Murder investigations must be reopened after Kurdish parties accuse each other

first_img Organisation Previously, the government’s security services issued a communiqué accusing PUK vice-president Lahur Talabany and his brothers of ordering the murder of Amanj Babany, the host of the the NRT television programme “Without Borders,” and his wife in October 2019.  At the time, the authorities claimed that Babany killed his wife during an argument and then shot himself. December 28, 2020 Find out more May 5, 2020 Murder investigations must be reopened after Kurdish parties accuse each other RSF_en Follow the news on Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the judicial authorities in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region to urgently reopen the investigations into two unsolved murders of journalists after each of the region’s two most powerful political parties blamed one of these murders on the other. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crime Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crime The PUK-linked counter-terrorism services issued a statement accusing the current prime minister, Masrour Barzani, of masterminding Osman’s ten-year-old murder. These extremely serious accusation were made in the run-up to the tenth anniversary of the discovery of Iraqi Kurdish journalist Sardasht Osman’s body in the city of Mosul on 5 May 2010. The two parties are the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by the Talabany family, and the currently ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), controlled by the Barzani family. Help by sharing this information “The murder accusations that emerged during the commemoration of a journalist’s murder are much too serious not to be followed up,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “After these outrageous statements, issued in an attempt to settle scores, the judicial authorities must intervene as a matter of urgency, reopening investigations that are worthy of the name and putting an end to the lies and impunity.” News to go further News Iraq is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. The claims that Babany shot his wife and then killed himself were questioned by many journalists and politicians at the time and were contradicted by NRT’s own reporting from the scene of the shooting. The Osman family has always disputed the findings of the Kurdish Regional Government’s official enquiry, which blamed Osman’s murder on a radical Islamist group. RSF visited Iraqi Kurdistan in July 2010 and met with members of the commission of enquiry. The report that RSF issued in November 2010 criticized the flagrant lack of transparency surrounding the investigation. News News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he is to blame for Watford meltdown, not Sokratis Papastathopoulos

first_imgAdvertisement Phil HaighSunday 22 Sep 2019 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link326Shares Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he is to blame for Watford meltdown, not Sokratis Papastathopoulos Unai Emery has looked to ease pressure on Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Picture: Getty Images)Unai Emery has shouldered the blame for Arsenal’s second half meltdown against Watford last week, trying to ease the pressure on defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.The Greek centre-back was at fault for Watford’s first goal as they came back from 2-0 down at half time to draw 2-2 at Vicarage Road last Sunday.Sokratis’ misplaced pass was intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu in the Arsenal penalty box, allowing Tom Cleverley to score, before David Luiz felled Roberto Pereyra in the area to allow the Argentine to equalise from the spot.The under-fire Sokratis has apologised to fans following his error against the Hornets, but Emery has moved to take responsibility for how his team played last weekend.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘One mistake is not his mistake. It is the mistake of all the team, and I am responsible because I decided to start like that,’ said Emery.‘In the first 45 minutes they didn’t push a lot or do a really big press against us. We controlled the match with the ball, the possession, the buildup, easier in the first half. The second half changed because they needed to push more, to attack more, to go against us.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery and his players were criticised after that draw with Watford for continually trying to play out from the back from goal-kicks, despite it handing chances to their opponents, with Cleverley eventually scoring from a failed attempt to pass out from their own area.‘To build up with the goalkeeper and centre‑back is going to be our identity but we are going to share [that] sometimes with long balls,’ Emery continued. ‘For example, against Frankfurt [a 3-0 Europa League win on Thursday] we were different and decided more times to play a long ball, earn metres on the pitch and after that attack the space.‘[Frankfurt] were very offensive, with a lot of players in the attacking third for pressing or to attack our space, and we needed to break that press. We did a lot with the long ball, because a lot of the time we had three against three in the attacking third. We decided, and we played with that gameplan.’Arsenal put the disappointing draw with Watford behind them with the 3-0 trouncing of Frankfurt in Germany on Thursday night and return to Premier League action at home against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.MORE: Ian Wright says Arsenal’s young stars love working under new assistant Freddie LjungbergMORE: The real reason Liverpool transfer target Donyell Malen left Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more