Escalation in threat campaigns against Indian journalists

first_img IndiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionUnited Nations Organisation March 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Follow the news on India Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by a campaign of death threats against well-known anti-establishment TV journalist Ravish Kumar by trolls linked to the Hindu nationalist right, which has escalated dramatically in the past month, a year ahead of general elections. The escalation in harassment of TV journalist Ravish Kumar coincided with the publication of his book The Free Voice (photos: Speaking Tiger Publishing). center_img News RSF_en India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media IndiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionUnited Nations May 30, 2018 Escalation in threat campaigns against Indian journalists It would seem from Ravish Kumar’s revelations last week that fear is now an integral part of the life of outspoken journalists in India. The NDTV anchor reported on 24 May that the threats he has been getting on his phone since 2015 have increased sharply in number and virulence since the end of April. “It is all well organized and has political sanction,” he told The Hindu newspaper. He said the latest threats included a video message from a former member of the military who said he would shoot Kumar in his office. A message from a person claiming to be a member of the Bajrang Dal, a right-wing Hindu nationalist youth group, included details of Kumar’s home address and the route he takes to go to work, and threatened to rape the women in his family as well as kill him. The many complaints that Kumar has filed with the police in Ghaziabad and Greater Kailash, in the outskirts of New Delhi, have had no effect. “Everything must be done to protect Ravish Kumar,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is also high time that the Indian government took concrete measures to stop these waves of threats against journalists who dare to question the authorities. These insidious mass intimidation methods foster a noxious climate of self-censorship that undermines the foundations of Indian democracy. By supporting these actions, the ruling party bears a heavy responsibility in the decline in press freedom in India.” “Republic of Fear” The start of this wave of threats against Kumar coincided clearly with the publication of his book, The Free Voice, in which he describes the disturbing decline in the Indian media since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014. He writes that the “new India” has become of “Republic of Fear” with the help of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s “IT cell” and its troll army. In the eyes of these BJP “goons,” as he calls them, any critical coverage of the government is anti-Modi, anti-Hindu and anti-national, and must be met with death threats. This is exactly what happened to Rana Ayyub, a freelance woman journalist who was the target of an unprecedented harassment campaign in April. After RSF referred the case to Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, she and four other UN special rapporteurs issued a joint statement last week calling on the Indian authorities to protect Ayyub. But so far nothing has been done, so RSF wrote today to Prime Minister Modi urging him to take the necessary action and to do everything to identify those responsible for this mass harassment. Nightmare Any kind of journalist can now be the target of hate and threat campaigns. Life for film critic Aparna Prasanthi in southern India became a nightmare after she panned Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India, a film released at the start of May that lauds nationalist feelings. Her Facebook account was flooded with rape and death threats after her review was published. India is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than last year. Receive email alerts News News February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Panamura Adventure Race is not only a race but also an investment in the future and tourism

first_imgU rujnu, točnije, 23.rujna iz Nedelišća ispred Nacionalnog gimnastičkog centra Aton će startati nekoliko stotina biciklista na premijernom izdanju Panamure i zaputit se kroz šume, vinograde, polja i preko cesta do Mađerkinog brega. Radi se o Panamura Adventure Race, odnosno #Panamura je brdsko-biciklistička (MTB) utrka kroz Međimurje podjednako namijenjena za rekreativce i profesionalce.Panamura Adventure Race organizira Međimurski biciklistički klub Mura uz Turističku zajednicu Međimurja. “On over 76 kilometers of trails, we have placed two official refreshment zones, several unofficial ones, a mountain finish, a passing sprint finish along the Mura, but also several demanding and interesting, hitherto unexplored, paths and trails.. From the most famous hill of Međimurje we descend the Mura, and along the sandbanks of this untamed river towards Mursko Središće. From the northernmost Croatian city we run back to Nedelišće through vineyards and forests and come to the cycling festival in Aton and in Mesap. ” ističu organizatori.Panamura is not only a race but also an investment in the future and tourism.For years, Međimurje has been known as the county and location with the most investment in cycling tourism, from the development of hotel accommodation, private and apartment, all the way to tracing and development of trails, roads and bicycle roads. By investing in cycling tourism, Međimurje is placed on the map as an interesting destination for transit tourists to the Adriatic, and at the same time attracts new guests and provides new content. Bike races, cycling marathons, trails and events are just a part of the infrastructure and content that every cyclist is looking for.e-bike race as a special attraction Uz klasičan MTB maraton koji dozvoljava nastup sa MTB biciklima veličine kotača 26″, 28″ ili 29″, Panamura uvodi i novost. Paralelno s biciklistima natjecat će se i e-Bike biciklisti na biciklima tipa “pedalec” koji potpomažu vozaču, naravno u vlastitoj kategoriji. E-Bike tipovi bicikala, kao i turizam orijentiran na takav tip vozila na mala vrata ulazi na turističko tržište europe, ali zasigurno će biti važan faktor u odabiru destinacije budućih cikloturista.From Nedelišće to Štrigova, along the Mura from Sv. Martin to Mursko Središće, through vineyards and forests, the Panamura Marathon invites amateur cyclists, recreational cyclists, professionals to pedal and experience this professionally organized marathon and see for themselves what their limits are. But it is more important than the competition to show the direction of development when we talk about cycling tourism and how tourism can be developed on the continent throughout the year.last_img read more

