Student playwright sees her work take the stage

first_imgFacebook Kayley Ryan Linkedin City to approve Westcliff rezoning, tackle loopholes that allow “stealth dorms” TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU senior Devin Berg is seeing her words come to life on stage. Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution 10th-annual Frogstock features student-led music $800 million bond looks to expand JPS medical and behavioral health facilities Kayley Ryan Kayley Ryan Kayley Ryan ReddIt printA circus from the past haunts a grieving mother and son in the student-written production, “Mister Major and the Minor Wife.”Senior musical theater major Devin Berg wrote the one-act play through an independent study with the TCU Theatre Department.“This play all started from a prompt that basically discussed a volatile relationship between a mom and a son,” Berg said. “And maybe she has some tendencies toward alcoholism.”Her work took shape over the course of a semester with the help of her theater professor, T.J. Walsh.“It was evident from early on that Devin had the tools and imagination needed for playwriting,” Walsh wrote in an email.As an actress, dancer and singer, Berg isn’t new to the stage.“I think she really knows how the stage works and was able to bring that into her playwriting as well,” said Libby Rubin, who plays the lead character, Edith Major.Berg is also the executive director of TCU’s V-Day Campaign to end violence against women– ideas that she said lend themselves to the stage.“‘Edith Major,’ who’s the lead character in this play—she struggles with the oppression of her husband,” Berg said. “I’m super passionate about bringing those stories across.”The “Major” family’s story unfolds like a mystery and Director Hannah Wright characterized the writing as non-linear, with imaginative leaps in time that captivated the audience.“You aren’t really sure what happens at the end unless you pay really close attention at the beginning,” Wright said.Some audience members watched the play twice to catch the symbolism and flashbacks leading up to the end, Wright said.The Major characters also portrayed a deeper meaning in how they showed affection.“The mother and son never say, I love you to each other,” Berg said. “But they do, without saying those exact three words.”While everyone’s eyes were on the actors, Berg was watching the audience members. She said their responses fueled her ambitions for where the play could go next.She’s submitting her play to the Dramatists’ Guild, a union for playwrights around the country and wants to get her play published once more theaters perform it.“I’m actually planning to submit this play to a local theater called Amphibian, which is actually started by a bunch of TCU grads,” she said.After graduation this spring, Berg says she’s moving to New York to continue writing and performing. She eventually hopes to earn a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting at Brown University.But she won’t forget where she started.“The Major family was a figment of my imagination a year ago,” she said. “And now I have real-life images of these people.” + posts Facebook Twitter Fort Worth recognized for growing music scene Kayley Ryan Previous articleMen’s Tennis continues streak, sweeps Texas Tech for 10th straight winNext articleFeltman blows first career save, Frogs drop series against West Virginia Kayley Ryan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Soccer’s historic season ends in Round of 32

