Ukraine urged not to deport Uzbek journalist

first_img Credit: Refat Chubarov Receive email alerts Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News March 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Ukraine Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Ukrainian authorities not to deport Narzullo Akhunzhonov, an Uzbek journalist held since 20 September, when he was arrested at Kiev international airport under an Interpol red notice issued at the request of the Uzbek authorities.center_img to go further RSF_en Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media September 29, 2017 – Updated on September 30, 2017 Ukraine urged not to deport Uzbek journalist Akhunzhonov was detained when he arrived with his wife and children on a flight from Turkey with the intention of seeking political asylum. On 22 September, he appeared before a Kiev court, which later ordered him held provisionally for 40 days. His lawyer has appealed against the order. He disputes the fraud charges on which the Uzbek authorities issued a warrant for his arrest. The Uzbek authorities claim that he fraudulently obtained 2,000 dollars in 2009 although they did not open their investigation into the allegations until nearly four years later, in 2013. “The Ukrainian authorities must not send Narzullo Akhunzhonov back to Uzbekistan,” RSF said. “We urge the Ukrainian attorney-general’s office to oppose his extradition in order to guarantee his protection. Deporting him to a country where independent journalists are persecuted and torture is systematic would violate Ukraine’s international obligations.” Akhunzhonov worked for many years as a journalist with Uzbekistan’s national radio and TV broadcaster. He began being subjected to intimidation attempts by the authorities in 2013, partly as a result of his investigative reporting into the case of a prominent athlete who was the victim of trumped-up fraud charges. Three years before that, he sided with two colleagues, Malokhat Eshonkulova and Saodate Omonovykh, who had publicly denounced the corruption and censorship prevailing within the national broadcaster. He also worked on several occasions with the BBC’s Uzbek service on political and social subjects. He fled the country in November 2013 as the threats against him and his family intensified. He found a temporary refuge in Turkey, but the intimidation attempts continued. He received threatening phone calls, he was followed and he was visited at his home. Fearing for his life, he finally decided to leave Turkey with his family and seek asylum in Ukraine. Uzbekistan has been near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index for years and is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in the 2017 Index. The Uzbek authorities have a complete monopoly of news and information, and independent journalists who try to work are exposed to the possibility of extremely severe reprisals. Many reports have documented the widespread use of torture in Uzbek prisons. RSF has often condemned Interpol’s exploitation by repressive regimes, which do not hesitate to get Interpol to issue red notices for the arrest of critics who have fled abroad. News News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression UkraineEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Japan virus expert ‘pessimistic’ Olympics can be held in 2021

first_img “With regard to countermeasures against COVID-19, Tokyo 2020 and the IOC have a framework for information exchange and are cooperating closely with the World Health Organization. “We will continue to work closely with relevant organisations and review all necessary countermeasures.” Last week, Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya told reporters at an online briefing there is “no Plan B” for the Games being postponed again. But Iwata is not the only expert to have raised questions about 2021, with Devi Sridhar, chair of global health at the University of Edinburgh, warning last week that it was “very unrealistic” to think the Games could be held next year unless a vaccine is found. “If we do get a vaccine within the next year then actually I think that (Olympics) is realistic. The vaccine will be the game-changer – an effective, affordable, available vaccine,” Sridhar told the BBC. “If we don’t get a scientific breakthrough then I think that looks very unrealistic.” The sponsors of the Tokyo Olympics must wait until next year for the Games to take place Read Also: Barcelona agree to play without fans until 2021 The decision to delay the Games was a painful one for organisers and the IOC, which came in for criticism for the drawn-out decision to postpone. Initially both officials in Japan and at the IOC insisted the Games could go ahead as planned, even as lockdowns around the world meant athletes were shut out of training locations and forced to stay home. The virus had already wreaked havoc with preparations, forcing the cancellation of qualifiers, and alterations to test events. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Summer Olympics Iwata made headlines earlier this year for his public criticism of Japan’s handling of the coronavirus-wracked Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked off the country’s coast. Japanese officials opted to carry out an on-ship quarantine, but more than 700 people on board ended up contracting the virus, and 13 died. The decision to postpone the Olympics is unprecedented in peacetime, and followed a wave of complaints from athletes facing travel bans and lockdowns. The postponement is a huge undertaking, but organisers have insisted they are working towards the new opening date despite ongoing uncertainty about when the pandemic will be over. – ‘Speculative questions’ – Asked about potential delays to the 2021 date, organisers said their “mission is to prepare the stage for next summer”. “We do not feel it is appropriate to respond to speculative questions,” they told AFP. Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? A Japanese expert who has criticised the country’s response to the coronavirus warned Monday that he is “pessimistic” that the postponed Olympics can be held even in 2021.“To be honest with you I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year,” said Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious diseases at Kobe University.Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed last month to delay the Tokyo 2020 Games until July 2021, after pressure from athletes and sports federations Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed last month to delay the Tokyo 2020 Games until July 2021 after pressure from athletes and sports federations. But in recent days, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread worldwide, there have been questions about whether even a year-long delay will be sufficient. Iwata told a press briefing that the virus would have to be under control at home and abroad for the Games to take place “because you have to invite the athletes and the audience from all over the world”. “Japan might be able to control this disease by next summer, I wish we could, but I don’t think that would happen everywhere on Earth, so in this regard I’m very pessimistic about holding the Olympic Games next summer.”Iwata said he could only see the Games being held next year if they were significantly altered, “such as no audience, or very limited participation”.last_img read more