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Iraqi security forces attack reporters covering protests

first_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Internet News Members of several TV crews were injured in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on 1 October when they tried to film demonstrators being driven back by teargas. “Coverage of demonstrations is very difficult and different from the usual coverage of events because the crackdown on the protesters automatically affects the journalists,” Dijlah TV’s Mazen Alwan told Iraq’s National Union of Journalists. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the many attacks on journalists by security forces during the past three days of anti-corruption protests in Iraq. They constitute a disproportionate and unwarranted restriction of the right to inform, RSF said. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Help by sharing this information While covering a demonstration on 2 October in Tayeran Square, another prominent Baghdad location, Al Rasheed TV’s Arshad Al-Hakem was arrested by police and was held for held for several hours. Two other journalists, Ahmed Al-Rekabee and Ali Fadhel, were also detained. The provincial council in neighbouring Al-Anbar province meanwhile issued an order banning “all media activity.” News “This reaction against journalists by the authorities is disproportionate and unjustified,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Instead of banning all journalistic activities, the security forces and local authorities have a duty to guarantee the safety of journalists so that they can do their reporting.” The authorities have blocked access to various social networks including Facebook and WhatsApp since 2 October, the second day of the protests, but Iraqis continue to disseminate information about the protests by using servers that allow them to circumvent the blocking. Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further December 28, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News In Diwaniyah, 180 km south of Baghdad, several sources reported that a special forces unit prevented journalists from working. A video shows Dijlah TV reporter Zaid Al-Fatlawi being grabbed and hit by this unit while others intervened. “He’s a journalist!” someone can be heard saying. The video ends when a soldier put his hand over the lens and orders the person filming to stop. Organisation Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Internet News October 4, 2019 Iraqi security forces attack reporters covering protests Reporters for at least 14 media outlets have been the targets of these attacks, which began on 1 October, the days the protests suddenly erupted, and have taken place throughout the country. December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

first_img Facebook Local NewsUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Facebook Pinterest Previous articleHit by pandemic, oil giants Exxon, BP post huge 2020 lossesNext articleGhana 1st nation to receive coronavirus vaccines from COVAX Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp U.S. regulators say J&J’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19. The report says overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID. This sets the stage for a final decision on FDA emergency use.center_img FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID Twitter Twitter Pinterest TAGS  WhatsApplast_img read more