Brutal assault on a journalist in Kurdistan, newspapers facing legal action

first_img to go further “In this city, nobody could have done what they did without definite support from the authorities, and therefore the KDP. I live in a region where politicians do not understand democracy or the need for free media”, the very distressed journalist said. RSF_en News IraqMiddle East – North Africa It is the second assault on Goran and he has also been the target of a score of legal actions, the most recent by Chnar Saad Abdulla, minister of Martyrs. Goran said he had no doubts about the identity of his assailants or their motives. “The KDP, headed by Massud Barzani, is clearly behind this attack. The reasons are also very clear: I am an independent newspaper that criticises the parties and politicians and I do not hesitate to reveal corruption cases. And that is what they cannot stand.” News Goran believed his attackers to be from Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP). He made a formal complaint to the police, but told the worldwide press freedom organisation, “I am not under any illusions, the police are in the pocket of the KDP”, adding that he never wanted to see the city again. “Nabaz Goran is one of the most prominent investigative journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan. This assault on him demonstrates the huge difficulties journalists like him have in doing their job in a region mired in heightened political tension between the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) ahead of legislative elections,” the organisation said. “Police should do everything possible to identify the assailants and those who sent them to carry out this cowardly assault”. The 32-year-old editor of the independent Kurdish-language bi-monthly Jehan (World) ( was set upon by unknown assailants and brutally battered about the face and head as he was leaving his office in the Iskan district of the Erbil, on 29 October. Follow the news on Iraq Journalist colleagues have all strongly condemned the attack. Ahmed Mirra, managing editor of Leven, the principle Kurdish language publication said in an interview with the daily Ach-Charq al-Awsat, “This assault underlines the extreme difficulties encountered by journalists working in Iraqi Kurdistan today and the risks they run. The aim is to silence the free press that challenges the authorities on a daily basis”. Organisation He referred to the ultimate price paid by his colleagues in Iraqi Kurdistan who have been murdered over the past few years in political score-settling, including Soran Mama Hama, who was killed in Kirkuk in July 2008. He also pointed to a complaint laid against his paper by the province’s governor, Massud Barzani, after it carried an article revealing his salary and other privileges. Distribution was halted of issue number 94 of the paper. “I had just come out of the office, when three men unknown to me approached me and asked me if I was Nabaz Goran. I replied that I was and they then attacked me. One of them was armed with a blunt metal object which he used to hit me on the head and face while the two others rained punches on me. They did not stop insulting my mother and my sisters”, he told Reporters Without Borders, speaking with difficulty because of pain from his injuries (see photos). “These proceedings are very worrying, since they demonstrate an inability to tolerate any criticism. We urge the members of parliament to withdraw their suit”, said the organisation, which today sent a letter to this effect to the speaker of the House of Representatives. November 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Brutal assault on a journalist in Kurdistan, newspapers facing legal action Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders today called for police to do their utmost to find those responsible for a “cowardly” physical attack on leading Iraqi Kurdish investigative journalist Nabaz Goran, who has just left Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, to seek refugee in Sulaymaniyah to the east. News Receive email alerts In Iraq, there has been a big upsurge in complaints against newspapers. Iraqi members of parliament on 8 November lodged a complaint against the daily al-Mada over an article published the previous day, written by Ward Badr As-Salam headlined “Parliamentarians beneath zero”, in which the journalist criticised the privileges they enjoy. December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistanlast_img read more

Oteil, T-Ham, Melvin Seals, Duane Trucks, More Announce Two-Night Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration

first_imgJerry Garcia would be turning 76 years old on August 1st. His birthday is more worthy of celebration than ever, so, on August 17th and 18th, the Jerry Garcia Birthday Band will get together for two nights in Vail. Following last year’s 75th birthday celebration at Red Rocks, the tradition will continue with longtime Jerry Garcia Band members Melvin Seals, Jacklyn LaBranch, and Gloria Jones with their musical co-conspirators and friends, Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic).Returning to under the stars in Colorado, the Jerry Garcia Birthday celebration will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, a spectacular outdoor venue with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. The special two-night birthday run also coincides with the annual Colorado Classic, a circuit race for elite cyclists.A limited number of two-day and single day tickets will be available via the Jerry Garcia Fan Ticketing page beginning at 8 a.m. MT on Monday, June 4th. An Enhanced Experience option, which includes a pre-show gathering, photo with members of the Garcia Family, and a limited-edition screen print by Status Serigraph, will also be available. General on-sale begins at 10 a.m. MT on Friday, June 8th, via For more information, head to the event’s website.last_img read more