first_img Previous articleVolleyball sweeps Jayhawks for first time in program historyNext article16 new signees join TCU Athletics during Early Signing Period Nick Stephens RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Facebook Nick Stephens printMessiah Bright fires a shot at goal against BYU on Nov. 9, 2018. Photo by Cristian Argueta Soto.The Horned Frogs’ record-breaking season ended as they fell 2-0 to Texas A&M Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.The match was scoreless at halftime, but a pair of second-half strikes by the Aggies put some distance between the sides, and the Frogs were unable to stage a comeback.“It wasn’t our day today,” said TCU head coach Eric Bell. “Unfortunately, we weren’t as sharp as I thought we were going to be.”Goalkeeper Emily Alvarado punts away the ball against BYU on Nov. 9, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Texas A&M broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute through their leading goalscorer Ally Watt. Watt stole the ball and fired a bullet into the top corner for the goal.The goal was Watt’s second of the tournament — she scored the game-winner in their last game against North Texas to send the Aggies through to the Round of 32.The lead was doubled in the 76th minute off an Aggie corner kick. TCU attempted to clear the danger, but the ball fell to Addie McCain at the top of the penalty box, and she finished for the 2-0 lead.Goalkeeper Emily Alvarado was a bright spot for the Frogs. Her eight saves, including five in the second half, kept TCU within striking distance when Texas A&M was threatening to pull away.While the loss was disappointing, the players and coaches were proud of their efforts this season. Bell said this season was a “stepping stone forward for our program.”Cachet Lue steps up to slot home a penalty kick against Butler on September 16, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Senior defender Cachet Lue echoed Bell’s statements and noted the difference from her first year on the team to now.“I think we laid out a foundation that people can follow,” said Lue. “I am proud of the past four years I have had here with my teammates and the other seniors.”Bell spoke highly of the impact the senior class had both on and off the pitch during their TCU careers.“We lose a group of ladies that have done some outstanding things for our program,” Bell said.Texas A&M advances to the round of 16, where they will face Tennessee Sunday. Nick is a senior journalism student from Cleveland, Ohio. He covers the TCU soccer team for TCU 360. Nick is an honors student and is minoring in music. Twitter Nick Stephens Nick Stephens High school hoops: Arlington Heights and Country Day lose, Paschal survives Nick Stephens Twitter Facebook High school hoops: Paschal and Arlington Heights win, struggles continue for Country Day TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello High school hoops: Paschal and FWCD fall, Arlington Heights wins road tilt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin ReddIt ReddIt High school hoops: FWCD falls, Paschal and Arlington Heights win nail-biters Messiah Bright fires a shot at goal against BYU on Nov. 9, 2018. Photo by Cristian Soto. Nick Stephens + posts last_img read more

Rebel militia threats against two radio journalists in eastern DRC

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information Nicolas Synthe Awacang’o, the editor in chief of Radio Canal Révélation and presenter Freddy Upar Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsImpunityViolence Organisation February 3, 2021 Rebel militia threats against two radio journalists in eastern DRC Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Nicolas Synthe Awacang’o, the editor in chief of Radio Canal Révélation, a popular radio station in Bunia, the capital of the eastern province of Ituri, and Freddy Upar, one of its presenters, have received a total of 14 phone calls and 13 texts from the rebel militia since 8 January in which they are threatened and accused of siding with the army.The militia, called the Patriotic and Integrationist Force of Congo (FPIC), criticizes Awacang’o for reporting its attempted incursion into Bunia. The messages he receives tell him he is banned from entering some of the city’s districts. In one of the messages, the rebels said they know the colour of his motorcycle and where he lives.Upar has been getting threats ever since he quoted an army spokesperson’s statement about clashes between the army and the FPIC during the news programme he hosts nearly every morning. “They don’t understand the journalist’s role and say they’re going to kill me as soon as they enter Bunia,” Upar told RSF. “I’m being very careful and rarely go out.”“These threats illustrate the great dangers to which Congolese journalists are exposed and the risks they must take to provide reliable, balanced news coverage,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “It’s unacceptable that, although they make a very important contribution to society, nothing is done to protect them. The authorities should not wait until there have been more victims before taking decisive measures, such as the dedicated mechanism for protecting and securing journalists proposed by RSF and its partner JED.”Radio Canal Révélation already lost one of its journalists to violence in 2013, when Guylain Chandjaro, a Swahili-language reporter, disappeared and was found dead 12 days later.Journalists have been increasingly targeted in Ituri province ever since armed hostilities resumed there. The presence of unofficial armed militias and the fact that many of them are anonymous complicate their identification and therefore the communication ideally desired by their targets as an alternative to violence.The methods of the different armed groups are nonetheless similar. RSF described the Mai-Mai militia’s repeated press freedom violations in a press release on 21 January. Since 2019, RSF has registered nine cases of threats and four cases of violence by the Mai-Mai, including a murder and an enforced disappearance.The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsImpunityViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins its local partner, Journalist in Danger (JED), in condemning a rebel militia’s threats, including deaths threats, against two radio journalists in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and calls on the authorities to finally take decisive steps to improve the safety of Congolese media personnel. News February 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 24, 2021 Find out more News February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo News Receive email alerts RSF_en News Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Gomalast_img read more

