TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia March 13, 2020 Find out more to go further Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan RSF_en News March 31, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan News As French ambassador for human rights François Zimeray begins a three-day visit to Turkmenistan today, Reporters Without Borders would like to use the occasion to reiterate its concerns and its still frustrated hopes for press freedom in this former Soviet republic.The visit offers the Turkmen authorities a great opportunity to satisfy the expectations that were raised by the installation of a new president three years ago. They have a lot to gain by normalising the country’s situation on the international stage. This requires democratisation and, above all, an end to flagrant human rights violations.Turkmenistan continues to be a hermetic fortress that admits no fundamental freedoms. Reporters Without Borders has learned that a Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty correspondent, Allamurad Rakhimov, was denied entry on 19 May, although he had a visa, and was put on a flight back to Prague without being told why.Because of continuing harassment, independent journalists have to work clandestinely in an effort to provide their fellow citizens with domestic coverage that is not controlled by the government. They are often summoned for questioning, threatened with prosecution, and fired from their jobs, while their relatives are also exposed to the possibility of reprisals.We reiterate our appeal to the Turkmen authorities to begin opening the door to dialogue. The prisoner amnesties regularly announced by President Berdymukhamedov could be extended to journalists, human rights activists and political prisoners. Such a gesture would clearly distinguish those now in power from their predecessors. And it would help to increase confidence in the country, especially as regards commercial relations.We would like above all to point out that Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadjiyev are still in prison after serving half of the 8-year jail sentences they were given for helping a French TV journalist make a report about Turkmenistan for France 2. Their conditional release or, pending that, an improvement in their prison conditions, would be valuable good-will gestures that would facilitate dialogue. There must also be an investigation into journalist Ogulsapar Muradova’s death in detention on 12 September 2006 as a result of mistreatment, and the findings must be published.On 7 April, France began examining its ratification of the EU’s partnership with Turkmenistan. On rapporteur Gaëtan Gorce’s initiative, the national assembly’s foreign affairs commission attached conditions to France’s ratification, including the release of the two imprisoned journalists.Reporters Without Borders welcomes this move because, rather than representing interference in Turkmenistan’s internal affairs, the conditions would constitute concrete gestures that would help create an opening and pave the way for dialogue.Turkmenistan is ruled by one of the world’s most closed and repressive regimes. No free press is permitted. All the Turkmen media are controlled by the state and the president runs each publication. The country was ranked 173rd out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries May 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regime urged to free imprisoned journalists for French human rights ambassador’s visit
Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art The 28-year-old is appealing against an eight-year ban for refusing to give a doping sample. The three-time Olympic freestyle champion’s career will effectively be over if he loses his appeal at the Swiss Federal Tribunal. China has world champions in other sports, and finished third behind the United States and Britain in the medal table at the Rio 2016 Olympics, but they are not generally well-known even inside the country, Xinhua said. Table tennis player Zhang Jike, another three-time Olympic gold medallist, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Lin, said the Oriental Sports Daily. But at 32 his best days are behind him and as far back as 2016 he signalled his intention to retire, before having a change of heart. Loading… Read Also: Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle “When will the next Lin Dan and China’s next sports superstar appear again?” asked the newspaper. “This question may not be answered in a short space of time.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The retirement of two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan signals the end of a golden era of Chinese sporting superstars, state media said on Tuesday. Arguably the greatest badminton player of all time, the 36-year-old said on Saturday that he was bringing the curtain down on a career that also brought five world titles. NBA All-Star Yao Ming, Olympic gold-medal hurdler Liu Xiang and two-time tennis Grand Slam champion Li Na have all retired in the last decade. “With the ‘Super Dan’ curtain call, people cannot help but sigh,” Xinhua news agency said. “The era of the superstar that once belonged to Chinese sports has faded. “When will the next Lin Dan appear? Or when will the next Yao Ming, Liu Xiang and Li Na appear? “Where is the next Chinese sports superstar who will create a collective memory for us?” The quartet were not just world leaders in their sport and popular in China, but also had “considerable influence in the international arena and became a window for the world to understand China,” Xinhua said. Of prominent Chinese athletes left, women’s volleyball player Zhu Ting has the potential to rise to superstar level, Xinhua said, while disgraced swimmer Sun Yang “enjoys high popularity (in China), but unfortunately he is banned”.
The Nnewi-born tactician spoke about his team’s priority and the importance of the maximum points during a pre-match press conference yesterday before wrapping up preparations for the big game at the Soccer Temple.“I’m aware they have a strong team with quality coaches and quality players as well playing on the continent but beating them is our priority for now and we want to do just that on Friday.“The game is very, very important to us and we are prepared well enough to face Rangers because last season we were not able to beat them both home and away.“The maximum points is so crucial to us and I’m sure we will do all our best to defeat Rangers which I know will not be easy but we will beat Rangers by God’s grace,” the youthful coach told mountaintopfc.com.MFM FC are in fourth place on the 20-team Nigerian top flight table with 13 points with two outstanding matches at hand against Rivers United and Wikki Tourists. Rangers on the other hand are fifth from bottom of the log with nine points from seven NPFL games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NFPLHead coach of high-flying Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side’s priority for the moment is to defeat reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers tonight.The Olukoya Boys will host the Flying Antelopes in one of Matchday 10 fixtures of this weekend at the Soccer Temple, Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.
That’s according to selector Tommy Toomey, who says there have been plenty of promising signs on show in the two games they’ve played so far this year.Tipperary open their Division 3 campaign away to Limerick on the last day of this month and then take on Clare at home the following week – two matches that will give a strong indication as to Premier County’s promotion prospects.Tommy believes last weekend’s McGrath Cup showing against Kerry means there are reasons to be hopeful about the immediate future.