Two journalists finally allowed to travel

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information December 18, 2020 Find out more News News March 31, 2020 Find out more News Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistancenter_img Organisation News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia July 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists finally allowed to travel March 13, 2020 Find out more According to the Turkmen news website Khronika Turkmenistana, husband-and-wife journalists Annamamed Myatyiev and Elena Myatiyeva were allowed to depart on 10 July on a flight to Amsterdam, where Myatyiev is due to undergo an eye operation.The two journalists were told they were forbidden from travelling abroad when they tried to board a flight to the Netherlands at Ashgabat international airport on 28 June, but they were given no clear reason for the ban.———————————————————————————-10 July 2010Journalist and wife prevented from travelling abroad for operationReporters Without Borders calls on the Turkmen authorities to allow husband-and-wife journalists Annamamed Myatiyev and Elena Myatiyeva to travel to the Netherlands, where Myatiyev needs to undergo an operation for a detached retina. They were prevented from flying on 28 June.“The freedom to travel abroad and return to one’s country is a fundamental right,” Reporters Without Borders said. “When the purpose of the trip abroad is medical, the government’s refusal to permit it seems to be an act of pointless and incomprehensible cruelty. Whether the government itself or a state agency was responsible, it abused its authority.”Myatiyev and his wife were told they were banned from leaving the country when they tried to fly from Ashgabat international airport on 28 June. They were also subjected to a thorough search for information “defaming Turkmenistan.”The authorities refused to give them an explanation when they went to the interior ministry the next day to find out why they were forbidden from travelling abroad. On returning to their home in the northern city of Dashoguz, they found their phone line had been disconnected and the quality of their Internet connection had deteriorated markedly.Both Myatiyev and his wife worked for several years for the government daily Neutralniy Turkmenistan before being fired. Myatiyeva was fired in 2002 for attending a training seminar for journalists in Sweden. When Myatiyev was fired in July of last year, he was told it was because of the detached retina from which he had been suffering for the previous few months.After he underwent an initial operation in the Netherlands, doctors told him he needed another one quickly to prevent his condition leading to blindness.Turkmenistan was ranked 173rd out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. No independent media are tolerated and journalists are constantly hounded.Two journalists and human rights activists, Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadjiyev, are currently serving eight-year jail sentences for helping to make a report about Turkmenistan for the French TV programme “Envoyé spécial.” A third journalist and human rights activist, Ogulsapar Muradova, who also helped to make the report, died in detention on 12 September 2006 after a severely beating. Follow the news on Turkmenistan #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries to go furtherlast_img read more

Windies need to play like champions

first_img(CMC) – CAPTAIN Carlos Brathwaite believes West Indies need to bring their ‘A’ game to the three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand starting here today.The all-rounder reminded that the Caribbean side were World champions in the shortest format and therefore had a duty to themselves and their fans to play accordingly.“Any time you have the title of world champions you need to defend it, not only at the World Cup but in every series,” Brathwaite said, ahead of the opener at Saxton Oval which bowls off at 15:00hrs (22:00hrs Thursday Eastern Caribbean time).“Regardless of whether we win or lose we need to play like world champions. People in the Caribbean look to the T20 format for the success and feel good and we need to do that. If there’s added pressure, then so be it. We have a legacy to carry on.”West Indies are winless on tour so far and the T20 series represents the ideal chance for the visitors to make their mark.Their record against the Black Caps, however, is a dodgy one, having drawn the last two-match series they played in the Caribbean and suffering a clean sweep in a similar two-match rubber the last time they were in New Zealand three years ago.Since capturing the T20 World Cup in India last year April, the Windies have won seven of 14 matches – with three of those wins coming against minnows Afghanistan.Brathwaite will be featuring for the first time in the series and joins the side on the heels of solid performances in the Bangladesh Premier League where he topped the batting averages for Khulna Titans.The 29-year-old, the hero of the last T20 World Cup, said his focus was on making strong contributions to the unit.“I’m not the saviour,” he stressed.“But for me I’m always my own harshest critic and for me it’s just about controlling what I can control and making sure I get through my four overs as economically as possible and grab a few wickets if I can.”He cotninued: “Batting-wise I’m having a decent year, averaging around 40 (48) with the bat so it’s about closing out the year well and going into 2018 with the next two games and hopefully starting next year as well as I can.”The last two T20s will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on New Year’s Day and January 3.last_img read more