News UkraineEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders, is in the Ukraine today to commemorate the second anniversary of the disappearance of Georgiy Gongadze. His status as legal representative for the private party associated with the public prosector will also be made official. March 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders, is in Kiev on the occasion of the second anniversary of the disappearance of Georgiy Gongadze. He will sign the necessary papers, at the Ukraine public prosecutor’s office, enabling him to become the official representative of the private party associated with the public prosecutor in the court action, Lessia and Myroslava Gongadze, the journalist’s mother and widow, a status that has been refused him up until now. In order to uncover the truth and to help the investigation reach a conclusion, Robert Ménard is requesting that the public prosecutor allow him to study, with the help of an independent expert of his own choice, all the results of the previous expert reports as well as the texts of the documents by which these reports were commissioned. It is only after these documents have been examined that the family will agree to the burial of Georgiy Gongadze’s remains. Robert Ménard is also asking the public prosecutor’s office to interview Mr Yarochenko, Mr Nazartchuk, Mr Salachenko and Mr Tchemenko, the four men who are reported to have been shadowing Mr Gongadze during the weeks prior to his disappearance. These facts have never been investigated.Mr Gongadze, editor of the online newspaper www.pravda.com.ua, disappeared on 16 September 2000. His headless body was found on 2 November 2000. In the report published in 2001 after its investigative mission, Reporters Without Borders highlighted the deliberate obstruction of investigations by the state apparatus. February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation News to go further Follow the news on Ukraine News News Help by sharing this information Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority September 16, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second anniversary of the disappearance of Georgiy Gongadze Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media UkraineEurope – Central Asia September 7, 2020 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV
NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Receive email alerts In the past week, two reporters covering President Trump’s campaign rallies have been harassed for doing their jobs. At a rally in Ocala, Florida, ABC News reporter Will Steakin was violently threatened: “ABC News…put a bullet in your head, buddy. I got one.” On Sunday, outside Newport Beach, California, a man tailed a female L.A. Times reporter for several minutes — yelling, “Fake news!” and encouraging others to harass her. What happened in Ocala and Newport Beach are not isolated incidents. National audiences have watched in shock as police arrested reporters on live television, federal agents fired rubber bullets directly at cameras, and counter-protesters mobbed members of the press — all clear attempts to prevent journalists from documenting history. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has tallied at least 856 aggressions towards journalists covering protests in 2020 alone. The majority of these incidents have been deliberate, unprovoked physical attacks on clearly identified journalists, taking place in at least 33 states throughout the country, including the cities of Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, Louisville, Detroit, Denver and Philadelphia. “We remain alarmed by continued acts of hostility and violence towards journalists simply for doing their jobs covering protests across the United States. This aggression is representative of the broader worrying U.S. press freedom record, which continues to deteriorate in the run-up to the election. We call on candidates to take a stand against this unacceptable state of affairs and demonstrate their commitment to protecting press freedom by signing the #PressFreedomPact,” said RSF’s Director of International Campaigns Rebecca Vincent.RSF welcomes the recent decision of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold bans on federal law enforcement from targeting journalists at Portland protests as an important step to ensure press freedom. RSF had filed a joint amicus brief in this case, arguing that the attacks on journalists by US law enforcement in recent months complicates the United States’ role as a reliable champion of press freedom abroad. However, opposition to similar measures — including California Governor Newsom’s rejection of Senate Bill 629, which would have protected journalists from arrests at demonstrations — puts journalists’ safety at risk. The broader state of U.S. press freedom also continues to spiral downward. Local newspapers are in dire financial need, and national reporters face routine harassment from an administration that labels them “enemies of the people” and “fake news,” even as they put themselves at physical risk to do their jobs. RSF reiterates its call for public officials to not only ensure the safety of journalists covering protests, but investigate this larger pattern of First Amendment violations. To begin to reverse these worrying trends, RSF is calling on candidates running for office in the November 3rd elections to sign the “#PressFreedomPact,” a public commitment to uphold the principles