Cedar planted in Paris in homage to Samir Kassir six months after his murder in Beirut

first_img LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” A cedar of Lebanon was planted in the square in front of the Paris city hall today in homage to Samir Kassir, a journalist with French and Lebanese dual citizenship who was murdered in Beirut on 2 June. The ceremony was organised by Reporters Without Borders, the Kassir family and the Paris city administration. to go further A cedar of Lebanon was planted in the square in front of the Paris city hall today in homage to Samir Kassir, a journalist with French and Lebanese dual citizenship who was murdered in Beirut on 2 June. The ceremony was organised by Reporters Without Borders, the Kassir family and the Paris city administration.City of Paris representative Christian Sautter, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard and two of Kassir’s friends, Farouk Mardam-Bey and Mahmoud Harb, spoke at the ceremony about Kassir and his commitment to peace and democracy, and about the continuing risks for journalists in Lebanon.A former economy minister, Sautter hailed the memory of a Lebanese intellectual who was killed for defending democratic values. He added that he was also paying tribute to a French citizen on behalf of the mayor of Paris.After voicing support for Kassir’s widow and children, Ménard reported that French judge Jean-Louis Bruguière was still actively investigating the murder and planned to visit Lebanon at the beginning of next year. “It’s now six months since Samir Kassir was murdered and we are determined to stay mobilised until this case is solved,” he added.Mardam-Bey, a Syrian intellectual and close friend of Kassir, described his exceptional career as a writer, poet and journalist and the impact he had abroad. He also hailed the fact that an olive tree symbolising peace has been planted in Kassir’s honour in Beirut and a street has been named after him in Palestine.A member of Lebanon’s democratic left, Harb said: “To talk of Samir Kassir is to talk of the dream of the intellectual and activist, the dream of a different world, a different Middle East and a different Lebanon. Samir Kassir wanted what we all want today: an independent and sovereign Lebanon, one not occupied or dominated in what have been successive attempts to subjugate her throughout her modern history. He will endure as a symbol of dignity, independence, progress, democracy, integrity and justice.”Kassir was killed when a bomb planted in his car went off on the morning of 2 June outside his home in the neighbourhood of Achrafieh in East Beirut. Reporters Without Borders, which has been granted civil party status alongside his widow and family in the French investigation into the murder, has constantly stressed the need for everyone to actively support and assist in solving the case.A writer and historian, Kassir had been a columnist for the past 10 years for An-Nahar (“The Day” in Arabic), a daily newspaper with a circulation of 55,000. He was the correspondent of the French-language international television station TV5 and had written for many years for the French monthly Le Monde Diplomatique. He was also professor of political sciences at Beirut’s St. Joseph university.As a political activist, Kassir was one of the founders of the opposition Movement of the Democratic Left and participated in the anti-Syrian protests in the spring of this year. He had been threatened and hounded for years because of his public positions and his criticism of the “Lebanese police state.” Lebanese state security police harassed him in 2000 and his Lebanese passport was confiscated. He later said he was constantly followed by Lebanese and Syrian intelligence agents at that time. He then received protection from Prime Minister Rafik Hariri before Hariri resigned and was himself assassinated. Kassir’s last column, on 27 May, was headlined “Gaffe after gaffe” and criticised “the continuing repression in Syria.”The press has become a target for terrorist attacks ever since Hariri’s assassination in February and is paying dearly for the deplorable security situation in Lebanon. The 25 September car bombing in which journalist May Chidiac lost a leg and a hand has reinforced the climate of fear in which Lebanon’s journalists now have to work. Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car LebanonMiddle East – North Africa February 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Lebanon January 14, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts December 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cedar planted in Paris in homage to Samir Kassir six months after his murder in Beirut Help by sharing this information News News November 11, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanonlast_img read more

UEFA Nations League: Pickford stars for England in shootout win over Switzerland

first_imgJordan Pickford was England’s spot-kick hero once more as they beat Switzerland on penalties to finish third in the inaugural Uefa Nations League.Everton’s goalkeeper saved from Josip Drmic to seal the win after the first 11 penalties in the shootout were scored – having stepped forward to hammer home England’s fifth in confident fashion.The Three Lions’ victory gave them a small measure of consolation after they lost their semi-final to the Netherlands and it was deserved after they created all the best opportunities in a predictably low-key affair.Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling hit the woodwork, Swiss keeper Yann Sommer saved superbly from Dele Alli and Callum Wilson had a goal ruled out by VAR after he was adjudged to have fouled Manuel Akanji.And so it went to penalties, with Harry Maguire, Ross Barkley, Jadon Sancho, Sterling, Pickford and Eric Dier successful before Drmic’s miss.Switzerland were on target through Steven Zuber, Granit Xhaka, Akanji, Kevin Mbabu and Fabian Schar before Pickford – as he did in the last-16 World Cup meeting with Colombia in Moscow last year – made the decisive contribution.What they saidEngland boss Gareth Southgate: “We weren’t against Jordan taking a penalty at the World Cup last summer, it was probably just that a few others had shown a better level but he would be among our better penalty takers.“Of course if it goes against you, you know as a coach you get it in the neck so I was really pleased to see it go in.“We all wanted to go forward further and there was a determination to go out with a strong performance. We owed it to ourselves as a group and the 98% of the fans who have supported us incredibly.“We recognise now that you don’t get many opportunities as an international team and we want to really strive to take the next step.”England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford: “We always say, ‘Do what it takes to win a game’, and I was a bit nervous taking my penalty – but I’m not nervous saving them.“We practise them when there’s a major competition or the Nations League, we practise them consistently. I picked my spot and I always seem to be able to get a goal, but I’ve never taken one in a real game, so I was a bit nervous.“I think we took (off) Harry Kane and some of the other lads who take penalties, so I wasn’t sure where I was in the pecking order. But it’s what you practise for, you practise all the time to make sure you make it easier on the day.”Pickford makes England history – the statsEngland finished third in a major international tournament for the first time since Euro 1968.Switzerland have won just one of their past 23 matches against England in all competitions (W1 D6 L16).England have never lost against Switzerland at a neutral venue, winning two and drawing two of their four matches.England scored six penalties in a single shootout at a competitive tournament for the first time in their history.England have won consecutive penalty shootouts at a competitive tournament for the first time – they had lost five in a row prior to this.Pickford is the first goalkeeper to take (and score) a penalty for England in a competitive shootout.Kane has failed to score in nine of his past 12 appearances for England and Kane has failed to score in his past two games, after scoring in three in a row between November 2018 and March 2019.What next?A well-earned rest. England are not back in international action until 7 September, when they host Bulgaria in a Euro 2020 qualifier. Source: BBClast_img read more

