Intelligence services tapped phones of 17 news agency journalists

first_img Receive email alerts May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News The Lithuanian intelligence services tapped the phones of at least 17 journalists with Vilnius-based Baltic News Services (BNS) on a prosecutor’s orders in 2013 and 2014, it was learned this month. Officials also questioned journalists and seized computers in bid to identify source of leak. No official reason has so far been given but it was clearly prompted by a BNS story in October 2013 that was based on a leaked classified intelligence report about Russian political manoeuvring designed to destabilize the Lithuanian government.Shortly after the story’s publication, the police questioned six journalists, seized computers, and searched the home, car and garage of one of the journalists, who filed a complaint. As a result of the complaint, a Vilnius court ruled in December 2013 that the methods used by the intelligence services were illegal.In the same ruling, the court also ordered the judicial authorities to disclose the methods used to identify BNS’s source for the story. It was in compliance with this order that officials revealed the mass phone tapping on 17 June.In a joint response on 18 June, BNS editor Vaidotas Beniušis and director Jurga Eivaitė said: “Mass wiretapping of journalists’ conversations is a gross violation of freedom of the press and is absolutely unacceptable in a democratic country based on the rule of law. The procedural coercive measures were disproportional, could have threatened to reveal confidential sources of information and violated the privacy of BNS employees without a valid reason.”The recorded phone calls included conversations between BNS journalists and sources that had no relation to the leak investigation.On 19 June, President Dalia Grybauskaite asked parliament to take measures to protect journalists from such “Soviet measures” as phone tapping, searches, seizure of equipment and other forms of surveillance.Nonetheless, the government has done little to stop such abuses until now. Disciplinary proceedings should have been initiated against the prosecutor’s office in December, when BNS’s journalists were first questioned and their computers were confiscated. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Follow the news on Lithuania RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” RSF_en July 1, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Intelligence services tapped phones of 17 news agency journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more LithuaniaEurope – Central Asia to go further LithuaniaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Asmir Begović and Alphonso Davies compete online to aid coronavirus response

first_imgRenowned AC Milan goalkeeper Asmir Begović and FC Bayern Munich’s teenage sensation Alphonso Davies are set to go head to head in an eFootball PES2020 livestream tournament on Saturday, 25 April. The pair, both former refugees, will fight for supremacy in the much-loved football video game to raise funds for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s COVID-19 response.In a series of online matches, Begović and Davies will follow their personal journeys, playing first as their countries of birth (Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Ghana), followed by the countries where they are currently living (Italy vs Germany). A third and final standoff between their respective current clubs, AC Milan and FC Bayern Munich, will decide the winner. The tournament will be hosted by football journalist Sam Tighe of Bleacher Report.Alphonso Davies, widely lauded as one of the finest teenage talents in the world, was born in a refugee camp in Ghana to Liberian parents. When Davies was five years old, he and his family were resettled in Canada. At just 16, he became the youngest player to ever score for the Canadian national team. In January 2019, he moved to FC Bayern Munich for a then record MLS transfer fee, before helping the German giants win the German championship later that year.“I want to use my platform for causes that I care about,” said Davies. “As a former refugee myself I am very grateful for the help my family received, and the opportunities this opened-up for me and where it has brought me.“Right now, there are more than 70 million people around the world forced to flee their homes. These are people who – like my family – fled conflict to find safety, and now COVID-19 is putting them at further risk. I hope that whilst people are keeping themselves and their own families safe, they can also help support refugees who have lost everything.”“It’s important for us to come together as people are suffering, both in our local communities, and beyond,” said Begović. “I have been in a very delicate and vulnerable situation a couple of times in my life. That’s why I want to support UNHCR to help refugees around the world.” At an early age, Begović and his family were forced to flee their home in Bosnia and Herzegovina, first arriving in Germany before moving to Canada. The 32-year-old goalkeeper has enjoyed an illustrious career, playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world and helping Chelsea lift the English Premier League title in 2017.In 2014, Begović represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the country’s first-ever World Cup. AC Milan’s goalkeeper has also become known for his philanthropic work through his own foundation.UNHCR is taking measures to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and prevent further spread. Working together with governments, UNHCR ensures refugees are included in national health response plans and are well-informed on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, have access to soap and clean water, and continue to receive the life-saving aid and assistance they need.Donating to UNHCR, even just a small amount, can make a huge difference to protecting refugees from COVID-19 – just 2 euros can buy a bar of soap that would last seven weeks, bringing dignity and preventing the virus from spreading.The eFootball PES2020 Livestream starts on Saturday 25 April at 15:00 UTC. You can follow the livestream on the following platforms: TwitchMixerTwitterlast_img read more

Loggers ease their way past Granite Bay

first_imgDefense paved the way for the Loggers in their first-round Norcal tournament win over visiting Granite Bay Wednesday night. The No. 2 seed Eureka High girls (25-6) yielded just nine points to No. 15 seed Granite Bay (20-10) in the first quarter en route to a 63-43 victory. “It was a sloppy win,” said Eureka head coach Clifford Napoleon. “We had to make a lot of adjustments, but we got it done.”Eureka’s starting point guard Dorshaela Wesson was out due to injury. Makaila Napoleon, the Loggers …last_img read more

