By NAFB News Service – Mar 11, 2021 Previous articleEPA Considers Combining 2021-22 Biofuel Blending TargetsNext articleThe Hoosier Ag Today Podcast for March 12th, 2021 NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News World Pork Expo Slated to Return After Two Year Delay SHARE World Pork Expo is back on the schedule this year, following a two-year hiatus. The 2021 World Pork Expo will occur at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, June 9-11.NPPC President Jen Sorenson says, “We look forward to connecting with our fellow producers, business partners and others who contribute to our nation’s essential pork production system.”World Pork Expo in 2019 was canceled “out of an abundance of caution” as African swine fever spread at the time in foreign nations. The coronavirus pandemic forced cancelation of the event in 2020.NPPC will continue to monitor developments in COVID-19 guidelines for World Pork Expo to ensure the health and safety of all participants.Sorenson says, “A safe event is our number one priority,” adding, “We will implement appropriate precautionary measures to ensure a great experience.”Registration information will soon be available online for those who plan to attend the 2021 World Pork Expo. World Pork Expo Slated to Return After Two Year Delay
Stanford professor speaks as Green Honors Chair Caroline Klapphttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-klapp/ + posts Linkedin Caroline Klapp is a junior journalism major from Argyle, Texas. She currently serves as the academics editor. printThe polls for Mr. and Ms. TCU candidates closed last night on Org Sync.Forty nominees were listed, made up of 25 women and 15 men. These students were nominated from different organizations on campus. Students selected one woman and one man to be in the running for the 10 finalist positions.The top five men and women will be announced today. These finalists will participate in a 20-minute interview led by a panel of TCU faculty, staff and alumni, said Homecoming coordinator Ali Stowe.“These judges review the candidates’ contribution to the TCU community, what they have learned from their time at TCU, and their ability to serve as an ambassador of the university,” Stowe said.Aside from the student vote, the Mr. and Ms. TCU selection process has other components. Part one of the process narrows down the list of 40 to 10 finalists. Candidates are scored 25 percent on their resume, 25 percent on a short essay, and 50 percent based on student vote.For part two, the winners will be selected based on a 50 percent score from the part one components and the other 50 percent from the upcoming interviews.“Mr. and Ms. TCU can articulate how TCU and the Horned Frog family has shaped them as a person, a student and leader,” Stowe said. “They have a deep love for the university and demonstrate a successful pursuit of their passions and goals.”Mr. and Ms. TCU will be announced at the homecoming game on Oct. 3. Twitter TCU students teach dance through TCU Tadpoles Student publishes children’s book, “The Howard Gardner Zoo” Caroline Klapp Caroline Klapphttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-klapp/ Facebook Linkedin The finalists for Mr. and Ms. TCU 2014 pose for a picture with winners Cody Westphal and Larissa Bogle. Previous articleTCU welcomes SMU in quest to keep the Iron SkilletNext article‘A bike stolen every day’: TCU’s recent rise in bike thefts Caroline Klapp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Caroline Klapphttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-klapp/ Caroline Klapphttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-klapp/ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitter ReddIt ReddIt Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Dee J. Kelly Sr. remembered at reception TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer
ReddIt ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleMike Posner to headline fall concertNext articleKaVontae Turpin earns Big 12 conference honor for second consecutive week Kristen Clarke RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSphotos Kristen Clarke Facebook printFor the first time in more than 10 years, TCU’s incoming class is less than 60 percent female.The Class of 2020 is 59 percent female and 41 percent male.“For several years we have not been able to crack that mark,” said Heath Einstein, director of freshman admission.The percentage of first-year males has ranged from a high of 47 percent in 1983 to a low of 37 percent in 2003, according to the TCU Fact Book.U.S. News ranked TCU as the No. 2 most selective college in Texas in its 2015 National University Rankings. Rice University is No. 1.Incoming students touring the campus. (Photo courtesy of TCU Student Development Services)In 2012, the Office of Admission created a “BROchure” in an attempt to recruit male students.Einstein said women tend to go to college at a higher rate than men — on the national level, 11.7 million women will be in college in 2016, compared to 8.8 million men. But men transfer into TCU at a higher rate due to the university’s military program.The TCU class of 2020 set records in other areas as well. It includes the highest percentage of underrepresented minorities. The test scores are among the highest the university has seen in years.“Their behavior and genuine attitudes during orientation and through the school year so far has been stellar,” said Will Benish, orientation leader. “Their attitude coming into the school year was far stronger than the past two classes I have seen enter their first years.”Einstein said that the addition of the TCU/UNT medical school in the fall of 2018 may help the gender ratio in the future. Former wide receiver launches clothing line on TCU’s Pro Day There’s a new Horned Frog in town Website| + posts Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Twitter Facebook Defender first TCU soccer player be drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League Linkedin Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter TCU begins $2M renovation to surface of football practice field Kristen Clarke is a senior studying sports & broadcast journalism from Barrington, Illinois. She is a member of the TCU Cheerleading team.
