Reporters Without Borders in Kiev : « The time for promises is over ! »

first_img Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV read in ukrainianOn the eve of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s visit to France, the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders went to Kiev to discuss the state of press freedom in the country with Ukrainian leaders. Ukraine made a spectacular improvement in Reporters Without Borders’ 2005 press freedom index, going up from 138th position in 2004 to 112th this year mainly because of the abolition of censorship since the “orange revolution”. Elsewhere the arrest of the perpetrators of the murder of journalist Géorgiy Gongadze – the case which marked the beginning of the end of the Leonid Kuchma regime – took Ukraine off the list of “predators of press freedom” drawn up each year by Reporters Without Borders.Unfortunately, this good news was marred by several cases that tarnished the image of the new regime on the international scene. One example was the assault on journalist Natalia Vlassova of Kanal 34 television on 4 October in Dnipropetrovsk in the east of the country after she exposed corruption within local political parties. The editor and owner of the independent weekly Oberih was also attacked. He had received a death threat on 14 May 2005 for exposing embezzlement of funds within the municipal finance department in Pereyaslav-Khmelnytski, south of Kiev. Another example of this deteriorating situation was the groundless arrest of Volodymyr Lutiev, editor of the weekly Yevpatoriskaya Nedelia, in Sebastopol on 30 June this year, for criticising a controversial election. He hungered for 47 days, protesting against his arrest, and he is still in jail. Two journalists on the weekly Vhoru, photographer Maxim Soloviev and reporter Natalia Kozarenko, were attacked and their equipment seized while they were reporting on a racketeering case in Kherson in the country’s south.To this already too long list of harassment and assault, we now have to add what has become known as the “The case of the escapades of Andriy Yushchenko”. While Paparazzi was about to splash on its front pages a photo of the president’s son accompanied by a young woman in a compromising position, a car belonging to the bi-weekly’s editor Walid Harfouch, was partly destroyed with a Molotov cocktail and he received a number of threats. He now has permanent protection from the police who evidently take the threats very seriously. All these episodes point to a deteriorating climate, despite the fact that the “orange revolution” gave rise to great hopes for the country. Should we have to remind President Viktor Yushchenko that he promised to make press freedom of “priority of his mandate”.Legislative elections next March will be a decisive step in the consolidation of Ukraine’s democracy. The media must be allowed to work freely and the authorities must take responsibility for ensuring this. Unfortunately, a ban slapped on journalists preventing them from commenting on the various candidates’ election programmes does not auger well for media coverage of this crucial event. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Receive email alerts March 26, 2021 Find out more Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media UkraineEurope – Central Asia February 26, 2021 Find out more On the eve of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s visit to France, the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders went to Kiev to discuss the state of press freedom in the country with Ukrainian leaders. “The time for promises is over. What we need now is action,” said Robert Ménard.read in ukrainian center_img News November 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders in Kiev : « The time for promises is over ! » Journalists must feel free and able to work in complete safety. After several euphoric months, the climate in Ukraine is darkening. It is for the European authorities and for French leaders who are about to receive President Viktor Yushchenko to remind him of all his promises. As the European Court of Human Rights has just condemned Ukraine for “failing to protect the life of the husband of Mrs Gongadze” and of “failing to investigate the case in a coherent and effective manner”, it is essential that those who instigated this sordid killing should be found and brought to justice. It will be a real test of the effective willingness of the Kiev authorities to finally turn the page on impunity.The time for promises is over. What we need now is action, commitments, and legal action against those who threaten the press and journalists. Ukraine’s future in Europe depends on it. News Follow the news on Ukraine News UkraineEurope – Central Asia News to go further September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

When are Premier League fixtures released? Time and date for 2020-21 season announcement

first_imgManchester United vs Liverpool is always a fixture to look out for (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)The Premier League fixtures are coming out on Thursday morning, with the new season coming round quickly after the last finished.The 2019-20 season only came to a close on 26 July due to the coronavirus hiatus from March-June, but after a short break for some, and no break at all for teams competing in Europe, it is time to turn attentions to the next campaign.Promoted sides Leeds United, West Brom and Fulham will be itching to find out which teams they will face on their return to the Premier League, while the usual big fixtures between the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are always highlights of the calendar.AdvertisementAdvertisementWhen are the Premier League fixtures announced?The fixtures are announced on Thursday 20 August at 9am, with all the information here on Metro.co.uk.ADVERTISEMENTWhen does the Premier League season start?The season gets underway on Saturday 12 September and runs until 23 May 2021.When are EFL fixtures announced?The fixtures for the Championship, League One and League Two do not come out at the same time as the Premier League, they are released the following day – Friday 21 August – at 9am.MORE: Arsenal target Gabriel asking questions about Premier League, says Lille team-mate Jose FonteMORE: Gonzalo Higuain warns Lionel Messi of Premier League: ‘Defenders kick the s*** out of you’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 2:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link13Sharescenter_img When are Premier League fixtures released? Time and date for 2020-21 season announcement Commentlast_img read more

Celina All-Stars to play Swag Entertainment

first_imgCELINA All-Stars will play Swag Entertainment in the final of the Guinness Greatest of the Streets Linden leg this evening, at the Mackenzie Market tarmac.In Thursday’s semi-final the All-Stars team dominated Team 25, 2-0, with Keon Seth and Kenard Simon finding the back of the net.Semi-final two was a high-scoring contest, with Swag Entertainment thrashing Jermaine and Family Silver Bullets 4-1.Colwyn Drakes’ 4th minute strike opened the scoring for the eventual winners before Shane Luckie added the second in the 9th minute.Jermaine Samuels’ 19th minute strike gave the Silver Bullets side a glimmer of hope but that was cut short just six minutes later when Drakes struck for a second time.Drakes completed his hat-trick and closed the game 4-1 in the 32nd minute, ensuring his team moved onto the semi-finals.Tonight’s final will take place after the third-place game between Team 25 and Jermaine and Family Silver Bullets.The winners will receive the top prize of $400 000, with second-placers securing $150 000, third-placers $75 000 and fourth-placers $50 000.last_img read more