June 2, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more News “We ask you to intervene so that the chief editor of Nyaryana Vinder can continue to do her job of informing the public and that the legal action taken against her is dropped.”The paper’s staff said Butov had been trying to remove Cherubina for a long time and had pressed the matter during a session of the local parliament last winter. The paper’s managing editor, Andrei Jdankin, said she had been dismissed because the paper was reporting on the murky administration of the region. The deputy general prosecutor for the Northwestern Region, Vladimir Jubrin, said five criminal investigations into Butov’s activities were under way. Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about legal action taken against Dina Oyun, editor of the news website Tuva-Online, since she denounced electoral fraud in the small Siberian republic of Tuva, also at the 24 June Kremlin press conference. RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News to go further Follow the news on Belarus July 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists prosecuted after questioning President Putin about regional corruption Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Legal action was started on 7 July against Olga Cherubina, former editor of the local government paper Nyaryana Vinder, in the Nenets far northern autonomous region, for “abusing her position,” after being sacked a week earlier when one of her reporters asked President Vladimir Putin about corruption at a 24 June Kremlin press conference.The freelance reporter, Alexei Vasilivetsky, had mentioned the involvement of Nenets regional governor Vladimir Butov in corruption. Putin promised he would raise the matter with general state prosecutor Vladimir Ustinov and the next day a warrant was issued for Butov’s arrest from “abusing his position.”In a letter to Ustinov, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard expressed his concern at the unjustified dismissal of Cherubina and the legal action against her. “If the Russian Federation’s courts have decided to do something about the corruption of the Nenets authorities, it is also their duty to see the sacking and legal action against Cherubina for what it is – an attempt to silence those who talk about Gov. Butov’s embezzlement,” he said. News News Receive email alerts
“We know that Vice President Pence is a formidable debater, and that tonight is a challenge,” said Democratic US Senator Cory Booker, a Harris ally.Aides to Harris said that Pence’s style would be more polished than Trump’s more aggressive, off-the-cuff manner, but that his message would be the same.Biden leads Trump in national opinion polls and has an advantage of 12 percentage points in the latest Reuters/Ipsos survey of likely voters. Polls show the race to be closer in some of the election battleground states that could determine the winner, although a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday showed Biden leading Trump in pivotal Florida.Harris, who will be on the biggest stage of her political career, is a US senator from California picked by Biden in August as his running mate. The daughter of immigrants – her father from Jamaica and her mother from India – Harris is the first Black woman nominated by a major party for vice president as well as the first person of Asian descent.Pence, a former conservative radio host who debated then-Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine in 2016, is a former US congressman and Indiana governor who has steadfastly defended Trump during his tumultuous presidency.A Biden campaign official said Harris was prepared for Pence to attack her as too liberal, echoing Trump’s assertion that the moderate Biden would advance a “radical left-wing” agenda if elected president, a charge Biden disputes.The two campaigns have squabbled over installing barriers on stage between Pence and Harris to guard against coronavirus infection. On Wednesday, television images of the debate stage showed two plexiglass barriers, one adjoining each of their desks. Pence and Harris will be placed more than 12 feet (3.6 meters) apart on stage.Harris had requested plexiglass shielding. Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller on Monday mocked Harris, saying if she “wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it.” An aide to the vice president on Wednesday said Pence had agreed to the barriers to facilitate the debate.Both Pence and Harris tested negative for the coronavirus on Tuesday. US government guidelines call for anyone exposed to a person with COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days regardless of test results.Topics : President Donald Trump’s battle with COVID-19, his age and the age of his Democratic challenger Joe Biden figure prominently in Wednesday’s debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.Pence, 61, and Harris, 55, were due to take the University of Utah stage in Salt Lake City, separated by plastic barriers for a 90-minute debate, a reminder of how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the race for the Nov. 3 election.Now 77, Biden would be 78 upon taking office in January, which would make him the oldest US president in history. The Republican Trump is 74, making his COVID-19 all the more dangerous considering his age and underlying health issues. Trump already is the oldest president to seek re-election. Trump announced on Friday that he had tested positive and was hospitalized for three nights and given treatments that continued with his return on Monday to a White House where the disease has spread. His doctor said on Wednesday that Trump had no COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.Either of the vice presidential candidates would be a heartbeat away from assuming the presidency, depending on the election’s outcome. How they handle themselves during the debate may be scrutinized even more closely than usual given Trump’s health and the age of both presidential candidates.The Pence-Harris debate is unlikely to match the chaos of the first debate last week between Trump and Biden, when Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden and the two traded insults. Pence, more even-tempered than Trump, and Harris, a former prosecutor known for sharp questioning during Senate hearings, are seen as polished communicators.Hours before the debate, the Harris camp sought to ramp up expectations for Pence’s performance.
North Korea’s state-run news agency is reporting that President Trump sent NoKo leader Kim Jong Un an “excellent” letter.The media outlet on Sunday also quoted Kim as saying that he would “seriously contemplate” the content of the letter.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that Trump sent a letter and “correspondence between the two leaders has been ongoing.”Formal talks between the U.S. and North Korea broke down last February, after a failed summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam.Earlier this month, however, Trump said he received a “beautiful” letter from Kim. He later told TIME magazine that he also received a “birthday letter” from Kim.According to analysts, the gesture of sending personal letters is part of North Korea’s efforts to present Kim as a legitimate international statesman who is willing to negotiate. They say that Kim sees such letters as an important and formal way to communicate with leaders of countries with whom the North has never had close ties, especially the U.S.Still, tensions remain between the two, as the U.S. continues to demand that the North completely abandon its nuclear weapons before international sanctions can be lifted.However, North Korea wants a gradual approach that would have moves toward denuclearization be matched by relaxation of sanctions from the U.S., as well as other concessions.Kim stated during a New Year’s speech that he would seek a “new way” if the U.S. continues to impose sanctions and pressure.After the collapse of his last meeting with Trump, Kim told reporters that the Trump administration has until the end of this year to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal if it wants to salvage negotiations.