Bangladesh is ranked 151st out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. May 19, 2021 Find out more Disturbing level of violence Follow the news on Bangladesh Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention July 6, 2020 Bangladeshi reporter beaten nearly to death after covering local corruption BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionCovid19Violence News Members of the Bangladesh Ansar paramilitary group attacked photojournalist Rubel Rashid and broke his camera when he tried to photograph a scuffle between them and people seeking Covid-19 tests at Mugda General Hospital in Dhaka last week. Joyeeta Roy, another photographer, fled the scene when she was also attacked. “The UP chairman was angry that my son had published a report about his corruption and nepotism, and that’s why he orchestrated the attack,” he told RSF. Mial was arrested on the evening of 4 July but was released on bail yesterday. News News to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more Shariful Alam Chowdhury was taken in a critical state to Cumilla Medical Hospital (photo: The Daily Star). News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF_en “We call on the judges of the Cumilla court in charge of this case to do everything possible to ensure that the instigator of this unacceptable attack is tried and punished, along with the perpetrators,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The level of violence targeting reporters in Bangladesh is reaching disturbing levels. We remind Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government of the urgency of overhauling the country’s legislation, including adopting a mechanism for protecting journalists.” They dragged him outside and proceeded to beat him with steel bars, machetes and hammers. At least seven of them took care to ensure that both of his arms and legs were broken in several places. After they left, he was taken to a hospital in the city of Cumilla where his condition has not yet stabilized. Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionCovid19Violence Receive email alerts Chowdhury’s parents and sister also sustained several injuries when they tried to intervene during the beating. When contacted by RSF, his father said the beating was clearly carried out at the behest of Shahjahan Mial, the chairman of the “union parishad” (village council) in the village of Darera. RSF and four other international and Bangladeshi organizations that defend the freedom to inform addressed an open letter to the prime minister last month in response to the surge in attacks on journalists. February 22, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the judicial authorities in the city of Cumilla, in eastern Bangladesh, to ensure that all those responsible for the severe beating that newspaper reporter Shariful Chowdhury received on the apparent orders of a village official are brought to justice. A reporter for the local Daily Samakal newspaper, Shariful Alam Chowdhury was nearly killed by the ten thugs who arrived at his home in Muradnagar, on the outskirts of Cumilla, 100 km east of Dhaka, at around midday on 4 July. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Organisation
US — #WeeklyAddress August 21 – 27: “Incitement, plain and simple”: attacks on media transcend Trump’s rhetoric
August 28, 2017 US — #WeeklyAddress August 21 – 27: “Incitement, plain and simple”: attacks on media transcend Trump’s rhetoric Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News June 7, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States News June 3, 2021 Find out more Trump targets “dishonest media” during Phoenix rally President Donald Trump criticized the media during a significant portion of his 72 minute campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, blaming them for race relations in the United States. The rally, which was held on Tuesday, August 22, was his first since the violent protests in Charlottesville. “For the most part, all they do is complain,” Trump said. “These are really, really dishonest people and they’re bad people and I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that,” he continued. His remark provoked a response from the legendary journalist Tom Brokaw, who tweeted on August 24: “mr president, i’ve been a journalist 50 yrs. Never met one who didn’t love USA. Many risk their lives reporting on US values. Cheap shot” Trump continued to defend his own statements on the Charlottesville protests, saying “the only people giving voice to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news.” He riled the crowd up and pointed back at the press, invigorating the audience to chant “CNN sucks,” among other things. Cecilia Vega, who was covering the rally for ABC News, described Trump’s speech as “incitement, plain and simple.” She continued: “It really feels like a matter of time, frankly, before someone gets hurt.” Neither CNN nor ABC reported any physical threats against them. Reporters get caught in the crossfire covering protests in Berkeley, Phoenix While President Trump spoke inside the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday, August 