Was Belarusian journalist held on drug charge framed?

first_img News Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) questions the circumstances of the arrest of a well-known Belarusian journalist who had collaborated on a documentary critical of President Lukashenko. The journalist, Vladimir Chudentsov, was arrested by Belarusian customs officers for possession of drugs as he was about to cross the border into Poland by train on 21 November.The customs officers claim they found 0.87 grams of cannabis in the clothes of Chudentsov, the editor of the independent online news agency by24.org. The police who searched his apartment later the same day claim that they also found drugs there.According to his lawyer, the blood test carried out on Chudentsov showed no trace of any drug in his blood. He is now in preventive detention and is facing a possible sentence of two to five years in prison under article 328 of the criminal code on a charge of possessing or transporting drugs. No date has so far been set for the trial.”The circumstances of Vladimir Chudentsov’s arrest raises the question why he was searched when Belarusian customs officers rarely check passengers as they are leaving the country,” RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk said.”Furthermore, it is strange that a journalist known for his prudence would carry drugs, especially as Belarus has draconian drug laws. If this case was fabricated, the use of such methods against a journalist would mark a disturbing escalation in Belarus’s suppression of the freedom to inform.”Chudentsov worked for state-owned media prior to 2013, when he launched by24.org, a news website that is very critical of both Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.He recently collaborated with Stsiapan Svyatlu, a blogger known as NEXTA, in making a documentary critical of Lukashenko that has been viewed more than 1.8 million times on YouTube. NEXTA posted a video in support of Chudentsov on YouTube after his arrest.When NEXTA organized an event in Minsk on 8 November, a reporter with the German public TV broadcaster ARD and his crew were detained by police for more than two hours to prevent them filming it.Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News Follow the news on Belarus News Receive email alerts RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public”center_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment May 27, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says November 29, 2019 Was Belarusian journalist held on drug charge framed? to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation last_img read more

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Geographic range shift responses to climate change by Antarctic benthos: where we should look

first_imgToleration, adaptation, migration or extinction are the options for species making up Southern Ocean (SO) shelf biodiversity, in response to accelerating change (e.g. warming), Physiological evidence suggests few organisms may tolerate, and slow generational turn-over means fewer will adapt to, unprecedented change. To avoid extinction many organisms must migrate along linear coast, go deeper or both. There is strong evidence that such range shifts are happening, and occurred in the past, along N-S (linear) coastlines (e.g. USA), but there are no continuous shelf/slope connections to Antarctica from elsewhere. There are only 3 major linear shelves in Antarctica: Victoria Land, the Antarctic Peninsula, and the Kerguelen Plateau. Scientific effort has focused on the former two but their temperature gradient is negligible or bi-directional, so most potential for thermally-driven range shifts lies along the Kerguelen Plateau. We investigated ranges of several SO taxa (bivalve and gastropod molluscs, amphipods, ophiuroids and hexacorals), and looked for hotspots of where the geographical range limits of different species coincided. Southern Patagonia, South Georgia and Kerguelen had amongst the greatest range-limit hotspots. Shifts of SO endemics will be mainly range contractions (of northernmost limits), whilst species with ranges crossing the Polar Front (PF; the strongest jet of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current) may become ‘new’ SO endemics. Species with southernmost limits north of the PF should penetrate the SO, either as returning natives (expelled during glaciations) or invasive non-indigenous species. Monitoring range shifts in only a few suggested key places and taxa should give powerful insights into biodiversity responses and gauge tolerance vs. migration.last_img read more

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Solskjaer: Ighalo will shine against Chelsea

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Odion Ighalo to make an immediate impact in Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea. The on-loan striker will be in the squad for Monday’s crunch tie in the race for Champions League qualification – despite not having a single day’s training with his new teammates. Ighalo has even been kept away from the club’s Carrington training ground since arriving from Shanghai Shenhua at the start of the month amid coronavirus fears. The 30-year-old will have his first full session with the rest of Solskjaer’s squad on Sunday and travel down to London for the game at Stamford Bridge. Ighalo hasn’t played competitively since December 6 – but Solskjaer believes he can still give United the edge against fourth-placed Chelsea. “It didn’t take me too long (when I joined United),” said the Norwegian. “I didn’t have a training session to come on. “As a striker you get thrown out there and it might be he’ll have to come off the bench, give us a goal and he does what he’s always done. “He’ll be involved with us and travel down with us. “We’ve kept in touch with him and of course we’ve done our own programme, he’s done his, and it was always going to be a case of him having to integrate having been out in China. “He needs to get used to the players, the team, up to speed as quick as he can. “He’s been working really hard, pinching himself at times that he’s at his favourite club at the age of 30 – but he’s earned that one and hopefully he impresses us so we can see him play.” Paul Scholes has questioned Ighalo’s move, saying: “It’s good to have an extra body, but when you’re United you want an extra body with quality and he’s got that to prove. “He’ll bring something different. I don’t see him starting many games.” But Solskjaer has defended United’s desperate late dash to sign him, adding: “The injury to Marcus Rashford, it has to be said, we needed another forward. “When we got the chance to get Odion on a loan that was for us a goalscorer, the top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations last year, he can help the club. “He’s a very professional player, a good lad and will give something to the group. “Anthony (Martial) and Mason (Greenwood) have played loads of games. We lacked that bit of spark, but Odion, we hope adding that striker will give us a different type of striker. “It is a chance in games to rest Anthony or Mason, play in a different way maybe.”Tags: ChelseaCoronavirusManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

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Look at your career before commenting on Dhoni: Shastri

first_img(Eds: Adding a dropped word in third para)Kolkata, Nov 14 (PTI) Indias chief coach Ravi Shastri today once again extended unflinching support to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying those commenting on the two-time World Cup winning former skipper should look back at their own careers.A few former India players, including VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar, recently raised questions about Dhonis T20I future, creating quite a storm in the countrys cricketing circles.”People should look back at their career before commenting on Dhoni. The former captain has a lot of cricket left in him and it is the duty of the team to back the legend,” Shastri said.Shastri was having a look at the bat autographed by the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team at the Fanattic Sports Museum.The coach further said the culture of the current team is based on performance and quality.”There is no one better than Dhoni on the field given his ability behind the wicket and with the bat and his presence of mind and sharpness on the field.”Shastri lauded the players athleticism and said: “In terms of fielding this team is the very best in the world at the moment and thats something that separates this team from Indian teams of the past.”India will take on Sri Lanka in three Tests beginning with the Eden five-dayer on November 16, and this will be Shastris first home Test series.”This team always turns up on the park to win. We hope to win the series spread over one and half months before going to South Africa.”advertisementHardik Pandya has been rested for the series and Shastri said: “This team is not about one particular individual, we lose together, we win together.”Earlier, accompanied by bowling coach Bharat Arun, Shastri spent about two hours admiring the Fanattic Sports Museum curated and set up by sports historian Boria Majumdar.While taking a stance with Sir Donald Bradmans bat from 1948, the former all-rounder said: “The quality of wood is such you can still play a few shots with it.”He compared Virat Kohlis bat with Sir Dons and donated his 2015 World Cup team directors jersey and cap to the museum collection, and was particularly impressed with the Usain Bolt memorabilia.Picking Bolt and Mohammed Ali as two of his personal favourites, Shastri said: “Every Indian cricketer should make a trip to the museum and enjoy the collection.”Arun, too, was impressed and said: “I would love youngsters training at the NCA to come to a place like this and absorb in cricket history.” PTI TAP AH PMlast_img read more

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