Journalist beaten with cane by ruling party parliamentarian

first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific News to go further Organisation RSF_en RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Receive email alerts Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the action of a parliamentary representative of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in beating Manjur Morshed, the correspondent of a national daily, with a cane on 9 August in the southern city of Baufal, leaving him seriously injured. The legislator’s supporters also attacked and threatened other journalists in Baufal.”It is shocking to see a ruling party legislator beat and threaten a journalist and behave like a gangster, and we call for an investigation and swift sanctions,” the organisation said in a letter to home affairs minister Lutfozzaman Babor, adding: “As long as he is not punished by the courts and his party, his name will stay on our press freedom violators blacklist of those responsible for physical attacks and censorship.”The legislator concerned was Shahidul Alam Talukder (photo), a local BNP leader in Baufal. Ten of his thugs kidnapped Morshed from his place of work on 9 August and took him before Talukder, who personally administered the beating, which was prompted by an article in the national daily Jugantor the previous day implicating him in a corruption scandal.The president and general secretary of the local press club were also beaten when they tried to intervene. Covered with bruises, Morshed was released during the night. He used to be the correspondent of the daily Ajker Kagoj and is currently in the process of becoming Jugantor’s correspondent.Talukder denied using any violence when reached by phone. “I never beat him,” he said to Reporters Without Borders. But his supporters have continued to threaten journalists in Baufal, parading outside the press club. Many terrified journalists have fled the city. Jubilant BNP activities slaughtered a goat at the home of one of Talukder’s friends to celebrate their victory.The police did not intervene to protect the journalists. One police officer, Nur Muhammad, went to the home of several correspondents and threatened to bring false charges against them if they continued to protest about Talukder.Two days before Morshed’s beating, Daily Ajker Barta reporter Shimul Chowdhury was assaulted by a businessmen linked to Hafiz Hibrahim, a local BNP leader and parliamentary representative for the southern city. BangladeshAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Bangladeshcenter_img February 26, 2021 Find out more August 11, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist beaten with cane by ruling party parliamentarian News May 19, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Young Limerick people inspired to change the world

first_imgEmail RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Previous articleLimerick youth called on for Young Environmentalist Awards 2014Next articleAdventure Tourism a winner in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter Print First Irish death from Coronavirus No vaccines in Limerick yet WhatsAppcenter_img NewsYoung Limerick people inspired to change the worldBy Staff Reporter – September 13, 2013 735 Facebook TAGSfeatured Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Linkedin Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL YSI Guide Colette Cronin and students from Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Co. Meath called on schools and youth organisations to ‘Go Do’ and enter the YSI Social Innovators Action Programme 2013/2014Applications are being called from schools across Limerick to ‘GO’ and ‘DO’ for the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Action Programme 2013/14.The project based programme for 15 to 18 year olds encourages young people to examine social problems in communities and bring about changes they wish to see.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Projects from three Limerick schools were among the 60 shortlisted for the Annual YSI Showcase and Awards last May for the Action Programme 2012/2013.John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, Co. Limerick were placed second in the Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards 2013 for their project ‘Click’, and Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick won the National Physical Well Being Award for their project ‘Screening of Teenagers for Adult Sudden Death Syndrome’.YSI aim to tackle the issues of youth literacy, youth facilities, farm safety and continuing education for teenage parents.“Young Social Innovators has given over 50,000 teenagers a chance to make a change to society”, said Rachel Collier, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Young Social Innovators.“Young people need to play a vital role in shaping the future of society. The ACTION programme engages them directly and deeply in issues that matter to them”, she added..Closing date for entries is September 30th 2013, and the application process is open through schools and youth organisations.Full details can be found at www.youngsocialinnovators.org Shannondoc operating but only by appointment last_img read more

