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Journalist attacked by former police officers

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first_img Help by sharing this information to go further KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia News January 15, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Kazakhstan August 20, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist attacked by former police officerscenter_img News October 30, 2020 Find out more February 5, 2021 Find out more Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about the violent attack by three individuals on journalist Artur Platonov of the independent television channel KTK, which took place outside his home in Almaty on 16 August and which has led to his hospitalization.”There is no shadow of a doubt that Artur Platonov was attacked because his work as a political affairs journalist has ruffled feathers”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Interior Minister Kairbek Suleimenov calling for a proper investigation and the punishment of those responsible. “International attention is focussing more and more on the suspect behaviour of the Kazakh authorities as the attacks against the independent news media increase”, Ménard said. “In this case, the authorities go so far as to ridiculously claim that the journalist broke his own nose in a car accident”, the letter noted. Presenter and co-producer of “Portret Nedely” (Portrait of the Week), KTK’s main current affairs programme, Platonov was violently attacked on the evening of 16 August by three men waiting for him outside his home in Almaty. According to Alexandre Choukhoff, editor of the newspaper Karavan, which belongs to the same press group as KTK (Alma Media), Platonov has been hospitalized with multiple fractures to the nose and contusions. His life is not in danger, but he will have to spend several weeks in hospital.The police identified the three assailants as former police officers (A.M. Ayapov, Zh. Ibrahimkhanov and S.A. Utkelov), but officially maintained that it was a road accident involving their vehicle and Platonov’s which caused the latter’s injuries. KTK deputy director Stanislas Los said the attack “was planned by leading figures within the Kazakh authorities, but we don’t exactly know which”. In his programmes, Platonov had regularly denounced corruption within the security forces and often received anonymous threats. He had recently discussed the suspicious death of Leila Baïssetova, the daughter of opposition journalist Lira Baïssetova, which was the subject of an investigation in July by a Report Without Borders and Damocles Network fact-finding mission, which will publish its report soon.KTK had already been the target of violent attacks. On 16 November 2001, its offices were overrun by Interior Ministry troops, and the station screened footage of soldiers with automatic firearms taking up positions in the building. They intervened on the orders of the National Security Committee which said that “all strategic installations in the Republic of Kazakhstan must be kept under surveillance by the troops of the Interior Ministry” as a result of the conflict in Afghanistan. A senior member of the station’s staff said at that time that it was constantly subject to intimidation, telephone tapping and mail interception. KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary electionslast_img read more

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Smart street lights installed in Jamaica

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first_imgThe Jamaica Public Service company (JPS) has extended its relationship with Silver Spring Networks to add 110,000 street lights to its multi-application IPv6 platform.The country-wide smart street light control program will connect up to 110,000 smart LED street lights in population centers around the island including Kingston, Spanish Town, Negril, and Falmouth serving more than 600,000 customers.Silver Spring’s Streetlight.Vision central management system (CMS) will also be deployed for JPS through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to control and manage the networked street lights.“We are undertaking a major transformation that is redefining lighting and energy service delivery by modernising Jamaica’s infrastructure, and we are pleased with how Silver Spring Networks’ technology is facilitating this change,” said Gary Barrow, chief technology officer, JPS.“We see Silver Spring as a crucial provider for not only smart grid innovation but also as a platform for new smart city applications, that will bring new and relevant applications quickly to the cities of Jamaica.”According to Silver Spring, its smart street light controls will help drive additional energy efficiency, which is crucial for high-cost, petroleum-based island energy grids like those found in Jamaica. Smart street light controls can help increase citizen safety by alerting a utility to light failures and allowing for speedier repair.Furthermore, smart street light controls can help increase safety and energy efficiency through adaptive dimming and brightening capabilities based on pedestrian and vehicular traffic. JPS’ three-year program to upgrade the lighting infrastructure with new LED street lights and smart controls will begin this summer.“We are excited by how rapidly JPS was able to realize the value of our platform to connect multiple services,” added Don Reeves, CTO, Silver Spring Networks. “We believe our success with JPS demonstrates how effective our technology is in not only meeting a customer’s initial deployment objective, but how we can set them up for success in the future.”Silver Spring said it works with some of the largest utilities in the US for networked street light deployments, including Florida Power & Light Company for what is thought to be the largest connected street lighting project in the world consisting of 500,000 networked street lights across Miami.South Florida, and Oklahoma Gas & Electric boosts the tally up to 250,000 networked street lights across its service territory. In addition, Silver Spring connects smart street lights in other locations around the globe such as in Bristol, Copenhagen, Halifax, Glasgow, London, Paris and in Providence.last_img read more

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