Embedded Canadian reporter becomes seventh woman journalist killed in 2009

first_imgNews Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News March 11, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Canadian newspaper reporter Michelle Lang was killed yesterday in the southern province of Kandahar when a roadside bomb struck the Canadian military vehicle she was travelling in. Four Canadian soldiers were also killed.“Lang’s death just two days before the New Year is a cruel reminder of the dangers that journalists face in war zones,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The growing number of cowardly, indiscriminate attacks by Islamist groups, not only in Afghanistan but also in Pakistan and Somalia, has greatly increased the dangers for reporters who take the risk of covering events close up.”“’We offer our sincerest condolences to Michelle Lang’s family and condolences,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard and François Bugingo, the president of the organisation’s Canadian section.A total of 19 journalists, 11 of them foreign, have been killed in Afghanistan since 11 September 2001. Five of the victims, including Afghan journalist Zakia Zaki and French journalist Johanne Sutton, were women.Lang, who worked for the Calgary Herald, was on her first assignment to Afghanistan and was embedded with the Canadian troops whose main base in is the extremely volatile province of Kandahar. She was riding in a Canadian military vehicle that was hit when a roadside bomb went off at around 4 p.m. yesterday.She was the seventh woman journalist to be killed in 2009. Three of the others were Russian, including journalist and human rights investigator Natalia Estemirova, who was killed in Chechnya. The other three were among the 30 reporters who were killed in an election-related massacre in the southern Philippines on 23 November.Radical Islamist groups have caused the death of at least 16 journalists worldwide. The Al-Shabaab militia in Somalia has stepped up its targeting killings and suicide bombings. At least nine journalists have been killed in Somalia, including four working for Radio Shabelle, a station that has tried to keep covering developments amid the chaos.Reporters are also increasingly being targeted by the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan. And Faheem Siddiqi, a Pakistani reporter working for Geo TV, was badly injured in a suicide bombing on a procession marking the Shiite religious ceremony of Ashura in Karachi on 28 December. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistancenter_img News December 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Embedded Canadian reporter becomes seventh woman journalist killed in 2009 RSF_en News Organisation to go further Follow the news on Afghanistan AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report sayslast_img read more

O’Dea unhappy with government communication

first_imgWhatsApp FORMER Defence Minister Willie O’Dea has told the Limerick Post that he is unhappy with communications from government over the past week.The Limerick East TD said that he will be supporting the budget on December 7 but wants radical appraisal within his party.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I will be seeking a clear and transparent timetable from the party on both the budget and the upcoming election.“There is a need for the government representatives to be straight up and honest with the people”.He said that the budget will now have to be passed to ease pressure from the international markets.“I won’t be voting against the budget on December 7 and it looks like there is a lot of pressure from outside sources.“There’s fears that if this budget isn’t passed it will spread like a contagion to other countries”.Last night Taoiseach Brian Cowen vowed to continue on in government in order to get the budget passed and said that the Dail will be dissolved in January.When asked the if Brian Cowen will lead Fianna Fail into a general election campaign, Willie O”Dea said:“That will become clearer after tonight’s party meeting”. Advertisement Previous articleRequested false driving licence on CB radioNext articleThree injured in head-on collision admin Linkedin Facebookcenter_img NewsLocal NewsO’Dea unhappy with government communicationBy admin – November 23, 2010 589 Twitter Email Printlast_img read more

Fresh Two-year FIFA Ban Looms for Adamu

first_imgYesterday, the report of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of FIFA chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, recommended a two-year ban for the former director general of the National Sports Commission.In November 2013, Adamu was allegedly to have agreed to receive £500,000 in order to influence the voting procedure with his vote for the 2018 FIFA World Cup bid. The sting operation was carried out by UK-based Sunday Times.However, the report of the fresh matter before FIFA is the outcome of the investigations opened on March 9, 2015, two years after Adamu finished serving his three-year ban for that sting operation.According to FIFA, the investigations against Adamu conducted by Dr Cornel Borbély, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, were opened on March 9 2015 and the final report was passed to the adjudicatory chamber on December 2, 2016.“In the final report, the investigatory chamber recommends a sanction of a two-year ban from all football-related activities (administrative, sports and any other) and a fine of 20,000 Swiss Franc for violations of arts 13, 15 and 19 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE).“The adjudicatory chamber under its Chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert has studied the report carefully and decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Adamu.“In the course of the proceedings, the party (Adamu) will be invited to submit his position including any evidence with regard to the final report of the investigatory chamber (art. 70 par. 2 of the FCE), and may request a hearing (art. 74 par. 2 of the FCE),” stressed the statement.However for fair hearing, FIFA declined to further details of the matter as the former Nigerian sports administrator is deemed innocent until final verdict of the case.“For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the adjudicatory chamber will not publish further details at the present time,” concludes the statement.Adamu was filmed in the Sunday Times sting in 2010 asking undercover reporters posing as bidders for $800,000 to influence his World Cup hosting vote, saying he wanted the money paid to him personally so he could finance soccer fields in Nigeria.He was suspended and not allowed to take part in the December 2010 votes, then banned for three years by FIFA. He failed in two appeals against his sanction. Adamu is not the only football administrator to face FIFA’s sanctions.Several others including former President Sepp Blatter and former UEFA chief, Mitchel Platini, are currently serving several years sanctions from all football related activities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeThree years after he completed serving a three-year ban for ethical violation former CAF and FIFA Executive Committees member, Dr Amos Adamu, is in fresh trouble that may earn him another two-year ban from all football related activities.last_img read more