Frog It Forward partners with KIND Snacks

first_imgMakenzie Stallo Previous articleThe top five cookies in Fort WorthNext articleTCU alumni teach students about personal branding for workforce Makenzie Stallo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Twitter Makenzie Stallo Makenzie Stallo is a senior journalism major and French minor from Denton, Texas. She currently serves as a line editor. Facebook + posts Final Frogs for the Cure celebration honors 12 years with Ann Louden Linkedin Etiquette Dinner teaches valuable skills to Chancellor’s Scholars Makenzie Stallo Twitter printMany students received a flower, a KIND bar and a smile on their way to class on Wednesday. TCU’s Frog It Forward initiative partnered with KIND Snacks to bring a series of kindness-driven activities to campus.The first of these events was held Wednesday on the south side of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. A flower wall was set up where members of the Frog It Forward executive team and KIND handed out more than 350 flowers and granola bars to those passing by.Students were encouraged to pass on the flowers to others as a way to brighten up their day with a simple act of kindness.Rachael Capua, assistant director of the sophomore and junior year experience, said events like the flower wall “emphasizes the very mission of the Frog It Forward initiative.”“The gift of giving is a powerful message, one that we hope can simply make someone’s day, while also encouraging them to live the TCU mission in a new and different way,” Capua said.The Frog It Forward initiative is a Student Developmental Services program that encourages students to live a pay-it-forward lifestyle, promoting generosity and engagement both on campus and in the greater Fort Worth community.This is why the KIND university ambassador for TCU, Petra Rack, thought it was a perfect fit for a partnership.The KIND mission is simple – to spread and celebrate kindness.When Rack, a sophomore nutrition major, began her job with KIND this semester, she was in need of finding other organizations that fed into that mission.It’s Rack’s responsibility to bring KIND to campus in creative ways. The partnership with Frog it Forward has been a way for both groups to take on bigger projects on campus.“It’s my job to make people happy and that makes me really happy,” Rack said.Next Friday, Nov. 13, is World Kindness Day. The Frog it Forward and KIND team have set up many events to give back to those who give their all to TCU.Groups such as employees of the TCU physical plant and the police department are among those who will be celebrated. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Makenzie Stallo Makenzie Stallo Facebook ReddIt Ann Louden’s Legacy Students help elders “Cycle Without Age” ReddIt Linkedin Members of the Frog It Forward executive team and KIND pass out flowers and granola bars to students walking by. Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ eventlast_img read more

The benefits of going to the barre

first_imgFacebook printBarre class has created a new meaning for the phrase, “I’ll meet you at the barre.” But at this barre clearing your mind doesn’t include overpriced drinks.This trendy new workout is blend of yoga, Pilates, and ballet. While the workout leads to a sculpted dancer-like body, you don’t have to be a dancer to attend class.“I danced for about ten years and I had a knee injury,” said Carleigh Klein, a SmartBarre instructor. “I was looking for something to kind of replace it to transition so that I didn’t lose a lot of the muscles that I had when I was dancing. I found barre and it was SmartBarre and it was a perfect transition and I hardly saw a difference at all in my body.”The workout focuses on small strengthening and lengthening exercises intertwined with stretches.One of the things that SmartBarre focuses on is preventing injuries by protecting the joints and strengthening the muscles, said Klein.In addition to toning and lengthening muscles, barre class helps to rev the metabolism which aids in fat burning throughout the day.Barre also tones the entire body. A typical barre class at SmartBarre starts with strengthening the upper body, then the lower body and then abs.Stretching is incorporated in-between each segment.The class ends with dimmed lights and soft music to help everyone relax.“You really zone out in whatever moves you are doing,” Klein said. “Then once you get out of the class you can kind of get back into whatever you were doing before class with a clearer mindset.”As barre gains popularity more and more studios have popped up around the country. While the general workout is the same, each studio has a unique method and structure to the class.In addition to SmartBarre, there are small pop-up studios as well as large barre franchises such as PureBarre, The Bar Method and Barre3, to name a few.“Back home I go to Barre3 but [SmartBarre] is very similar, they both kind of do the same type of thing,” Remy Zingale, a SmartBarre attendee, said.While the workout may have you looking and feeling like a dancer, there is no need for skill or flexibility.“My mom and I started experiencing new workout classes and she discovered this one because she can’t really dance and I’m not that flexible so this was a good medium for us both,” Zingale said. Facebook Molly Jenkins + posts Twitter Molly Jenkins Opinion: Why we should focus on America’s educational system Molly Jenkins is the Associate Editor of the Skiff. She is a junior journalism major and nutrition minor from Portland, Oregon. The thing she misses the most from Oregon are Por Que No?’s Tacos. Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Opinion: Why Beto O’Rourke’s campaign will end like Hillary Clinton’s Opinion: my thoughts after the Stoneman Douglas school shooting Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddIt Molly Jenkins Molly Jenkins Linkedin Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Molly Jenkins Previous articleWomen’s tennis signs five-star players to 2017 classNext articleCelebrity Dish (Ep. 08 – Victoria’s Secret fashion show, Kanye West, Thanksgiving and more) Molly Jenkins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Opinion: We need to stop defining politicians simply on their public speaking [View the story “The Trend of Barre” on Storify] Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Students help elders “Cycle Without Age”