Paige Megyesihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paige-megyesi/ printElection season is back in the Lone Star State! Democrats gained momentum Tuesday with increased voter turnout from the last primaries four years ago, while Republicans saw little change in turnout.More than 20,000 additional ballots were cast for Democratic candidates in the Tarrant County primaries this year than in 2014. About 10,000 more ballots were cast during early voting for Democratic candidates compared to early voting in 2014. Total early voter turnout for Democratic and Republican candidates rose from 64,267 in 2014 to 80,345 in 2018.Voter turnout for the Democratic party was the highest it’s been in years, as 1,037,799 Democratic voters cast a ballot for the U.S. Senate Seat alone. During the 2014 primary, Democrats only had a turnout of 560,033 voters in total, according to information from the Secretary of State’s office.Data from Texas Secretary of State.Tarrant County voters at Tanglewood Elementary shared their thoughts about the importance of voting in local, as well as presidential, elections.Tuesday’s primaries determined the candidate each party will be putting on the ballot for the midterms this year.A runoff election in May will determine the candidates who do not receive at least 51 percent of votes in the primary election. This year the Democratic candidates for Texas governor will have a runoff election in May.Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez led the charge for Texas governor with more votes than the other eight candidates, but not enough to hold a majority.Election March 6Venngage InfographicsIn the much-anticipated Senate seat showdown: El Paso Representative Beto O’Rourke, who has been actively campaigning and fundraising in Texas with his “Beers with Beto” events, handily won the Democratic primary. Twitter Paige Megyesihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paige-megyesi/ Linkedin $400 million to help improve Fort Worth over the next 5 years He received 60.65 percent of the Democratic vote Tuesday and will be challenging the incumbent Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who received 82.6 percent of the Republican vote.Two local Fort Worth residents, Shawn and Elaine Tubre, said they were very excited about O’Rourke’s chances in the November midterm“Beto O’Rourke has the best chance now, more than he’s ever had,” Shawn said. “Our fingers our crossed for 2018.”For longtime resident and TCU Alumnus Jeff Boggess, it was more about not Cruz than excitement for O’Rourke.“Mr. Cruz did not get my vote today,” Boggess said. “To quote the former speaker of the House of Representatives, ‘Mr. Cruz is Satan in the flesh.’ It doesn’t get more succinct then that!”Cruz is already in campaign mode taking an opening shot against O’Rourke in his new radio ad which features the song “If you’re gonna run in Texas” and takes a shot at O’Rourke’s nickname Beto, which is short for Robert. (And if this is just the opening, well we’re sure excited to see how this campaign shapes up.)Now Midterm elections aren’t until November, where the U.S. House and one-third of the U.S. Senate will go up for election, but Democrats are likely happy to see the rise in their parties turnout for this primary as an indicator of what’s to come across the country. Linkedin ReddIt + posts Griffin Conboy and Kayley Ryan contributed to this report. Paige Megyesihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paige-megyesi/ Facebook What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit ReddIt Previous articleNo. 7 TCU baseball win 7-2 in Schlossnagle’s 700th career victoryNext articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie Ep. One: A New Era Paige Megyesi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU student lobbies Texas congressional delegation for foreign aid Paige Megyesi is a theatre and journalism double major at Texas Christian University, class of 2019. She is from a small town in eastern Texas, but Fort Worth feels like home. With the little free time she has, she loves to spend her time relaxing in Sherley Hall with her residents and fellow staff members. Bipartisan house group proposes latest plan for DACA reform as deadline moves closer Facebook Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Paige Megyesi Primary election shows surge in voters for Democratic candidates “Pirates of the Caribbean,” one of the most popular movies today, may have taken the world by storm, but there’s another kind of pirating that has everyone from college students to studio executives scrambling to their lawyers.Instead of flashy jewelry, gaudy clothes and an eye patch to match, the weapons of choice for today’s pirates are a laptop and file-sharing program, like Kazaa or LimeWire. Peer-to-peer file sharing has become wildly popular since the first days of Napster. Twitter Paige Megyesihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paige-megyesi/
TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter ReddIt Tim Dalyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tim-daly/ Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Previous articleMen’s tennis continues sweep streak with win over SMUNext articleStrong defense leads women’s basketball to victory over Oklahoma State Tim Daly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fort Worth Zoo re-opens with new protocols Twitter Tim Daly Drop in undecided voters could help with accuracy of presidential polling Tim Dalyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tim-daly/ Tim Daly is a sports broadcasting major and journalism minor from San Diego, California. He is one of the voices of “The Cheap Seats” which can be heard on KTCU. In-N-Out is way better than Whataburger and the Padres are going to be the 2020 World Series champs, you heard it here first. Tim Dalyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tim-daly/ Linkedin + posts Facebook ReddIt Women’s golf ready to take on the spring Women’s golf sees rough start to season in Puerto Rico Facebook Tim Dalyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tim-daly/ Greta Bruner tied a TCU women’s golf record in The Woodlands (photo from gofrogs.com) printGreta Bruner will make her first appearance of the spring for TCU. Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com.TCU women’s golf returns to action Monday at The Woodlands Country Club in the ICON Invitational. The tournament is a familiar one for the Frogs who are participating in it for the fourth straight season. Last year, the team finished fourth, just five strokes behind first-place Houston.The competition is TCU’s first since their 12th place finish in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic Feb. 11-13. “Coming off of the offseason and into the first event we weren’t that sharp in any of the areas,” head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin said.Larkin said the team has been focusing on mental toughnessand is excited to see the adjustments they have made in the week of practicesince getting back from Puerto Rico. “I’m looking forward to getting back into our game, gettingback into our process,” said Larkin. “Just being present and really justfocusing on this tournament and that one day, not the end and not the next onebut really just being together.”The Horned Frogs will feature one change in the lineup from the team they sent to Puerto Rico. Senior Greta Bruner will replace junior Grace Do, while Jennie Park, Sabrina Iqbal, Valeria Pacheco and Trinity King will all make their second appearance of the spring. For Bruner, the tournament will be a homecoming, as the Woodlands Country Club is under a 30-minute drive from her hometown of Conroe. Live stats for the ICON Invitational can be found on Golfstat.com. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award
Facebook Amanda Vasquez Twitter Amanda Vasquezhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/amanda-vasquez/ Amanda Vasquezhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/amanda-vasquez/ Linkedin Hermès and scarves: A look at one of the most unique combinations in the west World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt A non-traditional classroom set up in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom. (Amanda Vasquez/TCU 360) Twitter Amanda Vasquezhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/amanda-vasquez/ Amanda Vasquezhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/amanda-vasquez/ Boschini responds to faculty criticism over recent interview + posts What we’re reading: Request to sequester denied in Chauvin trial, Michigan’s COVID-19 cases rise Facebook Linkedin printCOVID-19 has prompted TCU to reconsider what makes a classroom. With social distancing guidelines limiting the numbers of students who can be in a room, large spaces in buildings such as the Brown-Lupton University Union and the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center have become classrooms. “These spaces have been mapped for physical distancing and equipped with the furniture and technology that you would expect in a traditional classroom,” said Dr. Sandra R. Callaghan, an associate professor of accounting.On April 1, Vice Provost Susan Weeks announced TCU will hold some in-person classes in non-traditional classroom settings next fall.Read more: Changes in COVID-19 guidelines, upcoming Board of Trustees meeting discussed with Faculty SenateAs of right now, the CDC has changed social distancing guidelines from six feet of social distancing to three feet. TCU will continue to monitor these changes and adjust classroom capacities as needed. Here are the current guidelines:95% capacity – six feet physical distancing 98% capacity – three feet physical distancing100% capacity – no physical distancingOnce the recommendation is made, TCU will adjust accordingly.“In the fall, we will add additional non-traditional spaces to increase the number of classroom seats available for as long as physical distancing remains part of our COVID protocol,” said Callaghan.Non-traditional classroom set up in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center (Amanda Vasquez/ TCU 360)Elaine Wagstaff, clinical educator in the speech-language pathology department, has enjoyed teaching in the Kelly Center this semester.“This semester has been easy because of Cheryl Cobb and her student workers making sure we have the technology support we need,” said Wagstaff. “They have made us feel welcome and gone above and beyond to make sure we are set up for our class.”The only difficulty Wagstaff has encountered this semester has been teaching some of her students over Zoom and some online components.“That has been the biggest challenge for me this semester, adjusting to teaching more than one audience at the same time,” said Wagstaff. “The challenge for me has been the ‘new’ classroom with the Zoom component and modifying my assignments and tests to all online [and] D2L.”She also felt the new setup accommodated her class and followed social distancing sufficiently. The only difficulty, the technology, was quickly tended to by the technical support team.“They brought desks (more like small dining room tables) for each student so they are spaced out and room to spread out in their own space,” said Wagstaff. “The Kelly Center is set up for presentations so the technology was just new to me. But again Cheryl and her student assistant Sam have been so helpful.”TCU vaccinationsVolunteers at the TCU vaccination site (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)As of April 13, 8,079 students, faculty and staff members have requested the vaccine and 4,471 have been vaccinated. TCU’s Connected Campus has been tracking the reservations and vaccinated TCU community members.Chancellor Victor Boschini announced TCU currently has no plans to require students to be vaccinated next fall, but will keep track of other universities to see what their plans are for next year. What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Previous articleTCU Theatre looks forward to second-weekend performances of Children of EdenNext articleWhat we’re reading: Biden to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Chauvin chooses not to testify Amanda Vasquez RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025
