Several news sites blocked two days before legislative elections

first_img News RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan Receive email alerts December 14, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Several news sites blocked two days before legislative elections Reporters Without Borders today condemned censorship of the Kyrgyz network yesterday, two days ahead of 16 December legislative elections pitting Ak Zhol, the party of President Kurkmanbek Bakiyev, against a social-democratic opposition led by former deputy Kubatbek Baibolov. Three popular websites came under a massive spam attack on 14 December. The website of the privately-owned news agency, Akipress ( and that of the news agency 24 ( were made inaccessible, as well as the internet forum Diesel ( All were apparently victims of a political manoeuvre designed to prevent publication of news about the forthcoming poll. The main Internet service providers, ElCat and SaimaTelecom, gave no explanation for the blocking, but did not deny anything either. In addition, the website of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) was blocked for more than one hour on 14 December. All that could be seen was the message: “This site has been attacked by the Dream of Estonian Organization XOPO Legio Denjos”. Staff at the Commission called for an investigation into the reasons for the attack and who was behind it. Kyrgyz electoral law bans all party political advertising of any kind on the eve of elections. The opposition parties accused the government of carrying out a “campaign of intimidation” against the people and voiced fears that the election results will be rigged. “We deplore this violation of the citizens’ freedom of information. It amounts to government manipulation, gagging the opposition earlier than laid down,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “This radical step is in opposition to any kind of democracy and we urge the authorities to unblock these news-sites”, it added. KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan News RSF_en center_img News News October 9, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further August 26, 2020 Find out more KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist August 14, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalist released after 251 days of detention

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 17, 2019 Find out more Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill The offices of several news media in Kathmandu have been ransacked during the past week and some journalists were mistreated by Maoist rebels. Three reporters are still been held by the authorities. Reporters Without Borders is concerned that the mounting violence is preventing journalists from working freely. May 29, 2019 Find out more The Nepalese army on 18 October released editor of the monthly SagarmathaTimes Jeetman Basnet from Bhairavnath barracks in Katmandu, where it hadbeen holding him. He had been arrested on 4 February 2004 for allegedsympathies with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).The army had in an 11 March letter to the Supreme Court denied knowinganything about Basnet’s whereabouts. The interior and defence ministrieshad also officially confirmed this. However a special commission responsiblefor investigating cases of missing persons had said the journalist wasindeed imprisoned by the army on the orders of the government.Basnet, who is also a lawyer, has told the daily Rajdhani that he wasill-treated while in detention. He also said that the army was still holdingBhai Kaji Ghimire, of the monthly Samadistri, who had been thought to be atliberty.___________________________________________________07.09.2004Journalists kidnapped and harassed, newspaper offices attacked in wave of violence against the mediaReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) expressed concern today about rising violence against journalists and media in Nepal and said it feared it would prevent free and proper reporting of events there. to go further Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story NepalAsia – Pacific It declared support for efforts by the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) to obtain the release of three journalists held by the authorities and two others kidnapped by Maoist rebels and repeated its call to the rebels to guarantee press freedom in the regions they control.Demonstrators assaulted journalists and attacked the offices of several media in Kathmandu on 1st September. Reporters Without Borders called on home minister Purna Bahadur Khadka to explain why police had not protected media offices and journalists during the Kathmandu protests.It renewed its call for the government to release Raju Kshetri and Maheshwar Pahari, of the weekly Rashtriya Swabhiman, and Jeetman Basnet, of the monthly Sagarmatha Times, who are being held in poor conditions. The supreme court has already ordered the release of Pahari and Basnet.The press freedom organisation has regularly deplored attacks on journalists and obstruction of their work by the rebels and the security forces in recent years. It has put both rebel leader Pushpan Kamal Dahal (“Comrade Prachanda”) and Nepalese King Gyanendra on its worldwide list of “predators of press freedom.” The Maoist rebels, heavily criticised after the 11 August execution of Radio Nepal reporter Dekendra Raj Thapa, continue to intimidate and threaten journalists in the districts. Bijay Mishra, a reporter for the daily Kantipur in the eastern district of Siraha, received a death threat on 2 September from a rebel cadre known as “Bibek”, who promised him “the same fate as Dekendra Raj Thapa.” The Maoists accused him of failing to report their activities in his newspaper.Baikuntha Dahal, a freelance journalist in the eastern district of Udaypur, has been receiving death threats from the Maoists for several weeks, especially in their clandestine radio broadcasts, because of his alleged support for the armed forces. Anup Gurung, of the local weekly Purva Mechi, was arrested on 29 August in the eastern district of Ilam when rebels forced him to join the “people’s divisions” as punishment for not reporting favourably on their activities in the region. He was made to serve as a porter but managed to escape. Journalist Durga Thapa was held for more than two weeks in August in eastern Nepal. The rebels are thought to have seriously violated press freedom at least a dozen times this year, through murders, kidnappings and death threats. The violent demonstrations that erupted in Kathmandu on 1 September after the execution of 12 Nepalese hostages in Iraq the previous day affected the media when protestors set fire to the offices of the privately-owned media groups Kantipur and Space Time. At least five Kantipur employees were hit by the demonstrators. Despite media appeals, police did not intervene. A dozen journalists, including Minal Pandey, of the Nepal 1 TV station, and Kiran Pandey, of the fortnightly magazine Himal Khabarpatrika, were attacked while reporting on the disturbances.Badri Khadka, said to be the correspondent of the banned pro-Maoist weekly Janadesh in the eastern districts of Mechi and Koshi, was reportedly killed by security forces on 29 August in Govindapur (Morang district) after being arrested and tortured. Local journalists said his body had been mutilated. The security forces have not confirmed his death, which was announced by the rebels.Reporters Without Borders cannot confirm that Khadka, 27, worked for Janadesh, which has only been available online since it ceased appearing in printed form in August 2003. The press freedom organisation considers that the total support of the staff of Janadesh for the armed rebellion of the Nepalese Communist Party is a serious violation of journalistic ethics. It condemns the paper’s calls for violence NepalAsia – Pacific center_img News News Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News News Organisation Follow the news on Nepal June 8, 2020 Find out more October 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist released after 251 days of detention RSF_en last_img read more

