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New wave of censorship of Arabic-language dailies

first_imgNews August 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New wave of censorship of Arabic-language dailies April 10, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts SudanAfrica to go further RSF_en Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Newscenter_img April 6, 2020 Find out more Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal News SudanAfrica News Organisation Reporters Without Borders today condemned the censorship of six privately-owned Arabic-language dailies during the past five days in an attempt by the security forces to suppress reports about the arrests of eight alleged terrorists.“The vice-president announced the official lifting of censorship nearly a year ago,” the press freedom organisation said. “Now we regrettably see that this practice is continuing despite President Omar Al-Bashir’s promises of democratisation. The reasons given are all the more unsatisfactory as the measures are clearly targeted. The privately-owned Arabic-language newspapers are always the first victims.” When eight Sudanese citizens suspected of organising bomb attacks on western embassies were detained on 18 August, the security services immediately ordered the daily Al-Rai Al-Shaab’s editor not make any reference to their arrests on the official grounds that this could hamper the investigation.The security services went to the newspaper’s printing press on 20 August and confiscated all the copies of the latest issue because of the publication of comments by the interior minister about the discovery of explosives in the previous day’s issue.Al-Rai Al-Shaab columnist Kamal Omer reported that the next day the security services conditioned the newspaper’s publication on the withdrawal of several articles. When the editorial staff refused to comply, the entire issue was again seized, at a heavy financial loss for the newspaper. Since then, it has not been able to appear.The five other Arabic-language newspapers to have been censored during the past few days are Al-Soudani, Al-Sahafa, Al-Ayam, Al-Rai Al-Ayam and Hikyat. The security services have been visiting them every morning and demanding the suppression of certain articles. Follow the news on Sudan March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Jeremy Jordan, Patti LuPone & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, and you know what that means—time to binge on all that chocolate and champagne you were saving for Valentine’s Day! Just pretend it all got stolen. Hey, New York is a scary place. Anyway, we learned a ton of crazy stuff about our favorite Broadway stars his week, including the pink elephants Patti LuPone likes to ride and Gavin Creel’s wig collection. Ready? Let’s do this!Broadway Is Building a Snowman in 2017Guys. Not this year, and not next year, but the following year, Elsa, Anna, Olaf and all of their pals will be chilling on Broadway. We’re shivering with anticipation. Oh wait, we’re shivering because it’s 5 degrees outside. But anyway, we’re psyched.Laura Osnes’ Innocence Is DestroyedWhile whipping up some grub with her former co-star Kirsten Wyatt on Broadway Nosh, we learned that sweet, kind, innocent Laura Osnes was taught all about  “teabagging” and the “Dirty Sanchez” while starring in Grease. Eww. That’s a little gross even for us.Gavin Creel Wears His Grandma’s WigsThe Book of Mormon star Gavin Creel brought his own props to his Show People interview: a giant bag of wigs, including an actual hand-me-down from his grandma. Yep, his new apartment is stocked with toupees—and yet, like Jonathan Groff, he doesn’t own an iron. Boys, why can’t you be more like Joel Grey? He has like 50 irons.Patti LuPone Has a Pink RideTony winner Patti LuPone is riding in style in the L.A. Opera production of The Ghosts of Versailles…on a giant pink elephant. Yes. Naturally, we found this hilarious and took it a step further, imagining five other pink animals she could ride. Shows for Days propmaster, get on it. And by “it,” we mean a giant pink unicorn.Alan Cumming Cares About Your HairLittle known fact: Cabaret star Alan Cumming doesn’t say goodbye. According to his dresser Kimberly Mark, he bids her adieu every night by saying, “Take care, brush your hair!” Um, thanks Alan, but we try not to take grooming tips from a guy in a harness and nipple rouge.Boys, Kelli O’Hara Doesn’t Give a DamnIn honor of The Last Five Years premiering in theaters, we asked The King and I star Kelli O’Hara to give us her tips for getting over a bad breakup. Her advice? Pretend you “don’t give a damn” and they’ll come crawling back. Thanks, Kelli! The old Rhett Butler approach works every time.Want Abs? Have Some ChipotleEver since first we saw Ramin Karimloo do this, we’ve been spending hours at the gym, eating broiled chicken and drinking water (and wine and beer) to try to look like him. But apparently we could have been eating Chipotle and Schmackary’s this whole time like musclicious 50 Shades! star Alec Varcas. Yum.Jennifer Nettles’ Lipstick Is Pad Thai-ProofLooks like Chicago star Jennifer Nettles is really getting the hang of this Broadway thing! She performed a show, ate Thai food and filmed a video blog without needing to reapply her lipstick. That’s how you razzle dazzle ‘em, Jennifer. Screw country strong—this is Broadway strong!Writing a Play? Get Smokes & SweatpantsWe’ve heard of writers needing some weird stuff in order to get inspired, but this is a new one. Between Riverside and Crazy playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis can’t write without two essential items: a pack of cigarettes and a pair of sweatpants. We thought a pen or a computer were must-haves, but this is much comfier.Jeremy Jordan Got PantsedWhile you’re mourning the break-up of Jamie and Cathy, The Last Five Years star Jeremy Jordan is mourning the loss of some costumes that were stolen during filming—especially a pair of pants he wanted to nab for himself. Jeremy, we have some advice for you: Those pants are over and those pants are gone. Those pants decided it’s time to move on. Aaaand we’re drunk, see you next week! View Commentslast_img read more

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