Transnistrian authorities trying to break journalist held on spying charge

first_img RSF_en May 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Transnistrian authorities trying to break journalist held on spying charge to go further Transnistrian journalist gets presidential pardon in return for televised confession News Organisation Moldovan reporters harassed by Russian soldiers on border with Transnistria MoldovaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts MoldovaEurope – Central Asia News News The wife of Ernest Vardanean, a journalist who has been detained in Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway region of Transnistria, on charges of spying and high treason since 7 April, is very worried about his physical and mental health.Irina Vardanean, who has just been allowed to visit her husband for only the second time since his arrest, said his physical condition has deteriorated considerably and he is suffering from depression. He has been subjected to hours of interrogation designed to exhaust him and make him confess to things he did not do, she reported.She also said the Transnistrian authorities are still refusing to let her husband be represented by a lawyer, violating a fundamental right. They have rejected the Moldovan lawyer proposed by the family on the grounds that state secrets could be jeopardised.Irina Vardanean has written to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev requesting his help. As the Kremlin has a great deal of influence over the Transnistrian government, she thinks this could be the best card to play.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its dismay about Vardanean’s detention and treatment and calls for his release. In the meantime, it urges the authorities to allow him to see his lawyer, so that the proceedings can start running along legal lines.Ion Manole, the head of the Moldovan human rights NGO Promo Lex, said the Transnistrian judicial authorities often bring charges of spying or high treason against government opponents in order to intimidate and silence them.————————————————-15.04.2010 Journalist facing long jail term : Does arrest signal campaign by breakaway region against pro-Moldovan journalists? Journalists must be respected during Moldova’s political crisis Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders condemns the detention of leading independent journalist and political analyst Ernest Vardanean in Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway region of Transnistria. Arrested by the Transnistrian intelligence agency, the MGB, on 7 April, he is facing between 12 and 20 years in prison on a charge of high treason.Vardanean, who is from Tiraspol, is currently being held in the breakaway territory’s national security headquarters after a court held a closed-door hearing and ordered him placed in pre-trial detention for two months.According to a television station in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, the Transnistrian authorities have accused Vardanean under article 272 of the Transnistrian constitution of spying for Moldova. Transnistria declared itself independent of Moldova in 1990 but its secession has not been recognised by Moldova or any other state.Reporters Without Borders fears that the Tiraspol authorities could, in an arbitrary and untransparent manner, impose a long jail sentence on Vardanean although they lack any grounds for doing so. His arrest may be the first move in a broader campaign against Transnistrian journalists working for Moldovan media who express views critical of the breakaway region’s authorities.Vardanean’s wife Irina said his computer was seized when he was arrested. She still had not received any news from Vardanean or any information as to the conditions in which he was being held two days after his arrest.He used to work for the Novii Reghion news agency but recently began freelancing. He is well known among Moldovan journalists for being critical of Transnistrian leader Igor Smirnov. He had been due to begin this week to write for a blog on the Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty Moldovan service’s website.Journalists working in regions with lasting political conflicts are often in a delicate situation. There is always a danger of their falling victim to regional political rivalry and harassment of the press often foreshadows a resurgence in regional tension.Located along Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, Transnistria declared its independence of Moldova after the USSR’s collapse. Supported by Russia, it has a constitution, a flag and an independent army but it has not been recognised by any country. June 14, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Moldova July 23, 2020 Find out more May 6, 2011 Find out morelast_img read more

Element 6 jobs to go

first_imgLinkedin Limerick event aims to brain-drain Dublin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email July Jobs Stimulus package sees extension to wage subsidy scheme and pandemic unemployment payment Print WhatsApp Advertisement NewsLocal NewsElement 6 jobs to goBy Bernie English – October 30, 2015 933 TAGSdrilling ShannonElement 6Jobs center_img Facebook New high-end jobs for Shannon THERE was bad news for a Shannon business this week with confirmation that up to 70 jobs could go at the Element 6 industrial diamond manufacturing plant.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But despite the immediate effects of the job losses, there are no fears in the long-term for the future of the former De Beers operation, with the company making a €25 million investment in the Shannon facility in 2013. The company also announced the recruitment of 40 extra staff, following the closure of its manufacturing base in Sweden.Speaking at the time of the investment, company chief executive Walter Huehn said that previous cost-cutting measures at the plant had secured its future.A company spokesman said this week that if the world market improves, contract workers could be rehired but the kind of growth necessary is not expected in the short to medium term.The company, which is part of the De Beers group, celebrated 50 years in Shannon in 2013. It is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of industrial diamonds used in drilling and other industries.The job losses are being attributed to a global downturn in the gas and oil drilling industries. Previous articleMary Immaculate leading way for students with disabilitiesNext articleTax breaks to breathe new life into Limerick city centre Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Fisheries Officers wanted to protect and develop fisheries resource in Limerick Twitter UL Hospitals Group in recruitment call for staff in all disciplines New Company creating 100 jobs in Limericklast_img read more

Lamont Open 24/7 for Reading Period and Exams

first_imgDuring reading period and final exams, Lamont Library will remain open 24/7 as part of a pilot to explore longer permanent hours for the library at this time each semester, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds and Interim Head of Harvard College Library Susan Fliss announced today. Read Full Storylast_img