Declaration of the IFJ/PFUJ mission in Islamabad

first_img April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Organisation News We, the participants representing the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and other members of civil society, including Reporters Without Borders, hereby declare our strong and unified defense of the right to a free media and free expression, and demand that the right to know should not be taken away from the people of Pakistan. The liberty and safety of journalists and editorial independence are principles of press freedom that we hold as sacrosanct and non-negotiable.At the very outset, we denounce the imposition of the Provisional Constitutional Order announced on 3 November, 2007, and call for a rollback of all decisions and actions associated with that order. We believe in the reinstatement of the independent judiciary as existed before that date, and believe in the return to the Constitution of 1973 as the only way forward to democracy, pluralism and people-power.In the meantime, we condemn, as actions against the people of Pakistan, all steps against the media carried out under the PCO. We condemn the two anti-media amendments to press ordinances, as well as the so-called code of conduct that is unilaterally sought to be imposed on media organizations. We condemn the government for having prevented the coverage of the movement opposing emergency rule. We condemn the detention of journalists. We condemn the ban on satellite television channels. We condemn the pressure put on independent press groups. We condemn the amendment of the PEMRA laws, meant to hurt television broadcasters. We condemn the seizure of the equipment of FM radio stations.We believe that the government’s anti-media actions represent a coordinated policy to prevent the people of Pakistan from receiving independent news and analysis. To this end, the policy is also aimed at attacking the livelihoods not only of thousands of journalists but tens of thousands of individuals working in media organizations throughout the country.At a time when the life and livelihood of journalists is suddenly in danger, we demand the government to seek the whereabouts of Riaz Mengal, reporter of ‘Intikhab’ in Khuzdar District, Balochistan. We demand that the government arrest the killers of the widow of the late journalist Hayatullah Khan, and provide for the welfare of the couple’s children as well as their relocation from North Waziristan.The continuous demonstrations by journalists taking place throughout the country are a reminder to the government that the demand for freedom of expression is held dearly by the media world of Pakistan. We commend journalists who have continued these demonstrations throughout the country, and who have dared to face arrest and incarceration. We demand that the government immediately revoke the two amendments to the ordinances as well as withdraw the so-called code of conduct. We demand that the charges brought against journalists who have been fighting for freedom after the imposition of emergency rule must be immediately dropped.We believe that President Pervez Musharraf has crossed all bounds in seeking to continue his autocratic rule by muzzling the voice of media, and pledge never to give up the fight for press freedom and the people’s right to know. June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistancenter_img to go further News January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific The mission team includes Kanak Dixit, a veteran journalist and defender of press freedom in Nepal; Iqbal Khattak, a representative of Reporters sans frontieres (Reporters Without Borders); and Mr Ali, supported by the President of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists, Afzal Butt, and the PFUJ’s Fauzia Shahid and C.R. Shamsi. November 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Declaration of the IFJ/PFUJ mission in Islamabad Help by sharing this information News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Trustees elect philanthropist, actor to board

first_imgThird-generation Trojan Michele Dedeaux Engemann, the namesake of USC’s new health center, has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees, the university announced Thursday.Trustee · Michele Dedeaux Engemann was elected Oct. 3. – Photo courtesy of USC News Engemann received a bachelor’s degree in drama from USC in 1968. After graduating, she worked with Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children. The non-profit organization supports theater for children with disabilities or from disadvantaged families.“Michele Engemann is a Trojan through and through,” President C. L. Max Nikias said in a statement. “She is also a visionary philanthropist who is committed to enriching all aspects of our students’ academic experience, from their physical well-being to their intellectual and cultural development. I know we will benefit greatly from her passion, creativity, insights and expertise.”Engemann has held several university appointments in recent years. From 2007 to 2008, she served as the president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. As part of her position, Engemann served on the Board of Trustees.In 2011, Engemann and her husband, Roger, donated $15 million for the creation of a new health center. Construction is scheduled for completion next spring.“I have friends who have grandchildren that go here,” Engemann said at the building’s groundbreaking ceremony in April 2011. “We are now into our third generation of students using that same facility. Roger and I have a keen understanding that this [new] building is needed and needed now, especially as USC becomes a more residential university and expects the health needs of students, grad students and faculty living and working in our campus community.”The Engemanns have also helped support USC through a $500,000 donation to the School of Dramatic Arts and $500,000 for a Baseball Hall of Fame at Dedeaux Field.Engemann is the daughter of former USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux. She is also a lifetime member of Town & Gown of USC, Skull and Dagger, the Keck Hospital of USC Guild, the Trojan Guild of Los Angeles and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.last_img read more