first_img Previous articleWinner of TCU’s Got Talent makes up for missing out on contest last yearNext articleTCU’s plan for the future Makenzie Stallo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Makenzie Stallo TCU’s diversity falls middle of the road compared to peer institutions + posts Is TCU’s firework obsession because of Boschini? ‘It doesn’t hurt.’ Makenzie Stallo is a senior journalism major and French minor from Denton, Texas. She currently serves as a line editor. Makenzie Stallo Ann Louden’s Legacy printEvery Thursday, the residents of the Trinity Terrace retirement community gather at Trinity Trail for a bike ride. But they don’t do it alone. The residents relax and enjoy the ride in specialized rickshaws piloted by TCU students.Trinity resident Emma Coley has never missed a ride in the rickshaw.“They bought the two rickshaws and set it up and asked me if I would be interested, and I said sure,” Coley said. “Anything to get me out, and I love it and I wouldn’t miss one.”The volunteer “pilots” of these rickshaws are all TCU students, most of whom have been recruited by sociology instructor Dr. Keith Whitworth.“It’s just a way for the students to give back to the community and for the residents to experience something that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise,” Whitworth said. This project is part of an international movement called Cycling Without Age. It was founded by Ole Kassow in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2012, and is now in 28 countries around the world. Kassow’s mission was to get elderly citizens with limited mobility back on bicycles.The official website states: “Life unfolds at all ages, young and old, and can be thrilling, fun, sad, beautiful and meaningful. Cycling Without Age is about letting people age in a positive context – fully aware of the opportunities that lie ahead when interacting in their local community.”Spending time outdoors has great health advantages for senior citizens, but too few actually reap these benefits, as reported by Community Home Health Care.Trinity resident Carol McCarty said a lot of residents never venture outside. “Some people never leave or get out of their room, except for when they eat and then they go back to their room,” said Trinity resident Carol McCarty. “They never go outside.”For senior citizens, going outside can improve the immune system, boost vitamin D levels, improve focus and recover from injuries at a faster rate, according to Community Home Health Care. Quick List Venngage InfographicsThe program came to the attention of Keith Manning, the operations project manager for Trinity Terrace, after one of the residents who was an avid cyclist suggested this program to him.Manning said the partnership with TCU was a natural fit.“I love the fact that we have older adults talking with the students, getting to swap life stories and learn about things from each other,” Manning said. “Intergenerationality is one of the founding factors of Cycling without Age.”First-year pre-nursing major Bryce Cherry said he enjoys getting to know the residents on a personal level.“I mainly enjoy the human aspect of it like getting to talk to people and getting to know their stories and everything they’ve been through from homemakers to retired air force colonels,” Cherry said. Makenzie Stallo Twitter Ann Louden leaving TCU, heading to Adelphi University in NY Twitter Facebook Etiquette Dinner teaches valuable skills to Chancellor’s Scholars Linkedin ReddIt ReddIt SGA holds student memorial to honor lives of four students Linkedin Facebook Final Frogs for the Cure celebration honors 12 years with Ann Louden Emma Coley gets ready to ride the rickshaw around Trinity Trail (Makenzie Stallo/TCU 360). Makenzie Stallo Makenzie Stallo read more

