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Crackdown on media continues

first_img Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Help by sharing this information Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News News The offices of the Lanka-e-News website were also surrounded by the police. The authorities today rescinded Swiss journalist Karin Wenger’s deportation order. Wenger, who covered the presidential election for Swiss public radio station DRS, had received a letter from the immigration department ordering her to leave the country by tomorrow. AFP quoted a government spokesman as saying the order was issued on the basis of “false information.”—————-29 January 2010 – President Rajapaksa urged to halt post-election crackdown on mediaTwo days after he was declared the winner of this week’s election, Reporters Without Borders appealed today to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to put a stop to arrests and intimidation of journalists working for privately-owned and foreign media.“This wave of post-election violence could cast a lasting stain on the start of President Rajapaksa’s second term and bodes ill for the political climate during the coming years,” said Reporters Without Borders, which highlighted an increase in election violence and censorship in countries such as Iran and Tunisia in its latest press freedom roundup.Reporters Without Borders also reminds the president of the statements in support of press freedom that he has made on many occasions, including a meeting with a Reporters Without Borders representative in October 2008.“It is quite normal for journalists and privately-owned media to side with a candidate before and during a democratic election but it is unacceptable for them to the victims of reprisals once the elections are over,” the press freedom organisation added.Police and unidentified groups have been targeting the media, especially media that supported the leading opposition candidate, Gen. Sarath Fonseka, every since the announcement of the result, which some opposition sectors including Fonseka are disputing. Sri Lanka’s five main journalists’ organisations have issued a joint statement condemning the “post-election media suppression.”The following serious press freedom violations have been reported:1. Police today arrested Chandana Sirimalwatta, the editor of Lanka, a newspaper that supports the JVP opposition party, after he responded to a summons for questioning about an article published on 26 January. The president’s brother, defence minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, threatened to burn the newspaper down a few days ago.2. Plain-clothes men using a car with the license plate 32/ 84 32 placed seals yesterday evening over the entrance to the office of the Lankaenews website. Men searched the office earlier in the day. The website itself has been rendered inaccessible for the past few days by the state telecommunications company Sri Lanka Telecom.3. In an interview for the Colombo-based Daily Mirror newspaper yesterday, Tamil government minister Douglas Devananda threatened the Jaffna-based newspaper Uthayan with unspecified reprisals.4. Reporter Karin Wenger of the Swiss public radio station DRS is facing possible deportation on 1 February following the withdrawal of her press accreditation. “I had a visa and accreditation that were valid for the election,” she told Reporters Without Borders. “I think this decision is linked to the questions I asked an official during a news conference after the results were announced.” A presidential adviser referred to her insultingly as a “white skin.”5. Ravi Abewikrama, a reporter with state radio broadcaster SLBC was attacked yesterday by one of the station’s officials for criticising the biased election coverage imposed by the head of the station.6. Soldiers took up position on 26 January around and inside the buildings that house two privately-owned TV stations, Sirasa and Swarnavahini, in Colombo.7. Soldiers roughed up photographers working for foreign news agencies when they tried to attend a news conference given by Gen. Fonseka yesterday. One was forced to delete the photos on his camera’s memory card. Soldiers also prevented journalists from working freely near a hotel being used by Fonseka the previous day.Reporters Without Borders finally also urges President Rajapaksa to assign more police officers to the search for political reporter and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda, who has been missing since 24 January. His family has had no news of him since that date. January 31, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Crackdown on media continues News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trialcenter_img Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Sri Lanka The Colombo headquarters of Lanka, a Sinhalese-language weekly that supports the JVP opposition party, were closed by the authorities yesterday, 24 hours after its editor, Chandana Sirimalwatte, was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigation Department. Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge January 13, 2021 Find out more July 29, 2020 Find out more News July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Airline industry braces for prolonged recovery from coronavirus crisis

