Philippine website editor held on defamation charge

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies WomenFreedom of expressionUnited NationsJudicial harassment Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped to go further Maria Ressa (on the left) was arrested in Rappler’s offices February 13, and is being kept in detention for the night. (photo : MARIA TAN / AFP) PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies WomenFreedom of expressionUnited NationsJudicial harassment ——————————————————————————–UpdateRSF is relieved to learn that Maria Ressa was released on bail this morning, deplores the fact that she had to spend a night in detention on a completely spurious charge, and calls for the immediate withdrawal of all judicial proceedings against her, Rappler and the website’s former court reporter, Reynaldo Santos Jr.——————————————————————————–Chosen as one of Time Magazine’s “persons of the year” in 2018, Ressa will spend tonight, February 13 in detention after being arrested at Rappler headquarters by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation armed with an arrest warrant issued on the basis of online defamation case filed last week.It seems that her arrest was left until the end of the afternoon with the deliberate aim of keeping her in detention overnight. According to her colleagues, the judge said there was no time to handle the bail request until tomorrow.The Philippine justice department filed the case against Ressa and Rappler on 6 February over an article published in 2012 about alleged ties between a Philippine businessmen and the then president of the country’s supreme court. The charges, which carry a possible 12-year jail sentence, were brought under a cyber-crime law that had not yet taken effect when the article was published.“Maria Ressa has no place in prison and the judicial persecution to which she is being subjected is becoming increasingly unacceptable,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Digging up an old case that was dismissed in February 2018 is absolutely absurd and confirms that this is not justice but an attempt to gag a media outlet and editor recognized internationally for their professionalism and independence.”Deloire added: “We are asking the UN secretary-general to intercede as quickly as possible to end this harassment. At the same time, we ask the court that handles this case to dismiss all the charges against Maria Ressa and Rappler.”This is the sixth charge to be brought against Ressa in more than a year of systematic judicial harassment.  Four charges of tax evasion and failing to file income tax returns were brought against Rappler and Ressa last November. A fifth, completely spurious, charge was brought in December.Ressa is one of the 25 members of an international panel created at RSF’s initiative last year that drafted an international Declaration on Information and Democracy. On the basis of the declaration, the leaders of 12 democratic countries launched a political process on 11 November aimed at providing democratic guarantees for news and information and freedom of opinion.As well as being one of Time Magazine’s “persons of the year,” Ressa also received the 2018 Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists and has become a symbol of the Philippine media’s fight against intimidation by President Rodrigo Duterte.The Philippines is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. February 13, 2019 – Updated on June 11, 2020 Philippine website editor held on defamation charge News Organisation Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News Receive email alertscenter_img News News Follow the news on Philippines May 3, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s arrest of Maria Ressa, the editor of the independent Manila-based news website Rappler, on a defamation charge, and is referring the Philippine government’s repeated persecution of this journalist and her website to the United Nations secretary-general. February 16, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Russian journalist to appear in court after 15 months in detention

first_img to go further Follow the news on Russia RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the release of Russian investigative journalist Alexander Sokolov, who will finally appear in court today in Moscow for a preliminary hearing in his case after 15 months in preventive detention on spurious charges. Arrested in July 2015, Sokolov filed a complaint with the Moscow prosecutor’s office after his detention was extended yet again in July of this year, taking it beyond 12 months. This is out of all proportion to the case against him. There was another extension on 18 October, this time until 11 November, two days after today’s hearing. The charges against him have experienced several changes since his arrest along with two other people for their supposed activities within an association that had been dormant for two years. According to the authorities, this association was the prolongation of a group that was banned in 2010 for extremism, so Sokolov was initially charged with “extremist content” and trying to “destabilize the government.” The second of these charges was subsequently dropped for lack of evidence and, after the prosecutor’s office ordered the investigators to beef up the case against him, the main charge was changed to “organizing a terrorist group,” which is punishable by eight years in prison. “We reiterate our call for Alexander Sokolov’s release before his trial,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “The weakness of the charges reinforces our belief that he was arrested because of his journalistic activities and not because he posed any danger to society. We hope his detention will not be extended beyond 11 November and that he will get a fair trial.” At the time of his arrest, Sokolov worked for the RBC media group, which was recently brought under government control. He has a PhD in economics for which his thesis was about the investment consequences of the embezzlement of public funds by major Russian companies. His last, well-researched, article was about the embezzlement of 93 billion roubles (1.27 billion euros) in public funds in the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. His findings seem to have been corroborated subsequently by an investigation by the Russian Court of Accounts. Around the time of the article’s publication, Sokolov and the two other defendants were arrested for helping to create a website for a group called “For Responsible Government” (IGPR “ZOV”) that was campaigning for a referendum to amend the Russian constitution so that politicians could be held accountable under criminal law. The Russian human rights group Memorial has described Sokolov and his colleagues as “political prisoners.” Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassment News News May 5, 2021 Find out more November 9, 2016 Russian journalist to appear in court after 15 months in detention Credit: RotFront Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 21, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