Memorial to commemorate MLK Jr. to come to downtown Fort Worth

first_imgprintA visit decades ago by one of America’s most iconic leaders will be immortalized in downtown Fort Worth. On Oct. 22, 1959, Civil Rights leader and minister Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made a visit to Fort Worth and now, 58 years later, his visit will be commemorated by the placing of the MLK Memorial Landmark Plaque and Pedestal. The monument was proposed by the Tarrant County Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapter (SCLC) and supported by other academic institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The proposal was accepted as part of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Foundation Heritage Trails in Downtown Fort Worth said president of the local SCLC chapter Rev. Kyev Tatum.King was invited by Vada Felder, the first African American graduate of the Brite Divinity School. He befriended her at a church meeting in Nashville, Tennessee where she asked him to visit the city to deliver a sermon later that year. Upon his arrival, King was met with hate and angry threats. He was forbidden from speaking at TCU and was not allowed to stay at any hotels, so he stayed at Felder’s house. He spoke twice, once in the morning at a prayer breakfast for Brite faculty at social and Christian ethics professor Dr. Harold Lunger’s home, and second at the Fort Worth Majestic Theater in downtown where the memorial gets its name.“It should be noted that the Majestic Theater was the first establishment to quietly integrate in Fort Worth when it allowed blacks to enter through the front door of the theater and sit in the lower seats to hear Dr. King speak,” Tatum said. “It was truly a great day to be alive in Fort Worth, Texas.” President John F. Kennedy’s memorial in Downtown Fort Worth ( spoke at the now-gone theater to a crowd of about 400 who paid $1.25 to see him inside. His sermon was entitled “A Great Time to Be Alive”, which addressed “the struggle to save the soul of America.”The marker will be located in General Worth Square across the street from the John F. Kennedy landmark. The memorial plaque ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 4 on the 50th Anniversary of King’s assassination. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin ReddIt TAGSEthnicityFort WorthRace Brandon Kitchin Brandon Kitchin Campus organizations to host ‘Black Panther’ screening, discussion ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’ writer visits campus, talks media coverage on Nike, Kaepernick ad Brandon Kitchin + posts Martin Luther King Jr. and Vada Felder smiling and standing directly right of King at the Majestic Theater on Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy of Brite Divinity School.) Linkedin Facebookcenter_img World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Brandon Kitchin Brandon Kitchin is a junior Journalism major and TCU 360 line editor from Grand Prairie, Texas. If you ever get the chance to meet him, he is such a positive person that you might just have your day made. You can find him in the loudest section of the Amon G. Carter Stadium or on the field at halftime with “The Pride Of TCU,” the Horned Frog Marching Band. He plays bass drum for the TCU Drumline. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Fort Worth thanks to first African-American female graduate of Brite Divinity School Twitter Previous articleGet to know the 2018 Frog Camp directorsNext articleGenHERation event brings students and professionals together Brandon Kitchin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brandon Kitchin ReddIt Nelson Mandela’s former prison guard visits campus to reflect on their unlikely friendship Facebook Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history last_img read more