IPE Views: How to create Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley

first_imgThe interesting question is this: what does it take to be able to really emulate Silicon Valley as an innovation hub? Nils thinks there are five key factors that lie behind the global hubs, which include cities such as Beijing and Tokyo, both of which lie above any European city bar London.The first ingredient is that the hub has to be based in a large city. There needs to be a critical mass of people and exceptional talent available to make things happen.Second, there needs to be a culture that encourages creativity and risk taking. The Top 10 hubs worldwide all have that – as Moscow certainly has, which is, perhaps, to be expected, given recent political events.Third, Nils argues there needs to be some type of heavy government spending on research and infrastructure. This was certainly the case for Silicon Valley itself, where the US government supported such areas as IT, defence and space research. That is still continuing in new areas such as renewable energy. Support is critical, as venture capital cannot finance basic research but only comes in when applications are ready to be commercialised, so it is very important to have basic research support and a talent pool already there.Fourth, Nils sees the requirement for top-rated universities locally that can produce good ideas and act as a source of talent. It is not surprising Paris is doing so well given the huge concentration of top universities there.In the UK, the London-Cambridge corridor is well positioned to become Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley in the life sciences. Recent developments include AstraZeneca’s global HQ moving to Cambridge, and a £700m (€984m) investment in the Francis Crick Institute at Kings Cross. Overall, there are 37 world-class life sciences research institutes in the London-Stansted-Cambridge region and 1,400 life science businesses, accounting for 43,200 jobs and 19.6% of all UK employment in this sector, according to the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium. Last, Nils sees the need for a favourable political and regulatory tech environment, without hurdles preventing the creation of companies.Creating the right environment for venture capital investments in new, fast-growing companies may possibly be more useful for Europe’s long-term future than anything else politicians can do. This may be as true for the periphery as it is for the core European countries.Whilst Athens, for example, is never going to be in a position to compete with the likes of London, Berlin and Paris, developing the private sector in Greece through such initiatives as Corallia will ultimately be key to the long-term prosperity of the country and its position as an integral member of the EU.In the race to emulate Silicon Valley’s success, the UK is winning by a large margin. If venture capital does succeed in Europe, then I may move to Cambridge.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Creating the right environment for venture capital may be more useful for Europe’s long-term future than anything politicians could do, writes Joseph MariathasanIn Europe, since the collapse of the dotcom bubble, “venture capital” has almost become a dirty word. But the future is now looking more hopeful, and one reason for this may actually be that expectations are much lower than they were in the euphoric years of the dotcom boom. At one point back then, as Nils Rode at Adveq informed me, there were as many companies being created in Europe as in the US. Unfortunately, most of them failed to survive, leaving a very bad taste in the mouths of investors.Europe’s Top 10 centres of company creation are dominated by London, followed next by Paris and then by fast-rising Berlin. France has a very concentrated economy centred around Paris. In the UK, the equivalent would be the golden triangle of London, Oxford and Cambridge, and if the Oxbridge university towns were included, the UK dominance would become even more pronounced. Berlin, Rode tells me, has become something of a miracle in the way it has been transformed into an innovation hub, soon likely to overtake Paris. Beneath the Top 3 lies Moscow and then Barcelona, showing that the ideas behind innovation are spread across Europe. But it is not just the Top 10 that may make a difference to Europe. Greece has also set up an incubator, Corallia, for high-tech startups specialising in microelectronics, biotechnology, telecommunication networks and space, which has attracted interest from venture capitalists in Europe and the US.last_img read more

Seniors make PVC Track All-Academic Team

first_imgTwenty-one Hancock County high school seniors have made the 2015 Penobscot Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team.The senior athletes listed below have completed seven semesters with a grade point average of 90 percent or higher.Ellsworth: Olivia Lounder, Jack Weeks and Brandon St. Germain.George Stevens Academy: Liam Adams, Jennifer Burton, Madison Cole, Finn Davis-Batt, Alice Dillon, Willem Hilliard, Anna Ludlow, Yixin Ran, Taylor Venema and Chun Ye.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport: Amaziah Jones.Mount Desert Island: Ethan Craigo, Waylon Henggeler, Ralph Magnani, Sara Norberg, Aidan Robichaud-Ward, Camilla Thomassen-Tai and Sydney Wright.last_img read more