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News providers targeted in new wave of violence sweeping Libya

first_img LibyaMiddle East – North Africa June 24, 2020 Find out more to go further For the past month, Libya has been in the grip of some of the worst violence since the 17 February 2011 revolution which led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. There have been many civilian casualties and those working in the media have not been spared. News Three days earlier, three employees of the satellite station Al-Assima were abducted in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square after covering a demonstration protesting against the fighting in the capital. According to one staffer, three black Toyotas without plates seized the crew as they were putting away their equipment.Correspondent Mohamed Abdelrazaq Hussein, cameraman Ahmed Hussein Al-Ulawni and producer Ahmed Mohamed Al-Jihad were taken to an unknown location before being released five hours later in the middle of the night. The TV station said in a statement that the three men were believed to have been held at the Mitiga air base, controlled by Misrata-allied Islamist forces. They were understood to have been tortured and had their heads shaved by their abductors. Since the 17 February Revolution and the overthrow of Gaddafi, many Libyan journalists have been threatened, assaulted, kidnapped and even killed because of their work. The many incidents of violence between the various factions and armed groups have led to an increase in violations of freedom of information and attacks on those working in the media. Some have been forced to leave the country for their own safety and others are thinking about it. Since the start of this year, Reporters Without Borders has recorded more than 60 violations of freedom of information and has given support to 10 journalists in exile. The freedom of information organization calls on all parties taking part in the clashes to halt immediately all attacks on civilians and, more specifically, on those working in the media. Journalists have a vital role to play in the new Libya, especially in building a viable and democratic state with a long-term future.For their part, news organizations and those working for them must show independence and professionalism and remain fully aware of the responsibilities incumbent on them. News providers must bear in mind their essential role in holding official power to account and avoid exacerbating tension and political divisions.RWB is aware of the serious difficulties and many challenges the new Libyan parliament faces but recalls, however, that every government has a duty to protect its civilian population. The organization therefore calls on the Libyan authorities to use all means necessary to put a stop to the attacks on news providers and call a halt to impunity by bringing those responsible for such crimes to justice. August 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News providers targeted in new wave of violence sweeping Libya News LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Since July 13, violent armed clashes have been taking place in Tripoli between the rival Zintan and Misrata militias and their allies for control of the capital’s international airport, among other things.Fierce fighting has been taking place in and around the city of Benghazi between the forces of General Khalifa Haftar and armed Islamist militias such as Ansar Al-Shari’a. On 30 July, Ansar Al-Shari’a managed to capture the base camp of a Haftar-allied special forces unit, whose members were forced to withdraw into the Jebal Akhdar mountains in the east of the country.More than 200 people have been killed and 1,000 wounded since the latest round of violence began, according to health ministry figures. Most of the casualties were caused by the shelling of civilian areas. Amnesty International has categorized these indiscriminate shelling attacks as war crimes. Those working in the media have not been spared in the latest fighting. Three days ago, five staff members of the satellite station Barqa TV, based in Ajdabiya, were abducted on their way back from covering the opening ceremony of the new Libyan parliament. The station’s manager, Faraj Al-Moghrabi, who was also present, said the station’s three cars, carrying the eight members of the crew, were stopped at a checkpoint near the town of Derna, known to be the stronghold of Ansar Al-Shari’a, by militiamen who indicated they were members of the national army under Haftar’s command. According to Al-Moghrabi, however, the militiamen’s clothes and accent rather implied that they were from the opposing camp. They ordered the journalists to get out of their cars at gunpoint. Another of the cars, carrying the station manager, a technician and cameraman, managed to drive off despite coming under fire. Editor Khaled Al-Sibihi, presenter Yunes Al-Mabrouk Al-Moghrabi, reporters Abdelsalam Al-Moghrabi and Yussef Al-Qumudi, and Egyptian video editor Mohamad Jalal were abducted. There has been no news of them since.On 4 August, the “special deterrence force” militia led by the Islamist Abdel Raouf Kara, urged the staff of the government television station Al-Wataniya not to broadcast parliament’s inauguration ceremony. To make sure, they made everyone leave the building. According to two Al-Wataniya employees, the man in charge of the attack, Abdalazim Al-Shahrani, ordered the staff not to report any events surrounding the new parliament but ordered them to support “Operation Libyan Dawn”, launched on 13 July by fighters from Misrata with the aim of seizing control of Tripoli airport from rival militiamen from Zintan. 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Leagues Want Fewer Automatic Spots in UCL