UPDATE: Several students report paintball, pellet attacks

first_imgBoschini questions English-only alert system Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Carolina is a journalism major with a minor in Spanish. She grew up in Houston, Texas so it’s safe to say you can hear her cheering on Houston sports team, EXCEPT the Texans. She throws up the X for the Dallas Cowboys. She can’t start her day without coffee and when she’s not reporting you can find her working out or spending time with friends. Carolina Olivares Fort Worth Police have arrested three men and two other suspects have been identified in connection with a string of paintball and pellet shootings this week that left one student with a pellet lodged in her buttock.TCU Police sent out a campus alert late Thursday evening, by that time many on and off campus were already discussing the attacks.Students and Fort Worth Police reported attacks on Monday and Wednesday night.One student who asked not to be identified said he was shot with a pellet gun Wednesday night as he waited to cross South University Drive near the Mary Couts Burnett Library. The student, who wasn’t injured, said he was wearing a hoodie when a pellet grazed the back of his neck.According to police around  11:11 p.m. and 11:27 p.m. Wednesday, people reported that paintballs and pellets were being aimed at them from a tan mid 2000s Nissan Altima. Two TCU police officers arrived at the scene and stopped the suspected vehicle. Fort Worth Police identified three suspects, two 21-year-olds and a 17-year-old, in connection with the attacks.“It’s an ongoing investigation,” said Robert Rangel, the assistant chief of TCU Police. Rangel declined to answer detailed questions about the attacks without an open records request. Under the Texas act, police have up to 10 business days to respond to these requests and they aren’t required to release information if they feel doing so would hinder an investigation.Dalton Passons said he was nearby Wednesday when the student wearing the hoodie was struck with the pellet.“They were driving towards us and yelled, ‘Hey cuz!’ And then I looked over my shoulder and heard the shots and saw the gun,” Passons said.Passons said they were unable to identify the suspects because it was so dark.“That area is not very well lit,” said Passons.Monday’s reported incident went unannounced until Thursday night when TCU students received an email from Rangel. Late Friday morning, Student Development Services sent an email to TCU parents outlining the attacks.According to the email, “Protocols for Crime Alerts require that there be an immediate and continuing threat to the community and, although the suspects were no longer in the area, a Public Safety Announcement is being sent out to inform the community about the status of the investigation and to alleviate concerns of an ongoing threat.”“I was surprised TCU police emailed as late they did,” said the student who was attacked Wednesday.According to a Facebook post the student with the pellet injury was also attacked Wednesday.On Monday, first-year mechanical engineering major Omega Stallworth said he was driving a Froggie Five-O cart, the student escort service, around 10 p.m. by Marion Hall when he heard a noise and noticed pink paint flying everywhere as a black pick-up truck drove off.Stallworth and the students in the cart weren’t hit.That same night two students said they were shot at as they walked back to campus from Kroger.Sophomores Rosemary Dupre and Brooke Bezich were walking by Mary Wright Admission Center on Bellaire Drive North when Dupre said suspects rolled down the window, yelled and fired their weapons.“We ducked,” said Dupre. “Brooke fell in the bushes. It was so scary.” Carolina Olivares TCU 360 archives ReddIt ReddIt printUpdated 05/07: Although a reported incident occurred the evening of Monday April 23, Robert Rangel, the assistant chief of TCU Police, did not send a public announcement to TCU students and faculty and staff until three days later, Thursday evening. “We try not to send those out very often,” Rangel said. “If we send those out all the time they can begin disregarding them, so we reserve those crime alerts for when it’s immediate danger.”He said the department has specific criteria when sending crime alerts, one of those being the TCU community must be in immediate ongoing risk.“The first night was just paintballs so it just made a mess,” said Rangel. He said the second night the men had changed to using pellets, which had more range and higher chances of harming.“The pellets can cause serious injury so at that point it was no longer an isolated incident,” Rangel said. The crime alert stated three men were arrested; however, Rangel said there was a fact error and only two men were arrested.It remains an ongoing investigation and more charges are anticipated, Rangel said. Facebook Boschini pushes to change alert system company Linkedin + posts center_img Twitter Individual safe after threatening to jump from Amon G. Carter Stadium Twitter Previous articleHoroscope: April 27, 2018Next articlePolitics professor encourages universities to embrace free speech Carolina Olivares RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Carolina Olivares World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Student expected to launch sports betting app Facebook Carolina Olivares Carolina Olivares TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedinlast_img read more

