Intelligence agency tried to force journalist Mujadadi to be informer before arresting him

first_img AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Related documents mujadadi18may2010.mp3MPEG – 521.28 KB Follow the news on Afghanistan News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Mujadadi was arrested on 18 September at a voting station in Kapisa province that was being visited by the provincial governor. In recent months, he had reported being threatened by both the governor and NDS officials because of his independent coverage of events in the province including the case of the France 3 TV crew that was abducted there last December. Organisation center_img to go further Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Radio station director Hojatullah Mujadadi is currently the only journalist detained in Afghanistan. Although President Hamid Karzai ordered his release, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), an Afghan intelligence agency, is still holding him in appalling conditions, without allowing him the right to be defended by a lawyer. His arrests violates Afghan law, under which all cases involving journalists should be handled by the Media Commission.Reporters Without Borders has an audio recording that clearly show that the NDS wanted to silence Mujadadi. Irritated by his independent reporting in the northeastern province of Kapisa, where he has been Radio Kapisa FM’s director for the past several months, the security forces found a way to arrest and charge him last month. The recording also sheds light on the disturbing methods used by the NDS to recruit journalists as informers.In the audio recording made by Reporters Without Borders last May, Mujadadi said he had been summoned several times for questioning by NDS officials, who asked him to fill out a cooperation agreement form. According to Mujadadi, this would have meant agreeing to be a government spy. He was also asked to provide information about his contacts and to make detailed reports.“Yes, this form was called the ‘Cooperation Form’ and if I had filled it out, I would have become an NDS member in addition to being a journalist,” Mujadadi says in this recording. “I was supposed to spy for them.”Mujadadi’s revelations conclusively demonstrate that the NDS tries to turn independent journalists into informers. We urge the relevant authorities, including the interior minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, to put a stop to such practices.It is disturbing that the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) accepts the use of such methods by the NDS, its partner in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan. The ISAF public information services never issued a correction to a statement in which they wrongly reported that Mujadadi was released in last September.Listen to the audio recording: News News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says May 3, 2021 Find out more October 18, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Intelligence agency tried to force journalist Mujadadi to be informer before arresting him June 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Cambodian genocide survivor speaks at DSLC

first_imgTo kick off the Saint Mary’s Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC), Cambodian genocide survivor Arn Chorn Pond shared his story of survival and healing under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. “When I was just nine years old the Communists took over the country,” Pond said. “My parents were executed and I was forced to watch my siblings crawl … to a death of starvation. It was very hard for me to feel so powerless and know that I could not help them.” While in the camps, soldiers forced Pond to partake in some of the murders. “Sometimes they would force me to help them out,” Pond said. “I was a prisoner, and they could force me to push others into the graves. If I showed any emotion with the victims I would have been killed.” Pond said his love for traditional Cambodian music, specifically the flute, helped him through his difficult experiences. He and four other prisoners in the camp started a music group; only two members of that group are alive today. “Music got me through,” Pond said. “Even today, it still helps me to heal.” In 1980, after living several months alone in the Cambodian jungle, Pond was rescued and adopted by Reverend Peter L. Pond who brought him back to New Hampshire. “I felt very lucky, but very scared at the same time,” Pond said. “It seemed as though no one in the United States understood me or where I came from.” After coming to the U.S., Pond said he felt anger, depression, resentment and even suicidal at times. His adopted father encouraged him to speak out and share his story to help deal with his feelings. “I didn’t know what it meant to be heard,” Pond said. “I never thought that white Americans would care about me, but I was wrong.” He started speaking at local churches and today his voice has been heard by Amnesty International groups, the United Nations and even former President Jimmy Carter. After he began to share his experience, Pond stepped into a new role: human rights activist. He is the recipient of many international humanitarian awards and founder of several organizations, including Children of War, Cambodian Volunteers for Community Development and Peace Makers. “I choose to sing and to start different organizations,” Pond said. “It is not easy to share my story, but it is part of my healing process. I love the work that I do now because it saves lives and inspires others. This work allows me live.” DSLC chair Guadalupe Quintana said Pond’s talk was a perfect way to kick off events for the conference because his talk will inspire others. “His story is very capturing and embodies everything that DSLC represents,” she said. Quintana said DSLC represents sharing stories that would otherwise go unheard and learning of differences that would often go unnoticed. Pond expressed the importance of embracing one’s roots and one’s own unique stories. “It is our life and our story,” Pond said. “Don’t deny your differences or your stories, because then you will be denying your culture.” Pond ended his talk by encouraging the members of the audience to go out in the community and share their voices for social change. “Do not underestimate one person,” Pond said. “Everyone has their own story to share. Everyone has their own pain. Do not spend time comparing pain, just live united. One by one you are the angel that the world needs. Go fly and be that angel.” Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]last_img read more

