RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation читать на русскомReporters Without Borders is concerned about a request by parliamentarians in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia for an end to broadcasting in the region by RenTV, a Russian TV station based in Moscow. In an open letter to the Russian parliament, the prosecutor general, the FSB security service and the interior ministry on 18 March, the Ingush parliamentarians also said RenTV reporters were no longer welcome in Ingushetia.The press freedom organisation said: “We urge the authorities to maintain a firm position in response to the demands of the Ingush parliament. They pose a direct threat to press freedom in this Caucasian republic, where human rights are routinely flouted.”The initial response in Moscow has been cool. Sergei Mironov, the speaker of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, said: “Unfortunately, we do not have the capability or power to shut down TV channels or influence their content.” Boris Reznik, a member of the information technology and policy committee in the Duma, the lower house, said: “The members of the lower house will not intervene in RenTV’s activities.” He added that if the Ingush parliamentarians had a complaint about RenTV, they should turn to the judicial authorities.The Ingush parliamentarians’ open letter said: “RenTV’s provocative, slanderous and biased reports on events in Ingushetia indicate that behind them there are forces interested in shaking up the situation in the south of our country. We have every reason to believe that reports regularly broadcast on this channel are directly linked to attempts by these forces to destabilise the region, including attempts being made from abroad.”Three RenTV journalists and a member of the human rights group Memorial were arrested in their hotel in the Ingush capital of Nazran on the night of 23 November. They were stripped of their clothes and equipment, beaten and threatened with execution before finally being dumped in a remote place outside the city. Two of the journalists had to be hospitalised. They had gone to Nazran to cover a demonstration called to protest against the failure of the local authorities to put a stop to series of murders and disappearances.RenTV has not issued a formal statement about the open letter as it was not addressed to the station. But deputy editor Mariana Maximovskaya said she thought it was directly linked to a report broadcast on 16 March referring to events in recent months in Ingushetia, “where opposition demonstrators are kidnapped and killed with increasing frequency and censorship reigns.” News to go further Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia March 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ingush parliamentarians call for end to RenTV broadcasts News May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en
Leaders from U.S. Army South engaged with Colombian army counterparts during bilateral staff talks at the U.S. command’s headquarters in Texas, from March 18-21. The Colombian army fought in Korea; the US commander of the 24th division army 8 said the following concept about the performance of the Colombian battalion.” I HAVE FOUGHT IN THREE WARS, I HAVE COMMANDED AND SEEN THE BEST SOLDIERS OF THE WORLD FIGHT. I THOUGHT I HAD SEEN IT ALL IN THE FIELD OF HEROICS AND HUMAN BRAVERY, BUT WATCHING THE COLOMBIAN BATTALION FIGHT I WITNESSED THE GREATEST AND MOST SUPERB THING OF MY LIFE – MAYOR GENERAL BLACKSBEAR BRYAN” Commander of the 24th division KOREA> October 1st, 1951 By Dialogo April 04, 2013 The U.S. Army Staff Talks Program serves as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussions between respective armies. The program seeks to promote bilateral efforts in order to develop professional partnerships and increase interaction between partner nation armies. “The staff talks are a continuous process where we are able to coordinate and plan engagements to strengthen capabilities and build capacity,” said Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim, the Army South commanding general. “We discuss ways in which we can enhance our security cooperation, as well as contribute to regional stability and constructive relations.” The army-to-army relationship between Colombia and the United States is strong. In this past year, the two armies worked together during humanitarian exercises in Guatemala and Honduras and during the PANAMAX 2012 multinational exercise.