22, confrontation between anti-Trump protesters and law enforcement resulted in the police’s deployment of pepper spray, smoke, tear gas, and stun grenades into the crowd. At least 17 reporters from the Arizona Republic “were caught up in the gas or spray and the aftermath — burning eyes, coughing, vomiting, burning skin,” according to Nicole Carroll, editor and vice president of news at the Republic. The next morning, Carroll reported that she received an email from “M Eliot” that said: “It is refreshing to know that the most powerful politician in the world is not kowtowing to the backbiters you in the Fake News Media have become. The battle lines have been drawn.” When Carroll responded asking for more information, she received no response. Some journalists were reportedly assaulted or harassed at a protest in opposition to what was set to be a far-right, Anti-Marxist demonstration in Berkeley, California, on Sunday, August 27. Though the “Say No to Marxism” protest was cancelled, thousands of locals, peaceful protesters, anarchists, and antifascists showed up at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park to demonstrate against the small groups of right-wing protesters that were gathering. KTVU FOX2 reporter Leigh Martinez was one of the journalists shoved by a counter-protester while filming the demonstration. Others were harassed by antifa and anarchists who, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Lizzie Johnson, shouted things like, “Take his camera, take his phone!” at journalists. Propublica reporters barraged with threats following reporting on hate groups, trolls Reporters at ProPublica received a volume of attacks so high that on Tuesday, August 22, the entire staff lost access to incoming mail for more than five hours, according to The New York Times. The harassment came after the investigative news website published an article on Friday, August 19, about the ways major technology companies like Paypal and Amazon facilitate the financing of hate groups, despite having policies that say they don’t do business with such groups. Reporter Julia Angwin, who contributed to the article, said on Twitter that her email address was made “unusable” when trolls began signing her up for subscriptions at a rate of 15 per minute. She tweeted on August 22: “It does seem like killing a reporters email account is the definition of a chilling effect, no?” Another contributing reporter, Jeff Larson, reported on Twitter that he had been signed up for “tons” of WordPress accounts the same day. Lauren Kirchner, another ProPublica reporter who contributed to the story, tweeted on August 18: “I guess it’s a rite of passage for all lady journos now, to get called a “fascist c*nt” after asking someone a question for an article.” Her email address was also rendered inoperable for the entire day on August 22. The next day, on August 23, the news outlet was smeared via Twitter by what appears to be a Russian bot whose sole tweet, which called the outlet “alt-left” and “#FakeNews,” received more than 23,000 retweets. The smear campaign was in response to an article ProPublica’s Isaac Arnsdorf published that day titled, “Pro-Russian Bots Take Up the Right-Wing Cause After Charlottesville.” Martin Shrekli creates websites to ridicule reporters who covered him unfavorably Since the beginning of the year, the controversial former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli purchased internet domains of 12 journalists who have written or tweeted critically of him, and has now begun to customize the websites by mocking the reporters, according to a Business Insider report published on Tuesday, August 22. A website named after Vanity Fair tech reporter Maya Kosoff says: “Here we honor one of the most vibrant Social Justice advocates today,” an allusion to the term “social justice warriors,” a derogatory term used to describe people who pursue socially progressive causes. On the day Twitter suspended Shkreli’s Twitter account for harassing journalist Lauren Duca, he created a website called MarryMeLauren.com In an interview with Business Insider, Shkreli said, “I wouldn’t call these people ‘journalists.’ They are the unwitting recipients of liberalism subsidy from large media and telecom companies,” adding that they are “only a few notches above the white supremacists we hear so much about these days.” The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of August 21 – 27: NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more
