Beirut riot police use violence against journalists

first_imgLebanon is ranked 98th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.->http://index.rsf.org/#!/index-details/LBN] LebanonMiddle East – North Africa September 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Beirut riot police use violence against journalists News Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon Help by sharing this information In the latest case, reporters covering yesterday’s occupation of the environment ministry were forcibly ejected by riot police when force was used to clear the building of protesters, who blame the minister for the crisis. Journalists inside and outside the building were hit by policemen, who either confiscated their equipment or rendered it inoperable.“It is utterly unacceptable for the Lebanese police to use this kind of violence against journalists,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk.“Journalists are not trash and they should not have been targeted. They were there just to report the facts and do what journalists are supposed to do. We condemn these attacks, which show that the authorities are bent on stopping media coverage of the use of unprecedented violence to crack down on demonstrations.”Foutoun Raad, an LBCI TV reporter who was inside the environment ministry with about 15 demonstrators, was threatened and hit by the policemen who forcibly escorted her out of the building. In a report filmed later outside, she said she had to use her telephone to continue providing coverage after her cameraman’s transmission cable was deliberately cut.The demonstrations have been growing in intensity for the past month. In the protests held on 22 and 23 August, around ten journalists were attacked by members of the security forces, who manhandled them, hit them with batons and threw stones at them, as well as deliberately damaging their equipment.A video showing LBCI journalist Nada Andraos being beaten and manhandled has gone viral online. Organisation to go further News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders condemns the many cases of violence against journalists by security forces in recent weeks in Beirut during demonstrations in protest against the collapse of garbage collection. January 14, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 4, 2021 Find out more Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Follow the news on Lebanon Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Nhyira Fm Community Gala: Ahinsan crowned champions

first_imgThe  maiden edition of  Nhyira Fm’s Community Gala saw  team Ahinsan crowned as champions on Saturday in Kumasi.The three-day football competition attracted 16 communities in the Kumasi Metropolis who competed for supremacy at the Asem School Park.The grand finale witnessed Ahinsan Community defeating the Suame Community by 2-1, to run home with a giant trophy and a cash prize of GHC2, 000 whiles Suame settled for GHC1, 000 for placing second. But the most cheered team,the Tech community, had to settle for the third slot after they beat Adum on penalties. Tech took home GHC500 for placing third.Prince Anaman of Ahinsan was adjudged the Best Player of the entire competition.   Community members who trooped to the park were excited to be part of a live broadcast of the station’s Power Sports programme at the competition grounds.Business Development Manager for Multimedia Kumasi, Jim Aglah, said the gala was part of Nhyira Fm’s commitment to add value to community life and excite listeners through the game of soccer and promised that the event will be organized regularly following the successes  attained in the  maiden edition  in terms of  patronage by the various communities.last_img read more

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