Concern about investigative reporter’s disappearance in Serbia June 29, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Organisation News to go further News August 18, 2017 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Kosovo Interview of Halil Matoshi News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders : How do you evaluate the press release of the war veterans’ association?Halil Matoshi : Their reaction I see as a direct reaction of the outgoing government or Prime Minister Hashim Thaci himself, who is very close to Mr. Xhemajli, the head of the war veteran’s association. So, the press release is an extra-reaction of the government, which uses some mechanisms – in this case the association to which everybody here is sensitive because of the freedom war — as opinion maker to make statements against those who think differently from the government. It proves that you can expect everything to happen in Kosovo except for the freedom of press and free speech. I and my colleagues have been alarming for long time that there is no such a thing in Kosovo as the freedom of speech and free speech.Reporters Without Borders : What is the impact of such statements as the war veterans’ press release directed against you ?Halil Matoshi : They are creating an impression that everyone who keeps a different position towards the power or government or structures that emerged from the war is a traitor, is “with the Serbs” or taking the side of Kosovo’s enemies. It crushes to an embryonic level every tendency for a debate in the society. It aims at crushing to the ground every opportunity to express your self freely in the public.Reporters Without Borders : All recent reports of international watchdogs as well as of official international institutions in charge to follow the developments in Kosovo note that the freedom of press is endangered ?Halil Matoshi : From this point of view, Kosovo is ranged amongst the most dictatorial countries of the world. But this same world, because of political stability is defending the current political establishment, which has no a clue what is democracy, free speech and other civic rights.Reporters Without Borders : Do the media in Kosovo have a capacity to defend themselves from exposing censure on them ?Halil Matoshi : The last December election and degradation that happened with the will of people proved that Kosovars still can not by themselves inaugurate a truly democratic society without a strong support of the international community. As it is the situation now we have a very little number of the media that applies the criteria of an independent journalism and independent editorial policy. The majority of them are being controlled by the government itself, in particular the public TV broadcaster. They are hanger-on and strong propagators of the current government. KosovoEurope – Central Asia Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the particularly aggressive smear campaign that the Kosovo Liberation Army’s Veterans Association has been waging against the respected journalist Halil Matoshi in the last few days.The attacks seem to have been prompted by an article by Matoshi in the daily Koha Ditore on 6 January about the challenges facing Kosovo in 2011, in which he accused certain people of wanting to police a “patriotic anarchy” by claiming the right to distinguish between “good” and “bad” patriots.In a press release the next day, the Veterans Association insinuated that Matoshi was a traitor, describing him as “one of the pieces of trash the occupiers have left us.” The Veterans Association is led by Muharrem Xhemajli, a supporter of the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo. He also recently accused Albin Kurti, the leader of the opposition party Vetevendosje, of being “pro-Slav.”“We appeal to Prime Minister Thaçi to publicly disown the unacceptable comments by Muharrem Xhemajli’s organization about Halil Matoshi and Koha Ditore,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The guilty silence must end at once. The entire political class has a duty to respond to these indirect but real threats. Accusing him of treachery and questioning his patriotism is tantamount to calling for him to be physically attacked or murdered. This is intolerable. Do we have to wait for a journalist to die before everyone takes a position on such comments?“We urge the authorities to issue an unambiguous condemnation of this exploitation of the concept of patriotism, especially as the aim is to censor the media. The significance of this campaign against journalists and the consequences it could have must not be ignored. The next government must take a clear public position on this subject if it hopes to retain any credibility for the pledges it has repeatedly made and rarely kept to respect press freedom.“We also urge Pieter Feith, the European Union’s special representative in Kosovo, to speak out and to extend his full support to Matoshi and the staff of Koha Ditore. The EU still has decision-making powers in Pristina. It must respond to these nationalistic excesses with firmness and remind the authorities that respect for press freedom is an essential requirement for any possibility of Kosovo joining the EU, even if there is a risk that the authorities could delay their application.”Reporters Without Borders fully supports the staff of Koha Ditore and Matoshi, who is one of Kosovo’s most respected analysts. Accused of terrorism by Belgrade, he was the only Pristina-based journalist to be jailed by the Serb authorities during the NATO bombing raids in 1999. Held for a year in a prison in Serbia, he was only released after strong international pressure. June 14, 2018 Find out more Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristina January 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No response from government to attacks on respected journalist from one of its allies KosovoEurope – Central Asia
