Call for ban on journalist to be lifted

first_img April 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for ban on journalist to be lifted Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts 29.02.08 – Journalist in airport transit area for past 48 hours as immigration officials try to break her willчитать на русскомRussian immigration officials have been preventing Natalia Morar, a Moldovan journalist employed at the Moscow headquarters of The New Times weekly, and her Russian husband, Ilya Barabanov, from leaving the transit area of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport for the past two days and the couple, who arrived on a flight from the Moldovan capital of Chisinau on 27 February, are preparing to spend another night there.Morar was deported from Russia on 16 December and the authorities are refusing to let her reenter the country. They are also refusing to let her see her lawyer, Yuri Kostanov. Although the authorities have threatened to put them on a flight back to Chisinau by force, Morar has said, “I will stay as long as I have the strength.”“The discriminatory character of these measures against Morar is outrageous,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We would like to be told why the FSB security service has intervened in this case and in what way this young journalist represents a threat to the Russian people.“We call on the Russian authorities to put an end to this stalemate and to explain Morar’s situation. If she is suspected of committing an offence, the matter should be referred to the courts. Otherwise, she is an ordinary journalist married to a Russian citizen, and there are no legal grounds for preventing her from entering Russia.“The immigration officials are clearly trying to break her will. This is obvious from the conditions in which she is being held,” Reporters Without Borders added. “She has not been able to see her lawyer and she has only sporadically received food and water. She has a kidney condition and the authorities will be responsible if it gets worse.”When Morar arrived with her husband on the flight from Chisinau two days ago, they were stopped at the passport control and she was told “the situation linked to your preceding visit has not changed.” Since then, they have been in an area of the airport for people awaiting expulsion. One of the two journalists covering her return was detained for several hours. The other was escorted out of the airport.When immigration officials tried to get Morar and her husband to board a flight to Chisinau yesterday, the couple tied themselves together with their belts and the officials decided not to use force. It is difficult to reach Morar by telephone in the airport at the moment as she has not been allowed to recharge her mobile. She was allowed to see a doctor today as she has not been feeling well.Prior to her deportation in December, on her return from a press trip to Israel, Morar wrote several articles about irregularities in the financing of the December parliamentary elections. One of them, headlined “The Kremlin slush fund,” went into the irregularities in great detail. RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders called today for a ban on Moldovan journalist Natalia Morar, of the weekly New Times, to be lifted after what it called a “disgraceful” decision by a Moscow court to reject her appeal against the Russian FSB secret police’s refusal to explain why she had been deported from Russia last December and refused entry in February this year. “This secrecy and harassment must end” the organisation said. When the court granted the FSB’s request on 7 April for the appeal to be heard in secret because of allegedly confidential material in the case, journalists had to leave the courtroom. Follow the news on Belarus RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Newslast_img read more

#Fundraising” Novas holding a Christmas ‘sleep-in’ to replace their ‘sleep-out’

first_imgPrint Email Limerick hutler Will O’Donoghue taking part in last year’s Christmas sleep-out for Novas.IN normal years, the Novas’ fundraising programme of activities concludes with an annual sleep-out on the last Friday before Christmas.However, there is nothing normal about 2020 and instead of a large community event, this year the local homeless charity is asking people to ‘sleep-in’ in their own homes and help raise vital funds for frontline homeless services.For the last five years, Novas has hosted the pre-Christmas sleep-out outside Brown Thomas, which has raised thousands of euros for its Limerick services.Last year, backed by Limerick hurler Will O’Donoghue, Clare hurler and footballer Podge Collins and the Tipperary hurling panel, the organisation ran three simultaneous events in Limerick, Ennis and Thurles and raised more than €64,000.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Novas’ Head of Policy and Communications, Dr Una Burns explained that the sleep-out is normally the biggest single fundraising event of the year and the money raised helps their frontline services such as Street Outreach, emergency accommodation and family support.“About 50 per cent of all monies raised through fundraising and donations in the year, is made in the six -week period in the run up to Christmas. This is largely through community and public events, all of which have had to be paused during the pandemic,” Dr Burns told the Limerick Post.In an effort to continue the fundraising spirit of Christmas, Novas are asking people to participate in their sleep-in this year.”Safety is the first priority but there are still plenty of ways to get involved. People can build a fort in their living room with the kids, pitch a tent in their garden, sleep on their balcony or participate with colleagues in the car park or their workplace. Being a virtual event, people can basically participate from anywhere and for the first time, they can get the kids involved.”To help Novas raise vital funds visit Facebook Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleLIT launches course on domestic abuse and coercive controlNext article#Fundraising: Santa paws is coming to town Alan Jacques WhatsApp NewsSociety#Fundraising” Novas holding a Christmas ‘sleep-in’ to replace their ‘sleep-out’  By Alan Jacques – December 4, 2020 122 Linkedinlast_img read more