Action call after “black day” for media freedom

first_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts Police sealed off Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, where the city’s demonstration took place, and helicopters were used to help block access.- Cameramen from Al-Baghdadiya and d’Al-Sharqiya were arrested while filming security forces firing assault weapons and using tear gas to disperse protesters. – A cameraman from the satellite TV station Faiha injured his hand when he was attacked by security forces.- Journalist Seif Al-Khayat was run over by a police car. – Police raided and searched the premises of the TV station Al-Diyar, which was covering the demonstrations from the roof of its building. Reporter Ali Al-’Ainbaki and nine technicians were arrested and the station went off the air. – Two journalists from the satellite TV station Al-Sumariya, Idris Jawad and Sanan Adnan, along with cameramen Satar Muhammed Abdul and Safa Hatem, were arrested after reporting on the protest. They were accused of participating in and helping to organise it and were held for several hours at the Al-Rusafa operations centre (eastern Baghdad).- Thaier Al-Sudani, a Reuters photographer, and Ahmad Al-Rubaie, of Agence France-Presse, were also arrested.- Cameraman Imed Hamed, of satellite TV station Al-Hurra, and his assistant Mustafa Kazem were arrested by riot police in Baghdad and their cameras and recordings seized. – After the demonstration, agents of the 11th intelligence police division burst into the Al-Taraf restaurant in central Baghdad and arrested four journalists – Hussam Serail (a reporter with Al-Sabah), Ali Abdul Sada (Al-Mada), Hadi Al-Mahdi (a presenter with Radio Demozy) and Ali Sumerian (of Al-Sabah). They were insulted and punched and then taken to division headquarters at the former defence ministry building. They were handcuffed, blindfolded, beaten and threatened for several hours before being released.In Karbala, Reuters correspondent Mushtaq Muhammad was hospitalised with serious head injuries after a policeman clubbed him while he filmed the protests. His camera was destroyed. The provincial chief minister apologised to him and the news agency after investigating the incident. The journalist called for an example to be made of the policeman to ensure such an incident did not happen again. Riot police in Karbala also beat and insulted crews from TV stations Afaq TV and Al-Salam TV and seized their recordings. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan March 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Action call after “black day” for media freedom February 15, 2021 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa center_img to go further Reporter Ahmed Hiyali, of Radio Sawa, was badly beaten by a special police unit in Mosul and prevented from covering the protests there. A colleague, Adel Sayegh, of the TV station Al-Salah A-Din, said Hiyali was repeatedly hit before being taken to the provincial assembly building.Soldiers confiscated cameras and recordings from several journalists covering the protests in Basra. Radio Dijla reporter Mohammed Al-Jabri was insulted and also beaten with a rifle butt. The journalist Muntazer Al-Zaidi, famous for throwing a shoe at US President George Bush in 2008, was arrested on 24 February while trying to hold a press conference in front of the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah neighbourhood. He was subsequently released.A total of 23 journalists jointly announced on 27 February they would boycott the offices of prime minister Nuri-Al-Maliki and the Baghdad military commander in protest against the violence against journalists by the security forces and their arbitrary attempts to prevent coverage of the demonstrations. In an open letter, they demanded official apologies and an immediate halt to attacks on the media. Gen. Qassem Atta, spokesman for the Baghdad military chief, duly apologised and said the attacks on freedom of expression were “unintentional.” In response to a question from a cameraman with the satellite TV station Turkmen Illy during a news conference yesterday, Prime Minister Maliki apologized to journalists for the violence used by the security forces and promised both sanctions and reforms.Mohammed Al-Hamdani, a correspondent for the satellite TV station Al-Itijah, was meanwhile killed in a suicide bombing in Ramadi, the capital of Al-Anbar province (110 km west of Baghdad) on 24 February. Ahmed Abdul Salam, a journalist working for the satellite TV station Al-Aan, was wounded by the same explosion. The bombing was at the House of Culture in the neighbourhood known as 17 Tammuz, where a religious festivity was being held. The overall toll was 14 dead and 23 wounded, including the journalists covering the event. Follow the news on Iraq December 28, 2020 Find out more News December 16, 2020 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders urged the Iraqi government today to allow journalists to do their job freely and to make every effort to ensure their physical safety after what it called “one of the blackest days for media freedom” in the country since US combat troops left last August.Journalists were “attacked and illegally and summarily arrested” by police and soldiers who were “supposed to protect them” during demonstrations to mark the 25 February “day of rage” in many cities, including Baghdad, Karbala, Mosul and Basra, the organisation’s secretary-general, Jean-François Julliard, said. He urged the government to investigate all the abuses and punish those responsible as a matter of course. The army had two days earlier banned the live televising of the Baghdad protest. 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Greece plans $5.9 billion investment to fund transition away from coal power by 2028

