Afghanistan expels New York Times correspondent

first_img RSF_en News May 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s expulsion of the New York Times’ Kabul correspondent, Matthew Rosenberg, by the Afghan attorney general’s office after it initially banned him from leaving the country.A communiqué issued by the attorney general’s office and published in the Afghan media on 20 August said the decision to expel Rosenberg was taken in response to an article he wrote for the newspaper’s 19 August issue about the political impasse in Afghanistan since the first round of the presidential election on 6 April.The article quoted anonymous sources as saying discussions were under way among high-ranking officials about forming an interim government before a meeting of NATO countries in September.“Regardless of the criticism levelled against the New York Times article, pressuring the reporter to reveal his sources and then expelling him was both unwarranted and illegal,” said Réza Moïni, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk.“The attorney-general should not have begun any proceedings until requested by the commission for the verification of press offences and only then after obtaining a court’s permission. This dangerous decision violates the rule of law and must be rescinded.”Afghanistan is ranked 128th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. His expulsion violates freedom of information and contravenes Afghanistan’s legal procedure News News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Receive email alerts Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” August 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Afghanistan expels New York Times correspondent RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 11, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan News to go furtherlast_img read more

WBB : Orange fends off Xavier comeback attempts to win in Las Vegas

first_img Comments With three seconds remaining in the second half and Syracuse clinging to a three-point lead, Carmen Tyson-Thomas made another crucial play to preserve a victory.As Xavier looked to inbound the ball and get it up the court for one final desperation attempt, the SU guard deflected the inbounds pass right back to Musketeers’ guard Lynette Holmes. She was standing out of bounds, causing a turnover and sealing the win for SU.‘It’s a quality win,’ Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘That’s what you need to do, you need to get quality wins and then move forward. For us, that was everything to come out of here and to play quality opponents and get quality wins and we got one down and hopefully we can get two more.’In a tight contest, Syracuse (8-3) bent but never broke, hanging on to defeat Xavier (3-6) 70-67 in the first of three games for SU at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas on Sunday. SU led by a slim margin for the entire second half, but Xavier made one final push late in the half to try and steal a win. That’s when Tyson-Thomas turned the Musketeers away.The Orange thwarted countless Xavier comeback attempts late in the game. In the final 10 minutes, Xavier cut SU’s lead to three points or fewer on five separate occasions. Each time the Orange responded with points of its own on the opposite end of the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd despite yet another poor shooting performance hitting on just 21-of-67 attempts (31.3 percent) from the field, the Orange was able to sustain its lead by limiting its mistakes.‘We took care of the ball,’ Hillsman said. ‘We had 13 turnovers and a couple of them were just offensive foul turnovers, so overall I think it was just about taking care of the ball.’Down the stretch the Orange scored eight of its final 10 points at the free-throw line to overcome its own shooting deficiencies. Even though Xavier shot 38.5 percent from the field, Syracuse scored 14 more points than the Musketeers did from the stripe.Hillsman said the number of attempts from the free-throw line could be attributed to the team’s efforts to get the ball inside. SU’s top three scorers got to the free-throw line six or more times.Center Kayla Alexander had 15 points, with seven of those coming from the free-throw line. Tyson-Thomas had a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, picking up her second double-double of the season, and forward Iasia Hemingway added 17 points and shot 7-of-10 from the line.‘We knew if we got the ball inside they would be out in the high post, they would double-team from the weak side,’ Hillsman said, ‘so our game plan was to go on the court and just to get the ball inside and be physical and aggressive at the rim.’[email protected]  Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more