RussiaEurope – Central Asia to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders is appalled that a court in the northwestern city of Murmansk today ordered that Denis Sinyakov (Денис Синяков), a well-known Russian freelance photographer who was aboard a Greenpeace vessel intercepted in Russian Arctic waters on 19 September, be placed in preventive detention for two months.“Sinyakov was arrested while working as a journalist and his detention constitutes an unacceptable violation of freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By investigating this photographer and the Greenpeace activists he was accompanying on such an absurd accusation as piracy, the Russian Investigative Committee is criminalizing both journalists and environmental activism.“If Russia’s constitutional guarantees have any meaning, neither Greenpeace’s peaceful protest nor, even more so, Sinyakov’s journalistic coverage of the protest constitute a crime. We urge the authorities to release this photographer at once and to drop this investigation.”The Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise set off in late August for Russian Arctic waters to draw attention to the potential environmental consequences of oil exploration in the region. On 18 September, members of its crew tried to scale the Prirazlomnaya offshore drilling platform, which is owned by the Russian gas company Gazprom.The next day, Russian special forces seized control of the Arctic Sunrise and began towing it to Murmansk. On 24 September, all 30 people aboard were placed in police custody in the Murmansk area and the authorities announced that they were being investigated for “piracy,” which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.Sinyakov was one of the first to appear in court today. Noting that he “often travels abroad” and might try to elude the authorities, the court ruled that he should be held for two months pending the outcome of the investigation.Sinyakov told the court: “This ‘criminal activity’ is journalism and I will continue to practice it (…) Greenpeace is an organization with a 40-year history and is well known for its activities. But I don’t work for it. I am a journalist. You can see my photos in the media in Russia and all over the world. All my equipment has been seized. My only weapon is my camera.”Employed on a freelance basis by such news agencies as Reuters and AFP, Sinyakov also does occasional reporting assignments for Greenpeace and it was in this capacity that he was aboard the Arctic Sunrise. He took most of the photos of the Arctic Sunrise being boarded by Russian special forces that have appeared in the press.Reporters Without Borders supports the call issued by Russian journalists for a demonstration at 5 p.m. today outside Investigative Committee headquarters in Moscow to protest against Sinyakov’s detention.To go further: Sign Greenpeace petition to demand the release of all who were aboard the Arctic Sunrise.Main photo: Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace Courtroom photo: Blogger51 RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Follow the news on Russia September 26, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two months detention for Russian photographer on Greenpeace vessel Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Help by sharing this information News May 5, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 21, 2021 Find out more News RussiaEurope – Central Asia News
Letterkenny University Hospital has apologised unreservedly to the family of a Donegal man who its claimed died as a result of not receiving a timely operation on a bowel obstruction.26 year old John Paul McCloskey died on November 22nd, 2016 due to a brain injury and multi-organ failure after his bowel was perforated, causing septic shock.His family today, settled a High Court action over his death and the care he received at Letterkenny University Hospital with liability admitted.In a letter read in court, General Manager of Letterkenny University Hospital, Seán Murphy expressed sincere regret over “the devastating loss of John Paul”.He apologised unreservedly and there is a huge regret within the team at the hospital that John Paul did not receive better more organised care during his time there.According to the Irish Times, the 26 year old was admitted to the hospital’s emergency department on October 11th, 2016 with abdominal pain.Counsel for the McCloskey family said a CT scan five days later confirmed an obstruction in the small bowel linked to Crohn’s disease and that experts on their side would say there should have been an operation by October 19th, which would have saved his life.John Paul suffered a perforation of the bowel and died in another hospital on November 22nd, 2016.An inquest into his death last year concluded that Mr McCloskey died as a result of brain injuries after the perforation of his small bowel following a systems failure at Letterkenny University Hospital which led to medical misadventure. Google+ Pinterest Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – March 14, 2019 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Homepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest LUH apologises unreservedly to family over death of 26 year old Previous articleOperation to recover body from Killybegs Harbour ongoingNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday March 14th News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic
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