Sectarian violence in south declared off-limits for media

first_imgNews June 17, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sectarian violence in south declared off-limits for media July 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Although the media have been asked not to report the truth about these and other events of late, coverage of the clashes in Aluthgama has been posted on websites that are blocked in Sri Lanka but are accessible outside the country.Journalists were harassed and attacked and their equipment was smashed when they went to cover the clashes, in which dozens of people were injured and several were killed. Those attacked included Sunday Leader reporter Binoy Suriarachi, who was held hostage of several hours. His release was negotiated by Megara Tegal and Dileesha Abeysundara, two journalists who had gone with him to cover the clashes.“Censorship of the media’s news coverage by the authorities is outrageous but customary in Sri Lanka whenever problems with minorities arise,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “However, banning coverage of events will not prevent the information from getting out.”The clashes erupted after a gathering by Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), a radical Buddhist group that is waging a campaign against the Moslem community. Participants attacked mosques and prayer houses.The long tradition of government censorship includes banning and blocking the websites of many newspapers. On 12 May, the Sri Lanka Mirror’s website joined the long list of blocked sites, which already includes the Tamilnet, Lankanews, Lanka news web and the Colombo Telegraph sites.Sri Lanka is ranked 165th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. January 13, 2021 Find out more The Sri Lankan authorities asked the local media not to cover the clashes between Buddhists and Moslems that erupted in the southern region of Aluthgama on the night of 15 June. A curfew was also imposed in an attempt to contain a situation described by the government as “tense.” to go further Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Follow the news on Sri Lanka News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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SMC honored with Riley room

first_imgThe eighth floor of the newly built Simon Family Tower of the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis will now have even greater significance for Saint Mary’s students. Room W8118, which serves as a patient room for the children’s hospital, has been dedicated as the Saint Mary’s room, said Katie Fadden, fundraising president of Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon. “There will be a sign outside of the room that reads, ‘A gift from Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon,’” Fadden said. “It is quite an honor to have a patient room named on our behalf.” Fadden said Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon received the honor because Saint Mary’s dancers have raised more than $320,000 for Riley over the past six years. “We are so excited to be honored in this way because it is something that all of our hard work and dedication over the past six years can be remembered by,” Becca Guerin, the external vice president of the dance marathon, said. According to Guerin, the members of the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon executive board will travel to Indianapolis in April to receive the award, see the room, meet with doctors and visit the patients. She said all members of the Notre Dame community, not just the Saint Mary’s students, should be proud. “I think that our Dance Marathon reflects very highly of the Notre Dame community because we are all able to come together and raise money for such a great cause,” she said. The marathon first began on campus in 2006, and since then, students have pledged to stay on their feet for 12 hours one day a year to raise awareness and money for the hospital. “Riley is Indiana’s only children’s comprehensive hospital and is a leader in providing treatment and research for sick children,” Fadden said. “Most importantly, they will never turn a family away for their inability to pay for their child’s treatment. As a result, over 50 percent of their care is uncompensated.” Fadden, along with fundraising chair Kelli Minor, said this lack of compensation is why they urge members of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community to participate in the event every year. “As healthy, happy college students having the time of our lives, I think it is important to participate in Dance Marathon, to be able to give back and help others who truly need it,” Fadden said. Minor added: “Riley is an amazing place because, being a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, they give away over 50 percent of their services at no cost and never turn away families due to their financial situations. Dance Marathon at Saint Mary’s is important in helping keep these services available by providing funds to the hospital to help treat sick children who may not be able to afford their care.” The Dance Marathon event will be held Saturday from noon to midnight. According to Minor, this year’s goal is to improve from last year’s $77,000 raised. Saint Mary’s dancers can still sign up for the event in the Student Center atrium during lunch and dinner hours. Notre Dame students can register online via the pre-professional society website, found at www.nd.edu/~medinfo/ “One of the things I love most about Dance Marathon is that participants have the time of their lives while helping to save lives,” Fadden said. Students, faculty and community members are welcome to take part in the event.last_img read more

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Cricket News Pakistan Super League closing ceremony features music, dance despite Christchurch shootings

first_imghighlights Quetta Gladiators won the maiden edition of the Pakistan Super League.The Christchurch mosques shooting killed 50 people.The PSL matches were shifted from Lahore to Karachi due to the IAF surgical strike in Balakot. The Pakistan Super League was once again held in two stages, with the first part being held in the UAE while the second part was held in Pakistan. The games were shifted to Karachi from Lahore after the city’s air-space was closed indefinitely due to the ongoing tensions with India over the surgical strike carried out in Balakot by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in response to the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans.The third and final Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, which was scheduled to be played on March 16, was cancelled after multiple shootings in mosques in the city. The official Twitter handle of the New Zealand cricket team, @BLACKCAPS, tweeted that a joint decision was made.The Bangladesh cricket team, who were touring New Zealand, had a narrow escape. A video tweeted by Bangladesh’s ESPNCricinfo correspondent Mohammad Isam showed the Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Taijul Islam running back from Hagley Park back to the cricket ground. The incident took place around 1.45pm local time when the team had gone to pray when the incident took place. New Delhi: The 2019 Pakistan Super League ended at the National stadium in Karachi with plenty of fanfare. Quetta Gladiators thrashed the Peshawar Zalmi to win their maiden title. Following the end of the match, the Pakistan Super League decided to organise a music-filled closing ceremony despite the recent terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and this led to massive criticism. The attacks killed 50 people in what was described as the ‘worst terror attack’ on New Zealand soil. Reacting to the criticism, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said the moment was actually ‘toned down’.  Speaking about the incident, PCB chief Ehsan Mani defended the decision to hold the closing ceremony in this way.“We acknowledged the incident, observed a minute’s silence, released pigeons and cut out dancing. All the songs too were iconic Pakistani songs. We had a dilemma due to the unfortunate New Zealand incident. People forget that we are also the victims of terrorism. Now the world knows what challenges are there. Pakistan’s problems are not different to anyone else’s. It doesn’t mean we should gloat. We will work with them and share our experiences but cricket should not stop. If cricket stops due to terrorism then it’s a victory for the terrorists. Players’ safety is of course important and cannot be risked but the game must go on too,” Mani said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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