first_img“It’s also possible that a number of airlines will have gone bust and uneconomic discounts will be necessary to attract demand back,” he said in a statement.ForwardKeys said the number of international airline seats had fallen to 10 million in the week of March 30 to April 5, down from 44.2 million a year ago.Data firm OAG said several years of industry growth had been lost and it could take until 2022 or 2023 before the volume of flyers returns to the levels that had been expected for 2020.Cirium, another aviation data provider, said around half of the world’s airplane fleet was now in storage. International seat capacity has dropped by almost 80% from a year ago and half the world’s airplanes are in storage, new data shows, suggesting the aviation industry may take years to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.Carriers including United Airlines Holdings Inc and Air New Zealand Ltd have warned they are likely to emerge from the crisis smaller, and there are fears others may not survive.”It is likely that when we get across to the other side of the pandemic, things won’t return to the vibrant market conditions we had at the start of the year,” said Olivier Ponti, vice president at data firm ForwardKeys. Topics :center_img “While many of these will be temporary storage, many of these aircraft will never resume service,” Cowen analyst Helane Becker said in a note to clients. “We believe the airline industry will look very different when we get to the other side of this.”Planemakers are looking at drastic cuts in wide-body production amid a slump in demand for the industry’s largest jetliners, manufacturing and supplier sources said.Deliveries of long-range jets like the Boeing Co 777 or 787 and Airbus SE A350 or A330 have been particularly badly hit as airlines seek deferrals and many withhold progress payments.Flights cut, staff furloughed Vasu Raja, American Airlines Group Inc senior vice president of network strategy, told Reuters that US domestic demand will remain weak into May, citing the lack of bookings.The airline is cutting between 70% and 75% of domestic flights in April and about 80% in May. For both months it is cutting nearly 90% of its international flights.Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Friday it would further cut passenger capacity after carrying just 582 passengers one day this week, a load factor of 18.3%, compared to 100,000 customers on a normal day.Air New Zealand carried just 165 passengers on its 89 flights on Thursday, underpinning its decision to make further cuts to its schedule while the country is in lockdown due to the virus, Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace said on Twitter. Southwest Airlines Co said on Thursday it intends to apply for US government aid to help it ride out the sharp drop in travel demand.”We still don’t know the severity of this situation. We still don’t know how long it will last,” Southwest Chief Executive Gary Kelly said in a video message.US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday confirmed investment bank PJT Partners Inc will advise the Treasury on negotiations with passenger airlines over a stimulus package worth up to $50 billion, half in loans and loan guarantees and half in payroll cash grants.Many Democrats and airline labour unions are urging Mnuchin not to exercise the right to demand equity or warrants in return for the grant portion, as they seek to ensure carriers take the funds and pay workers.”We need to get this done quickly,” Mnuchin said. “We’ll make sure that we strike the right balance … taxpayers get compensated.””We want to keep our airlines intact.”last_img read more

Syracuse drops ninth-straight game in 2-1 loss to RPI

first_imgThe Orange didn’t leave losing in 2018 with their ninth-straight loss and first of the new year. Despite controlling much of the possession, Syracuse was down two goals until it broke through RPI’s goaltender Lovisa Selander and the Engineers’ stout defense.On Tuesday night, RPI (7-9-4, 4-4 ECAC) handed Syracuse (4-15-1, 4-3 College Hockey America) its ninth-straight non-exhibition loss in the first game of the new year. Selander and the RPI defense were the difference in the 2-1 defeat.Trailing 2-1 late in the game, Syracuse pulled its goaltender, Ady Cohen, out of the net for a one-player advantage, which produced a flurry of chances for SU. But Selander denied them all, as she had done all night. With 41 saves, Selander moved into a tie for fifth on the NCAA all-time saves list.Selander stopped slap shots from Jessica DiGirolamo and Allie Munroe, one-timers in front of the net from Abby Moloughney and Emma Polaski, a shortside stab from Savannah Rennie and elevated wrist shots from Brooke Avery.Even though Syracuse nearly tripled RPI in total shots — indicative of its possession in the attacking zone — Selander rejected 41 of SU’s 42 shots on net. RPI entered the contest with the 18th-best defense in the NCAA, allowing 2.05 goals per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter controlling the first two periods, Syracuse finally converted with 14:48 remaining, when junior forward Anonda Hoppner’s rebound goal cut RPI’s lead to 2-1. Later in the third period, SU’s leading scorer Polaski redirected a shot in that would’ve tied the game, but the play was whistled dead for goalie interference.Polaski led the team with seven shots on goal. DiGirolamo also paced the Orange with six shots on net from the blue line.Cohen made her first official appearance since Oct. 26, though she started two of Syracuse’s exhibition games last week over winter break. In her fifth start of the season, Cohen stopped 17 of RPI’s 19 shots on goal and kept Syracuse in the game with two spectacular saves on an RPI power play in the third period.Syracuse’s last non-exhibition win came against Penn State on Nov. 4. The loss to RPI brings SU’s nonconference record to 0-12-1 as the team begins CHA play on Friday against RIT. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 8, 2019 at 6:29 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more