Hengameh Shahidi, detained woman journalist, has stopped eating, could die

first_img Follow the news on Iran News IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned to go further When arrested on 9 March, Shahidi told her mother she planned to go on hunger strike in protest against her detention and the pressure put on her to make her confess. She also wanted to denounce the fact that she had been denied her rights and refused access to her lawyer.She is currently being kept in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison and, according to her family, her situation is now critical.RSF points out that subjecting journalists, citizen journalists and other prisoners of conscience to inhuman and degrading treatment constitutes a flagrant violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is party.RSF calls for Shahidi’s immediate and unconditional release.Iran continues to be one of the world’s five biggest prisons for journalists and citizen journalists, with a total of 28 currently detained. It is also one of the world’s biggest prisons for women journalists.Iran is ranked 165th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. May 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned June 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Help by sharing this information May 11, 2017 Hengameh Shahidi, detained woman journalist, has stopped eating, could die June 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the irresponsibility of the Iranian authorities in refusing to free Hengameh Shahidi, an Iranian journalist who, according to her family, began a hunger strike two months ago and has not been taking any form of food since yesterday. Organisation Proposed Iranian law would ban US, British journalists and medialast_img read more

Two journalists arrested in France while doing story on migrants

first_img Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says FranceSwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment FranceSwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment The two journalists were Caroline Christinaz, a Swiss reporter for the Lausanne-based daily Le Temps, and Raphaël Krafft, a French reporter for the French public radio station France Culture.They were stopped at a police roadblock in the Col de l’Echelle mountain pass in southeastern department of Hautes-Alpes on the night of 11 November while travelling in vehicles driven by residents of the nearby Briançon area, who were bringing four migrants (all minors) into France clandestinely.Christinaz and Krafft were released but were ordered to report to police in the town of Briançon the next day.During interrogation the next morning, Christinaz discovered that she was being investigated on suspicion of “assisting the illegal entry, circulation or presence of foreigners in French territory,” a charge punishable by a heavy fine or up to five years in prison. She showed the police her press card and explained that she was working on a story at the time of her arrest.“For two hours, most of the questions put to me were designed to obtain information about my sources and the people I was with,” Christinaz said, adding that she repeatedly told the police that she wanted to avail herself of her right as a journalist to protect her sources.Christinaz said they police also demanded her mobile phone and its access codes and questioned her about her private life with the aim of estimating her financial resources and the size of any eventual fine. Finally, they photographed her and took her fingerprints.“Doing a report on migrants should not be regarded as a crime,” RSF deputy editor in chief Catherine Monnet said. “Treating journalists as suspects when they are just doing their job is an obstruction of the right to practice journalism. We also point out that journalists cannot be forced to reveal their sources because the right of journalists to protect their sources is enshrined in France’s 1881 press law.”The police treated Krafft as witness when they questioned him separately on the afternoon of 12 November, a few hours after Christinaz. So far, the two journalists have no idea whether the French authorities intend to take any further action in this matter.France is ranked 39th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan After two journalists were arrested in southeastern France last weekend while doing a story on migrants entering the country clandestinely from Italy, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that journalism is not a crime and that journalists have the right to protect their sources. Help by sharing this information French police officers of the gendarmerie, August 2017/ AFP Organisation News Newscenter_img to go further Receive email alerts News June 8, 2021 Find out more November 14, 2017 Two journalists arrested in France while doing story on migrants June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF_en last_img read more

