The Swedish Per Anger Prize awarded to young female journalist in Afghanistan

first_img to go further Najwa Alimi was nominated for the Per Anger Prize by RSF Sweden, the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders. In 2017 Reporters Without Borders opened the first center for protection of women journalists in Afghanistan, Committee for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) who gives support to women media workers in Afghanistan. – This prize comes at the right time. In the ongoing peace negotiations the importance of the protection of journalists and women´s rights can´t be underestimated as the key for a sustainable and long lasting result that will benefit all of Afghanistan. There is a need for more journalists like Najwa Alimi putting a spotlight on the often brutal and extreme violations of press freedom and women´s rights, says Erik Halkjaer, President of RSF Sweden. Najwa Alimi will be presented with the Per Anger Prize on 17 October at a ceremony held at the grand theatre Göta Lejon in Stockholm. The prize will be presented by the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, Amanda Lind. The prize winner will be available for interviews in Stockholm on 14–16 October.The Per Anger Prize is the Swedish government’s international prize for human rights and democracy. The prize was established in 2004 to draw attention to diplomat Per Anger’s great work during the Second World War. The Living History Forum has been commissioned by the government to award the prize each year.Nine international organisations participated in the nomination work for the Per Anger Prize: Afrikagrupperna, Amnesty International, Civil Rights Defenders, Diakonia, ICJ Sweden (Swedish Section of the International Commission of Jurists), Kvinna till kvinna, RSF Sweden (Swedish section of Reporters without Borders), the Church of Sweden, and Swedish PEN. For more information, please contact: Living History Forum’s press officer at: +46 70-259 38 19 or press(a)levandehistoria.se.Anna Widmark, RSF Sweden director, at: +46 72-308 05 23 or reportrarutangranser(a)rsf.org More information about the Per Anger Prize can be found at www.livinghistory.se and about the work of RSF in Afghanistan at www.rsf.org/en/afghanistan  I want to demonstrate that women can work in an industry considered taboo for them. I realised that journalism was the quickest way if I wanted to reach women all around Afghanistan, and that it could serve as a platform to fight for women’s rights, says Najwa Alimi.Afghanistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, but also for women in general. Najwa Alimi is 25 years old, and she currently works as a reporter for the Afghan TV channel Zan TV, the only channel in the country that employs only female reporters and editors. She has made a name for herself as a fearless reporter, raising topics preferably avoided by other journalists, including social vulnerability, homelessness, drug addiction, and women’s rights.– As a journalist, Najwa Alimi has been shot at and threatened. To keep fighting for women’s rights to be seen and heard takes great courage. Najwa Alimi gives hope to a new generation of Afghan girls and boys, says Ingrid Lomfors, Director of the Living History Forum and chairman of the Per Anger Prize jury.The conditions for women in Afghanistan are slowly improving. But progress is slow, and many women are subjected to both violence and discrimination. More and more women enter the workforce, but harassment and the lack of education still present major obstacles for many of them. Last year, 14 journalists were killed, more than in any other country in the world, and so far this year four journalists have been killed. As female journalists grow in numbers, taking up more space, the threat against them increases. – Receiving the Per Anger Prize makes me even more convinced that I’m on the right track, that I should keep doing what I’m doing, and work even harder, says Najwa Alimi. Organisation SwedenAfghanistanEurope – Central AsiaAsia – Pacific Events News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News SwedenAfghanistanEurope – Central AsiaAsia – Pacific Events Newscenter_img June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more News With her life at stake, journalist Najwa Alimi challenges Afghanistan’s traditional view of women and men. In a country where women are seldom allowed to leave their homes unaccompanied, she can be seen on television as a reporter on the Afghan TV channel Zan TV. Nominated by the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders, Najwa Alimi is awarded the Per Anger Prize for her fight for freedom of expression and women’s rights. The Per Anger Prize is the Swedish government’s international prize for human rights and democracy, awarded by the Living History Forum. September 16, 2019 – Updated on September 17, 2019 The Swedish Per Anger Prize awarded to young female journalist in Afghanistan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

