July 17, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politically-motivated harassment of news and opposition website Reporters Without Borders condemns the continuing threats against journalists working for the Charter 97 news and opposition website (charter97.org). In the latest case, site editor Natallya Radzina received a threatening email message on 15 July that was prompted by a report about a pro-Russian neo-fascist group.“It is time this persecution stopped,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the government to recognise Charter 97 so that it can file complaints with the police and judicial authorities and obtain redress. If Belarus is to respect its own constitutional principles, it must ensure that this website and its bloggers enjoy freedom of action.”The email that Radzina received on 15 July said: “Achtung (in German), editor Radzina Natallya! (…) You’ve been warned that you should be quiet and not lash out at the patriots of the right.” Threatening violence of a sexual nature, it added: “Don’t you understand the Russian Language?” (See the entire text of the message in English here.)The 8 July report that prompted the threat was about a pardon accorded to a young leader of the neo-fascist Russian National Unity party in the southeastern city of Homyel on the 65th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from German occupation, and the failure of the authorities to curb the RNU’s racist and xenophobic activities. The article, which carried no by-line, was first published on the Belarussky Partisan website.Radzina has often received threats in the past after posting articles criticising the authorities.Access to the Charter 97 website was blocked on 8 June by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), in which a site is bombarded with a massive amount of connection requests that overload its server.Radzina told Reporters Without Borders at the time: “The site is very popular in Belarus and abroad. We post a lot of articles critical of the government, which gets irritated.” Police overran the Charter 97 offices on 26 April, preventing the editors from updating the website on a day that opposition demonstrations were taking place (http://charter97.org/en/news/2009/4/26/17679/).The Belarusian Internet is dominated by Beltelekom, a state-owned Internet Service Provider, and most websites that report human rights abuses are inaccessible. President Lukashenko promulgated a media law in August 2008 that requires websites to be registered with the information ministry. Since then, their activities have been regulated by decree rather than by law. Article 22 of the constitution nonetheless says that “a state monopoly of the mass media (…) is forbidden” and “censorship is forbidden.”Video of the 26 April demonstrations:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk8I7W0CDMchttp://belarus.indymedia.org/content/guest/16676.flv http://belarus.indymedia.org/content/guest/16669.flv Receive email alerts News News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF_en to go further News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 27, 2021 Find out more
With March here, it’s time to study some mock draft average draft positions (ADP). Of course, using ADP should be a guide, not the template. Regular season games will begin on March 20th between the Mariners and A’s in Japan, then all the teams will all teams will regular season play in the US on March 28th. So, if one hasn’t started preparing for his or her fantasy baseball draft, Fantasy Alarm and Sporting News Fantasy are here for you.Consider this article a quick overview of how drafts could go when they start in earnest over the next couple of weeks. The charts below date back to November and adjust every two weeks. As always, some news and notes will accompany each position. GET IT NOW: Fantasy Alarm Draft GuideFantasy baseball mock draft ADP trendsCatcherSalvador Perez will reportedly miss the season due to damage to his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, further weakening the catcher field. One beneficiary of this will be Welington Castillo. Beef’s price continues to rise in drafts, and his power upside propels him above Tucker Barnhart with an average draft position of 256.03 in February. Another riser resides in Los Angeles. With Yasmani Grandal no longer in town, Austin Barnes should be the primary catcher for the Dodgers. He went as early as pick number 286 last month. Plus, he could steal five to seven bases.