Journalists targeted after parliamentarian incited violence against them

first_img News September 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists targeted after parliamentarian incited violence against them BangladeshAsia – Pacific May 19, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF_en to go further News Follow the news on Bangladesh BangladeshAsia – Pacific News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Receive email alerts MP withdraws complaints against journalistsParliamentary representative Shahidul Islam Master of the southern city of Jhenidah announced at a meeting of the Jhenidah press club that he was withdrawing the complaints he had brought against 17 journalists. _____________________________________________________________________________22.09.2005Journalists targeted after parliamentarian incited violence against themReporters Without Borders voiced outrage at assaults on journalists after a Member of Parliament from the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Shahidul Alam Talukder, made a hate-filled speech against the press in which he incited violence against them.Members of the BNP seized and viciously beat Anwar Hossain, journalist on daily newspaper Dainik Khobor Patra over a two-hour period on 17 September 2005. Four days later, a reporter on Channel I television was clubbed by a police officer while covering a demonstration.”Some unscrupulous militants in the ruling party are abusing their political position in continuing to use violence to intimidate the independent press,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“It is essential for the authorities to react by carrying out a serious investigation into the activities of some members or protégés of the BNP.”Member of Parliament Shahidul Alam Talukder verbally threatened journalists at a BNP meeting in Baufal, in the south of the country on 31 August 2005. His speech was peppered with insults and incitement to violence, in particular towards correspondents of national media in his constituency.Talukder is already on Reporters Without Borders’ black list, ‘Enemies of press freedom’. On 9 August he attacked and seriously injured journalist Manjur Morshed, of the daily Ajker Kagoj, because he wrote an article implicating him in a corruption case. Dainik Khobor Patra journalist Anwar Hossain had to be rescued by colleagues after BNP activists abducted and viciously beat him for two hours in Jamalpur, near Dhaka on 17 September after his paper carried an article he had written on a corruption case. A local BNP official, who was interviewed by the press, acknowledged the facts and apologised. The two sides then got together to agree on an amicable way to bring the matter to a close.Channel I reporter Mahbub Matin was clubbed by a police officer while covering a demonstration by opposition party women in the capital on 21 September and suffered a knee injury. He told Reporters Without Borders that the police officer beat him even though he clearly identified himself as a journalist.Reporters Without Borders also expressed concern about an escalation in abusive complaints made against journalists by leaders of the ruling party. MP Shahidul Islam Master in Jhenidah, near Jessore, laid a complaint at the beginning of September against the correspondents and managing editors of 17 dailies, including Janakantha. He said the newspapers had “hurt his feelings”.In the same Jhenidah region, M. Mahfuz, correspondent for the regional newspaper Dainik Gramer Kagoj, suffered a brutal attack on 11 September, at the hands of members of a local criminal gang. He was left with a broken right hand and needed 17 stitches to a head wound. He is currently in hospital in Kushtia after an operation to try to restore the use of his hand. M. Mahfuz wrote an article on 7 September about the criminal activities of the “Janajuddhya” group, headed by a man known as Kader. The journalist told Reporters Without Borders that he was afraid to return to the town for fear of reprisals. Help by sharing this information Organisation News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Reporters Without Borders condemned harassment and bullying of the independent press after ruling BNP party militants assaulted a journalist who exposed corruption, just a few days after BNP deputy Shahidul Alam Talukder (picture) delivered a hate-filled speech against the press. Police clubbed a journalist during a demonstration in the capital. last_img read more

Thief wanted jail time to get teeth fixed

first_imgNewsLocal NewsThief wanted jail time to get teeth fixedBy admin – January 24, 2013 1182 WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Print Emailcenter_img Advertisement Twitter [email protected]“HE wants to avail of dental treatment” was the unexpected response given to Judge Eugene O’Kelly when he asked why a defendant abused him for not giving a long enough prison sentence. Michael Whelan, a 34-year-old serial shoplifter and thief with over 213 previous convictions, was before Limerick District Court this week pleading guilty to the theft of a packet of razors worth €15 from the Ballinacurra Pharmacy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Currently serving a four-month sentence handed down at the start of January for a spate of thefts committed last September, Michael Whelan, with an address at Kylefea, Croom had previously protested to Judge O’Kelly for giving him too lenient a sentence.Judge O’Kelly asked Ted McCarthy, solicitor for the accused “is this why he continues to re-offend”.Mr McCarthy said that Mr Whelan had been looking for a longer sentence so as he could avail of “dental work while in prison” and added that the reason his client offended was to primarily feed his alcohol habit.Expressing surprise at the defendant’s response, Judge O’Kelly convicted Michael Whelan and sentenced him to one month in prison for the theft of the razors on January 4 last.Michael Whelan had similar outbursts at a previous sitting of the district court in Rathekeale when he shouted at Judge Mary  O’Halloran, “I want 12 months”.However, the judge, who previously referred to him “as a bit of a nuisance in the community to put it mildly”, then sentenced him to four months in prison for the theft of cider and razor blades from a Spar shop in Croom. Previous articleRape crisis group want sentencing guidelinesNext articleJobs hope from HMV sale talks adminlast_img read more