TV reporter hacked to death in Jaffna

first_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sri Lanka Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Paranirupasingam Devakumar, a television reporter of Tamil origin, who was hacked to death yesterday evening as he was returning to his home a few kilometres outside the northern city of Jaffna. A friend who was with him was also killed in the attack.“Devakumar is the latest journalist to fall victim to the spiral of violence that has wracked the Jaffna peninsula since fighting between the government and Tamil Tigers resumed in 2006,” the press freedom organisation said. “The government in Colombo must do everything possible to establish the circumstances of this murder and identity those responsible, so that it does not go unpunished as so many others have.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Although no suspect has yet been found, the security forces should explain how this attack took place in an area of the peninsula that is supposed to be under close military control. The government is exposing both its inability and its lack of political will to protect journalists.”Aged 36, Devakumar had worked for the past three years for the three stations owned by the Maharaja Television group – MTV, Sirasa TV and Shakthi TV. He was hacked to death by an unidentified group of assailants at Navanthurai, a few kilometres outside Jaffna, as he was returning to his home in Vaddukoddai. The friend accompanying him, 24-year-old computer technician Mahendran Varadan, died later in hospital from the injuries he sustained in the attack.The government has reportedly assigned three police teams to probe the incident. Priority could not be given to any hypothesis for the time being as Devakumar was known for covering both sides of the war between the government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He had not been criticised or threatened in the past and a personal motive cannot be ruled out.Stressing that Devakumar’s murder was just the latest in a series of killings of journalists in the troubled Jaffna region, the Free Media Movement said condemnations and promises of investigations had no meaning “without the political will” to complete the investigations. “The repugnant impunity that aids and abets violence against journalists and media personnel must come to an end,” the FMM said.Caught in the crossfire between two armed forces, journalists in the Jaffna peninsula are constantly the targets of threats, kidnappings and murders, and many of them have been forced to flee the region. Reporters Without Borders has long condemned the untenability of this situation in its press releases and in a report entitled “Jaffna’s media in the grip of terror” which it published on 24 August 2007 as a member of an international press freedom mission to Sri Lanka.President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently reiterated his determination to “defeat the terrorism” of the Tamil Tigers, who are blamed for the frequent deadly bombings in the Colombo region. Despite their attempts to suppress the information, the security forces have sustained heavy losses in the course of their attempts in recent months to dislodge the LTTE from the Jaffna peninsula. Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Paranirupasingam Devakumar, a television reporter of Tamil origin, who was hacked to death yesterday evening as he was returning to his home, in an area of the Jaffna peninsula that is supposed to be under control of the government forces. “The government is exposing its inability to protect journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. July 15, 2020 Find out more News January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation News to go further RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial May 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV reporter hacked to death in Jaffnalast_img read more

One in three Britons has taken home off the market

first_imgAlmost one three Britons has taken their home off the market in the past five years, according to a new study.Reasons for taking down the For Sale sign included poor market conditions, lack of funds and deciding to renovate instead.For those that did sell, the average sale time on the market varied between six months and two weeks – while 16% are still going through the conveyancing process.The figures were revealed in a survey by window-furnishings company Thomas Sanderson, who polled more than 1,800 UK homeowners.All respondents revealed they had put their house up for sale in the past five years.Successful transactionsOf the Britons who had put their house up for sale, just over half (56%) had successfully gone through with the transaction,The remaining 28%, however, had taken their house off the market in the past five years.When asked why they had put their house up for sale, the most common answers were ‘To move to a different area’ (23%), ‘Because I could no longer afford the property’ (18%) and ‘To upsize’ (15%).Just over two-thirds of those who had removed their house from sale (68%) said they had done so in the past two years. When asked why, the most common reasons were:Could not/did not want to sell the house in the current market – 19%;Decided to renovate instead – 17%;Could no longer afford to upsize – 16%;They no longer wanted to move – 14%;Could not afford the fees – 12%.Plans to relistAsked if they thought they would put their house back on the market, just under a quarter (23%) said they thought they would do so in the next two years, with a further 26% saying they would in the next five years.Nearly a third (31%) said they didn’t think they would ever re-list their property.Just one in nine (11%) said they regretted the decision to take their house off the market, while 53% were certain they had made the right choice, while the remainder were unsure.The average amount spent putting their house up for sale before removing it from the market was roughly £1,200.Commenting on the findings of the study Richard Petrie, Marketing Director at www.thomas-sanderson.co.uk, said: “It has become increasingly popular to renovate your home rather than buy new in the current market, so it makes sense that people are choosing this option after initially deciding to sell.“It’s annoying that you still have to pay for various fees when putting your house on the market, but you may end up saving money in the long term if you are not in the right position to sell your home.” Stalling sales Unable to sell homes housing market house sales March 17, 2020Richard ReedOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 17th March 2020 at 3:11 pmPre-covid 19, which was the 2019 market, here are the scores on the doors regarding moving not moving exchange rates etc, taken on a national basis as a snapshot at the end of December 2019. Last year; –1,653,474 residential properties were listed.936,461 exchanged, some sold sstc in 2018 and 2019.233,575 sales fell through having been sstc, some sold stc in 2018 and 2019.799,995 properties were withdrawn, some of these were listed in 2018 and 2019.The national exchange rate was 53.93%.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » One in three Britons has taken home off the market previous nextHousing MarketOne in three Britons has taken home off the marketSurvey of 1800 homeowners reveals poor and uncertain market conditions have prompted vendors to take their home off the market and renovate instead.Richard Reed17th March 20201 Comment1,199 Viewslast_img read more

