RSF’s recommendations on Afghan journalists and demonstrations

first_img In response to an increase in the frequency of anti-government protests in the past year in Afghanistan, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today issuing recommendations on the safety of Afghan journalists at demonstrations. Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF’s recommendations take account of the worsening security situation in Afghanistan, which is due to the fact that both the Taliban and Islamic State are carrying out more attacks.Both the frequency and violence of anti-government protests have grown in the past year, and covering them has increasingly been a source of tension between journalists, demonstrators and the security forces.A dozen journalists were mistreated or beaten by presidential bodyguards or by security personnel from Kabul when the president visited the central province of Bamiyan on 29 August 2016.Journalists have also been injured or mistreated during two other major demonstrations. A suicide bombing blamed on both the Taliban and Islamic State killed scores of people at a “Movement of Light” protest in Kabul on 23 July 2016 against the re-routing of a proposed power transmission line away from Bamiyan province.The police used force to disperse a demonstration on 3 June 2017 by the “Uprising for Change” protest movement, which is demanding security reforms and the resignation of senior security officials. One-sided coverage of these three events by certain media outlets has helped to fuel tension in Afghanistan.The right to demonstrate peacefully is enshrined in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which Afghanistan is a signatory. The right is also guaranteed in article 37 of Afghanistan’s own constitution.The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights also states that journalists have the right to “seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.” This obviously includes the right to cover a demonstration.In its Resolution 25/38 of March 2014, the UN Human Rights Council recognized the “important role” that journalists play in “documenting human rights violations or abuses committed in the context of peaceful protests.” The resolution also urged governments “to pay particular attention to the safety of journalists and media workers covering peaceful protests, taking into account their specific role, exposure and vulnerability.”Article 20 of the Covenant stresses the importance of news coverage by distinguishing it from “propaganda for war” and by prohibiting “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.”The “important role” played by the media and journalists also requires universal and effective respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.RSF stresses that the freedom to inform must not be used irresponsibly. Journalists are not ordinary members of the public, inasmuch as other people listen to and pay attention to what they say.In this light, RSF asksAll those present at demonstrations to:- Respect photo-reporting and video-reporting by journalists, and accept that participating in a public event entails the possibility of being photographed or filmed.- Not obstruct the work of journalists, respect their physical integrity and respect their equipment.- Respect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.The Afghan state to:- Implement the recommendation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 25/38, especially paragraphs 8, 10, 12 and 13.- Respect articles 24, 27, 34 and 37 of the constitution (on respecting human freedom and dignity, on the state’s obligation to respect and support human dignity, on the principle of legality as regards crimes and punishment, on freedom of the media and on freedom of association).- Pay particular attention to the safety of journalists and to protecting the freedom to inform in connection with demonstrations.- Provide members of the security forces with appropriate training. Police academies must incorporate training about articles 24, 27, 34 and 37 of the constitution (see above), and about press law, image rights and civil liberties.- Prosecute those who obstruct the work of journalists (by arresting them, seizing their equipment and so on) or who attack them while they are covering demonstrations.- Adopt legislation making it a crime (with criminal sanctions) for a public official to obstruct the freedom to inform.- Adopt legislation protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and prohibiting the seizure of journalistic equipment and material.- Establish a system of compensation for journalists who are injured and must pay medical fees and/or whose equipment is confiscated or destroyed.The media to:- Respect the principles on the rights and duties of journalists.- Cover events in an ethical manner, without inciting hatred, especially during news broadcasts.- Act professionally when moderating debates and interviews, and not provide a platform to those who promote hatred towards religious and ethnic communities.- Reinforce provisions for protecting Afghan journalists, especially in the country’s provinces.- Clarify the nature of their presence at a demonstration. Journalists must make it clear whether they are at a demonstration as reporters, in order to cover it, or as ordinary members of the public exercising their democratic right to demonstrate.RSF reiterates what it has said in the past: “In this war imposed by democracy’s enemies against the Afghan people’s right to information, RSF has chosen to stand alongside the journalists and to do everything possible to defend the freedom to inform. At the same time, we call on the media and journalists to cover the current grave political and security crisis in Afghanistan with professionalism.”For more information, read the Safety Guide for Journalists and the Handbook for Journalists during Elections.Afghanistan is ranked 120th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolenceFreedom of expressionUnited NationsJihadism Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolenceFreedom of expressionUnited NationsJihadism Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF_en center_img to go further News May 3, 2021 Find out more News News AFP March 11, 2021 Find out more News July 12, 2017 RSF’s recommendations on Afghan journalists and demonstrations RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistanlast_img read more

