Journalist killed in Swat valley, situation getting worse in Bajaur and North Waziristan as well

first_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Receive email alerts News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the death of reporter Abdul Aziz of the newspaper Azadi (“Independent”) after being kidnapped by Taliban on 27 August in the Swat valley, in  North-West Frontier Province. He was reportedly killed two days later during an air-strike by government forces on the Taliban camp where he was being held.“The Taliban are responsible for Aziz’s death because they kidnapped him and held him in one of their camps,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This tragedy highlights the very tough conditions journalists face when working in areas hit by fighting between the Taliban and the security forces.”The press freedom organisation added: “Journalists are the targets of violence and intimidation by all the belligerents in the Swat valley and the neighbouring Federally Administered Tribal Areas. We point out that, under the Geneva Conventions, combatants are obliged to protect civilians including journalists.”It was the Taliban who announced Aziz’s death. A Taliban chief, Shamsher Mullah, said Aziz was killed as a result of an air-strike on the camp by government forces. An editor of the Azadi staff, Mumtaz Buneri, confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that Aziz was found dead in a Taliban detention centre in Peochar.The Pakistani military denied that Aziz was killed during the air-strike. Local journalists told Reporters Without Borders that Aziz’s body bore no signs of bullet or shrapnel wounds, and that he appeared to have been killed by the force of an explosion because blood had flowed from his nose, ears and mouth.Aged 33, Aziz went to Peochar to talk to Taliban leaders there and to ask why they had blacklisted him. “His name was on the Taliban list of people to be killed because he was a brave journalist who criticised Islamist militants,” Buneri said.Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the fact that the dangers for journalists are growing not only in the Swat valley but also in Bajaur and North Waziristan, in the adjoining Tribal Areas.As a result of a military offensive in Bajaur, almost all the local journalists working there have been forced to leave the area since the start of August, along with tens of thousands of civilians, in order to escape the fighting.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a national daily correspondent who is holed up in the district of Dir said: “We could not leave our homes and it was impossible to contact anyone to get information. The Taliban have it in for us because they were used to intimidating us to get us to report what they said. When we learned that 10 Taliban had been killed, they made us say only one was killed. When the Taliban said they had killed 20 soldiers and we asked for proof, they refused to give us any (…) And their leaders used to interrogate us when our newspapers referred to them as Taliban. They portray themselves as God’s fighters, as mujahideen.”Journalists working for news agencies and foreign media have been banned from North Waziristan. The ban, announced on 26 August by Ahmadullah Ahmadi, the spokesman of Taliban chief Hafiz Gul Bahadur, came at time when several news media wanted to do reports on the area in the run-up to the anniversary of 9/11.“These people are dangerous for Islam, Muslims and the country,” Ahmadi said. “But the Taliban warmly salutes journalists who are patriotic and loyal to Islam and Muslims. Those who work for agents of espionage under the cover of journalism will be severely punished.” September 1, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed in Swat valley, situation getting worse in Bajaur and North Waziristan as well to go further January 28, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Reporter Abdul Aziz of the newspaper Azadi (“Independent”) was killed after being kidnapped by Taliban on 27 August in the Swat valley, in North-West Frontier Province. Reporters Without Borders points out that, under the Geneva Conventions, combatants are obliged to protect civilians including journalists. RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfirelast_img read more

Tenure-Track Clinical Associate Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor (2 posts)

