Pressure on Karakalpakstan journalist wrongly accused of spreading false information

first_img May 11, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more August 3, 2020 – Updated on August 4, 2020 Pressure on Karakalpakstan journalist wrongly accused of spreading false information UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Covid19Judicial harassment News Kumar Begniazova UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Covid19Judicial harassment News News Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the way the authorities of Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic in western Uzbekistan, intimidated a journalist, summoning her in the middle of the night for allegedly reporting the death of Senator Musa Erniyazov, the chairman of Karakalpakstan’s parliament, six days before his reported death last Friday.The editor of the online news media Kar24.uz Kumar Begniyazov was compelled to go  to the prosecutor’s office during the night of 25 to 26 July, with her child, to explain her “error.” Although other journalists had already reported Erniyazov’s death, Begniyazov had not. In fact, after checking with the parliament’s press office, she had issued a report on her Telegram channel denying the report that he had died.Although Begniyazov has received no further explanation about this nocturnal summons, she assumes that officials confused her media outlet with another one with a similar name, which had indeed shared a report that Erniyazov, who was also deputy chairman of the Uzbek supreme assembly, had died after contracting Covid-19.Two other journalists were also brought to the prosecutor’s office in the middle of the night for reporting Erniyazov’s death without checking with the authorities first. One was Lola Kallikhanova, the editor of Makan.uz, who was collected by no fewer than six police cars. One of the plainclothes policemen who came for her snatched her phone from her hand and none of them showed any ID. During three hours of questioning, she argued that Karakalpakstan’s journalists did not trust official sources and that access to official information had become much harder since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.At the start of July, the parliament’s press office denied that Erniyazov had caught Covid-19, only to confirm it 13 days later. Kallikhanova, who has written many stories about coronavirus deaths in Karakalpakstan, suspects that the sudden summons to the prosecutor’s office was just a pretext to gain access to her mobile phone and sources.The other journalist was Iskandar Yusupov, who had also shared the Repost.uz report about Erniyazov’s death on his media outlet Kruz.uz’s Telegram channel. He said that a car came at around midnight to take him to the prosecutor’s office, where he was held until 3:30 a.m., and that his mobile phone and laptop were illegally confiscated.“These disproportionate interrogation methods leave no doubt that these authorities were bent on intimidating the journalists,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“This case has highlighted the difficulty of accessing information in Karakalpakstan, and this hampers the work of journalists, especially during the Covid-19 epidemic. The lack of official transparency about the situation encourages the spread of rumours. We firmly condemn the way these interrogations were conducted and we call for these abuses to be punished. We also call on the authorities in this autonomous republic to stop hounding journalists and to improve communication with them.”On the morning after these interrogations, the prosecutor’s office announced that it was opening a criminal investigation into the dissemination of false news media reports about the spread of life-threatening infections. This is punishable by a fine of 4,000 to 8,000 euros and up to three years in prison following the adoption of the new criminal code article 244-5, whose vague wording poses a threat to press freedom.The outcome of this investigation is now uncertain, after the Uzbek government news agency Uza.uz finally reported that Erniyazov died last Friday.The Uzbek deputy prosecutor-general and the Uzbek Agency for News and Mass Communication both condemned the behaviour of the Karakalpakstan prosecutor’s office, while at the same time stressing the importance for media outlets to verify the information they report.Karakalpakstan is Uzbekistan’s only autonomous region. For fear of separatist movements and insurrections, the Uzbek government restricts access to information about the deaths of senior Karakalpakstan officials who are loyal to Tashkent and who keep the region under tight control.Uzbekistan is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. 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Two sons of the deputy editor of the newspaper Al-Mithaq physically attacked

first_img July 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two sons of the deputy editor of the newspaper Al-Mithaq physically attacked Two sons of Yahia Nouri, deputy editor of the newspaper Al-Mithaq and spokesperson of the General People’s Conference, were physically attacked by government militiamen. RSF_en Newscenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Educational Tax Credit Deadline Looms

