EXCLUSIVE: US – One year after shooting in his newsroom, editor of Capital Gazette reflects on press freedom

first_imgIn my speech, I talked about what had happened on that day, and what happened on the days after. I talked about how we planned to continue the work that my friends loved not only to honor   them but because it is of vital importance to our community. June 27, 2019 – Updated on June 28, 2019 EXCLUSIVE: US – One year after shooting in his newsroom, editor of Capital Gazette reflects on press freedom The United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, after dropping three places in the past year. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more But the United States is suffering through a crisis of mass shootings, so our tragedy is also the tragedy of anyone touched by this evil. The grief I felt was no more important than the grief felt in Las Vegas, or Aurora or Newtown. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. “One Year Later,” by Rick Hutzell, editor of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. I recently spoke at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Houston. It was an honor to be invited, but I really wondered what I could say that would have any meaning for some, frankly, very impressive reporters and editors. So, I told our story. The Capital Gazette newsroom was attacked on June 28, 2018. Five people died, six survived. Through the dedication of our staff, the support of our colleagues at The Baltimore Sun and across Tribune Publishing, plus assistance from the University of Maryland and others, we continued to publish. Yes, I believe that my friends died because they chose to be journalists. Wendi literally charged the gunman in an attempt to stop him, becoming the first journalist I’ve ever heard of who died defending a newsroom. Follow the news on United States Rick Hutzell is the editor of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, part of Baltimore Sun Media Group and Tribune Publishing, and he sits on the board of advisers for the Fallen Journalists Memorial. The Capital Gazette was awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Prizes in 2019.  Afterward, a young woman from South Korea walked up and introduced herself. She had, I was stunned to learn, come from Seoul to meet me. Take that in for a second. I’m the editor of a small newspaper in Annapolis. My day is far more likely to be consumed with letters to the editor, phone calls about delivery problems and meetings with City Council candidates than world events. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further Receive email alerts News United StatesAmericas Adding to the pressure is backlash from supporters of Park Geun-hye, the president of South Korea who was forced out of office in 2017. Her political supporters blame the news media. She invited me to speak this fall in Seoul, saying she hoped our story would mean something to the journalists of Korea. United StatesAmericas Our story had touched this woman.center_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say No matter the threat, your dedication to the work of journalism is what guarantees a free press survives. She explained it this way. She represented a foundation that works with small newspapers in South Korea to help them build a digital presence. So these deaths are meaningful for organizations like Reporters Without Borders (RSF) that look around the world and see a growing threat to a free press. Certainly, having the survivors of our staff appear on the cover of Time magazine alongside the stories of Jamal Khashoggi, Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, Maria Ressa made it clear to us just how much we have in common with journalists whose lives are far different than ours. CREDIT: Capital Gazette News And then I went to Houston. People were kind. People were appreciative of the work we’d done on June 29, and the day after that and the day after that. Help by sharing this information News June 7, 2021 Find out more News On the one year anniversary of the June 28 shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Capital Gazette are publishing an exclusive op-ed by the newspaper’s editor Rick Hutzell reflecting on press freedom in the year since the tragedy. The shooting took the lives of five newspaper staff, making it the deadliest targeted attack on journalists in United States history and contributing to the nation’s drop in ranking to 48th out of 180 countries in our 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Since that day last year, RSF’s data shows 51 journalists around the world have been killed in connection with their work. What matters is showing up for work and doing your job, even when it’s heartbreaking. Even when it’s dangerous. I continued to doubt, however, that our story was like theirs. Yes, members of our staff were targeted. However, when an individual armed with a shotgun tries to silence a community newspaper, it is different than government efforts to silence criticism. We have been recognized for this work by our profession, and more importantly our readers.The deaths of our friends and colleagues, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman and Rebecca Smith, was a tragedy. But as happens with any event that touches people, that tragedy has been interpreted to fit the very real needs of those whom it touches. RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more I’ve had to decline. It is a gracious offer, but it is the other side of the world and my work is in Annapolis. But I know this, my message to journalists in Korea and around the world is simple. Korean journalists are demoralized, she said. They are poorly respected by the public after what was seen as sensationalized coverage of the 2014 sinking of the MV Sewol, a South Korean passenger ferry. Hundreds of people died, most of them high school students. Organisation last_img read more

Colombia Designates Former Justice as New Ambassador to Ecuador

first_img The Colombian government has designated the lawyer Fernando Arboleda, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Justice and university professor, as its new ambassador to Ecuador, President Juan Manuel Santos announced in Bogotá. “Arboleda is a very well-known jurist. He was president of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, a very respected lawyer, and in addition, he’s had a very significant connection to and relations with Ecuador, especially in the academic world,” emphasized Santos, who took office on 7 August. Bogotá and Quito fully restored their diplomatic relations last week in Guyana, during the summit of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), when Santos and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa agreed on the rapid designation of their respective ambassadors. Correa’s administration broke off ties with Bogotá following the Colombian bombing of a FARC camp on Ecuadorean territory on 1 March 2008, in which twenty-five people died, including the guerrilla group’s second-ranking leader, Raúl Reyes. Quito imposed conditions on Bogotá for the full normalization of ties, including that Colombian authorities turn over the computers seized from the guerrilla leader Reyes and information on the operation against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). By Dialogo December 03, 2010last_img read more