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John Clay (32) and the Badgers are hoping to regain their offensive form when they take on the Purdue Boilermakers this Saturday in Madison.[/media-credit]Over its last two games, the Wisconsin offense simply has not been the same as the one that won the first five weeks, and the Badgers’ numbers speak for themselves.Quarterback Scott Tolzien threw five interceptions to zero touchdowns against Ohio State and Iowa after throwing nine touchdowns to just three picks through the first five games. Sophomore running back John Clay averaged 67 yards rushing per game over the last two after picking up 116.4 per game through the Minnesota game, though he seemed to be a bit tentative after injuring his ankle midway through the second quarter of the Iowa game.Tight end Garrett Graham led the Badgers in receiving with 23 total receptions and 53.6 yards per game but managed just six catches for 63 yards in the last two contests, due in large part to a concussion that knocked him out early against the Hawkeyes.And as a unit, the Wisconsin offense went from averaging 35 points per game in the first five weeks but managed just 11.5 per game against the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes.“When we were having success in the beginning of the year, guys were making plays,” Tolzien said. “And the last two games we weren’t as a collective unit. So, that was a big point of emphasis (this week).”The lack of plays made by the Wisconsin offense, for the most part, can be attributed to three major issues: opportunistic Iowa and Ohio State defenses; injuries to players like Clay, Graham and offensive lineman Gabe Carimi; and a lack of protection for Tolzien in the backfield.Fortunately for the Badgers, the first two should not be an issue the rest of the season.First, the bye week allowed Clay, Graham and Carimi (along with other injured players) to get some much-needed rest, which should allow them to return at or near 100 percent.“I thought it was good for John and Garrett, it was good for Gabe, it was good for all of our guys,” UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst said of the bye week. “As soon as you get to this point in the year, the season takes a little bit of wear on you, so I thought it was good for them to get some rest.”As for the second factor, with Iowa and Ohio State behind them, the Badgers should enjoy a relatively easy schedule in their remaining games.The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes have arguably the two best defenses in the Big Ten, which means the Wisconsin offensive attack should have much more success the rest of the way.According to Chryst, though, there isn’t much to be done to fix the UW offense anyway.“You’ve got to make plays and you’ve got to protect the football,” Chryst said. “It’s pretty simple. I mean, it’s not easy, but it’s simple. We weren’t doing the things that you need to do to win games.”The only true issue remaining then would appear to be protecting Tolzien, who has been pressured far more in the last two games than he had been in five games prior.As for the solution, though, Tolzien is not worried.“It’s a point of emphasis, but I have full faith in our line and protection,” he said. “We’ll still be able to move the ball.”In particular, getting Clay plenty of touches is something the Badgers will need to be able to do to move the ball well as a part of bouncing back from a pair of consecutive losses.After posting consecutive 32-carry performances and averaging 163 rushing yards per game in wins over Big Ten foes Michigan State and Minnesota, Clay took a big step back in the Badgers’ losses.The combination of an increased focus on the part of opposing defenses to stop Clay and an ankle injury in the second quarter resulted in the sophomore picking up just 17 yards on 11 carries over the final three periods against the Hawkeyes. It also played a large role in the Badgers only picking up 66 yards over the final 38 minutes.“I want to do anything possible that I can do to help this team,” Clay said. “Just sitting back there, just having that bad taste in our mouths — we’re not trying to have that anymore.”In the end, though, what Wisconsin is looking for is balance. After five games, the Badgers averaged more than 215 yards per game both through the air and on the ground. In the past two games, however, Wisconsin has been more one-dimensional offensively.Specifically, the Badgers’ rushing attack has dropped off with both the Ohio State and Iowa defenses focusing on stopping the run and forcing Wisconsin to beat them through the air.“We want to get everyone involved,” Tolzien said. “We’ve been best when everyone has had good games collectively, so that’s the goal.”
Award winning rap superstar Jay Z and his pop music celebrity wife, Beyonce, were in Jamaica filming for a new music video, much to the awe of many fans.The two were spotted on the streets of Trenchtown in Kingston, the old stomping ground of reggae legend Bob Marley, on Tuesday. Jay Z was riding a motorcycle and Beyonce was on the back as she blew kisses and waved at fans rocking pink boots and fishnet stockings. The superstars are apparently in the Caribbean island nation to shoot content for their upcoming joint venture.The Jamaica Observer reports that the two are accompanied by their three children and a nanny, and will be spending time at a private residence during their stay. The outlet also reported that the pair will be filming videos and songs while in Jamaica, likely for their ‘On the Run II Tour,’ which kicks off in June. The shoot is being directed by Melina Matsoukas.TMZ is reporting the two will also be shooting at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley’s home and studio. Jay Z last year recorded a single for his 4:44 album with Damian Marley.