Receive email alerts Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system November 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jailed newspaper publisher’s trial delayed again, this time until January Organisation News News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Cameroon April 23, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 19, 2021 Find out more to go further CameroonAfrica ————————–30.09 – Newspaper publisher transferred to New Bell prisonLewis Medjo, the publisher of the privately-owned Détente Libre weekly, was transferred yesterday morning to New Bell prison near the western city of Douala following his appearance before a public prosecutor in the Douala district of Wouri on 26 September, when a formal order for his detention was issued.He is now due to appear before an investigating judge on 3 October to be formally charged. Local journalists think the charge will be publishing false information. News Detained newspaper publisher Lewis Medjo’s trial was postponed until 2 January on procedural grounds when he was brought before a judge on 7 November. The judge said this second postponement was needed to give the plaintiffs – who have not yet been identified – time to obtain the necessary court orders.This means Medjo, who was arrested on 22 September for “publishing false news,” will have spent 103 days in detention by the start of the trial, which was previously postponed on 3 October for Administrative reasons. He is the publisher of the privately-owned weekly La Détente.—————————3.10 – Publisher’s trial adjourned for another five weeksLewis Medjo, the newspaper publisher who has been detained since 22 September, appeared this morning before a judge in the western city of Douala, who adjourned his case until 7 November for “administrative reasons” to do with his civil status.A local journalist said no charge or complaint has so far been produced against Medjo before a court. This means that the public prosecutor, who ordered his arrest and then ordered his transfer to prison, will not now have to present the charges for another five weeks.Medjo is the publisher of the privately-owned Détente Libre weekly. News ———-24.09 – Douala-based newspaper publisher held for past two daysReporters Without Borders condemns the detention of journalist Lewis Medjo for the past two days in the western city of Douala. The publisher of the Douala-based Détente Libre weekly, Medjo was arrested by the head of the local plain-clothes police as he left a dinner in a Douala hotel on the evening of 22 September.“This journalist has no place being in police custody and should be released,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Like any citizen, Medjo, as a newspaper publisher, may well have a case to answer as regards what his newspaper published. But Cameroonian law does not offer a fair and appropriate way of dealing with this kind of problem, preferring police raids carried out at the behest of powerful men.”Medjo was arrested by provincial plain-clothes police chief Vincent Minkoa Nga outside the Akwa Palace Hotel at around 11 p.m., after attending a dinner organised by the central government’s representative for Douala urban community. He was taken to plain-clothes police headquarters in Douala and is still being held there.Local journalists told Reporters Without Borders they thought Medjo would be charged with publishing false information. He was reportedly questioned about two articles in the newspaper’s 14 August issue. One claimed that President Paul Biya was going to force supreme court president Dipanda Mouelle, a loyal ally, to stand down next year. The other article claimed that the head of the national police criminal investigation department, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, had seized the passport of wealthy businessman Victor Fotso’s son and, through an intermediary, was trying to get Fotso to pay a large sum of money for its return. RSF_en CameroonAfrica
