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Blocking websites benefits no one in Tajikistan

first_imgNews News April 29, 2019 Blocking websites benefits no one in Tajikistan to go further August 25, 2020 Find out more Credit: Sekitar / Flickr Related documents cp_tadjikistan_avril_2019_ru.pdfPDF – 104.5 KB May 14, 2021 Find out more TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Internet Читать на русском / Read in Russian Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT) call for an end to website blocking in Tajikistan, where the leading independent news site Asia-Plus has been inaccessible for the past five months and other online resources are subjected to long-term censorship.Asia-Plus had been censored intermittently for years but this time it has been inaccessible without a break in Tajikistan since 29 November 2018, which is exceptional. As always, the site’s requests for an explanation have been met with stonewalling from the relevant authorities, who deny any censorship and blame “technical problems.”“The government’s Communication service continues to block news websites in an illegal and arbitrary manner,” NANSMIT chairman Nuriddin Karshiboyev said. “We urge the government to respect Tajik citizens’ constitutional rights and its international obligations as regards the freedom to inform. Thoughtless decisions just increase society’s frustrations.”Asia-Plus was previously blocked several times in 2018 for periods ranging from a few days to several months. According to its editor, Umed Babakhanov, the current blocking could be linked to Asia-Plus’s refusal to publish articles prepared by the government. “If this is the case, Tajikistan is undoubtedly the world’s only country where independent websites are blocked for what they don’t publish, not for what they publish,” Babakhanov commented ironically in a recent opinion piece.Some leading websites such as Ferghana and Akhbor have been inaccessible for several years in Tajikistan, while others have been intermittently inaccessible. The authorities don’t hesitate to block the main social networks and messaging services, or even such major Internet services as Google and YouTube, when they feel the need. The authorities assumed sole control over Internet access in 2018, which allows them to block any online resource without having to enlist the help of Internet service providers.“Internet censorship is one of the factors behind Tajikistan’s rapid descent in the World Press Freedom Index,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Blocking independent news sites encourages rumours and the Russian media’s domination in Tajikistan. Who benefits from that? The authorities have just decided against a hike in telecommunications charges. We urge them to show the same common sense by unblocking news sites.”The big hike in Internet and mobile phone charges that a government agency decreed last month was rescinded by President Emomali Rahmon on 23 April. Tajik charges were already among the world’s highest and the increase had triggered many protests.Tajikistan is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Newscenter_img Follow the news on Tajikistan Organisation TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Internet November 6, 2020 Find out more Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media News #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic Help by sharing this information Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president Receive email alertslast_img read more

India: Kashmiri photographer unfairly accused of “glorifying anti-national activities”

