Government closes two news media, police attack journalists

first_img February 26, 2021 Find out more June 13, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government closes two news media, police attack journalists YemenMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Yemen News News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF February 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en YemenMiddle East – North Africa to go furthercenter_img Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions News Receive email alerts Two news media owned by former President Ali Abdallah Saleh that have a reputation for tendentious news reporting – Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV and the Al-Yemen Al-Youm newspaper – were raided and closed on 11 June by members of the presidential guard.Sultan Al-Barakani, the deputy general-secretary of the ruling General People’s Congress told Agence France-Presse that “President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi took the decision to close them with the cabinet’s approval. The GPC is also the former former president’s party.” “Presidential Guard forces closed the headquarters of the TV station and the newspaper and seized their equipment,” Barakani added.The government newspaper Al-Thawra (The Revolution) said: “Al-Yemen Al-Youm incited hatred and violence and jeopardized social peace, thereby constituting a threat to the state’s security and stability.” It added: “The communication ministry never issued a licence to Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV and the station’s management never bothered to request once. And they continued to behave in the same way after the former president’s removal.”The closures come at a time of mounting social tension resulting from water and electricity outages and fuel shortages that have been paralyzing Sanaa and prompting repeated demonstrations in recent days.About 1,000 people took part in the latest demonstration on 11 June. President Hadi announced a cabinet reshuffle the same day.“We urge the authorities to immediately and unconditionally end the arbitrary closure of these media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Media may not, under any circumstances, be closed as a result of just a political decision. At the same time, media and journalists must demonstrate independence and professionalism, play a watchdog role and avoid fuelling political tension and disputes.”RWB added: “We are also very worried about police violence against journalists, especially when they are covering demonstrations. We point out that the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on 28 March recognizing the importance of the role that journalists play by covering protests. The authorities are responsible for guaranteeing journalists’ safety.”For no apparent reason, members of the security forces attacked Sky News correspondent Mohamed Al-Kadhi, smashing his equipment, while he was doing a report on the month of Ramada on 12 June.Riot police used teargas and live rounds to disperse journalists who were demonstrating outside the “14 October” printing press in Aden in 7 June in protest against the manager’s alleged corruption. The police also targeted journalists who were there just to cover the protest. According to Marwan Al-Janzir, the head of the Aden branch of the Journalists’ Union, and Workers’ Union general secretary Nawfel Rajah, 15 journalists and 20 employees of the printing press were beaten and threatened at gunpoint by riot police before being forced to leave. One journalist, Hani Al-Mohtadi, was detained for an hour.Police threatened and attacked TV cameramen who were in the Aser district of the capital on 4 June to cover a demonstration demanding an end it the war in Amran, the governorate to the north of Sanaa governorate. Al-Jazeera Musbasher’s Mansour Allaw, Sky News Arabia’s Mohamed Sallama and Al-Arabiya’s Abdullah Al-Sofi were all beaten by police and forbidden to cover the demonstration. Organisation Help by sharing this information Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months News January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Man charged with cold-case murder of jogger Melissa Millan after confessing in church

first_imgSimsbury Police Dept.(SIMSBURY, Conn.) — Nearly four years ago, Melissa Millan, a mother of two, was brutally murdered in Connecticut while she was out on a jog.The crime went unsolved until last week, when a registered sex offender, William Leverett, walked into a church, Open Gate Ministries in Windsor Locks, and confessed.“We were stunned,” the church’s pastor, Michael Trazinski, said Monday. “We knew what we had to do. Justice needed to be done.”Trazinski said he and two other parishioners went with Leverett — a church member since March 2015 — to the Simsbury Police Department to turn himself in.“I’m here to turn myself in for the murder on Iron Horse Boulevard almost 4 years ago,” he allegedly told police, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.At the police station, he opened up to investigators about how the victim was “way out of my league,” said his “anger escalated,” and “the next thing he knew he had stabbed her in the chest,” according to document.After several days of conversations, Leverett was charged with her murder, police said. He was arraigned Monday, but the results were not clear.Leverett told police that the day of the murder he was at a sex offender’s therapy group in Hartford, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.The suspect had been arrested for sexual assault of a child in 2009 in Colorado and pleaded guilty in 2011, The Hartford Courant reported. He did not go to jail but was placed on probation and the sex offender registry, the Courant said.When Leverett came home on the day of the murder, he went for a walk to find “human contact” and someone to talk to, according to the court documents.Leverett allegedly told police that when he spotted Millan, whom he did not know, he was attracted to her “physical features,” the document said.Leverett allegedly said “he began thinking about a possible interaction with her,” but became “anxious, realizing that ‘I (Leverett) can’t have her’ and that ‘she’s way out of my league,” the documents said.Leverett allegedly said he “‘was angry’ and that his ‘anger escalated rapidly,’” and he was “acting beyond his control,” the documents said.According to the affidavit, he allegedly claimed he just wanted to speak to Millan but then “‘something happened’ and the next thing he knew he had stabbed her in the chest with a knife he was carrying,” the documents said.Leverett said he was shaking and crying, and that he fled the area, the documents said.Leverett allegedly told police he threw the knife out of his car window on a side street, the documents said. He then allegedly went back and got the knife a few days later and threw it out in a trash compactor.He said he wiped the blood off the boots he wore that night and continued to wear them for several months before donating them to a Goodwill, the document said.Trazinski’s wife and co-pastor, Colette Trazinksi, called Leverett “a faithful member of the church. Very helpful. We never would have expected this.”Leverett returns to court on Oct. 9, according to the Courant.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more