RSF’s decries journalist’s expulsion from Indonesia’s Papua region

first_img Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflicts to go further News News Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more An Australian journalist based in Jakarta since 2006, the BBC’s Rebecca Henschke got a special permit to visit Papua with a crew to cover a military aid operation, but was arrested and expelled, shortly after arriving, on the grounds that she had “hurt the feelings” of soldiers in a tweet.Accompanied by a photo of foodstuffs, the offending tweet said: “This is the aid coming in for severely malnourished children in Papua – instant noodles, super sweet soft drinks and biscuits.”Henschke was one of several foreign journalists allowed to go to Papua to cover the military operation, aimed at relieving a malnutrition crisis exacerbated by a measles epidemic that has killed more than 70 children. Foreign journalists are not usually let into Papua, an impoverished region where separatist movements are active.“It is intolerable that foreign reporters are still banned from Papua,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “All Rebecca Henschke did was send a photo taken in the field. This arbitrary decision by the Indonesian military gives the impression that they are acting as a state within the state, especially with regard to Papua. August 21, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia After the BBC’s Indonesia editor was expelled from the country’s easternmost Papua region last weekend over a tweet, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) again urges the Indonesian authorities to allow journalists to report freely in the troubled region, which continues to be an information black hole. IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflicts center_img News News Follow the news on Indonesia “Must we remind President Joko Widodo of his promise to open up the region to the media? If he wants to maintain a minimum of credibility, he must give some clear evidence that he is doing this.”In his search for a strategy for restoring peace in Papua, the president (also known as “Jokowi”) said in 2015 that he would review the restrictions that in practice prevent journalists from visiting Papua. But, three years later, the media’s ability to work there seems to depend as much as ever on military approval.Defending Henschke’s expulsion, a military spokesman in Papua said her photo showed commercial food products, not the supplies brought by the military. Henschke later deleted her original tweet and posted another saying: “Adding important NOTE: Other sources say this is NOT aid but normal supplies. Huge relief effort underway here.” Help by sharing this information An Indonesian soldier feeds a malnourished child in Papua. Henschke was one of several journalists allowed to go to Papua to cover the military operation (photos : Bay Ismoyo / AFP). August 12, 2020 Find out more Because of the serious media freedom violations in its two easternmost provinces, Papua and West Papua, Indonesia is still ranked no higher than 124th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en February 6, 2018 RSF’s decries journalist’s expulsion from Indonesia’s Papua region Organisation last_img read more

Controversial bill would restrict freedom of opinion

first_imgNews August 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Controversial bill would restrict freedom of opinion PeruAmericas PeruAmericas (Photo: AFP) Receive email alerts December 4, 2019 Find out more April 1, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Peru China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting News February 10, 2017 Find out more Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Reporters Without Borders urges legislators to reject a government bill submitted to parliament yesterday that would toughen the provisions regulating the publication of corrections and retractions in the media and would increase the penalties for violators. The bill applies to all kinds of media, including online media.“This bill, which is still pending examination, is both questionable and inopportune,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would hold the media systematically responsible before the civil courts, not only for the facts they report but also for the views that are expressed through them, often by outside contributors, and which they do not necessarily share.”The press freedom organisation added: “The bodes ill for the future of public debate and comes at a time when media critical of the government are being subjected to a great deal of pressure. The adoption of this law would exacerbate an already unfavourable situation.”Presented to parliament by Mercedes Cabanillas, a former interior minister who now chairs parliament’s constitutional commission, proposed law 2971/2008-CR aims to guarantee “the right to a correction for anyone affected by inaccurate or insulting statements in the print, broadcast or electronic media.”It would apply not only to the allegation of facts deemed to be defamatory, but also to opinions. Writing in the daily La República, human rights lawyer Alejandro Godoy noted that President Alan García recently complained about the criticism he was receiving in many blogs. The bill stipulates that if a correction to a contentious statement is demanded within seven days, the correction must be printed, posted or broadcast within the following three days, instead of ten days as the law currently stands.The National Association of Journalists (ANP) has reacted angrily to the controversial bill, saying it “reinforces a tacit desire by the political class to silence all forms of journalistic criticism and opinion by means of legislative changes.” The ANP statement mentions two media in Amazonas department that have been targeted by the authorities since an outbreak of indigenous unrest in June.One, Radio Oriente, is under constant surveillance. The other a radio station called La Voz de Bagua Grande, was closed down in an entirely illegal manner. Reporters Without Borders has urged the government to allow it to reopen but it requests have received no answer. News News to go furtherlast_img read more

