June 7, 2021 Find out more News Employed by #5bis Productions, Villeneuve was a very experienced video-reporter who had covered wars all over the world. Haddad, who worked for many French media outlets, briefly found a refuge at the “House of Journalists” in Paris in 2008. He returned to France last year for treatment in Lyon to a hand injury caused by a sniper shot while reporting in Fallujah.RSF shares the concern of the family and friends of Véronique Robert, a Swiss video-reporter who was badly injured by the same explosion. She, Villeneuve and Haddad were all on assignment in Mosul for the France 2 TV channel’s current affairs programme Envoyé Spécial.They were accompanying Iraqi army forces in areas held by Islamic State in the old town, on the west bank of the River Tigris. Samuel Forey, a freelance journalist who was with them, was slightly injured and was evacuated to Baghdad. He has been covering the battle to retake Mosul for various media including Figaro, Télérama and Inrocks.Immediately after the explosion, all three received initial medical attention from US military medical units based in Al-Qayyara, south of Mosul. “Iraq is one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “In 2015 and 2016, it was one of the three countries where the most journalists were killed in the course of their work. War is obviously dangerous but every death or injury is a victim too many. No one should have to pay such a high price just for reporting the news.” A total of 28 professional and non-professional journalists have been killed in Iraq since the start of 2014 (including Stephan Villeneuve and Bakhtiar Haddad). According to RSF’s tally, three journalists have been killed since the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State began in October 2016. Many journalists have also been wounded in the course of covering the clashes between Islamic State and the Iraqi army and its allies.Much of the fighting in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, is taking place in districts with very narrow streets, increasing the dangers for journalists, who are also exposed to Islamic State sniper fire, artillery, improvised explosive devices and mines.The Islamic State fighters in Mosul are still detaining ten Iraqi journalists and media workers who they have held for nearly two years. Islamic State seized all of the media outlets in Mosul in 2014, turning the city into a news and information black hole until the Iraqi army and its allies launched their offensive on 17 October.Iraq is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply saddened to learn that an explosive device killed French journalist Stephan Villeneuve and Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad while they were covering Iraqi counter-terrorist operations in the Ras Al-Jadah district of Mosul, in northern Iraq, yesterday. French journalist Stephan Villeneuve / @Nicolas Jaillard and Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information Organisation June 19, 2017 – Updated on June 21, 2017 Mosul blast kills French and Kurdish journalists June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says FranceIraqEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolenceFreedom of expression News FranceIraqEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolenceFreedom of expression to go further
Reporters Without Borders condemns manoeuvres orchestrated by members of the regime and media close to the Revolutionary Guards with the aim of intimidating newspapers and journalists.In the latest example, the reformist newspaper Shargh was suspended yesterday, its editor was detained for several hours and one of its cartoonists received a summons. And in a separate development, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, an advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and head of the state-owned news agency Irna, was arrested to begin serving a six-month jail sentence.”Iranian officials are taking advantage of the international situation and the outcry about the video ‘Innocence of Muslims’ to target media and cartoonists in their own country,” Reporters Without Borders said.”Shargh’s suspension is a powerful warning to the news media, while the arrest of the official news agency’s head confirms that media and journalists are still falling victim to in-fighting between the regime’s various clans.”A cartoon of men blindfolding each other in Shargh’s 24 September issue was condemned the next day by media close to the Revolutionary Guards, led by Fars News, which described it as an “insult to war veterans” in a reference to Iran’s war with Iraq from 1980 to 1988.The criticism continued, with more than 120 parliamentarians demanding a “firm reaction” in a joint statement. Yesterday, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mohammad Hosseini, convened an emergency meeting of the Commission for Press Authorization and Surveillance, which is attached to his ministry, and announced: “We are for the newspaper’s closure.”Within hours, the newspaper had been closed on the commission’s orders and the case had been transferred to the courts for prosecution.Shargh editor Mehdi Rahmaniyan was summoned, detained and then released on bail of 50 million toman (50,000 euros) pending trial. The person who drew the cartoon, Hadi Hideri – one of the country’s most famous cartoonists and the son of a war veteran – received a judicial summons despite explaining that its aim was to “denounce worldwide ignorance.” Help by sharing this information September 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reformist daily closed, state news agency chief jailed IranMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts to go further February 25, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en Ali Akbar Javanfekr, who heads the Iran press group as well as Irna, was arrested at his office and taken to Tehran’s Evin prison to serve a six months sentence for publishing a supplement about the chador in the daily Iran on 13 August 2011 that sparked an outcry and led to the issue being banned.A Tehran court originally sentenced Javanfekr on 20 November 2011 to a year in prison and a three-year ban on working as a journalist but the sentence was reduced to six months in prison on appeal.Agence France-Presse said the charges on which Javanfekr was convicted were “insulting the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameni” and “publishing content that violated Islamic values and public decency.” News News March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more
Read Governor Wolf’s Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting remarks, as prepared.See pictures from the Capitol Tree Lighting and other holiday celebrations in Harrisburg.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary December 19, 2015 Tree Lighting Time Lapse BLOG: Christmas Tree Lighting at the Capitol (VIDEO) Holidays, The Blog, Videos Updated: December 19, 2015, 12:15 PMPosted: December 14, 2015, 4:10 PMToday, Governor Wolf, First Lady Wolf, and Lieutenant Governor Stack gathered at the Capitol for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year, the 22-foot Douglas Fir grown by Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County was donated to the commonwealth by the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. Historians believe that the idea of the Christmas Tree began with German Lutherans in the 17th century and spread to Pennsylvania around 1820 after they began to immigrate to this area. Since then, the Christmas Tree has been a key part of Christmas celebrations statewide.Watch the videos of the ceremony and the time lapse below.Tree Lighting Ceremony SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
An official with the Massachusetts Port Authority says 16 passengers on an American Airlines flight bound for Boston from Miami were taken to a hospital after the plane landedPort Authority spokeswoman Samantha Decker says all of the passengers’ symptoms appeared to be mild, but had no information on a possible cause for the illnesses.An American Airlines spokesman says the affected passengers were part of a student group, and added that no other passengers or crew members showed any symptoms.The flight landed safely at Boston Logan International Airport on Sunday morning.