India: Two Kashmiri newspapers deprived of state ads in bid to apply pressure

first_img RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 “Targeting two newspapers in this completely arbitrary manner clearly constitutes an act of crude intimidation,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The authorities have no right to harass the publications they dislike with the aim of imposing their own version of the facts. Amid a surge in tension in the Kashmir valley, it absolutely vital that newspapers should be able to cover the situation in a completely independent manner, especially as press freedom is an essential condition for defusing tension.” IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsEconomic pressure A Kashmiri citizen reads a newspaper in Srinagar on 28 February, a day after Indian and Pakistani warplanes clashed. The free flow of independent information must be maintained if tension is to be defused in Kashmir (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa / AFP). The Jammu and Kashmir government took the decision two days after 46 Indian paramilitaries were killed in Pulwama, in western Kashmir, on 14 February by a suicide bomber who was a member of an Islamist militant group based across the border in Pakistan. News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Kashmir Reader owner and editor Haji Hayat Mohammad Bhat told RSF that the loss of advertising revenue would have “immense financial implications” for the two newspapers. “We would at the very least expect the government to tell us why they stopped the advertisements.” News “Immense financial implications” News The plight of Kashmir’s journalists is one of the many reasons why India is ranked no better than 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Accredited Kashmiri reporters were arbitrarily prevented from covering an official event in Srinagar, the state capital, on 26 January to mark Republic Day of India, one of India’s three national holidays. Four journalists were injured when police deliberately fired shotgun pellets at reporters a week before that. Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of the leading regional newspaper Rising Kashmir, was gunned down in Srinagar in June 2018. April 27, 2021 Find out more The decision was clearly “intended to ensure that the free media are curbed,” Greater Kashmir publisher Rashid Makhdoomi told RSF. “All we have been told is that the stoppage orders have come from the top. We need to be told who at the top has stopped the advertisements.” There are many examples of how press freedom has been one of the leading collateral victims of the growing tension in the Kashmir Valley for the past two years. The journalist Aasif Sultan has been detained since 24 August because of an article he wrote for the Kashmir Narrator monthly, while the hearings in his case, including one on 15 February, keep on being postponed. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a decision by the authorities in Indian-held Kashmir to endanger the financial viability of the region’s two leading English-language newspapers by depriving them of all state advertising. The government must restore state ads and treat all Kashmiri publications equally, RSF said. March 5, 2019 India: Two Kashmiri newspapers deprived of state ads in bid to apply pressure In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival March 3, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsEconomic pressure The two newspapers, Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader, have been on life support for more than two weeks, ever since the Jammu and Kashmir state government began withholding all advertising from them on 16 February. No official explanation has been given for the decision although, as the Kashmiri private sector is very weak, the media depend almost totally on public sector ads. This latest decision by the Jammu and Kashmir government alluded to an October 2017 directive from the Union ministry of home affairs. The Hindustan Times, which has obtained a copy of the directive, said it named a number of Kashmiri media outlets, accused them of publishing content “glamourizing terrorists and anti-national elements” and recommended depriving them of state advertising. RSF_en News June 10, 2021 Find out more Collateral victim Follow the news on India Makhdoomi pointed out that the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, a federal government offshoot, previously cut off advertising in his newspaper in 2008 although it is the Kashmir Valley’s most widely read newspaper and its Facebook page alone now has more than 2 million followers. to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information last_img read more