CAF Champions League review: USM stun Hilal, Francis Coffie strikes for Merikkh

first_imgUSM Alger of Algeria came from behind to win 2-1 at Al Hilal of Sudan on Sunday and stake a strong claim for a CAF Champions League final place.The clubs meet again next Saturday in the second leg of the semifinal and a home draw will suffice to take the team from the Algerian capital into the decider for the first time.Hilal made the perfect with star Mudather ‘Careca’ Eltaib scoring after just two minutes before a capacity 35 000 crowd at the Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman.But USM shrugged off stamina-sapping 35 degree Celsius night-time heat to level 15 minutes later through recent signing Mohamed Amine Aoudia.Karim Baiteche scored the 67th-minute match-winner with his first goal of the Champions League campaign.Just before the decisive goal, Hilal squandered a great chance to regain the lead when Brazilian Andrezinho had a penalty saved. Hilal were runners-up twice when the competition was called the African Champions Cup, while the best previous showing by USM was reaching the 2003 semifinals.Algerian outfit Entente Setif won the Champions League last season, edging V Club from the Democratic Republic of Congo on away goals after both legs of the final were drawn.Another Sudanese side, Al Merrikh, fared better in the first semifinal 24 hours earlier in another Omdurman stadium clash by winning 2-1 against TP Mazembe from DR Congo.Ghanaian Francis Coffie gave first-time semifinalists Merrikh the lead against four-time champions Mazembe as half-time approached.Tanzanian Thomas Ulimwengu equalised 13 minutes from time only for Sudanese superstar Bakry ‘Al Medina’ Babiker to put Merrikh ahead again soon after. The return match is scheduled for next Sunday in southern Congolese mining city Lubumbashi.A $1.5 million prize and a place in the 2015 Fifa Club World Cup in Japan go to the winners of the marquee African club football competition.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Old foes Shevchenko, Jedrzejczyk meet for UFC flyweight belt

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mongolian sumo wrestler retires over assault To get it, Shevchenko (15-3) still has to get through Jedrzejczyk (15-2), the former strawweight champion moving up to claim a second title.Shevchenko realizes the difficulty of her task, but she can also see her ultimate goal is just five rounds away.“No one else can pretend to be the best here, because this is my weight,” Shevchenko said. “This is my division. This is my place.”Shevchenko has been looking for her place all her life.Born to a Ukrainian family in Kyrgyzstan three years before the Soviet Union broke up, Shevchenko has been traveling the world on a martial arts quest for over a decade with her sister, Antonina, who is also a fighter. The sisters and longtime coach Pavel Fedotov settled in Peru a decade ago, but Shevchenko still trains in gyms all over the world, working to hone her technique. For this fight, she worked in Thailand and Las Vegas before heading to Canada.ADVERTISEMENT PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Shevchenko and Jedrzejczyk even trained in the same gym in Thailand for two months earlier in their careers.“We never were enemies,” Shevchenko said. “When we were competing, we didn’t talk to each other too much, but it was nothing personal where you hate somebody. Of course, when we were in different weight classes, we were speaking a little bit more.”They haven’t fought since Shevchenko decided to stop cutting weight to the 55-kilogram limit for muay Thai after 2008. When the UFC began to add women’s divisions six years ago, Jedrzejczyk chose 115 pounds and Shevchenko chose 135 because they were the closest to their desired weights.The UFC opened a 125-pound women’s division last year, but curiously decided to crown its champion from a season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” its long-running reality competition TV show.Nicco Montano won the show and the belt, but nearly everyone in MMA thought the division was Shevchenko’s for the taking. Shevchenko’s only two losses in the past eight years were narrow decisions against bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and the 125-pound weight limit suited her much better.“I think the 125 division will be the most interesting to watch and the most active,” Shevchenko said. “It will be exactly where all the action will be going. We just have to start this action.”Shevchenko was scheduled to fight Montano for the title in September, but Montano was stripped of the belt and hospitalized after a failed weight cut. Nunes also ended up in a hospital right before a scheduled bout with Shevchenko last year, frustrating the challenger.“I am looking forward to fighting someone who is really a professional,” Shevchenko said. “I’m tired of these fighters who aren’t professional, who can’t cut weight or who are causing all this trouble. I would like to have more really responsible fighters inside of the organization.”Jedrzejczyk had weight cut issues at 115 pounds, but they’re unlikely to bother her at 125. Shevchenko says her own cut is simple: “Just don’t eat for one day.”Meanwhile, Jedrzejczyk needed a new goal after losing her 115-pound title last year to Rose Namajunas, who also beat her in an April rematch. Although Jedrzejczyk still insists she’ll go back down to reclaim her strawweight title at some point, she decided to move up 10 pounds to take on Shevchenko for another belt. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Even without the fighters’ backstory and the belt at stake, the fight is a compelling contrast between two elites with markedly differing styles.Jedrzejczyk is a furious, high-volume striker with a persistent jab and an eagerness to pressure every opponent. Shevchenko is a determined, accurate counterpuncher — and her power could be a problem for Jedrzejczyk, who has taken significant damage in recent fights.“I think it will be a very good striking fight,” Shevchenko said with a grin. “Oh, a lot of hits.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Valentina Shevchenko, left, UFC women’s flyweight fighter and Joanna Jedrzejczyk UFC women’s strawweight fighter face off at a news conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)LOS ANGELES — Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were teenagers when they first fought at the muay Thai world championships in 2006.They met again in 2007 and 2008. Shevchenko won every time.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES A decade later, the fighters are meeting once again Saturday night, this time under the bigger, brighter spotlight of mixed martial arts at UFC 231.Shevchenko won’t go into this high-profile flyweight title fight with any false confidence, not after everything Jedrzejczyk has accomplished since their first bouts. Yet Shevchenko still thinks those long-ago results will make a difference in the octagon in Toronto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“She can say that it’s not affecting her, but yes, it’s affecting her,” Shevchenko said. “Fighters can say whatever, but what they’re feeling inside, it’s totally different. It’s affecting everyone, for sure. Of course it was years ago. Of course she changed and improved as a fighter, same as me. All experience will help, and each experience I got from that fight will help me in this fight.”The rekindling of this long-standing rivalry could be exactly what the UFC needs in the women’s flyweight division, which has been in upheaval pretty much ever since it opened last year. Shevchenko is eager to establish order among the world’s best 125-pounders while earning the UFC belt that has long eluded her. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