Beyond the Concrete Jungle

first_imgThough our legs were tired and heavy after completing the nearly 2-mile journey uphill along the Cedar Run portion of the hike, we received a tremendous amount of gratitude and feedback from each of the guys. After a delicious roadside dinner consisting of BBQ sandwiches, burgers, and ice cream, we made our way back to the city, thus ending an incredible day spent with good people in the great outdoors. And most importantly, as always, we completed the adventure and returned home safely.The outdoors has played an enormous role in my spiritual journey in my 20s, and I have had the privilege of some truly life-changing experiences through outdoor conquests. I cannot imagine going through life without investing time, energy, and resources into pursuing such outdoor pursuits that have led to incredible personal, physical, and spiritual growth. I, along with many others, am truly blessed to have the ability to access nature and many of the outdoor experiences and challenges that exist all over this planet. However, I believe it is very important to understand how many individuals do not have such access or do not have influences in their lives who place great emphasis on the value the outdoors can have on an individual’s personal growth. Many residents in Washington, DC, and in places across the Southeast are only privy to life in the concrete jungle. This past summer I had the privilege of going on a day trip to Shenandoah National Park with a few young men from Southeast Washington, DC who had recently struggled with homelessness and unemployment. We had come to know these young men through our involvement with Covenant House Washington, a nonprofit organization focused on addressing the needs of young men and women who suffer from homelessness, abuse, and neglect in the Washington, DC area.The Covenant House Crisis Center is a short-term emergency shelter for single and parenting young adults who lack a safe place to stay at night. Building relationships with these young men and women can be a humbling and emotional endeavor, as many of the young adults reveal to us over time the painful circumstances that have led to their involvement with Covenant House. Though we have witnessed incredible experiences and outcomes during our bi-monthly visits to the Crisis Center, I wanted the opportunity to engage the young men at the shelter in a setting far different than their typical environment in southeast Washington, D.C., an area where the presence of drugs, violence, abuse, exploitation, and homelessness heavily impacts the lives of its residents starting at a very young age.Our desire to show these young men an experience far different from their standard daily activities manifested into an incredible day trip spent conquering the White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run trail within Shenandoah National Park. Having done this hike before, I felt the trail’s combination of length, physical difficulty, scenery, spectacular waterfalls, and the cliff-jumping and rock-sliding opportunities made for a fantastic opportunity to further bond with these men and to show them the rewarding experiences one can receive when investing extensive time and energy into exploring the great outdoors.The day could not have been more rewarding for all individuals present. We engaged in conversations far more personal and meaningful than ever before. We also introduced these men to several aspects of nature that they had never previously experienced. None of these guys had ever seen a waterfall before, and until that day none of them had experienced the awesomeness of leaping from a ledge into a fresh natural body of water.P1030645last_img read more

3 ways you’re sabotaging your own success

first_imgWhen it comes to reaching our career goals, we can often be our own worst enemy. We can blame others for standing in the way, but the truth is many of our own common habits are preventing us from reaching our objectives. Consider these three ways you are sabotaging your own success.You’re procrastinating“There’s always tomorrow.” We all have said this phrase at one point or another, but the fact is that none of us know what tomorrow will bring. Something unexpected may come up that will prevent us from getting done what we didn’t accomplish the day before. The longer we put things off, the harder it is to actually buckle down and cross tasks off the list. You are the only one that can control the pace in which you work and the amount you choose to get done.You’re scared of taking risksWho doesn’t love staying in their comfort zone? It’s a scary thing to step outside the box and try something new. Most of us love that feeling of knowing what we can expect and playing it safe. But, until you make that leap and take risks, you may never reach your full potential.You’re afraid of successAlthough we look forward to the idea of accomplishing what we set out to do, many of us fear what will happen when we get there. Once you reach that level of success, a lot more will likely be expected of you, and that’s a frightening thought. Running with the pack is comfortable, but once you push forward and stand out on your own, all eyes are on you. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to reach my goal,” and if the answer is truly yes, then it’s time to look ahead and stop standing in your own way. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Taylor adds second Governor’s Cup trophy to IMCA awards collection