Facebook LIMERICK Spring, a political festival which is the first of its kind in this region, is underway and the six-day event has drawn some of the country’s best-known political commentators to Limerick for debate and creative discussion.Confirmed speakers include broadcaster Vincent Browne, economist David McWilliams, ‘Ear to the Ground’ Presenter Ella McSweeney and comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan. Limerick Spring also welcomes filmmakers Lelia Doolan and Donnacha O Briain to present their work this week at two film screenings.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Festival coordinator Jennifer Moroney-Ward said: “Limerick has a long tradition of political activism and has played a leading role in the development of the Irish state. However, many citizens feel disconnected from politics. This five day festival will invite citizens and guest speakers to delve deeper into the political structures and systems that influence our lives in 2014.”The festival kicked off on Tuesday April 8 with a film screening of ‘Bernadette – Notes on a Political Journey’ that also featured a Q&A with director Lelia Doolan. Tonight (Wednesday 9) there will be a night of music that inspired political change around the world with The Revolution Will Not Be Spotified upstairs in Dolans. This will feature a number of local musicians performing their own original protest songs, alongside renditions of some classics too.On Thursday 10 there are two events, the first of which begins at 2:30pm in the Exhibition Hall of City Hall and will engage a group of citizens of all ages and backgrounds in a workshop on representation and democracy.Later that night, the public is invited to Salon Du Chat, hosted by Roisin Buckley in Fitto Cafe, a conversational cafe where the menu is filled with sumptuous morsels of conversation.Friday 11 sees the return of David McWilliams and Leviathan Political Cabaret back to Limerick for what will be a lively debate entitled ‘Constitution or Revolution: Towards 2016’. Mr McWilliams will host a panel including Dr Peadar Kirby, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Liadh Ni Riada, Deirdre O’Shaughnessy of the Cork Independent and Diarmuid O’Flynn of Ballyhea Says No. There will also be some comedy from Abie Philbin Bowman and satirical music from White Cholera.Saturday 12 promises to be an eventful day with an early start at the Limerick Milk Market where Ella McSweeney will lead an expert panel to look at the Politics of Food. This event is organised in collaboration with the Limerick Community Grocery.That afternoon sees the premiere of Donncha O’Briain’s new film ‘Peripheral Vision’ with a Q&A with the director and panel of experts following the screening. This film follows a number of protest movements in Ireland over the last two years including Ballyhea Says No, Anglo Not Our Debt Campaign and the Occupy movement.On Saturday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm, Limerick’s own Vincent Browne will act as Speaker of the House at the first ever Limerick Spring Assembly at the Crescent Hall, situated beside the statue of Daniel O’Connell. This event invites 11 citizens of Limerick to put a motion to the House and the audience will decide whether it gets passed and therefore included in the Limerick Spring Assembly manifesto.All events encourage very lively audience participation, in particular the final event on Sunday April 13 where comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan launch the first ever Speakers’ Corner in Limerick. This gives all members of the public the opportunity to stand up and tell the world what’s on their mind. It will take place on the corner of Thomas Street and Anne Street in Limerick city centre and will be followed by a comedy gig at 8pm in The Blind Pig on Thomas Street.The Limerick Spring festival is the culmination of the efforts of more than 15 volunteers who have dedicated in excess of 1,000 hours across four months. Advertisement Des Bishop celebrates his mother with ‘Mia Mamma’ Previous articleYear long wait for results of inquiry is unnaceptableNext articleLanguage still the biggest barrier for migrants Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Twitter Print Directly Elected Mayor Debate Part 1 – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann Scully RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin Standup and take a punchline at UCH Limerick NewsLocal NewsPoliticsLimerick political festival underwayBy Liam Togher – April 9, 2014 629 Farmer Michael and Kathleen: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is back and you’re invited! Two Limerick shows for comedian David O’Doherty TAGScomedyDavid McWilliamsdebatediscussionElla McSweeneyFestivalfilmLimerick SpringpoliticsscreeningsVincent Browne Email
News UpdatesPlea In Delhi HC Challenges Domicile Reservation For Delhiites In NLU Delhi Mehal Jain16 May 2020 11:50 PMShare This – xImputing “utter discrimination” by National Law University, Delhi, a writ petition has been filed before the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the provision giving 50% reservation to students who passed their qualifying exam from institute located within the National Capital Territory. Besides, petitioner Pia Singh, a General/Unreserved Category candidate, a permanent resident of Delhi and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginImputing “utter discrimination” by National Law University, Delhi, a writ petition has been filed before the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the provision giving 50% reservation