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Greece will spend 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion) to offset the impact of ditching coal in power generation by 2028 and cutting carbon emissions in line with European Union climate targets by 2050, a government official said on Wednesday. Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis told reporters the total will include state money, funds from the European Union and loans from the European Investment Bank The funds will be spent on infrastructure projects, subsidies to new businesses, and training, to help western Macedonia and Megalopoli in Southern Peloponnese switch to green energy, agriculture and tourism. Those regions are the main suppliers of the cheap and abundant lignite resources Greece has relied on for power generation for more than half a century.Greece’s conservative government, which took over last year, has pledged to switch off 80% of state utility Public Power Corp’s coal capacity by 2023 to reduce its carbon footprint.Hatzidakis also said that some 16 private investments in renewables and other activities are in the pipeline and are expected to help create more than 8,000 jobs in western Macedonia and Megalopoli. Greece will also consider tax incentives to new businesses in the affected areas to support local communities, he said.Investments include a plan by PPC to build solar parks in Western Macedonia with generating capacity of 2.3 gigawatts, and a 130 million euro solar power project by Hellenic Petroleum in the same region..PPC has already shut two coal units with a total capacity of 550 megawatts in Macedonia and will switch off the remaining 10 by 2023. Another plant it is building in Ptolemaida, northern Greece, will operate using coal until 2028, after which it will switch to a different fuel.[Angeliki Koutantou]More: Greece to spend five billion euros to phase out coal by 2028 Greece plans $5.9 billion investment to fund transition away from coal power by 2028last_img read more

Kazakhstan player gets approval to take over Caspian Explorer drilling vessel

first_imgThe Caspian Explorer is a drilling vessel capable drilling exploration wells to depths of up to 6,000 meters in extremely shallow water. Caspian Explorer; Source: Saipem The total costs after fit-out are believed to have been approximately $200 million. The belief that the Caspian Explorer was the only currently operational drilling vessel of its type capable of operating in water as shallow as 2.5 meters in the Caspian Sea led to its acquisition by the company. In an update on Wednesday, Caspian Sunrise said it had received all the required Kazakh regulatory and local shareholder approvals for the acquisition. Further, given the lead times and construction costs, the company did not expect a new competing drilling vessel to enter the market in the next few years. Caspian Sunrise revealed its plan to buy the Caspian Explorer for $25 million back in January 2020. In 2017, the Caspian Explorer was hired out to a KazMunaiGas / Indian state oil company joint venture for $28 million after costs and drilled one exploration well to a depth of 3.5 km. The vessel was conceived of by a consortium of Korean companies including KNOC, Samsung, and Daewoo Shipbuilding. It was assembled in the Ersay shipyard in Kazakhstan between 2010 and 2011 for a construction cost believed to be approximately $170 million. Furthermore, the relevant paperwork has been sent to the UAE to complete the required re-registration of ownership of the Caspian Explorer, following which the acquisition of the asset will complete. In 2018, it was hired out KazMunaiGas for up to $24 million drilling one exploration well to a depth of 1.8 km. The vessel did not operate in 2019. Caspian Sunrise, an oil and gas company with a focus on Kazakhstan, has received regulatory and shareholder approvals for the acquisition of the Caspian Explorer drilling vessel.last_img read more