Government urged to lift censorship and guarantee journalists’ safety

first_img Follow the news on Bangladesh Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF_en Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more May 19, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News to go further BangladeshAsia – Pacific Newscenter_img News BangladeshAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders today called on the interim government and army to quickly rescind all the repressive measures of recent days, during which the imposition of a curfew from 22 August until yesterday severely impacted the ability of journalists to work.”The interim government’s record has been badly marred by the censorship and violence that has assailed the press since the start of the student protests in Dhaka and other major cities,” the press freedom organisation said.”We note law and information adviser Mainul Hosein’s meeting with media executives on 27 August, and the interior minister’s apologies for the many acts of violence against journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added. “The government should now, as a matter of urgency, heed the media’s requests for more freedom and for guarantees of security for journalists.”The army took to the streets to enforce the curfew that was imposed from 22 August until yesterday following major demonstrations in Dhaka University. The population was forced to stay at home and mobile phone services were interrupted for several days.The government has been trying to impose censorship and self-censorship on the media since the start of the pro-democracy demonstrations. Hosein, the government’s law and information adviser, urged the media several times not to exaggerate the protests. When the TV stations stopped showing footage of the demonstrations on the evening of 22 August, Hosein told the media that the government did not want to “impose censorship.”The curfew made it impossible for journalists to work. The security forces refused to treat a press card as a laissez-passer although the government news agency, BSS, had said journalists with press cards would be able to move freely. Dozens of journalists were attacked by policemen or soldiers and the publication of newspapers was badly disrupted.Anis Alamgir, head of news of privately-owned Baishakhi TV, was beaten by soldiers on the evening of 22 August, a few hours after the curfew went into effect. He collapsed, injured, in the street and was taken to a Dhaka police station before being released. “I was above all shocked to find myself being beaten by an officer in uniform,” he told Reporters Without Borders.Nesar Uddin Ahmed of the daily newspaper Amar Desh was attacked by members of an elite police unit as he was returning to his home in the capital. A photographer with the daily Dinkal was badly injured by members of the security forces and had to hospitalized. One newspaper, Samakal, reported that 14 of its journalists were beaten by soldiers or police.At least 15 journalists were arrested by the police for curfew violations on 22 August alone. Most of them were released on bail. Reporters Without Borders is currently trying to establish whether any journalists and media workers are still detained.The government’s Press Information Department reiterated on 23 August that press cards would be treated as curfew passes. But in practice, journalists were unable to resume working freely until the curfew was lifted, first partially and then totally.Governmental censorship concentrated on the TV stations. CSB TV and Ekushey TV received a Press Information Department order on 23 August not to broadcast “provocative” reports and comments. Employees of several TV stations told Reporters Without Borders that military intelligence officers called the stations to threaten them with prosecution on various charges including violating of the section 5 of the State of Emergency Regulations, for broadcasting critical reports or eye witness accounts of the demonstrations. The TV stations also had to suspend all their political programmes.”The ban on talk shows is a big trouble,” an ATN Bangla head of news said. Journalist Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul said: “As parliament is not there, television talk shows about politics and society are the best way for the people to comment on official decisions.” News Organisation Receive email alerts RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage February 22, 2021 Find out more August 29, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged to lift censorship and guarantee journalists’ safetylast_img read more

Period of stability key to region’s recovery

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPeriod of stability key to region’s recoveryBy admin – November 25, 2010 487 Twitter Linkedin LIMERICK people are afraid to part with their money ahead of Budget 2011 as they don’t know how much will be left in their pockets, but with a general election on the horizon, hopes have been expressed by the local business community that such an eventuality could spark increased growth and stability in the region. Maria Kelly, CEO Limerick Chamber, insists it is “most important that the Government gets its budget and four-year plan through to meet the conditions of the IMF and the EU”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Her comments came after Taoiseach, Brian Cowen declared on Monday he will call a general election early in the new year, “as soon as the budget process has been seen through”. Noting that the within the next two years, a declining Limerick city centre and indeed, the economic picture as a whole, could see a return to growth, Ms Kelly told the Limerick Post that the reaction to the IMF has been somewhat peculiar.“We have been in free-fall for some time and we have never hit the bottom, but maybe now we have hit the bottom, and I hope that the political parties recognise the importance of seeing this process through and then let the people have their say in the new year”.However, Ms Kelly, adopting a positive stance, revealed she had spoken to many business owners who had acknowledged a substantial increase in their turnover, and she expressed confidence that 2011 could see a return for the majority of those that suffered at the front-line of the economy.This sentiment is echoed by Graham Byrnes, regional director at CPL, who says that he would welcome the announcement of the general election as he feels that Limerick is in need of representation at the Cabinet table. “We need stability here, and potential investors crave certainty if multinationals are to set up in the region, while allowing exporters to avail of opportunity.“Companies are hiring and we have seen an increase in demand to fill jobs, but this needs to grow once the size of this financial bail out is identified. Ireland and indeed, Limerick, has seen an increase in competitiveness as salaries and costs have fallen.“Now is the time for direct foreign investment to pick up an educated workforce. It is two years now since the Dell closure and with the support of grants and training stimulus packages, Limerick is getting back on its feet”.Commentators and the business community are embracing the announcement of a general election on the whole, citing a period of stability as the key to recovery. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Print WhatsApp Email Previous articleCar reg gives sneak offender awayNext articleCouncil denounces ‘scurrilous’ local newspaper report adminlast_img read more

Broadford pupils use body and mind to slay Dragon

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Facebook Print TAGSBizWorldDragons DenGaelscoil SáirséalJanesborolimerickOur Lady Queen of PeaceScoil Mhuire National School in Broadford NewsLocal NewsBroadford pupils use body and mind to slay DragonBy Alan Jacques – May 20, 2016 830 Linkedin Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img A TEAM of fifth class pupils from Scoil Mhuire National School in Broadford entered the ‘Dragon’s Den’ with a board game that gives both the mind and body a workout to claim first prize in this years BizFactor student enterprise competition.Young entrepreneurs Daragh Lynch, Jack Cremin, Muireann O’Callaghan, Hannah Cremin, Yvonne Stack and Sinead Reidy had participated in a BizWorld workshop earlier this year and were selected to participate in the national finals because of the high quality of their ‘Body and Mind’ idea.The Broadford students pitched their idea ‘Dragon’s Den’ style to a judging panel of high-profile figures from the world’s of enterprise and education including entrepreneur and investor on the RTÉ television show Gavin Duffy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “’Mind and Body’ is a shining example of a creative business idea, and the BizFactor judges were clearly impressed with how the Broadford team developed their business and presented their pitch,” said BizWorld Ireland chief executive Fiona McKeon.“The pupils who participated in the competition demonstrate all the characteristics of future business leaders: they are naturally curious and are bursting with ideas, imagination and creativity. Clearly, primary school is an ideal time to get children thinking about entrepreneurship and to start equipping them with relevant skills so that, in the future, they might take the courageous decision to start their own business,” she added.The competition was organised by BizWorld Ireland, the not-for-profit organisation that delivers free workshops to primary schools where pupils learn enterprise skills by developing a business idea and taking it from company formation to marketing to final accounts.Limerick was well represented at the competition with teams from Our Lady Queen of Peace, Janesboro and Gaelscoil Sáirséal also Alan [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleSAFE jump to international platform via Cannes and Crypt TVNext articlePolish man converted Limerick houses to grow cannabis Alan Jacques Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more