to students who passed their qualifying exam from institute located within the National Capital Territory. Besides, petitioner Pia Singh, a General/Unreserved Category candidate, a permanent resident of Delhi and an Advocate enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi having passed her LL.B. from Madhav University, Rajasthan, has also sought the intervention of court to declare the implementation of 22% OBC and10% EWS quota without increasing total of number seats as unconstitutional. The petition submits that the reservation policy of respondent University to give 50% reservation to those students who have passed their qualifying degree from Institute situated in Delhi is not only against the constitutional mandate under art 15(3) but is also against all reasonable and logical norms. It is argued that the classification for 50% reservation to students who have passed their qualifying degree from Institute situated in Delhi is far away from intelligible differentia. Also, there seems no object behind this classification which the respondent university seeks to achieve. Furthermore, providing 22% reservation to OBC and 10% reservation to EWS category without increasing the total no. of seats is also unconstitutional and against the mandate of guidelines issued by MHRD. “Since, the petitioner belongs to General/Unreserved category, and is also a permanent resident of Delhi and intends to pursue her LL.M. from NLU Delhi; the provision of 50% reservation to the students of Delhi and also, the provision of 22% OBC & 10% EWS reservations in LL.M. without increasing the number of seats as per MHRD guidelines is adversely affecting her chances of selection and her future career prospects”, it is urged. The petition narrates that on 03.01.2007, Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, giving inter alia reservations to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes [SEBCs] also known as Other Backward Classes [OBCs] in Central Educational Institutions came into force. This act was enacted only for central educational institutions but all the state or union territory governments issued notifications to implement OBC reservation in the institution as per the mandate of the Act of 2006. Section-5 of the aforesaid act clearly says that every Central Educational Institution shall, with the prior approval of the appropriate authority, increase the number of seats in a branch of study or faculty over and above its annual permitted strength so that the number of seats, excluding those reserved for the persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, is not less than the number of such seats available or actually filled, whichever be less, for the academic session immediately preceding the date of the coming into force of this Act. All state and Union territory govt. issued guidelines to their educational institutions on the same line of Section 5. Consequently, every educational institution throughout the territory of India which has implemented the 27% OBC reservation increased its seats by 54% so that Unreserved/general category seats are not affected. On 17.01.2019, Ministry of Human Resource Development issued an Office Memorandum wherein it gives direction to Central educational institutions as well as chief secretaries of all state government/UTs to give effect to the provision of 103rd constitutional amendment. Similar direction as mentioned in Section-5 of the aforesaid was given to all educational institutions via this OM and all institutions were permitted to increase seats by 25% so that unreserved category seats are not affected. The petitioner has averred that In the previous academic year i.e. 2019-20 total seats for LL.M was 70. Out of these seats 15% for SC & 7.5% for ST were vertically reserved and 5% for PWD were horizontally reserved. There was no other kind of reservation provided to any class, so number of seats were following: Total seats=70 CATEGORY NO. OF SEATS UNRESERVED 64 (including 3 PWD seats) SC 11 (including 1 PWD seats) ST 5 On 02.03.2020, NLU Delhi has issued its e-prospectus for under graduate & post graduate course for academic year2020- 21. A provision for 50% reservation was made for students of Delhi. Also, provision for 22 % OBC & 10% EWS reservation in addition to 15% SC & 7.5% ST reservation was made for both B.A. LL.B. and LL.M. courses from the academic year 2020-21. “It is apparent by analysing seat matrix of both academic years that in the previous year seats for unreserved category were 64 but in this academic year only 30 seats were notified for the unreserved category. Hence, NLU Delhi has grossly violated the guidelines issued by MHRD and reservation for OBC & EWS were implemented without increasing the seats”, it is sought to be contended. Further, it is brought to the attention of the Court that while making 50% horizontal reservation for students of Delhi two classification was made by respondent i.e. First, Candidates passing the qualifying examination from a recognised School/ College/ Institute located within the NCT of Delhi only will be eligible to apply for seats reserved for Delhi Region. Second, in case of Distance