Men’s tennis secures Big 12 regular season title with win over Baylor

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Linkedin New medical school will not reserve seats for TCU students Courtesy of gofrogs Ben Auten Ben Auten Facebook Ben Auten is a junior sports broadcasting major from Charleston, South Carolina. He is an avid sports fan; he especially loves college basketball, baseball, and soccer. Neeley School professor hosting ‘Entrepreneurship Boot Camp’ Ben Auten ReddIt TAGSBig 12 Ben Auten Twitter What we’re reading: Congress making moves Linkedin Center for International Studies creates new study abroad option Ben Auten Previous articleSuspect in custody following multi-hour man hunt along Forest Park BlvdNext articleBookstore hosts release party for student-authored cookbook Ben Auten RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook printIt was seniors Guillermo Nuñez and Trevor Johnson who upheld the hype of senior night to lead No. 6 TCU to a 4-1 victory over No. 23 Baylor.Nuñez and Alex Rybakov cruised to a 6-1 victory over Baylor’s No. 9 Will Little and Johannes Schretter. Then, Johnson and his doubles partner, Alastair Gray, picked up a 6-3 win to earn the doubles point for TCU.Baylor (18-7, 1-3) bounced back by winning the first singles match to even the match at 1, but it was all TCU (17-3, 4-0) the rest of the way.Seniors Guillermo Nuñez (left) and Trevor Johnson (right) hoist the Big 12 trophy.Nuñez retained the Frogs’ lead with a commanding win over Baylor’s Matias Soto, 6-3, 6-4. Johnson followed that with a 6-3, 6-4 win, as well, as TCU’s seniors ended their final home match with a pair of victories.“This class of seniors took our program to another level,” head coach David Roditi said. “I thought it was so fitting that it was coming down to the wire and our two seniors finish right next to each other and right back-to-back.”No. 19 Alex Rybakov took care of No. 64 Johannes Schretter, 6-3, 6-4 on court one to finish off the Bears and clinch another regular season Big 12 title for the Frogs.“To win the Big 12 is a huge accolade and something to be proud of,” Roditi said. “The fact that we have won it three years in a row is amazing and I never thought that it would happen.”With the win, TCU also extends its winning streak to 11 matches and will close out Big 12 play this weekend.Up Next:TCU will look to go unbeaten in Big 12 play when they finish up the regular season at Texas Tech (19-8, 1-3) Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Twitterlast_img read more

Horoscope: March 5, 2021

first_imgTwitter Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 ReddIt Tamia Banks Previous articleTCU’s mask mandate to remain in placeNext article2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – AFC North Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Tamia Banks Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 2, 2021 printA baby born today has a Sun in Pisces and a Moon in Sagittarius.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, March 5, 2021:Insightful, expressive and intense, you must learn to be nicer to yourself. To the world, you are kind and considerate, but internally you are secretly too hard on yourself. This year, your product is very successful, and profitable. If single, there’s a high turnover rate, but you find your true mate in 2022. If attached, you go through heaven and hell — and it is true love. SCORPIO is your match.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★Projects that were once laborious are easier to complete today. Make a social occasion of doing chores by asking for a friend’s assistance. Your creativity is blossoming. Trust your hunches and reach out to those who can help you. Tonight: A touch of magic.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★★Both business and personal relationships reach a turning point. Hidden factors are revealed to change your opinions and perspectives. Your detective and research skills serve you well. Problems and arguments are resolved. Tonight: An early night’s sleep for the detective.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★You greet the day with a volatile and intense relationship situation in progress. Meditate on whether to hold on or to just let go and move forward. A matter can be resolved in your favor. Tonight: A make-up date.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★★Revel in the success someone close to you enjoys. Then the rest of today is just for you. The magic of extra sleep. Drink fluids to detoxify the body. Try foot baths or steep healing herbs in your bath water. Tonight: A pampering day becomes pampering night.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★You are a wandering free spirit in matters of the heart, even if completely attached. Romantic needs are evolving. Today initiates some unexpected developments in love, perhaps a change in the status of a relationship. Tonight: People appreciate your creativity and breezy personality.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★★Modernization of your surroundings might be pleasing. A new theme or home remodeling project appears. The sale or purchase of property could pave the way to financial freedom. A family member’s contribution or advice brings welcome financial assistance. Tonight: Relax.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★Today finds you especially talkative and promises an interesting daily schedule punctuated by numerous messages and outings. The stars favor a focus on planning and correspondence. Embrace future travel opportunities too. Tonight: Catching up with a sibling or a neighbor.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★You experience some frustration linked to money matters today. Go over everything with a fine-tooth comb and consider new strategies for enhancing your finances and your security. Talk with an elderly female family member. Tonight: Be adaptable and economize. Don’t let yourself splurge.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★★★A fiery natural leader, quick to act and speak, you keep life moving. Each new day brings a fresh start, a time to welcome a myriad of novel possibilities. Love prospects and great opportunities abound today. Tonight: In wonderment at your good fortune.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★★Dreams reflect and provide insights concerning your path. Be aware of how repeating habits and patterns affects your life’s path for good or ill. Examine the past if you would know the future. Tonight: Invoke an angel or spirit guide for assistance and protection.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★★Today offers a marvelous cycle for professional networking. Call up old friends with whom you haven’t spoken to in eons. Politics, community activities and new friendships link to long-term goals. Tonight: You feel it all dropping into place and coming together.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★★Express creative ideas at work. It’s a wonderful day to combine business with pleasure. One who admires you can offer a valuable recommendation leading to a promotion. Place a small potted pine tree in your workspace. Tonight: It will promote growth and stability.Born today: Actor Dean Stockwell (1936), singer Andy Gibb (1958), actress Eva Mendes (1974) Linkedin Tamia Banks Linkedin Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Twitter Facebook Tamia Banks Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 + posts Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Facebook Horoscope: April 28, 2021last_img read more