Fly JetBlue, Wear a Mask

first_imgNEW YORK — JetBlue Airways is saying that they will require all passengers to wear facemasks before and during their flight beginning next month.JetBlue instituted the new rule amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy goes into effect May 4, making JetBlue the first major U.S. airline to enforce such a rule.The announcement comes as the airline required all crewmembers to wear one while working.“Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself it’s about protecting those around you,” Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and CEO said in a press release. “This is the new flying etiquette. Onboard, cabin air is well circulated and cleaned through filters every few minutes but this is a shared space where we have to be considerate of others. We are also asking our customers to follow these CDC guidelines in the airport as well.”Passengers must wear face-coverings during check-in, boarding, during the flight and deplaning, JetBlue said. Small children who are not able to keep the face-covering on are exempt from the rule, according to the airline.last_img read more

Crosstown rivalry renewed

first_imgFor the first time in seemingly decades, this season’s crosstown-rivalry game has a lot on the line.The Pac-12 South division title will be at stake when the Trojans visit the Rose Bowl on Saturday for their annual rivalry game. A trip to the Pac-12 title game will hang on the balance, as well.Chance at history · Senior quarterback Matt Barkley is 3-0 in his career against UCLA, including last season’s 50-0 win at the Coliseum. Barkley has thrown 33 touchdowns this season and has set the conference record for touchdown passes against Colorado on Oct. 20. – Sean Roth | Daily TrojanMany analysts felt the south division was USC’s to lose when the season began. As it turns out, its arch-rival might just be the one to take it from them.The No. 17 Bruins (8-2, 5-2) have won four straight games since losing to California on Oct. 6. They sit in first place in the division, and a win would secure them a spot in the Pac-12 championship game for the second-straight year.Meanwhile, the No. 18 Trojans (7-3, 5-3) are coming off two losses in their last three games. USC coach Lane Kiffin and his team are aware of how dangerous this UCLA team can be and how much better they have become since last season’s 50-0 blowout at the Coliseum.“We have a lot of respect for what they’re doing over there,” Kiffin said. “I think coach [Jim] Mora has done a great job in his first year. It’s never easy to come into a program and get things turned around that fast.”Though rivalry week is always intense in Los Angeles, this year’s edition has been especially newsworthy. This week, the Bruins asked that the Trojan Marching Band’s drum major not stab the UCLA logo with his signature sword. If violated, UCLA would not allow the band to play at halftime. They agreed, which has caused outcry from USC fans. Earlier in the year, a billboard of senior quarterback Matt Barkley placed in Westwood was taken down and a fake Twitter account from a UCLA player took shots at USC’s receivers. USC coach Lane Kiffin is doing his best to ignore it all, though.“I don’t know much about that,” Kiffin said. “I don’t think I was involved in any of those.”One thing that cannot be ignored, however, is the Bruins’ overall effectiveness on offense this season. The primary key to the Bruins’ turnaround in 2012 has been stable quarterback play for the first time in several seasons. Redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley has started all 10 games and has thrown 24 touchdowns to only nine interceptions. He has also run for six touchdowns and is among the best freshman quarterbacks in college football.“[Hundley] really can make things happen when they break down whether he’s running it or whether he’s throwing it on third downs,” Kiffin said. “So we’re going to have our hands full and have to rush really well.”The Bruins’ other main offensive weapon comes in the form of senior running back Johnathan Franklin, who is second in the conference and seventh nationally in rushing yards with 1,270. His running has helped the Bruins average more than 37 points per game and average 496.8 total yards per game.“[Franklin’s] a strong runner,” senior safety T.J. McDonald said. “We really have to make sure to tackle him in open space and make sure he doesn’t get a head of steam. He’s definitely a catalyst for their offense. We’ve got to make sure to tackle him and not give him too many gaps to squirt through.”Though featuring a potent offense, UCLA’s defense is somewhat of a weak point. They give up a modest 24.7 points per game, but rank No. 103 nationally in pass defense, having surrendered 20 touchdowns through the air. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley, who ranks No. 2 in the country in touchdown passes with 33 doesn’t believe that a weak secondary will change the Trojans’ game plan, but is nonetheless confident in the offense.“We look at schemes as well as personnel every week,” Barkley said. “We’ll attack certain points like we always do. I don’t really tend to look at the rankings like that because you never know how those stack against who a team is playing and all that stuff, who they’ve played in the past. So, we’ll just go through our normal scouting routine … We have a good game plan this week.”The Trojans seem poised to expose the Bruins’ secondary, but need to cut down on their turnovers. Barkley threw three interceptions in last week’s 38-17 win against Arizona State and, as a team, USC turned the ball over five times two weeks earlier in a loss at Arizona.“We just have to put points on the board and not leave them on the field like we did last week,” Barkley said. “Especially in the red zone.”Senior center Khaled Holmes seconded Barkley’s sentiments.“The only thing holding us back has been ourselves,” Holmes said. “As long as we take care of business, we should be good.”With a possible trip to the Rose Bowl Game on the line, Kiffin knows how big this game is. But he believes the crosstown rivalry game is important no matter each team’s wins and losses.“This game’s a big game no matter what because it’s USC-UCLA regardless of what records are,” Kiffin said. “It’s good that it’s a relevant game for two years in a row and that’s the way it should be.”Kickoff for Saturday’s game at the Rose Bowl is scheduled for noon. 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O’Donnell drops to bench for trip to Paris

