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Authorities urged to react to a series of physical attacks against media and journalists

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first_img News News News Help by sharing this information June 8, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Nepal May 29, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on the Nepalese authorities to carry out thorough and rapid investigations into recent attacks by violent groups on independent media and journalists. One the latest was on 16 November in the capital and targeted the Himal Media group.”All the Nepalese media deserve the same level of safety and freedom, and it is up to the government to guarantee this protection,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is an urgent need for the police to conduct proper investigations, identify those responsible and bring them to justice. The Maoist-led government must ensure that all voices can be heard in Nepal, even those that criticise the new authorities.”Around 10 masked men on motorcycles attacked the Himal Media press group’s distribution depots in the capital on 16 November, vandalising equipment and torching more than 1,000 copies of the group’s Nepali-language fortnightly Himal Khabarpatrika.The magazine’s editor, Kanak Mani Dixit, told Reporters Without Borders he regarded the incident as an “organised attempt to restrict free expression and increase fear among journalists.”It came two weeks after an attack targeted against the group’s CEO, Ashutosh Tiwari, on 24 October, when stones were thrown at his car in the capital. Himal Media has filed a complaint about the 16 November violence but the police have not yet identified any of the participants.Acts of violence and intimidation against journalists are still very frequent in the provinces. Journalists are particularly threatened in the southern Terai region, where armed groups hold sway and there are hardly any police.Shiva Devkota, the editor of the local weekly Nuwakot Jagaran, was attacked and roughed up after speaking on behalf of the Nepal Press Union at a Congress Party meeting on 17 November in the central district of Nuwakot.The front window of the National News Agency (RSS) bureau in the southeastern city of Biratnagar was smashed on 13 November.Siddharaj Upadhyay, the newspaper Gorkhapatra’s correspondent in the western district of Doti, was threatened by a businessman on 28 October after writing an article about illegal gambling. Policemen present during the incident failed to intervene.Journalist Rammani Upadhyay, the editor of the local newspaper Basudha, was seriously injured by unidentified assailants on 24 October in the central city of Janakpur and was hospitalised in Kathmandu. The motive for the attack is not known.The offices of the Tarai Times daily newspaper in the central district of Dhanusha were vandalised on 20 October by unidentified intruders, who manhandled two employees.A leader of the JTMM-J armed group threatened to kill Krishna Prasad Dhakal, The Himalayan Times correspondent in the western district of Kapilvastu, on the night of 11 October.Jagat Prasad Joshi alias JP Joshi Pandit, a Maoist activist and president of the Kailali chapter of the Revolutionary journalists association (RJA), has been missing since 8 October, when he left his home in Malakheti to go to Kathmandu. His family has not received any news of him since then.Reporters Without Borders meanwhile voices its support for the Federation of Nepali Journalists’ recent request to the prime minister for light to be shed on the July 2007 disappearance of journalist Prakash Thakuri. Maoists were suspected of participating in his abduction. RSF_en Organisation Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill NepalAsia – Pacific NepalAsia – Pacific Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Receive email alerts Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story News to go further Reporters Without Borders calls on the Nepalese authorities to carry out thorough and rapid investigations into recent attacks by violent groups on independent media and journalists. One the latest was on 16 November in the capital and targeted the Himal Media group. November 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to react to a series of physical attacks against media and journalists May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Rhodes Must Fall hits back at new Oxford global history course

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first_imgRhodes Must Fall in Oxford have hit out at reports of a new compulsory global history course which the University plans to introduce next term.It had been widely reported that Oxford intends to introduce compulsory non-White and non-European history modules from the next academic term. Some reports emphasised how the move followed criticism of the University’s alleged ‘Eurocentric’ syllabus by Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) and similar campaigns across the country.Yet the group have hit back, criticising the inadequacies of the course and attacking the University for its continued “narrow and Eurocentric worldview”.In a Facebook post denouncing the “the deep inadequacies in the British press,” the group said: “There is no new course and the global history module which is now being made compulsory on non-European history includes topics such as Jefferson’s America (the history of European settler colonialism outside of Europe).”It went on: “The step is in the right direction but the ways that it has been exaggerated have given good press to an institution [Oxford University] which still does not deserve any good press at all.”RMF also criticised the papers, which will expect undergraduates to sit exams on Middle Eastern, Asian and Indian events, for their ignorance of sub-Saharan Africa. “There is still only one fifth of one paper, (a paper on imperialism and globalisation), in which study of sub Saharan Africa, 1/5 of the world’s land mass, is available. There are 7 different option on the history of the British Isles alone [sic],” the statement said.“The real question is to why, up until 2017, European history was not compulsory on the syllabus of the world’s supposedly best institutions [sic]. There is still an overwhelmingly white academic body whose research interests gather around a very narrow and Eurocentric worldview.” RMF rose to prominence in 2015, calling for the removal of a statue of the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College. Oriel announced their intention to keep the statue in January 2016.Although it had been suggested that the move came in response to pressure from campaign groups such as Rhodes Must Fall and the UCL-founded ‘Why is my curriculum white?’, Oxford has insisted that there is “no link” to the RMF campaign.“It is just formalising what is in effect student practice,” said Martin Conway, professor of contemporary European history and chair of the Oxford History Faculty. “It was all done and dusted before anybody noticed Cecil Rhodes standing on top of a building.”In their statement, RMF made a series of recommendations for a “decolonised university”, including “a broad and diverse range of staff”, a curriculum which looks at “different traditions [and] places with different worldviews”, and the implementation of an “honest and rigorous dealing with the histories of colonialism, imperialism and racism”.The statement concluded: “Oxford still falls short in every one of these metrics by a very long way.”RMF is not the only group to highlight the University’s alleged ‘Eurocentrism’. In April, Billy Nuttall, a history student at Magdalen, launched a crowdfunding campaign to make up a difference of over £400 between Oxford’s History dissertation prizes for British and African research pursuits.Oxford has also come under attack for the small number of black undergraduates it enrols. In January, the University faced criticism after data revealed that just 45 black applicants were made an offer in 2016.Asked for a response to RMF’s criticism, a History Faculty spokesperson told Cherwell: “As the History Faculty has already stated, the current reforms to the curriculum are part of an ongoing process of updating and adapting our curriculum. We pay attention to students’ views but we are also guided in these changes by our own discussions. The most recent reforms were the result of an internal process of consultation which began in 2013 and was concluded in 2015.“We share with many of those who have commented on these issues in the last few days an aspiration to create a diverse and lively curriculum that speaks to a wide range of approaches to History. “As a faculty, we are fully committed to ensuring diversity among our students and postholders. We have a Race Working Group, and in 8th Week of this term we shall be holding a teach-in for all members of the faculty who wish to discuss these issues more fully.”last_img read more

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