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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Former Arsenal and Sevilla player Reyes dies in car accident

first_imgMADRID, Spain (Reuters) – Former Sevilla and Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic accident, aged 35, several of his former clubs said yesterday.“We couldn’t be announcing any worse news. Our beloved former youth player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic accident. Rest in peace,” said a statement on Sevilla’s official Twitter account.Reyes was under contract at Spanish second tier side Extremadura. Seven second-tier games, due to be played today, including Extremadura’s match against Cadiz, were postponed until Tuesday. Reyes’ last match was a 1-0 win at Alcorcon on May 18. “With a shrunken soul and a broken heart Extremadura reports the death of our player Jose Antonio Reyes in a traffic accident. We ask everyone to pray for his soul,” said a club statement.The left winger also played for Arsenal, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid among other sides and made 21 appearances for the Spain national team.Spanish media said the accident occurred at 11:40hrs (0940 GMT) yesterday morning on the road connecting his home city of Utrera and Seville. Sevilla’s statement said his cousin Jonathan Reyes also died in the accident. Reyes made his professional debut with Sevilla at the age of 16, moving to Arsenal in January 2004 for £17M and was part of the famous ‘Invincibles’ who won the Premier League that season without losing a game.“Jose, who was part of the Invincibles team, was a hugely popular figure at our club and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts are with all his family, friends and team-mates,” said Arsenal on Twitter. He joined Real Madrid on loan in the 2006/07 season, winning the La Liga title and later joined neighbours Atletico before returning to boyhood club Sevilla in 2012, going on to lift three consecutive Europa League titles between 2014 and 2016.He later played for Espanyol then Chinese club Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard before returning to Spain to join Extremadura in January. Spain captain Sergio Ramos, a former team mate of Reyes at Sevilla said on social media “I’m broken, destroyed, I have no words. All my love to his family. We’ll always remember him. Rest in peace, brother.”Reyes’ death comes 12 years after Sevilla left back Antonio Puerta died from a heart attack during a match.The club’s sporting director Monchi added: “It’s impossible to believe this news, it’s impossible to take in, how cruel. Rest in peace Jose Antonio Reyes … what a left wing you and Antonio are going to form up there in heaven.” Governing body UEFA and the Spanish soccer federation also issued their condolences.last_img read more

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