Three detained in crackdown on journalists

first_img News May 28, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three detained in crackdown on journalists News May 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information February 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Uzbekistan Receive email alerts More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruptioncenter_img October 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the arrests in the past two days of three members of a press freedom organisation, the Union of Independent Journalists of Uzbekistan (UIJU), two of them on charges of homosexuality and sex with minors. The organisation also deplored an attempt by a state-owned TV station to fire a journalist who had objected to censorship and to the dismissal of the station’s news editor earlier this month.In a letter to President Islam Karimov, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard noted that at least two newspaper have been closed and several journalist have been arrested since the start of the year, usually on false pretexts, and now, over a matter of days, at least two journalists had been dismissed from one of the state TV channels for straying from the official line or publicly denouncing press freedom violations.”In view of this context of repression, we fear that the arrest of three members of a press freedom organisation on charges of ‘homosexuality’ and ‘sexual abuses’ is just a new, sordid way to harass or get rid of critical journalists who have upset the authorities,” Ménard said.”We call on your to do everything possible to ensure that all forms of censorship stops in Uzbekistan, that the dismissed journalists are reinstated in their former positions and that press freedom activists can work freely,” Ménard’s letter concluded.UIJU president Ruslan Sharipov and a UIJU activist, Azamat Mamankulov, were arrested in the centre of Tashkent on the evening of 26 May, between 5 and 6 p.m. A third member of the UIJU, Oleg Sarapulov, was arrested in a bazaar an hour and a half later. All three a currently held in a Tashkent police station. The police at first denied to Human Rights Watch representative Matilda Bogner and a US embassy official that the three journalists were detained. Subsequently, on the morning of 27 May, they did confirm their arrest to a representative of Freedom House, another human rights organisation.Sharipov and Sarapulov have been accused under articles 1.20 and 1.35 of the criminal code of being homosexual and of paying four youths aged between 16 and 17 to have sex with them. The two journalists, who face three-year prison sentences, told Vasilya Inoyatova of the Uzbek human rights organisation E’zguilik when he visited them on 27 May that they did know these youths. Mamankulov has not been charged.Sarapulov was previously arrested on 22 February and interrogated by police for two days about copies of press articles taken from an opposition website which he had on him, and about leaflets produced by Hizb ut-Tahrir, a banned Islamist party, which according to Sarapulov were planted among his belongings when he was not looking. A file was opened on Sarapulov for alleged attempt to overthrow the constitutional order.Sharipov, who is a former correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima-News, was physically attacked and threatened because of his journalist activity several times in 2001 and 2002.Meanwhile, Elmira Khassanova, a journalist with the state TV’s fourth channel, was dismissed on 24 May for publicly protesting against censorship of the state-owned television. She had participated in a demonstration outside state TV headquarters in Tashkent on 20 May that was organised by the president of the Human Rights Organisation of Uzbekistan, Elena Urlaeva, to protest against the dismissal of the fourth channel’s news director, Ahmadjon Ibrahimov.Ibrahimov was fired because of a live broadcast that showed President Karimov in a poor light during a conference of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on 4 May. While other journalists also objected to his dismissal, Khassanova was the only one to take part in the demonstration, at which she carried a placard saying, “No to censorship of Uzbek television.”The day after the demonstration, her programme was removed from the schedule. Then, on 24 May, the station’s management fired her for “destructive activity against the Uzbek President” after unsuccessfully pressuring her to resign on the grounds or poor work. Following international pressure, Khassanova was allowed to return to work on 26 May. UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News to go further Organisation last_img read more

