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

STEM subjects top choice for Limerick students

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 NewsEducationSTEM subjects top choice for Limerick studentsBy John Keogh – August 29, 2014 735 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Twitter  RESEARCH into the subject and career choices of students across Ireland has revealed that 76 per cent of secondary school students in Limerick believe that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects offer the best career opportunities.In addition the survey, which was commissioned by BT, organiser of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, revealed that more than 78 per cent of secondary school students in Limerick plan to study a STEM subject at third level.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The survey was conducted through Facebook and Twitter, and completed by more than 1,000 students aged from under 13 to 18.The survey also revealed 76 per cent of students in Limerick say that STEM subjects are promoted in their schools, with 82 per cent believing that boys and girls are encouraged equally to study STEM subjects.Entrepreneurship and a career in technology also topped the list for Limerick students with 59 per cent saying they would most prefer Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s job.Interestingly only 16 per cent of students in Limerick would like the job of US President, with even fewer -10 per cent – opting for the glamorous, if somewhat controversial lifestyle of entertainer, Miley Cyrus.The 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 7 to 10 2015; the closing date for entries is October 1. Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge center_img Print TAGSBT Young Scientisteducation WhatsApp Email Previous articleNeville calls for de-stigmatisation of mental illnessesNext articleA gigantic policing plan John Keogh Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launchedlast_img read more

Brits still lusting after overseas home – with Spain, Portugal and Florida big draws

first_imgHomes at The Grove Resort & Water Park in Orlando, Florida start at £217,000 Demand for overseas property remains very strong – despite Covid ­– according to new figures from Europe’s largest privately owned real estate agency, Ideal Homes International.The firm has already sold 150 properties in 2021 across Spain and Portugal, and is now turning its attention to Florida – where the strong pound is proving “extremely appealing”.Pre-Covid, Ideal Homes International was running 20 holiday home exhibitions a year in the UK. The company has shifted everything online, from virtual events to hosting its own digital TV show on YouTube – with nearly 3,500 subscribers and counting.Since late 2020, chairman and founder Chris White and his team have also begun negotiating package deals, with discounts of 5-10% passed on to those looking to buy homes in the sun.“Covid has certainly pushed us to be more imaginative in the way that we connect with potential buyers, but it has done nothing to lessen the depth of the desire that many of those in the UK have to own property overseas, whether as second homes, rental properties or main residences,” said White.Disney magicIdeal Homes International’s latest promotion is The Grove Resort & Water Park in Orlando, Florida, where the 10% discount it has negotiated means prices start from just over $300,000 (£217,000) for a two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit on the resort.Only five minutes from Walt Disney World, The Grove is ideally located for access to Florida’s main attractions and has its own on-site water park, three large swimming pools, a 20-acre activity lake, a spa, a marketplace and multiple restaurants and bars.“Florida itself is very much open for business right now, with packed accommodation and theme parks open as usual, though America’s borders are closed to international travellers until at least 21 April,” added White.“The pound’s stellar performance against the dollar thus far in 2021 means that Florida property prices are extremely appealing right now.”The state is the most popular destination in the US for foreign homebuyers, with one in five of all foreign buyers picking up property there, according to the National Association of Realtors.Prices in Orlando rose by 8.1% in the year to February 2021, according to Zillow, and White believes the potential for capital growth will be an additional lure for many buyers.PORTAL FOR PORTUGALAn expat property professional living in Portugal has launched a unique portal which only lists properties once, significantly enhancing the experience for buyers looking to invest in overseas second homes and holiday lets and offering UK-based agents with an alternative to the major players.Unlike the UK, where only a couple of agents market a single property, the Portuguese property market is overcrowded with some 30 agents potentially listing the same property for sale, and ‘working the system’ to re-list these properties as new or ‘recently added, resulting in buyers seeing the same properties multiple times.With this platform, agents can apparently achieve a higher level of serious interest and faster sales by guaranteeing prospective buyers that the listing they are viewing is the only and latest version.Gavin Middleton, founder of, says, “Those agents, approached to market their clients’ overseas properties should be aware that their newly listed property could so easily be buried on other portals. This new portal is starting to gain real traction among buyers interested in Portuguese property and agents should take note.” homes Florida homes Buying abroad April 6, 2021Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Brits still lusting after overseas home – with Spain, Portugal and Florida big draws previous nextLand & New HomesBrits still lusting after overseas home – with Spain, Portugal and Florida big drawsStrong pound makes Orlando homes a bargain at just over £217,000, says overseas-property sales firm Ideal Homes International.Richard Reed6th April 20210529 Viewslast_img read more