of press freedom. The pact provides a key opportunity for the nation’s political leaders to reaffirm their commitment to protecting the vital role of the free press to American democracy – and in turn, setting a more positive example abroad.The United States is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.Notes:For more information on the #PressFreedom Pact, visit the campaign landing page on RSF’s website, or contact RSF USA communications manager Collin Boylin at cboylin(a)rsf.org or via telephone at (202) 813-9497, extension 3. United StatesAmericas Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceEvents Organisation With just two weeks remaining until a historic election, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) remains deeply concerned by continued hostility targeting journalists covering protests across the United States. Never before in American history has the press come under fire on such an alarming scale. RSF calls again for an immediate stop to this aggression and for concrete steps towards reversing the United States’ worrying press freedom record – starting with candidates for public office demonstrating their commitment to protecting press freedom by signing the #PressFreedomPact. Follow the news on United States to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en October 20, 2020 – Updated on October 21, 2020 US — RSF remains deeply concerned for journalists’ safety in run-up to historic election News Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceEvents April 28, 2021 Find out more
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.WARREN – Officials in Warren County, Pennsylvanian say a body has been recovered part of the search for a vehicle that crashed into the Allegheny reservoir this week.The Warren County Coroner’s office confirmed the news Wednesday afternoon.Although, the U.S. Forest Service, who lead the initial search, did not release additional information.Late Monday, 911 dispatch received a call that a vehicle crashed into the water. A search then began and continued Tuesday. First responders say the search originated at the Webb’s Ferry Boat Launch after Cattaraugus County’s 911 center received the call. Information was then transferred to dispatch in Warren.
CAAP-Iloilo’s terminal supervisor Art Parreño said the Iloilo Airport has prepared for the resumption of commercial flights. It now has physical distancing markers and has designated hand-washing and decontamination areas. When would these inbound flights resume? ILOILO – The Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan town is set to accept inbound commercial flights from Metro Manila. “Passengers would be able to buy airline tickets and go to the airport,” said Defensor. Defensor said air passengers must have “complete documents” including a travel authority from the Philippine National Police and certification that they were able to complete 14 days of quarantine and didn’t have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) such as fever and cough, among others. Defensor said he would first issue an executive order either before this week is over or early next week. This number of passengers would be equally divided among the three airlines. For the time being, however, airlines would only be flying returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) “because we are still under a modified general community quarantine and we have border restrictions,” said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. Defensor agreed to set the cap – 1,500 – on the number of weekly air passengers to avoid overwhelming the quarantine facilities of local government units.Also, so that the receiving local government units could prepare, the governor required the airlines to provide the provincial government with passenger manifestos two days before their flights. The initial outbound flights approved were those of the Philippine Airlines. Each airline could have twice-a- week flights to the Iloilo Airport, according to CAAP Iloilo chief Manuela Luisa Palma. Commercial flights to and from Iloilo were suspended in March this year when the community quarantine was enforced to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region. The governor said he would be allowing more outbound flights should other airlines offer them but only for locally stranded individuals, overseas workers and those who work in Metro Manila. Iloilo province and the rest of Western Visayas remain under a modified general community quarantine until the end of this month unless extended further or lifted earlier. Just this June 16, Defensor approved outbound flights to Manila from the Iloilo Airport but only for locally stranded individuals, employees who have work in Metro Manila and overseas workers who have scheduled flights back to their employment abroad. Also, as agreed during Defensor’s meeting yesterday afternoon with officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and executives of Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines at the provincial capitol, only 1,500 OFWs and LSIs would be allowed to return to Iloilo every week. The executive order may also include requirements that can be demanded from passengers before they can be issued plane tickets, added the governor. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily. Thermal scanners at the arrival and departure areas would check people’s temperatures (fever being one of the symptoms of COVID-19)./PN