Reporters Without Borders denounces minister’s criticism of media for exposing army bullying

first_img News to go further Robert MénardSecretary-General Organisation Dear Minister: read in Russian Help by sharing this information The media late last month exposed cases of brutal bullying of new recruits in the army which each year causes thousands of deaths or desertions and you spoke about this to the lower house of parliament (the Duma) on 15 February. The media cited reports by the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, which defends the rights of young soldiers. The media and the public have been especially concerned about the fate of one of the victims, Andrei Sychev, who was handed over to drunken superiors who beat him up because he refused to perform degrading sexual acts on them. They kept him crouched down for hours and refused him medical care for four days. He was only taken to hospital when they noticed he could no longer walk. He developed gangrene and both legs and his sexual organs had to be amputated on 6 January to save his life. You have accused the media of exaggerating the episode “to make headlines” and of making “gratuitous allegations against all soldiers, especially all generals.”You minimise the bullying and dreadful torture meted out by officers to new soldiers by saying that “bullying starts in nursery school where some teachers mistreat children” and that “society is like that.”You accused “some media of devoting entire pages” to the tortures and that “it’s impossible to tell what army is being referred to, the Russian army or an enemy army.” You claim the media has blackened the army’s reputation and distorted the situation in the military. Your accusations are unacceptable. How can you carry out your responsibilities towards the media when you accuse them of every sin and refuse to admit the errors of the army? How can you criticise them for reporting such a serious episode when it is so difficult to investigate the army and the case would never have been revealed without their help? How can you ignore the fact that the case has made people aware of the serious ill-treatment of army recruits in Russia, since it is not an isolated case?The main job of the media is to inform and alert the public about serious problems. Do you mean that the Sychev case should never have been reported?You go further however, to accuse the media of encouraging desertions from the army and say that their action raises the question of whether these media are duly and legally registered. You are threatening them with punishment. What is there in the national constitution that allows the press to be punished because it criticises public institutions? Do you want Russia to be like openly authoritarian regimes such as Belarus and Turkmenistan, where all news is controlled and the media is only allowed to relay government propaganda? Should Russia be allowed to abuse international press freedom standards?The Russian government has reverted very sharply in the past few years to authoritarian practices by steadily regaining control of the media and news. TV networks are censored and the last independent one, REN-TV, was recently taken over by a private firm reportedly controlled by government associates. Foreign journalists are having more and more trouble getting visas and accreditation. Radio stations are also monitored by the government and get warning phone calls when they are too critical.Chechnya is still a “black hole” for news and access to it is tightly controlled by the Russian authorities and in effect closed off. The current trial in the murder of Russian-born US journalist Paul Khlebnikov, who was shot dead in Moscow in 2004, is barred to the media and the public and few are taking notice of it.If this situation continues, it will soon be impossible to have access to real news and the situation in the country will be a closed book. An English-language all-news TV station, Russia Today, was recently launched to officially “improve the country’s image.” Yet you are calling for the media to be punished so that matters than tarnish the army’s image are not reported.We deplore your statements, which alarmingly reveal your wish to silence the media. We think your job is not to denounce the media but to identify and punish those responsible for these appalling incidents in the ranks of your army. RSF_en Open letter to Sergei IvanovMinister of defenceRussian Federation17 February 2006 “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Belarus News Reporters Without Borders condemns defence minister Sergei Ivanov for his disgraceful and alarming accusations against the media for reporting on horrific bullying in the army and his threat to punish journalists. 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Judge unmoved by political pressure

first_imgPrint Linkedin Email Man arrested after suspected gun and ammunition found following pursuit of car in Limerick Previous articleHarty twins win silver at CitywestNext articleAnnacotty men get suspended sentences over bomb threat Guest Writer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Advertisement Man charged with assault causing harm to shop worker after arrest on suspicion of coughing on victim WhatsAppcenter_img 27 month delay in justice at Limerick courts Man arrested and €1,900 of Crack Cocaine Seized in Limerick NewsCrime & CourtJudge unmoved by political pressureBy Guest Writer – August 7, 2013 910 Romanian man charged with murder of limerick pensioner, remanded in continuing custody TAGSCourtFrank McCourtgrafffitiJudge O’Kelly Rape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley report Twitter Limerick District Court Judge Eugene O’KellyBy KATHRYN [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A JUDGE who threatened to jail two graffiti artists who defaced properties in Limerick city, including the Frank McCourt museum has insisted his court will not be “pilloried” or influenced by political comment.Judge Eugene O’Kelly made his remarks at Limerick District Court where he previously warned two teenagers they faced up to five months in prison unless they took part in a €4,500 clean up operation at the museum.Jonathan Noonan (19) of Upper Cecil Street, Limerick and Ruairi Fogarty (19) of Drominbeg Rhebogue, Limerick are charged with defacing a number of properties in Limerick including the Frank McCourt Museum which depicts the early life of the family of the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist.After entering guilty pleas, both men gave an undertaking to clean up the historic building ahead of international celebrations which took place at the museum recently to mark the Irish premiere of ‘Angelas Ashes, A Musical’.Speaking at one these functions Labour Councillor Tom Shortt who was deputising as Mayor called on Una Heaton the Director of the Frank McCourt museum to adopt the ‘compassionate’ nature of the famous author when she presented a progress report to court on the graffiti artists ordered to clean up her building.“I hope that Una’s further intervention in this case will be in the spirit of Frank McCourt,” he said, adding that her report “will have a huge bearing on whether they go to prison or not.”When the case was called last Wednesday Judge O’Kelly said it was not the function of the court to get involved in the public life of Limerick city but said he regretted Ms Heaton was subjected to remarks from people “who were not present in court”.Ms Heaton he continued did not criminalise the young men adding, “their own actions is what criminalised them”.Praising the director of the Frank McCourt museum for her courage when she previously gave evidence to the court about the damage caused, he said he welcomed her intervention which he said, offered a practical solution concerning the participation in the clean up operation, which meant the young men could avoid a custodial sentence.Judge O’Kelly insisted Ms Heaton and his court would not be pilloried by others who “hold a different view of matters and who were not present in court”.He said the matter was sub judice and should not be the subject of comment by politicians adding:“This court is not going to be influenced by remarks made by politicians or anyone else.”Judge O’Kelly said he was satisfied the progress reports were positive and adjourned the case until October 2 next.last_img read more

Donovan: CUs on military bases are at the core of mission to serve

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan discussed the latest in credit union advocacy in a recent interview with CUBroadcast. Donovan touched on the recent rules finalized at last week’s NCUA meeting before giving a larger picture of CUNA’s advocacy focus, particularly the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.A chief topic of conversation was CUNA’s recent action alert to ensure a provision allowing banks rent-free access to military installations is not in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020.Section 2821 of the Senate-passed version of the NDAA would expand to certain banks an exception that credit unions currently have granting rent-free access to military installations. CUNA/League advocacy helped ensure no such provision appears in the House-passed version of the bill.last_img read more