Free Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov!

first_img Committee to Protect Journalists June 4, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalists The imprisonment of Mehman Huseynov is another step by the Azerbaijani authorities to retaliate against him for his critical journalism and defiance, but also to deter others from seeking justice for police abuse, a persistent and well-documented problem in Azerbaijan. At least 5 other journalists and bloggers are currently in prison on politically motivated charges in Azerbaijan. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Receive email alerts RSF_en Human Rights Watch On January 9, a group of plain-clothes officers attacked Mehman Huseynov, blindfolded and gagged him with towels, forced a bag over his head and took him to the Nasimi district police station, where police used an electroshock weapon on his groin, and punched him, bloodying his nose. The next day, officers took him before a court that found him guilty of disobeying police orders and fined him 200 manat (US$120). English PEN Front Line Defenders “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Human Rights First While authorities refused to conduct a credible investigation into Huseynov’s torture allegations, the Nasimi police chief brought a criminal lawsuit against him for defamation. After just two hearings, a court found Huseynov guilty and sentenced him to two years in prison. IFEX Golos Svobody Kyrgyzstan On a day when the world commemorates the fundamental importance of press freedom, we call on the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mehman Huseynov and hold to account those responsible for the torture and other ill-treatment he was subjected to. This would mark an important step towards ensuring press freedoms and guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. News People in Need Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan Follow the news on Azerbaijan Dignity May 2, 2017 Free Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov! News PEN International FIDH, under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders April 9, 2021 Find out more Center for Civil Liberties Norwegian Helsinki Committee Human Rights House Foundationcenter_img Amnesty International Human Rights Club Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights ARTICLE 19 News Mehman Huseynov remained defiant, went public about the abuses he suffered at the station, and filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office. The authorities formally opened an inquiry into Huseynov’s allegations, but swiftly closed the inquiry claiming the allegations were groundless. On April 27, an appeal court upheld the prosecutor’s decision to shut down the investigation. Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe on May 3, we, the undersigned organizations, cannot forget the untenable price journalists pay for government criticism in Azerbaijan. The case of Mehman Huseynov is emblematic. Huseynov is a popular journalist and blogger in Azerbaijan who is known for his hard-hitting exposés of alleged corruption by senior Azerbaijani officials. In March 2017, a Baku court sentenced him to two years in prison on charges of defaming an entire police station, after he gave a statement in front of the courthouse in which he described the abuses he had suffered at that police station. International Partnership for Human Rights Regional Center for Strategic Studies Organisation Civil Rights Defenders AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalists Netherlands Helsinki Committee Help by sharing this information Freedom Files to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) June 8, 2021 Find out more International Media Support News Mehman Huseynov has been targeted by the government for years, since the authorities brought bogus criminal charges against the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), founded by his brother, Emin Huseynov, who was forced to flee the country for his own safety. Since 2012, Mehman Huseynov has been under a travel ban and has been repeatedly harassed and intimidated by the police. Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders PEN Americalast_img read more

