United KingdomEurope – Central Asia United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened Organisation Foreign secretary Jack Straw said on 1 April that the kind of media pressure surrounding the Iraq war would have made World War II more difficult to win. He told a meeting of the Newspaper Society it “might’ve been much harder to maintain the country’s morale after Dunkirk if live reports had confronted the public with the brutal reality of German technical and military superiority.” RSF_en March 23, 2021 Find out more February 12, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal April 8, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media attacked by ministers and MPs for Iraq war coverage to go further News News Reporters Without Borders called today on British government ministers and MPs to stop their sharp criticism of British media coverage of the Iraq war, saying it was unacceptable pressure to get the media to change its policies. It also accused them of trying to discredit the work of certain journalists.Tory MP Christopher Chope told the House of Commons on 3 April that the public-service broadcaster the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (which receives state funding for its World Service) reporting of Iraqi statements meant British taxpayers were being “forced to subsidise Saddam Hussein’s propaganda campaign.” He called on the BBC to withdraw its journalists from Baghdad.Labour MP Kevin Hughes also criticised the journalists and suggested they were cowards. Defence minister Geoff Hoon attacked the daily paper The Independent and its correspondent in Baghdad, Robert Fisk, and implied he had allowed himself to be fooled by the regime and had dubious sources.Home secretary David Blunkett said on 2 April that journalists reporting behind “enemy lines” and giving “blow by blow” accounts of what was happening there were treating the US and British forces and the Iraqi regime as “moral equivalents.” Journalists retorted that they had a right to inform the public and accused the government of trying to muzzle the press. Help by sharing this information Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing News News Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Kingdom
Sophomore Nick Janus (left) is just one of many underclassmen returning next year for Wisconsin.[/media-credit]The UW men’s soccer team looks to finish off strong in its spring season, and despite coming off a disappointing loss to rival Marquette last weekend, the team is ready and focused to move forward.The young team looks toward its veteran players, like junior Arnel Zahirovic, for leadership and the necessary motivation to continue its growth and improvement in the future.“I am here to be the middle man between the coaches and the players because I understand a lot of what the coaches are wanting from us, and I feel like as a player I can lead by example; being a mentor and coach to the guys as well as a teammate,” Zahirovic said.Although the team has experienced its share of struggles thisspring season, whether it be battling poor weather or just inexperience, the guys are starting to communicate effectively and hope to see the results in scoring goals this spring.“We have taken great strides this spring, and a lot of things have been starting to click for us. I think our passing has become a lot more crisp and precise,” junior Colin Mani said.Although the Badgers have taken great strides on the field, they have also done so off the field, improving team chemistry through inter-squad scrimmages and practices. Remaining focused day in and day out still remains a key to success.Being both mentally and physically prepared for the game are the main tasks for the Badgers. The upperclassman feel that through their rigorous spring training they are more than ready for the physical game, but continuing to work on a strong collective mentality will be another focal point.“We have been training hard this whole spring, so there is no doubt that we are physically fit for it, but I think just getting there mentally, being strong, being confident in ourselves,” Zahirovic said.The Badgers are not only looking toward veteran leadership, but toward leadership as a whole. It is going to be important to see integration and growth between the underclassman and the upperclassman.“The biggest thing is getting these younger guys to step up into the leadership role as well,” Mani said. “The underclassmen need to be right there on the same level as us in order for us to have success and be able to achieve higher goals.”Ready for tough competitionNext on the Badgers slate will be North American Soccer League team NSC Minnesota. Playing a professional-level team can bring its own set of challenges, but the Badgers look to gain insight and experience from the opportunity.“It’s an experience game, the guys will take away both individually and collectively what 25-year-old professional players look like,” head coach John Trask said. “It is just a great opportunity for our guys to play against a very high level team in comparison to who we are right now.”The Badgers then move ahead to their last event of the spring season ending with the Wisconsin Cup tournament to be played at Marquette. It will be all four Division I in-state rivalries (Wisconsin, Marquette, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay) vying for a one-day championship.“This is the end of the year, you let everything go, you give everything you have; the in-state rivalry really gets guys going a lot and gets their adrenaline going more,” Mani said.The tournament is an exciting way for the Badgers to end their spring season going into summer. The team hopes it will give them an idea of where they stand in the state.Although unsure of whom they will be playing yet in the tournament, they are expecting to produce strong play regardless of the opponent. The Badgers are hoping for a great outcome to conclude the spring season strong.“It is the culmination of our spring. You want to be top dog in your state, and how we do it is by winning the Wisconsin Cup,” junior Colin Monastario said.The coaches are also looking forward to seeing what the Wisconsin Cup can teach them about the team’s play and help them focus their efforts for the fall. They hope to gain some insight into strengths and further areas to improve.“It is a great opportunity to finish the spring; it should be a lot of fun,” Trask said. “Everybody will get a chance to show themselves one last time for the coaching staff before we adjourn for the summer.”
The Premier County are up against their neighbours and fierce rivals in Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Tickets for the provincial decider are in short supply at this late stage and a bumper crowd is expected in Thurles for the clash.Upperchurch-Drombane clubman James Barry is hoping to line out on Sunday as part of the Tipperary defence – he says the Waterford forward line is not predictable as they constantly change formation. Throw-in is at 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon with live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.