News Zaman had backed the Gülen Movement and had been very critical of the government for several years until placed under judicial control in March, when police stormed its headquarters and all of its employees were immediately fired. Thereafter, it adopted a pro-government editorial policy, lost most of its readers and ended up being closed down. Organisation Credit: Adem Altan / AFP to go further Help by sharing this information In both cases, no hard evidence was ever produced and the journalists ended up being released after long periods of provisional detention, in some cases lasting more than four years. July 27, 2016 RSF condemns “witchhunt” against journalists in Turkey Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Warrants for the arrest of 42 journalists had already been issued as part of the investigation into the Gülen Movement. The score of already detained journalists include the columnist Şahin Alpay, former Zaman editorial writer Nuriye Akman, well-known TV presenter Nazlı Ilıcak and former Hürriyet journalist Bülent Mumay. “We regret having to reiterate that criticizing the government and working for media outlets that support the Gülen Movement do not constitute evidence of involvement in the failed coup. If the authorities cannot produce more credible evidence, they are guilty of persecuting people for their opinions and that is unacceptable.” Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe In December 2011, 36 media workers were arrested as part of an investigation into the banned Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK).Many other journalists were placed in detention from 2008 to 2013 on suspicion of being part of an alleged ultra-nationalist network called “Ergenekon.” News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Many precedents show that Turkey’s judicial authorities often work on the basis of ideological association, accusing journalists of belonging to an armed organization if it can be claimed that their views resemble the positions espoused by the organization. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the purge against Turkey’s news media, which continues to assume increasingly alarming proportions ten days after an abortive coup d’état. At dawn today, the anti-terrorism police added 47 new names to the already long list of wanted journalists April 2, 2021 Find out more “It is hard to believe that these increasingly extensive roundups are being carried out with the sole legitimate aim of unmasking those behind the coup and their accomplices,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. RSF_en News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News April 2, 2021 Find out more The new wanted notices were issued on the basis of arrest warrants authorized by an Istanbul prosecutor. Those named (complete list here) are former employees of Zaman, a daily that used to support the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, whose followers are now accused of being behind the coup attempt.
Receive email alerts News News Called the Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015, it is clearly designed to increase censorship of radio and TV programmes, which are already subject to close control.Consisting of a series of very restrictive provisions, the code combines rules of a professional ethical nature with other rules that limit the ability of journalists to comment on or criticize Islam, the judicial authorities and the armed forces.When deemed necessary, the media will also have to replace live broadcasting with delayed broadcasting to permit the removal of content that violates the directives. The code does not provide the media with a list of subjects that cannot be broadcast live, leaving it to them to decide what should be censored.As the new code does not explicitly mention sanctions, Pakistani journalists – who were at no time consulted during its drafting – fear that this omission could lead to completely arbitrary reprisals similar to those taken against Geo TV and its journalists.“The imposition of such a draconian code is unacceptable as it leaves a permanent threat hanging over Pakistan’s radio and TV stations,” said Christophe Deloire secretary-general Christophe Deloire.“The vague and imprecise character of some of the code’s provisions opens the way to drastic self-censorship by the Pakistani media on anything to do with Islam and other religions, and other matters that are fundamental to Pakistani society. The only leeway allowed to Pakistan’s journalists is in the selection of the content to be censored.”This rag-bag code, which also aims to protect minors and restrict incitement to violence, includes provisions that allow the authorities to censor any content that attacks “Islamic values, ideology of Pakistan or founding fathers of the nation” (article 3.1.a) or “derogatory remarks about any religion” (article 3.1.d).These concepts are vague and therefore dangerous. The same goes for the provision calling on the media not to cast “aspersions against the judiciary or armed forces” (article 3.1.j).The code also restricts coverage of “ongoing security operations” (article 8.8) or reporting the “number of victims” (article 8.7) during security or rescue operations unless previously authorized. The media must also “ensure that coverage of the activities in conflict zones are carried out in accordance with the guidelines issued by the concerned law enforcement agencies” (article 8.10).Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the restrictive nature of a new code of conduct for radio and TV stations that was drafted by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), an information ministry offshoot, and took effect on 20 August. RSF_en to go further April 21, 2021 Find out more September 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New code of conduct lets Pakistani journalists … censor themselves Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News PakistanAsia – Pacific News January 28, 2021 Find out more
