ANKARA: After being assaulted 28 times during his career — punched, kicked and beaten with bats — Turkish journalist Hakan Denizli thought he had seen it all. But for the 29th attack, they came with a gun, and they did so while he was taking his four-year-old grandchild to daycare. Denizli, who edits the Egemen daily newspaper in the southern city of Adana, is matter-of-fact about it: “I got into the car and the window was open. They came, shot me in the leg and ran away.” That incident in May came amid a spate of assaults that has seen six journalists targeted in as many weeks. Many blame the worsening atmosphere on politicians, who regularly lash out at individual journalists. “If you don’t know your place, the people will hit you in the back of your neck,“ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan snapped after a TV presenter on Turkey’s Fox news channel asked whether people would protest rising prices in December. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) … [Read more...] about Threatened, beaten, shot: Turkish journalists in the crosshairs
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior officials should be investigated over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi given credible evidence against them, a UN rights investigator said on Wednesday. Khashoggi’s death stirred widespread disgust and hurt the image of the prince, previously admired in the West for pushing to end the kingdom's oil dependence and easing social restrictions including by allowing women to drive. After a six-month investigation, the 100-page report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, accused Saudi Arabia of a "deliberate, premeditated execution". "There is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the crown prince demanding further investigation," Callamard said. In Riyadh, a minister rejected the report as having nothing new and containing "baseless allegations." After the killing, some Western executives pulled out of an investment forum in Riyadh. … [Read more...] about Saudi crown prince linked to Khashoggi murder in UN report
WHO is attacking oil tankers in the Gulf between Oman and Iran? So far, the answer is still a mystery. The US, of course, accuses Iran. Iran says it’s the US or its local allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Magnetic mines are blamed for the damage, though there have been claims of torpedo use. Last month, four moored tankers were slightly damaged, though none seriously. This time the attacks were more damaging but apparently not lethal. A few cynics have even suggested Israel may be behind the tanker attack to provoke war between Iran and the United States – a key Israeli goal. Or maybe it’s the Saudis whose goal is similar. The Gulf is an ideal venue for false flag attacks. One thing appears certain. President Donald Trump and his coterie of neocon advisers have been pressing for a major conflict with Iran for months. The US is literally trying to strangle Iran economically and strategically. By now, Israel’s hard right wing dominates US Middle … [Read more...] about Will the real bombers please stand up!
COLOMBO: Five Sri Lankans wanted in connection with the deadly Easter bombings who were arrested in Dubai were repatriated Friday, police said. Among the suspects was Mohamed Milhan, a senior leader of the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) jihadist group which was held responsible for the April 21 bombings that killed 258 people, police said. “Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department brought the suspects back to Sri Lanka this morning,“ police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said in a statement. No further details were immediately available. This is the second time that suspects had been arrested in connection with the attacks against three churches and three luxury hotels in the country claimed by the Islamic State group. Last month, army chief Mahesh Senanayake said two suspects were arrested in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He did not disclose the nationalities of the suspects, but official sources said they were Sri Lankans. Sri Lankan authorities have arrested … [Read more...] about UAE repatriates Sri Lankans in connection with Easter attacks
KUALA LUMPUR: More stringent checks will be carried out on containers at all the ports to ensure that no prohibited plastic waste enters the country. Customs director-general Datuk Paddy Abdul Halim said they were working with the National Solid Waste Management Department and the Department of Environment to combat the smuggling of plastic waste into Malaysia. “We are carrying out tighter checks on containers entering into the country, especially at Port Klang. “The Customs have joined a special team formed by the government, which views seriously the dumping of banned plastic waste in the country, to combat the illegal activities,” he told Bernama. The plastic waste issue came to light when the media reported on hundreds of containers in Port Klang were found to contain the illegal waste brought into the country in 10 operations carried out by the authorities. Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the 60 containers of … [Read more...] about Stricter checks at ports for plastic waste