Reporters Without Borders condemns closure of Russian public television Rossia’s office for “misreporting”

first_imgThe international press freedom organisation urged the authorities to “reconsider this unfair decision”, announced on 23 July.”As President Alexander Lukashenko uses all possible means to stay in power, including a constitutional referendum, this act of censorship illustrates the continuing drift to authoritarianism,” said the organisation.Belarus State television said on its evening news on 23 July that the authorities had announced the shutdown of Rossia’s office because of “deliberate use of false information insulting to Belarus citizens and having a negative impact on the image of the republic of Belarus.”Journalist Dmitri Petrov said on Rossia that 2,000 to 5,000 people had joined an opposition demonstration in Minsk while police estimated attendance of only 193 people. International news agencies spoke of about 4,000 demonstrators.The 21 July demonstration against President Lukashenko marked the tenth anniversary of his accession to power and came just after he announced a referendum on the question of allowing heads of state a third term in office. The following day Belarus foreign affairs minister Sergei Martynov ordered Dmitri Petrov and Rossia’s Minsk bureau chief Andrei Kachura to make a public apology.In 2003, the authorities closed the office of Russian NTV television for reporting deemed “controversial” on the burial of a writer and Lukashenko opponent. Alexander Stupnikov, correspondent for NTV, was expelled in 1997 for a similar reason.In its 2004 annual report, Reporters Without Borders condemned harassment of the independent press in Belarus. The organisation lists President Alexander Lukashenko as one of 37 “predators of press freedom” worldwide. July 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns closure of Russian public television Rossia’s office for “misreporting” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Reporters Without Borders expressed “outrage” after Belarus authorities announced the closure of the office of Russian public television Rossia in Minsk for broadcasting “biased news” about an opposition demonstration. Follow the news on Belarus News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information News May 28, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown center_img RSF_en to go further Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News Belarus authorities announced on 23 July the closure of the office of Russian public television Rossia in Minsk for broadcasting “biased news” about an opposition demonstration. Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to “reconsider this unfair decision”. RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Australian Open: Barty comforted by baby after shock loss

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Deepika Padukone’s Most Iconic LooksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs American 14th seed Sofia Kenin silenced Rod Laver Arena with a surprise 7-6 (8⁄6), 7-5 win over the home favourite in fierce Melbourne heat. Loading… It ended Australian hopes of a first homegrown women’s champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978, and Barty’s bid to win her home Grand Slam for the first time.And in an unexpected twist, the 23-year-old sat down in front of the world’s media with baby Olivia cooing on her lap.“This is what life is all about, it’s amazing,” said the Australian, gazing fondly down at the baby.“Perspective is a beautiful thing. Life is a beautiful thing.“She brought a smile to my face as soon as I came off the court. I got to give her a hug.”Barty, who had been the strong favourite having defeated the 21-year-old Kenin in four of their five previous meetings, said that it was “a match where I didn’t feel super-comfortable”.“I felt like my first plan wasn’t working. I couldn’t execute the way that I wanted. I tried to go to B and C,” said the down-to-earth Australian, who will remain world number one despite losing.“I think I had to dig and find a way. I mean, I’m two points away from winning that in straight sets, which is disappointing.”Barty, who held set points in each set, conceded that she “didn’t play the biggest points well enough to be able to win”.The French Open champion hopes to rectify that next time.Australia’s Ashleigh Barty was a surprise loser in the semi-finals in MelbourneRead Also: Aussie Open: Zverev sweeps past Wawrinka to make first Grand Slam semi“I’ve learnt so much over the last month, I’ve learnt from all of the experiences that I’ve kind of been thrown into,” she said, baby Olivia sitting contentedly in front of the cameras.“I’ve loved every minute and I won’t wait a year to put those into practice.“I’ll put those into practice next week, the next time I walk on court, the next time I kind of wake up in the morning.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 World number one Ashleigh Barty said her 12-week-old niece helped put her Australian Open semi-final defeat into perspective on Thursday as she delivered her post-match press conference holding the baby girl.Advertisementlast_img read more