US Army releases journalist after four-days of unexplained detention

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa News June 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US Army releases journalist after four-days of unexplained detention Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 28 June of freelance journalist Ahmed al-Majun, president of the local branch of the Iraq journalists’ union in Tikrit, north of Baghdad. He had been arrested in the city along with his son on the night of 23-24 June and held at the US base in Speicher, 15 kilometres north of Tikrit. The Journalistic Freedom Observatory in Iraq said that al-Majun had been subjected to interrogations, the content of which he had been forbidden to reveal.The US Army made no comment on the reasons for his detention, nor that of Ahmed Nuri, cameraman for Associated Press, whose release has also been urged by the worldwide press freedom organisation. —————————————————————–25.06.2008US and Iraqi soldiers arrest another journalist in TikritReporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of journalist Ahmed Al-Majoun in a raid by US and Iraqi soldiers on his home in Tikrit (180 km north of Baghdad) early yesterday. His son was also arrested. Majoun heads a journalists union based in Salah El Din, the province of which Tikrit is the capital. No reason has been given for their arrests.“We are disturbed to see that, just a few weeks after the arrest of Associated Press cameraman Ahmed Nouri, the armed forces are still not respecting the work of journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “The arrests of Majoun and his son are unjustified. We call on the US forces to say exactly what they are charged with or else release them.”A joint US-Iraqi military unit arrested Majoun and his son at around 2 a.m. yesterday after forcing their way into his home using stun grenades that damaged the front door and windows. The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said the soldiers stayed in the house until dawn. It is believed that Majoun and his son are being held at the US military base in Tikrit. The US military has refused to comment on their arrest.Nouri, the AP cameraman, has been held at the same base since 4 June despite a joint appeal for his release by Reporters Without Borders and the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory. He was also arrested at his home by US and Iraqi soldiers. IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information News News RSF_en News December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistanlast_img read more

Dodgers’ Rich Hill uniquely positioned to appreciate World Series vs. Red Sox

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season MILWAUKEE — Rich Hill was grappling with an uncorked bottle of champagne on Saturday as he reflected on his immediate future and his distant past. Both took him to Boston, Mass.“I went to many games in Fenway (Park), and I remember going, being on my dad’s shoulders, going to many games,” Hill said as the Dodgers celebrated their National League Championship Series victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. “When I was a little kid, I can vividly remember going up the ramp and seeing the best piece of grass in the city.“It’s going to be a lot of fun.”The oldest player on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster was not around for the first World Series between the Dodgers and Red Sox franchises. That was in 1916. Hill, 38, is uniquely positioned to appreciate this historic matchup, however.center_img Hill’s hometown of Milton, Mass., is about 15 minutes away from the American League’s oldest ballpark. He graduated from Milton High School in 1999. He counts Dwight Evans, Wade Boggs, Carlos Quintana, Mo Vaughn and Nomar Garciaparra among the players he grew up watching.After spending parts of nine seasons playing for the Cubs, Orioles and Cardinals organizations, Hill signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in June 2009. At 30 years old, Hill began the first of his three stints with the team he grew up cheering; each marked an important turning point in his career.The first marked Hill’s initial foray into full-time relief pitching. It went well when he was healthy. He allowed four runs in 40 games, all out of the Boston bullpen, from 2010-12. In a theme that would come to define his career, Hill wasn’t always healthy.He lowered his arm slot. He tore his left ulnar collateral ligament and underwent Tommy John surgery. Later, Hill strained a flexor tendon in the same elbow. He was outrighted to the minors once and non-tendered twice. By the end of the 2012 season, Hill left his hometown needing to re-establish his career. It would not happen for another three years after stints with six teams.One was the independent Long Island Ducks. One was the Red Sox again, in 2014, a brief stint marred by the tragic death of his infant son in spring training. Finally, in August of 2015, Hill got the fresh start he needed when the Red Sox re-signed him to a minor league deal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I knew I was healthy,” said Hill, who is expected to start Game 4 of the World Series. “I knew at the time that I was going to have an opportunity. I didn’t know if I was going to get called up that year. Steven Wright got hit in the head during batting practice in order for me to get called up.”Former major leaguer Brian Bannister, Boston’s in-house pitching guru, urged Hill to rely on a curveball that he could spin different ways to different batters in different situations. It worked. Hill ditched his sidearm delivery. He flourished as a starter. In short order, Hill became a coveted free agent at a time when most baseball careers fade quietly.Now, Hill figures to start once or twice against the Red Sox in the World Series.“Being a Red Sock and now with the Dodgers, all the historic background with the Dodgers is huge,” Hill said. “I do appreciate it. I love the history of the game. I love this opportunity that we’re going to take on.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more