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HRW calls for transparent probe into Kurd journalist’s death

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

BAGHDAD, Oct 30, 2010 (AFP) – Human Rights Watch called Saturday for a transparent probe into the death of a journalist who was killed after writing an article scathing of Iraqi Kurdish president Massud Barzani.

“Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government needs to ensure an independent and transparent enquiry into the killing of journalist Sardasht Osman in May 2010, that will lead to the identification and prosecution of all those responsible,” the New York-based rights group said.

Osman, 22, was kidnapped on May 4 in the regional capital Arbil, and his corpse was found a day later in the restive northern city of Mosul with a single bullet to the head.

He had written articles critical of Barzani’s rule, but an investigative committee formed by the Iraqi Kurdish leader said in September that Osman was killed because of his ties to a militant group.

“This secret investigation into Sardasht Osman’s murder is exactly the opposite of what’s needed,” HRW’s Joe Stork said in the statement.

“The Kurdistan government needs to get to the bottom of this killing with an open and independent inquiry that will include looking into allegations of government involvement,” Stork said.

HRW said Osman’s family and supporters had been threatened by government forces and Kurdish party members after speaking out against the findings of the official probe, which also was condemned by international rights groups and local Kurdish journalists.

In one of Osman’s most critical articles, headlined “I love the daughter of Massud Barzani” and published in the Kurdistan Post, he used an imaginary dream to condemn the alleged corruption of Kurdish leaders.

“When I become the son-in-law of Barzani, the wedding night will be in Paris and we will visit the palace of our uncle for several days in the United States,” he wrote, drawing a provocative contrast between Barzani’s opulent lifestyle and that of ordinary Kurds.

The HRW statement quoted the dead journalist’s brother as saying Osman had received multiple death threats by telephone and had feared for his life after writing the critical article.

“He thought he would be killed at any time by a gun with a silencer,” it quoted Bashdar Osman as saying.

“The Osman case is the tip of the iceberg,” Stork said.

“The Kurdistan Regional Government needs to support press freedom instead of trying to intimidate those who report the truth. An independent and credible investigation of the Osman case would be a start.”

Source: SGGP

VNA journalists hold sixth congress

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

VNA journalists hold sixth congress

QĐND – Saturday, May 15, 2010, 21:20 (GMT+7)

The sixth congress of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) chapter of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association chapter took place in Hanoi on May 14, focusing on raising the role of a state news agency and building VNA into a strong national communications group.

In his report, VNA Vice General Director Ha Minh Hue, Chairman of the VNA chapter for the 2005-2010 term, highlighted that the chapter thoroughly grasped and played the role of a political, social and professional organisation in the past term.

As one of the country’s largest chapters and experiencing 65 years of developing along with the country, VNA has made great efforts to maintain its position as a strategic, reliable news agency of the Party, State and people, the VNA chapter chairman said.

VNA experienced difficult stages and challenges for development, VNA became a prestigious news agency in the region as well as the world, contributing to the common development of the country’s revolutionary press, he added.

He praised the news agency’s strength with a network of domestic bureaus in 63 provinces and cities nationwide and 26 overseas bureaus around the world.

He stressed VNA’s right step of establishing a VNA television channel, catching up with the modern press’s trend in the region and the world.

VNA General Director Tran Mai Huong said that in the new term (2010-2015), the VNA chapter needs to foster and improve awareness on politics, professional skills and social accounbility for its members in combination with the “studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s moral example” movement.

He emphasised the chapter executive board’s due attention to VNA major programmes, particularly improvement of news quality and competitiveness.

The agency’s tasks in the coming years require each journalist to unceasingly improve professional skills, meeting the tasks’ demand as well as maintaining its position as the strategic information centre of the Party and the main reliable resources of the society.

The congress elected a 19-member executive board with VNA Vice General Director Ngo Ha Thai as chairman for the 2010-2015 term.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Photo of power plant wins Vietnam Journalists Association contest

In Vietnam Culture on January 22, 2010 at 10:48 am

Tran Dam’s “Cua Dat power plant construction” won the first prize in the “Vietnam – integration and development” photography contest organized by the Vietnam Journalists Association’s Press Photo Club.

“Cua Dat power plant construction” by Tran Dam

Second prizes were awarded to Cao Manh Tien’s “Overcoming destiny” and Huu Tuyen’s “War veterans.”

The organizers also gave away three third prizes and 10 encouragement prizes.

Launched in June to mark Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day, June 21, the contest received more than 3,700 photos from 268 artists.

The pictures had to portray images from politics, economy, culture, and society.

The awards were given away at a ceremony held in Hanoi January 20.

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