3 Simple Reasons You Should Stop Eating French Fries

first_img Share 45 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle 3 Simple Reasons You Should Stop Eating French Fries by: – September 23, 2013 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share French fries have got a bad reputation and for good reason. French fries are not exactly the most healthy food and you all know that eating too much of anything is not a good thing. Read more here about why you and your family especially your kids should not eat french fries. Check on for the hard truth.French fries contain bad fatsFrying up your food is sure tasty, but bad fat or saturated fat is what turns a potato into a time bomb for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Not all fats are bad and more people are learning that fats come in the categories of the bad fats and good ones. While good fats such as vegetable oils including olive oil and sunflower are actually having some protective effects on your health, the bad fats or saturated fats are directly linked to the clogging of your arteries, it is the bad fats that cause far greater damage. Damage done by saturated fat is found in margarines, vegetable shortening and everything that is partially hydrogenated. Bad fats have been shown to raise levels of bad cholesterol or low density lipoprotein. Saturated fats also stay in your body longer and raise circulating blood triglycerides that lower the good cholesterol or high density lipoprotein. When you consume these bad fats they make the platelets in your blood streams. These sticky little platelets then form clots that connect to the walls of arteries which supply vital areas of your body with oxygen and nutrition. These little clots create a wall of plaque which will eventually lead to heart attack or a stroke.French fries are made of the worst carbohydratesNo potato in its natural state is bad for you, but rather you make it bad because of how you eat it or when you decide to have it. Potatoes are starch and they are made up of simple carbohydrates. Most conventional French fries are prepared with white potatoes and white potatoes have been proven to more easily convert in the body to sugar. When your body takes in these quickly absorbing carbohydrates you are forced to use them as energy right away or store them in fat. Unless you are headed to the gym after you eat or consume them after exercise, you are more likely to gain weight from these kinds of potatoes. When you continually eat quickly absorbing carbohydrates, the high conversion of sugar causes an increase of insulin production. When you continually spike your insulin, you develop a resistance to insulin that has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes. Sadly, your kids are not an exception to the process. Some will say that children need lots of carbohydrates and many nutritional experts push whole grains, but the reality is that healthy grains are becoming more and more difficult to find. In theory, raising the whole grains in your children’s diets is a smart suggestion. Whole grains are more difficult to convert to energy, producing a steadier and slower supply of carbohydrates for the body. Choosing the right grains is important and many companies have found ways of turning a good thing into something more profitable. Huge profits are made on things that are tastier and have long shelf life.French fries contain trans fatsFrench fries contain trans fatsFrying up your food is very tasty. But do not forget trans fatty acids are what turns a potato into a ticking time bomb for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Damaged fats act as carcinogens in your body. French fries have high levels of acrylamide, claimed to be a possible cancer causing substance. While there are not yet any conclusive results in children that show a link has been established to consuming French fries and cancer, it has been suggested that cancer in children is on the rise in ages 3-5 years old. It makes sense to keep the French fries out of the hands of your children until more is known.By: Fitnaelast_img read more

