A deadly day in Baghdad for journalists

first_img News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders voiced shock at an armed attack on the privately-owned Iraqi TV station Al Shaabiya today that left at least eight employees dead and several wounded. The press freedom organised also expressed its concern about the steadily mounting number of journalists who are kidnapped and then executed, and the fact that one Iraqi journalist, Bilal Hussein, has now been held for six months by the US army in Baghdad.“The toll of journalists killed mounts from day to day,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are also alarmed by the number of kidnappings of journalists. Each week we learn of another journalist who has been abducted and then executed once the kidnappers realise the family is unable meet their exorbitant ransom demand. Local journalists are the chief victims.”The organisation added: “Journalists no longer dare to go around Baghdad in cars bearing the name the name of their news organisation or the word ‘Press’ – a means of protection used by journalists in other dangerous places. We once again appeal to the Iraqi authorities to protect the media and to set up a special unit to investigate these murders.”One killing after anotherThe identity of the group of gunmen who attack Al Shaabiya, a new TV station, is unclear. Witnesses said they wore police uniforms. After killing the guards outside, they went inside and shot at anyone they saw. Station director Abderrahim Nasrallah, producers Dhakir Hussein Al Shuwaili and Ahmad Shaaban, and five security guards were killed, while journalists Mishtak Al Maamuri and Mohammed Kazem Al Finiyin were wounded.Local sources said the attack could have been carried out by a Shiite group that wanted to punish the station because it is funded by Libyan capital. Many Shiites blamed Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi for the kidnapping of Imam Musa Al-Sadr in Lebanon 28 years ago.The body of journalist Azad Mohammed Hassan of radio Dar Essalam was meanwhile found in the Baghdad morgue on 10 October. He had been kidnapped 10 days before by an unidentified armed group in the north Baghdad district of Al Shaab. Marks on his body indicated he had been severely tortured.51st journalist kidnapped since March 2003Another journalist, Ali Karim, the editor of the weekly Nabd Al Shabab, was kidnapped in the east Baghdad neighbourhood of Al Amin while on his way to the newspaper on 9 October, becoming the 51st journalist to be abducted since the start of the war in March 2003. His abductors contacted the journalists’ union and demanded 50,000 dollars.Journalist held by US army for six monthsBilal Hussein, a photographer who works for the Associated Press in Baghdad, has just completed his sixth month in US army detention for “security reasons.” He was arrested on 12 April on suspicion of links with the insurgents but no charges have ever been brought against him. Reporters Without Borders calls on the US authorities to quickly produce evidence against him or free him.A total of 118 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war, while five are currently held hostage. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more At least another nine media personnel have been been killed in targeted attacks, it was learned today, while the number of journalists kidnapped and executed continues to mount. AP photographer Bilal Hussein meanwhile completes his sixth month in US army detention. Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq Organisation News IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en October 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A deadly day in Baghdad for journalists Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out more News to go furtherlast_img read more

Significant Other’s Sas Goldberg on Falling for Aaron Tveit & More

first_imgSas Goldberg photographed at Designer Loft Bridal(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Related Shows DesignsLong Lace Sleeve Ball Gown: Rosa ClaraBeaded Sleeved Gown: Eliza Jane HowellSlim Lace Sleeved Gown: Atelier Emelia Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017 Age: 31Hometown: New York, NYCurrent Role: Sas Goldberg brings the sass in her Broadway debut as Kiki, the blunt bridezilla whose walk down the aisle starts a love domino effect in her tightknit friend group in Significant Other.Stage & Screen Cred: Goldberg originated the role of Kiki during Significant Other’s off-Broadway run at Roundabout. She also appeared in the off-Broadway production of Stunning at Lincoln Center. Her other stage credits include The Best of Everything and The Urban Dictionary Plays. On screen, Goldberg was most recently seen on the second season of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out; her other screen credits include Showtime’s HAPPYish and the feature film Are You Joking?, which she co-wrote, produced and starred in. Catch her in the upcoming season of TBS’ Search Party, and don’t miss her video, “What’s the Deal with Aaron Tveit?” View Comments Significant Otherlast_img read more

Europe new ‘epicenter’ of COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgGENEVA  – Europe has now become the epicenter of acoronavirus pandemic that has claimed 5,000 lives around the world, “a tragicmilestone”, the World Health Organization said on Friday. More than132,000 cases of the virus have been reported in 123 countries since it emergedin December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, WHO director-general TedrosAdhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Europe now had more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. REUTERS “Europe has nowbecome the epicenter of the pandemic with more reported cases and deaths thanthe rest of world combined apart from China,” he said in Geneva. Tedrosannounced that the WHO was launching a coronavirus Solidarity Response Fund.This would to allow people and organizations to contribute to help fund masks,gloves, gowns and goggles for heath workers, as well as diagnostic kits andinvestment in research and development, including for vaccines. (Reuters)last_img read more