Follow the news on Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more Arshad Ibrahimov, a contributor to the Moderator.az and Avrupa.info news websites, arrested 18 June 2014. There is no limit to the harassment of journalists in Azerbaijan who work for “Azerbaycan Saati,” a TV programme produced abroad, and Meydan TV, a TV station based abroad. As they cannot touch their editors, Ganimat Zahid and Emin Milli, the authorities persecute members of their families inside Azerbaijan. Several have been jailed on trumped-up charges while others have been forced to publicly disownZahid and Milli.Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsImprisonedCouncil of EuropeInternet June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF also took part in a similar demonstration yesterday in Washington and today in Berlin. And many other activities are being organized throughout the world today as part of the Sport for Rights coalition, which groups the leading human rights organizations involved with Azerbaijan.On the day Ismayilova was freed, 25 May, the photographer Elnur Mukhtarov was arrested and was sentenced to ten days of administrative detention. He had covered an anti-government protest and had posted his photos on Facebook. He joins the other journalists and bloggers held in connection with their reporting. They include: Seymur Khazi, a reporter for the daily Azadlig and the TV programme “Azerbaycan Saati,” arrested on 29 August 2014. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Nijat Aliyev, the editor of the Azadxeber news website, arrested on 20 May 2012. News Abdul Abilov, a blogger arrested on 22 November 2013. Rashad Ramazanov, a blogger arrested on 9 May 2013. Shaig Agayev, a blogger arrested on 9 May 2013. Araz Guliyev, the editor of the Xeber44 news website, arrested on 8 September 2012. Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) staged a demonstration outside Azerbaijan’s embassy in Paris today to celebrate Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s 40th birthday and to tell her government that her release two days ago is just the first step towards ending media freedom violations in Azerbaijan.Ismayilova was freed after a court suspended her jail sentence but she continues to be subject to judicial control and cannot leave the country. At least eight other journalists and bloggers are still detained in connection with their reporting while independent media outlets are forced to operate in exile and are still hounded. News May 27, 2016 Khadija Ismayilova’s release is just the start! “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News “In releasing Khadija Ismayilova after 537 days of arbitrary detention, the Azerbaijani government has given a bit of ground but is still far from behaving as it should towards media freedom,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The international community must keep up the pressure until Baku stops harassing independent media, restores pluralism and frees all imprisoned journalists.” AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsImprisonedCouncil of EuropeInternet April 9, 2021 Find out more
News News Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information News April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en January 18, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Google e-mail accounts of foreign reporters hacked, sources endangered China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is deeply disturbed and outraged by cyber-attacks on the Google E-mail accounts of several Beijing-based foreign journalists. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) sent its members a note today alerting them that at least two foreign news bureaux in Beijing have been the target of attacks by hackers.The warning follows Google’s revelation that the Gmail accounts of several dozen Chinese human rights activists were the target of sophisticated attacks in December.“The hackers who targeted foreign journalists based in Beijing were probably trying to get contact details and information about the human rights activists who talk to the international press,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Compromising these reporters’ communication methods endangers and intimidates their sources and constitutes a serious violation of their privacy, their professional work and their freedom to provide news and information.”The press freedom organisation added: “We firmly condemn these attacks and we call on the ministry of industry and information technology to provide an explanation.”A Beijing-based journalist whose account was hacked told Reporters Without Borders told Reporters Without Borders that his emails were being forwarded to another, unknown account. “I have the feeling that my privacy has been violated,” he told Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity. “And so many people have been put in danger by these leaks, it’s terrible.” Last week several human rights activists including artist Ai Weiwei and lawyer Teng Biao said they had been the victim of similar cyber-attacks.The FCCC asked its members to let it know if they have been hacked and advised them to be careful about the links they click on and to ensure their computers are protected against viruses and spyware. To find out whether a Gmail account has been compromised, the FCCC advises its members to:- Log on to their account- Click on Settings in the upper right of the screen, and then on Forwarding and POP/IMAP- And then verify that no unknown email address appears (if it does, they may well have been hacked).A “Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents” on the Reporters Without Borders website offers practical advice and techniques to help Internet users to maintain their anonymity and circumvent censorship, identifying the method that is best adapted for each