first_imgConor Murray and Johnny Sexton team up again at halfback while Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne continue in midfield.  There are two changes to the back three with Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney joining Andrew Trimble. With Sean O’Brien returning to the back row alongside CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip at openside Cahir man Tommy O’Donnell drops to the replacements – his fellow Tipp native Donncha Ryan remains on the bench for the trip to Paris.Rory Best captains the side from hooker and is flanked in an unchanged front row by Jack McGrath and Nathan White.The second row sees Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy paired once again.last_img

Fourth of July Celebrations

first_imgThe Monmouth County Historical Association is hosting the first of what will be an annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Allen House on Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury, on Saturday.“(The reading is) very family-oriented,” said Mary Ann LaSardo, a member of the Historical Association’s Board of Trustees and whose own grandchildren will be at the event.“I think that’s going to be one of the most important parts of this is to get children interested in the history of the United States and the history of Monmouth County,” she said.The ceremony will kick off at 10 a.m. with church bells ringing to honor the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Audience members can then line up to read a paragraph from the Declaration. Lemonade and cookies, and tours of Shrewsbury’s historic Allen House will follow the reading.Some events of interest: Capt. Ron’s Fishermen boat leaves Municipal Harbor at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday to take passengers to view the Macy’s fireworks show. The boat returns by midnight. More information at captainronsfishermen.com.Sea Streak will voyage up the East River to Manhattan and view the Macy’s fireworks show Saturday. More information at seastreak.com.Holmdel:Annual Independence Day Celebration at Holmdel Park in Holmdel to be held Saturday, July 4 from noon to 3 p.m. Games and contests. See MonmouthCountyParks.com for information.Hazlet:Fireworks on Sunday, July 5 at 9:30 p.m., setting off from Veterans’ Park. More information at HazletTwp.org.West Long Branch:Fireworks and Summer Concert will be held Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m. at Franklin Lake Park. More information at westlongbranch.org.Asbury Park:Fireworks will be set off from the beachfront on Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m. More information at cityofasburypark.com.–  By Dan Russo. Jaclyn Shugard contributed to this article Keansburg:Keansburg Amusement Park’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show to be held at dusk on Friday and Saturday. More information at keansburgamusementpark.com.Red Bank:On Sunday, July 5, the 27th annual concert of patriotic and gospel music at First Presbyterian, 255 Harding Road, part of the Tower Hill Concert Series. Concert and Armed Forces Salute start 7:30 pm. Strawberry festival and live music begins at 5 p.m. on the patio. Free, but donations accepted. $5 charge for strawberry desserts. More information at TowerHillChurch.org.Atlantic Highlands:The Mariner, one of the only wooden excursion boats left in the Navesink-Shrewsbury area, will take passengers to view the Keansburg fireworks show Saturday. Tour of local lighthouses and viewing the sunset in Sandy Hook Bay. The Mariner launches from the Atlantic Highlands Marina Saturday at 7:30 p.m. More information at classicboatrides.com.last_img read more