BEAUTIFUL WORK: Stained glass class back open at Colley Complex

first_img Email the author Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “I’ve learned a lot from having to go back to the starting place,” Sessions said. “I won’t make the same mistakes again. The next piece will be much easier. But I’ll probably never be as proud of another piece as of this one.”Sessions is one of nine members of the reinstated stained glass class at the Colley Senior Complex. Like most of them, she has taken other classes at the Troy senior center, such as painting and pottery.And it was an experience in the pottery class that “encouraged” her to try stained glass.“I’m a perfectionist,” Sessions said with a smile. “But when you are working with a glaze, you never know how it’s going to turn out when it’s fired. Things weren’t turning out the way I expected them to and that was frustrating for me. When you work with stained glass, you have more control over what you do, but that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be like you want it.” Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Those who have ever wanted to pull their hair out will be able to identify with the frustration of Melonie Sessions.Her signs of exasperation were evident as she stood with her eyes fixated on the task before her.“This really makes me want to pull my hair out,” she said. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… After successful 2017 season, Troy ready for fall camp The Troy Trojans have announced their Fall Camp schedule as they prepare for the 2018 season. The Trojans are fresh… read more Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 28, 2018 By The Penny Hoardercenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell 12345PrevNextStartStop BEAUTIFUL WORK: Stained glass class back open at Colley Complex You Might Like She added laughing, “Then, there’s the hair-pulling frustration of having to do it over, but you can get it right.”Catherine Jordan, Colley Senior Complex director, said she is excited that the stained glass class is back.“Suzette Helms was the facilitator for the class for several years but, when she took a break, there was no one to take her place,” Jordan said. “Then, about three months ago, Sherry Key came aboard as the facilitator. When you are working with stained glass, it can be frustrating so, to have a class, we needed a leader and Sherry is a great leader. She has her own studio and she’s a good teacher.”Carter Sanders said working with stained glass is challenging because it’s more “work.”“First, you must have a pattern – a design,” he said. “Then you have to cut the glass into rough shapes and the edges have to be ground and polished. Then, you either have to copper foil the edges of each piece or came them.”Sanders said there a difference between foiling and caming.The foil is secured along the each edge of each piece of cut glass, the large and the small. Then the foil is soldered with a soldering iron, securing the glass pieces into place.But….caming is a whole different ballgame, Sessions said.The lead came has to first be stretched so that it doesn’t stretch later and allow the glass pieces to slip.“You can’t wrap the came around small pieces or in tight places, so it has to be cut,” she said. “That’s where I got into trouble. I cut the came too short and that left a gap. That’s why I’m back at square one.”Jordan said, even with the challenges of stained glass art, the interest and excitement among the members is evident.“They are doing beautiful work,” she said. “The class is open to anyone that has an interest in stained glass and creating pieces of their own.”The Colley Senior Complex has purchased the tools and materials necessary for creating stained glass art.The students are responsible for their own glass, however, Jordan said a large amount of glass has been donated, including a stockpile of beveled glass.“We have a well-supplied stained glass studio, a great facilitator and a ready group of eager students,” Jordan said. “We encourage anyone with an interest in the stained glass class or the pottery and painting classes to visit us and learn more about this and all of our other programs for senior adults.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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My Career

first_imgJulian Carter, Hambleton Bakery, RutlandTell us a bit about the business.I head up a team of seven bakers and two cake-makers. We’re a sister company to Hambleton Hall hotel and have three shops: one at the main bakery in Exon, as well as in Oakham and Stamford. We’re supporters of the Real Bread Campaign, so are strong believers in using local ingredients, long ferments and not using additives in our breads. A lot of our flour comes from small local millers, such as Whissendine Windmill. We make a wide range of traditional artisan breads in our wood-burning oven such as sourdough, honey and nut bread and the Hambleton Local loaf, made by fermenting local beer. We’ve also just launched a range of traditional cakes. Altogether we produce around 40 products.What’s a typical day like?Every day is different. The past few weeks, I’ve been getting the cake business up and running, working from 12pm to 8pm making products such as egg custards, Bakewell tarts, summer puddings and treacle tarts. We’ve launched the range to keep things fresh in the shops, but also to make better use of the bakery. Bread baking begins at anywhere between 12am and 3am and goes through the night in preparation for morning deliveries, so it made sense to develop new products that could be made during the day.What’s your background?I come from a long line of bakers. My family bought the licence for making Bath Oliver biscuits in Bristol back in 1820 and my father ran a bakery in Liverpool for many years, but the business closed down in the 1980s when supermarkets started introducing bread at 20p a loaf and cheap mass-produced cakes became popular. I had worked in the bakery as I was growing up, but decided to change direction and joined the RAF, retraining as a chef. I worked there for 12 years, ending up as part of the team that cooked for the Prime Minister John Major at Chequers and 10 Downing Street. We also got to cook for visiting politicians like Bill Clinton, Jacques Chirac and Boris Yeltsin. We then moved to Rutland, where I got a job as sous-chef at Hambleton Hall hotel’s restaurant. I ended up making all the bread and pastries. One thing led to another and we opened a bakery.How do you find baking with a wood-burning oven?I was terrified to use it, but wood-fired ovens are actually pretty easy to bake with. We burn three-foot ash and beech logs, sourced from the local estates. Fuel only costs about £14 a day. Each morning you have to stoke up the oven, but the temperature never really drops by much, because we are baking seven days a week. The oven has a rotating platform, which makes loading easy, and it’s excellent for breads like sourdoughs and bloomers. For really crusty products, like rolls, we still use a Tom Chandley steam oven.last_img read more