Police attack journalists in Armenia

first_img Help by sharing this information ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh April 9, 2021 Find out more June 26, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police attack journalists in Armenia June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Armenia ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out more News News RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the police violence against journalists who were waiting with around 60 other people outside a police station in the Yerevan district of Kentron on 23 June for the release of protesters arrested earlier in the day.First, the police told the journalists to stand back on the grounds that they were obstructing the work of the police. Then they formed a line and kicked the feet of the journalists, who just wanted to cover the imminent release of those arrested while protesting against an increase in the price of natural gas.Journalist Ani Gervorgyan was slapped by a policeman she recognized as the one who had tried to confiscate her camera on 12 February. Another journalist, Arpi Makhsudyan, was hit while filming with her mobile phone and was forced to stop. Gala TV cameraman Paylak Fahradyan was physically attacked and his laptop was smashed.“We firmly condemn the police violence against journalists who were just doing their job in a law-abiding manner,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk. “The actions of the police must not be unpunished or else their violent behaviour will recur and could become the norm. The policemen who attacked the journalists must be brought to justice.”A total of 27 people were arrested earlier in the day when police used violence to disperse a demonstration outside the Public Services Regulation Commission in protest against a proposed increase in gas prices by the joint Russian and Armenian state-owned company ArmRosGazprom.Those arrested were accused under article 182 of the civil code of “disobeying a legitimate order from the police.”Armenia is ranked 78th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation to go furtherlast_img read more

How builders are changing America’s suburbs to fit the times

first_img(Illustration by The Real Deal) Donald Trump vowed to protect the suburbs from low-income housing, but more Americans in poverty live in the suburbs than in urban areas, note authors June Williamson and Ellen Dunham-Jones.Their new book challenges popular notions about who lives in the suburbs and offers ideas for reshaping them, Vice reported.In “Case Studies in Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Strategies for Urgent Challenges,” the authors document 32 examples of redesigning the suburbs to respond to their new demographics and the preferences of those who live there.One is repurposing parking spaces. The U.S. has nearly two spots per person, but in some places there are many more — 19 in Des Moines and 27 in Jackson, Wyoming, for example. Dunham-Jones observed dryly that the country has “a right to park as opposed to a right to housing.”“Cars have much more protection than people do,” she told Vice in an interview.Other suburban spaces — or suburb-like spaces in urban areas — could be retrofitted, too. In Fort Worth’s Grand Plaza, sprawling multi-story department stores have given way to a Latino mall, a hive of small businesses reminiscent of the mercados of Mexico. The mall’s central atrium hosts events including Mexican wrestling.Repurposing suburbs is a response to shifts in the way people work and prefer to live. Jobs are no longer concentrated in urban downtowns. The desire for privacy and space to park has given way to an interest in public space, community activities and walkability.Repurposing the suburbs is an opportunity to promote social equity and affordability, Dunham-Jones and Williamson argue. Empty strip malls could be converted to supportive housing, or housing for the elderly, in a way that would not keep car-less seniors stranded.[Vice] — Georgia KromreiRead moreLong Island agents discriminate against minority buyersA divided suburbiaUS is short nearly 4M new homes: report Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsHousing MarketsuburbsZoninglast_img read more