Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that the Hungarian police have obstructed foreign media coverage of the refugee crisis on the border between Hungary and Serbia and, in particular, that they have on three occasions in the past week used force against foreign journalists.RSF condemns these unacceptable violations of media freedom and calls on the Hungarian authorities to guarantee the safety of media personnel. It also voices concern about the medical consequences for the journalists who were beaten and demands that those responsible are punished.“These incidents are intolerable,” Reporters Without Borders editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “The Hungarian authorities must allow journalists to operate on the ground and they must prevent the police from engaging in threats and violence of this kind.“This disgraceful police behaviour is consistent with Hungary’s frequent violations of media freedom, especially since the adoption of draconian media laws in 2010 that have been condemned by Hungarian civil society and by international and inter-governmental organizations.”In a statement issued yesterday, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urged Prime Minister Viktor Orban to ensure the safety of journalists covering the refugee crisis.The OSCE reported that Hungarian police attacked a Radio Television of Serbia crew consisting of cameraman Vladan Hadzi Mijailovic, sound engineer Miroslav Djurasinovic and reporter Jovana Djurovic at the Horgos border crossing between Hungary and Serbia on 16 September, injuring Djurovic’s handAlthough the crew had identified themselves as journalists, they were attacked while filming between a police cordon and a group of refugees.The OSCE said Jacek Tacik, a journalist with Poland’s public broadcaster TVP, was also beaten by the police on 16 September. After Hungarian doctors treated him for head injuries, he was briefly arrested for illegally crossing the border and, according to the Hungarian authorities, attacking a police officer.This incident took place when Tacik and other journalists were with a crowd of refugees who were being pushed back by the police.According to the OSCE, Associated Press cameraman Luca Muzi also reported that Hungarian police briefly detained him near the border town of Roszke on 12 September and made him delete the photos he had taken of a police dog threatening a Syrian refugee.Muzi said the police did not allow him to call his colleagues. The Hungarian authorities dispute his account of the incident.In yesterday’s statement, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic called on the Hungarian prime minister to “instruct law enforcement to respect the rights of journalists to report on issues of public interest and ensure their safety.”Democratic standards have declined steadily in Hungary since Viktor Orban’s party, Fidesz, won the 2010 elections. Hungary is now ranked 65th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index after falling 46 places in just four years. Follow the news on Hungary News Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site RSF_en HungaryEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more September 18, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hungarian police violence against foreign journalists covering refugee crisis Help by sharing this information News News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further Receive email alerts Organisation May 4, 2021 Find out more February 10, 2021 Find out more News HungaryEurope – Central Asia
More than a third of the world’s countries say they are at risk of running out of life-saving AIDS drugs because of disruptions to supply lines and other problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Monday.Twenty-four out of those 73 nations have already reported critically low supplies of the vital antiretroviral drugs, the agency said.”The findings of this survey are deeply concerning,” the WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement at the start of the International AIDS conference. “We cannot let the COVID-19 pandemic undo the hard-won gains in the global response to this disease.”The WHO said about 8.3 million HIV-positive people are reliant on the antiretroviral drugs in the 24 worst-hit states – about a third of all people taking HIV treatment globally.It did not name the affected countries in its survey.While there is no cure for the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, drugs known as antiretrovirals (ARVs) can control the virus and prevent HIV-positive people from transmitting it via sex to others.About 38 million people worldwide are currently infected with HIV.The survey found that during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, a failure of suppliers to deliver ARVs on time, combined with drastically reduced land and air transport and limited access to health services, have caused major disruptions to drug supplies.The WHO has issued guidance on maintaining access to essential health services, such as HIV treatment and testing clinics, during the pandemic. It says health authorities should consider “multi-month dispensing” for AIDS drugs – a policy whereby medicines are prescribed for up to six months. Topics :
