January 12, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist’s brother makes radio plea to kidnappers to free Ali Astamirov, AFP correspondent hostage in Ingushetia RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders calls on radio stations to broadcast an appeal, recorded by the victim’s brother, to the kidnappers of a journalist who was taken hostage in Ingushetia six months ago. The international press freedom organisation calls on radio stations to demonstrate their solidarity with Agence France-Presse (AFP) correspondent Ali Astamirov by broadcasting the appeal for his release from his brother Ruslan Magemadov.Astarmirov, who had been covering the war in Chechnya for a year, was kidnapped by armed men on 4 July 2003, in Nazran, Ingushetia. In the 58-second taped appeal to the kidnappers Magemadov says, “My brother is 34 years old. He has two children. He worked as a journalist in the Republic of Chechnya. (…) So far we have received no ransom demands. Nor the Russian nor Ingush security services have been able to provide us with any information. We have just one request: Please free my brother.”Reporters Without Borders published an appeal on 30 October 2003 by several journalists, who have themselves been held hostage, calling for the release of Astamirov.Dowload the appeal in :- French| | |- English | | |- Russian| | |The tape is also available on CD Rom by writing to [email protected] or phoning (00 33) 1 44 83 84 65. News Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News May 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News May 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Belarus Reporters Without Borders calls on russian and international radio stations to broadcast an appeal, recorded by the victim’s brother, to the kidnappers of a journalist who was taken hostage in Ingushetia six months ago. The international press freedom organisation calls on radio stations to demonstrate their solidarity with Agence France-Presse (AFP) correspondent Ali Astamirov by broadcasting the appeal for his release from his brother Ruslan Magemadov. The tape is available in French, English and Russian on the site www.rsf.org .
Siobhain McDonagh MP has condemned the Oxford Pakistan Society’s reluctance to co-host a documentary screening, calling their actions a “scourge of extremism” in a parliamentary debate last week.The House of Commons Select Committee was debating the motion, “That this House notes with concern the rising tide of persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, Algeria and other countries around the world; …[and] calls on the Government to make representations to the Governments of Pakistan and Algeria on the persecution of Ahmadis…”McDonagh, the Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, said in Parliament: “We return a final time to the case of Nobel prize winner Professor Abdus Salam.“Earlier this month, Oxford University hosted the first UK screening of a film about him, but the university’s Pakistan society has been accused of discrimination due to its reluctance to get involved based on Professor Salam’s Ahmadi faith, forcing an apology after an extremely successful event.“Such a scourge of extremism is a stain on the freedom of religion that we rightly and proudly celebrate in the UK.”In response to McDonagh’s comments, Oxford Pakistan Society told Cherwell: “We respect the religious freedom of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. We apologised for any miscommunication and delay in our response. We realise the huge amount of work needed to highlight the plight of minorities within our community.“We reject the suggestion that the Pakistan Society was discriminatory. As documented, any reluctance was based on the controversial nature of the event and not out of any desire not to recognise the incommensurate achievements of Abdus Salam.”Oxford University Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association President, Noman Chaudhry, told Cherwell: “Oxford University Pakistan Society’s reluctance to be involved with the screening event is specifically highlighted by MP Siobhain McDonagh as an act complicit to these prejudices, and one of many examples of discriminatory behaviours prevalent within the UK Muslim community.“We are humbled that our cause has reached Parliament, and that such aggressions against the Ahmadiyya Community are recognised as being in direct conflict with the values and principles championed by our nation.“These are values and principles that we believe must also be maintained and upheld by those in positions of leadership amongst the student societies of UK universities, as a matter of duty and responsibility.”During the debate, Glasgow SNP MP Patrick Grady added: “We have heard from Members on both sides of the Chamber about other incidents of intolerance and bigotry towards the Ahmadi community throughout the United Kingdom. We have also heard about the issues at Oxford University this month, and all that is a matter of great concern.“We are deeply disappointed that the Pakistani Government continue to condone and oversee the conduct of religiously motivated attacks. We call on the Foreign Secretary and Foreign Office Ministers to press the Pakistani Government to take action against religious persecution.” read more
Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 10 Views no discussions NewsRegional Singer Eljai hits the right notes with new single 24/7 by: – December 20, 2011 Eljai Belizean reggae artiste Eljai whose single Leaders topped the Jamaica Music Countdown Reggae chart in 2010, is back with the thought provoking new single entitled 24/7. The song speaks volumes about the issues that people face on a daily basis as it relates to economic progression.The well produced track features Eljai’s instantly recognizable vocal charm submerged in a plethora of expressions, as the subject matter is tackled with urgency.Now based in California, USA, Eljai has been flying the reggae flag high over the past few years.Songs including Leaders, Don’t Leave and Blessed featuring Capleton have kept Eljai’s name in the minds of music lovers stateside and in parts of the Caribbean.For the New Year, Eljai plans to release a 4-song EP before a full length project is issued. A video for the 24/7 track is currently in the works.Eljai’s most recent album release I Know is available now on iTunes and leading digital service.Press Release read more
Since succeeding Ian Holloway as Palace boss Pulis has taken charge in nine games, claiming four wins and a draw, to ensure the Eagles are not left behind in the race to stay up. Palace now sit in 18th place in the standings ahead of Saturday’s match at Tottenham. Pulis said: “We’ve got results which have given us an opportunity and a chance to push on now for the last 18 games. That’s what everybody was hoping for. “The window’s open now and we’re looking to do some business; we need to do some business. We have to bring in people to strengthen us. “If you bring the right players in, if you can bring one or two in and they gel quickly enough then they can certainly help you turn your season around or give you that push that you need to get over the line. “The important thing at this football club is that we bring players in who have got something to prove. “I don’t want to be bringing in players who just want to jog through six months. We need people who are going to roll their sleeves up, work hard and make a difference and add to what we’ve got already. “I’ve got a list of players, the chairman (Steve Parish) has got that list of players. We need to get deals done if we’re going to push on. “That’s always been my thoughts and that was before I got to the football club.” Pulis refused to be drawn on specific targets when asked about Blackburn defender Scott Dann. He added: “I’ve been linked with about 40 different players as well. And this is the window – you get linked with everyone.” What is certain is that players will be leaving Selhurst Park. Striker Kevin Phillips has already left and winger Jimmy Kebe is on his way to Leeds on loan for the rest of the season. Pulis added: “Kebe is on his way to Leeds as we talk. That’ll be a loan until the end of the season. We’ll be losing a few players.” Phillips, who scored the goal which won the Championship play-off final for Palace last May, is keen to join a club near his Midlands home, with Leicester reportedly keen to sign him. “He’s already left,” Pulis added. “He had a six-month contract. That has run out. I had a good chat with Kevin and he wants to get closer to home, which is the Midlands, which I understand. “He’s 40 years of age now. He’s an absolutely fantastic lad and did brilliantly here.” Tony Pulis is chasing players who will roll their sleeves up and work hard for Crystal Palace in this month’s winter transfer window as he bids to mastermind Premier League survival. Press Association read more
Published on February 11, 2017 at 12:03 am Syracuse (16-9, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) is going for its sixth straight win when it takes on Pittsburgh (13-11, 2-9) at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Petersen Events Center. Syracuse won, 77-66, the last time these two teams met over a month ago in the Carrier Dome.Here’s how The Daily Orange beat writers think the game will unfold:Connor Grossman (15-10)A day at the ZooSyracuse 79, Pittsburgh 71Syracuse continues to roll against the Panthers. It remains to be seen whether or not SU can play defense outside the Carrier Dome, but the Orange’s offense keeps it afloat. There’s no reason to believe Andrew White won’t drop 20-plus points for a sixth straight game, and Taurean Thompson can be a force in the paint if he stays out of foul trouble. Syracuse will extend its winning streak to six games.Matt Schneidman (12-13)On the road againSyracuse 81, Pittsburgh 73AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh has taken a deep nose dive since playing Syracuse, only winning two games in league play while Syracuse currently sits fourth in the conference. The Orange is the hottest team in the best league in the nation, and the Panthers won’t stop Jim Boeheim’s roll. White scores over 20 points for the sixth game in a row and Tyus Battle shakes off a fever he’s dealing with to help guide the Orange to an astounding sixth straight win and, more importantly, a third consecutive win away from home.Paul Schwedelson (15-10)Oakland ShmoaklandSyracuse 70, Pittsburgh 60The Orange is riding a five-game win streak and is playing its best ball of the year. SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes are still barely hanging on by a thread, but don’t plan on that thread being cut on Saturday. The Panthers previously used to own the Orange but things aren’t the same under first-year head coach Kevin Stallings. Syracuse hasn’t won at Pitt since Tyler Ennis’ buzzer-beater, but expect that to change. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more