Independent Siberian TV station’s forced closure imminent

first_img Receive email alerts December 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent Siberian TV station’s forced closure imminent News One of western Siberia’s few independent TV stations, Tomsk-based TV-2, will have to end over-the-air broadcasting at midnight tonight, after covering news in the region for 23 years, because the local branch of the state telecommunications network RTRS, which has an over-the-air transmission monopoly, has rescinded its contract.Thereafter, TV-2 will be limited to transmission by cable until early February, when it will probably have to end all forms of broadcasting. The past year has been marked by growing pressure on Russian media that are not under the Kremlin’s direct control. The pressure has above all been felt at the federal level, targeting such broadcasters as radio Ekho Moskvy, information website Russkaya Planeta and TV station Dozhd, but regional broadcasters have not been spared.RTRS notified TV-2 at the end of the November of the decision to end its contract – one that is tantamount to a death sentence. In a press release, RTRS said the decision was taken because TV-2 had “contravened” an agreement, alluding to TV-2’s reaction to a previous closure threat.When RTRS suspended transmission of TV-2’s signal for several weeks in April after a malfunction of the transmission equipment owned by RTRS, Roskomnadzor, the federal communications surveillance agency, threatened to strip TV-2 of its licence if broadcasting did not resume promptly.A wave of demonstrations in support of TV-2 prevented the threat from being carried out. But an RTRS representative told the business daily Vedomosti on 24 December that it could no longer contemplate working with a partner that turned a technical incident into a political issue and used it to mobilize social and media support.TV-2 said RTRS’s decision was “absurd” and “legally unfounded” because it had two valid licences.But, after RTRS’s decision, Roskomnadzor in turn rescinded its previously announced decision – confirmed in November – to extend TV-2’s licence until 2025, explaining that the earlier announcement had been due to a technical error. May 5, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more News RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Russiacenter_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information As a result, after its over-the-air signal is turned off at midnight, TV-2 will have to terminate broadcasting by cable on 8 February if Roskomnadzor does not change its mind.TV-2 has filed a suit against both RTRS and Roskomnadzor. The first hearing in the case is scheduled for 21 January.“We condemn this unilateral and arbitrary decision, which threatens the existence of an independent regional news outlet,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said. “Disguised as an administrative dispute, it constitutes a grave violation of the right to information and endangers media pluralism. We urge the local authorities and the head of Roskomnadzor to stop persecuting TV-2 and to restore the necessary conditions for it to continue operating in the region.”Protests against TV-2’s imminent closure have been staged in Tomsk. More than 4,000 people took part in the first one on 14 December. Demonstrations in support of the station were held again in Tomsk and in Moscow on 21 December, each with several thousand participants.A TV-2 petition with 15,000 signatures, denouncing the station’s closure, was sent to the president’s office, which acknowledged receipt and undertook to respond by 21 February, thereby violating a legal obligation to respond with 30 days of receipt.TV-2 has received many awards – including 23 Russian Broadcasting TEFI prizes – for the quality of its regional news coverage and its respect for journalistic ethics since it began broadcasting in 1991. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News RSF_en News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Organisation last_img read more

The Future of eBikes is Coming

first_img Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Make a comment Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Ebikes are about to get a major boost as the Bosch motor system is about to hit American shores next year.Massively popular in Europe, the USA version of the motor system will be more powerful and zippier (as most US state laws are more liberal than Europe’s). Brio Electric Bikes in Monrovia will be carrying several models from Haibike, a German brand imported by Currie/IZIP, that features the new Bosch motor system.Haibike models will feature Bosch’s Performance Line motor, and is designed for sportive, powerful cycling and accelerating in hilly terrain. The motor is mounted at the crank (pedal arms), which gives better weight distribution than hub motors, and allows the motor to run more efficiently.The Haibikes themselves are beautiful bikes that look more like modern mountain and hybrid bikes than electric bikes. There are full suspension models, making off road riding possible for the less athletic. The battery is pack mounted where the water bottle rack is usually found, which makes them look ‘natural’ and a low center of gravity.Haibike, as all bikes with the Bosch system, won’t come cheap and will not be available until the spring. If you don’t want to wait and spend top dollar for the latest, check out the 2013 clearance going on now at Brio.Check out Brio Electric Bikes’ Facebook announcement here Electric Bikes is located at 113 E. Olive Ave., Monrovia. To learn more about which ebike suits your needs, visit or call (626) 657-2251 for more details. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Cover Story The Future of eBikes is Coming With the coming of the Bosch motor system, eBikes are about to get a huge boost in power, efficiency and reliability. By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 3:06 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more