first_img“She is a young journalist who has been very passionate about her work,” Kashmir Press Club vice-president Moazum Mohammad said. “Filing a case against her under the UAPA is very unjust. It is a serious attack on press freedom.” Other journalists, including Mushtaq Ahmad Ganaie and Umaisar Gull, have been recently harassed and intimidated during the Covid-19 pandemic in Kashmir. Branded by the police as an “anti-national Facebook user,” Masrat Zahra is widely recognized as being exceptionally skilled at capturing the everyday life of the Kashmiri people (photo: Courtesy of M. Z.). March 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 “In the absence of any substantiation by the police, we call on the Jammu and Kashmir authorities to immediately drop these outrageous charges against Masrat Zahra,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “These proceedings clearly amount to intimidation and, as such, directly violate article 19 (1a) of India’s 1950 constitution. This photojournalist must be allowed to continue her work without fear of further harassment attempts.” Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the flimsy charges brought against Masrat Zahra, a freelance photojournalist who has been ordered to report to the counter-terrorism police tomorrow in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), in northern India. Based in Srinagar, J&K’s capital, Masrat Zahra is facing up to seven years in prison under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on a charge brought against her on 18 April of posting photos and other content on social media that “glorify anti-national activities.” Outrageous accusations to go further It was confirmed to RSF, this evening (20 April), that the J&K police have now filed an FIR against The Hindu reporter, Peerzada Ashiq, regarding what is deemed “a fake news item” published in the newspaper. Under the UAPA, the National Investigation Agency (India’s counter-terrorism police), are allowed to detain suspects for extended periods without any kind of formal charge. Branded in the police tweet as an “anti-national Facebook user,” Zahra is widely recognized as being exceptionally skilled at capturing the everyday life of the Kashmiri people. Her photos are often used by the Washington Post, Al Jazeera, the Indian news website The Caravan, the British tabloid The Sun, the French magazine So Foot and the Turkish broadcaster TRT. It was only from tweets posted by the police this morning (20 April) that Zahra learned that she is charged under the UAPA and that a complaint – known in India as a First Information Report (FIR) – had also been filed against her under Section 505 of the Penal Code, which punishes inciting “an offence against the state or against public tranquillity.” Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img “I’m completely at a loss,” Zahra told RSF. “It’s about pictures that I already published in the past. I am a professional photojournalist with no political agenda.” She risks being arrested and jailed when she reports to the National Investigation Agency tomorrow. Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more April 20, 2020 India: Kashmiri photographer unfairly accused of “glorifying anti-national activities” India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Zahra told RSF she received a summons from the Srinagar police on the evening of 18 April, to which she responded that “it would be difficult for me to go out during the lockdown because I had no co curfew pass.” India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Armed conflictsPhotoreportageJudicial harassment Injustice When contacted by RSF, several Kashmiri journalists testified to her professionalism. “Filing an FIR under a stringent law could have been avoided, especially when all journalists agree that there is nothing ‘anti-national’ in the work she has shared online,” Srinagar-based freelancer Athar Parvaiz said. Kashmiri author and political commentator Gowhar Geelani added: “This speaks volumes about the gags against media to silence journalists, to control the narratives by use of force, and to contain the Kashmir story with lawlessness.” News Follow the news on India IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Armed conflictsPhotoreportageJudicial harassment News RSF_en February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Rachel Rebecca (Graham) Ross, 104

first_imgRachel Rebecca Graham Ross went to be with Jesus at the age of 104 on December 16, 2019, in Greensburg, Indiana. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. She was a resident of Decatur County for nearly 70 years with 61 of those years in Greensburg. She was a lifelong member of the Moravian Church in Hope.Rachel was born November 29, 1915, in Hope to Clarence and Lela Schaefer Graham. Lela died five weeks after Rachel’s birth. Rachel was raised by her maternal grandparents. She had one older sister, Louise Graham Herron.She was a 1933 graduate of Hope High School. She lived through the Great Depression, losing her life savings she had put away for college. Her first job was working in a canning factory peeling tomatoes. She was a newspaper reporter for the Columbus paper going door to door around the square in Hope asking shopkeepers for news.When she was 26, she fell in love with Lewis Ross, whom she met in Hope. Lewis was drafted into the army before World War II. While he was stationed in New Jersey, ready to be deployed to Iceland, he asked his Captain for a 5-day pass to go back to Indiana to get married. Lewis and Rachel were married on April 21, 1942. The next day Lewis got back on the train to New Jersey to be deployed. During the war, Rachel worked on an assembly line making radios at Arvin’s in Columbus.Their son, William, was born in 1947. In 1950, they moved to rural Decatur County to farm. In 1958, they relocated to Greensburg. Rachel worked for 21 years at the Decatur County Hospital in Medical Records before retiring. Rachel was a former Sunday School Teacher and was very active in the Young Peoples Meetings. She was an election volunteer for many years. Rachel was a past Matron of the Lois Chapter of Eastern Star, Associate Member of Kappa Kappa Sigma Phi in Hope, member of Farm Bureau, and 4-H Leader.Rachel had fond memories of her grandchildren’s overnight stays and going to Christmas Eve services together every year. She always enjoyed the time spent together on Memorial Day and Ross Family gatherings every Thanksgiving. She enjoyed her many visits with family and friends.She loved life. She loved people. She always found something to be thankful for and was full of joy.She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years on February 10, 1994.Survivors include her son William (Bill); daughter-in-law Dianna; three grandchildren, Kelli, Angie (Gray), and John; her nephew Archie Bill (Herron); many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, three half brothers, and her grandson-in-law William Gray.Services will be conducted at the Moravian Church at 202 Main Street, Hope, Indiana 47246. The visitation will be from 2-4 on Sunday, December 22nd with the funeral service following at 4. Burial will be at the Moravian Church cemetery at 11 on Monday, December 23rd.Rachel desired that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Perpetual Fund of the Moravian Church and Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more