“We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says

first_img AzerbaijanFranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionExiled mediaPredators AzerbaijanFranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionExiled mediaPredators June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to put an immediate stop to all threats and violence against Mahammad Mirzali, an Azerbaijani video blogger who is a refugee in France. He was badly stabbed in an attack last March and continues to be threatened near his home for criticising his country’s authoritarian leader. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Newscenter_img Mirzali no longer dares leave his apartment because his attackers or their accomplices have discovered where he lives in the northwestern city of Nantes and he is alarmed by the activity he has observed around his home.Wednesday, June 2, an unidentified person took photos of his apartment building. This person then approached the building and tried to enter but fled when Mirzali began shouting for the police to come. The day before, Mirzali found that someone had broken the windows of his car and had left a message inside that said: “This is for you.”“They are going to kill me,” Mirzali said, adding that he is no longer able to sleep despite having bought material to reinforce the door to his apartment.A refugee in France since 2016 and outspoken critic of Azerbaijan’s ruling Aliyev family in his blogs, Mirzali was the target of a vicious knife attack in the center of Nantes on 14 March, which he described in a video that RSF filmed in Nantes on his release from hospital. Several shots were fired at him just after he got into his car in Nantes in October 2020.Although unidentified persons keep on sending threats to his mobile phone, he continues to post critical videos on his YouTube channel, Made in Azerbaijan.“Mahammad Mirzali’s life is in danger in France because he dares to say out loud what he thinks of the regime headed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, his wife, Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva, and other members of their family,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“We remind President Aliyev that, as a refugee, Mahammad Mirzali is under France’s protection and that it is extremely serious for a regime to try to export its repressive methods in order to silence critics beyond its borders. If anything at all happens to Mahammad Mirzali on French soil, President Aliyev will not only be held personally responsible but will also have to face condemnation by the entire world and exclusion from the international community.”Mirzali’s family in Azerbaijan has also been targeted. Several intimate videos of his sister were posted online in an attempt to silence him and stones were thrown at her home shortly before the attack against Mirzali in Nantes. His father and brother-in-law were also arrested in 2017 in order to put pressure on him.Azerbaijan is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index. Most of the country’s critical media outlets have been silenced or have had to relocate abroad, the main independent websites are blocked, and at least two journalists are currently in prison. France is ranked 34th in the Index. Le 1er juin, Mahammad Mirzali Mardi a retrouvé les vitres de sa voiture brisées avec un message de menace à l’intérieur. (crédit : Mahammad Mirzali) News Receive email alerts News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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‘Rotarians Are Big Hearted Distinguished Men & Women’

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has described Rotarians as distinguished and exemplary world class citizens and professionals that are responsive to the critical needs of humanity.VP Boakai made the statement last week Friday at a lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Monrovia intended to honor founding member Joseph Richards, Al Browne and Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.He pointed that the visionary founding father of Rotary International was far back as 1905 endowed with so much urge to serve.VP Boakai reminded Rotarians and Liberians that the selfless and astute Chicago Attorney Paul P. Harris as far as back in the last century, could picture the enormous positive impact that such human bonding and drive could exact on his fellow beings in their respective communities even a century later to this day.The Liberian Vice President also noted that the ideals that attended the birth of this humanitarian organization more than 100 years ago and the embrace of its foothold in Liberia some 50 years find serene expression in the thoughtfully crafted motto.“We convene at this lunch meeting today, just as in beginnings when pioneering Rotarians – then a handful of big hearted and broad minded men- held similar regular meetings during their lunch hours on a rotational basis to plot their own service map as professionals with the urging to serve humanity,” VP Boakai asserted.VP Boakai also added that as a mark of their absolute accession to the highest of ethical standards, Rotarians carved for themselves a model guide in what they refer to as the four way test.He further stated that in aspiring to the pinnacle of ethics, Rotarians are duty bound to ask themselves in any enterprise they are set to undertake.Ambassador Boakai also explained that Rotary Clubs, like ours in this country, are noted for championing health issues, supporting hunger-fighting initiatives, providing safe and clean water in villages as well as responding to and helping rebuild when natural disasters strike.VP Boakai intimated that Rotarians rightfully designate their movement as a global network of over a million volunteers’ dedication to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.In remarks, honoree Joseph Richards urged the current generation of Rotarians concentrate their energy and time on the decentralization of programs across in order to meet the socio-economic needs of other Liberians.Rotarian Richards regretted the conspicuous absence his wife at the auspicious occasion of the Rotary Club of Monrovia’s lunch and honoring ceremony in Monrovia.Earlier, Rotary Club of Monrovia President Milton A. Weeks welcomed VP Boakai, staff, and Rotary members and guests for the lunch and honoring program.In brief statement, the Sinkor Rotary Club underscored the need for their participation in the official celebration of the 50th jubilee anniversary.Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Monrovia was founded on January 24, 1064 by few distinguished, business and professional Liberians in an effort to buttress the Liberian Government and other support partners in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks

