June 13, 2021
  • 11:01 pm Main St. Arts Festival brings restrictions to the city
  • 11:00 pm Speech pathology majors get hands-on experience at Miller Clinic
  • 10:57 pm Students visited from Keimyung University and Sookmyung Women’s University
  • 10:54 pm Review: “The Nun” gets a jump on scary movie season
  • 10:52 pm Women’s basketball closes out first half of Big 12 play with win over Kansas State

first_imgKaitlyn Beckerthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kaitlyn-beckert/ Facebook printWith the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival just a day away, the city is preparing for the thousands of people that will soon swarm downtown Fort Worth.Art, music and culture have come together at one location for 30 consecutive years. Since its beginning, the festival has attracted a copious amount of attendees.The four-day event not only brings $27 million to the city annually, but it also attracts 400,000 attendees, said Claire Bloxom Armstrong, festival spokeswoman. While the exposure greatly benefits Fort Worth, it is almost impossible to avoid the heavy downtown traffic that will come as a result of the festival.The festival will span nine blocks on Main Street, from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. It isn’t set to begin until Thursday, but several street closures have been in effect since Monday.Starting Friday, all street closures will take effect and will remain in place through Monday morning, according to the festival’s website. Motorists should know that they will be restricted on Main Street and intersections from Second through Ninth streets.The following streets are currently closed to vehicle traffic until 6 a.m. Monday:Weatherford Street, from Houston to Commerce streets.First Street, from Commerce to Calhoun streets.Second Street, from Houston to Commerce streets.Two center lanes on Fifth Street, from Houston to Commerce streets, will be open from 6 to 9 a.m. Wednesday-Friday. All lanes will close Friday at 9 a.m.Two north lanes on Sixth Street, from Houston to Commerce streets, will remain open until Thursday at 6 p.m. Lanes will reopen at 6 a.m. Friday and close for the weekend at 6 p.m.Two south lanes on Seventh Street, from Houston to Commerce streets, will remain open until Thursday at 6 p.m. Lanes will reopen at 6 a.m. Friday and close for the weekend at 6 p.m.Eighth Street, from Houston to Commerce streets, and from Commerce to Calhoun streets.Beginning 6 p.m. Friday, the following streets will be closed until 6 a.m. Monday:Main Street, from Weatherford to Ninth streets.First through Eighth streets, from Commerce to Houston streets.Ninth Street, from Houston to Calhoun streets.Houston Street, from 12th to Ninth streets.The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival has been preparing for the start of the festival since Monday. Bloxom Armstrong said that the road closures help workers build and construct sets in a timely manner.Due to the street closures, though, parking will be even more of a premium, Bloxom Armstrong said. The city has mapped out all available parking for the festival.To help alleviate traffic, Bloxom Armstrong said she encourages attendees to make their way to the festival by taking the bus or train.The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) expanded its bus service for patrons on Saturday and departs from two locations: Stockyards/Billy Bob’s Texas and Farrington Field.The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will extend service hours for the festival through late hours of the night on Friday and Saturday. The train will also operate on Sunday. The railway makes arrivals at the ITC station, just two blocks away from the Convention Center.This year, Bloxom Armstrong said the festival has expanded.About 220 vendors will showcase their work on five of the nine blocks. Also, instead of the usual three stages, entertainers will perform on five sets. Kaitlyn Beckerthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kaitlyn-beckert/ Rangers’ Gallardo recognized for impact on city Linkedin ReddIt Linkedin Rangers’ Gallardo recognized for impact on city ReddIt Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Monday’s Rain Storm in Photos Kaitlyn Beckerthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kaitlyn-beckert/ Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Kaitlyn Beckert Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Kaitlyn Beckerthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kaitlyn-beckert/ Twitter Previous articleWalk-off win keeps Panthers in 2nd placeNext articleCity council elections characterized by uncontested races Kaitlyn Beckert RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Monday’s Rain Storm in Photos + posts last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Grant McGalliard printTCU speech pathology majors in the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences are getting hands-on training in another area of the medical field: audiology.At the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, located on the corner of Stadium Drive and West Cantey Street, six speech pathology students under the direction of Tracy Burger, an assistant professor of professional practice in the Harris College, are administering hearing exams to members of the Fort Worth community.Speech pathology and audiology may not seem to be linked at first glance, but Burger said the two fields interact closely with each other.