News Reporters Without Borders voiced relief today on learning that Tikrit-based journalist Kalshan Al-Bayati, who writes for the Arab-language daily Al Hayat, was provisionally released yesterday after being held illegally for a month by Iraqi security authorities. She is still being investigated in connection with her relations with armed groups.“Her rights were not respected while she was held,” the press freedom organisation said. “She was not allowed to see a lawyer or receive visits from her relatives. It was impossible to get any news of her or to know if she was being treated properly. All this was very worrying.”Reporters Without Borders added: “As long as the investigation continues, she risks being arrested yet again at any time. We call on the competent authorities to drop the charges against her or to produce hard evidence of her guilt.”Bayati has been banned from leaving the country until further notice, and her ID papers and passport have been confiscated.Al Hayat’s correspondent in Tikrit, Bayati is known for criticising the US occupation of Iraq in her articles. The Iraqi security forces first arrested her on 11 September, confiscating her computer.She was freed two days later after being interrogated at length about her links with armed groups. Her response was that it was her job as a journalist to maintain contacts with many kinds of people including members of the military, Iraqi police officers, and members of resistance groups.When released for the first time, she was ordered to remain at home and make no public statements. She nonetheless asked to speak with the head of the security forces in Tikrit to inform him of her arrest and the conditions in which she had been held.On 20 September, five days after she was freed, Bayati was summoned to “Saddam’s Palace” in Tikrit – now the headquarters of the security forces based in the city – to recover her confiscated computer equipment. That was when she was re-arrested. Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en October 18, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tikrit-based reporter released provisionally, banned from leaving country December 16, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq to go further Help by sharing this information Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Kalshan Al-Bayati, the Tikrit correspondent of the Arabic-language daily Al Hayat, was released yesterday after being held for a month by the Iraqi security authorities. But she is still being investigated, she is banned from leaving the country, and all her ID papers have been confiscated. IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News December 28, 2020 Find out more News
Oxygen uptake of Paractora dreuxi (apterous) from Marion Island, which lies to the north of the Antarctic Polar Front, was compared to that of P. trichosterna (macropterous) and Antrops truncipennis (apterous) from South Georgia, which lies within the Antarctic Polar Front, over the range of temperatures experienced by these insects in their microhabitats. No differences in the slopes of log metabolic rate on temperature were found between the larvae of the two Paractora species, but the slope of the regression of log metabolic rate on temperature was steeper in the adults of P. trichosterna than in those of P. dreuxi. Therefore, metabolic cold adaptation was not found in P. trichosterna compared to P. dreuxi. However, some evidence for temperature compensation in A. truncipennis was found, although this could not be considered an adaptation. The difference in the thermal sensitivity of metabolic rate of the adults of the Paractora species is ascribed to differences in their life history strategies. Paractora trichosterna is a winged species in which retention of a thermal sensitivity similar to that of its larvae may facilitate resource location and so enhance fitness. On the other hand, the loss of flight in P. dreuxi may have allowed a reduction in thermal sensitivity that could mean a reduction in respiratory water loss at higher temperatures.