first_imgmatch reports Under the command of Joe Schmidt, Farrell and their veteran captain, Rory Best, the Six Nations grand slam winners now exude the kind of inner belief that was once solely the preserve of the All Blacks. They should certainly have led by a wider margin than 9-6 at the interval, with New Zealand so flustered they conceded nine penalties to the hosts’ two. Johnny Sexton kicked three of them and almost created a try with a left-footed chip for Rob Kearney which a back-pedalling Jack Goodhue could not gather. The referee, Wayne Barnes, initially thought it was a try but the TMO spotted a fractional knock-on by Kearney on the floor.The All Blacks, thanks to a penalty and a snap drop goal from the fly-half Beauden Barrett, had to work hard simply to stay in the fight. With Devin Toner superb at the restarts and Van der Flier conspicuous in his scarlet headguard, the absence of Conor Murray, Sean O’Brien and Dan Leavy swiftly ceased to matter. The Irish still have remarkable totems such as Peter O’Mahony and Furlong, who has now played six Tests against New Zealand for Ireland and the Lions and lost just two.Already missing Sam Cane’s muscularity, the All Blacks also had to soldier on without Liam Squire, who limped off to be replaced by Scott Barrett. They badly needed a break, which almost arrived four minutes into the second half. Stockdale tried a little chip over the advancing cover, only for a leaping Kieran Read to charge it down. Had the Kiwi skipper scooped up the rebound it would surely have been a soft seven-pointer; crucially, the stooping No 8 could not quite do so. Ireland 16-9 New Zealand: rugby union international – as it happened Share on Facebook Ireland’s 113-year wait over as O’Mahony and Marmion make magic Instead it was Ireland who kept the clearer heads. Sexton, once again keen to explore the blindside, switched the ball right to Bundee Aki, who in turn fed Stockdale. This time the Ulster winger’s chip was perfect, as was the bounce. Over he slid, despite the attentions of Aaron Smith and Damian McKenzie, and the Aviva erupted.If the last quarter was rather more fraught, it further underlined the impressive depth at Schmidt’s disposal. Soon after the final whistle the triumphant strains of U2’s Beautiful Day blasted out into the still evening air; Chicago 2016 was special but this was pretty much New Zealand’s best-available team, with Japan 2019 just over the horizon. Can Ireland really win the World Cup? It is fast becoming a case of who can stop them. Share on Pinterest At times it felt like one of those old-school heavyweight bouts: Ali v Foreman, the whole world watching. The body shots were shuddering, the commitment absolute on both sides from first to last. Rugby like this is as much elemental as anything else.New Zealand had not been rendered try-less since the second Lions Test in Wellington last year; once again they ended up choked in Andy Farrell’s defensive blanket.At the end it was hard to tell if the home players collapsed to the ground in ecstasy or sheer exhaustion. In the not-too-distant past Irish sides ran out of puff in the final quarter; as impressive as anything else on a clear, still evening was the manner in which they soaked up New Zealand’s inevitable second-half rally. The tackle counts of Josh van der Flier and James Ryan were almost as conspicuous as Tadhg Furlong’s front-row contribution but, ultimately, there were green giants right across the home team-sheet. New Zealand rugby union team Share on Messenger Read more Brutal does not even begin to describe the contest but, for Ireland, the outcome was as beautiful as any in their rugby history. For the first time they have beaten the All Blacks on Irish soil and not a single Kiwi can say it was undeserved. If New Zealand are still officially the world’s best team, it did not particularly feel that way at the final whistle.It made for a legendary Dublin night. New Zealand may have escaped against England at Twickenham but not this time; the world champions were hassled and harried to a virtual standstill by a home team as composed and clinical as they were physical and powerful. A solitary 48th-minute try scored by Jacob Stockdale did not entirely reflect Ireland’s compelling efforts with and without the ball. Bundee Aki celebrates a famous win for Ireland against the world champions. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images Ireland rugby union team Read more Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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If so, on this evidence, Ireland will be utterly unfazed, even if New Zealand are still clinging on to their world No 1 ranking for now. The Observer Read more Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Twitter Autumn internationals Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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