Author: NVO NEWS

The author is a Guwahati-based journalist, who writes for various media outlets based in different parts of the globe.

Geneva: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, wishes all success to the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati’s annual festival Alcheringa kick starting on 2 February withan aim to celebrate the nation’s victory over one of the most significant pandemics in recent history and also encourage the attendees to rejuvenate and rejoice in the success. PEC insists on lauding the sacrifice made by physicians, health and sanitation workers and also media workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 27th edition of Alcheringa, the four-day extravaganza in the IIT Guwahati premises, will be organised with the theme of…

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Shimla: Expressing concern over the delay in granting forest clearances under the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has emphasized on evolving a mechanism to expedite the clearance cases of FCA, so that work on developmental projects in the State could be started at the earliest and completed within the stipulated time period.  Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was presiding over a meeting of senior officers of the Forest Department here on Friday evening. He said that timeline for FCA clearance must be adhered to, in cases of construction of medical colleges, tourism projects, educational institutions, roads, and electric charging stations. He…

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Geneva: New year brings sad news as a young Bangladeshi journalist was killed in the first half of 2023. Ashiqul Islam (27), who worked for Dainik Parjabekshon from  Brahmanbaria locality (which is adjacent to India’s north-eastern State of Tripura) was hacked to death on 9 January by a group of miscreants. Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, condemned the killing anddemanded a fair probe to book the culprits under the law. “We have just passed a deadly year for working journalists with 116 casualties across the world. Ukraine has lost 34 media persons followed by…

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Geneva/Guwahati, 18 December: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, mourns the death of two senior journalists, who died of Covid-19 complications in China recently.According to a media report by Reuters with the dateline of Beijing/Shanghai on 16 December 2022, Yang Lianghua (74, a former People’s Daily reporter) died on Thursday, while Zhou Zhichun (77, aformer China Youth Daily editor) died a week earlier. They are the first deaths reported in China among journalists since the beginning of the pandemic three years ago. Both the Chinese media personnel lost the corona battles in Beijing along with…

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Ukraine and Mexico emerge as most dangerous countries for journalists in 2022 Geneva, 14 December 2022: Ukraine and Mexico emerge as  the most dangerous countries for media work this year, stated the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) in its annual report published in Geneva on Wednesday.Since January, 115 media workers have been killed in 29 countries around the world and the number of victims is increased by 45% compared to last year (79 journo-casualties). “It is the highest number of casualties since 2018 with a brutal deterioration in Europe due to the war in Ukraine. By region, Latin America is ahead…

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Geneva: Press Emblem Campaign, the global media safety and rights body, denounces the Myanmar (Burma/Brahmadesh) junta for continue jailing scribes as Yangon-based freelance journalist Ah Hla Lay Thuzar was recently sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour by a military court. PEC maintains its demand to release all detained and imprisoned journalists by the Min Aung Hlaing-led military regime in the southeast Asian nation. Ms Thuzar was convicted by a court inside Insein prison on 22 November for causing fear, spreading false news and agitating crimes against a government employee under section 505 (a) of the penal code,…

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Geneva, 17 November 2022: Press Emblem Campaign, the global media safety and rights body, expresses happiness over the release of Japanese journalist-filmmaker Toru Kubota along with 6,000 political prisoners in a mass amnesty. However, it maintains the demand to release all detained and imprisoned journalists by the Myanmar (Burma/Brahmadesh) military junta, led by Min Aung Hlaing, at the earliest. The military rulers on Thursday also released three other imprisoned foreigners namely Sean Turnell (an Australian citizen who was economic adviser to former State counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi), Vicky Bowman (a former British envoy) and US citizen Kyaw Htay…

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Geneva, 2 November 2022: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, while marking the 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on Wednesday commented, ‘more needs to be done to fight impunity on the ground’. Slow progress is made, but still very insufficient, said the PEC after appealing to launch the work for an international convention. “Recently, five years after the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 in Malta, two brothers were sentenced to 40 years in prison on 14 October, Justice is very slow but better than nothing,” said…

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Guwahati: Lauding the United Nations for its emphasis on some key issues to be tackled by 2030- where the fuel cell technology is termed as an efficient option to tackle climate change- All Assam Engineer’s Association (AAEA) believes that the governments would take necessary actions to phase out the internal combustion engine while promoting the battery (electricity) run vehicle. With an aim to avoid producing harmful greenhouse gases in the air following the widespread use of fossil fuel run vehicles, the forum of graduate engineers argues that the fuel cell-powered vehicles should be a pragmatic option as those emit only…

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Geneva: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the continued arrest and imprisonment of journalists in Myanmar, and urges the military authority to release all media persons detained, arrested or imprisoned in fake cases across the southeast Asian nation. The global media safety and rights body also demanded the Burmese military rulers to withdraw the notorious electronic transactions law, under which a large number of scribes and human rights activists have been punished since the military coup in February 2021. Media reports from Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar reveal that the military junta controlled judicial machinery imprisoned outspoken political columnist U…

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