Kurdish security forces unleash wave of terror on media

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Organisation News October 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish security forces unleash wave of terror on media RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts The crisis over President Masoud Barzani’s succession since his term ended in August has sparked many demonstrations since the start of October, especially in Sulaymaniyah, an opposition stronghold. Some have turned into riots, with protesters demanding the payment of salaries to government employees and calling on Barzani to stand down. To limit news coverage of the demonstrations, the premises of several media outlets have been attacked by the security forces or in some cases by demonstrators. Access to Facebook was even blocked for a day, 10 October, in Erbil.“We condemn the attacks on the media and we call on the Kurdish authorities to respect the media’s work and to end the harassment to which they are being subjected with complete impunity,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk.“And amid the continuing political crisis, we urge journalists to act in an independent and professional manner and to refrain from fuelling political tension and disputes.” Media offices attackedSecurity forces loyal to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), one of the two ruling coalition parties, raided Kurdish media outlets in the cities of Erbil, Dohuk and Soran on the evening of 10 October, threatening and evicting employees and badly damaging equipment. Two TV stations, NRT TV and KNN TV, were forcibly closed with no explanation being given.The security forces also arrested six NRT TV reporters, photographers and technicians in Erbil, releasing them outside the province, near the Degala checkpoint and near Sulaymaniyah province. The NRT TV bureau in the city of Dohuk was also raided.Kawa Abdulqader, a journalist who heads the NRT TV bureau in Erbil, said the security forces accused them of encouraging the chaos and supporting the opposition. A pro-KDP media outlet said the government had given orders for NRT TV to be reopened and for its employees – who it said had fled – to be allowed to return.The offices of KNN TV, which supports the opposition party Gorran, were attacked in Erbil, Dohuk and Soran. Eleven or so of its employees in these cities were threatened and then detained, only to be released a few hours later outside the city limits.Most of these journalists were finally able to return home but not to go back to work because the Kurdish security forces were still surrounding their workplaces. According to our sources, Radio Gorran, which shares a building with KNN TV in Erbil, was also shut down.On 10 October, demonstrators stoned the Sulaymaniyah office of Rudaw TV, which supports the PDK.Reporters on the groundReporters Without Borders has registered many cases of journalists being attacked by security force or demonstrators while covering demonstrations since 8 October.Journalists were affected by teargas discharged by the security forces or were hit by stones thrown by demonstrators in several parts of Sulaymaniyah province. Some were deliberately targeted. They included Kurdsatnews TV journalist Hawkar Abdulrahman, who was attacked by about 15 KDP supporters on 10 October as the police looked on without intervening. Rudaw TV reporter Shoman Mahmoud was injured by stones thrown by demonstrators in the town of Said Sadiq.Razhin Kama of Gali Kurdistan TV, a station affiliated to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the other ruling coalition party, was hit by stones thrown by demonstrators while she and her crew were covering a demonstration in the city of Sulaymaniyah on 8 October.Other journalists have had their access to information restricted. A Kurdsatnews TV crew was turned back at a checkpoint on the road from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil on 12 October, when they wanted to cover the blocking of the Kurdish parliamentary speaker’s motorcade.Criticism about the presidential election has been tolerated less and less as tension has mounted, especially since June. Barzani, who has been president for the past ten years, may justify the need to extend his term for the second time since 2013 because of security concerns. to go further Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is alarmed to learn that many Kurdish media have been attacked in connection with a political crisis in the past few days in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, where the security forces have closed media outlets in an attempt to suppress criticism of the government. RSF_en News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

City Constructs MASH-Like Care Facility at Pasadena Convention Center

first_img Pasadena City Council recently approved funding for the Pasadena Convention center to be turned into an alternate care facility for Covid-19 patients in coordination with the Huntington Hospital, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) 31 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it ‹› HerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Pasadena Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton, center, and the Pasadena Convention Center Operating Team pose for a picture at the Pasadena Convention Center Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena City Council recently approved funding for the Pasadena Convention center to be turned into an alternate care facility for Covid-19 patients in coordination with the Huntington Hospital, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) Pasadena City Council recently approved funding for the Pasadena Convention center to be turned into an alternate care facility for Covid-19 patients in coordination with the Huntington Hospital, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) Top of the News Community News Signs are posted for Covid-19 patients after the Pasadena City Council recently approved funding for the Pasadena Convention center to be turned into an alternate care facility for Covid-19 patients in coordination with the Huntington Hospital, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * A small bed is ready for a patient after the Pasadena City Council recently approved funding for the Pasadena Convention center to be turned into an alternate care facility for Covid-19 patients in coordination with the Huntington Hospital, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell discusses the recent Pasadena City Council approval for funding for the Pasadena Convention center to be turned into an alternate care facility for Covid-19 patients in coordination with the Huntington Hospital, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell discusses the recent Pasadena City Council approval for funding for the Pasadena Convention center to be turned into an alternate care facility for Covid-19 patients in coordination with the Huntington Hospital, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) Pasadena Chief of Police John Perez, right, and Pasadena Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton at the Pasadena Convention Center Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) More Cool Stuff Community News City Constructs MASH-Like Care Facility at Pasadena Convention Center Facility designed to take on overflow COVID-19 cases, should Huntington Hospital be overwhelmed; could be pressed into action ‘tonight if necessary’ By EDDIE RIVERA, Weekendr Editor | Photography by JAMES CARBONE Published on Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 3:16 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe City officials today unveiled a 250-bed alternate care facility, constructed over the last week at the Pasadena Convention Center, to be activated should the number of Coronavirus cases overwhelm nearby Huntington Hospital.City Manager Steve Mermell said at a press conference this morning that, at peak, Huntington may be short about 400 beds necessary to treat COVID-19 patients. The City Council last week approved funding for three months of operation, but Mermell said that the facility is prepared to stay open “indefinitely.”“We have outfitted this facility with 250 beds,” said Mermell, “but with our capacity, we can go beyond that. However, our most sincere hope is that we don’t have to use this.”Acting Fire Chief Brian Frieders also said that, if necessary, the setup “could be ready tonight.”“These are unprecedented times,” said Vice-Mayor Tyron Hampton, who was on hand at the unveiling, “And we are prepared for a worst case scenario here in Pasadena, and to help our neighboring cities here in the San Gabriel Valley. The City Council and myself made sure that the City was prepared if anything happens.”According to Mermell, the initial cost of the facility was $240,000, plus $160,000, for every month thereafter, for a total 90-day cost of about $700,000. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Pasadena Acting Fire Chief Bryan Frieders, center, has a conversation with members of the Pasadena Police Department about the Pasadena Convention Center being turned into an alternative care facility for Covid-19 patients, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone) Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week A room is ready for a patient after the Pasadena City Council recently approved funding for the Pasadena Convention center to be turned into an alternate care facility for Covid-19 patients in coordination with the Huntington Hospital, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (photo by James Carbone)last_img read more