Seniors receive student leadership awards

first_imgEditor’s note: A shortened version of this article ran in April 20 print edition of The Observer.Seven graduating seniors received awards from Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet held March 31, according to a University press release.Keri O’Mara | The Observer The press release stated Student Affairs will also honor graduate student Aamir Ahmed Khan at the Graduate School Awards Ceremony on May 15.“Humbled” was the descriptor of choice for students who received awards.Senior Matthew Wong, who received the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award, said he was “very surprised and honored and very humble for sure.”This year’s recipient of the Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, senior Megan Heeder, said she was “very humbled and grateful for the recognition that I’ve been somewhat successful in my desire to make a positive impact on the lives of other people here.”According to the press release, each of the eight awards acknowledges particular leadership qualities in students “who have made exceptional contributions to the Notre Dame community.”The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award celebrates a senior who has promoted a spirit of diversity and inclusion during his or her time on campus and was awarded to Wong for his service as chair of the Diversity Council of Notre Dame, according to the press release.“I think [this award] really shows that Notre Dame is putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront,” he said. “It’s acknowledging students who are taking steps to making Notre Dame more welcoming, regardless of socioeconomic background, race, gender, ethnicity — whatever it may be.”Wong said the accomplishments of the Diversity Council — which include last year’s submission of a 10-point resolution containing recommendations on diversity to the administration — are the result of the combined efforts of the entire board.“Without them, all of the stuff we’ve done as a council would have been impossible. There’s no way I could have carried all that weight by myself,” he said.The Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, presented to Heeder for her involvement in the Robinson Community Learning Center’s Youth Development AmeriCorps and the Center for Social Concern’s Summer Service Learning Program, honors a student who has demonstrated leadership, athletic ability and a love for the Catholic faith, according to the press release.Heeder, who participated as a three-sport varsity athlete her freshman through junior years, said she was honored to receive the award because it acknowledged her “some degree of success in creating a positive change in the lives of other people.”“Because if I leave here without doing that, then what was the point of being here at all?” she said.The Mike Russo Spirit Award highlights a student’s service and personal character, and was given to former student body president Lauren Vidal for her efforts regarding campus safety, mental health awareness and community outreach, the press release stated.“Having an opportunity to really listen to those around me and speak on their behalf in larger conversations about campus climate or need fueled my efforts each day,” Vidal said. “I learned that it is only when you follow the needs of your peers and school, when you put their needs first, that you truly lead in the role.”The Rev. A. Leonard Collins, C.S.C., Award was presented to former student government chief of staff Juan Rangel for his dedication in serving the interests of the student body, according to the press release. Particularly, the award recognized Rangel’s commitment to increasing support for students of high financial need and undocumented students.“I think, especially with us all being college students, it’s really easy to become individualistic and think about the needs and necessities that we ourselves have — we need to go to office hours, and we need to get good grades, and we need to find a job,” Rangel said. “But there’s so many concerns that we have ourselves, that we sometimes forget the concerns of others around us.”Rangel, who served as the 2014-2015 Campus Ministry multicultural intern, also co-founded and became president of the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy in order to raise awareness about immigration issues and to stimulate outreach to undocumented students, he said.“I feel so lucky to have met so many people on campus who have supported me through my crazy endeavors,” he said.The Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Leadership Award, given to senior Grace Carroll for her work coordinating this year’s Campus Ministry Freshman Retreat, honors a student “who embodies Blessed Fr. Moreau’s vision of educating heart and mind, as well as someone who has demonstrated significant effort to advancing the Catholic character of the University,” the press release stated.“I was really surprised to get the award, never expected to get it,” Carroll said. “I’m just doing what everyone around me is trying to do, and that’s just trying to be a better person every day.”Carroll, also the Campus Ministry representative in student government, said she believes the freshman retreat and Campus Ministry are important to the campus community because they encourage students to reflect upon their daily lives.“Our generation, often we find God in relationships, and we find God through service,” she said. “I think it’s really important that when we’re doing service, we’re remembering why we’re doing it, and I think in Campus Ministry, we’re trying to make that connection more intentional.”The John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award recognized senior Christina Gutierrez for her commitment to service in the greater South Bend community, according to the press release. Gutierrez said she specifically received the award for her work volunteering and fundraising for the Monroe Park Grocery Cooperative in South Bend and for her service as president of the Notre Dame chapter of the World Hunger Coalition.“I’ve been blessed to have free time and to have resources to provide to other people who need them more,” she said. “Getting to use that for a greater purpose and for an issue that’s really important to me — hunger and malnutrition and healthy eating — and getting to pair that up with meeting people from the South Bend community, I think is really cool.”Gutierrez said she has been involved with the Monroe Park Grocery Cooperative since the end of her freshman year and that during her sophomore year, she directed a project to design and sell a calendar cookbook which raised nearly $5,000 for the cooperative.“It’s a great sense of fulfillment knowing that you can engage in a community that you don’t necessarily live in, but that you’re still more broadly a part of,” she said.The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism acknowledges a graduating senior who, according to the press release, exhibits exemplary character and writing ability.The press release stated this year’s recipient, Jonathan Warren, was granted the award for his achievements as the former Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic and for his service as the public relations director for The Shirt Project.“I think Notre Dame’s values, those of educating the whole person and serving others, values I’m told Denny Moore exemplified, really lend themselves to a meaningful education in journalism,” Warren said. “I’ve been grateful to work with other students, professors and mentors who have helped me to explore journalism as a practice of empathy and service to others.“My role with Scholastic has allowed me to meet so many incredible people, and students in particular, whose stories have inspired me. … Ultimately, I owe so much to the writers, editors and our adviser, Bob Franken, for their help and for giving me the platform to try to deeply explore this campus.”The Sister Jean Lenz, O.S.F., Leadership Award, to be presented to Khan for his accomplishments as the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 president of the Muslim Student Association, distinguishes a graduate student who promotes a welcoming and diverse atmosphere on campus, according to the press release.“I was very overwhelmed,” Khan said, recalling the moment he learned he was to receive the award. “This is undoubtedly the biggest extracurricular recognition that I have ever received throughout my career.”Tags: Awards, Commencement, division of student affairs, Seniors, student leadership awardslast_img read more