IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further News October 20, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Americans order two journalists arrested RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information US soldiers freed two journalists arrested by Iraqi police a few hoursearlier on 19 October while covering the aftermath of an attack on a USconvoy in in Fallujah. The police told the journalists – AgenceFrance-Presse (AFP) photographer Patrick Baz and a Reuters cameraman – thatthey were being detained on US orders and could not be freed until USofficers arrived on the scene. They were taken from the Iraqi policestation in the town to local US military headquarters and then released. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News News Organisation Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Americans order two journalists arrestedReporters Without Borders protested today at the arrest of Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Patrick Baz and a Reuters cameraman while they were covering the aftermath of a 19 October attack on a US army ammunition convoy in Fallujah (50 km west of Baghdad). Iraqi police said they had been ordered by US officials to detain the pair. “Obstruction of journalists trying to do their job in Iraq is on the rise and must stop,” said secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The number of attacks on press freedom there are becoming alarming.”The two journalists had gone to Fallujah police station after being told the police chief was giving a press conference, but when they got there they were arrested. Baz said in a phone call from the station that the Iraqis, who refused to give their names, were waiting for US officers to turn up and that the Americans were looking for the person who had filmed the attack. Reporters Without Borders said on 25 September that it was deeply concerned about the threatening and repressive attitude of the country’s Governing Council, which two days earlier had issued guidelines for the behaviour of the media. Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en Receive email alerts December 16, 2020 Find out more
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Even before the Class of 2015 arrives on campus for its senior year, Saint Martin’s University is working to help its members glide smoothly into life after graduation.While four or more years of education provide the knowledge and experiences to succeed in a particular career, many students get through their senior year without an essential – job-search skills. Through “Saints Have a Plan,” an innovative program masterminded by Ann Adams, the University’s associate dean of students and director of career development, seniors are learning the “how-to’s” in a timely manner.“College and University career centers have always offered this help,” she says. “We want students to have a plan before they are out there looking for work. With Saints Have a Plan, we’re just making it fun by packaging it and incentivizing it.”The inspiration for “the plan” came to Adams as she considered a troubling fact: Although the University’s Career Center offers an extensive array of resources and assistance to help seniors poised to transition out of college, many fail to take advantage of them until they are about to graduate, if at all. Others want to begin the process but are overwhelmed by the complexity of job-searching.In 2013, almost half of Saint Martin’s graduating seniors were job-searching at the time of graduation, missing the optimum time to get support, says the nine-year Career Center veteran.“The ideal time for them to start job-hunting is much earlier, when they can attend job fairs, get help developing resumes and start networking with potential job sources. Everyone wants to help students and offer them advice and referrals, but it is different when they become one of hundreds of job-seekers.”Last February, Adams e-mailed seniors an invitation to the new program that included a form about their post-graduation plans. The idea was to encourage students with no particular plan to get started, she said. As those without a plan developed one, they were awarded raffle tickets. Steps in the plan included listing grad schools or employers where the student was applying, getting their resume and cover letters spruced up, and creating a LinkedIn profile to enable networking online. When their plan was done, they earned a T-shirt and other goodies. The campaign was a community effort, with professors who joined in wearing “plan” T-shirts and donating class time for Career Center staff to introduce the event. Offices donated services, gift cards and baskets, the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association sponsored tee-shirts, and local merchants contributed generous raffle prizes.Adams said 67 percent of seniors completed a plan, a high number, given some seniors completed their degrees in December and were no longer at school.Buoyed by the pilot program’s success, Saints Have a Plan will roll out again this year. Seniors completing their academic coursework in December will develop plans this fall, and those finishing coursework in May or August will submit plans beginning in January. Adams is also hoping to find additional sponsors to help build the program.In July, Adams shared information about her new program with colleagues at the national conference of the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.“The presentation went very well and drew a great deal of interest from career counselors – even faculty from St. Mary’s dropped in after seeing the topic on the program,” she says.