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

WLAX : Six-goal run propels Loyola to upset win over Syracuse in Big East tournament final

first_img Published on May 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The Syracuse defense bent in the first half, allowing seven Loyola goals on 15 shots.But in the second, it broke.After scoring to open the second half, the Orange allowed six straight Greyhounds goals – four coming in a span of less than seven minutes – and Loyola opened up a nine-goal lead with just eight minutes remaining.SU managed three goals in the final minutes, but it was too little too late.The No. 2 Orange entered Saturday’s Big East tournament championship game riding a program-best 15-game winning streak, but left the Carrier Dome with its first loss since Feb. 29.‘When you watched us play, it didn’t look like a Big East undefeated team playing out there today,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘It looked like a team that hadn’t been together for a little bit. We just didn’t play with the confidence level that we normally would.No. 2 seed Loyola (13-5) handily upset the favored top-seeded Orange (16-3) 13-7 in front of 527 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, earning its second consecutive conference tournament crown. The Greyhounds racked up 26 shots on the afternoon and capitalized on a slow SU defense to pull away in the second half.‘I’m very proud of the girls and this effort they put forth today,’ Loyola head coach Jen Adams said. ‘I’d say it was probably our best game we’ve played all season. They could have not waited until this late in the season for it, but it’s what you want to be doing is playing your best lacrosse at this point in the year.’Loyola freshman Annie Thomas tallied two goals and an assist in the opening 30 minutes, but served as the catalyst for the Greyhounds’ decisive run.Leading 7-4, Thomas stood behind the cage two minutes after the break. She waited as teammate after teammate cut in front of the net, but not until junior midfielder Kathleen Barranco broke for the right doorstep did she make a pass.Barranco beat Janelle Stegeland and Katie Webster to the spot, caught the pass from Thomas and quickly whipped it past SU goaltender Kelsey Richardson and into the top-right corner.‘It’s hard for me to be patient, but Jen (Adams) just kept saying from the sideline ‘patience, patience,” Thomas said. ‘So I just waited and I just waited for the right time. I love playing behind there and seeing the whole field and hitting my teammates when they’re open.’Thomas found sophomore midfielder Marlee Paton just over a minute later to give Loyola a 9-4 advantage. That moment – with 26:51 left in regulation – marked the Orange’s largest deficit of the season.From there, it only got larger.Joanna Dalton burned Natalie Glanell down the right side for an easy score and Paton tacked on two more to break it open.Trailing 12-4 with eight minutes left, the Orange had little chance of a comeback.Glanell forced a turnover in the defensive zone, but lost possession trying to clear.Loyola freshman attack Kara Burke picked up the loose ball and put it in back of the net, finishing the 6-0 Greyhounds run.‘I think we just shocked the world, proved everyone wrong, and it feels great,’ senior goalie Kerry Stoothoff said.Syracuse scored the three late goals, but the game was long decided. After winning all of its games for the last nine weeks and completing its Big East regular-season slate undefeated, the demoralized Orange trudged off the Carrier Dome turf, forced to watch the Greyhounds celebrate and receive the tournament crown SU was expected to win.‘(The game) didn’t quite go as planned, but I give Loyola a lot of credit,’ Gait said. ‘They played an outstanding game. They’ve really come into their own and I think they’re a very good team.‘… They made big plays in the first half when they needed to and followed it up in the second half by making a big run and developing a lead that was just a little too much to overcome.’[email protected]last_img read more

Serena holds Wimbledon mental edge

first_imgSerena Williams heads to Wimbledon to defend her title with seeds of doubt and defeatism already sown in the minds of her opponents.The psychological scars of playing the younger Williams sister run deep in the women’s game and, now that the American has dusted off the red clay from her shoes, predictions of an upset on southwest London’s luscious lawns are few and far between.Having bludgeoned her way to a 16th grand slam and second title at Roland Garros, Williams can now tighten her grip still further on the sport she has come to dominate by claiming a fourth major in five attempts.Few rivalsIt is little wonder then that Williams’s rivals for the Wimbledon title can realistically be counted on one hand.Her opponent in the final at Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova, and Belarussian world number two Victoria Azarenka are the leading candidates to throw a spanner in the works. Confidence, however, is hardly overflowing.Sharapova was circumspect to say the least on entering the French Open final having lost 12 consecutive matches to Williams.“I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t bother me, obviously,” the Russian said of a losing record stretching back to 2004.Defeat in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January is the only smudge on a near-perfect year in which Williams has returned to the pinnacle of the rankings and re-conquered Paris, where the title had eluded her since 2002.Back then she went on to complete the “Serena Slam”, winning all four majors consecutively and few would bet against her repeating the trick. She is on a 31-match winning streak with a 75-4 win-loss record in the past 12 months and has the added comfort of knowing that her game is ideally suited to the All England Club where her huge serve and heavy hits skid through with a little extra fizz.Petra Kvitova, 2011 Wimbledon champion, is not the first to suggest that Serena’s biggest opponent is frequently herself.“I think that the players have to play 100 per cent and to play really, really well. Serena sometimes doesn’t have a great day but she’s still able to beat the other players,” she told Reuters.Few chancesWorld number five Sara Errani, who was on the receiving end of one of Williams’s most emphatic maulings in the semi-finals in Paris, losing 6-0 6-1, neatly summed up the sense of foreboding. “You have to have one of your best days and try to think she can have one bad day,” she said.At 31, Williams is already the oldest woman to win a major since Martina Navratilova claimed a ninth Wimbledon singles title in 1990.She needs two more to draw level with both Navratilova and Chris Evert who sit above her with 18 major titles on the all-time women’s list headed by Margaret Court with 24.While the ultra-competitive men’s game holds few parallels with the Williams-dominated women’s, the American needs one more grand slam to draw level with Roger Federer, often hailed as the greatest player to pick up a racket.She is the best player that ever lived. She’s a level above anyone – there’s no doubt about it. Serena is one of the greatest athletes in the history of our sport, male or female. She has such an intimidation factor it will be difficult for anyone to beat her John McEnroe,“She’s playing the best tennis of her career, mentally she’s in the best place I’ve ever seen her,” three-times men’s champion John McEnroe said during a conference call organised by ESPN.“She is the best player that ever lived. She’s a level above anyone – there’s no doubt about it.“Serena is one of the greatest athletes in the history of our sport, male or female. She has such an intimidation factor it will be difficult for anyone to beat her.”Older sister Venus, who won the last of her five Wimbledon titles in 2008, has pulled out this year with a back injury, and among the rest the title credentials are flimsy. Sharapova has reached only one Wimbledon final since winning it as 17-year-old in 2004 while Azarenka has fallen at the semi-final stage in the last two years and has enjoyed grand-slam success only in Australia.Last year’s surprise finalist Agnieszka Radwanska is playing down her hopes of going one better.“There’s always a bit of pressure when you are defending a final (appearance) but I’m just trying not to really think about it, just enjoying playing on grass, enjoying Wimbledon – it’s my favourite grand slam.”last_img read more