RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more March 19, 2014 – Updated on February 27, 2017 Journalists must be free to work without being threatened RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns an attack on Oleksandr Panteleymonov, acting CEO of the National Ukrainian Television Company (NTKU), on the evening of 18 March, when around 20 people led by parliamentary members of the nationalist Svoboda party stormed into his office, insulted and beat him, and forced him to sign a resignation letter.“A full and impartial investigation must be carried out to ensure that this kind of unacceptable behaviour does not recur,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“This entails lifting the parliamentary immunity of the legislators involved. And one of them, Igor Miroshnichenko, cannot continue to be a member of the parliamentary committee on freedom of expression and information.”Bihr added: “Journalists must not be held hostage to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. They must be able to work in an impartial manner, refraining from any propaganda or disinformation, and without being forced to rally to the flag of any of the parties to the conflict.”Video recordings show Miroshnichenko, the current vice-president of the parliamentary committee on freedom of expression and information, hitting Panteleymonov. Two other Svoboda parliamentarians, Bogdan Benyuk and Andriy Illenko, can be seen among the assailants.They accused Panteleymonov, state-owned NTKU’s acting CEO since before President Viktor Yanukovych’s removal, of being “in Moscow’s pay” and blamed him for the fact that Pershy Natsionalny, one of NTKU’s channels, broadcast the 18 March signing ceremony in Moscow making Crimea part of the Russian Federation.The incident has shocked Ukrainian journalists, who have issued protests and have called on the prosecutor-general’s office to investigate. Miroshnichenko has so far refused to apologize and has said his actions were justified by the “war with Russia.” He has nonetheless said that he is ready to renounce his parliamentary immunity in order to defend his actions before the courts.Svoboda’s leader, Oleg Tyagnybok, and interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk’s government have both condemned the attack on Panteleymonov.Continuing impunity in CrimeaThe rapid evolution in the situation in Crimea has not so far led to any improvement in the climate of intimidation for journalists working in the peninsula or the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for acts of intimidation.The Institute of Mass Information, a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, has reported no fewer than 89 cases of threats or violence against journalist or acts of censorship since the start of the Russian intervention in late February. At least three journalists have fled from Crimea to Kiev in the past few days following repeated threats.In the latest case, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty journalist Levko Stek reported being kidnapped in Bakhchisaray on 18 March by unidentified individuals, who gagged him, put a bag over his head, took him away in their car and finally dumped him in an open field, warning him not to return to Crimea.Ibrayim Umerov, a reporter for the Tatar TV station ATR, and his cameraman were detained in Simferopol on 18 March by a dozen armed men, who threatened them and then let them go.There is still no news of Yaroslav Pilunski and Yuri Gruzinov, two citizen-journalist cameramen who are working on a documentary for the Babylon ’13 project. They went missing on 16 March when trying to pass a package to Ukrainian soldiers trapped in a military base in Simferopol. UkraineEurope – Central AsiaRussia News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further News News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News UkraineEurope – Central AsiaRussia June 8, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more
Jim WinshipDirector, British Sandwich AssociationOne of best barometers of economic times is innovation. Naturally, when the going gets tough, we tend to think more about maintaining the business we have, rather than taking chances, and any innovative thinking is generally refocused on managing costs.In the last couple of years, it has been noticeable how little innovation there has been in the UK sandwich industry quite a change for an industry that has a reputation for its creativity. In that time, we have seen relatively little true innovation, as most brands have sought to re-invent old and safe friends, rather than row the boat out into uncharted waters.This year has shown some improvement on this situation, but it is still clear that there is not a great deal of confidence in the economy at the moment although the first shoots of recovery may be just beginning to show.The good news is that innovation is still alive and kicking at least in the development kitchens. Entries for this year’s British Sandwich Designer of the Year award have been higher than ever, with some really bright ideas.Although the sandwich industry has been relatively lucky in seeing volume growth through the last couple of years, perhaps it is time for easing the brakes a little more to tickle the taste-buds of those consumers who have got a little jaded by the same thing each day.l The finals of this year’s Sandwich Designer of the Year Award are to be held on 19 May, at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.