Media death toll since start of war reaches 100

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en August 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media death toll since start of war reaches 100 December 16, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders voiced horror today as the toll of journalists killed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003 reached 100 with the discovery yesterday of the body of Adel Naji Al Mansouri, who was shot after being kidnapped in front of his Baghdad home the day before.“One hundred journalists and media assistants killed in three years is appalling,” the press freedom organisation said. “No armed conflict since the Second World War has been so deadly for the press. The Iraqi government must do everything possible to identify and punish those responsible for these atrocities. It is unacceptable that nothing has yet been done to shed light on these increasingly commonplace murders and that no measures have been taken to protect journalists in Iraq.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Our thoughts go out to the Mansouri’s family and employers and we assure them of our entire solidarity.”A 20-year-old Iraqi citizen, Mansouri was the Baghdad correspondent of the Iranian TV station Al Alam. He was kidnapped and then shot as he was returning to his home in the west Baghdad district of Al Amiriyah. He had moved his wife and daughter away from Baghdad after receiving death threats that were probably linked to his work as a journalist.Reporters Without Borders today also condemned an attack on Ali Al Yassi, a journalist with the Arabic-language satellite TV station Al Hurra, who was badly beaten by police yesterday in Baghdad.The organisation is investigating the cases of journalists Abdul Wahab Abdul Razeq Ahamad Al Qaisie and Riyad Atto, whose bodies were also found yesterday. The editor of the Iraqi magazine Kol al Dounia, Qaisie was kidnapped on 20 July. Atto was the editor of a newspaper based in Talafar, north of Baghdad.In addition to the 100 journalists and media assistants killed since 2003, two are missing and three others are currently held hostage. Reporters Without Borders voices its dismay at the murder of Adel Naji Al Mansouri, who was the 100th journalist to be killed since the start of the war. “This is an appalling toll,” the organisation says. “No armed conflict since the Second World War has been so deadly for the press. It is unacceptable that nothing has yet been done to shed light on these increasingly commonplace murders.” Help by sharing this information to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation Receive email alerts News News News Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

Stiemsma ineligible for remainder of season

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoFor the second time this week, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has lost a player due to academic ineligibility.Sophomore forward Greg Stiemsma was declared ineligible for the Spring semester, meaning he can participate in practice but cannot play in games or travel to road contests, the team announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon.”I’ve been dealing with depression which caused me to take a leave of absence from the team and also affected my academic performance,” Stiemsma said in the release. “That has resulted in me being academically ineligible this semester.”His announcement ended a week’s worth of speculation by the media and fans, who became optimistic when Stiemsma returned to practice after a short leave earlier this week. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s announcement was not the one they were looking for.”Obviously it’s something that he wanted to do, to get it off his chest, and now you move on,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “Things don’t always go the way we want them to. But we’ll deal with them, and we’ll get him help … that’s what we’re here for.”Though he cannot participate in games, Stiemsma said he would remain dedicated in helping his teammates prepare for upcoming contests.”I have taken steps to treat my depression and intend to work hard to resolve my academic issues. I look forward to competing in practice and helping my teammates in any way I can,” Stiemsma said. “I ask for understanding regarding my condition and appreciate the patience of everyone as I deal with it. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and the fans for their support.”Stiemsma played in 16 games this year for Wisconsin and was quickly becoming a high-energy defensive presence before originally taking a leave of absence from the team. He was averaging 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 block shots per game while playing more than 11 minutes per contest.”Stiemsma, he seemed to be really active and he played well in the games I saw [on tape},” Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. “It cuts down their rotation and what they can do.”Earlier in the week, freshman Marcus Landry announced that he was academically ineligible for the rest of the season.Redshirt freshman DeAaron Williams also left the team over the Winter Break.The loss of the Stiemsma and Landry leave the Badgers with just seven players who contributed substantial minutes every game over the first half of the year.Ryan, who has been known for sticking up for his players who get caught in sticky situations, wasted little time in sticking up for Stiemsma after Wednesday’s victory.”If a student athlete is going through a process, then it is absolutely in their best interest that they exhaust all options,” Ryan said. “Understand this, when these young men have issues, they are just like an employee in the state system. They have all the rights in the world to exhaust every option.”Go ahead, get on your high horses again and say I’m wrong. You can say I’m wrong, but I’ll tell you what, in this country and our society I am right. People have privacy issues and privacy rights, as a student-athlete.”last_img read more