Iranian journalist Mohsen Sazgara released from prison

first_img News IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa October 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian journalist Mohsen Sazgara released from prison News Organisation Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Mohsen Sazgara, one of the founders of Iran’s reformist press, imprisoned since 15 June, was released on 6 October. The journalist twice went on hunger strike during his 110 days in detention. He lost 20 kgs in weight. On 3 October, Reporters Without Borders called on the Iranian authorities to provide guarantees about the journalist’s state of health. Iranian journalist Mohsen Sazgara was released from prisonon Monday, 6 October. Tehran prosecutor-general SaïdMortazavi had been coming under intensifying local andinternational pressure to give information about the journalist,whose family had been unable to see him since 14 August. After Sazgara’s arrest, his family had agreed to post bail inthe sum of six billion Rials (750,000 USD) but the journalistwas not freed. Following rumours that the sick and hunger-strikingjournalist had died, his family had asked to see him and hisparents threatened in a letter to Saïd Mortazavi to take the case to international courts if they received no news within 24hours. Their letter was also published on the reformist news Denying all rumours about the journalist’sstate of health, Saïd Mortazavi had said that he was OK and”in full possession of his physical and mental faculties”,adding: “The prison authorities deny all rumours about anyhunger strike”. Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en center_img Follow the news on Iran News June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Mohsen Sazgara twice went on hunger strike, for 56 and 23days and lost 20kgs during his detention. “During the 110 daysof my imprisonment, I must have been hospitalised five timesat Baghiatollah hospital. I was still there last Sunday”, said Mohsen Sazgara in his first interview. The journalist is expected to be shortly admitted to a privatehospital for a full medical check-up.—————————————————————————————————————-03.10.2003Authorities urged to give medical care to imprisoned journalist Mohsen SazgaraReporters Without Borders called today on the Iranian authorities to give immediate news and guarantees about the state of health of imprisoned journalist Mohsen Sazgara, a prominent reformist who has heart problems and has been very weakened by a hunger-strike staged since he was jailed on 15 June. Since 14 August, his family has not had word of him and not been able to see him in prison. He was transferred on 2 October from Teheran’s Evin prison to Baghiatollah Hospital, where Canadian-Iranian journalist died in July after being beaten at Evin.”We demand that Sazgara’s family doctor be allowed to see him,” said the press freedom organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard. “His life must not be endangered in any way, either health-wise, which would suit some people, or by being beaten, which is not unusual at Evin prison, as the attacks on Kazemi there have shown.”We also call on the European Commission to press the authorities for an inspection of the country’s prisons,” he said.Sazgara, one of the founders of Iran’s reformist press, published the daily papers Jameh, Neshat and Tous, which have all been suspended, and is the founder of the Internet website, which was closed after his arrest. An outspoken political commentator, he wrote that “the past five years have shown that the country’s religious rulers are neither reformable nor effective.” He also called the Guide of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “dictatorial.” He was charged with undermining state security, insulting the Guide and making propaganda against the state, and jailed for a year on 27 September.Sazgara is a thorn in the side of the predators of press freedom, who fear that once he gets out of jail he will reveal details of his conditions of detention and the practices of officials inside Evin prison.Several journalists currently in jail are under the supervision of hardline Teheran prosecutor Said Mortazavi and the Guardians of the Revolution and are being held in the same section of the prison where Kazemi was beaten. With 17 journalists in jail, Iran is the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts June 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Young presenter on Pashtu TV murdered

first_img News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News Receive email alerts RSF_en Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 2, 2021 Find out more News Organisation AfghanistanAsia – Pacific to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Reporters Without Borders today urged Afghan police to leave no stone unturned in investigating the 31 May murder of popular young TV presenter, Shakiba Sanga Amaj, who worked for Pashtu channel Shamshad TV.A man opened fire on the 22-year-old at point blank range at her family home in Kabul and two days later police arrested a suspect, Abdul Latif from Ghazni in central Afghanistan, who had reportedly been hired to punish her for refusing to marry.”Even if a family feud appears to be behind this cowardly killing, the authorities should not overlook the profession and renown of the young presenter,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said, offering its condolences to the journalist’s family and colleagues.Her father, Mohammad Rabi Amaj, told the Pajwok news agency that he believed family members had paid Latif to kill his daughter. “Latif is a hired killer and a deviant. I pray to God that no other women are destroyed as Sanga was,” he said.The Pakistan-educated Shakiba Sanga Amaj was a well-liked presenter on the programme “Da Gudar Ghara” on Shamshad TV, headed by Wahid Nazari. She also worked as a reporter.The case has echoes of that of Shaima Rezaee, a young presenter on privately-owned Tolo TV, murdered in Kabul in May 2005. Police have never cleared up the exact circumstances of the killing, which some people claimed was a suicide. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific May 3, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information June 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Young presenter on Pashtu TV murdered March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Government urged to give police more resources to investigate journalist Bonifacio Gregorio’s murder