IDSA: flu vaccine shortage shows need for incentives

first_imgOct 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – In response to the national influenza vaccine shortage, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling on the federal government to find ways to make the production of vaccines more profitable.The organization of healthcare professionals and scientists said in an Oct 21 statement that Congress and the administration should “implement innovative public policy geared toward removing financial disincentives that have caused pharmaceutical companies to leave the vaccine market.”Only two US companies, Aventis Pasteur and Chiron, currently make injectable flu vaccine; one company, MedImmune, makes an intranasal vaccine. Reasons often cited for the decline in flu-vaccine makers include a complex, high-risk production process and unpredictable consumer demand that leaves millions of doses unsold in a typical year.The IDSA said one possible remedy for the decline in vaccine manufacturing would be legislation similar to Project Bioshield, passed last July. The legislation provides funds to encourage the development of medical countermeasures for bioterrroism. Among other measures, it guarantees that the government will buy promising drugs and vaccines for diseases such as smallpox and anthrax.Andrew T. Pavia, MD, chair of the IDSA’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force, said patients with chronic diseases like diabetes may take a drug for many years, making treatments for those diseases much more profitable than treatments for infectious diseases. A person may use a particular vaccine only once or twice in a lifetime or, in the case of flu, once a year. Yet flu causes an estimated 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations yearly, the IDSA said.”It makes sense for the country to reinvest in the infectious diseases market,” Pavia said. “Vaccines and antibiotics will help to save lives and should be cost-effective for society in the long run. Money we put into incentives should be returned by savings from decreased diseases.”John G. Bartlett, MD, chair of the IDSA Task Force on Antimicrobial Availability, called for incentives such as “tax credits, strengthened intellectual property rights, liability protections, or some type of federally guaranteed purchasing program” to make infectious disease products more attractive to industry.last_img read more

The 60th anniversary of the Institute of Tourism was marked with an expert meeting

first_imgDirector of the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić Director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld she said they receive serious scientific bases for their work from the Institute. “We refer to these studies in setting goals, and our Advent, which has been repeatedly proclaimed the best in the world, shows that we are on the right path. We did research that showed that it is not only important as a destination promotion, but also generates seriously increased consumption. We are pleased to have encouraged the organization of other Adventists across the country. This shows that we can create content that attracts guests out of season”, Bienenfeld emphasized, noting that Zagreb tourism is not only interested in numbers and that they want to raise quality.  Director of the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić stated that in these six decades they have grown into an unavoidable factor in terms of Croatian tourism. “We are specific for a multidisciplinary professional team that does not study tourism exclusively from an economic point of view, but also focuses on other aspects such as architecture and geography. We place emphasis on sustainability. We are a modern scientific organization, we implement projects that contribute to the global knowledge fund and create social value for the whole country.”, Krešić pointed out and reminded that the Institute, as the Bureau for Tourist and Catering Construction, was founded in 1959 by the Catering Chamber of the People’s Republic of Croatia, the forerunner of today’s Croatian Chamber of Commerce.  “Despite the pessimistic announcements, last season was also successful, so today we have a double reason to celebrate. But despite the positive numbers, I don’t think I will be wrong to say that our tourism is at a turning point. The market is slowly starting to ‘weed’ those who don’t invest in quality, and that trend is sure to continue. It is up to us, the key stakeholders, to make a step forward in fostering that quality”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for International Affairs and the EU Ivan Barbarić opening the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Institute of Tourism, where, on behalf of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, he awarded a special recognition to the Institute. State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matušić said that tourism is the flagship of the Croatian economy and that it drives the country’s economic growth. “The Institute of Tourism is a reliable and very important partner in the implementation of tourism policy. We are entering the last quarter of the tourist year, which will again be a record in all numbers. The most important is the growth of revenues, over 20 billion kuna has been fiscalized, 1,6 billion more than last year. We are especially pleased with the increase in the first months of the year “, said Matušić, adding that coastal Croatia is the third tourist region in Europe. “We have the preconditions for further growth through the development of continental tourism. Our goal is sustainable tourism and that is why we need to think about the partnership of all stakeholders and about local communities”, Concluded Matušić. Director of the CNTB head office Kristjan Staničić stressed that the Institute in its 60 years has made a great contribution to the development of Croatian tourism. “We are aware that we need to think strategically about how and what to do next if we want future growth in tourism. That is why we need research and analysis conducted by the Institute of Tourism. It is a solid and well-argued basis on which to build competitiveness. This year has shown that we can fight in the international tourism market, and our goal is to enter the top ten world tourist destinations”, Said Staničić. center_img He emphasized that, with the exception of Zagreb, continental Croatia is not developing side by side with the coastal one. “On the other hand, the coast, especially certain destinations, are threatened by the violation of the sustainability limit. The offer is there, the numbers are there, but we need to balance it all together and distribute it more evenly “, said Barbarić. As part of the program, and organized by the Institute of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, an expert meeting “Contrasts of Croatian Tourism” was held at the Westin Hotel. Yesterday, the Institute of Tourism marked the 60th anniversary of its existence, on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, which was celebrated on September 27. As part of the celebration of the anniversary of the Institute, two panel discussions were held on the development of coastal and continental Croatia, at which it was concluded that balanced regional development is the key to long-term sustainability of tourism.last_img read more