“Hearing is so related with talking and communicating because you have to make sure that the message is received,” Burger said. “Audiology is a sister field with speech pathology.”“People who don’t have access to listening…their speech and language development, especially children, is significantly delayed,” Burger said.To grasp a better understanding of the work the clinic performs, take the screening performed Tuesday by Burger and senior Shannon Howard on a patient. All those involved agreed to let TCU360 observe the screening.Assessing the patientElla Pate, a bright-eyed and blonde-haired two-year old girl, walked into the Miller Clinic with her mother, Meagan Newsome, on Tuesday, Nov. 3.Newsome was concerned about her daughter’s hearing and said Ella sometimes seemed to have problems listening. Burger and Howard proceeded to get Ella’s full patient history, from previous doctor visits to current allergies.Howard peered into Ella’s ears and performed a litany of diagnostic tests, each designed to gauge how the toddler’s eardrums were reacting to stimuli.The task seems simple enough to an outsider, but on a toddler, administering the tests can be a challenge. Even with Ella, who was remarkably well-behaved, Howard had to practice her skills at managing patients, something she said is simply part of the learning experience.“I’ve had two kids so far, and one older adult, a stroke patient,” Howard said. “A lot of times, it’s like ‘this is the [hearing] test, and this is what it does,’ and that’s easy to memorize for a test, but it’s completely different to do on a real-life client.”Let’s play “find the duck!”For a typical patient, Howard and Burger would both leave the soundproof screening room and head over to a neighboring room with a viewing area to allow them to see the patient.With Ella, Howard stayed behind to keep the toddler focused, and Burger administered the test from the neighboring room.The test is designed to gauge the frequencies and decibel levels a person can hear in each ear. On an adult patient, this is done with a recorded series of beeps and other sounds.For Ella, Burger and Howard had to improvise. They encouraged Ella to throw an object in the direction of a duck located on her left or a hamster located on her right, depending on where the sound came from.Burger alternated between playing white noise at different frequencies and volumes through a speaker and giving vocal commands to Ella in order to elicit a response.This allowed Burger and Howard to determine Ella’s baseline hearing thresholds. “What we have,” Burger said, “is some information about her listening skills. Overall, she has pretty good access.”The screening process allows the administrators to produce a diagnostic chart, called an “audiometric record,” that gives a comprehensive report on the patient’s hearing thresholds. 编辑触摸共享全屏制作你自己的了解更多接触图片分享图像…全屏Learning to improveHoward and Burger sent Newsome and Ella on their way after a ten-minute debrief on the results of the hearing. Ella had no major problems beyond some fluid in her left ear causing a minor hearing loss, and she got a sticker for her good behavior during the test.For Howard, the screening reminded her of her own childhood experience with speech therapy, which is why she entered the speech pathology major.“When I was younger, I was pulled out of my classroom a lot for speech therapy,” Howard said. “I remember being pulled out, and I know what that feels like.”“When I came to TCU, I didn’t come as a ‘speech path’ major. I kind of found my way here through my advisor,” Howard said. “When I realized that that’s what I did as a kid, and I started seeing clients, I felt really connected to it, because I understand what it feels like to be the client.”Burger said the six students in the program, which is the highest number she’s had in her five years at TCU, are generally focused on two main career paths.“They’re usually students who think they want to be an audiologist, and they use this practicum to try it on for size,” Burger said.The other students are speech pathology majors who want to work with people with speaking disorders.“Speech therapists who want to specialize in oral rehabilitation are focusing on speech pathology with an emphasis on ‘learning to listen,’” Burger said. “They have a great foundation for them to understand auditory access.”How audiology affects youCollege students often take part in activities that can damage their hearing.Burger and Howard both cautioned against the dangers of listening to music through headphones too loudly.“It’s really easy to have [music] really loud when you get in the zone studying or working out, and you just don’t realize how loud it is,” Howard said. “You sometimes kind of tone it out.”Burger said students should try to use over-ear headphones instead of the earbuds, like those that come with iPhones and iPods.“Those [iPod earbuds] are little tiny speakers that are really close to your eardrum, and the closer something is to your eardrum, the louder it’s going to be,” Burger said. “You may not see the effects of it right now, but as students get older, you can see them losing their high-frequency hearing because of the noise exposure.”Burger also said to follow the “60 and 60” rule, which dictates that the volume level for music should be set no higher than 60 percent, and after 60 continuous minutes of listening, students should take a break from using headphones.