Independent media knocked out of Asian Games in Turkmenistan

first_imgNews #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan Follow the news on Turkmenistan There is an enormous gulf between the postcard image promoted by the regime and the reality experienced by those who dare to criticize. Officially, the law proclaims freedom of expression and prohibits censorship, but in practice Turkmenistan is a news and information black hole. The state controls all the media and hounds the few remaining independent journalists, forcing them into hiding, with the result that Turkmenistan is ranked 178th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The authorities even keep a close control on coverage of sports events, preventing reporters from at least three international media, including Agence France-Presse and the Guardian from entering the country to cover these games. “International spectators should not be fooled by the public relations operation mounted by what is one of the world’s most repressive regimes,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “All the money lavished on the opening ceremony of these games must not eclipse the fact that those who dare to dispute the official line are routinely subjected to threats and torture.” Persecution of the remaining independent journalists has intensified in the past three years, to the point that it also targets the correspondents of media outlets based abroad, such as Alternative Turkmenistan News, Chronicles of Turkmenistan, Gündogar, Ferghana and Radio Azatlyk (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Turkmen service). Soltan Achilova, a journalist who works for Radio Azatlyk, was the target of death threats and an attempted attack in late July. She was previously the victim of three successive physical attacks in November 2016. Two Radio Azatlyk reporters have been jailed on spurious charges. One of them, Saparmamed Nepeskulyev, who has been held since July 2015, was tried secretly without being defended by a lawyer and was given a three-year jail sentence on a trumped-up drug charge. A specialized UN working group has described his imprisonment as arbitrary. The other, Khudayberdy Allashov, was detained along with his mother for more than two months at the start of 2017 on the absurd charge of illegal possession of chewing tobacco. As well as being a full-blown press freedom predator, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov maintains complete control over the “Turkmenet,” a completely expurgated version of the Internet that is the only form of online access available to the Turkmen population. Also known as “Arkadag” (Father Protector), Berdymukhamedov is in the process of filling the last gap in his news and information blockade. On the pretext of giving the cities a face-lift, the authorities have in recent years stepped up the removal of the satellite dishes that allowed the population to access international TV news coverage. Help by sharing this information to go further TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceImprisoned News News March 31, 2020 Find out more News As Turkmenistan’s dictatorship tries to boost its international image by hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which began in Ashgabat on Sunday, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that the regime persecutes the few remaining outspoken journalists and leaves no room for independent media. TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceImprisoned Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan September 19, 2017 Independent media knocked out of Asian Games in Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

News story: UK space sector ‘unites the World’ for World Space Week

first_img In August the British built European Space Agency’s Aeolus spacecraft was launched which will help to deliver improved weather forecasting On Wednesday (3 October) UK and Australian Space Agencies signed an agreement to co-operate on activities including communications technologies, space situational awareness and satellite navigation applications The Disaster Charter brings together 125 countries offering invaluable aid to end-users. It was recently activated in Indonesia to help emergency services reach those affected by the hurricane and tsunami affecting thousands The UK is building a rover for the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission to explore Mars With Britain’s world leadership in small satellite construction and Earth observation technologies, our space sector is well-positioned to support humanitarian assistance efforts abroad whilst growing science and jobs back home. To find out more about how satellite technology can support the development sector, visit the Space for Development website.Friday 5New opportunities will be revealed for graduates on Friday (5 October) to engage in the thriving space sector through industry-based placements. The placements offer talented and enthusiastic people an opportunity to engage in a growing global sector, providing practical experience to gain news skills and insights.Schools and other organisations will also benefit from a brand-new resource to support women engaging with the sector and STEM subjects more widely.The National Space Centre in Leicester is hosting a Bepi Colombo day where guests can learn about the lobster-like instruments developed for the upcoming mission, as well as listen to guest talks from Professor Emma Bunce, a key Leicester scientist involved in the mission.BepiColombo, due to launch later this month, is a joint mission to explore Mercury by the European and Japanese space agencies.Saturday 6The Science Museum opens its ground-breaking exhibition the Sun: living with our star. Featuring breath-taking visuals and interactive experiences, visitors can bask in sunlight, virtually try on a range of historic sunglasses in a digital mirror and see the Sun rise in different seasons and locations around the world on a huge illuminated wall display.Monday 8A brand-new resource will be released for schools and institutes to support women engaging with the sector and STEM subjects more widely. The Agency, in collaboration with WISE, has produced a resource pack for schools to boost the recruitment of girls into STEM subjects post-16, particularly those that girls typically do not choose, such as physics and engineering.Wednesday 10World Space Week will finalise showcasing international space collaboration. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about how the UK works with international partners on projects and missions.Some examples will include:center_img Throughout the week, the UK Space Agency will showcase how British space expertise can unite the world through international collaboration, whilst revealing new opportunities for graduates to join one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.Thursday 4Three new reports published today (4 October) by the UK Space Agency outline how the industry can help to save lives and livelihoods from natural disasters, address major challenges confronting the agriculture sector, and deliver better management of forests to improve production and protect nature on a global scale.Ray Fielding, Head of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, said:last_img read more

President Trump Urges Strong Background Checks after Mass Shooting

first_imgPresident Trump says we cannot let those killed in the weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio die in vain. Trump took to Twitter this morning and said bipartisan support is needed for strong background checks when it comes to firearms.He suggested that it could be tied to immigration reform legislation and that something good, if not great, could come out of these tragic events. The FBI has opened a domestic terror investigation into the El Paso shooting. Two mass shootings less than 24 hours apart have claimed the lives of 29 people and injured countless more in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.President Trump will speak about the two deadly mass shootings at 10:00 this morning. The President said he spoke at length with Attorney General William Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray and the governors of Texas and Ohio following two mass shootings this weekend.Trump explained this is a mental illness problem and it has to be stopped after going on for years and years.The President offered his condolences to the families impacted in El Paso and Dayton.He also thanked law enforcement for their work, as he said both situations could have been a lot worse.We will carry his remarks live here on 850wftl…last_img read more

USA victory for Hayley Davis

first_img England international Hayley Davis shot two-under par to win her second title on the US women’s college circuit in the annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Texas. She laid the foundations of the win with a superb seven-under 65 in the first round and followed up with scores of 75, 74. She had 12 birdies and an eagle during the 54-hole event. Hayley, from Ferndown in Dorset, is a student at Baylor University, Texas, and her coach, Jay Goble, commented after the final round: “Hayley played great this week. Today she did not have all the putts fall, but it was a really dominant performance.” Hayley (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is in great form. She won the English women’s stroke play championship immediately before returning to the USA and only last week was runner-up in another college tournament. Her latest result underlines her consistently strong scoring, providing her with her 13th top three finish in her college career. She has been placed in the top five 16 times. Hayley’s result helped Baylor to finish third in the team event, their best result so far this season. Her next event will be the Alamo Invitational at San Antonio, Texas, which runs from October 26 -28. 15 Oct 2014 USA victory for Hayley Davis last_img read more