News agencies targeted by Iraqi and US troops

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders called today on the Iraqi army to explain at once why its soldiers shot and seriously wounded Associated Press Television News (APTN) cameraman Abdul Kamil Hassan on 7 September and charged that “those responsible for restoring order in Iraq – the Iraqi army and police, and US troops” – had become “serious persecutors” of journalists in recent months.“Iraqi and Arab journalists working for international news agencies have a vital function as they are currently the only ones who can tell us what is happening amid the chaos in Iraq,” it said, urging Iraqi and US officials to take “energetic steps to halt the growing threats and dangers to news agency employees.”Hassan was wounded while filming a spot in Samarra (100 km north of Baghdad) where a home-made bomb had been found. Investigating Iraqi troops followed him and opened fire, hitting him in the arm and stomach. They then took him to the city hospital, where his life is not in danger.The Associated Press (AP) news agency has been hard hit since the start of the war in Iraq. Cameraman Saleh Ibrahim was killed on 23 April this year in an explosion probably aimed at US troops. Another employee, Ismaïl Taher Mohsin, was killed on 2 September last year and APTN journalist Sami Shuker Naji has been in Abu Ghraib prison since 30 March this year for supposedly collaborating with “insurgents.”Local journalists for Reuters news agency has also been victims of violence over the past week. Sound-man Waleed Khaled, of Reuters TV, was killed on 28 August and cameraman Haider Khadem, who was with him, was slightly wounded and held by US troops for three days. Another Reuters TV cameraman, Ali Omar Abrahem al-Mashadani, has been held by the US army since 10 August.Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reuters photographers have also been roughed up recently by Iraqi police and have filed complaints at the prime minister’s office. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alerts News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Follow the news on Iraq Organisation to go further RSF_en center_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more September 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News agencies targeted by Iraqi and US troops RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more News News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Unemployment Claims Top 3M

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News March 26, 2020 1,324 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: DS5: Industry Leaders Discuss Trends, Challenges Next: Freddie Mac Ceases Issuing LIBOR Securities Related Articles In the week ending on March 21, there were 3,283,000 claims for insured unemployment, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week’s revised level. According to the United States Department of Labor, this is the largest increase in history, as the previous high was 695,000 in October of 1982.“This sudden increase in UI claims reflects the shock to demand in the economy,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “For a large segment of the workforce, the rapidly deteriorating employment situation is due to the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the associated policy restrictions and shifts in consumer behavior, both aimed at avoiding infection. We interpret this morning’s release as a strong leading indicator of an expected increase in household financial stress.”Most states cited COVID-19 virus impacts in their unemployment reports. States continued to cite services industries broadly, particularly accommodation and food services. Additional industries heavily cited for the increases included the health care and social assistance, arts, entertainment and recreation, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing industries.In an effort to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19, Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to a stimulus package that totals more than $2 trillion early Wednesday morning. Senate passed th economic relief package Wednesday night; it now heads to the House.”The stimulus bill proposal currently working its way through Congress seeks to address certain features of the UI systems, such as eligibility requirements and the amount and maximum duration of benefits paid, which are intended to help alleviate some of the financial stressed caused by job loss,” Duncan continues. “Furthermore, payments to households are designed to make up for lost earnings. Proposed support for businesses is intended to help them survive the shock to demand in order to be positioned to re-hire workers after the virus subsides and demand picks back up.”Editor’s note: this story is breaking, check back for updates. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Unemployment Claims Top 3Mcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Unemployment Claims Top 3M Share Save Coronavirus Unemployment 2020-03-26 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Coronavirus Unemployment Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Subscribelast_img read more