“Take them off, and take a break,” Burger said. “If your neighbors, or someone standing next to you, can hear what you’re listening to, you may want to consider turning it down.” Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week Twitter Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ TCU removes Phi Kappa Sigma for hazing and other misconduct Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. + posts Linkedin Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Phi Kappa Sigma executive director, chapter president respond to dismissal ReddIt Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic hosts student-led audiology screenings that provide a benefit to both students and patients. 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first_imgCounseling available as TCU mourns a student’s death Twitter Linkedin Facebook Students from Korea visited TCU’s campusPhoto Credit: Taylor Boser Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Majority of faculty votes yes on DEI ballot Twitter Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Taylor Boser Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ I am a senior journalism major from the great city of Chicago. Watching E! News while eating a Chipotle burrito is my favorite pastime. Go Cowboys! Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history CASA of Tarrant County advocates for children in foster care printTwelve students and two faculty members traveled more than 6,000 miles to experience life at TCU.Students from Keimyung University (KMU) and Sookmyung Women’s University (SMU) spent 10 days exploring Fort Worth and learning about TCU’s Strategic Communication program.“Two years ago TCU and SMU created a partnership exchange student program,” said Professor Jong-Hyuok Jung, TCU’s Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication. “There were eight students who visited TCU.”The students were given the opportunity to sit in on classes and explore the campus. This is the second year of the program.“The students were very impressed with the southern hospitality, generous treatment, size of the campus and facilities, and the BBQ,” said Ohyoon Kwon, KMU’s Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations.Out of the eight students that attended the first exchange, seven of the students had never been to the United States before. This program provided them with the opportunity to learn more about the culture of the United States.“TCU’s Strategic Communication program is very similar to KMU’s,” said Jang Ho Moon, SMU’s Associate Professor of Communications. “One difference was how small the class sizes are here.”The student to faculty ratio at TCU is 13:1, while it is closer to 40:1 at KMU.Students at TCU are provided with the opportunity to hear students from South Korea speak about their experiences. In the summer of 2018, TCU students will have the chance to visit other countries themselves.“There is a study abroad program being created for next year where TCU students will get to spend two weeks traveling to Seoul and Singapore and visiting SMU,” Jung said.The three universities have created a well-standing relationship that they hope will continue for many years to come.“These two universities are very appreciative of Jong-Hyuok and the faculty here,” Kwon said. “We are really thankful to have this opportunity.” Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent ReddIt + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Previous articleSophomore standout Robinson Jr. earns weekly Big 12 honorNext articleHorned Frogs notch Red Raiders at home 62-61 Taylor Boser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ ReddIt Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgthe poster of the 2018 film “The Nun” a paranormal horror film in the conjuring franchise Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Linkedin ReddIt + posts TV Review: Netflix’s new show doesn’t lecture viewers about sex Review: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ tells a meandering story with stunning visuals, anime action Previous articleUniversity tests alert system to practice safety preparednessNext articleNo. 4 Ohio State presents challenges for No. 15 TCU Richard Edgemon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/center_img Facebook Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Review: ‘First Reformed’ beautifully wrestles with faith and sacrifice Richard Edgemon print“The Nun” is the fifth film in “The Conjuring” franchise, produced by James Wan, and second spinoff, with “Annabelle” and “Annabelle Creation” released in 2014 and 2017 respectively.The film follows the story of Father Burke, played by Demián Bichir, a priest specialized in paranormal investigations on the order of the Vatican to investigate the apparent suicide of a nun at a cloistered abbey deep in the woods of Romania. Along with Burke, the Vatican sends a novitiate nun, Taissa Farmiga, that has yet to take her vows to speak with the other nuns at the abbey.