RBC Heritage leaderboard: Live scores, results from Sunday’s Round 4 play

first_imgMORE: Watch the RBC Heritage live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Instead, Harbour Town hosts eight of the world’s top 20 golfers in 2019, led by Masters contenders Francesco Molinari, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele. Other names such as Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner also are in this year’s field. Tiger Woods’ momentous 2019 Masters victory would be a tough act to follow for any tournament. At the RBC Heritage, no one is expecting much in the way of drama and intrigue to compare to Augusta last weekend, but the field in South Carolina still includes a number of PGA Tour stars.Woods, of course, is not among them as he takes a break from the schedule to bask in his 15th major championship. Follow scores from the 2019 RBC Heritage below with our live leaderboard.RBC Heritage 2019 leaderboard, live scoresLeaderboardRBC Heritage17 – 20 April 2019Pos.Player NameNationalityScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total1C.T. PanChina-12716569672722Matt KucharUSA-11696968672733Shane LowryRepublic of Ireland-10656871702743Patrick CantlayUSA-10677266692743Scott PiercyUSA-10677068692746J.T. PostonUSA-9717167662756Kevin StreelmanUSA-9696969682756Seamus PowerRepublic of Ireland-9687268672759Sam BurnsUSA-86770697027610Troy MerrittUSA-76967726927710Michael ThompsonUSA-76871696927710Ian PoulterEngland-77067677327710K.J. ChoiSouth Korea-77066697227710Rory SabbatiniSouth Africa-76769687327710Kevin NaUSA-76772716727716Brian StuardUSA-66870726827816Zach JohnsonUSA-66969726827816Joel DahmenUSA-67068716927816Peter MalnatiUSA-66772697027816Eddie PepperellEngland-67169687027816Jason KokrakUSA-66968726927816Rafa Cabrera BelloSpain-66869707127816Webb SimpsonUSA-66973657127816Trey MullinaxUSA-66668717327825Boo WeekleyUSA-56970707027925Tommy FleetwoodEngland-57168707027925Harris EnglishUSA-57269696927928Chez ReavieUSA-46871687328028Alex NorenSweden-46774677228028Ryan PalmerUSA-46671746928028J.J. SpaunUSA-47069687328028Dustin JohnsonUSA-46867687728033Emiliano GrilloArgentina-36867707628133Daniel BergerUSA-36669727428133Hudson SwaffordUSA-36874716828133Andrew LandryUSA-36971736828133Denny McCarthyUSA-37068707328133Luke DonaldEngland-37070697228139Bud CauleyUSA-26972726928239Matthew FitzpatrickEngland-27171687228241Kevin KisnerUSA-17168727228341Danny LeeNew Zealand-17269707228341Luke ListUSA-16673737128341Ryan MooreUSA-16674727128345Billy HorschelUSAPar6770727528445Charley HoffmanUSAPar6869707728445Patton KizzireUSAPar7269717228448Adam HadwinCanada+17169747128548Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland+16871737328548Scott StallingsUSA+17069717528548Kyoung-Hoon LeeSouth Korea+17069747228548Jonathan ByrdUSA+16873737128548Brandt SnedekerUSA+17171697428554Brandon HarkinsUSA+27167747428654Wyndham ClarkUSA+27069786928654Jordan SpiethUSA+27166747528654Brian GayUSA+27168717628658Marc LeishmanAustralia+37069777128758Nick TaylorCanada+37270687728758Richy WerenskiUSA+37468747128761Scott LangleyUSA+46874757128861Branden GraceSouth Africa+47072757128863Jason DufnerUSA+57369717628963Mackenzie HughesCanada+57070727728963Ryan ArmourUSA+57269747428963Xander SchauffeleUSA+57170737528967Ben SilvermanCanada+77368767429167Ted Potter JrUSA+77369777229167Cody GribbleUSA+77269737729170Satoshi KodairaJapan+1673687782300Click here or refresh if you don’t see scores and results above.last_img read more