education students, if the Centre of examination/ study Centre is located in the N.C.T. of Delhi, the candidate shall be considered under the Delhi Region and if the Centre of examination/ study Centre is located outside N.C.T. of Delhi, he/ she shall be considered under the All India Level seats. “So, as per these guidelines respondent could have increased at least 50% seats for implementing 22% OBC reservation and 25% seats for implementing 10% EWS reservations in this academic year but instead by doing so respondent has cut down these seats from the Unreserved category seats which is beyond the authority of the respondent university”, it is advanced. Moreover, it is argued that the horizontal reservation given by respondent University to the students of Delhi region is sui generis and strange- “The classification between students who are passing the qualifying examination from a recognised School/ College/ Institute located within Delhi and who are not passing from such an institute is not germane to the very rule of intelligent differentia. The respondent has recognised the former as “students of Delhi regions” . This classification is beyond any reason and bereft of logic and rule” It is admitted that “any State can give a reservation to the ‘domiciled’ person of the state, reason being that such state funds the institute and hence may seek welfare for the residents of that particular state”. “But respondent university is not giving this reservation to the domicile of the state but to the students who have passed their qualifying examination from Delhi. Delhi is a metro city and capital of India and a hub for the prominent educational institutes. Students from every corner of the country came here to study. Circumstances may arise that many students who are the permanent resident of Delhi may not get admission in any oschool/college situated in Delhi and they got enrolled in any other institutes located outside Delhi”, it is argued. “In such cases, these students who are permanent residents of Delhi would be paying all taxes to the state of Delhi but will not get the reservation in the Institution of their State instead any other student from down south, east, west or north will get that benefit”, the petitioner has pointed out. “The classification for the students of distance education is not only ridiculously drafted, but also, sufficient to stunt any prudent, right thinking and reasonable person. Those students whose Centre is located in Delhi will get the benefit of reservation, as such students will be considered as students of Delhi. This classification is harassing and imaginary only. Thousands of such Institution work in Delhi NCR and surrounding states whose Centre of examination falls in Delhi for the sake of convenience. And the Centre of examination is completely dependent on the discretion of the examination authority. In distance education a student comes only for examination to that Centre. This classification has created a sheer absurd situation in which any student from any part of India will come for a few days for his examination only (his institute though situated out of Delhi) and will get “Students of Delhi” reservation”, reads the plea. The Petitioner has alleged that she failed to carved out from where the respondent University drew the power to implement such reservation policy “because it is published nowhere that state assembly of NCT Delhi has made any law related to this 50% reservation”. “Hence, making such provision of reservation by way of an executive order is also against the law enshrined under Article 14 & 15”, it is pointed out. “And even we consider that the University has such power then also the quantum of reservation i.e. 50% is bad in law as it has reduced the all India unreserved category seats to the extent of 20% of total seats. If we add up all the kinds of reservation provided by the respondent university then the quantum of total reservation is 80% which means, now OBC reserved seats are more than the Unreserved category seats. Hence, quantum of 50% reservation is also against the principle of equality enshrined under part-III of the constitution”, it is suggestedNext Story
WhatsApp By News Highland – August 30, 2017 Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Facebook A man has appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court charged with supplying Dreamboxes in connection with a fraud.Kieran Daniel McCartney, 47 of Ederowen Park, Derry faces a total of three charges.He was charged with supplying Dreamboxes knowing they were designed or adapted for the use in a fraud on dates between June 17 and December 18 of 2015.The 47 year old is also charged with possessing the items in connection with a fraud on December 17 2015 and the unauthorized use of a trademark namely, Sky on dates between June and December 2015.Defence solicitor, Mr. Kevin Casey said it was ‘a fairly unusual matter’ and asked for an adjournment until October 5. Homepage BannerNews Google+ Previous articleNora Stapleton retires from international rugbyNext articleMotorist caught driving at 137 kmph on N13 News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Derry man appears in court charged with supplying Dreamboxes in connection with fraud Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further
