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Iraq shuts down TV broadcaster after report on corruption

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first_img News to go further Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” September 4, 2019 Iraq shuts down TV broadcaster after report on corruption Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan The closure was ordered by Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission, which has called on Al Hurra to issue a public apology for its “contempt and abuse of symbols and personalities of religious institutions” and its “violation of the broadcast laws.” The commission added that the three-month suspension was “a final warning” and that even more severe sanctions could follow.Al Hurra issued a statement defending the report as “fair, balanced and professional” and claiming that “individuals and institutions were given the right of reply, which they declined.” Al Hurra was still prepared to give these institutions the opportunity to reply, the statement said.“This TV channel’s closure confirms the difficulty of investigative reporting on corruption in Iraq, especially when the country’s most prominent figures and institutions are directly implicated,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “We urge the authorities to rescind this disproportionate sanction and to allow journalist to do their job to inform the public.”At least seven political movements had pressed for sanctions against Al Hurra. Hashd Al-Shaabi, a Shia paramilitary coalition, condemned “the increasingly aggressive rhetoric of several local and international TV channels,” especially “the Pentagon-linked Al Hurra channel.”The parliamentary coalition Hikma accused Al Hurra of “defaming” religious institutions, while former Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi deplored “any direct or indirect targeting” of religious institutions.Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassment IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Follow the news on Iraq News News December 28, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Iraq’s authorities to rescind yesterday’s decision to immediately shut down the Iraqi operations of the US-funded satellite TV channel Al Hurra for three months amid an outcry over the report it broadcast three days ago about corruption within Iraq’s religious institutions. Newslast_img read more

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Calls for biodiversity corridor to be created in Inishowen

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first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Calls for biodiversity corridor to be created in Inishowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebookcenter_img There are calls for a Band of Trees to be planted across Inishowen to create a biodiversity corridor.The Green Party is proposing the initiative in a bid to tackle biodiversity loss and carbon dioxide emissions.The corridor would see the development of an unbroken band of native tree species from Malin to Burt.Donegal Green Party Chairperson Michael White says the project will involve collaboration with local groups and farmers:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/WhiteTreesTues1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleCovid-19 cases surpass 10,000 in DonegalNext articleDesertegney community take waste issue into own hands News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 By News Highland – May 4, 2021 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Provides Update on Bedford County Train Derailment

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Provides Update on Bedford County Train Derailment Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and commonwealth agencies provided the following update on Wednesday’s train derailment in Hyndman, Bedford County, which led to the evacuation of residents within a one-mile radius of the incident.“We are grateful that no one has been hurt as a result of this incident,” said Governor Wolf. “The safety of residents and infrastructure remain the top priority of our agencies and all local responders. We will work to ensure residents continue to be safe and CSX has committed the resources necessary to do that.”CSX has established two reception centers for displaced residents to access information regarding lodging, transportation or other assistance: Hyndman Ministry Church, 152 Hyndman Rd., Hyndman, PA 15545, and the Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford, PA 15522.Residents are not required to report to the reception center; evacuees are free to travel to the destination of their choice but are advised to follow the guidance of local emergency personnel and heed road closures in the area. Motorists should be aware that there are a number of roads closed in the area, including State Routes 96 and 3004.Members of the public who have questions about this incident or where they can go for help can call the CSX Incident Response Line at 1-800-331-4031.The temporary flight restriction instituted yesterday remains in place at a radius of three miles to an elevation of 5,000 feet around the area. The temporary flight restrictions are in place in order to prevent possible mid-air collisions that may be caused by unnecessary flights, and to give priority to aircraft on official missions.The Departments of Environmental Protection and Health continue working closely with CSX personnel to monitor conditions in and around the area. At this time, there has been no impact to local waterways, but an environmental contractor is on site and ready to respond in the event of a spill into any waterways. PA State Police are patrolling the area to ensure the security of homes and businesses, and are also staffing road security checkpoints.The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA headquarters outside Harrisburg remains activated with specially trained personnel from the departments of Human Services, Health, Environmental Protection, PA State Police, Public Utility Commission, Transportation, PA Turnpike, Military and Veterans Affairs, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross.Residents are reminded to monitor local media and follow the guidance of local emergency response personnel.center_img August 03, 2017last_img read more

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