Release of journalist Grigory Pasko

first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia One of Pasko’s lawyers, Jon Gauslaa (of the Norwegian ecology organisationBellona), said the Ussuriysk prosecutor and the administrators of theprison camp where he is being held were against freeing him for goodconduct. The local prosecutor’s office has until 30 January to appealagainst his release, but a spokesman for the Moscow prosecutor said therewas no reason to contest it. Pasko is expected to go to Moscow next weekand continue his fight for to legally clear his name. Help by sharing this information ______ Reporters Without Borders welcomed a court’s decision today to release Grigory Pasko, a journalist with the environmentalist magazine Ekologiya i pravo and former correspondent for the military newspaper Boevaya Vakhta. The court in the far-eastern city of Ussuriisk gave Pasko remission for good conduct, to which all prisoners are entitled on completion of two thirds of their sentence. His conditional release was expected to take place in a matter of hours, after which he would be on probation for 16 months. It comes just six weeks after he was awarded the 2002 Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation prize for his contribution to the fight against censorship.Pasko first spent a total of 20 months in prison between 1997 and 1999 prior to conviction. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment in 2001, and was then detained again for denouncing the Russian fleet’s dumping of radioactive waste in the Sea of Japan.”Grigory Pasko’s release is the first good news about press freedom to have come from Russia in a long time,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “The nuclear pollution caused by the Russian military fleet was much too serious an issue for Moscow to let the news media get too interested,” Ménard said. “Rather than deal with the ecological threat that is worrying Russia’s neighbours, they wanted above all to silence the press. Pasko’s imprisonment was a warning for all journalists who dare to criticise the military or government”, he added.Convicted of “espionage” and “high treason”Pasko conducted lengthy investigations and wrote hundreds of articles about the pollution resulting from the virtual abandonment of the Russian military’s nuclear submarines with the complicity of the FSB (the former KGB). He also circulated video footage of liquid radioactive waste being dumped in the Sea of Japan by the Russian fleet. Filmed while he was Boevaya Vakhta’s correspondent, this footage was broadcast by the Japanese television network NHK, eliciting heated international reaction. Accused of “espionage” and “high treason” by the FSB, he was convicted by the Vladivostok military court in 2001. The supreme court in Moscow confirmed a four-year prison sentence in June 2002.Pasko’s conditions of detention were harsh. From December 2001 to September 2002, he was held in the Vladivostok detention centre in an cold, isolated cell with no light or electricity, where he fell ill. On 10 September, he was transferred to a prison camp where he worked in a carpentry workshop. He continued to write clandestinely for Ekologiya i pravo and helped fellow inmates prepare their legal defence. His wife was allowed to telephone him and visit him only once every three months.Pasko was one of some 116 journalists currently imprisoned worldwide just for wanting to practise their profession. He was sponsored by many international news organisations under the programme begun by Reporters Without Borders. They include M6, LCI, Le Nouvel Observateur, France Soir, RFI, Radio Classique, France Culture, Phosphore, Le Télégramme de Brest et de l’Ouest, Le Club de la Presse du Limousin, Essex Chronicle, Le Courrier, RTBF – Fréquence Wallonie and the Maison de la Presse of Mons. His wife Galina Morozova received the Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation award on his behalf on 10 December. The award was supported by the EDF Foundation.Putin gets tough with news mediaThe supreme court’s decision upholding Pasko’s prison sentence came at a time when President Vladimir Putin was asserting control over the news media. Following the hostage-taking at a Moscow theatre, the Duma adopted an amendment to the anti-terrorist law that imposed considerable restrictions on press freedom and foreshadowed an increase in the censorship that has already limited coverage of the war in Chechnya for many years. Under international pressure, President Putin finally vetoed the amendment and asked legislators to redraft it. Several Russian news media have been sanctioned for their coverage of the hostage-taking in Moscow, and the Russian authorities have also criticised the foreign press for their coverage of the war in Chechnya and the “anti-terrorist operations.” RSF_en Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News to go further Follow the news on Belarus Organisation center_img May 27, 2021 Find out more News News June 2, 2021 Find out more January 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of journalist Grigory Pasko RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of journalist Grigory Paskofor good conduct. A former correspondent for the military newspaper BoevayaVakhta, Pasko was awarded the 2002 Reporters Without Borders – FranceFoundation prize in December. He had been serving a four-year sentence fordenouncing the dumping of radioactive waste in the Sea of Japan. last_img read more