Fresh rape, sodomy charges filed against Asamoah Gyan

first_imgFresh charges of rape and sodomy have been filed against soccer Star Asamoah Gyan by the 22-year-old student- Sarah Kwablah.Lawyer for the accuser Maurice Ampaw said the complaint was made at the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOOVSU) at the Ministry Police Station in Accra two days ago.He said they will be pursuing the criminal case against the Black Stars captain.Sarah Kwabla is accusing Asamoah Gyan of sodomy and rape after the two had an affair early February.She also claims the soccer star has failed to take responsibility for the pregnancy that resulted from the affair they had.Gyan has not denied having sexual intercourse with the 22-year-old but is accusing the lady of blackmail. According to reports the complainant is asking for a fully furnished apartment, a housemaid as well as a $1,000 monthly stipend from Gyan, demands the soccer star consider as outrageous.But the victim is alleged to have threatened to release a video of the sexual affair she had with Gyan if he doesn’t meet her demands.A case of blackmail was subsequently lodged at the Odorkor police against Kwabla, by Kissi Adjabeng, lawyer for Asamoah Gyan but the case has since been closed.The Odorkor Police told Joy News’ Fred Smith the case was amicably resolved after the woman stated she had no such video in her possession.Just when the Odorkor Police closed their docket, Maurice Ampaw said the Ministry Police has opened a new case against the soccer star. He said the police have begun investigating the matter.Maurice Ampaw is known to have accused Gyan of having a hand in the supposed ‘death’ of musician Castro who has gone missing for nearly a  year.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Corey Seager trying to work his way out of slow start

first_img“I’m getting there,” Seager said when asked if the video work had unearthed any secrets. “It’s just going to take time, getting more swings.”Seager offers no more specifics about his slow start. But a pair of absences could be playing into it.Seager had a close relationship with former assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten who worked with Seager as he rose through the minors and continued to work with him in Los Angeles. Wooten is in the Angels’ organization now.And Seager doesn’t have Justin Turner batting behind him. The Dodgers’ No. 3 hitter for the first nine games of the season, Yasiel Puig, is batting .205 after a two-hit day Sunday and offering little deterrent to pitchers who have attacked Seager more softly than in the past – a full 30 percent of the pitches Seager has seen in the early going have been curveballs or changeups (up from 22 percent the past two seasons).“I think with Corey it’s easy to see they’re not going to give in to him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’re going to pitch to the corners and try to have Corey get himself out and potentially make Yasiel beat them. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Corey understands that. When he’s in the strike zone, he’s as good as any hitter in baseball. When he’s aggressive out of the strike zone, it makes him pretty average. He understands that but it’s not his intent.  Just being diligent in the strike zone is going to make him much better.”BAD SUSHIBoth Alex Wood and Cody Bellinger were hit by a bout of food poisoning Saturday. Wood stayed at the team hotel and said he was sick all day, unable to eat anything. Bellinger got a milder case and played all 14 innings of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Giants.Both went were part of a group that went out for sushi at a Japanese restaurant Friday – Kyle Farmer joked that he escaped the illness by being more selective about what he ate. Bellinger, meanwhile, said his ground zero could also have been a room service quesadilla at the team hotel.Wood was feeling better Sunday but not well enough to throw his scheduled bullpen session. So the Dodgers will swap Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the two-game series against the Oakland A’s at Dodger Stadium. Ryu will start Tuesday now with Wood getting an extra day to recover. He will pitch on Wednesday.Roberts said he had not decided on the weekend rotation yet. After an off day on Thursday, Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start against the Arizona Diamondbacks but “we haven’t decided on the order yet,” Roberts said.ALSODodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, Roberts pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Kenley Jansen presented Giants reliever Tony Watson with his National League championship ring before Saturday’s game. Watson was acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline last season. He signed with the Giants as a free agent last winter. The Dodgers received their rings in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium last weekend.UP NEXT: The Dodgers are off before starting a two-game interleague series against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp swings for an RBI-single off San Francisco Giants’ Ty Blach in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 5Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO – The tape on Corey Seager’s fingers attests to the number of swings he takes daily in the batting cage. Any redness in his eyes can be blamed on all the video he watches, hours before each game.So far, all that work has not dug Seager out of a rare slump.He did have two hits (and a pair of walks) in Saturday’s 14-inning game, part of a 7-for-24 burst that seemed to point to an awakening. But a hitless Sunday dropped his average back to .206.During his first two full seasons in the majors, Seager has been relentlessly consistent at the plate. His batting average visited this low-rent neighborhood (.222 or lower) for a total of only three days – one early in 2016, two early last season. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in the Dodgers’ first nine games this season. In those previous two seasons, he went without an extra-base hit that long just once – last August just before and during the week he spent relegated to the Dodgers’ bench with elbow pain.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more