Law on “extremism” criminalizes independent journalism

first_imgNews News May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is concerned about recent legislation’s impact on freedom of information in Belarus. A law on “combatting extremism” that took effect in 2007 has opened the way to new forms of censorship and self-censorship that are restricting the media’s already very limited freedom even more.“Either by means of convictions or, more indirectly, by imposing a climate of mistrust leading to self-censorship, the Belarusian authorities are achieving their goal of suppressing critical journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We point out that freedom of information is a fundamental right and that governments must guarantee it and ensure that it is respected. We urge the Belarusian authorities to reconsider their attitude towards independent media.”At the end of last month, the printing company Karandash refused an order from the local office of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the grounds that it was an “extremist” news organization, although there was nothing controversial about the subject of the order.As part of the celebration of a national holiday, RFE/RL wanted Karandash to print maps of a Minsk cemetery showing the locations of the graves of leading figures in Belarusian history. Karandash nonetheless suspected that the maps were designed to promote anti-government unrest.The case confirms the success of the measures taken by the government with the aim promoting mistrust and fear about independent journalism. The charge of extremism has often been used in recent years with serious consequences for media and publishing houses.The conviction of the organizers of the Belarus Press Photo competition and the publisher of its books of photos is a particularly striking example. On 18 April, a district court in Ashmyany, in the western region of Hrodna, ruled that a book containing the 2011 prizewinning photos was “extremist.”As a result, the court ordered 41 copies of the book destroyed and imposed fines of 217,500 roubles (20 euros) on the competition’s organizers – photographers Yulya Darashkevich and Vadim Zamirovski – and on the photographer who won the top prize, Alexander Vasyukovich.And finally, the Lohvinau Publishing House, which produced the 2011 Belarus Press Photo book of photos, was stripped of its licence by the judicial authorities at the information ministry’s request on October.The law on “combatting extremism,” which the House of Representatives passed on 14 December 2006 and President Alexander Lukashenko signed into law just three weeks later, on 4 January 2007, makes no bones about the fact that it is meant to be used for political and authoritarian ends.Organizing, preparing and carrying out activities that belittle the country’s honour and dignity, and activities inciting hooliganism and vandalism for political or ideological motives, are all defined as “extremist” by article 1 of the law.Articles 11 and 12 empower the prosecutor general to suspend activities he regards as extremist and then ask the supreme court to recognize their extremist nature, ban them and close the offices of the organization responsible. Article 14 bans the media from disseminating extremist material and provides for its destruction. All these articles have provided the authorities with a legislative weapon that they can use to pursue their goal of suppressing independent journalism with greater effect. to go further Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says (Photo : Belarusian Association of Journalists) November 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Law on “extremism” criminalizes independent journalism News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Dodgers thinks they can fix new reliever Tony Cingrani

first_imgATLANTA >> Tony Cingrani is upside down this season. The Dodgers think they can turn him right side up again.The veteran left-hander acquired from the Cincinnati Reds as part of the Dodgers’ deadline-day splurge has found it more difficult to retire left-handed batters than right-handers this season. Lefties are batting .293 (12 for 41) with four doubles and six home runs off Cingrani. Right-handers are batting .255 (13 for 51) with three doubles and three home runs.That goes strongly against his career-long trend. In five big-league seasons before this, Cingrani held left-handed hitters to a .208 average.“We’re pretty optimistic,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said. “He has pretty rare arm strength for a left-handed reliever, has had success in the past, has closed some, has been a starter. So we think he’s going to bring a lot of versatility to the ’pen. “The fastball plays up and the slider is above average but just hasn’t been used as much as it probably could,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, calling them “two potentially elite pitches.”Kershaw’s progressRoberts said Clayton Kershaw is progressing so well in his recovery from a lower back strain that the three-time Cy Young Award winner is already pushing to start throwing off a mound.“I know in talking to the training staff he’s more on the aggressive side, which is no surprise to us” Roberts said. “We’re trying to temper that.”That means throwing off a mound is “not going to happen quite yet. When that day is, I don’t know yet.” But Roberts said the fact that Kershaw is pushing to do more is “a good sign.”TV GuideThe Dodgers announced Thursday that an agreement has been reached to simulcast six more games on KTLA/5.The six additional broadcasts are all Tuesday games: Aug. 22 (from Pittsburgh), Aug. 29 (from Arizona), Sept. 5 (at home against the Diamondbacks), Sept. 12 (from San Francisco), Sept. 19 (from Philadelphia) and Sept. 26 (at home against the Padres).Rehab roundupVeteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez began his minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday. Gonzalez has not played since June 11 due to chronic problems with a pair of herniated discs in his back. Gonzalez (currently on the 60-day DL) said last week he expects to spend the full 20 days allowed for a rehab assignment either with the OKC Dodgers or Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.But he is not alone. Utilityman Rob Segedin also began a rehab assignment with Oklahoma City on Thursday. Segedin has been limited to 11 games this season (two with the Dodgers) by a foot injury and wrist surgery.Reliever Chris Hatcher is scheduled to join them and start his rehab assignment with the OKC Dodgers on Friday. Hatcher has been out since June 22 with thoracic inflammation.No rehab assignment is scheduled yet for right-hander Brandon McCarthy, according to Roberts. McCarthy has not pitched since July 20 because of a recurring blister problem on his pitching hand. Roberts indicated that issue has been resolved but McCarthy is “physically not synced up. He still feels mechanically that things aren’t where he needs them to be.”AlsoThe Dodgers were anticipating a 3 a.m. arrival in New York following their game in Atlanta on Thursday night. So right-hander Yu Darvish left the team and traveled ahead Thursday afternoon. Darvish is scheduled to make his Dodgers debut Friday night against the New York Mets.Right-hander Brock Stewart was returned to Triple-A in order to clear a roster spot for Cingrani’s addition. Stewart will continue to stretch out as a starter for the OKC Dodgers, Roberts said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “He’s obviously struggled a little against left-handed hitters this season but has had success in the past. We’re hoping with some tweaks in game-planning and sequencing he’ll get back to that level and be a real asset for us.”The Dodgers have done this before. Grant Dayton and Josh Fields are two examples of pitchers acquired for the potential the Dodgers’ analytics saw in them.In Cingrani’s case, that potential involves his slider.“Basically, the gist I got was use my slider more and use my fastball in different locations,” Cingrani said before getting the full briefing Thursday afternoon, his first day with his new team. “I don’t really know what they have for analytics. But I’m excited to see what they have because it’s pretty aggressive.”In simple terms, Cingrani’s slider has been more effective than his fastball throughout his career. It has produced a higher percentage of swings and misses than his fastball (15.2 percent compared to 10.9) and a lower batting average (.204 to .231). But he has not thrown it nearly as often. Cingrani has thrown his fastball (which is averaging 94.4 mph this season) 82 percent of the time during his career. Brooks Baseball shows that he has thrown only seven sliders this season.last_img read more