Report on fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus – the media iron curtain

Reports RSF_en Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further Related documents Russian Caucasus Report – the media iron curtainPDF – 1.76 MBChronologyPDF – 60.86 KB News June 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report on fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus – the media iron curtain News Reporters Without Borders today released the report of an investigation into the situation of the media in the Russian Caucasus, for which it visited Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia and met with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov (photo AFP) and Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, as well as local journalists and human rights activists.The press freedom organisation examined the ability of local and foreign journalists to gather and report information amid considerable tension, finding that the media and the civil society representatives who defend free expression are subject to a great deal of harassment. Reporters Without Borders also looked at how the public gets access to independent news and information and asked government officials to give their take on the situation.The official insistence that the situation in the Russian Caucasus is under control is not borne out by the continuing violence, tension and human rights violations in this southern region. Claiming that Chechnya was back to normal, the Russian authorities lifted its status as a Zone of Anti-Terrorist Operations (KTO) in April only to temporarily reimpose KTO status on three Chechen districts a few days later. Yevkurov, the Ingush leader (photo AFP), was badly injured in a targeted a car-bombing just three days ago. Many people had thought his appointment as president of Ingushetia would help to defuse the violence and unrest in Chechnya’s western neighbour. In Dagestan, the interior minister was shot dead on 5 June.Although prey to almost daily violence, the population of these southern republics has been abandoned by the Russian government. Seeing the prevailing chaos, which affects journalists, one wonders if this is because Moscow is powerless or because it lacks the political will. And in either case, what prospect does the local population have?Both the Russian and international press pays much less attention to the Russian Caucasus now than 15 years ago, when the First Chechen War began, although journalists such as Anna Politkovskaya of Novaya Gazeta, who was gunned down in her Moscow apartment building on 7 October 2006, never stopped covering the violence to which the population is subjected. The Russian supreme court today overturned the February acquittal of three men accused of participating in Politkovskaya’s murder and ordered a retrial. But absolutely no light has been shed on the identity of those who ordered Politkovskaya’s murder. Violence and impunity reign in Russia.One conclusion is clear. We must help the Chechen, Ingush and Dagestani journalists who are still trying to report the news in the Russian Caucasus, so that its public can be properly informed. Civil society and independent media are in danger of being abandoned to their day-to-day violence with no one taking notice. News Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 5, 2021 Find out more read more

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Twiddle Gears Up For The Next Level With Plays at The Capitol Theatre And Tumble Down Festival

first_imgVermont quartet Twiddle has been creating music for a little over a decade now, but it wasn’t until roughly three years ago that the buzz about the group became something palpable. All of a sudden, wherever you went, somebody was dropping their name and you began to ask yourself “Who the hell is Twiddle?” And then you catch one of their many festival appearance sets, or at some club in your hometown, the entire place is singing and hanging on to every lyric to a song like “When It Rains It Pours” in sheer bliss, and you now have found the answer to that question.Now the band is preparing for their first headlining performance at legendary venue The Capitol Theatre on May 7th, with incredible New York-based instrumental rock fusion act TAUK (get tix HERE). This is a show that will not only tout a packed house, but is a clear example of two acts that are on the path to be the next big things in the jam scene for years to come. If you have been to The Cap, then you already know why you need to be there. And if you haven’t been there, then you best get on it.Check out Twiddle perform “The Great Gatsby” from their sold-out album release party for PLUMP at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club:Moving forward from The Cap show, Twiddle will be hosting their own festival in Burlington, VT July 29th and 30th. Tumble Down is a two-day event at Waterfront Park in downtown Burlington, and will feature two nights of headlining sets from the band, as well as additional bands to be announced in coming weeks, along with late-night sets, and a myriad of recreational activities, including a Charity Disc Golf Tournament that will support Twiddle’s charity, The White Light Foundation.Twiddle’s sound fuses several genres, but relies heavily on a funky reggae sound that has seriously catchy hooks and lyrics. If you could describe Twiddle music and their live performance in two words: Positive Fun. The band has unabashedly and unapologetically laid it all out on the table for the masses, and they are getting back what they have given. With their latest album, PLUMP, the band once again delivered “plush musical arrangements drawing from many different influences and positive messages and themes.” Long story short, 2016 is the biggest year yet for Twiddle, and the future is only getting brighter.Twiddle Captures The Healing Power Of Music On ‘PLUMP’Purchase tickets for The Capitol Theatre show w/ TAUK at this LINK.Tumble Down tickets are currently on-sale, check out the WEBSITE.Tune in to Twiddle’s Facebook page at 7 PM tomorrow for a Live Q & A!last_img read more