Last Saturday morning, I was scrolling through the ESPN app when I came across the score of the UConn-Mississippi State women’s basketball game. I thought it had to be an error: The Huskies were leading 32-4 at the end of the first quarter.A quick Twitter search confirmed that yes, it was indeed the correct score of a game that UConn won 98-38, a 60-point rout. While the Huskies are above and beyond the best team in women’s college hoops, this wasn’t just any game; it was a regional semifinal of the NCAA tournament, and Mississippi State had a 28-7 record going in. You don’t just demolish teams in the Sweet 16 like they’re a sixth-grade rec-squad.Three days later, UConn took some slight mercy on Texas — only beating them by 21 points to advance to the Final Four that begins this weekend — and the Huskies are well on their way to winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive national championship.But people are unhappy about it, saying that UConn’s success is hurting the women’s game, that their dominance is turning people off.Here are the facts: The Huskies have won 73 consecutive games, and that’s nothing compared to the historic 90-game win streak they put together from 2008-2010. This season, they are beating teams by an average of 40 points. They have made nine straight Final Fours and won five of the past eight national championships. Their head coach, Geno Auriemma, will likely win his 11th national championship next Tuesday and pass the legendary John Wooden for the all-time record.These are transcendent accomplishments that should be celebrated. Instead, the debate this week has centered on them ruining the sport, with pundits questioning whether UConn is too outstanding for its own good.“Hate to punish [UConn] for being great, but they are killing women’s game,” Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy tweeted after the Mississippi State game. “Watch? No thanks.”This is as much of an indictment of women’s sports as it is of the actual issue of a team being too dominant. By Shaughnessy’s logic, every time tremendous over-achievement happens in sports — such as Wooden leading the Bruins to 10 national championships between 1964 and 1975 — it’s a bad thing.But UCLA’s success in the ’60s and ’70s had people calling Wooden a genius, earning him the nickname, “Wizard of Westwood.” Nobody complained or stopped paying attention to men’s college basketball just because the Bruins were the favorite every year.Examples from the NBA present a similar argument. When the Chicago Bulls made two different “three-peats” in the ’90s, Michael Jordan became a legend who helped advance the game of basketball, and head coach Phil Jackson was heralded as the master architect.Perhaps the best present-day comparison, though, is the Golden State Warriors, who are on the verge of breaking the record for most wins in a season, set by those Bulls in 1995-1996. The Warriors entered Friday with a record of 68-7, and while they aren’t winning every game by 40 points, their point differential of plus-11.0 would rank among the top five in NBA history.Nobody is turning off the Warriors; in fact, ratings for games are blowing up. Even during blowouts, everyone wants to see what Stephen Curry will do next. President Barack Obama called Curry the “greatest shooter [he’s] ever seen.” It is well-deserved praise for a once-in-a-lifetime player on an exceptional team.But for Auriemma, rather than reveling in the dynasty he created, he has to defend his team to the public more often than the public gives the coach his proper due. Breanna Stewart, the equivalent of Curry in women’s hoops, hardly registers on the radar of a majority of sports fans — never mind that she is on the verge of being named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player for a record fourth straight year.It seems like the majority of dissenters to UConn are people who don’t follow the women’s game regularly, but see the Huskies destroy the field every year at the NCAA tournament and then let loose their annual “UConn is ruining the game!” hot takes. In fact, six years ago, The New York Times ran a piece with the headline “UConn Women Are Good for the Game,” with essentially the same arguments in response to the same criticisms of Auriemma’s team as we are seeing today.“Teams that become consistent winners and play at a certain level, fans love that, respect it,” Auriemma said in the story. “I don’t care whether it is the Yankees, the Patriots, us, whoever. To dismiss that is demeaning.”Auriemma and the Huskies may be the primary stakeholders in this issue, but this is an unfair condemnation of women’s athletics as a whole. Praising dominance in male sports while questioning the same thing on the women’s side presents a double standard. It’s the same kind of brush back that Serena Williams receives every time she handily wins a tournament — her opponents are too weak, her physical abilities are unfair, and on and on.The women’s game may not be at the same level of popularity as the men’s, but that’s no excuse to criticize UConn. Auriemma has worked tirelessly to build a successful program that draws the best recruits year after year and marches through a field consisting of the 64 best teams in college basketball with ease each spring. That’s hard to do at any level, at any sport. So instead of faulting him for it, let’s shut up and give him some damn respect.Eric He is a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.
