Local authorities take over Osh TV after national security raid and director’s dismissal

first_img October 9, 2020 Find out more August 26, 2020 Find out more KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Organisation News News RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan News Reporters Without Borders is worried about the provisional government’s takeover of nearly all of Kyrgyzstan’s TV stations and the procedures being used to nationalise them. Osh TV, an Uzbek language station based in Osh, the capital of southern Kyrgyzstan, is a case in point. The government has acquired a controlling interest in its shares and has arbitrarily fired its director.All of the country’s major broadcasters have been “temporarily” nationalised since May under a law that was passed on 7 April. Fifth Channel, Pyramida TV, NBT and NTS have all already been nationalised in a similar fashion to Osh TV, which stopped all broadcasting a week ago.Osh TV and Mezon TV provided live coverage (without comment) of a meeting of the Uzbek community in Jalal-Abad (a city near Osh) in May at which the participants discussed their representation in Kyrgyzstan’s governing bodies and the possibility of creating an autonomous Uzbek republic in the south of the country.The meeting enraged the Kyrgyz community, prompting the provisional government’s decision on 20 May to send troops to curb the rioting. After covering the attacks and pogroms in Osh, Osh TV was shut down for two weeks by the city’s mayor, Melisbek Myrzakmatov. Other privately-owned stations such as Mezon TV, Pyramidy and DDD were also suspended, while the national broadcast media were able to continue broadcasting without any problem.Osh TV had just resumed broadcasting when it was raided by armed members of the State Service for National Security (GSNB) on 9 July. After a thorough search, they seized some its computers and archives (disks containing video recordings). They also arrested Khalil Khudoybedyev, who has run the station for the past 20 years, interrogated him for several hours and confiscated his mobile phone.He was released later the same day and no charges (such as “inciting inter-ethnic hatred”) were brought against him. He said the authorities just asked him questions about the size of his family and ages of his children. No explanation was given for his subsequent dismissal and his current location is being kept a secret for security reasons.A new director, Kamil Sydykov, has been appointed but Osh TV has yet to resume broadcasting. The Fergana.ru news website said the city authorities, including Mayor Myrzakmatov, would participate in the “transfer” of control from the previous director (an ethnic Uzbek) to its new director (an ethnic Kyrgyz).Reporters Without Borders is shocked by Khudoybedyev’s interrogation, which seems above all to have been designed to intimidate, and condemns the raid by GSNB agents, who cited no charges or investigation that would justify the search and seizures, and who did not have any warrant authorising them to detain and interrogate the station’s director. As no charge was brought against him, his mobile phone and the confiscated equipment must be returned.After meeting with Interim President Roza Otunbayeva, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s media freedom representative, Dunja Mijatovic gave a news conference in Bishkek yesterday in which she mentioned the problems encountered by journalists in the south of the country but refused to give her evaluation of the press freedom situation, saying the country was currently experiencing one of the darkest moments in its history.Reporters Without Borders regrets that Mijatovic did not say whether she had raised the murders of Kyrgyz opposition journalists during her meeting with the president. She did however mention this important issue when she addressed an OSCE commission meeting in Helsinki on the subject of threats to press freedom in OSCE member countries.center_img RSF_en to go further RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia August 14, 2020 Find out more July 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local authorities take over Osh TV after national security raid and director’s dismissal RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan News Receive email alertslast_img read more

Police officer may face lawsuit for assault

first_img Share Share 11120 Views   69 comments Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Police officer may face lawsuit for assault by: – May 29, 2012 Sharing is caring! Brian Mourillon seen bleeding and holding his head right after the incidentPolice officer Pelham Jno Baptiste may face criminal and civil charges by three citizens who claim that they were assaulted and battered by him.Twenty-two year old Brian Mourillon, Roy Massicot and Gregory Massicot of Vieille Case claim that a police officer assaulted them during the staging of the third Digicel Test Match at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium and they are seeking legal redress.Part of that unfortunate incident was inadvertently caught on camera by Sat Telecoms who was on the scene.The defendants were arrested and charged on April 26th, 2012 for offences including assault, battery and abusive language.The incident allegedly started at the Adam Sanford Stand when one of the defendants, Gregory Massicot was asked to “lean off” the railing and find a seat.The defendant claims that he did adhere to the request by the officer; however the officer subsequently returned and was minded to arrest him.His relative, Roy Massicot sought to inquire from the police as to the reason for issuing that arrest but was then accosted by him who claimed that Roy was obstructing him from executing his duties and “forcefully” removed from the stadium.Eye witness reports indicate that the men were heard arguing with the police after they were asked to be quiet several times.Brian Mourillon who can be seen receiving a blow to his head by the police officer in the three minute video was charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstruction and threats which he pleaded not guilty to when they appeared before Magistrate Candia Carette-George on May 10th, 2012.Roy Massicot was pleaded not guilty to obstruction of police while in the execution of his duties, assault and battery while Gregory Massicot pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest, escape from lawful custody, assault on police and abusive language.The matter has been adjourned to 14th August, 2012.Meanwhile, one of Brain Mourillon’s relative who brought a copy of the video to Dominica Vibes News expressed outrage over the incident.“Watch that video and tell me if you see Brian assaulting or threatening anybody” she asked.The police have declined to comment on the matter as they claim it is “under investigation”.[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/43049763[/vimeo]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

DENR: Desilting of Malandog River essential to ecosystem

first_imgDENR-6 executive director Francisco Milla Jr., for his part, said that under the leadership of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, more projects are in the pipeline for this province such as the new office building of DENR- PENRO with a P25-million budget and the Sunset View Park in this capital town. (With a report from PIA/PN) Desilting is one of the activities under the implementation of the Malandog River Rehabilitation and Development Program.Malandog River can be rightly called one of the country’s ancient ports. According to tradition, strangers from Borneo landed their sails there and the natives called Ati welcomed them, resulting to what is now known as the “Barter of Panay” and sealed the pact between the Malay chieftains and the Ati tribe of Antique (formerly called Hantik) province.The Atis were said to have retreated to the mountains while the new settlers lived in the lowlands and from there made settlements in various parts of Panay Island.Thus, Malandog River became, in essence, the cradle of Panay civilization. This historical significance is commemorated by Antiqueños during the Binirayan Festival held annually. The Department Environment and Natural Resources has started desilting Antique’s Malandog River. Desilting is done to avoid flooding in rivers. It is the act of removing earthy materials such as sand and mud from the bed of a fast flowing- river to avoid obstructing free flowing movement of water. MALANDOG RIVER REHABILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FB center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started the desilting of Malandog River located in this province.Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) officer Andres Undal underscored the necessity to remove the silt materials which block the natural flow of water from the downstream to estuarine area of the river. Likewise, the desilting will be of great help in the improvement of discharge flow capacity and enhancement of river ecosystems.last_img read more