Concern about Pakistani dissident journalist’s disappearance in Sweden

first_img Organisation March 30, 2020 Concern about Pakistani dissident journalist’s disappearance in Sweden PakistanAsia – PacificSwedenEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence DisappearancesPredators Ahmad Waqass Goraya, a Pakistani blogger living in self-imposed exile in the Netherlands, was attacked and threatened outside his Rotterdam home on 2 February by two individuals speaking Urdu. “This attack fits the modus operandi of Pakistani spy agencies,” he told RSF afterwards. In January 2017, Goraya was abducted and tortured in Pakistan for several weeks by what he called a “government institution with links to the military.” Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News No one has heard from him since then. His Pakistan-based wife, Shahnaz Baloch, was due to join him in Uppsala a few days later. The Swedish police told RSF that he did alight from the train in Uppsala 45 minutes after it left Stockholm. The editor of the Balochistan Times news website, Sajid Hussain went missing after boarding a train in Stockholm at around 11:30 a.m. on 2 March to go Uppsala, 70 km to the north, with the aim of collecting the keys to his new apartment and leaving some personal effects there. News June 7, 2021 Find out more “Everything indicates that this is an enforced disappearance,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “And if you ask yourself who would have an interest in silencing a dissident journalist, the first response would have to be the Pakistani intelligence services. In view of the nature of the articles published by Sajid Hussain, which often crossed the ‘red lines’ imposed by the military establishment in Islamabad, and all the other reasons for suspecting Pakistani intelligence, we urge the Swedish police to work on this hypothesis.” Sajid Hussain has been missing since 2 March (photo: family archive). According to confidential information obtained by RSF, a list of Pakistani dissidents who are now refugees in other countries is currently circulated within Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the most powerful of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. Increase in intimidation attempts News “Sajid Hussain’s disappearance is worrying,” said Erik Halkjaer, the president of RSF’s Swedish section. “I urge the Swedish authorities to take his disappearance seriously and investigate it thoroughly. Considering the recent attacks and harassment against other Pakistani journalists in Europe, we cannot ignore the possibility that his disappearance is related to his work.” Grounds for suspicion June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF has also been able to establish that at least two other Pakistani journalists with refugee status in European countries are currently being pressured by the ISI by means of intimidation of family members still in Pakistan. Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en News Last year, the organization’s Swedish section noted an increase in attempts to intimidate journalists from countries with authoritarian regimes living in self-imposed exile in Sweden. They included several journalists of Iranian origin. Receive email alerts Pakistan is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further Hussain’s news site, the Balochistan Times, covered human right violations and other aspects of the situation in Balochistan, a province in southwestern Pakistan where several rebel groups are active and where the army tolerates only its own version of events, as RSF described in the autumn of 2017. PakistanAsia – PacificSwedenEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence DisappearancesPredators Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Swedish police to do everything possible to find a Pakistani journalist who disappeared nearly a month ago in Sweden, where he has political refugee status, and to prioritize the hypothesis that he was abducted at the behest of a Pakistani intelligence agency. June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Barrett appointed as new Limerick FC boss

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook SoccerLimerick FCNewsSportBarrett appointed as new Limerick FC bossBy John Keogh – January 15, 2018 4435 Linkedin Limerick manager Tommy Barrett has prepared the team for the trip for Dundalk despite ongoing rumours surrounding the club’s future. Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILELIMERICK FC have named Tommy Barrett as the club’s new manager, replacing Neil McDonald in the role.Barrett has enjoyed success as Limerick’s U-19 manager and has now been promoted to the top job. McDonald left the club ahead of the new season to join English side Scunthorpe United.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Barrett is an ex Limerick FC player and also spent time at Shamrock Rovers and Athlone town during his career.McDonald’s former assistant, Eric Kinder, has overseen First team training for the past week with the assistance of Joe Gamble.It is not immediately clear if Kinder and Gamble have a role within Barrett’s backroom team, which he is expected to name later in the week.Limerick have been beset by problems in the off-season. The club has struggled to bring in players since securing their top flight status, with only Cian Coleman, Daniel Kearns and Danny Morrissey coming in.Only last week, Limerick FC Chairman, Pat O’Sullivan, confirmed that he is looking to sell some, or all, of his share of the League of Ireland club as he can no longer bankroll the operation.“I have been saying for quite some time that this was not possible for me in the long-term,” O’Sullivan admitted.“We have reached a point now where we have to firmly address this particular issue because some clubs have become much stronger and given the structures of our league significant finances are required of any club that wants to stay in competition with the top of the table.“At this moment in time, I am in discussion with a number of parties with a view to selling an interest in the club. That may mean 100%, but certainly, it will ensure a majority share.“Our vision is to go to Europe, but we need to fill that gap,” he added. “Hence we need to have investors, to include outside investors or strong local commercial support.”Limerick FC begin their build up on the field this Saturday when they play Galway United in a pre-season friendly at UL. Kick-off for the game is at 6:30pm. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSGreatest League in the Worldleague of irelandlimerickLimerick FCMarkets FieldPost SportsoccerSuper BluesTommy Barrett Twitter Printcenter_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Previous article#BREAKING Limerick singer Dolores O’Riordan dies in LondonNext articleLimerick council to install CCTV camera in Thomondgate John Keogh Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more