first_img News Follow the news on Bahrain LIBYAIt turns out that the four journalists Reporters Without Borders reported as missing yesterday were captured near Brega on 5 April by pro-Gaddafi forces, who are presumed to be still holding them. Their current location is not known.The four journalists are:- Clare Morgana Gillis, a US freelancer who is covering events in the east of the country for The Atlantic magazine’s website and other US media.- James Foley, a US reporter working for, Stars and Stripes and Al-Jazeera.- Manu Brabo, a Spanish freelance photographer.- Anton Hammerl, a South African freelance photographer.According to The Atlantic’s website, rebels saw pro-Gaddafi troops destroy their vehicle, release their driver and take them away.Their arrests bring the number of journalists currently held in Libya to nine. Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all of them.Two Komsomolskaya Pravda reporters, Dmitry Steshin and Aleksandr Kots, were abducted today near Adjabiya. They managed to phone their newspaper at 11:10 a.m. (Paris time) to report that gunmen had intercepted their vehicle and were taking them in an unknown direction.Komsomolskaya Pravda deputy editor Andrei Dyatlov told Reporters Without Borders: “Steshin and Kots are experienced journalists who have covered a lot of wars, including Chechnya and Abkhazia (…) This is their third trip to Libya since the start of the war there. Nonetheless, we are very worried. This concerns not just our newspaper but all the international media, as abductions are becoming more frequent. We are in touch with the Russian foreign ministry, which has promised to do everything it can.”A number of cameramen working for the Russian television station NTV were reportedly kidnapped at the same time as the two Komsomolskaya Pravda journalists. An NTV representative told Reporters Without Borders they were subsequently released.Microsoft reported in a statement yesterday that its representative in Libya, Khalid El-Hasumi, was arrested by the authorities in Tripoli on 19 March. Hasumi began working for Microsoft last year. The company has been operating in Libya since 2006. Organisation German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors RSF_en Help by sharing this information SYRIAThe Dubai-based TV station Al-Arabiya has reported that Mohamed Zaid Mistou, a Norwegian journalist of Syrian-Kurdish origin who works for its website,, was arrested yesterday. The Syrian authorities gave no explanation for his arrest. He went to Syria a few days before the start of the demonstrations and started covering them when they got under way. He had written many stories for the Al-Arabiya website.The Jordanian media have reported that two journalists working for Arab Broadcasting Services, Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal, were arrested on 24 March.As previously reported, a number of Syrian journalists and bloggers have also been arrested. According to the London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre, Doha Hassan, a journalist who works for several websites, and Zaher Omareen were arrested on 27 March. Reporters Without Borders has been told that they are being held at the headquarters of the General Directorate for State Security in Damascus.The Kurdish blogger Kamal Hussein Sheikou, the blogger Ahmed Hadifa and the journalist and writer Mohamed Dibo are all still detained. They have been held since the start of the protests.Distribution of the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar has been banned by the Syrian authorities since 4 April. Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest BAHRAINReporters Without Borders hails last night’s release of Mohamed Al-Maskati, a netizen known by the blog name of Emoodz (!/emoodz). Arrested without a warrant, he spent a week in prison for unclear reasons after being threatened by a member of the royal family.He resurfaced on Twitter today with this message of thanks: “Overwhelemed by the messages of support, thank you all.. I am fine, still getting my bearings back and spending some time with the family :)” UNITED ARAB EMIRATESAhmed Mansoor, a blogger and human rights activist, has reported being the target of death threats posted on several blogs and social networks. “This campaign began after we posted a petition to the president and other UAE leaders calling for the parliament’s legislative and regulatory powers to be extended,” he said.Mansoor also reported receiving a visit in the middle of the night from several policemen, who said they had come about a problem with his car. He refused to go with them. He said this incident could be used a pretext for preparing a case against him.Reporters Without Borders deplores the climate of mistrust that is taking hold in the UAE as a result of the growing frequency of threats against netizens. It calls on the authorities not to encourage this situation and to respect freedom of expression. to go further October 14, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts April 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More arrests and disappearances in Libya and Syria, threats in Jordan and UAE News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more JORDANThe chief of Al-Jazeera’s Amman bureau, Yasser Abu Hilala, reported in a statement on 6 April that he has asked the police to protect him and his staff and to investigate the anonymous death threats they have been receiving as a result of their coverage of the pro-reform demonstrations in Jordan. Al-Jazeera’s coverage blamed the violence against demonstrators on government supporters, referring to them as “baltagia” (thugs). Many Jordanians criticized the use of this term and accused the station of bias. Hilala said it was the government’s opponents who used this term and he had just quoted them. News March 17, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Previous articleRugby hero backs Special Olympics collectionNext articleSearch teams discover body of woman in Estuary Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillor Jim Long hangs up on the 11811 serviceBy Alan Jacques – April 11, 2014 1003 WhatsApp Mayor’s driver will earn more than ‘underpaid’ councillors Facebook Cllr Jim LongFINE Gael city councillor Jim Long was so “horrified” at the cost of three directory enquiry calls on his mobile phone that he plans to contact Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to ensure the issue of hidden charges are highlighted to the public.Cllr Long was heading into a meeting last Friday morning when he received an international call on his mobile phone. With no time to take the call, the councillor hung up and went about his normal business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minutes later, however, he was left feeling totally flummoxed when he got a text message from O2 informing him that he had overspent by a sum of €10 over on his monthly phone plan.“I thought I was charged the €10 for the incoming call and I went totally ballistic. When I got home I contacted O2 online through their live chat and received the full details,” Cllr Long explains.“I was then even more horrified to learn that because I went through 11811 I had been charged €2.99 for a local call to my solicitor. In total it cost me €10 euro for three local calls. This in my opinion is a total rip-off,” he claimed.Cllr Long is now vowing never to use the 11811 directory enquiries service again.“If I had made the call at home on a landline it would have only cost 22 cent for three minutes. These hidden charges need to be highlighted and I’ll be contacting the Minister in relation to this,” Cllr Long concluded.An O2 spokesperson explained that calls to Eircom’s 11811 and other directory enquiry services are charged as premium rate services. He also advised customers to check the rates before using any of these services.“Calls to 11811 cost up to €2.30 per minute depending on which price plan the customer is on. Should the customer ask to be connected to a number there is an additional call set up charge of up to €2.30 as well as the per minute charge depending on how long the call lasts. The costs of premium rate services are available at,” said a spokesperson. Advertisement Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGS11811Cllr Jim LongEircomFine GaelMinister Pat RabbitteMusic Limericko2 center_img Print Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Email Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Twitter Linkedin Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick last_img read more