The Covid-19 effectAccording to (non-exhaustive) data gathered by RSF’s staff and Tracker 19, there was a fourfold increase in arbitrary arrests of journalists during the first three months of Covid-19’s spread around the world (March-May 2020). From the start of February to the end of November 2020, arbitrary arrests alone represented 35% of the press freedom violations logged (while physical violence and threats against journalists represented 30%). While most arrested journalists were held for just a few hours or, in some cases, a few days or weeks), 14 journalists who were arrested in connection with their coverage of the pandemic are still being held at the end of the year. Organisation Help by sharing this information FranceIranChinaSyriaSaudi ArabiaYemenBelarusEgyptVietnamEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statistics Armed conflictsOrganized crimeDisappearancesImprisonedPredators News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF will publish its Annual Report on Journalists Killed in 2020 on December 29.Compiled by RSF every year since 1995, the annual round-up of abusive treatment of journalists is based on precise data collected throughout the year. We gather detailed information that allows us to affirm with certainty or a great deal of confidence that the detention, abduction or disappearance of each journalist was a direct result of their journalistic work.Read the RSF’s 2020 round-up Receive email alerts News News June 4, 2021 Find out more Worldwide, a total of 387 journalists are currently detained in connection with their work, 54 are held hostage and four are missing, according to the first part of the annual round-up of abusive treatment of journalists published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The total held at the end of 2020 is almost the same as last year, despite a big increase in press freedom violations and arrests linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the RSF’s 2020 round-upЧитать на русском / Read in RussianThe number of journalists in prison at the end of 2020 is just two less than at the end of 2019, when it was 389. This means that the number of journalists held worldwide is still at a historically high level. More than half (61%) are held in just five countries. For the second year running, China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Syria are the world’s five biggest jailers of journalists.The number of women journalists in prison has risen by 35%, from 31 a year ago to 42 now. Most of the newly detained women journalists are held in Belarus (four), which has seen an unprecedented crackdown since last August’s disputed presidential election, and in two of the countries where the coronavirus crisis has brought a marked increase in repression – Iran (four) and China (two). They also include Vietnam’s Pham Doan Trang, one of the 2019 RSF Press Freedom Prize laureates. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out more “Nearly 400 journalists are going to spend the end-of-year festivities in prison, far from their loved-ones and in conditions that often put their lives in danger,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“These figures confirm the pandemic’s impact on journalism and the unacceptable fact that some journalists are paying with their freedom for seeking the truth. They also confirm that women journalists, of whom the proportion is increasing, are not being spared by the crackdown.” RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says FranceIranChinaSyriaSaudi ArabiaYemenBelarusEgyptVietnamEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statistics Armed conflictsOrganized crimeDisappearancesImprisonedPredators June 8, 2021 Find out more News to go further December 11, 2020 – Updated on December 14, 2020 RSF’s 2020 round-up: 35% rise in number of women journalists held arbitrarily RSF_en Related documents rsfs_2020_round-up.pdfPDF – 1.3 MBЧитать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 149.5 KB It’s in Asia, the continent where Covid-19 emerged and where the most press freedom violations have been tallied in connection with the pandemic, that the most coronavirus detainees are located: seven in China, two in Bangladesh and one in Myanmar. In the Middle East, where several countries have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to step up control over the media and news reporting, three journalists are still being held for articles linked to the pandemic: two in Iran and one in Jordan. In Africa, one journalist is still held in Rwanda – on a charge of “violating lockdown regulations.”According to the 2020 annual round-up, at least 54 journalists are currently held hostage worldwide, 5% fewer than this time last year. Following the release of a Ukrainian journalist held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region, Syria, Iraq and Yemen are the only countries where journalists are still held hostage. They include four journalists held by the Houthis in Yemen since 2015 who were sentenced to death in April and, since then, have been left wondering if and when these sentences will be carried out.
Westport, In. — The Westport location of the Napoleon State Bank at the corner of State Road 3 and Underwood Drive has officially opened and celebrations are planned all week.The public is invited to stop in and register for door prizes valued at more than $2,800, meet the staff, and take home a complimentary goodie bag. “We would love to meet the residents of Westport,” Becky Tichenor, Westport Assistant Branch Manager said. “Everyone is encouraged to stop in and say hello.”It has been a year-long process to get the Napoleon State Bank Westport location ready for business. The bank purchased the building and property in March 2018, and then the car wash next to it soon after. The car wash was torn down to allow for a more seamless drive-thru, and the interior of the building was completely remodeled.“From the beginning, the Westport community has been very welcoming and we are excited to be a vital part of this community,” said Mark Comer, CEO/President. “We are happy to be serving the residents of Westport and the surrounding areas, and growing our locally owned community bank.”The Napoleon State Bank has been locally owned since 1903 and serves the Ripley and Decatur counties of Southeastern Indiana with locations in Napoleon, Holton, Osgood, and Greensburg. The mission of The Napoleon State Bank is to remain a locally owned financial institution, dedicated to providing a broad range of services to our customers and communities, through a friendly, trained, qualified staff that provides unsurpassed personal service to our customers. The Napoleon State Bank has a total of 74 full and part-time employees. Member FDIC & Equal Housing Lender.