Saints rally past Clan to open up lead in BCIHL standings

first_img“SFU gave us all we could handle tonight, but the guys dug deep in the third period and got rewarded,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Jordan has been the top player in our league this season bar-none, and he showed why again tonight with a couple big goals when we needed them.”We also did a great job defensively limiting SFU’s scoring chances and our six defencemen as a unit played probably their best game of the season.”Down 2-1 halfway through the final period, Beau Taylor drew Selkirk level with a slick deflection off a Dylan Smith point shot.And Saints captain Jordan Wood took over from there, scoring two goals just 22 seconds apart to put his team up a pair with six minutes left before completing the hat trick with an empty net goal in the game’s closing moments. Selkirk had opened the scoring 3:14 into the first period when Mason Spear banked a puck into the net off Clan netminder Graeme Gordon.But SFU leveled the game at 1-1 on a power-play marker from Kody Dhaliwal midway through the frame and went ahead 51 seconds into the middle period on another man-advantage goal, this time from Nick Sandor. Alex Sirard got the start in net for the Saints after returning from a minor injury and picked up his 10th win of the season with a 25-save effort. Gordon took the loss in net for the Clan despite making a number of key saves in the first and second periods. He allowed four goals on 31 shots and was relieved by Evan Kurylo after an altercation following Selkirk’s fourth goal. Dylan Smith joined Wood in picking up three points on the night, as he assisted on a trio of third period goals. The Selkirk Saints created a little more distance in B.C. Intercolligiate League standings by stopping Simon Fraser 5-2 in action Saturday in Castlegar.The 16-1 Saints now lead the Clan by five points with a game in hand but only after scoring the win with a third-period surge.The Saints’ magic number for clinching first place for the regular season now stands at eight points with seven games remaining.last_img read more