first_imgFewer top clubs should get automatic spots in the lucrative group stage of the Champions League, the umbrella organisation representing Europe’s domestic leagues (EPFL) said on Tuesday.EPFL Chairman Lars-Christer Olsson said he wanted more teams from the biggest leagues to play their way through the qualifying competition instead.European soccer body UEFA last year announced that it would give more slots to teams from the four biggest leagues, effectively England, Spain, Germany and Italy, while cutting those allocated to sides from smaller countries. Those changes will come into effect for the 2018-21 cycle but Olsson told reporters he was already looking ahead to 2021-24 when he was hoping to persuade UEFA to do an about-turn.“There is a common view among the leagues that there should be less clubs directly qualified (for the group stage) because qualification for the Champions League should mean more and give more opportunities for more teams to qualify,” he said.The Swede added that the format to be introduced next year would “widen the gap between the rich ones and those who have less”.Olsson was speaking after EPFL reached an agreement with UEFA which would guarantee it a part in future decision-making on matters like competition structure and match scheduling.Olsson said that UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, elected last year, is “obviously looking for a bigger inclusion of stakeholders than in the past and we have a totally different climate now”.He said both parties had agreed about the dangers of a handful of clubs dominating European competition.“We have agreed that we are both going to work to develop and enhance the competitive balance, including in domestic competitions,” he said. “We are convinced that keeping competitive balance is necessary to keep the interest of the fans and make competitions more interesting.”Olsson said that there was no chance of Champions League knockout stage matches being played on Saturday nights instead of midweek, which French media reports said last week had been proposed by some clubs.“As far as I can understand, the international club matches should be played in midweek apart from the final.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse overcomes rainy night in 3-1 win over Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Puddles and mud streaked the right side of the field at Koskinen Stadium, effectively torn up from about two hours of soccer played on the wet surface.A layer of rainwater coated SU head coach Ian McIntyre’s black jacket, players’ steps splashed water and the ball halted when rolling through the grass sometimes.SU (7-2-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic Coast) used the conditions to its advantage, scoring on a pair of deflections and earning its second ACC win against Duke (4-4-2, 0-3-1), 3-1. Julian Buescher was involved on all three goals, and Hendrik Hilpert started in place of Austin Aviza at goalie. McIntyre said Hilpert has been training hard and his start was a way of getting him a game in net.“I thought we created some chances, but on a tough night tonight, for defenders and goalkeepers, you try to put quality services into the penalty area,” McIntyre said.Buescher broke the 0-0 tie with a goal 25:37 into the game, his third of the season. Less than 20 minutes later, Buescher lined up a corner kick and booted the ball into the 18-yard box. The corner knocked off a defender and flew into the net, counting as an own goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUp 2-0 at half, SU had a cushion. Buescher effectively put the game away when Liam Callahan’s shot from outside the box smacked off of Buescher and into the Duke net less than a minute into the second half.“That third goal allowed us to manage the game,” McIntyre said.Hilpert, a freshman from Germany, played in place of Aviza, who had started all of Syracuse’s other nine games. Hilpert dove and stopped a shot destined for the top left corner of the net for his only save of the night.The ball bounded out of the end line, setting up a corner kick. A Duke player was fouled in the box on the ensuing service, giving the Blue Devils a penalty kick. Aviza also faced a penalty kick in his first collegiate start.Duke midfielder Zach Mathers buried the penalty kick in the bottom left corner as Hilpert dove right. The sequence yielded the only shots on goal Hilpert faced.The Orange play Albany in a 7 p.m. matchup on Tuesday at SU Soccer Stadium. Comments Published on October 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

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NFL leans toward Bears-Packers for 2019 kickoff, sets Thanksgiving matchups, report says

first_imgIt would be just the second time since 2006 that the Super Bowl champion will not appear in the league’s opening game. Instead, the defending champion Patriots are expected to host the season’s first “Sunday Night Football” matchup on Sept. 8.The report added the NFL has tentatively picked the four teams that will play on Thanksgiving Day, naming the Bears and Dolphins as opponents for the Lions and Cowboys, both of which typically play on the holiday.The full NFL schedule is set to be released in April. The 2019 NFL season may be six months away, but fans already have something new to look forward to.According to the Sports Business Journal, the league is considering featuring an NFC showdown between the Bears and Packers on Sept. 5 in the opening game of its 100th season. Chicago and Green Bay first played in 1921 and have faced each other 198 times since, making it the NFL’s oldest rivalry.last_img read more

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