President George W. Bush urged to call for press freedom during his middle east visit

first_img United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Related documents Letter to G W. BushPDF – 124.76 KB May 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President George W. Bush urged to call for press freedom during his middle east visit Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders has written to US President George W. Bush urging him to raise the issue of censorship on his 13-18 May visit to counterparts in the Middle East. “It is essential that the United States, through its president, reminds its allies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel of the importance of the right to information and persuades them to increase the scope for free expression,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said in its 7 May letter. to go further Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more “ Reporters, bloggers, and citizen journalists are crucial witnesses to the events occurring throughout the region. A vigorous press capable of informing their people and of holding those in power accountable is crucial to the future of the peace talks and to the welfare of the entire region” said the organization’s Secretary-General Robert Ménard. In its letter, Reporters Without Borders urges the US president to press for the release of Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer, who was sentenced to four years in prison on 22 February 2007 for “inciting hatred of Islam” and “insulting President Hosni Mubarak” on his blog. A state of emergency declared in Egypt after the 1981 assassination of President Anwar al-Sadat is still in force and the authorities constantly harass journalists, often using the courts to bring the media to heel. Ibrahim Issa, editor of the independent weekly al Dustur, was sentenced to six months in prison on 26 March for publishing “false news, damaging the country’s interests and national security”. Live broadcasts have been banned on public television in Saudi Arabia since February 2008 to prevent viewers from airing their grievances. The country also has one of the world’s most filtered Internet networks. Moreover, without any legal framework to defend freedom of expression, Saudi journalists never challenge the government and self-censorship is the rule. The authorities control over the news led to the arrest of blogger Fuad al Farhan, on 10 December 2007, for discussing the “advantages and disadvantages” of being a Muslim on his blog. He has spent five months in prison for exercising his right to free expression online.The worldwide press freedom organisation also urged President Bush to seek more information about the circumstances of the death of Reuters cameraman Fadel Shanaa, killed in the Gaza Strip on 16 April in a “mistaken shooting” by an Israeli tank. “The Israeli Army must clearly identify those responsible for the shooting and punish them. Israeli soldiers, who are guilty of negligence or responsible for deliberately shooting at journalists, have been exonerated by superiors on several occasions in the past. These practices are unacceptable in a country that purports to apply democratic principles”, the organisation added.The Israeli Defence Forces feature on Reporters Without Borders’ list of press freedom ‘predators” released on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Several journalists are injured every year by real or rubber bullets, or by shards from stun grenades or teargas grenades fired indiscriminately by the Israeli Army. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel (outside Israeli territory) are ranked respectively 148th, 146th and 103rd on Reporters Without Borders worldwide Press Freedom Index which keeps a watch on a total of 169 countries. center_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders has written to US President George W. Bush urging him to raise the issue of censorship on his 13-18 May visit to counterparts in the Middle East and to obtain guarantees on freedom of information for their citizens.“We believe it is imperative that the United States of America, through its President, remind its key allies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel, of the importance of the right to inform and to be informed, and do everything it can to promote a greater freedom of expression in those countries,” the worldwide press freedom organization said in its May 7 letter. June 7, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more


Olympian Ashley Wagner claims she was sexually assaulted by figure skater John Coughlin

first_img Beau Lund Written by August 1, 2019 /Sports News – National Olympian Ashley Wagner claims she was sexually assaulted by figure skater John Coughlincenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDaniel Stark / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Olympian Ashley Wagner alleged she was sexually assaulted by late fellow figure skater John Coughlin when she was 17 and he was 22, claiming he went to her bed and groped her when she was asleep after a party with other athletes in Colorado.Wagner, now 28, came forward in a first-person essay and video piece for USA Today published Thursday, in which she said she “wrestled with using John’s name.”“But a name can shape so much of how my story is perceived,” Wagner wrote. “Without it, I know people will question my credibility.”Coughlin, a pairs champion and coach, killed himself in January, days after he was given an “interim suspension” by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an organization that monitors athlete safety in an effort to prevent abuse.Wagner went on to say her story was “not about a name.”“This is about the environment that allowed for that act to happen. I want the issue to feel real to people, and for them to understand the dynamics of my sport, where uncomfortable power imbalances thrive to this day,” Wagner wrote.SafeSport ended its investigation into Coughlin after his death, but said in a March statement it found evidence that figure skating has a culture “that allowed grooming and abuse to go unchecked for too long” and it “cannot be allowed to continue,” per ESPN.Additionally, former figure skater Craig Maurizi testified in Congress in 2018 that the U.S. Figure Skating Association treated him “with the same disdain, disrespect and disbelief” seen by victims of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar when he alleged sexual abuse by a coach in 1999, saying figure skating had the same problems with handling these allegations as gymnastics.U.S. Figure Skating did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Wagner said she felt compelled to come forward after a 13-year-old won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in late January, shortly after Coughlin’s death, leading Wagner to consider how many young girls and boys are in the sport and potentially vulnerable to abuse.“It was in that moment that I knew I had to come forward with my story. I want to make this sport safer for those kids,” Wagner wrote. “I went to U.S. Figure Skating and proposed changes to athlete education and wellness designed to keep these young skaters as safe as possible.”Wagner is not the first skater to publicly claim Coughlin assaulted her. In May, his former skating partner Bridget Namiotka, who is five years younger than Coughlin, claimed he sexually abused her for two years. Attorney John Manly, who represents multiple women who claim Coughlin abused them, confirmed to ESPN that he represents Namiotka.Wagner also posted about her story on Instagram on Thursday, writing, “I feel so strongly that people need to talk more about these experiences, that they need to have a bright light turned on the dark corners where they thrive. This happens all too often to both men and women, and we need to do better for our next generation.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more