first_imgState Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Chairman of the Indiana Education Savings Authority, reminds Hoosiers that to be eligible for the CollegeChoice 529 state income tax credit, their contributions must be received by Dec. 31.“What better gift can one give to your kids or grandkids than the gift of an education?” stated Treasurer Mourdock. “The latest game box or tablet might be fun, but it’s short-lived. A post-secondary education is priceless and lasts a lifetime.”Hoosiers who contribute to a CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan before the deadline are eligible to receive a 20% state income tax credit, of up to $1,000, based on their contributions. Any Indiana taxpayer who makes a contribution is eligible to receive the tax credit.Indiana’s 529 Savings Plans are tax-advantaged educational savings programs that provide Hoosiers an affordable, flexible way to save for post-secondary education expenses. Since 2007, the 529 Savings Plans have experienced over 1,000 % growth in assets and accounts.Currently, there are over 200,000 Hoosiers saving in Indiana’s 529 Plans with over $2.5 billion in assets under management.Click here to learn more.last_img read more

Marriott adds Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational to resume of IMCA Modified wins

first_imgHunter Marriott raced to his biggest IMCA Modified win, topping the Friday night Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7) – A driver with an IMCA Modified resume already filled with big wins raced to his biggest Friday night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Hunter Marriott topped the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, leading the last six laps en route to a $1,150 payday. He’d reeled in race-long leader Joel Rust, who saw an otherwise stellar run end with late contact with a lapped car.“We’ve had a lot of big wins but this is the biggest one,” Marriott said from victory lane at Boone Speedway. “It was a slick track and that fits my driving style.”Richie Gustin, Kelly Shryock, Ethan Dotson and Chris Abelson completed the top five. Cayden Carter started last in the field of 30 and finished seventh.Rust set a blazing pace from the onset, leading Dotson by half a straightaway before the first caution of the contest came out on the seventh of 30 laps. Marriott moved into second on the ensuing restart and the front pair pulled away from the rest of the pack.It was a two-car battle by midway and just two car lengths separated Rust and Marriott as they ran into lapped traffic with nine circuits to go.That traffic would finally play a role in the outcome as Marriott was negotiated his way closer to Rust’s back bumper.“I was just figuring the car out and I could pick and choose where I ran” he said. “Once I took the lead I felt comfortable.”Marriott was already on the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. His previous best All-Star finish had been eighth, in both the 2015 and 2016 events.Feature results – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 4. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 5. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 6. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 7. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 8. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 9. Troy Foulger, Oakley, Calif.; 10. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 11. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 12. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 13. Kevin Sustaire, Emory, Texas; 14. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 15. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 16. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 17. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas; 18. Austin Wonch, Crystal, Mich.; 19. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz.; 20. Will Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y.; 21. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 22. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 23. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 24. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 25. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 26. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 27. Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; 28. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 29. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 30. Kyle Strickler, Troutman, N.C.last_img read more

Florida Woman Gets Prison Time for $1.6 Million Family Curse Scam

first_imgA South Florida woman who claimed to be a psychic fortune teller will spend nearly three-and-a-half years in prison, for taking substantial amounts of money from a Texas woman who wanted to have a nonexistent “family curse” removed.According to court records, 28-year-old Sherry Tina Uwanawich was sentenced last week in Miami. She had previously pleaded guilty to committing wire fraud.Investigators say that Uwanawich met the unnamed victim in Houston, Texas, in 2007. She gained the woman’s trust and eventually convinced her that a curse had been placed on the woman and her family. Uwanawich then had the woman give her large amounts of money, ultimately totaling $1.6 million, to purchase crystals and candles for meditations that would allegedly lift the curse.However, Uwanawich confessed to the victim in 2014 that there had actually been no such curse.She will spend three years and four months behind bars, and must also pay restitution.last_img read more