British journalist freed after being held hostage in Basra for two months

first_imgNews News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Richard Butler, a British journalist who was kidnapped in Basra (590 km south of Baghdad) on 10 February, was rescued by Iraqi soldiers today. Butler was on assignment for the US TV network CBS News. His interpreter, who was kidnapped with him, was released by their captors after three days.“We are happy and relieved that Butler is safe and sound again after two months of being held hostage,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Iraq continues to be extremely dangerous for journalists, five years after the start of the war. We have not forgotten the 14 journalists of whom there has been no word in the many months since their abduction.”Iraqi soldiers found Butler blindfolded and with his hands tied in a house in a Basra district where the military were carrying out a major sweep. It is not clear whether the Iraqi army had been tipped off to his location. An Iraqi officer said his captors were arrested.Butler and his interpreter were kidnapped by gunmen early in the morning of 10 February outside the Qsar al Sultan Hotel in Basra, where Butler was staying. Members of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr’s movement succeeded in pressuring the group to release the interpreter three days later.Three journalists have been kidnapped in Iraq since the start of January. One of them, Haidar Mijwit Hamdane, was founded dead in Baghdad. In all, at least 87 journalists and media assistants have been taken hostage in Iraq during the past five years.Click here to read the chapter on Iraq in this year’s annual report on press freedom worldwide, which Reporters Without Borders issued on 13 February. RSF_en April 14, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 British journalist freed after being held hostage in Basra for two months 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 is relieved to learn that Richard Butler (photo, ©AFP), a British journalist who was kidnapped in Basra (590 km south of Baghdad) on 10 February, was rescued by Iraqi soldiers today.“We are happy and relieved that Butler is safe and sound again after two months of being held hostage,” the organisation said. Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alertslast_img read more

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ArtNight to Go On as Scheduled

first_imgAccording to a statement received by Pasadena Now, ArtNight will proceed this weekend as scheduled.“We understand you may have questions about how the City is preparing for ArtNight amid residents’ Coronavirus concerns. As of today, we are continuing with ArtNight as planned. We will provide hand sanitizer to guests and staff, where possible, and we have requested venue operators to be visible in public areas of gathering to make sure the property is being sanitized regularly and soap and paper towels are readily available in restrooms,” the statement reads.There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pasadena; however, the City of Pasadena’s health officer declared a Local Public Health Emergency to mobilize City resources and ensure Pasadena is prepared in the event COVID-19 appears in our community.From 6 to 10 p.m. participants can enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment as 20 of Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors.Last year, more than 28,000 people participated in the event. The event is presented by the City of Pasadena’s Arts & Culture Commission.Participants will use complimentary shuttles to transport visitors around to different venues. Begin your evening at any one of the venues on the shuttle route and make your way around until your back at your starting point.Event organizers are asking people who are sick not to attend from attending events and caution older adults and people with chronic medical conditions at higher risk for severe illness to stay away from crowds.“We are committed to a successful event. The safety measures we’re implementing are in line with many other popular venues throughout Southern California.” Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News ArtNight to Go On as Scheduled Organizers to provide hand sanitizer to guests and staff STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 1:00 am Community News Make a comment Subscribe More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News 13 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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