RSF decries Israeli decision to close Al Jazeera

first_img News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en Organisation May 16, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Israeli authorities not to go ahead with their plan to shut down Al Jazeera’s operations, as it would amount to censorship of the Qatari TV news broadcaster and would reduce news media pluralism in Israel and the surrounding region. The move was announced yesterday by Israeli communications minister Ayoub Kara, who said he intended to close Al Jazeera’s bureaux in Israel, revoke its journalists’ press passes and cut off its cable and satellite broadcast links in the country.Israel has for years been accusing Al Jazeera of biased coverage of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.During last month’s clashes around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu accused Al Jazeera of “continuing to stir violence” and said he wanted it removed from Israel.At a press conference yesterday, the communications minister said almost all countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, had concluded that “Al Jazeera supports terrorism” and that, under these circumstances, it was “ridiculous” that it continued to broadcast from Israel.“What is ridiculous is that a country that boasts of being a democratic model for the regions falls into line with countries that are notorious enemies of media freedom,” RSF said. “Instead of taking advantage of the desire of certain Gulf states to censor Al Jazeera for purely political reasons, the Israeli authorities could instead set an example by defending media pluralism, which is essential.” Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates – the countries that have been demanding Al Jazeera’s closure as a condition for ending the unprecedented two-month- old regional diplomatic crisis – are ranked 168th, 164th, 161st and 119th respectively in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Israel is ranked 91st. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Israelcenter_img June 3, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression to go further News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News May 28, 2021 Find out more August 7, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF decries Israeli decision to close Al Jazeera IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression An employee of the Qatar based news network and TV channel Al-Jazeera at the channel’s Jerusalem office on July 31, 2017 AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP last_img read more

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Hughes: Game against Spartans could validate Badgers’ season

first_imgThere once was a time during the nonconference season when the very idea of the Wisconsin football team playing its Big Ten slate was enough to make one recoil in fear.After letting one too many wheel routes get past them against Northern Iowa, taking more than 58 minutes to score any points against Oregon State, winning off a missed field goal against Utah State and waiting until mid-fourth quarter to pull away from UTEP, not many people wanted to picture how the Badgers would fare in conference play.But somehow, the conference season has been much more sweet than sour.Three consecutive games with more than 30 points scored. Three consecutive games with no more than 14 points allowed. The only loss to speak of came in one of college football’s most hellish environments – Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium.Back in September, nobody expected October to go so well.So after the Badgers forced everyone who pays attention to college football to forget what they thought they knew about them, they have since reassured onlookers they remember how to win games decisively.And while it’s good Wisconsin demonstrated a distance between itself and the likes of Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota, none of those teams has even won a conference game yet. Considering that, those wins look less impressive.Now, with Michigan State (4-4, 1-3) stopping by for some fun, Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1) has the chance to prove it can overpower a team with plenty of talent and motivation.With a clear path to Indianapolis already paved, a win or loss versus Michigan State will tell us whether Wisconsin is, as has been said for the majority of the season, a team that will need to get lucky in the Big Ten Championship Game, or a team that has a legitimate chance at beating whoever the Legends Division throws at it.Another way to say it: The Badgers can win back a chunk of street cred Saturday.(And for the record, the USA Today Coaches Poll, which now ranks UW at No. 25, isn’t the best source of street cred. This is the same poll that waited six games for it to drop UW from the rankings in the first place, which was absurd. Meanwhile, the Associated Press Poll appropriately needed three weeks and still hasn’t let the Badgers back in.)Sure, MSU has been down in the dumps lately, losing four of its last six games. But two of those games came against ranked schools, and the other two were decided by a combined score of five points and two overtime periods. You might even argue MSU’s just gotten unlucky a few more times than UW has so far this year.Unlike the conference bottom-dwellers Wisconsin tossed aside, Michigan State has wins against a conference opponent (Indiana) and a top-25-ranked team (Boise State) to its name.The Spartans flaunt a thoroughbred running back (Le’Veon Bell) and the Big Ten’s best defense. It’s the toughest test the Badgers’ newly up-and-running offense will experience this season.The Spartans are tops in the league in scoring defense (15.2), total defense (277.1), rushing defense (100.2), passing defense (142.3) and first downs allowed per game (15).Sitting at 4-4, they’ll also walk into Camp Randall Stadium believing what’s coming is a do-or-die moment.And you know damn well what else they’ll be thinking about.In 2010, MSU beat UW in the regular season, got caught up in a three-way tie for first-place and watched the Badgers head to Pasadena. Then, in 2011, Brad Nortman’s Razzie Award-worthy acting performance that scored the pivotal roughing the punter call in the closing minutes of the conference title game victimized the Spartans.“Michigan State isn’t technically a rivalry for us, but the way it’s been the last couple years, really feels, certainly, is like a rivalry,” UW center Travis Frederick said, about an hour after walloping UW’s technical rival, Minnesota, for the 16th time in the last 18 years. “There’s going to be a lot of emotion out there and a [big] sense of urgency.”Neither of these two teams has won in the other’s stadium since 2002, with the home squad going 7-0 over that time. Wisconsin has won 21 consecutive home games, with 12 straight against Big Ten teams.Those Spartans will be as bright as jack-o-lanterns if they win at Camp Randall.Should they do so, it will be back to the talk of “Well, the Badgers will still get to Indianapolis. And all they have to do then is just win one game. They could get lucky.”Or, the Badgers win and the college football world starts treating them like contenders again.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism and philosophy. What do you think a win against Michigan State would mean? Voice your opinions by tweeting @elliothughes12 or emailing [email protected]last_img read more

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