READ spreads literacy around South Africa

first_imgMathiba MolefeResources like books and other learning materials are few in South Africa’s underprivileged communities. Enter the READ Educational Trust, working to improve education across South Africa by catering to this exact need. (Image: READ Educational Trust, via Facebook)What started as a small group of volunteers in Soweto in the late 1970s has now grown into one of South Africa’s most recognised educationally focused NGOs, the READ Educational Trust.Just five years after its creation the READ Foundation had spread to all provinces in the country apart from what was then known as the Northern Transvaal.Now, more than three decades later, the NGO continues to put education and literacy at the front of its agenda, providing much-needed reading materials and learning aides to underprivileged children around the country.Highlighting the importance of literacy, READ’s fundraising manager, Lizelle Langford, said: “The ability to read and write is essential to ensure success at school or later, career advancement and tertiary study.”Over the years the trust has partnered with a number of different bodies that share their view, these include the Rally to Read initiative which aims to deliver books to some of the country’s most remote locations.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.HELPING TEACHERS HELP LEARNERSAt first the organisation visited schools and delivered books hoping it would kickstart the learning process, but they soon realised that having books wouldn’t necessarily get learners to read.“From thereon it evolved to not only giving out books, but giving training, making sure that there’s an understanding and assisting teachers in the classroom on how to teach people to read so that they can become lifelong learners,” Langford said during an interview on SABC 2.After realising what schoolchildren really needed, READ identified educator development as a key area that needs to be addressed in order to improve education around the country.The organisation works alongside various government departments to implement teacher training where it’s needed most. By improving the educator’s ability to teach, they in turn improve the learner’s chances of success.“READ is not bringing a different project into the schools,” explained Langford, “we’re helping the teachers actually deliver the curriculum.“So it’s a systemic change that we are trying to bring about and for that we need a partnership, not only with the departments but with the teachers, with the community, with everybody. Otherwise you’re not going to get sustainability.”During the training period, trainers from READ join teachers in the classrooms to identify areas that can be improved.Once these have been identified the trainers then take the teachers through multiple exercises to help improve their teaching methods. “It’s a very intensive process and it’ll probably be longer than three years before you see the product, but it’s a partnership right from the start,” said Langford.GET INVOLVEDIf literacy and education are causes close to your heart you can have a look at the READ Educational Trust’s get involved page for details on how to do so.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.Play a part and help fulfil dreams.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

Kick trailer out: Salman Khan is the Devil

first_imgAlong with the poster, the first trailer of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s much-awaited film Kick is finally out today for all his crazy fans. And this time round he is here with something quite different.Sporting a goatee and a superhero mask, Salman stands out among the other compelling actors in the film, namely Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jacqueline Fernandez.The poster of Kick is also out and Salman sure does look dapper in his goateeSalman’s look in the trailer instantly reminds us of Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish avatar, however, we are sure that Sallu will add his own style to the character as he always does.The dialogues are equally enticing and so is the background score. This one looks good for sure!Watch the trailer here:last_img read more