situation.Google announced on 12 January that it plans to stop censoring the Chinese version of its search engine even if that means it has to withdraw from the Chinese market. It said it reached this decision after discovering that the Google Mail accounts of dozens of human rights activists had been attacked.The US Internet giant is now reportedly negotiating the future of its presence in China with the Chinese authorities. Yahoo! condemned the attacks and voiced its support for its rival, to the dismay of its local partner, Alibaba, but Microsoft has minimised their importance and has firmly announced its intention to stay in the Chinese market.Reporters Without Borders regrets the fact that these leading Internet sector companies, above all Microsoft, have let slip an opportunity to show a united front towards the Chinese and to try together to roll back censorship.Reporters Without Borders also reiterates its support for the Global Online Freedom Act, a bill submitted to the US Congress by Representative Chris Smith that that would prevent US Internet companies from being forced to collaborate with Internet censors in repressive countries. ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Owner Arte Moreno said last week that the club is “always” thinking about a possible extension for Trout, but there’s no urgency to do that now. Trout didn’t want to get into the topic either.“I’m out here just to play baseball,” he said. “Those other things will take care of themselves later.”Always careful to say the right thing, Trout avoided possible trouble at home with another answer.A lifetime Philadelphia Eagles fan who saw his team win the Super Bowl in person, Trout was asked what was the best part of his offseason: “Obviously, getting married. Can’t trick me on that one.”UPTON’S INFLUENCETurns out that Justin Upton has been a pretty influential figure in the Angels’ offseason.A day after veteran outfielder Chris Young signed a one-year deal with the Angels, Young said that talks with Upton, his former teammate and longtime friend, helped convince him the Angels were a good destination. In December, Ian Kinsler said that Upton, his former teammate, affected his decision to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Angels.“I worked out with him all offseason, so bouncing it off of him, how he felt about the organization, how he felt about his short time here last year, he had nothing but great things to say,” Young said.Young, who will back up at all three outfield positions, said it was a frustrating winter, waiting so long for a deal. He signed just in time to make the Angels’ first full-squad workout, on Monday.“If I hadn’t signed today, my answer might have been a little bit different,” Young said. “But in the grand scheme of things, I was still signed before spring opened up, so I’m glad it was able to get done.”ALSOOhtani had a light bullpen session, after which he said he continues to get a better feel for his pitches. He also took batting practice. He could face live pitching in batting practice for the first time on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending how he feels on Tuesday morning Manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels still have not announced on which day he will make his Cactus League debut. …Scioscia reiterated that the plan is for third baseman Zack Cozart to also work out this spring at shortstop and second base. He has never played second or third in the majors, so that would mean he will have to learn two positions. The trade of C.J. Cron, however, clears a roster spot that could allow the Angels to keep another player – such as Kaleb Cowart, Nolan Fontana or Colin Walsh – as the backup second baseman. …Scioscia and Martin Maldonado deferred comment on the new pace of game procedures until after they’d had more time to digest them. The rules, which most notably limit mound visits, were released just as the Angels took the field on Monday. One of the components in Gold Glove selection is the Society for American Baseball Research’s Defensive Index (SDI), which ranked Trout seventh in the league last year. According to FanGraphs’ all-compassing defensive metric, Trout ranked fifth in the league.Trout’s desire to improve his defense was just one of the topics he addressed in his traditional briefing with the media at the beginning of spring training.Trout said he’s particularly excited about this season because of all the upgrades the club made, from bringing in Shohei Ohtani to re-signing Justin Upton to adding Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart.“People are going to think the expectations are higher for sure,” Trout said “We’re trying to get to the playoffs and make a push. We’ve got one goal in there, to win a championship. The last few years I’ve been here we’ve had some good teams. We’re really excited to get this thing going.”How well the Angels do also, obviously, has an impact on Trout’s long-term future. Trout, 26, has three years to go on his contract, and he acknowledged that his desire to stay is connected to the team’s prospects for winning. As has been well chronicled, the Angels have made the playoffs just once in Trout’s six years, and they were swept. TEMPE, Ariz. — The best baseball player in the world has his eyes on one particular area in which he can improve.“There are a lot of defensive metrics out there that you want to get better on,” Mike Trout said before the Angels’ first full-squad workout of the spring on Monday.Asked if he’d been paying attention to those advanced numbers, Trout said: “It pops up every once in a while. I’m trying to get better at everything.”For all of Trout’s accomplishments, he has not won a Gold Glove. It is partly because he happens to be in the league at the same time as players like Kevin Kiermaier, Byron Buxton and Kevin Pillar, who are all outstanding center fielders.