Morocco expels more foreign TV journalists

first_imgNews September 30, 2016 Morocco expels more foreign TV journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the expulsion of well-known Italian investigative journalists Luigi Pelazza and Mauro Pilay yesterday from Morocco and the confiscation of the video they had filmed. April 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceFreedom of expression Organisation News News June 8, 2021 Find out more Pelazza and Pilay, who work for the TV programme Le Lene, were arrested by ten plainclothes policemen in Marrakesh and were accused of not obtaining permission to investigate a child prostitution network in the city. They were taken to Menara airport and were put on a flight back to Italy eight hours later, after their video material had been seized. When reached by RSF, the communications ministry chief of staff said he was not in a position to make a statement. “These repeated expulsions are extremely shocking,” said Yasmine Kacha, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “How much longer will the Moroccan authorities continue to use administrative pretexts to prevent journalists from covering sensitive stories?” Pelazza said: “This censorship attempt will not prevent us from telling the truth about the prostitution of minors in Morocco. We were able to keep some of the material we shot and we will soon inform the public about the gravity of the situation.” Their expulsion came just days ahead of much-awaited parliamentary elections scheduled for 7 October. French journalists Martin Weill and Pierre Le Beau, who work for the Petit Journal current affairs programme on Canal + television, were expelled in April after being interrogated by the authorities about a report they were doing on a homophobic attack on a gay couple in Béni Mellal. Morocco is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceFreedom of expression Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further News RSF_en last_img read more

Six NGOs react to meeting between French president and King of Bahrain

first_imgNews Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Six human Rights organisations make public a letter sent to the French President raising their concerns following an unannounced meeting with the King of Bahrain, on 23 July. No official statement was issued after the meeting. (Photo : Nadège Puljak, AFP)This letter has been released as the Higher Appeal Court will consider the appeal of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab against his three-month prison sentence on 5 August. Human rights organisations consider that the sentence pronounced against Rajab on 9 July seems to solely aim at sanctioning his right to freedom of expression. Here is the joint letter :M. François HOLLANDEPresidentElysée Palace55 rue du Fg Saint Honoré75008 ParisParis, July the 26th 2012Purpose: Concerns following the unannounced visit of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain on the 23rd JulyDear Mr Hollande,We are writing to you following your meeting on Monday, July 23 with King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. This visit was not announced on the Elysée’s website and no official statement was issued by your office after the meeting. Apparently, journalists were also not aware of this meeting.We are concerned about the quasi-secret character of this meeting and we wonder if it reflects an intent to avoid commenting on the deterioration and the gravity of the human rights situation in Bahrain today. We knew King Hamad was preparing to come to France and that your office was assessing whether to respond positively to his request for a meeting. This visit could have been a timely opportunity to express publicly as well as to King Hamad directly France’s concerns about the human rights situation in Bahrain. The government of Bahrain, as you are aware, asserts that you had only praise for the government’s claimed political reforms. We wonder if the secrecy around this visit signals political embarrassment on your part — embarrassment that may be warranted given the continuing repression by Bahrain’s ruling family, whose security forces in the past received training and assistance from France. In this regard, the announcement, relayed by the Bahrain News Agency, according to which bilateral military cooperation will be consolidated, is of great concerns. The signatory organisations call on your office to issue a statement clarifying France’s stance in the meeting with King Hamad, and to state clearly that France deplores Bahrain’s failure to date to implement the most important recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, namely to free those jailed solely for exercising their rights to free expression and peaceful assembly, and to hold accountable senior officials implicated in torture and other serious human rights violations.We respectfully hope our message will be taken into consideration.Yours sincerely,Jean-Marie Fardeau, Director France, Human Rights WatchSouhayr Belhassen, President, FIDH – International Federation of Human RightsGeneviève Garrigos, President, Amnesty international FranceOlivier Basille, Executive Director, Reporters Without BordersPierre Tartakowsky, President, Human Rights LeagueFrançois Walter, President, ACAT – Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture(Photo slide show : AFP) Related documents Letter to President Hollande – In arabicPDF – 72.14 KB Organisation October 14, 2020 Find out more German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors BahrainMiddle East – North Africa August 2, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six NGOs react to meeting between French president and King of Bahrain Help by sharing this information News to go further RSF_en Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives March 17, 2021 Find out more BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News News Follow the news on Bahrain Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more