first_img Help by sharing this information News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific February 16, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today called on interior and local government secretary José D. Lina, to make more resources available to police investigating the 8 July murder of newspaper reporter and columnist Bonifacio Gregorio, and to do everything else needed to identify and punish both those who may have been behind this killing as well as the gunman who carried it out.The organisation also condemned the pressure and obstruction that is hampering investigations into the murders of Apolinario “Polly” Pobeda in May and Edgar Damalerio last year.Gregorio, 55, was shot three times in the head outside his home in the village of Caramutan (in Tarlac province, 150 kms north of Manila) by a gunman who made off. He died after being taken to Ramos general hospital.The former chief of his village, Gregorio had worked for the local weekly Dyaryo Banat (Newspaper Attack) since 1997. He wrote articles that were very critical of La Paz mayor Dioisio Manuel and had recently accused him of illegally transforming a rice paddy into a cemetery that was inaugurated the day he was killed. His widow, Gertrudes, said she had asked her husband to stop investigating stories that angered the local authorities. The mayor has denied any involvement in the killing.The Tarlac news media association, which Gregorio belonged to, said his murder was a “spine-chilling message” to the press. Journalist Abel Pablo, who was in the middle of a telephone conversation with Gregorio when he was killed, has challenged the local police authorities to shed light on every aspect of the murder.The provincial police chief has created a special task force to work on the Gregorio murder with the criminal investigations department. Shortly after the shooting, a police officer said it was the work of a contract killer. The task force’s head has suspended La Paz police chief Rodrigo de Guzman, who was known for his hostility towards Gregorio.A police officer announced on 22 July that the police were on the heels of two gangs of killers, but refused to name any suspects. He also said the police were checking out a range of possible motives, including the possibility that the murder was a settling of scores stemming from Gregorio’s extra-marital affairs. Two former mistresses are reportedly among those who have been questioned.In the case of Apolinario “Polly” Pobeda, a radio commentator gunned down near to Lucena (southeast of Manila) on 17 May, two witnesses told the police on 18 June that the were no longer prepared to testify because of pressure on their families. Three suspects have already been arrested. All are linked to the Talaga family, a member of which is Lucena’s mayor.In the case of Edgar Damalerio, a journalist murdered on 13 May 2002 in Pagadian City (on the island of Mindanao), Edgar Amoro and other witnesses, and Damalerio’s family, have reported receiving new death threats from the leading suspect, Guillermo Wapile, a former police officer. Wapile is still at large after escaping from a police camp and has reportedly changed his appearance to avoid being recaptured. Receive email alerts May 3, 2021 Find out more News to go further PhilippinesAsia – Pacific RSF_en center_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News June 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation July 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged to give police more resources to investigate journalist Bonifacio Gregorio’s murder Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Follow the news on Philippines Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Newslast_img read more

