share eighth spot with Laxman, Katich has dropped three places to 12th spot, Ponting has slipped two places to 19th position, Hussey shares 28th position with Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies after falling six places while North now sits in 52nd after dropping five places.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, pacers Zaheer Khan of India and Australia’s pair of Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus have achieved career-best rankings.Zaheer, who was declared man of the match for his eight wickets, has moved into fifth position, while Bollinger’s five wickets in the Mohali Test has helped him rise to eighth spot and Hilfenhaus is in the top 20 for the first time in 20th position.Mitchell Johnson is also on the move and his five wickets have lifted him two places to fourth position.Dale Steyn leads the bowling table with England off-spinner Graeme Swann in second spot.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, Watson has moved up by two places and now sits just outside the top five in sixth spot. The list is headed by Jacques Kallis of South Africa with New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori in second place.last_img read more

DD vs KKR: Kolkata beat Delhi by 17 runs


first_imgIt turned out to be a sweet ‘homecoming’ for Gautam Gambhir as Kolkata comprehensively beat Delhi by 17 runs to notch up their fourth win in the IPL match at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday. Score | PhotosPut into bat, Manoj Tiwary’s gutsy half century helped KKR post a modest 148/7 and then their bowlers got the dangerous Virender Sehwag and David Warner within the first seven overs to restrict the home to 131 for nine.The win took KKR to eight points while Delhi stay put on four following their fifth loss and their road to recovery from here looks pretty bleak.Not only it was satisfying for Gambhir to earn the bragging rights over best buddy Sehwag but it also brought the smile back in the face of Shah Rukh Khan who enjoyed his first victory in his hometown as he shook a leg with Cheer Girls to the tune of Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re.The Daredevils this season are highly dependent on Virender Sehwag-David Warner combination. While Warner dragged one from Balaji that shaped in slightly onto his stumps, Sehwag (34, 23 balls, 5×4, 1×6) was in a punishing mood as he hit a flurry of boundaries in the first five overs.It was young Jaidev Unadkat who got the dangerous Delhi captain with a short ball that hurried onto him as he went for a pull and Balaji, who was standing at deep fine leg, didn’t make any mistake.Sehwag’s dismissal literally put the brakes on scoring as all the KKR bowlers did a splendid job during the middle overs.advertisementJames Hopes (25, 30 balls) simply didn’t get going which led to additional pressure on other batsmen who perished going for big shots. Iqbal Abdulla was the pick of the KKR bowlers scalping three wickets for 25.Earlier, Tiwary scored 61 off only 47 balls (2×4, 3×6) as the other KKR batsmen failed to provide substantial support to the Bengal captain.Apart from Shreevats Goswami, who scored 22, none of the other top-order KKR batsmen crossed the 20-run mark.For Tiwary, who has got some good scores in this tournament so far, this was one innings where he shouldered a lot of responsibility staying till the end.If one took Tiwary’s contribution out, KKR’s scorecard would have cut a sorry picture after being put into bat by Daredevils captain Sehwag. .Irfan Pathan (1/16), for the first time in the tournament, looked incisive while young Umesh Yadav (2/29) was a revelation with the ball.Sent into bat, KKR batsmen found the going tough as Irfan was swinging in the ball and Kallis couldn’t keep a flick down which David Warner spilled at mid-wicket.His partner Goswami, who got his first game in the tournament, played some flashy shots and missed a few in between. A slash over third man, a cut over point and a thumping lofted hit that cannoned to the boundary were all hit off Morne Morkel (1/42), who turned out to be the most expensive among Delhi bowlers.Kallis, who started off with a few singles, then tried to break the shackles hitting Morkel for a couple of boundaries.But Irfan finally was rewarded for bowling a good line as Kallis (11) shuffled a bit too much and the ball swung enough to clip the leg stump.Skipper Gambhir started with a square cut off Yadav and was then lucky to survive as he mistimed a pull-shot which Irfan, running backwards, failed to latch on.But Goswami (22, 20 balls, 4×4) didn’t last long as Ajit Agarkar dismissed him with the very first ball of his spell.It was a fullish delivery outside the off-stump which Goswami wanted to steer but only managed to edge it to Naman Ojha behind the stumps.Tiwary started off with a boundary as he opened the face of the bat to guide it to third man where Irfan’s bloomer saw the ball cross the ropes.It was the 11th over of the innings bowled by Agarkar that cost Delhi 15 runs with 14 being scored by Tiwary. A full toss on the legs was gleefully dispatched over the square leg fence.However Hopes made amends in the very next over when Gambhir (18, 19 balls, 2×4) in his bid to step up the run-rate was caught at the deep mid-wicket by Y Venugopal Rao.There was no stopping Tiwary though as he hit Morkel over deep mid-wicket for a huge six.When Yadav came for his second spell, Tiwary clobbered the pacer over long-on for his third six.However, Yusuf Pathan’s (5, 8 balls) flop-show continued as his tired looking hoick was easily lapped by brother Irfan stationed at long-on off Yadav.advertisementKKR’s debatable selection Eoin Morgan (0) was the next to go as his aerial shot was gobbled up by Ojha to put Yadav on a hat-trick.Tiwary finally completed his well deserved half century off 37 balls with a couple of Yadav.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Finals teams determined


first_imgThe Sydney Mets and the SQBD Sharks have made it through to the Grand Final of the Mixed Open’s at the 2009 National Touch League in Port Macquarie.The Mets beat the Hunter Western Hornets 12-4 in the first semi final, while the SQBD Sharks beat the Sydney Rebels  in extra time in the second semi final, the final score being 9-8. In the Women’s Open division, Sydney Mets will be looking to win back to back titles after beating Barbarians 10-3 in the first semi final. Mets were up 2-1 at half time, but hit another level in the second half. In the other semi, SQBD Sharks beat Rustlers 4-3 in extra time. The Sharks and Mets haven’t played each other in the past 2 NTL’s, which will make for an exciting final.In the Men’s Open division, there was a battle of the Sydney teams with the Mets and the Scorpions toughing it out on field one. The battle went down to the final minute, with Scorpions causing an upset by beating the Mets 8-7.On field two in the second semi final were the Sharks and Rebels, with the Sharks winning 11-8.The Mixed Grand Final will be played at 1pm, followed by the Women’s 20 final at 2pm. The Men’s 20 final will be played at 3pm.The Women’s final will be played at 4.20, with the men’s to be played at 5.30pmlast_img read more

Video: A Jameis Winston Overthrow At FSU’s Pro Day Resulted In Some People Getting Knocked Out On The Sideline


first_imgJameis Winston participates in Florida State's pro day.Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.last_img