Your Milk Money

first_imgEver wonder if you get the best value for the milk and other dairy products in yourrefrigerator?With retail milk prices expected to rise 15 to 20 cents per gallon by early summer,it’s something to think about.No matter what the price, though, consumers can make sure they’re getting the most valuefor their dairy dollars.”It’s mostly a matter of comparing prices and nutrition labels,” said Connie Crawley, afood, nutrition and health specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”In general, the lower the fat content of the dairyproduct, the more of a nutritional value it provides,” she said. Milk, sour cream,cheese or even yogurt all follow this rule.Crawley said store brands may often prove the best nutritional bargain for dairyproducts, especially for fluid milk.National name brands and store or generic brands of milk contain virtually the samenutrients. Often the same dairy cooperative provides milk to both the national bottler andthe grocery chain.The nutrient content of individual milk jugs may vary. But Crawley said that’s due to how much light themilk has been exposed to. Opaque containers, usually colored plastic jugs or waxed papercartons, protect the milk from light.”Light destroys the riboflavin, a B vitamin, in milkand dairy products,” she said. “But most milk stays in the grocery store a short enough time thatplenty remains in the milk.”Crawley said consumers should pay attention to the “sell by” date on the jug, too. Somestores discount milk at or near that date, and you can save some money by buying when it’s on sale.It’s safe tobuy near that date, as long as you plan to use it within three to five days.Buying larger quantities can save money, too. The cost per ounce for a gallon of milkis much less than the cost per ounce for a half-gallon or quart. Again, Crawley said,comparing prices is the best way to find bargains.Regardless of the dairy products you use, prices have to increase to keep Georgiadairies in business, said Extension economist Bill Thomas.Most Georgia dairies contract to sell all of their milk to cooperatives, which contractwith wholesalers or retail outlets.The milk-demand cycle matches the school year. “As school lets out and thenstarts again in late August,” Thomas said, “milk demand drops and thenincreases.”This year, though, about 10 million Olympic visitors will increase Georgia’s population in July andAugust. That’smillions more people wanting milk and dairy products.”That’s increasing demand very suddenly, and cooperatives may not have thelocal resources to meet the demand,” Thomas said.If local farmers can’t meet their contracts, they have to pay to bring milk into theSoutheast to meet the demand. The shipping costs drive prices higher. Or they drivedairies out of business, and the resulting lower supply drives prices higher.”Without our local farmers, prices will go up even morewhen milk must be shipped into Georgia to meet demand,” Thomas said.”It’s not that dairies are making big profits,” he said. “They’re not even making enough tostay in business.”last_img read more

Vorm dismisses Reds talk

first_img Vorm added: “But I did not say I wanted to go to Liverpool or anywhere else – I am very happy here at Swansea. Not once have I told my agent or the chairman Huw Jenkins that I want to leave here.” Earlier this week Vorm and Jenkins had to deny talks had already started over a move to Barcelona, after the keeper and his family were spotted in the Catalan city. “The Barcelona story was a shock to me,” added Vorm. “It’s quite funny when I think about it, because I had a couple of days free so I wanted to fly somewhere close and sunny, so my family went to Barcelona. “I had a great time with my wife and my two kids. We went to Barcelona Zoo, but I can tell you we were not buying souvenirs at the Camp Nou.” And he made it clear he fully intends to be part of Swansea’s foray into European competition next season. “This season has been incredible for us,” added Vorm. “We are doing so well in the league and, of course, we won the Capital One Cup which means we are playing in Europe next season. “I’ve played European football before and it will be great for everyone at this club – the players, staff, directors, supporters and also the city of Swansea.” Press Association Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm has distanced himself from reports he would like to be reunited with former manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.center_img Vorm reportedly told Dutch magazine Voetbal International that it would be “special” to again link-up with Rodgers, the man who brought him to the Liberty Stadium from FC Utrecht in the summer of 2011. The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield, as well as Arsenal and Barcelona, but he claimed his comments had been “lost in translation”. He told the club’s official website: “The comments that came out of the interview from the Dutch press have been lost in translation. They asked me about Brendan, and I said I enjoyed working under him. Of course I did, he was the man that brought me here and we had a successful season.” last_img read more

VIDEO: Cleveland Cavaliers Beat Golden State Warriors 93-89 To Win Their First NBA Title

first_imgFor the first time, the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions. The Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 to win the title. It’s the city’s first major sports championship since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.”We made history tonight,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.Led by hometown star LeBron James, who won MVP honors for the third time in his career, the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 game deficit and win the championship. James scored 27 points, collected 11 rebounds, delivered 11 assists, blocked three shots and had two steals.He was ably assisted by Cavs guard Kyrie Irving who scored 26 points including a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left, giving Cleveland a 92-89 lead. Then with just 10.6 seconds left, James made a free throw to make it 93-89. As those final seconds counted down on the giant scoreboard to that winning moment at 10:57 p.m. ET, thunderous screams erupted from the thousands who thronged Oracle Arena.Tears flowed freely among both fans and players, especially James, who two years ago promised to bring a title to his native Midwest state. “I gave everything that I had. I brought my heart, my blood, my sweat, my tears to this game,” James said during his postgame interview. “Cleveland, this is for you!”For the Warriors, Draymond Green collected 32 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists while and Stephen Curry scored 17 points, missing a crucial a 3-pointer in the final minute that would have tied the game.”It hurts, man,” Curry said of the loss.Meantime, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver echoed the sentiments of many Cleveland fans, “The curse is over.” Watch highlights of the game –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more