(Trailer courtesy of IMDb.)Falling more in line with the Wan directed “Conjuring” and “Conjuring 2,” this film relies more on atmosphere and well-crafted set pieces rather than jump scares. This is director Corin Hardy’s second feature film, having previously directed “The Hallow,” which was released in 2015 and revolves around a demonic creature terrorizing a family in the remote woods of Ireland.Hardy’s experience with the paranormal shows in the film with the references to holy and desecrated land and an above average understanding of exorcisms than most B-movies.While many scenes follow predictable storylines that audiences have seen year after year, the real success for “The Nun” is a simple but effective use of visual effects and creative sets.Verdict Overall, “The Nun” is exactly what it appears to be from the trailers, one of just the numerous ghost and horror films that are released for Halloween; this one just came out a month earlier than the rest. Beyond that, the film kept my attention for almost all of the tight 96-minute film. Even though horror fans will see the set pieces far before the planned scare, what shines is how perfectly executed those scenes were.The film’s tendency to favor atmosphere over heart pounding scares could leave some moviegoers bored, but the film does give a solid start for this year’s scary movie season.6.5/10 Review: ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ has a striking visual style but fails to excite or enthrall Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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first_imgWomen’s Basketball falls in regular-season finale against Texas printLauren Heard scored 18 points and 12 rebounds for her third career double-double. Photo by Heesoo Yang.Lauren Heard’s third career double-double helped lead the Frogs to a 65-61 win over Kansas State Saturday afternoon .The junior guard scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds in the win. Heard has now scored 10-plus points in 17-straight games and in 19 of 20 games overall this season.Senior forward Ella Hellessey also scored a season-high eight points in the victory over the Wildcats.“I think we are so locked into the game, either playing or being that extra player on the bench,” Hellessey said. “Our sideline – the knot – is so locked in that when you do get called to go into the game, your contributions on the bench just makes you even more ready to go when you come into the game.”TCU pushed its record to 16-4 overall and 7-2 in the conference standings. Photo by Heesoo Yang.After falling behind in the first quarter 11-9, TCU closed out the first half strong by outscoring Kansas State 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 28-18 lead into halftime.The Wildcats opened up the third quarter with a 12-1 run, but TCU countered Kansas State’s effort by going on a 9-0 run to take a 45-38 lead going into the final period.Kansas State continued to fight back and pulled within a point, 49-48, after going on a 10-4 run and later took a lead deep in the fourth quarter.The lead would change several more times, but TCU outscored the Wildcats 9-2 down the stretch, as Heard scored the final four points for the Horned Frogs.TCU will have a week-long break before being back on the court Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. Twitter ReddIt Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Facebook Women’s Basketball on three-game skid after loss to Oklahoma Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Sam Fristachi Lauren Heard scored 18 points and 12 rebounds to have her third career double-double. Photo Courtesy of Heesoo Yang. + posts Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Women’s basketball falls in Big 12 Championship quarterfinals to Baylor Linkedin Women’s Basketball falls to Kansas State in overtime loss Twitter Previous articleTCU struggles offensively, falls to No. 1 Baylor in WacoNext articleMen’s tennis falls at No. 16 Michigan Sam Fristachi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Samantha Fristachi is a senior from Massapequa, New York. She is a journalism and sports broadcasting major and a business minor. She hopes to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN one day. Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Burmese military to withdraw a defamation suit against The Voice Daily newspaper over a satirical article and urges the authorities to amend the 2014 Telecommunications Law, under which the lawsuit was brought. News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Help by sharing this information RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Filed on 17 May, the suit accuses The Voice Daily’s editor, Kyaw Min Swe, and a columnist who writes under the pen-name of British Ko Ko Maung of contravening Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law by insulting the military in a satirical comment about an army propaganda film called “Union Oath.”The Burmese armed forces tolerate no criticism and do not hesitate to bring lawsuits under the Telecommunications Law whenever journalists cover subjects that reflect badly on them. This harassment persuades many journalists to censor themselves.Under Section 66(d), “extorting, coercing, restraining wrongfully, defaming, disturbing, causing undue influence or threatening to any person by using any telecommunications network” is punishable by up to three years in prison. Since Burma’s new civilian government took office, a total of 54 people have been accused under Section 66(d) and seven of them have been given prison sentences.They include Myo Yan Naung Thein, a human rights activist and member of the ruling National League for Democracy, who was arrested last October for criticizing the commander-in- chief of the armed forces on Facebook. Burma is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further Organisation May 31, 2021 Find out more June 1, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Burmese military must end its judicial harassment of media Follow the news on Myanmar US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture RSF_en Receive email alerts News photo : Ye Aung Thu / AFP last_img read more

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first_img News News Follow the news on Algeria May 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News RSF_en Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 23, 2017 RSF’s open letter to Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on the situation of press freedom in Algeria Prime Minister Abdelmadjid TebbouneGovernment PalaceRue Docteur Saâdane1600 AlgiersTunis, 22 June 2017 Dear Prime Minister, Since 2014, Algeria has fallen more than ten places in the World Press Freedom Index that is compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and is ranked 134th in the 2017 Index. Last year, 2016, was a tragic one for the Algerian media, especially with the death in prison on 11 December of Mohamed Tamalt, a citizen-journalist convicted of “insulting state authority” for comments posted on Facebook. No investigation has been conducted into the circumstances of his death, leaving the family helpless, without any kind of explanation from the prison authorities. That tragic death was compounded by the imprisonment in June of two professional journalists, Mehdi Benaissa and Ryad Hartouf, and the imprisonment in November of Hassan Bouras, a blogger convicted of contempt of court, insult and defamation. These three men were released after long periods of completely arbitrary provisional detention that violated the code of criminal procedure as amended in 2015. The common feature of these judicial proceedings was that they were brought under the criminal code, which is still being used to prosecute journalists on charges of defamation, contempt and insult. This code needs to be amended in order to finally ensure that media offences are no longer punishable by imprisonment, in accordance with the Algerian constitution and Algeria’s international obligations as regards freedom of information and freedom of the press. On behalf of RSF, an NGO that defends media freedom and has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), I would like to use the occasion of your assumption of office on 24 May to present our main recommendations on media freedom in Algeria to you. RSF is also concerned about the fate of privately-owned broadcast media which, when they are critical, find themselves almost systematically harassed and even closed without any consultation with the regulatory body. In 2015, for example, the Algerian government ordered the closure of two TV channels (El Atlas TV and El Watan TV). In 2016, a judicial action by the ministry of communication resulted in the cancellation of the sale of the Arabic-language media group El Khabar to Ness Prod, a subsidiary of Cevital, a company owned by the businessman Issaad Rebrab. Around 50 TV channels broadcast from abroad because they lack licences. RSF recommends that the Algerian government should encourage the regulation of this sector using the Broadcasting Regulation Authority (ARAV), an entity whose financial autonomy and independence must be maintained, especially as regards the granting of licences to TV channels. In its report entitled “Algeria, the invisible hand of power over the media,” published in December 2016, RSF noted that the Algerian authorities used the public printing presses and the advertising allocated by the state agency ANEP as means of pressure. These public entities should review the criteria for allocating state advertising and the payment schedules that the printing presses impose on newspapers in a summary fashion. Finally, RSF is concerned about the threats made by senior officials against journalists, as in April 2017 in the run-up to the parliamentary elections, and the publication of directives imposing restrictions on the media. Several journalists and media outlets have expressed their concern to RSF about the increasing frequency with which they are censored on the Internet. We consider it essential that the freedom of journalists and the media to provide information on the Internet should be respected in accordance with article 50 of the March 2016 constitution, which says the freedom of the print, broadcast and online media is guaranteed, without any form of prior censorship. I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter. Sincerely, Christophe Deloire Secretary-General Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Related documents open_letter_to_the_algerian_prime_minister.pdfPDF – 288.19 KB to go further April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgNews Follow the news on Zimbabwe November 12, 2020 Find out more Elsewhere, Matthew Takaona, president of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) was clubbed and pistol-whipped by six soldiers, on 17 April, while he was in a shopping centre in Chitungwiza, 35 kms from Harare. His personal possessions were stolen. Stanley Karombo, a freelance journalist and student at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, was released on 21 April after paying a fine of 14 million Zimbabwean dollars (300 euros), Reporters Without Borders has learned from local sources. He was held for three days at Harare central police station before being freed.Karombo was arrested on 18 April while taking notes during a speech that President Robert Mugabe gave at an independence day event at Gwanzura stadium in the Harare suburb of Highfield. Police at first accused him of violating the 2002 press law known as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. As the charge could not be supported, they finally accused him of disturbing the peace.