Organisation News Abdirisak Shek Adun, the head of independent radio station Somalia TV Network (STN), and his editor in chief, Awale Jama, were freed on 12 July as a result of a decision by the president of the autonomous territory of Puntland, Gen. Adde Muse, to pardon 50 detainees being held in Bossasso’s main prison.Adun was hospitalised following his release, while STN was able to resume broadcasting. Abdi Farah Nur, the editor of the newspaper Shacab, was meanwhile released on 5 July after more than two weeks in prison. But the government’s closure of his newspaper remains in force.______________________________________________07.07.05 Two broadcast journalists held illegally since 30 June Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arbitrary detention of Abdirisak Shek Adun, the head of the Somalia TV Network (STN), and Awale Jama, the station’s editor in chief, since 30 June in Bossasso, in the autonomous northeastern region of Puntland. They were arrested after the station interviewed a mayoral candidate.Their imprisonment is illegal as they were not brought before a judge within 48 hours as required by Puntland’s laws, the press freedom organisation pointed out.”We consider it completely unacceptable that interviewing a politician results in imprisonment and we call on Puntland’s judicial authorities to let journalists work freely,” Reporters Without Borders added.The deputy police chief said the two detained journalists reported false information. The authorities temporarily closed STN’s premises, forcing the radio and TV station to suspend broadcasting until 3 July. The Somali Journalist Network (SOJON) said Adun was in poor health.Abdi Farah Nur, the editor of the independent weekly Shacab, is meanwhile still being held. He was arrested on 19 June for publishing articles critical of the Puntland authorities. News to go further RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region SomaliaAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out more July 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three journalists freed but newspaper stays shut News Help by sharing this information Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Receive email alerts Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists SomaliaAfrica March 2, 2021 Find out more News January 8, 2021 Find out more
The Russian parliament (the Duma) passed on a third reading on 13 November an amendment to the anti-terrorist law sharply curbing press freedom by banning the media from putting out news that “hindered an anti-terrorist operation” or was “opposition propaganda against an operation or an attempt to justify such opposition.” Its vague terms gave the government power to prosecute any journalist or media outlet reporting on terrorism or the war in Chechnya. November 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Putin demands revision of anti-terrorist law June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News ______22.11.2002 – Foreign media under censorship pressure for Chechnya reportingReporters Without Borders protested strongly today at two attempts by the Russian authorities to censor foreign media covering the fighting in Chechnya and Russian “anti-terrorist operations.””In the space of just a few weeks, Russia has sunk into straight censorship,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to President Vladimir Putin. “Parliament adopted an anti-terrorist law allowing prosecution of any journalist who reports on the Chechnya situation, several media have been penalised for their coverage of the recent Moscow theatre hostage-taking, and now the authorities are criticising and censoring the foreign media for reporting on Chechnya.””We ask you to veto the amendments to the anti-terrorist law and put an end to the pressure being exerted on the Russian and foreign media for their Chechnya coverage,” he said.At an airport in Ingushetia on 20 November, Russian security agents seized four cassettes of footage about Chechen refugees from Hans-Wilhelm Steinfeld, Moscow correspondent for the Norwegian public TV station NRK. The film was later returned to him, but two of the cassettes had been partly erased.The Russian embassy in Germany wrote on 13 November to Fritz Pleitgen, head of the German public TV station ARD, complaining about German media coverage of the Moscow hostage-taking, especially by ARD, whose reporting he called “shocking, totally unacceptable and disgraceful for a public institution.””The biased editing” and “choice of disgusting words” in the reports raised doubts about Moscow’s determination to reach a political solution to the conflict, the letter said, suggesting that the Russian authorities might not cooperate with ARD. to go further News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Belarus President Vladimir Putin vetoed an amendment on 25 November to theanti-terrorist law severely restricting press freedom. He asked the twohouses of parliament to set up a joint committee to revise the amendment,which would ban the media from putting out news that “hindered ananti-terrorist operation” or was “opposition propaganda against anoperation or an attempt to justify such opposition.” RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 28, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out more