Regardless, as far as statistics go, 2019-20 looks to be a doozy with a plethora of records hanging in the balance should the following 75 percent of the season follow the first 25 percent’s pursuit. From teams to individuals, it has been quite exciting through 317 games.SN MAILBAG: Taylor Hall, John Carlson and the 2020 NHL DraftHere are 10 things we have learned one-fourth of the way down the stretch, by the numbers.1,956 goals scoredIn the previous 23 years, only once has an NHL season seen more goals at this mark with 2,007 in 2005-06. It also marks the second-highest goals-per-game rate of 6.2 behind the 6.3 rate of the previously mentioned season.This season has also seen 1,462 goals scored at even strength in regulation or overtime which is the most through one-fourth of a season in 27 years (1,529 in 1992-93).160 points that Leon Draisaitl is on pace to reachLeon Draisaitl’s 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) through 22 games has him producing at a rate of 1.95 points per game, putting him on pace to reach 160 on the season. Only Wayne Gretzky (9 times) and Mario Lemieux (4 times) have hit that mark.Draisaitl’s 43 points are the most at this stage since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96, who had 53 points in three fewer games — and was also the last to hit the 160-point plateau.RELATED: Draisaitl, McDavid just cannot stop scoring140 comeback winsForty-four percent of games have ended in comeback fashion this season. There have been 66 third-period comeback victories, marking the most ever at this stage of a season. As far as multi-goal comeback wins are concerned, this season’s 45 is the second-most in NHL history, behind last season’s 48.87 overtime gamesThere have never been more overtime games through the first quarter of a season in NHL history but with the thrill of 3-on-3 hockey, who is complaining?UNBELIEVABLE.You sure don’t see this every day in overtime… pic.twitter.com/fjFdCE89nO— NHL (@NHL) November 6, 201976 — NHL record for points in a season by a rookie defensemanIn 1980-81, Los Angeles Kings’ Larry Murphy set the NHL record for points by a rookie defenseman with 76. Now, Colorado’s Cale Makar (5-17—22 in 20 GP) is on pace for 90 points in 2019-20, which would break the current record by 14.With his performance, Makar seems like the obvious frontrunner for the Calder, and at this point, it’s his to lose.40 challenges this seasonWith the changes made to NHL failed challenge consequences this offseason, teams have been more hesitant to issue them this go-round, seeing the total number of challenges down 32 percent from 2018-19. However, the 58 percent success rate far surpasses last year’s 32 percent.MORE: Avalanche lose two coach’s challenges in one night14 — Longest point streak by a team this seasonHeading into Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders are riding the longest point streak of the season (13-0-1). They also hold the longest win streak by a team in 2019-20 with 10 wins, which spanned Oct. 12 through Nov. 5.13 — Longest point streak by a player this seasonThrice has a 13-game point streak been accomplished this season. David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Nathan MacKinnon all recorded 13-game point streaks this season. The next name most likely to be added to the list? Leon Draisaitl. His point streak currently sits at 12 games heading into Tuesday’s bout with the Sharks in San Jose. Here we are, a quarter of the way through the 2019-20 NHL season — and what a start it has been.While it’s still early, we are far enough into the season now to take a look at where everything stands. Sure, no team has clinched or been eliminated from postseason play — none of us needs a reminder of how things looked for the eventual Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues at this time last year — but frontrunners could already be emerging. David Pastrnak is a cheat code 🎮 #IceSurfing pic.twitter.com/zvCVcAPgFC— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 13, 2019Six teams in a playoff spot who missed the 2019 Stanley Cup PlayoffsAll of the top three teams in the Pacific Division (Edmonton Oilers, Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks) missed the playoffs last season. The Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers round out the six who currently hold a postseason ballot but missed the dance last time.Four: Largest deficit overcome to win a game this seasonThe Winnipeg Jets, Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers have all overcome four-goal deficits to win games this season. Currently sitting at three total occurrences, the 2019-20 season is one away from becoming the fifth season in which four or more games featured wins by teams who trailed by four or more goals.Comebacks of this nature have only happened five times before, once in 1983-84 and 1985-86 and four times between 1984-85 and 1986-87.