Gary Reynolds appointed coach of Scottish Men’s team

first_imgSydney University Touch Club stalwart, Gary Reynolds, has been appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Scottish Men’s Open National team. Reynolds, who recently moved to Edinburgh for work, was approached by the Scottish Touch Association’s National Squad Management Committee to take on the job of coaching the country’s elite Men’s players.“It is obviously an honour to be appointed to coach a National team, and it is a role that I am excited about.”  Reynolds said. The Scottish Touch Association will host the 2009 Home Nations Touch Championships in August. The tournament will see sides from Scotland, Wales, Jersey and England compete.“I hope that I can provide the team with the required knowledge, skills and direction to achieve their goal at the upcoming Home Nations tournament this August.  There are players with real potential in this squad, and now it is my job to harness that and turn it into success.”Reynolds has his work cut out for him with the Scottish Men’s team, who are currently ranked 7th in the world, failing to make the final of the last Home Nations event.For the Scottish teams this is the beginning of their push for better results at the next World Cup in 2011, which will be played in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Reynolds has an extensive Touch background and was responsible for the formation of the Sydney University Touch Club in 2001, holding the role of President for five years. He is a qualified referee, coach and selector and competed for his home region, the Hunter Western Hornets, in the Mixed Open division at the 2004 National Touch League.last_img read more

Captain Interview – Lizzie Campbell

first_imgYou are also playing the Japanese as part of the lead in games, what sort of opportunity does that provide the team? It’s amazing to see with the Mixed coming over, I don’t think we really see the benefits of the Mixed program until they get to the Women’s.  Especially with Yasmin (Meakes) and Sammy Rodgers obviously too coming from Mixed, it’s great to see their knowledge from the link/wing positions transfer straight into the Women’s game and it is just invaluable to us. Pretty good. Obviously we have a few debutants and coming into it we were a bit worried about how the young ones was going to merge with the older ones but they have come in seamlessly and working really well together. We just had our first run this morning as a team and it went a lot better than I thought it was going to go and we are running really well together – so it’s exciting. Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’ The camp is over now, how is the Women’s team looking going into the Series? It is great for them and to be honest Japan was our biggest competitor after New Zealand at the World Cup last year. They were the only other team to put a few tries on us. They are great with their line attack and they are very fast runners. I think they will be a great warm up for us for New Zealand for getting us on our edge with the line attack, the quickie moves because they are really great at that. I think there was only one girl in our World Cup team, one middle, that didn’t get scored on against Japan, which was Sammy Hopkin, so we will be looking to get a few back on them. You’ve been named captain of your country, how does that make you feel? We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action: Very excited, emotional and super proud. I think the biggest thing is that I am really excited to try and make the previous captains proud. They are obviously people I respect, Louise Winchester and Peta Rogerson the vice-captain for a long time, are girls I have looked up to and I am very excited to hopefully be an inch of what they were in this position. center_img We have a couple of new girls. We have the younger girls, Emma Sykes, Tayla Clifford and Shellie Davis. I think one person to definitely look out for is Hayley Maddick. She is an older girl, a couple years younger than me. She has flown under the radar a little bit and now she has come into the team taking quite a leadership role in the team even being a debutant. She is a great attacking player and I am really excited to see her work her magic. The program’s pathways are on show in this team as well, with players transitioning from the Mixed program, how’s that working out? Personally I am very excited. Having the young girls coming in, there is a big step coming from the junior international level to this Open level so I think they will get a bit of a shock but they are great players and they are really strong players so they will adjust quickly. Obviously that first game is going to be a bit of a hit for everyone like it was for me, I only debuted two years ago, so it kind of is a huge shock but they will definitely fit in perfectly and will ease straight into the games. It’s a big challenge, going over to New Zealand to play New Zealand. Tell us how that looks for the team? Tell us something about those new players. Who have we got and who should we look forward to watching play? Newly appointed Women’s Open Captain, Lizzie Campbell, caught up with the TFA Media Team at the recent Trans Tasman Training Camp, to give us some insight into the team’s preparations and how she’s dealing with the exciting news of being name captain of her country for the first time. Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms and send in your message of support on our social media channels as well.Related LinksLizzie Campbell interviewlast_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for me

first_imgAC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for meby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone says working with Gonzalo Higuain is crucial for his development.Higuain is on-loan at Milan from Juventus this season.“Definitely having, for example, Higuain with you helps a lot,” Cutrone told Tuttomercatoweb.“I always watch him in training, I try to learn some things and improve every day.“I thank [Gennaro] Gattuso and his staff, I’ll try to improve even more.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more