How far will the crackdown on dissent go?

first_img Reporters Without Borders is stunned to learn that the opposition news websites Grani.ru, Kasparov.ru and EJ.ru are being blocked. The communications regulatory agency Roskomnadzor announced this evening that they “have been added to the unified register of banned content at the request of the prosecutor general’s office of the Russian Federation.”Well-known opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s blog on LiveJournal is also being blocked.“It is clear from the blocking of these sites a day after the dismissal of Lenta.ru’s editor that we are at a turning point for online freedom of information in Russia,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “We call on Roskomnadzor to explain itself and to reverse this outrageous decision.“This new jump in censorship is unfortunately the predictable consequence of the adoption of a law in late December that allows the prosecutor-general’s office and Roskomnadzor to block any content they regard as ‘extremist’ without referring to a judge. We expressed our alarm at the time about the broad and vague character of this concept, which includes calling for unauthorized demonstrations.”Deloire added: “If the Russian constitution still means anything, the authorities must repeal this provision, which took effect on 1 February and which legalizes the most arbitrary censorship.”The Roskomnadzor communiqué said Grani.ru, Kasparov.ru and EJ.ru “are disseminating calls for participation in unauthorized mass actions.” It provided no other details. In an interview for the Gazeta.ru news site, Grani.ru CEO Yulia Berezovskaya said she had not idea what the offending content was. She also said she had received no prior warning or explanation from Roskomnadzor.According to Roskomnadzor, Alexei Navalny’s blog violated his house arrest order. Navalny is charged with embezzlement and, on 28 February, a court prohibited him from leaving his home or using any means for communication. To get round the ban, Navalny said he had asked his wife and colleagues to update the blog on the basis of the notes he gave them.Internet users in several parts of Russia also said this evening that the Echoes of Moscow independent radio station was blocked. The radio station’s editor-in-chief, Alexei Venediktov, said on Twitter that the Akado and Biznessviazholding access providers were blocking it. But for the time being it is not on the unified register of banned content and Reporters Without Borders has not been able to obtain any further information.(Image: Screen capture from Roskomnadzor website) RussiaEurope – Central Asia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing March 13, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 How far will the crackdown on dissent go? Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News May 21, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts to go further News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russialast_img read more

4-H grant

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center has received a $3,443 grant from the Milledgeville Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustee for the addition of two new outbuildings at the Scott Site, Rock Eagle’s pioneer home site. The site is used for teaching living history classes and is visited by thousands of students each year.The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program began at Rock Eagle in 1979 and was later expanded to include four other 4-H centers. The five centers currently serve more than 40,000 students annually, making it the largest residential program of its kind in the nation. The program has been designated a state and national learning model, drawing students and teachers from more than 500 schools representing six southeastern states.Over the past decade, the center and the foundation board of trustees have partnered on multiple projects at the Scott Site. Past projects include the restoration of a pioneer house and the installation of a well and hand pump. The new project will include the construction of a privy and a fully functioning smokehouse, two structures that were essential to life on the farm during Georgia’s pioneer days. “We appreciate the Watson- – Brown Foundation’s continued support in helping Rock Eagle 4-H Center provide a historic perspective of early American farm life. This funding allows students the chance to gain a better understanding of life in the rural South” said State 4-H leader Arch Smith.The Watson-Brown Foundation supports historic preservation in part through its junior board of trustees, a talented group of local high school students whose exclusive mission is to preserve local history. Part historic preservation, part youth philanthropy, this educational initiative fosters civic responsibility, heightens an appreciation for local history, and introduces students to disciplined and thoughtful giving.last_img read more

Binghamton police ask public for help with church burglary investigation

first_imgAnyone with information is asked to call Binghamton Police Detectives at 607-772-7080 and refer to case number 2020-40735. Police are trying to identify the person in the surveillance footage. According to the footage, the burglary occurred on Sept. 5. According to the police department’s Facebook page, the burglary occurred over the course of three days and electronic sound equipment was stolen.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at the Anglican Church of the Good Shepard on Conklin Avenue.last_img