Lampard a doubt for Cardiff trip

first_img Lampard, who is 36 in June, is out of contract at the end of the campaign alongside captain John Terry and Ashley Cole, a trio who have been mainstays at Chelsea for eight years and more. “Frank Lampard is ill, he is in bed,” Mourinho said. Frank Lampard may have already played his final match for Chelsea after Jose Mourinho revealed the midfielder is a major doubt for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League finale at Cardiff. Other managers have paid with their jobs in similar circumstances under notoriously hard-to-please owner Roman Abramovich, but the Portuguese is likely to remain after guiding Chelsea back into title contention for much of the campaign, after the Blues finished 25 points off the pace in 2012 and 14 adrift last term. “By the competitive aspect I think it was an evolution,” Mourinho said. “Some of the players had for the first time that experience of fighting for the title, until it was not possible, and fighting for the Champions League, playing Champions League knockout phase, quarter-finals, semi-finals. “This is not the kind of season that Chelsea celebrates, because this is Chelsea’s nature and my nature. “We are not jumping because in such a difficult Premier League we finished third and qualified to the Champions League group phase without play-offs. “In this moment we are thinking about next season. We are turning our focus not to the World Cup but to preparations for next season.” Mourinho has often spoken of transition since returning to Stamford Bridge and he will have decisions to make this summer. As well as the futures of Terry, Lampard and Cole, Chelsea and Mourinho have other things to ponder. What to do with his goalkeepers, Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois, who has excelled on loan at Atletico Madrid? What to do with Romelu Lukaku, who has scored 15 times on loan at Everton? Mourinho has often spoken of the travails of his strikers – Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba – and his desire to recruit a prolific goalscorer, with Atletico’s Diego Costa widely linked. Eto’o, who has scored 12 goals this term, all at home, is out of contract at the end of the season and may also have played his final game for Chelsea as he suffered an injury in training on Friday after a recent knee problem. Mourinho and Chelsea have been working on the recruitment of a striker for some time. “We were preparing the long-term future and not just an immediate solution to try to help us for the rest of the season,” Mourinho said. “In the same way we bought two players in January and they were not eligible to play in the Champions League (Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah) and we said ‘no problem’ because we are preparing the team for the long term and not just for the immediate. “It is normal that we are going to bring a striker (in) now. It’s normal. It’s normal that we want to improve. “We have good strikers, we have good players, we are not in a desperate situation. “But it’s the normal evolution of the team. Every team wants to get the summer transfer window to improve and one area we want to improve – and we’ve made it very clear since December, January – that it’s the striker position. “We have three strikers in this moment. Normally one is coming, normally one is leaving. Calm, natural and logical.” Press Association “If he is in bed on Friday, I don’t think on Saturday he is coming in a condition to travel or to play.” Lampard is Chelsea’s record goalscorer, with 211 goals in 646 appearances since his 2001 move from West Ham. Asked to reflect on Lampard’s distinguished career at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho added: “Maybe in a few years he will have a statue where Peter Osgood is, by his side. He’s one of the biggest players (in the history) of this club.” Terry is also doubtful – with “a little thing” picked up on Thursday – but has begun negotiations over a possible new contract and his form this season suggests the Blues would like to keep the captain. England left-back Cole appears on the verge of an exit after being a peripheral figure this term. Mourinho, who will provide a report to the Chelsea hierarchy at the end of the campaign, was unable to provide an update on the futures of the trio. Asked if their Chelsea careers would end at the season’s conclusion, Mourinho said: “I don’t know. But I don’t think so. The club knows my opinion. The players know my opinion too.” Despite finishing the season without silverware – Chelsea’s first trophyless campaign since 2010-11 – Mourinho reflected on a “positive” return. last_img read more

WI vs Ind 1st Test Day 1 Review: Rahane’s rescue deny Windies a blazing…

first_imgImage Courtesy: India TVAdvertisement 9sNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3qvdpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Echkk5l1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b7uk2Would you ever consider trying this?😱tsmpneCan your students do this? 🌚8necyRoller skating! Powered by Firework West Indies and India kicked off their World Test Championship campaign in Antigua. The hosts were on top by rattling the Indian top order before Ajinkya Rahane came to the rescue, to even the honours.Advertisement Image Courtesy: India TVOpting to omit Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, and Wridhimann Saha, India had to bat first after the West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first.The opening partnership between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal did not last long as the latter fell to Kemar Roach. The speedster struck again to remove Cheteshwar Pujara as well before Shannon Gabriel got the better of Virat Kohli with some extra bounce to sweep out the famed Indian top order.Advertisement Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul saw out the rest of the session. Rahul, however, fell short of his fifty to give Roston Chase his only wicket so far. Hanuma Vihari stuck alongside Rahane to stabilize the innings through an 81-run stand for the fifth wicket. Vihari fell soon after scoring 32 while Rahane followed suit 5 overs later for a well made 81.The third session was cut short as a result of rain and at stumps, India are 203-6 with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja out in the middle.Advertisement Read Also:Shubman Gill reveals how Rahul Dravid changed his careerVirender Sehwag reckons Virat Kohli will outdo all of Sachin’s records except one Advertisementlast_img read more