Great concern after Al-Jazeera shows video of Romanians with threats by abductors

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa News February 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and its Romanian partner organization, the Media Monitoring Agency (MMA), voiced “enormous concern” and reiterated their support for the families of the three Romanian journalists held hostage in Iraq after the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV station broadcast a new video of them today and said their abductors are threatening to kill them if Romania does not pull out its troops from Iraq in four days. December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and its Romanian partner organization, the Media Monitoring Agency (MMA), voiced “enormous concern” and reiterated their support for the families of the three Romanian journalists held hostage in Iraq after the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV station broadcast a new video of them today and said their abductors are threatening to kill them if Romania does not pull out its troops from Iraq in four days.”We feel great anxiety at the sight of these three hostages handcuffed, thin, barefoot and with guns pointed at their heads,” the two organizations said. “We share the agony being felt by their families, friends and media colleagues. We reiterate our confidence in the Romanian authorities who, we are convinced, are doing everything possible to find a solution. By demanding the withdrawal of Romania’s troops from Iraq, kidnappers are once again putting journalists at the centre of an unbearable act of blackmail.”Reporters Without Borders and MMA added: “Marie-Jeanne Ion, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian are not spies and should not have to bear the consequences of a governmental decision. We call on the abductors to make a distinction between essential work in the field by journalists and Romania’s political decisions.”The poor-quality video broadcast by Al-Jazeera today showed the journalists for the first since the video that was released the day after their abduction on 28 March. Their abductors, who are calling themselves “The Brigade of Mouadh Ibn Jabal,” gave the Romanian government four days from today to withdraw its troops, failing which the hostages would be killed.Al-Jazeera reported that, in the video, Ion called on the Romanian people to protest in order to pressure the Romanian government. A separate sequence showed the fourth hostage, Mohamed Munaf, who was acting as the journalists’ guide, calling on US President Georges W. Bush to intervene to ensure his release.Ion, 32, a reporter with the Bucharest-based television station Prima TV, Miscoci, 30, a Prima TV cameraman, and Ohanesian, a reporter with the privately-owned newspaper Romania Libera, were kidnapped with their guide on 28 March, five days after arriving in Iraq. Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan April 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Great concern after Al-Jazeera shows video of Romanians with threats by abductors Newslast_img read more

West Ham claim first win over Liverpool at Anfield in 52 years

first_img The West Ham captain was harshly sent off late on, after Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho had already been shown a second yellow card, but Diafra Sakho made it 3-0 in added time and 18,978 days after Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters – before they were World Cup winners with England – scored at Anfield, the Hammers had their long-awaited victory. It was celebrated long and loud by the visiting fans and rightly so as the last time they had the chance to do so the Beatles had just achieved their second number one with She Loves You and a 17-year-old Northern Irishman called George Best had made his Manchester United debut. As if that was not enough, Coutinho, already cautioned for dissent, was sent off when he slipped trying to close down Dimitri Payet and brought down the midfielder with his body. It means the influential Brazilian playmaker will miss Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford when the Premier League resumes after the international break. None of which will matter to West Ham, who were full value for their two first-half goals. The lively Lanzini had a hand in both, sneaking in front of youngster Joe Gomez to turn in Aaron Cresswell’s low cross-shot before then totally embarrassing the hapless Lovren. Lanzini, considerably smaller and lightweight, outmuscled the 6ft 2ins international out by the touchline and although the centre-back managed to recover possession, he then messed about near the byline and was robbed again as his tormentor crossed for Noble to drive home, whose afternoon was spoiled late by the bizarre decision of referee Kevin Friend to send him off for a challenge on debutant Danny Ings. Roberto Firmino came closest for a shot-shy Liverpool, crashing a 25-yard effort against the post in the first half on the way to their first defeat of the campaign. The curse of the manager’s press conference came to the fore as after praising the new defensive stability which brought three clean sheets, Brendan Rodgers saw his side concede the fastest goal of the season so far to Manuel Lanzini inside three minutes. Rodgers had also championed Dejan Lovren for overcoming his problems in his maiden season and showing he could be a “top-class” centre-back but the £20milion Croatian repaid his manager’s praise with a disastrous piece of defending to allow Mark Noble to score. West Ham ended one of the longest winless runs in top-flight history with their first victory at Anfield in almost 52 years as Liverpool’s defensive problems returned to haunt them in spectacularly bad style. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Statistics in Anfield since 1963….boommm 0-3!!Excellent work boys very proud of you #COYI.” – West Ham’s suspended goalkeeper Adrian could not hide his delight after his side made history in his absence. https://twitter.com/AdriSanMiguel/status/637655778703376385 – @AdriSanMiguel PLAYER RATINGS Liverpool Simon Mignolet 6 Nathaniel Clyne 6 Martin Skrtel 5 Dejan Lovren 4 Joe Gomez 4 Lucas Leiva 5 James Milner 6 Emre Can 5 Roberto Firmino 6 Philippe Coutinho 6 Christian Benteke 5 Substitutes Alberto Moreno 5 Danny Ings 6 Jordon Ibe 5 West Ham Darren Randolph 6 James Tomkins 7 Winston Reid 7 Angelo Ogbonna 7 Aaron Cresswell 6 Mark Noble 6 Pedro Obiang 6 Dimitri Payet 7 Manuel Lanzini 7 Diafra Sakho 6 Substitutes Reece Oxford 5 Matt Jarvis 5 Josh Cullen 5 STAR PLAYER Manuel Lanzini. Made the vital breakthrough early on and then his persistence was rewarded with an assist for the second. He offered a lively outlet down the right all match. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Dejan Lovren losing, regaining and then losing possession again all in the space of 20 seconds to Lanzini, who set up the crucial second goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was animated from the start and increasingly so in the closing stages as he willed his side on to an historic victory. Even before half-time Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was scribbling furiously in his notebook. He made changes in the second half but none had any effect on the game. MOAN OF THE MATCH Referee Kevin Friend seemed to be officiating a different game to the one most were watching. Got Mark Noble’s red card wrong and was far too lenient with a number of niggly fouls. WHO’S UP NEXT? Manchester United v Liverpool (Premier League, Saturday 12 September) West Ham v Newcastle (Premier League, Monday 14 September) Press Associationlast_img read more

AP PHOTOS: Surfers catch waves again in New Zealand, Bondi

first_imgAP PHOTOS: Surfers catch waves again in New Zealand, Bondi April 28, 2020 In Christchurch, New Zealand, surfers greeted a spectacular sunrise as they returned to the waves. New Zealand has eased its monthlong lockdown, allowing some activities if social distancing is maintained.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAt Sydney’s famed Bondi Beach, hundreds of swimmers and surfers braved cool autumn weather to return to the water.Police had closed the beach five weeks ago because of thousands of people congregating there in defiance of social distancing regulations to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The beach was reopened for exercise only. Visitors were being counted to ensure social distancing and they couldn’t linger on the sand. A virus testing tent is nearby since the local municipality has a high rate of infections, particularly among backpackers who often live in crowded conditions. Associated Press last_img read more