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APJA condemns violence targeting journalists in Palestine

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The All Pakistan Journalists Association (APJA) has strongly condemned the ongoing violence targeting journalists in Palestine and called upon world powers to take resolute action to prevent further crimes against journalists.

The APJA, a dedicated organization committed to championing the rights and safety of journalists and media professionals, stated this while marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists yesterday (Nov. 02).

“The global community is currently observing a distressing scenario, as a significant number of journalists in Palestine have sadly met tragic ends. What’s even more worrisome is the systematic removal of information about these fatalities from social media platforms, obscuring the harsh challenges faced by journalists,” an APJA statement notes.

“Rana Rizwan, Chairman of APJA, President Zaheer Alam, Secretary General Abid Chaudhry, and other distinguished officials of the association jointly express their concern. They underscore that Pakistan is currently ranked among the most perilous countries for journalists. It is imperative to emphasize that crimes against journalists must cease without delay,” it adds.

The statement emphasises that “in this era of advanced technology and global connectivity, the deliberate targeting of journalists is an assault on the very essence of a free and independent press. Journalists must be able to carry out their vital work without the constant threat to their lives and well-being.”

Noting that the role of journalists in upholding democracy and the right to information cannot be overstated, the APJA calls upon world powers, international organizations, and concerned individuals to take immediate action to end crimes against journalists, ensure their safety, and safeguard press freedom.

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11 dead after bridge collapses in China (Video)

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Eleven people were confirmed dead as of Saturday morning following the partial collapse of a highway bridge in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, local authorities said.

The bridge, located at Zhashui County in Shangluo City, collapsed at approximately 20:40 on Friday due to a sudden downpour and flash floods, according to the provincial publicity department.

By 10:00 on Saturday, rescue teams had recovered five vehicles that had fallen into the river.

Rescue operations are still underway.

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105 killed in Bangladesh protests; nationwide curfew imposed

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At least 105 people have been killed in Bangladesh as police cracked down on unrelenting student-led protests against govt job quotas despite a ban on public gatherings.

The govt has decided to impose a nationwide curfew and deploy the army.

Earlier in the day, telecommunications were disrupted and television news channels went off the air.

Authorities had cut some mobile telephone services the previous day to try to quell the unrest. 

According to reports, police and security officials fired bullets and tear gas at protesters and banned all gatherings in the capital Dhaka. 

The protests, which began weeks ago but escalated sharply this week, represent the biggest challenge to PM Sheikh Hasina since she won a fourth consecutive term in office after the January polls.

The government has deployed police and paramilitary forces across the capital to lock down campuses and break up protests. 

On Wednesday, universities including the country’s largest suspended classes and closed dormitories, and on Friday police in Dhaka said they were banning all gatherings and demonstrations in the capital. 

According to foreign media, border guard officials fired at a crowd of more than 1,000 protesters who had gathered outside the head office of state-run Bangladesh Television, which was attacked on Thursday. 

The border guards shot at the crowd with rifles and sound grenades, while police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Bullets littered the streets, which were also marked by smears of blood. 

Internet services and mobile data were widely disrupted on Thursday night and remained down on Friday in the capital, Dhaka. 

Social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp were also not loading. A statement from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said they were unable to ensure service after their data center was attacked by demonstrators, who set fire to equipment. 

Student protesters said they will extend their calls to impose a shutdown on Friday, and urged mosques to hold funeral prayers for those who have been killed.

Source: Times Of India

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Crowdstrike blames software update for worldwide IT chaos

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Major IT outages are hitting industries across the world, with airlines, shops and healthcare affected.

Australia’s home affairs ministry and American Airlines have both said the outage appeared to be related to an issue at global cyber-security firm Crowdstrike.Crowdstrike says a “content update” for its Windows hosts was to blame

“This is not a security incident or cyberattack. The issue has been identified, isolated and a fix has been deployed,” the firm says.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has said, “We’re aware of an issue affecting Windows devices due to an update from a third-party software platform. We anticipate a resolution is forthcoming.”

(Excerpts : BBC)

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