Kurdish regional government criticised for banning reporters from visiting PKK bases

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today urged the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq to lift a ban on journalists visiting the bases of the Turkish armed separatist group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). It also called for the release of a correspondent of the satellite TV station Kolsat who was arrested yesterday in Mosul, 80 km west of Erbil, the regional capital.“Kurdistan is one of few regions in Iraq where local and foreign journalists can move about freely without constant risk to their lives,” the press freedom organisation said. “This ban is a serious violation of their ability to report on the clashes in Iraq between the PKK’s fighters and the Turkish army. The regional government in Erbil and the national government in Baghdad must stop blaming journalists for crises.”The Kurdish regional government yesterday banned journalists from going to meet PKK combatants who have found refuge in the Qandil mountains on the border between Iraq and Turkey. Kurdistan Regional Government spokesman Jamal Abdullah said “media reports have led to an acceleration of the crisis with Turkey.” The Iraqi Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said several journalists were arrested near the Turkish border as a result of the regional government’s decision.In a separate development, Fayçal Ghazala, the correspondent of the satellite TV station Kolsat, was arrested yesterday at his home near Mosul by Kurdish security forces and could face charges of “terrorist activity.” He is reportedly being held in the Dohuk police station.The Iraqi news agency Aswat Al-Iraq meanwhile reported that the editor of the weekly Al-Fayçal, Mohammed Mazhar Al-Shaheen Al-Shumari, was freed on 17 November. He was arrested by the US military in October in Tikrit (180 km north of Baghdad) for reasons that are still unknown. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation November 20, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish regional government criticised for banning reporters from visiting PKK bases Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Help by sharing this information News to go further Receive email alertscenter_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more News News News February 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pick up Christmas Cheer & Stocking Fillers at Boutique Christmas Market…

first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Previous articleLimerick mother makes impassioned appeal for funds to include son (3) on US cancer trialNext articleWATCH: “The girls have done everything to get here”-Donal Ryan Meghann Scully LimerickNewsPick up Christmas Cheer & Stocking Fillers at Boutique Christmas Market in an Historic SettingBy Meghann Scully – November 20, 2020 819 Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Emailcenter_img SET in a beautiful historic 18th Century courtyard at Holycross, Bruff, Co. Limerick, the Rockbarton Garden Centre’s boutique Christmas Market is set to ignite a wonderful Christmas atmosphere while making ‘shop local’ easy.The outdoor Christmas market will feature 30-plus stalls selling high quality produce and gifts created by very talented local craftspeople and artists.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This one-day event is as much about the shopping as it is about soaking up the Christmas atmosphere in a beautiful outdoor setting. Warm your hands around a mulled wine as you follow the one-way system and browse the myriad of artisanal handicrafts and delicious homemade foods on display as Christmas music plays in the background.Take a break from the online shopping and find the perfect gifts or stocking fillers for everyone this Christmas from handcrafted or handmade soaps, fairy doors, jewellery, quilts, pottery, cakes, breads and so much more.Popular local artisan producers such as Happy Food at Home, Our Daily Bread, Lough Gur Pottery, Willow Crafts, Knitting, RnR Quilts, Mary’s Fairies, Mulberry Rose, Cookie & Crumb, Allo Craft & Design will all have stalls at the market.Christmas Trees, Handcrafted Wreaths, Table Centres and Christmas Planters will also be available on the day. And children will be thrilled to know that hot chocolate and crépes will be on offer from the Café cart.Now in its fifth year, the Christmas market will be taking place with a number of additional safety measures.  In adherence with Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, there will be a one way system in place, numbers entering will be monitored and hand sanitiser will be available on all stalls as well as at entry and exit points.  The cafe will also move outdoors to a café cart to ensure social distancing.Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre, said, “It is always a lovely day out with the family where you can embrace some Christmas cheer while picking up an unusual gift for a friend or relative – something that you’re not going to get anywhere else!”“Everyone involved is very excited about the market going ahead, particularly after a very tough year for many local producers.  The market will obviously be different to previous events but we’re doing everything that we can to ensure there is a festive atmosphere and a warm welcome is waiting for you in a safe environment,” she continued.Event detailsDate: Sunday 6th December,Time: 09.30 – 15.30Venue: Rockbarton Garden Centre, Holycross, Bruff, Co Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Twitterlast_img read more