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: SN Fantasy Cheat SheetFirst BaseWhile speed dominates most fantasy conversations, first base proves to be slippery with targets in flux along with its depth being questioned. There are some diamonds in the rough, but be sure not to wait too long before addressing the position. Matt Olson continues to climb and sits ninth in the ADP for February. What to do with Miguel Cabrera will be perplexing for fantasy owners. He has such a stable skill set, but will he age well? So far this spring he’s hitting .545 with an on-base plus slugging of 1.552 through 14 plate appearances. But can he pull the ball with authority? Time will tell. Other questions: Where will Edwin Encarnacion start the year? Can owners wait to take Justin Smoak? Will Eric Hosmer bounce back?GET IT NOW: Fantasy Alarm Draft GuideSecond BaseSecond base provides a cornucopia of options. Jose Altuve, Javier Baez and Whit Merrifield sit atop the field with the ability to provide across the board. Many will speculate on the young prodigies like Ozzie Albies and Gleyber Torres. It’s interesting to see Scooter Gennett adrift in ADP plunging to the ninth second baseman taken last month. Beneath this group, both Nick Senzel and Ketel Marte continue to rise in drafts, though each could start the year in center field. As much as one can love Daniel Murphy hitting in Coors Field, owners seem to overlook Robinson Cano potentially hitting third for the Mets. And Jonathan Villar continues to ride his stolen base upside in drafts, so take note.Third BaseIt’s curious because many opine about the lack of depth at first base but in deeper formats, one could end up with Zack Cozart if not paying attention to third. Note that Travis Shaw can be used at second base and teammate Mike Moustakas could add that designation in-season, making them intriguing targets. While the Blue Jays continue to insist Vlad Guerrero Jr. needs more time in the minors, fantasy owners still crave him. It will be very interesting to see how many major league at-bats Guerrero Jr. accrues.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: SN Fantasy Cheat SheetShortstopRepresenting another diverse group in drafts, shortstop will be a bit deeper this time around. Francisco Lindor will make or break some drafts dependent on how fast he returns from his calf injury along with if it lingers during the year. There’s no more polarizing player in drafts than Adalberto Mondesi. If one waits, there’s power lurking in Paul DeJong of the Cardinals below this list or speed in Amed Rosario. Part of the consternation with Rosario will be where he hits in the lineup. He stole 16 of his 24 bases hitting leadoff last year, but he projects to bat seventh or eighth this year.GET IT NOW: Fantasy Alarm Draft GuideOutfieldThere’s not much fluctuation in this first tier of outfielders. Bryce Harper could see a surge in ADP due to his landing in Philadelphia. Keep tabs on the sore shoulder of Tommy Pham, he will appear as the designated hitter in the next four-to-five games, but his checkered injury past should sound a warning alert in comparison to his draft day price. It will depend on how one feels about risk.Not reflected in this chart, Lorenzo Cain actually vaulted ahead of both Pham and George Springer in February drafts. Perhaps it’s the steals or just personal preference, but be aware. Mitch Haniger’s off to a strong start this spring but continues to slip in drafts. There’s a point in which UTIL-only-eligible Shohei Ohtani becomes a value compared to his ADP, it feels like he’s there at almost 178th overall.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: SN Fantasy Cheat SheetStarting PitcherAs if it’s not said enough, the price of pitching could surprise people who have yet to take part in a mock or best ball draft. Plan accordingly. After the big three, it’s personal preference between Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber, Gerrit Cole and Blake Snell. In every draft, someone will see the name Clayton Kershaw and take him due to name recognition, this may be the year not to be that guy.It’s curious to see how some values change in this group, but remain almost the same. Carlos Carrasco surged in the second half, if he’s your ace, it could work out, but as a second pitcher, seems more advantageous. Veterans Stephen Strasburg and Zack Greinke usually fall below the up and coming young studs. Recent news could impact the price of Mike Foltynewicz. He could miss opening day with elbow soreness and his price will drop, but to a point it’s worth it with regression already in the offing? Good luck.Relief Pitcher As if the innings logged by Sean Doolittle the last three years did not make him risky enough, reports suggest Washington’s in hot pursuit of Craig Kimbrel. Tread lightly here. Both Josh Hader and Raisel Iglesias seem to be stalled in terms of ADP. Keep an eye on Jose LeClerc and Kirby Yates, each will be worth taking ahead of their present price. Will the Bud Norris signing affect Ken Giles? Time will tell, but remember to handcuff.Draft season will be in full swing, so be sure to stay with Fantasy Alarm to stay ahead of the competition. Our draft guide and Howard Bender’s Mock Draft Army will translate to success.