Call for release of Kyrgyz journalist sentenced to four years in prison

first_img August 14, 2020 Find out more RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests Organisation September 14, 2017 – Updated on October 3, 2017 Call for release of Kyrgyz journalist sentenced to four years in prison News KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression to go furthercenter_img News October 9, 2020 Find out more August 26, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Update: At an appeal hearing in Bishkek on 29 September, a court reduced Kyrgyz journalist Zulpukar Sapanov’s sentence of four years in prison to a suspended two-year jail term and freed him at the end of the hearing. “We welcome the release of Zulpukar Sapanov, who should never have been imprisoned just for tackling the highly sensitive subject of religious pluralism in Kyrgyzstan,” Reporters Without Borders said.14.09.17: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Kyrgyz journalist Zulpukar Sapanov’s four-year jail sentence for allegedly “inciting hatred between religious faiths” in a book about pre-Islamic beliefs in Kyrgyzstan and calls for his conviction to be overturned on appeal.Although Kyrgyzstan boasts of being an island of free speech in Central Asia, a court in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, passed the sentence on 12 September. The judges said the book “downplays Islam’s role as a religion and fosters a negative attitude towards Muslims”. Entitled “Kydyr Sanzhyrasy,” the book describes itself as a detailed study of pre-Islamic beliefs and ancient pagan traditions among the Kyrgyz people. When published last year, it was fiercely denounced by Kyrgyz religious leaders, who regarded it as an internationally-inspired attempt to destabilize the country. It was at their request that Sapanov was placed under investigation on suspicion of violating article 299 of the criminal code. The investigation was carried out by the State Committee on National Security (GKNB), which searched his home in February. “Zulpukar Sapanov’s imprisonment sets a disturbing precedent for freedom of expression in Kyrgyzstan,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We condemn his conviction and call on the courts to release him without delay.” During the trial, Sapanov said the evaluations of his book by the independent expert commissioned by the court were not serious analyses. He has filed an appeal. Fear of “disturbing social peace” has been fuelled in Kyrgyzstan by various waves of violence, the latest of which left around 500 dead in the south of the country in 2010. As a result, inter-ethnic relations have long been the subject of a great deal of self-censorship. But Sapanov’s imprisonment has reinforced concerns about media freedom violations, which have been getting more and more frequent in the run-up to next month’s presidential election. Kyrgyzstan is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Newslast_img read more

‘Let’s have city spic-and-span for sporting weekend’

first_imgTwitter NewsLocal News‘Let’s have city spic-and-span for sporting weekend’By admin – October 18, 2010 556 Mayor Maria Byrne is rallying behind the campaign, and wants the city looking spic -and- span“Significant resources are invested in street cleaning in the city each year, and to complement this investment. I am asking all sectors of the community to display their civic pride and dispose of their litter correctly,” she said.“I am inviting the business community in particular to demonstrate their support of this anti litter initiative by cleaning up outside their own premises at 12 noon. “Thousands of visitors will be in Limerick over the October Bank Holiday weekend and it’s in all our interests to have our city looking its best.“Portraying a positive image will encourage visitors to return and the city council would like to thank the businesses who already regularly clean up outside their premises.“And remember; love Limerick, don’t litter”. WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Advertisement Cleanup planned for Tuesday, October 19AHEAD of the expected influx of 50,000 visitors to Limerick over the October Bank Holiday weekend, a ‘deep clean’ has been organised to ensure that the city is at its gleaming best.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On that weekend, the city will host the International Test Series between Ireland and Australia at the Gaelic Grounds, the official opening of the new Greyhound Stadium and Munster taking on Treviso at Thomond Park,as well as Shelbourne FC’s visit to Jackman Park, the city is expected to be particularly busy.With support from the city council who will add extra resources to its cleaning schedule, business are being encouraged to play their part for the initiative by cleaning outside their premises on the morning of Tuesday, October 19. Email Print Previous articleTwo charged with possession of over €170,000 of heroin for sale or supply in Limerick cityNext articleMunster top as Autumn International break looms adminlast_img read more

Michigan puts Big Ten baseball back on map at College World Series

first_imgThe 1953 and 1962 Michigan teams did, and they went on to win the next game en route to the national championship. The Wolverines have accounted for two of the Big Ten’s six baseball national championships, and for the moment this team has put the rest of the field on notice, even if there’s a long way to go.  The Big Ten might not be in this position often.  But Michigan looks comfortable in these surroundings. MORE: College World Series scores, bracket, TV schedule”I was pretty nervous,” Henry said on the ESPN telecast afterward. “For the first batter, my legs were shaking. I’m not going to lie. But you settle in, trust the guys behind you, trust your team, trust your coaches. Then you get comfortable out there.”  Henry looked comfortable, and so did his teammates. Christian Bullock made a leaping catch in the sixth inning; a catch in which half his hand was outside the glove. Second baseman Ako Thomas made a diving stop in the ninth inning to prevent a Seminoles’ rally.  Michigan looks comfortable on the College World Series stage – and considering it’s a Big Ten school that’s something worth taking stock in heading into the winner’s bracket final Thursday. Considering half of the field consisted of SEC teams, this is a win the conference should take.   This does not happen often. The Wolverines are making the 30th College World Series appearance by a school that currently plays in the Big Ten. Michigan became the first Big Ten team since Ohio State in 1966 to win its first two games in the winner’s bracket at the College World Series.  Here is a look at the short list of Big Ten teams to win their first two games at the College World Seres:  YEARSCHOOL1950Rutgers**1952Penn State**1953Michigan*1954Michigan State1956Minnesota*1957Penn State**1960Minnesota*1962Michigan*1964Minnesota*1965Ohio State1966Ohio State*2019Michigan*Denotes eventual national champion  **Denotes was not a Big Ten member at the time   Michigan, of course, is quickly becoming the story of this tournament after knocking off top seed UCLA in the Super Regionals. They have continued that momentum with victories against Texas Tech and Florida State at the College World Series, and they will be able to use Henry again at some point in the tournament. Program legends such as Jim Abbott have taken notice.  Absolute gem on the biggest of stages. This team man, this team. @umichbaseball #GoBlue— Jim Abbott (@jabbottum31) June 18, 2019​The Wolverines reached the College World Series five times between 1978-84, and they won four games through those appearances. The 1983 team that featured Barry Larkin and Chris Sabo made it to the semifinals. None of those teams won their first two games.  Michigan ace Tommy Henry made the headlines with a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory against Florida State in the second round of the College World Series on Monday.  Henry, who was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the No. 74 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, finished with 10 strikeouts, but afterward was quick to deflect the credit to his teammates.  last_img read more