Coleman Names 23-Man Squad For Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers

first_imgWales manager Chris Coleman has named a 23-man squad to navigate their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Republic of Ireland.The squad is made up of 3 goalkeepers, 7 defenders, 7 midfielders and 6 forwards.Uncapped Sheffield United winger David Brooks has been named on the list alongside another first timer in Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.20-year old Brooks had earlier played for England’s Under-20s in the summer but he haso now decided to represent Wales having made an impressive start to this season with Sheffield United in the English Championship.Regular squad members Jazz Richards and James Collins have however been left out as a result of injury.On the call-up for Brooks, Coleman said: “David Brooks has earned it, he has been great for [Wales U21 manager] Robert Page. He was excellent for Sheffield United in the derby.”“He’s shown great promise for some years, luckily for us he has chosen Wales. I am sure that has caused some ripples over the Severn Bridge.“But it is a feather in the cap for our system, our structure, that David is here. He has earned his chance.“I have met him, we had a coffee last month, we had a good chat. It’s not like he’s meeting me for the first time.“I would not be afraid to put him on, but I don’t feel obliged to cap him unless it suits us.” he added.On his star players namely Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, Coleman said: “Gareth and Rambo are in great form and that’s great news for us. It’s important both players are playing so well.”Wales face hosts Georgia on October 6 before the derby against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on October 9 with the team currently in second place with two Group D matches to go and on course for a play-off spot at least.Wales Squad:Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Chris Maxwell;Defenders: Ben Davies, James Chester, Neil Taylor, Chris Gunter, Tom Lockyer, Ashley Williams, Ethan Ampadu;Midfielders: Joe Allen, David Edwards, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Jonathan Williams, David Brooks;Forwards: Gareth Bale, Marley Watkins, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes, Tom Lawrence, Ben Woodburn.Relatedlast_img read more

DOT responds to demand for blackout plate with immediate sales of generic version

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Transportation is going to start offering generic versions of the new blackout license plate next week at your county treasurer’s office to help meet the demand.DOT spokesman, Daniel Yeh says the plate orders have been brisk and they’ve had 9.000 sold since they began offering them July 1st. “The blackout plate is already number four on our list of specialty plates in Iowa. The University of Iowa plate has more than 31,000 circulating right now. Iowa State University is next with almost 20,000 — and then natural resources goldfinch plate is up near 17,000,” according to Yeh.He says the demand for the blackout plates has gone beyond what they expected.  “It’s a little surprising I guess for me,” Yeh says, “we knew that a lot of people were interested in the blackout plate, because many of them had bought the Dordt University plate that has the similar color scheme, but has some additional letter. I guess we were a little surprised I guess maybe that we had this many in the first two months.”The wait time for personalized blackout plates has been four to six weeks, and they hope that offering a standard version of the blackout plate will ease some of that demand. “Starting on the day after Labor Day, any customer in Iowa should be able to go to the local county treasurer’s office and be able to purchase a non-personalized blackout plate right at the counter,” Yeah says.The non-personalized plate has the same black background with white letters — but you have to take whatever numbers and letters are in the pipeline. “It really just depends what coming off the machine that day from Iowa Prison Industries. Right now we’re in the letter I,” Yeh says, “So, all of the newer plates that you are seeing out there are going to start with three letters — starting with the letter I — and then they’ll have three numbers. We’re already sort of late in the letter I’s. I think that I was seeing that we might be somewhere around the I-R or I-S series.”Yeh says 95 percent of cars and trucks carry the standard issue non-personalized plate — but it is possible you could see one of the blackout plates anywhere you are driving in the state. “We’ve really seen these statewide. Every one of the 99 counties has distributed at least a few blackout plates. So, we think this is something that people around the state are interested in,” Yeh says. The standard blackout plates are considered a specialty plate and that means you will pay $35 fee to get one and then pay an additional ten dollars each year if you keep the blackout plate.If you don’t mind the wait to get a personalized blackout plate — you can order one and there will be $60 initial fee. Renewing the personalized plate costs $15 every year.last_img read more