MILLER’S CHALON & DESORMEAUX’S MISS SOUTHERN MISS HEAD SATURDAY’S $125,000 LANDALUCE STAKES GOING 5 ½ FURLONGS AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgTHE $125,000 LANDALUCE STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 (of 9)                                                                                                       Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PDTLove a Honeybadger–Victor Espinoza–122Tap It All–Santiago Gonzalez–118Miss Southern Miss–Flavien Prat–122Demigoddess–Brandon Boulanger–118Cioppino Pasadino–Edwin Maldonado–122Theonewewaitedfor–Rafael Bejarano–122Chalon–Tyler Baze–122First post time on Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. For scratches, changes and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 6, 2016)–Rockingham Ranch’s Chalon and Peter Cantrell’s Miss Southern Miss head a field of six 2-year-old fillies, five of which are recent maiden winner’s, in Saturday’s $125,000 Landaluce Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita.Originally titled the Hollywood Lassie and named for the ill-fated daughter of Terlingua, who was trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Landaluce, with Laffit Pincay Jr., aboard, won the 1982 Hollywood Lassie by 21 lengths while stopping the clock for six furlongs in 1:08 flat, but never ran again as she succumbed to the effects of a fever several months later. MISS SOUTHERN MISS: Trained by Keith Desormeaux, this Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready was bred by her owner and rallied strongly through the lane to win at first asking by 3 ¼ lengths going five furlongs here on June 9. Off at 7-1 in a field of eight, she split horses turning for home and galloped out many lengths clear of odds-on favorite Tap It All, who she will again face on Saturday. With Flavien Prat scheduled to ride her back, Miss Southern Miss would appear to have plenty of upside as she readies for her second career assignment. CHALON: Trained by Peter Miller, this Kentucky-bred filly by the Mineshaft stallion Dialed In fetched $110,000 at the Barretts March 2-year-old in training sale and she responded solid 2 ¼ length first-out maiden score going five furlongs here on June 23. Dismissed at 9-1, she showed good speed out of the gate and won in virtual gate to wire fashion while well within herself under Tyler Baze, who rides her back on Saturday.center_img THEONEWEWAITEDFOR: Owned and bred in California by Heinz Steinmann, this daughter of Creative Cause was a gutty first-out maiden winner in open company going 4 ½ furlongs here on May 26. Trained by Mike Harrington, she pressed the early pace and prevailed by a half length while getting the distance in a rapid 51.80. Based at Los Alamitos, she’s out of Steinmann’s productive Eastern Echo mare, Yolo Lady, and looms a big threat stretching out a furlong. MILLER’S CHALON & DESORMEAUX’S MISS SOUTHERN MISS HEAD SATURDAY’S $125,000 LANDALUCE STAKES GOING 5 ½ FURLONGS AT SANTA ANITAlast_img read more

Meet Emma, the wearable that helps people with Parkinson’s

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled a prototype watch that helps those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder that affects over 10 million people worldwide.The wearable, codenamed Project Emma, is designed to reduce the uncontrollable shaking, one of the early Parkinson’s symptoms. Small vibration motors inside the wearable stop the brain from creating as many tremors.Microsoft Research Cambridge innovation director Haiyan Zheng worked on the watch for Emma Lawton, a friend and graphic designer with Parkinson’s. In the video above, Lawton shows how the wearable stabilizes her hand, letting her draw for the first time in years.A Windows 10 app allows Lawton to change the rhythm of vibrations.“I’ve been chatting with Emma, Parkinson’s researchers and experts to put together a deeper piece of research on how AI and wearables can better support people with Parkinson’s to manage their symptoms and medication intake,” said Zhang. “This would be an extension of the original Emma Watch project but could be quite an impactful piece of work. At the moment, it’s still only in the proposal stage.”See Also: How the Azure Stack brings the cloud to youMicrosoft will start initial trials of the device in London, but has no set plans for a full rollout. In a blog post, Zhang remarks that she didn’t design the device for the health community, but simply for her friend to be able to write again.The wearable was introduced at Microsoft Build conference, the company’s annual conference in Seattle. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… David Curry Related Posts center_img Tags:#health#innovation#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#Parkinson’s#Project Emma#smartwatch#wearable 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

ONE: Jeremy Miado confident he can conquer Dejdamrong anew

first_imgSteph Curry joins Barack Obama at ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ event US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Jeremy Miado sets the tone for Filipinos in ONE: Conquest of Champions card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino strawweight Jeremy Miado expects the same result when he fights Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in a rematch on Friday in ONE: Call to Greatness in Singapore.Miado sees himself beating Amnuaysirichoke again after knocking the Thai warrior just 84 seconds into their first fight last year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s going to be an explosive contest and I expect to emerge the victor once again,” Miado said.“I have the greatest respect for Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, but I am coming for the win and I am confident I can do it again in this rematch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAmnuaysirichoke, meanwhile, vows to be a better fighter the second time around.“Jeremy Miado is a tough warrior and I can’t underestimate him. I will give a better performance in this rematch and make my fans in Singapore and Thailand proud,” the former strawweight champion said. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more