———22.04.2008 – Journalist reported missing as crackdown intensifies against independent pressReporters Without Borders today voiced concern about the disappearance on 15 April of freelance journalist Stanley Karombo, as attacks on and arrests of reporters continued and the state-run media resumed a propaganda campaign on behalf of the government. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa September 1, 2020 Find out more Freelance journalist, Frank Chikowore, who also disappeared on 15 April this year from close to his home, was brought before a Harare court on 21 April, along with 27 MDC activists, allegedly for disturbing the peace. He has been accused of involvement in torching a bus, after initially being wrongly accused of working as a journalist without compulsory accreditation from the Media and Information Commission (MIC). The court today decided to remand all of the defendants in custody, with the aim of deterring any possible trouble makers.Among the accused is also Luke Tamborinyoka, former editor of the banned newspaper, The Daily News, currently the MDC’s director of information. He spent 71 days in custody in 2007, during which he was ill-treated, accused of having thrown a petrol bomb at a police station. He was finally acquitted and released by a court in the capital. News “Zimbabwean journalists are being exposed to great danger because of the failure of the community of African states to put pressure on the government of Robert Mugabe,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Without commenting on the issue of the 29 March general elections, countries which still have the ear of the outgoing president should at least make some clear demands, particularly in connection with press freedom. It is not too late to prevent silence turning into complicity with tragic acts,” it added. Stanley Karombo was seen for the last time on 15 April 2008 when he was covering a general strike called by the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), of Morgan Tsvangirai. His colleagues have searched in vain for him at Harare police stations and police have said they do not know where the journalist is.Edward Chikomba, a freelance cameraman and former contributor to public Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), was found dead on 31 March 2007, two days after he was snatched by unknown kidnappers who were suspected of being secret service agents. ZimbabweAfrica ZimbabweAfrica In the past few days, monitoring carried out by the independent Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ) showed that news coverage by public media remained partisan. Its monitoring of prime-time programmes showed in particular that the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) “maintained its silence on the presidential election results and even failed to conduct any programmes focusing on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s recounting of votes in 23 constituencies (outside its news bulletins)”. Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information Reports News The MMPZ also noted that it broadcast of two songs in support of the presidential party, Zanu-PF, by singer Elizabeth Chinouriri, who wore a t-shirt printed with a photo of Robert Mugabe. April 23, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelancer released after being held for three days for “disturbing the peace” Organisation Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

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first_imgNews New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets VenezuelaAmericas Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela A Caracas police officer, Charly Briceño, has been charged in connection with the 5 April murder of El Mundo photographer Jorge Aguirre. While on duty, he allegedly drove the motorcycle on which the accused gunman, former policeman Boris Blanco Arcia, was riding when he shot Aguirre. Caracas prosecutor Cristian Quijada has charged him with covering up a criminal act.Meanwhile Blanco, who is being held at the headquarters of the Directorate for Intelligence Services and Prevention (DISIP), has been charged with murder and posing as a police officer._________________________________________________________14.04.06 – Former policeman arrested for the murder of El Mundo photographer Jorge Aguirre Attorney-general Isaías Rodríguez announced yesterday that Boris Blanco Arcia, 33, a former Caracas police officer who was dismissed last October, has been arrested for the murder of El Mundo photographer Jorge Aguirre, who was gunned down in Caracas on 5 April. Blanco was detained after a search of his home turned up pistol cartridges that matched those found at the scene of the shooting. Investigators have not yet found the murder weapon or established the motive.__________________________________________________________06.04.06 – Photographer murdered apparently by a police officer during a demonstration Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage after the murder on 5 April 2006 in Caracas, of Jorge Aguirre, photographer on the daily El Mundo. The journalist was gunned down by a man on a motorcycle dressed as a police officer during a demonstration against insecurity after the murder of three youths.