Sixteen reporters arrested while covering protests in latest crackdown in Belarus

first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en Credit : Sergei GAPON / AFP News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown At least 16 journalists were among the more than 250 people arrested on 14 and 15 July when police used force to break up spontaneous demonstrations in several Belarusian cities in support of two would-be opposition presidential candidates whose candidatures had just been rejected by the electoral commission.“The ground beneath me was covered in blood,” said Anton Trafimovich, a reporter whose nose was broken during his arrest by plainclothes police while broadcasting live from outside the electoral commission’s headquarters in the capital, Minsk, for Radio Svaboda (the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty).Trafimovich and Violetta Savshits, a reporter of the independent news agency BelaPAN, were detained for an hour after being bundled into a police minibus. Trafimovich had to be given four stitches in his nose after his release.Danila Palianski, a reporter for the local news website First Region in the southwestern city of Brest, was held for two days after his arrest on 14 July for photographing a protest and was fined 810 roubles (70 euros) on a charge of “participating in an illegal demonstration.”“The Belarusian authorities continue to harass and assault journalists in the run-up to the presidential election,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Gagging independent media won’t help Alexander Lukashenko to win back support and just hurts the country’s international image. We urge the government to stop escalating its offensive against the fundamental freedom of expression and the right to information.”The journalists arrested on 14 July included three reporters for the local news website Silnye Novosti in the southeastern city of Homyel, Nadzeya Pruhzynskaya, Maryna Drabysheuskaya and Yuri Hlushakou, who were held for more than three hours at a police station without being told the reason for their arrest.In Minsk, the authorities even targeted an international media outlet, holding BBC cameraman Andrew Smythe for several hours in a police station. Katsyarina Andreyeva and Ihar Illyash of Belsat TV, an exile TV station based in neighbouring Poland that is routinely targeted by the police, were also held for several hours. Mikhas Ilyin and Artsyom Majorau, who work for the exile radio station Euroradio, were arrested while providing live video coverage of a protest for its website.Two reporters for the news website, Alyaksei Sudnikau and Yusevalad Zarubin, were thrown into a police bus by hooded police officers at around midnight on 14 July. Plainclothesmen briefly detained Radio Svaboda’s Ales Piletsky and Andrei Ryabshyk to prevent them from filming a protest. Of  all the journalists arrested on the evening of 14 July, Artsyom Lyava, a reporter for the independent weekly Novy Chas, was the last to be released – at around 5 a. m. on 15 July.Around 20 journalists were arrested in May and June, when some were given prison sentences.Ruled since 1994 by 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. to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence July 16, 2020 – Updated on July 17, 2020 Sixteen reporters arrested while covering protests in latest crackdown in Belarus May 27, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News News Follow the news on Belarus Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the latest wave of arrests of Belarusian journalists covering demonstrations in support of President Lukashenko’s opponents and calls on the authorities to stop trying to gag independent media. last_img read more

Dissident blogger Huang Qi faces possible three-year sentence

first_img News News April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further August 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dissident blogger Huang Qi faces possible three-year sentence Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Chinacenter_img News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s continuing persecution of dissident Huang Qi for criticising relief efforts after the May 2008 earthquake in the southwestern province of Sichuan on his blog, 64tianwang . Held since 10 June 2008, Huang appeared in court today in the provincial capital of Chengdu on a charge of illegal possession of state secrets, which carries a maximum three-year sentence.Fellow-blogger Tan Zuoren, who also wrote for 64tianwang, is due to appear in court on 12 August on a charge of “inciting subversion of state authority” for writing about the allegedly “tofu” (poor-quality) construction methods that caused schools and other buildings to collapse in the quake while nearby government buildings did not. He was arrested on 28 March 2009. He faces a potential five-year sentence.“These two bloggers must be released without delay as the charges brought against them are baseless,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Huang has a tumour and his state of health, which is very worrying, is not compatible with further detention.”Around 7,000 schools collapsed in the earthquake, causing the deaths of 5,335 children, according to official figures released a year afterwards. Huang and Tan reported the evidence of poor-quality construction on their blog. While the government was appealing for national unity in the face of disaster, Huang also reported the lack of confidence in the transparency and effectiveness of its relief efforts that victims were voicing.“These bloggers acted courageously as concerned citizens by criticising the difficulties encountered by humanitarian NGOs in their efforts to bring relief to victims, and by supporting the parents of children killed in the earthquake,” Reporters Without Borders added. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more