Iraqi journalist abducted from her home in Baghdad

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Women Page Facebook d’Afrah Shawqi December 27, 2016 – Updated on December 29, 2016 Iraqi journalist abducted from her home in Baghdad Receive email alerts RSF_en News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Women RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”center_img The family of journalist Afrah Shawqi told Ziyad al-Ajeeli, the head of the Baghdad-based Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, that she was abducted from her home in the southwestern district of Saidiya at around 10 p.m. by eight armed men in civilian dress who claimed to be members of the security forces.The gunmen carried handcuffed her 16-year-old son, and ransacked her home, taking mobile phones, computers, jewels and cash, Ajeeli said. As they left with Shawqi, they also took her car. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued a communiqué condemning her abduction and ordering the security forces to “do the utmost to protect her, find her and capture the group or groups responsible.”“We are extremely concerned and firmly condemn this abduction,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “We urge the prime minister to keep his word to do everything possible to find Afrah Shawqi and those responsible for taking her. We also point out that the government has a duty to improve the safety of journalists in Iraq.”Iraqi journalists staged several demonstrations today in support of their kidnapped colleague.Saad al-Massoudi, Al Arabiya’s Paris correspondent, said Shawqi’s professionalism as a journalist was widely recognized: “Her articles often draw attention to the problems in Iraqi society and the corruption, and she is not scared to tackle the sensitive subjects that concern Iraqis”.Shawqi writes for many newspapers and websites including Aklaam (which means “Pens” in Arabic). It was on Aklaam that she posted an article yesterday criticizing how gangs and armed groups are able to operate with complete impunity in Iraq.Shawqi, aged 38, is also head of women’s affairs for the Iraqi culture ministry and is active in the defence of human rights.Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, with a total of seven killed in 2016, according to RSF’s latest annual round-up. It is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News News December 16, 2020 Find out more News December 28, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about Afrah Shawqi, a journalist who was kidnapped in Baghdad last night, and calls on the Iraqi authorities to do everything in their power to find her as soon as possible. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation last_img read more

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Crispy seabass with crushed new potatoes and asparagus puree

first_img Previous article‘George Kimball touched the hearts of his Southill family’ – Fr Joe YoungNext articleFor the love of ‘Sausages’ admin This dish is light but packed full of flavour and the light asparagus puree acts as a sauce to compliment the fish and rich potatoes.What you needGreat quality new potatoes, seasoning and butter, seabass fillets, rock salt, asparagus, tomatoes and a dash of sherry vinegar, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up What to doSteam the new potatoes and crush them with a fork when cooked and add seasoning and a knob of butter. Meantime slow cook the tomatoes, seasoning, oil and both vinegars in a pot until the reduce to a pulp. Cook asparagus to done and puree then pass through fine sieve. Pan fry the seasoned seabass fillets and serve on top of crushed new potatoes with puree and reduced tomatoes. Twitter NewsCrispy seabass with crushed new potatoes and asparagus pureeBy admin – August 18, 2011 614 Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Printlast_img read more

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PREMIUM‘The street is a blank canvas’: Street artists brighten up local communities in Jakarta

first_imgNestled under a busy road in Central Jakarta, giant and vibrant murals greet passersby at the Kendal tunnel near the Dukuh Atas MRT station.Anyone walking through the tunnel can enjoy a mural painting of a black and white “squid” monster figure with bulging eyes and teeth-like tentacles alongside an orange-blue majestic roaring lion on the walls.Created in July 2019 and initiated by the Jakarta administration, the mural was created by a Indonesian street artist who goes by the nickname Darbotz and Snyder, a German street to represent the 25 years of friendship between sister cities Berlin and Jakarta.The 39-square-meter wall at the tunnel is also painted with other murals that pay homage to old-school public transportation services in Jakarta, such as the three-wheeler bajaj (motorized pedicab) and the medium-sized Metro Mini bus, the popularity of which has start… Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Forgot Password ? Google street-art graffiti-art artists Jakarta-administration public-space Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more

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MLAX : SU freshman Lecky likely out for season with wrist injury

first_imgJovan Miller saw promise in Hakeem Lecky.Miller planned on taking the young midfielder under his wing. Talk him through some of the struggles a freshman may face playing on a college team, albeit a No. 1-ranked college team. But Miller wasn’t expecting to have to talk him through what Lecky now faces: an injury that will keep the freshman sidelined for most, if not all, of the season.‘I’ve been talking to him, he’s in positive sprits about it,’ Miller said. ‘He definitely did want to play with our senior class. … It’s disheartening.’Lecky stood out among Syracuse’s large group of freshmen, impressing his teammates and coaches with his all-around lacrosse abilities. So much so that there was going to be plenty of playing time for Lecky, a chance to play with a senior class motivated for a shot at a third national championship. On Jan. 19, though, Lecky’s playing time ended for the foreseeable future when he suffered an injury to his left wrist that required surgery.Lecky’s future went from the turf to the sidelines.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLecky was going to be playing alongside the team’s experienced midfielders. He would’ve gotten the chance to take the field with seniors Josh Amidon, Jeff Gilbert, Jeremy Thompson and Miller. As far as Miller was concerned, Lecky deserved the opportunity, even if Lecky hadn’t seen one minute in a collegiate game.‘He’s very coachable, but he has raw talent,’ Miller said. ‘He has a lot of things you can’t teach. But he’s very coachable, and he was learning things pretty fast.’Lecky’s speed and athleticism fit in well with the Orange’s offense. Freshman or not, Lecky’s playing time was solidified. And next season, when those four seniors are gone, Lecky could’ve put his freshman playing time to good use. At midfield, Lecky would have been the experienced one.SU head coach John Desko said Lecky didn’t have a definitive role, only that he would have been on one of the midfields. Now that he’s out, he will likely be replaced by someone with two or three years of experience. That only shows how much Lecky’s talent impressed Desko in the preseason.‘We’ve got enough depth at midfield where we didn’t have to rely on a freshman,’ Desko said. ‘He was one guy that had stepped up with his great athletic ability.’It’s also that athletic ability that made him a nationally ranked high school and prep school player. Lecky was rated the 30th overall prospect by Inside Lacrosse in 2009 and was an Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse All-American at Duxbury High School in Massachusetts. He attended Avon Old Farms School for one year prior to Syracuse, where he helped lead his team to a 15-3 record.Lecky’s loss for the season is one Syracuse can make up for. There are plenty of players to help fill the void.But not having Lecky will still be a loss felt on the field.‘We could use him on certain sets. He’s very athletic, so he could definitely clear the ball, too,’ SU attack JoJo Marasco said. ‘He’s just another player we could use on the field, so not to have him right now kind of hurts.’Lecky’s injury will, in all likelihood, keep him out for the entire season. If he returns at all, it will only be for a few games toward the end of the season. Desko said it would be up to Lecky to decide if he wants to use an entire year of eligibility to only play in a couple of games.Whether he returns this season for a couple of games or at the start of next year, Lecky’s going to be a key part of Syracuse’s midfield. Miller’s going to have to get Lecky through the disappointment of not being ready for this season, but he already seems to know what to say.‘It’s a big loss for us,’ Miller said. ‘But everything happens for a reason.’[email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

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