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Police violence against journalists covering protests in India

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first_img Follow the news on India December 19, 2019 – Updated on December 23, 2019 Police violence against journalists covering protests in India April 27, 2021 Find out more Students protest outside Jamia Millia Islamia university over India’s new citizenship law in New Delhi on December 18, 2019. (photo: Money SHARMA / AFP) The protests against the new citizenship law, which are mainly by members of India’s Muslim community, are some of the biggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party has had to face since coming to power in 2014. The victims include two reporters, ThePrint news website’s Azaan Javaid and the NewsClick website’s Anees Zargar, who went to cover a protest on the campus of the Islamia College of Science and Commerce in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, on 17 December. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by police violence against journalists covering a week-old wave of protests in India against the Hindu nationalist government’s Citizenship Amendment Act, which is widely seen as discriminating against Muslims. IndiaAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence WomenImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence RSF_en The situation of journalists in Kashmir has already been fraught since early August, when the Indian government repealed article 370 of the 1947 constitution, which gave the region a degree of autonomy. A series of unique video interviews in which Kashmiri journalists described their plight was published by RSF 100 days after article 370’s repeal. India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News Saheen Abdullah, a freelance reporter who was covering a student march on the Indian parliament the same day, was beaten by police with batons, sustaining bruising to a hand, a shoulder and his legs, and a bloodied nose. This attack happened when he tried to help an asthmatic student to leave the march. When Abdullah got into a rickshaw to go to hospital, the police attacked him again. “They tried to grab me and pull me out,” he told RSF. When Javaid began to photograph and film police arresting students, a police officer grabbed his phone. Javaid reacted by showing his press card and demanding the phone’s return, at which point two police officers insulted and beat him. Help by sharing this information to go further India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Receive email alerts One of the policemen, identified as Rashid Khan, also attacked Zargar, who told RSF he was “targeted” because of a story he wrote a few months ago about police mistreatment of women in Kashmir. Khan told him this as he assaulted him, Zargar said. News March 3, 2021 Find out more News IndiaAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence WomenImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence “Instead of deliberately attacking journalists, the police must help to protect them so that they can cover events, including protests,” RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk said. “The Indian authorities must open an investigation into this unacceptable behaviour without delay, and must punish those responsible for the violence, who have been clearly identified.” RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Journalists have also been targeted in the Indian capital, New Delhi, where the victims have included BBC reporter Bushra Sheikh. Sheikh was filming a protest by students outside the prestigious Jamia Milia Islamia university on 15 December, when police grabbed her phone, broke it, pulled her hair and hit her with a baton. News Attacks during protests in Delhi February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Phish Announces Free Webcast Of Friday’s Raleigh Show

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first_imgToday, Phish has announced that they will offer a free webcast for their upcoming performance at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek this Friday, August 10th. With this announcement, the band has ensured that fans following along at home will have access to a Phish webcast for each of their remaining summer shows following after tonight’s Camden finale. Phish’s free Raleigh webcast will be available below beginning Friday, August 10th at 7 p.m. EDT, courtesy of LivePhish:Free Phish Webcast – 8/10/18 – Raleigh, NC[Video: Phish]After finishing out their two-night run in Camden, New Jersey, tonight—Wednesday, August 8th—Phish will return to Merriweather Post Pavillion for a two-night stand on Saturday, August 11th, and Sunday, August 12th. From there, they’ll head to Watkins Glen, New York, for their 11th multi-day festival, Curveball from Friday, August 17th through Sunday, August 19th. Finally, the band will return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, for their annual Labor Day Weekend run to close out the summer.last_img read more

Reed Questions State Nursing Home Probe, Blames Cuomo

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first_img“Placing the blame squarely on the staff who care for our grandparents — when the state knowingly created COVID hotspots by forcing homes to accept COVID-positive patients — is a slap in the face to those who lost a loved one. Even a cursory review of ADMA’s dire warning to New York State makes it clear what really contributed to New York’s horrific death toll,” Reed said.In a response to Monday’s press conference, Stephen Hanse, the President of the NYS Health Facilities Association and the NYS Center for Assisted Living, said: “At the onset of the COVID-19 virus, nursing homes and assisted living facilities were not the top priority. The principal focus of policymakers was on bolstering hospital resources and ramping up hospital bed capacity. This strategy included the Department of Health’s March 25th Advisory… As we learn more about the COVID-19 virus every day, policymakers now know that the men and women residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are the most at risk to infection from the COVID-19 virus…”Several Republicans continue to call for an independent investigation into the coronavirus in nursing homes. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayWASHINGTON — A new State Department of Health report Monday that examined the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, is just a way for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to dodge responsibility for nursing home deaths, according to Rep. Tom Reed.Reed, who has been calling for an independent investigation into the deaths of thousands of New York nursing home residents, blasted Cuomo.“This is a blatant attempt by Governor Cuomo to sidestep an ounce of accountability,” Reed  said. “As we’ve said all along, an independent investigation is needed to fully evaluate the impact of New York’s disastrous nursing home policies. Justice is not served when the individuals who were responsible for the state’s deadly edicts are reviewing their own conduct.”The report found that more than 37,000 nursing home workers were infected with the Coronavirus between March to early June. That accounts to about one in four nursing home staff. “The correlation is between what happened between community-wide infection and staff infection were the more prevalent reasons why there were fatalities in nursing homes. But it was not because of a directive on March 25,” said Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling. That order required nursing homes to re-admit COVID positive patients unless they could not provide adequate care.“The March 25 guidance was not the driving factor in nursing home deaths,” NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said.However, Reed places theWNYNewsNow File Image.blame squarely on Cuomo and his administration.last_img read more