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (July 24-25) – Jeff Taylor added a second Governor’s Cup trophy to his collection on night two of the 25th annual special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speed­way.Taylor pulled away from Jason Grimes and Robert Hellebust following a series of restarts, then checked out on the field after the last restart. His win was good for $1,600 and a spot on the bal­lot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Jeremy Keller and Grimes battled for the lead early in the main event. Keller got the best of that battle while Hellebust passed Taylor for third.Taylor rallied to retake the position and quickly chased down Grimes in pursuit of second. On lap seven, Taylor blew by Grimes and two laps later passed Keller for the lead.While running second, Keller had mechanical problems and brought out the first caution as he limped back to the pits. A series of quick yellows failed to slow Taylor as he pulled away from Grimes and Hellebust on each occasion.On what proved to be the final restart of the night, Taylor quickly distanced himself from the pack while Hellebust tried to hold off Aaron Turnbull for third.Turnbull briefly got off the track on the backstretch which allowed Mike Hansen to pass him for fourth. As they took the white flag, Hansen got a flat right rear tire but a spin in turn one ended the race under caution.Race officials went back to the last completed lap, which made the final top five Taylor, Grimes, Hellebust, Turnbull and Hansen.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars were new to the Governor’s Cup card and Bob Fuegmann was Friday’s $400 feature winner. Josh Roehrich ruled Saturday’s $200 to win main event for Mach-1 Sport Compacts.July 24 Feature ResultsStock Cars – 1. Bob Fuegmann; 2. Billy Preston; 3. Joren Boyce; 4. Rob Stenvold; 5. Tyler Ashley; 6. Ross Cummings; 7. Mike Swallers.July 25 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Jason Grimes; 3. Robert Hellebust; 4. Aaron Turnbull; 5. Mike Han­son; 6. Marlyn Seidler; 7. Spencer Wilson; 8. Mark Dahl; 9. Shawn Anderson; 10. Quentin Kinzley; 11. Ben Seidler; 12. Troy Heupel; 13. Shawn Strand; 14. Tracy Domagala; 15. Chad Hausauer; 16. Herb Bargmann; 17. Rusty Corneliusen; 18. Dan Aune; 19. Jason Wolla; 20. Travis Ulmer; 21. Chris Hortness; 22. Tim Perkins; 23. Allen Kent; 24. Jerad Thelen; 25. Jeremy Keller.Sport Compacts – 1. Josh Roehrich; 2. Kody Stoxen; 3. Chance Seelye; 4. Jason Berg; 5. Brandon Anderson; 6. Nic West; 7. Alex Thompson; 8. Scott Hagemeister; 9. Stan Thompson; 10. Andy Reed; 11. Chase Swanson; 12. Joshua Houn; 13. Michelle Stoxen; 14. Chase Schlafmann; 15. Dylan Sandberg.last_img read more

The Diamonds shine bright at Soccer Quest Co-Ed Tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Diamonds proved to be too strong for the rest of the field at the Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Cedar Street Facility.The Diamonds defeated The Midget Pinkies 5-2 to claim the top prize at the eight-team holiday indoor tournament.The Diamonds, consisting mostly of players home from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island for the Christmas holiday, plowed through the round robin draw going undefeated.So the Diamonds were the favourites to continue the trend in the final against The Midget Pinkies in the finale.However, The Midget Pinkies, paced by the Stewart Family Members and Reed Bambrick kept the score close and had numerous scoring chances.But The Midget Pinkies were denied around the net, as most teams were during the two-day event, by goalkeeper Jan Williams in the Diamonds net.In the consolation final KRS Red edged Byron’s Army 10-8.The Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament increased to eight teams this year and consisted of players between the ages of 14 and 44 years as well as members of the Kootenay Regional Soccer program.The next Soccer Quest adult tournament will take place on March 26/27 and it will be a Masters 30 plus ladies and 35 plus men’s events. Teams from Kamloops and Penticton are already registered.Soccer Quest youth winter programs start Monday with registration now ongoing.By The Nelson Daily [email protected]last_img read more

Leafs outlast Braves 5-4 to capture home opener

first_imgNelson Leafs scored three times in the first period en route to a 5-4 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Kolten Nelson scored twice to lead the Leafs to a second consecutive win over the Braves.Nelson bounced Spokane 6-2 Saturday in the Lilac City. Leafs dominated the Braves early as Nelson, Sawyer Hunt and Eamonn Miller scored in the opening frame to give the home side a 3-0 advantage.After Hunt scored, the shot clock read 10-1 in favour of the Leafs.Nelson increased its lead to 5-1 in the third as Nelson and Sam Weber scored before the Braves rallied to make the game close.Blake Halfpenny and Trail Thompson with a pair made the score close in the final period. Greg Lind had the other marker, scoring on the power play, for Spokane.Jason Sandhu registered his second win of the season in goal over the Braves as Nelson outshot Spokane 33-26.Leafs travel to Castlegar Saturday to face the Rebels. Castlegar served up the first loss of the season to Beaver Valley as the Sunflower City squad outlasted the Hawks 7-6.The win was also the Rebels first of the season after losing twice on a trip to the East Kootenay.last_img read more