USG prepares for meeting with Nikias and Quick

first_imgAt last night’s Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting, USG President Rini Sampath announced a forthcoming meeting with USC President C. L. Max Nikias to discuss past and future plans.Sampath mentioned that for the past two weeks, she has consulted her executive cabinet and the various program board assemblies for the topics to be covered at the meeting. Sampath stressed the importance of this official meeting, which comes only once per semester.“I’ve made it very clear that, in the coming year, any opportunity I have to sit down with an administrator is an opportunity for other students to have a seat at the table,” Sampath said. “I think that in the past, students have often felt disconnected with the administrators and I want to show that this is an opportunity for them to have their concerns heard through the USG leadership.”Sampath then described the various issues she plans to cover during the meeting. One of the issues she will touch upon is mental health advocacy. Sampath stated that mental health is major issue on campus, and that the number of counselors is insufficient.“What we find is that [the] Engemann [Student Health Center] … looks beautiful, but it’s probably not the most functional space,” Sampath said. “One student told one of our directors that he got on the phone with someone at Engemann, and the first question they asked him was, ‘Are you suicidal?’ That’s not how we should determine if someone should be seeing a counselor or not.”Sampath said that the student was then sent an email and told that he would have a three-week wait time before he met a counselor.“I don’t know if this is just one case, but I think that this is definitely happening to other students if it is happening to one student,” Sampath said. “I want to express to President Nikias that if we have a $6 billion endowment campaign, we need to be investing resources from that campaign to [be] fixing problems like this.”Another policy point on the agenda, Sampath mentioned, will be sexual assault prevention. Francesca Bessey,  assistant director of Wellness Affairs and a sexual assault activist on campus, drafted a two-page document on sexual assault prevention strategies with Shyann Murphy and Vanessa Diaz, co-directors of the Women Students Assembly.“If all these activists are putting so much time and effort into events like Take Back the Night with the clothesline project at alumni park, we need to see some kind of response from our administration,” Sampath said. “We want acknowledgement that we have a culture on campus that disrespects women at times, but also things like increasing funding for programming these awareness events.”During the meeting with Nikias, Sampath will also touch on proposals to establish sustainability efforts. She mentioned that Environmental Student Assembly Director Shawn Rhoads has been working to put together a sustainability plan.“This is something that USG backs. If we want to be a leading university we need to be looking at sustainability efforts as well,” Sampath said. “The more we want to compete with these top 25 and Ivy League schools, the more we need to be the frontrunners and pioneers in things like sustainability.”Lastly, Sampath will be discussing the Black House project and minority issues on campus.“I really want to bring attention to the issues of marginalized communities on campus with our ‘I, Too, Am USC’ project, and I’m hoping to bring some of the photographs from that campaign of students expressing their discomfort on this campus,” Sampath said. “These are the tough conversations that we need to be having with administrators, especially if I have only one opportunity per semester to meet with people like President Nikias.”When asked if this would be a symbolic meeting, Sampath answered that past meetings with Nikias have brought results.“The last time that we met, President Nikias told us that he would be looking to waive security fees during events like Spring Fest, which lifts a huge burden from USG,” Sampath said. “That is just one example, but now I think it’s time to go in and ask him these requests that could make our students happier.”On May 5, Sampath and USG Vice President Jordan Fowler will also meet with Provost Michael Quick to discuss future plans involving the Academic Affairs committee and Academic Culture committee.last_img read more