“The press is in its turn paying a high price for the climate of violence exemplified by the recent cases of kidnapping and murder, sometimes implicating the police,” said the press freedom organisation.“Even if it is not yet known whether Jorge Aguirre’s killer was a member of the security forces, we hope that the investigation will also probe their ranks,” said Reporters Without Borders, which welcomed reform of the police promised by the government.“Nearly four years after the unresolved murder of another photographer, Jorge Tortoza, this murder should not go unpunished,” it added.The sons of a Lebanese-born Canadian businessman living in Venezuela, Bryan, 17, Kevin,13 and Jason Faddoul, 12, and their chauffeur Miguel Rivas were abducted on the outskirts of Caracas on 23 February. After making an exorbitant ransom demand the kidnappers murdered the three boys and their chauffeur. The case prompted a public outcry and angry demonstrations across the country. The state prosecutor-general, Isaías Rodríguez, told a press conference on 5 April that the investigation would also probe possible police involvement.On the same day, Jorge Aguirre, driven by his chauffeur Julio Canelón in a car bearing the logo of the daily El Mundo, arrived to cover the renovation of a stadium close to the scene of the demonstration. His press vehicle was intercepted by a man dressed as a police officer, whose motorbike had no number plates. Since the policeman did not identify himself the driver did not stop. Aguirre then got out of the car to take some photos. The uniformed man turned back and opened fire, shooting at the journalist three times, hitting him in the upper body. As he fell to the ground, Aguirre managed to take a picture of his fleeing killer (photo). He was taken to the nearby university hospital, where he died of his injury shortly afterwards. Staff of press group Cadena Capriles, which owns El Mundo, were planning to rally at the offices of the Prosecutor-general on 6 April.Around 30 people are currently held hostage for ransom by kidnappers in Venezuela. On 28 March, Italian-Venezuelan Filippo Sindoni, owner of the local daily El Aragüeño and the channel TVS, was abducted and murdered in Maracay, west of Caracas. There too the investigation is focusing on the implication of regional police. Receive email alerts to go further News April 26, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 On-duty policeman charged in news photographer’s murder Follow the news on Venezuela News Organisation January 13, 2021 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of photographer on El Mundo, Jorge Aguirre (photo), in Caracas on 5 April. The journalist was gunned down by a man in uniform during a demonstration against insecurity. The organisation called for possible police implication in the murder to be fully investigated. August 25, 2020 Find out more News VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_img May 28, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Reporters Without Borders has urged French President Jacques Chirac to raise the plight of the media in the territories under the control of the Palestinian National Authority when he receives Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qureia in Paris on 11 March.The international press freedom organisation has called on the French president to use his influence to see that the Palestinian government “takes clear, well-defined and effective measures to end the impunity with which Palestinian journalists are being attacked.”More than a dozen Palestinian journalists have fallen victim since September 2003 to clan rivalries, a growing political instability and a chaotic security situation within the Palestinian territories. Acts of vandalism and assaults against the media reached their nadir with the murder on 2 March in Gaza of Khalil Al-Zebin, publisher of the bi-monthly An-Nashra and a key adviser to President Yasser Arafat.Reporters Without Borders called on Arafat on 2 March to “do everything in your power to remedy the negligence of the security forces, for which the Palestinian media are unfortunately paying the price.”The organisation insisted on the need for the results of investigations to be made public and for legal action to be taken against those responsible for the current onslaught on the safety and freedom of journalists.It made similar demands on 4 February to interior minister Hakam Balaawi after the ransacking of the offices of the weekly Al-Dar in Gaza.Journalist Khalil Al-Zebin, 59, publisher of the bi-monthly An-Nashra and Arafat’s advisor on the media, was assassinated by a group of armed men as he was leaving his office in central Gaza City on the night of 1-2 March. No group has admitted responsibility. March 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders urges Jacques Chirac to push for press freedom in the Palestinian territories PalestineMiddle East – North Africa PalestineMiddle East – North Africa June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News RSF_en center_img News May 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Palestine Receive email alerts Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists to go further Organisation News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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