first_imgApplications are invited for appointment as Tenure-TrackClinical Associate Professor/ Clinical Assistant Professor in theSchool of Public Health (2 posts) (Ref.: 502515), to commenceas soon as possible, on a four-year fixed-term basis, with thepossibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before theexpiry of a second four-year fixed-term contract.Applicants should possess a primary medical qualificationregistrable in Hong Kong and a specialist qualification in PublicHealth Medicine (F.H.K.A.M. (Community Medicine)) or equivalent(e.g. F.F.P.H., F.A.F.P.H., F.R.C.P.(C) in Community Health,American Board certification in Preventive Medicine, etc.). Inaddition, they should demonstrate: (i) proven ability to producequality research, publications in high quality internationaljournals, and evidence of local and regional recognition forscholarship and professional expertise; (ii) ability inundergraduate and postgraduate education, clinical practice andresearch; (iii) participation in Faculty and University affairs;and (iv) capability in KE activities, and leadership inprofessional education programmes or community engagement.The appointees are expected to strengthen the School’s research,teaching and knowledge exchange (KE) programmes in public healthmedicine, and facilitate innovative and effective ways to integrateclinical medicine and public health practice into population healthresearch. They will play a key role in developing the academicscholarship and teaching programmes of the School, and contributingto the delivery of medical and health science courses in theFaculty. Those with less experience may be considered forappointment as Clinical Assistant Professor. Information about theSchool can be found at http://sph.hku.hk . Those who haveresponded to the previous advertisement (Ref.: 498865) need notre-apply.A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% ofgross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuityand University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme,totalling up to 15% of basic salary. A monthly cash allowance willbe offered to the successful candidate. Housing benefits will alsobe provided as applicable.The University only accepts online application for the above post.Applicants should apply online and provide (a) an executive summarydescribing their most outstanding accomplishments andqualifications; (b) an updated C.V.; (c) a publication listhighlighting their best papers; and (d) a 1-page description oftheir future research and career plan. Review of applications willstart as soon as possible and continue until May 17, 2021 ,or until the posts are filled, whichever is earlier.Advertised: Nov 17, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close: May 17, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

Dead & Company Debuts Instrumental “My Favorite Things” At Shoreline Amphitheatre Closer [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday, Dead & Company returned to Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheatre for the second performance of their tour-opening run. The Grateful Dead spinoff act featuring Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge kicked off their 2019 summer run the night prior with an electric performance.Dead & Company opened up their first set with “Bertha”, led by John Mayer handling the tune’s vocal duties. “Bertha” smoothly transitioned into a cover of The Young Rascals’ “Good Lovin’, with Weir slow and steadily leading his bandmates through the classic 1966 hit. With the Rhythm Devils locking into a bouncy rhythmic pocket, Mayer fired off a series of tenacious guitar solos before moving forward with “They Love Each Other”. Backed by some silky-smooth bass licks from Burbridge’s corner, Dead & Co. showered the Northern California crowd with the theme of “love”. Picking up the pace, the band moved forward with Johnny Cash‘s “Big River”, highlighted by some quick-witted keyboard solos from Chimenti. Mayer handled the vocal duties moving forward with “Mr. Charlie” and “Tennessee Jed” before Weir stepped up to lead the way through a set-closing segue of “Lost Sailor” into “Saint of Circumstance”.Following a setbreak, the band returned to open their second set with the classic pairing of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider”. As “Rider” faded out, Dead & Company coasted into a beautiful rendition of “Row Jimmy”, highlighted by some tender lead vocals from Mayer. The band kept on chuggin’ with “Deal”, as Mayer and Chimenti traded off scorching hot licks before crashing into “The Other One”. Burbridge locked into the song’s main theme alongside Hart and Kreutzmann, with Weir paving the path through some dreamy improvisational territory.Next, Hart and Kreutzmann took the reigns for the customary “Drums/Space” portion of the evening, followed by a debut cover of “My Favorite Things”. The band offered up an instrumental take on the classic song from The Sound Of Music  before landing back into “The Other One”. Weir stepped up to lead his bandmates through a somber set-closing “Morning Dew”, allowing Mayer to dazzle the crowd with his mind-bending guitar work. Dead & Company returned to offer up an exploratory encore of “Uncle John’s Band” into a “Supplication” jam, which saw Mayer and Chimenti get a final chance to bounce off of each other’s improvisational lead. The band returned to a “Playin’ In The Band” reprise to properly close out the tune, which was left unfinished from the night prior.Below you can watch some videos from Dead & Company’s Saturday performance and check out a gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Matt Rea.Dead & Company – “Bertha”[Video: Dead & Company]Dead & Company – “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”[Video: Dead & Company]Setlist: Dead & Company | Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA | 6/1/2019Set One: Bertha > Good Lovin’, They Love Each Other, Big River, Mr. Charlie, Tennessee Jed, Lost Sailor > Saint of CircumstanceSet Two: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Row Jimmy, Deal > The Other One > Drums > Space > My Favorite Things > The Other One > Morning DewEncore One: Uncle John’s Band > Supplication Jam > Playin’ In The Band RepriseA full soundboard audio recording of the show is available to stream via Nugs.net.Dead & Company | Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA | 6/1/2019 | Photos: Matt Realast_img read more