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie delivers ‘virtual batting masterclass’

first_imgLondon: Amid the ongoing crisis due to coronavirus outbreak, Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie is providing a “virtual batting masterclasses” to budding cricketers and has given academy players a batting lesson in their own homes.Nineteen squad members from the men’s senior and emerging academy squads, and talent pathway coaches, recently participated in an interactive session which lasted for 45 minutes.“I felt if I could help them by providing an insight into what my thinking was in certain scenarios, that might be of value,” BBC Sport quoted Balbirnie as saying.“I haven’t done too many ‘virtual’ sessions, but it was very interesting.“Playing in subcontinent conditions is a big part of any international cricketer’s career, so we talked about how to go about setting up an innings, particularly in testing conditions like India where spin plays such a huge part,” he added while revealing the lessons he touched upon during the session.Ireland’s tour of Zimbabwe and a seven-match series against Bangladesh scheduled in May have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic which has so far claimed more than 1.6 lakh lives across the globe and has brought the entire sporting calendar to a grinding halt. IANSAlso Read: Andy Balbirnie replace Gary Wilson as T20I skipperAlso Watch: COVID-19 prevention: Kamrup(M) district administration selling vegetableslast_img read more

Defense key in pair of wins for UW soccer

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe future looks bright for the Badgers following Friday’s 3-0 home victory over the Broncos of Western Michigan.Wisconsin (2-1-0) was led by a pair of freshmen — Laurie Nosbusch and Erin Jacobsen — each netting their first collegiate goals.With the goalkeeper charging at her, Nosbusch scored the game-winner on a header in the 15th minute off an assist from sophomore Taryn Francel.“I was very excited for her to get her first goal as a Badger,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “[But] most importantly, she showed some sacrifice. She put her body in harm’s way to get that goal, and I think that bodes well for the future here.”Jacobsen recorded her goal in the second half on a penalty kick and credited her teammate and fellow freshman for drawing the penalty.“It felt great, and it was great by Leigh Williams to get that PK,” Jacobsen said. “It was all her there.”In its first three games, Wisconsin has gotten a significant boost from the strong play of its freshmen. Along with Nosbusch, Jacobsen and Williams, Wilkins has commended the play of freshman Rita Keimakh.Also contributing for UW was senior Taylor Walsh, putting the game away with a goal in the final five minutes of play.Defensively, the Badgers played aggressively and prevented the Broncos from getting many good looks at the goal. Senior goalkeeper Jamie Klages made four saves on only four shots-on-goal, recording her second save of the season.Even with a strong 3-0 victory, Wilkins believes there is still a lot the team can do to improve, especially heading into conference play.“The Big Ten is going to be a lot faster,” Wilkins said. “[We need] good touches on the ball, our positioning needs to still be a little bit better and our anticipation and traveling defensively [needs to improve].”Wisconsin opened its home slate Aug. 26, with a 1-0 victory over in-state rival UW-Green Bay. Both teams played well defensively in the game, with the only goal coming early in the second off the foot of Walsh.“I was really happy to get that goal in,” Walsh said. “It felt really good. It was my first game of the season, so that felt really good.”Following a disappointing start in Milwaukee, the Badgers made defense a priority in their return home. The result was a game much more one-sided than the final score. Despite netting only one goal, Wisconsin recorded 22 shots to just one for UW-Green Bay.“My defense has been playing really well, so I haven’t had to do a lot,” Klages said. “I’m glad that when I get maybe one shot and I have to make one save, I’m glad I can handle that.”Defense was a weakness for Wisconsin in the season’s first game, with a 3-0 loss at UW-Milwaukee on Aug. 22. After a hard-fought scoreless first half, the Panthers wore down the Badger defense in the second en route to three goals, two coming on corner kicks.“As the game wore on, fitness was a problem for us,” Wilkins said. “On the corners, they were hitting to the back post area, and we didn’t have somebody in the back post area. I didn’t recognize it fast enough to let the team know to sort that out.”Adding to the team’s defensive woes was the absence of Walsh, its offensive leader, who sat out the season opener at UW-Milwaukee with a leg injury.Despite the lopsided result, Wilkins once again was impressed by the play of her freshman midfielders in their first collegiate action.“I thought there were great spots with the youngsters,” Wilkins said. “I think that’s part of our growth as a program, and I think that’s a good sign for us moving forward.”Men’s soccer opens season on the roadAs the women’s soccer team enjoyed the friendly confines of the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison this weekend, the men’s team hit the road, opening its season at the Dayton Flyer Classic.Wisconsin squared off Friday with Wright State and Sunday with Denver in Dayton, Ohio.In Friday’s matchup with Wright State, UW secured a 2-1 victory on a Scott Lorenz header to the far post in the second extra period.Heading into the regular season, Wisconsin played exhibition games versus UW-Parkside and Edgewood College, resulting in a 0-0 draw and a 6-0 victory, respectively.Leading the way against Edgewood for the Badgers was junior Scott Lorenz, who notched a pair of goals.Wisconsin opens its home slate Friday against Santa Clara as part of the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational.last_img read more

Tipp football captain says League campaign will stand to players

first_imgTipp FM will have full live coverage of the match, which gets underway at 3.30pm on Sunday Tipperary finished the league in a comfortable position in Division three with good wins over Clare and Offaly and several draws. The Premier County continue their preparations for this weekend’s Munster Championship opener against Waterford….they take on the Déise at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, on Sunday.Captain of the side Peter Acheson says the experience gained in Division 3 will be a huge help to the players.last_img read more