Essex are champions again while Durham battle back for second spot

first_img28 Aug 2014 Essex are champions again while Durham battle back for second spot Essex were duly crowned English Boys County champions when they beat Derbyshire on the final day at Sandiway to lift the title for the third time.Their 8½ – ½ success over the Midland winners was their third victory of the week and underlined their overall supremacy in the event while Durham came from behind to beat Wiltshire 6-3 to ensure themselves of second place.“The boys have done a superb job and they finished in style,” said Essex manager Brian Collins. “To win our region and to get to the final was an achievement. To win the championship again is a real boost for Essex.“It’s been a great week for us but all the teams have shown a desire and commitment. We’ve been to the final before and not closed the deal. This time the team bonded superbly and while I don’t like to single out players, special mention must go to Taylor Carter who won all his six games.”Having won all three morning foursomes, as they did on the previous two days against the other two counties, the South East champions continued in winning vain in the afternoon singles, taking the top two games to confirm their over victory.Todd Clements edged them towards the finishing line with a 7 and 6 win over Matt Bailey while Louis Lazarus completed a 4 and 3 success against Josh Thorley. Clements was out in level par to be 5up and he also won the tenth and 12th to close out the contest.Birdies at the second, third and fifth plus a conceded eagle at four saw Lazarus race 4up but Thorley stuck to his guns and halved the deficit by the turn with a par and a birdie. However, Lazarus birdied the 466-yard tenth and short 11th to restore his 4up lead and although Thorley responded with a winning birdie at 13, a Lazarus birdie-three at 15 ended the contest, the Essex lad being five under par.Clements Essex clubmate Elliot Fullalove, who jets off to an American college tomorrow, and Jamie Booth were locked in a titanic battle with little to separate them until the back nine where the Essex lad went birdie-par-par-birdie to secure a 4 and 2 success.Taylor Carter proved the most successful Essex players when he completed his sixth win in six outings with a 3 and 2 scoreline against Will Painter. The Derby lad led early on but when Carter got into his stride he won three holes in four from the tenth to build a winning lead.Mitch Sarling slowly built a lead over Will Davidson, going 2up at the turn and despite being pulled back to all square through 14, reeled out successive birdies at 16 and 17 for a 2 and 1 win.The lone half point that escaped Essex grasp was gained by Derby’s Josh Ashton, who fought a neck-and-neck battle with Bradley Bawden, both players holding a two hole lead at different times. But they came to the 18th with Bawden 1up where Ashton holed a lengthy birdie putt to snatch a half.After trailing 2-1 from the morning foursomes, Durham were quick out of the blocks in the afternoon, winning the top three singles. Chris Handy, their under 16 international, found three birdies in the first six holes to be 2-up and he added another with a par at seven.However, his opponent, James Wiltshire responded by birdying the ninth to reduce the arrears to one by the turn. Not to be outdone, Handy then won the 13th and 14th and although he lost 15, a Wiltshire concession on 17 sealed Handy’s win.Aaron McManus put Durham ahead with a 4 and 3 win over Charles Dunn. McManus led from the first, was 4up at the turn and never lost his lead, while Sam Donald provided another Durham success with a 5 and 4 triumph against Jamie Amor.There was little to separate the pair over the first six holes but Donald won the seventh and eighth to go 2up and he closed out the game by winning three in a row from the 12th. Jack Ainscough and Cameron Wallace added to Durham’s collection,Ainscough found three birdies on the back nine, including one at the last to complete a 2hole win over Rhys Edwards, while Cameron Wallace birdied three of the first six holes against Tom Law. That put him 3up at the turn but Law battled back to 1down through 14 only to lose the contest 2 and 1.Wiltshire’s lone victory was secured by Dom Patton, who led all the way against James Wilson and eventually ran out a 2 and 1 winner.“I have tremendous respect for my team for the way they battled back,” said Durham manager Ken Joel. “We could have been 3-0 down this morning but that one win gave us a fighting chance. I’m over the moon to finish second to Essex.”For more information visit the championship website.Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more