Sheep Day July 15 at OARDC

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 at OARDC Sheep Research Unit, location of a major portion of sheep research being conducted at The Ohio State University.  The OARDC Sheep Research Unit is located in beautiful Wayne County at 5743 Fredericksburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management and production is invited to attend. A lamb luncheon is included as part of registration and no pre-registration is required.The OARDC Sheep Research Unit hosts a commercial sheep operation concentrating its efforts on sheep research involving many aspects of sheep production and management.  The farm is located in northeastern Ohio where the terrain is gently rolling, making it an ideal location for grain crops as well as ruminant livestock production.This year will once again focus on programming, which will increase and improve the productivity and profitability of sheep and other small ruminant operations.A list of programs includes: OARDC sheep research updates — Francis Fluharty, OSU Animal SciencesPasture walks with the experts — Bob Hendershot, Green Pasture Services and Rory Lewandowski, OSU ExtensionBeginning and novice shepherd’s sessions — Roger Shearer and Doug Clevenger, OSU Animal SciencesCurrent research: The effect of weaning age on lamb health and performance — Brady Campbell, OSU Animal SciencesThe impact of internal parasites on sheep operations — Jeff McCutcheon, OSU ExtensionManaging primary predator issues on sheep and livestock farms — Tommy Butler, USDA A trade show will also take place at the event, where attendees may visit and purchase supplies and equipment. This show will deal with several aspects of sheep production and management.For further information regarding Ohio Sheep Day activities, please contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at [email protected] Additional information and directions to the site can also be found at Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, OSU Sheep Team, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ashland, Holmes and Wayne County Farm Bureaus, Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department, and the American Sheep Industry are the major sponsors of Ohio Sheep Day.last_img read more

10 months agoShaw: I hope Man Utd fans enjoyed Cardiff win as much as players

first_imgShaw: I hope Man Utd fans enjoyed Cardiff win as much as playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Luke Shaw admits the players are buzzing after their 5-1 win at Cardiff City.Shaw was buoyant after his team rewarded the travelling fans.“The goals we scored were magnificent,” he reflected to reporters.“Marcus Rashford’s free-kick, the first goal, sort of helped to settle the nerves and then we carried on from there. When Cardiff scored, we didn’t change anything, we kept going, and that third goal was amazing. It was an amazing team goal.”The fans are always really good, no matter where we go or what the result is. They’ve always been with us throughout the whole 90 minutes and hopefully they enjoyed the game as much as we did.”The most important thing is we got the three points and obviously we look forward now to the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everything

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his table leaders still have room for improvement.The Merseysiders host Arsenal today and look forward to their 2019 kicking off with a trip to Manchester City, which could see them land a major blow on their title rivals by extending the gap to them to as much as 10 points.And Klopp reckons the unbeaten leaders have yet to play to their full potential this season.He said: “There are a lot of really good parts but was there a game where I thought, ‘It is not possible that we can be better’? No. It was not there yet.“We have to improve in pretty much everything. There is a lot to come from the boys.” last_img read more

18 days agoReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard: I’ve heard the chatter

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard: I’ve heard the chatterby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard hopes he’s gone some way to silencing his critics after his first goal for Real Madrid.Hazard struck in victory over Granada on Saturday.And he said, “The first goal is always complicated, but then you play with more confidence. I hope to score many more for this great club. It is important to score. “People are talking and I have heard many things.”That is why it is important to score goals for me.” last_img read more