Written by February 19, 2021 /Sports News – Local Loyola Marymount looks to extend streak vs BYU FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP)-Brigham Young (16-5, 7-3) vs. Loyola Marymount (11-6, 6-3)Albert Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles; Saturday, 1 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: Loyola Marymount looks for its fifth straight conference win against Brigham Young. Loyola Marymount’s last WCC loss came against the Santa Clara Broncos 72-69 on Jan. 23. Brigham Young easily beat Pacific by 28 in its last outing.SUPER SENIORS: Brigham Young’s Alex Barcello, Brandon Averette and Matt Haarms have combined to account for 46 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 55 percent of all Cougars points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Eli Scott has been directly responsible for 57 percent of all Loyola Marymount field goals over the last three games. The senior forward has 29 field goals and 14 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Lions are 5-0 when they make seven or more 3-pointers and 6-6 when they fall shy of that mark. The Cougars are 15-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.3 percent or worse, and 1-5 when opponents exceed that percentage.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Lions have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Cougars. Loyola Marymount has an assist on 46 of 75 field goals (61.3 percent) over its previous three matchups while Brigham Young has assists on 53 of 96 field goals (55.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Loyola Marymount is rated first among WCC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 32.1 percent. The Lions have averaged 10.1 offensive boards per game. Associated Press
Emergency services have been called to Magdalen Bridge this afternoon following reports that two people have fallen into the river Cherwell at Magdalen Bridge.Thames Valley Police Media Team said in a statement to Cherwell that they were called at 2:40pm and three fire engines, four ambulances and up to ten police cars attend the scene.BBC News reports that one man has been assisted from the water by the fire services, and that searches for the second person are ongoing as emergency services continue the operation.It has been reported that a specialist boat is also searching the river.The bridge remains open to traffic but the incident has caused minor congestion.
Source: BFFM&S and bakery supplier BBF have launched Percy Pig sponge rolls and mince piesMarks & Spencer and bakery supplier BBF have rolled out two new Percy Pie bakes for the festive season, Percy Pig sponge rolls and Percy Pig mince pies.The Percy Pig sponge roll launched in M&S stores nationally on November 3, following the launch of new Percy Pig Percymas Pies in the last few weeks.M&S product developer, Natalie Tate said: “This is a unique take on a classic sponge roll, with pink fluffy sponge, Percy Pig flavour buttercream and chewy fruit jelly pieces with pink edible sugar sprinkled on top.”Bakery BBF has supplied ambient cakes to M&S for many years. “It’s always a pleasure working alongside M&S, especially at this time of year when consumers are increasingly looking for indulgent treats to celebrate Christmas,” commented Jonathan Lill, CEO of BBF.BBF Limited develops and manufactures cakes across several categories including celebration cakes, fruit pies and tarts, chocolate enrobed cakes, Christmas cakes and mince pies. It produces more than 600 million cakes or desserts annually.BBF operates four bakeries across the North of England and one in Poland.
View Comments In case you’ve been living under a rock there’s been a lot of homophobic pushback happening in Russia. In light of these events the Broadway community gathered for a parody video from Jason Michael Snow (Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man) and Jason Walton West (NEWSical the Musical)—AKA the minds that brought you Downton Abbey the musical. Their latest musical short, Russian Broadway Shut Down, is a star-studded caper following the “Russian Broadway” community uniting for a one-night-only production of Harvey Fierstein’s new (fictional) musical Love & Punishment. Check out the video to see Andrew Rannells sporting a ushanka, Michael Urie with an excellent Russian accent, Laura Benanti and Stephanie J. Block playing women in love (and in space), Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff as Olympic athletes who choose each other over gold and so many more. The who’s who of Broadway also features Rebecca Luker, John Tartaglia, Danny Burstein, Laura Osnes, Lilla Crawford, Victoria Clark, Joanna Gleason, Annaleigh Ashford, Santino Fontana, Jennifer Barnhart, Sierra Boggess, Christina Bianco, Michael Cerveris, Christine Pedi, Michael Rosen, Andrea McArdle, Harriet Harris, Ann Harada, Lena Hall, Andy Karl, Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Brad Oscar, Leslie Kritzer, Cady Huffman, Kate Loprest and Stephen Schwartz amongst others!