Highlights from the Commodity Classic trade show

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It would be physically impossible to catch up with every interesting exhibitor at the massive Commodity Classic trade show, but Dale Minyo and Matt Reese tried. Here are a few highlights from the trade show.Brett Ochs Climate Field ViewBrett Ochs Climate Field ViewBruce Vester Advanced Biological MarketingBruce Vester Advanced Biological MarketingDale Jefferson CropZillaDale Jefferson CropZillaDekalb Jessica SimmonsDekalb Jessica SimmonsDr Ken Smith FMCcrop.comDr Ken Smith FMCcrop.comDr. Michael Swanson Chief Ag Economist Wells FargoDr. Michael Swanson Chief Ag Economist Wells FargoEndoPrime From Valent Dawn ResellEndoPrime From Valent Dawn ResellFarm Credit Tara DurbinFarm Credit Tara DurbinGreg Ginisty Bayer Product ManagerGreg Ginisty Bayer Product ManagerIlevo From Bayer Jennifer RiggsIlevo From Bayer Jennifer RiggsJD Rossouw North American Breeding Lead for MonsantoJD Rossouw North American Breeding LeadJoe Pflum NACHURSJoe Pflum NACHURSJohn Kermicle AgriGoldJohn Kermicle AgriGoldJohn Larkin 360 Yield CenterJohn Larkin 360 Yield CenterKubota David PalmerKubota David PalmerMark Stock Big Iron AuctionsMark Stock Big Iron AuctionsSyngenta Eric Redford TrivaproSyngenta Eric Redford TrivaproThe Andersons Rick HollisterThe Andersons Rick HollisterTroy Bancroft, AgroliquidTroy BancroftAgroliquid Clare Sollars from Fayette County and Matthew Klopfenstein from Paulding County received scholarships from BASF and the American Soybean Association and the National Wheat Foundation at Commodity Classic. Clare Sollars from Fayette County and Matthew Klopfenstein from Paulding County received scholarships from BASF and the American Soybean Association and the National Wheat Foundation at Commodity Classic. Dale interviews Ryan Rubischko Greg Ginisty with Bayer Troy Bancroft, Agroliquid Matt Reese interviews JD Rossouw with Monsanto. Dale Minyo interviews Tara Durbin with Farm Credit. Brett Ochs Climate Field View Neil Bentley, director of marketing for BASF As usual, the large trade show was a big attraction at the 2017 Commodity Classic. AgroLiquid, The Andersons, Inc., Syngenta, Big Iron Auctions, Kubota, 360 Yield Center, NACHURS, Monsanto, AgriGold, Bayer, Valent, Farm Credit, Climate Field View, Advanced Biological Marketing, CropZilla, DEKALB, Wells Fargo, FMClast_img read more

NCAA: Heavy Bombers blast Generals

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The Generals played without their injured Cameroonian import Hamadou Laminou, whom they severely missed.EAC had to bleed for points, shooting just 23 percent from the field and 36 percent from the free throw line.The 6-foot-8 Laminou suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week.JRU climbed to 3-3 while EAC, which turned the ball over 22 times and only had nine assists, slid to 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Standhardinger signs with Hong Kong in ABL Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netErvin Grospe spearheaded a big first half and Jose Rizal University dumped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-48, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Grospe scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first two quarters, where the Heavy Bombers outscored the Generals, 37-21, and never looked back.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We really prepared hard for this game because we’re coming off a loss,” said Grospe, who fell a point short of matching his career-high, in Filipino.The Bombers, who bounced back from a 54-48 loss to the San Beda Red Lions on Aug. 4, never letup in the second half to extend their lead to as high as 35.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJRU got a lift from first-year forward Abdul Sawat, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.“Coach and my teammates just gave me confidence,” said the 19-year-old Sawat, who hails from Davao, in Filipino.last_img read more

Proposed public art installation sparks debate in Victoria

first_imgVICTORIA – A new public art installation proposed for Victoria has sparked debate over the merit and interpretation of city-funded artwork.British Columbia artist Luke Ramsey defended the inspiration and design of the sculpture that incorporates a series of colourful surfboard-type arches mimicking the silhouette of an orca at city council last week.The $250,000 sculpture compliments an interactive sound element of First Nations drumming and singing created by the city’s Indigenous artist-in-residence Lindsay Delaronde.The art will be installed near the city’s downtown waterfront, and Councillor Ben Isitt questioned the simplicity of the sculpture and its ability to reflect the Indigenous history of the land.“Just when I look at the art, it … doesn’t feel like there’s a recognition of the local Indigenous context,” Isitt said. “Our artist in residence has done great work on a number of projects and I’m not convinced this meets the mark, but I’m open to being convinced.”Other councillors advocated adding a plaque to explain the meaning behind the artwork.“Just to look at it, I couldn’t relate to it as well as when the artist in residence described it and once it was described it brought on a different meaning,” said Charlayne Thornton-Joe.Ramsey said the sculpture is not intended to be an Indigenous artwork but a creation of his own reflecting the natural environment surrounding the bustling coastal city and the vessels, such as paddle boards, people use to connect with the water.“For me it’s about exploring simplicity in art and trying to convey something that has a meaning and a definition to it,” he said. “To me this is paying reverence to nature and showing this creature that is coming up in an area that is full of a lot of transportation and activity. This is not necessarily a site that you go to but it goes with you it moves with the activity around it.”The art installation is part of a larger landscaping project for the waterfront sparked by the construction of a new bridge that is slated to be completed in March.While the elements of the artwork were debated, Councillor Marianne Alto said it’s not up to the city to determine or define what is Indigenous art.“I want to caution us to remember that the context in which we’re speaking here is around art,” she said. “We need to be cautious about relying on our own interpretation of what reflects Indigenous art and Indigenous history and Indigenous currency.”She said the fact that Delaronde and other Indigenous people on the city’s public arts committee weighed in on the project ensured diverse perspectives were considered.“I want us to make sure we are not imposing our own expectations and interpretations on what is Indigenous by assuming that this is not sufficient or that we need to add another layer,” she said.The design was ultimately approved by council and that element of the landscaping project is expected to be completed in 2018.last_img read more

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