Heres Golds Magic Number Do you know about the

first_imgHere’s Gold’s “Magic Number”Do you know about the “Magic Number” that appears before EVERY big move in gold, EVERY big move in silver, and before EVERY big move in many precious metals stocks? Learn this number and how it works before you invest another penny. Full story here… — How Bob Irish Keeps “Living Rich” on a Social Security BudgetBob Irish recently investigated the new way a small group of his fellow retirees are creating thousands of extra dollars each month on top of their regular benefits…without stocks, options, or annuities.  Click here to watch it (and find out how you can start collecting your own extra income). Editor’s note: Today, in place of our normal market commentary, we’re sharing timeless financial wisdom from our friend and wealth expert Mark Ford. It’s one of the most insightful ideas on retirement we’ve read. Below, you’ll learn the biggest mistake people make when they retire, and what to do instead…I consider myself to be an expert of sorts on retirement. Not because I’ve studied the subject, but because I’ve retired three times.Yes, I’m a three-time failure at retiring. But I’ve learned from my mistakes. Today, I’d like to tell you about the worst mistake retirees make.It’s a common mistake… Yet, I’ve never heard it mentioned by retirement experts. Nor have I read a word about it in retirement books…The biggest mistake retired people make is giving up all their active income.When I say active income, I mean the money you make through your labor or through a business you own. Passive income refers to the income you get from Social Security, a pension, or a retirement account. You can increase your active income by working more. But the only way you can increase your passive income is by getting higher rates of return on your investment.When you give up your active income, two bad things happen:First, your connection to your active income is cut off. With every month that passes, it becomes more difficult to get it back.Second, your ability to make smart investment decisions drops because of your dependence on passive income.Retirement is a wonderful idea: put a portion of your income into an investment account for 40 years and then withdraw from it for the rest of your life. Once you retire, you won’t have to work anymore. Instead, you will fill your days with traveling, golfing, going to the movies, and visiting the kids and grandkids.But consider this: A retirement lifestyle for two, like the one I described above, would cost about $75,000 per year, or $100,000 before taxes.How big of a retirement account do you need to fund that?Let’s assume that you and your spouse could count on $25,000 per year from Social Security and another $25,000 from a pension plan (two big “ifs”). To earn the $50,000 balance in the safest way possible (from a savings account), you’d need about $5 million, because savings accounts only pay 1% right now.If you were willing to take a bit more risk and invest in tax-free municipal bonds (this is the safety level I like), you’d need about $1.25 million, assuming you could get 4% interest.But middle-class American couples my age are trying to retire with an account in the $250,000 to $300,000 range. That’s where the trouble begins. To achieve an annual return of $50,000 on $300,000, you’d need to make 17% per year.Getting 17% consistently over, say, 20 years may not be impossible, but it’s very risky—too risky for my taste. Recommended Links – I retired for the first time when I was 39. I put my money into ultra-safe municipal bonds. I soon realized, however, that to maintain the lifestyle I wanted, I would have to get a greater return on my investments. I would have to take greater risks with my money by investing in stocks. But when I studied the history of yearly stock market performance, I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t confidently expect to get the return I needed, year after year.So what did I do? I went back to work.I went back to earning an active income because I didn’t want to spend my days studying the market and my evenings worrying about my investments. And do you know what happened? The moment I started earning money again, I started to feel better.Retirement isn’t supposed to be filled with money worries. Yet, that is exactly what will happen if you try to get above-par returns on your investments.As I write this, millions of Americans my age are quitting their jobs and selling their businesses. They are reading financial magazines and subscribing to newsletters. They are hoping to find a stock-selection system that will give them the 30% and 40% returns they need. But they will soon find out that such systems don’t exist. They will have good months and bad years, and they will compensate for those bad years by taking on more risks. The situation will go from bad to worse.It doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s go back to the example of the couple with the $300,000 retirement fund and the $100,000-per-year retirement dream. To generate the $50,000 they need, they would have to earn about 17% per year in stocks. As I said, that is highly improbable. But if they each earned only $15,000 in active income, they would need a return of only about 7% on their retirement account, which is doable.There are many ways for a retired person to earn a part-time, active income. You could do some consulting, start your own Web business, or earn money doing any sort of purposeful work.I am not saying that you should give up on the idea of retirement. On the contrary, I’m saying that retirement might be more possible than you think.But first, you must replace the outdated idea that retirement means living off passive income only. Paint a new mental picture of what retirement can be: a life free from financial worry that includes lots of travel, fun, and leisure, funded in part by active income from doing some sort of meaningful work.One benefit of including an active income in your retirement planning is that you will be able to generate more money when you need to. But the other benefit—the one that no one talks about—is your ability to make wiser investment decisions because you won’t be a slave to your investments.Regards,Mark FordEditor’s note: Mark has spent the last five years developing a series of essays, reports, and how-to manuals on income opportunities and side businesses anybody can start right away. They are all based on his personal experience or the experiences of people he knows or mentored.He calls this the Extra Income Project, and he’s just opened it up to new subscribers. Mark says, “It doesn’t matter whether you are old or young, rich or poor, Harvard educated or a high school dropout, handicapped or able-bodied—at least one (and probably a half dozen) of these income opportunities will be right for you.” For more information, click here.last_img read more