Warburtons extends lines with Healthy Harvest loaf

first_imgWarburtons is launching a new Healthy Harvest loaf, available from 19 February.The 800g white loaf is said to have added health benefits, such as 50% more fibre than a standard white loaf, as well as being low in fat and sugar and containing added wholegrain.A spokesman for Warburtons said the new addition differed from ’All in One’, a white bread with extra fibre and wheatgerm, as Healthy Harvest had extra calcium – two slices provides over 17% RDA. He said Warburtons’ aim was not to replace one loaf with the other, but to give consumers more choice.Sarah Miskell, category marketing controller at Warburtons, said: “White bread with the added benefits of wholemeal is now worth £143m per year, accounting for 10% of total UK bread sales.”Warburtons is also trailing new Fruity Bakes bars in Scotland, available in two flavours: apple and yoghurt and red berry and yoghurt. If successful, Warburtons will roll them out across the UK.last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Coventry sign Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Coventry sign Wolves forward Bright Enobakhareby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCoventry City have signed Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare on loan until the end of the season.The 20-year-old spent the first half of the campaign on loan with Kilmarnock, making six appearances for the Scottish Premiership club.Enobakhare joined Wolves aged 15 and has played 49 times for the club since making his senior debut in August 2015.He featured in 21 league games last season as Wolves won promotion to the Premier League. last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Gave An Awesome Speech In Honor Of Steve Spurrier During His Tuesday Press Conference

first_imgDabo Swinney address the media during an interview.Where do Dabo and the defending champs come in?Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier have traded barbs over the years, given the rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina, but as you’ll see below, they have nothing but respect for each other off of the field. Tuesday, Swinney, the day after it was announced that Spurrier would be retiring as head coach of the Gamecocks, had some heartfelt words for his adversary. Swinney told reporters during his weekly press conference that Spurrier is “one of the best to ever walk the sideline.” Check it out, via certainly made his mark on college football. It’s great to see that even his biggest rivals recognize it.[]last_img read more

Iconic Music Series AMERICAN IDOL Lands on CTV Two March 11

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter “We’re excited to be working with Bell Media to bring the new season of the original singing competition to Canada,” said Michela Di Mondo, SVP, Sales and Distribution, FremantleMedia International, Canada. “AMERICAN IDOL is an iconic series which has entertained families across Canada for years and we look forward to doing it again.”Hosted by Emmy® Award winner Ryan Seacrest, who has served as the series host since its inception in 2002, the return of AMERICAN IDOL features superstar judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. To date, AMERICAN IDOL has garnered 57 Emmy nominations and eight wins. Over 15 seasons, the series has launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, among others, who have won 13 GRAMMYS®, two GOLDEN GLOBES®, and an ACADEMY AWARD®. Additionally, contestants have sold more than 61 million albums, resulting in more than 47 Platinum records and more than 444 Billboard #1 hits, and sold more than 257 million digital downloads.The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August 2017, as the Idol Bus traveled across America in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in American Idol history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a live stream platform.AMERICAN IDOL is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick.  Recent additions to the team include Phil McIntyre, the music mogul behind multiplatinum artists such as Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who joins the series as executive producer and music producer and multi-instrumentalist Kristopher Pooley as music director.  FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@[email protected]@LukeBryanOnline @[email protected]: CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2018 – CTV announced today the acquisition of beloved singing competition AMERICAN IDOLfrom FremantleMedia International to anchor CTV Two’s midseason schedule Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. MT, beginning March 11.The all-new AMERICAN IDOL joins the previously announced pick up of three new CTV Two midseason comedies – LIVING BIBLICALLY (Feb. 26), SPLITTING UP TOGETHER (March 27), and ALEX, INC. (March 28). CTV Two also announced today the addition of two more series to the network: GOTHAM, moving to a new Thursday at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT time slot beginning March 1, as well as MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, returning to CTV Two Fridays at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT with a two-hour premiere on March 2.“AMERICAN IDOL is a historic franchise,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming. “We are looking forward to reintroducing the series and its star-studded judging panel to Canadians as a new anchor for CTV Two.” Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Prominent New York restaurateur accused of sexual misconduct

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – One of the owners of several high-profile New York restaurants is taking a leave of absence after being accused of sexual misconduct by several women who worked for him.The New York Times reported the allegations against Ken Friedman Tuesday. According to the report, several women who worked for Friedman at the Spotted Pig restaurant said he regularly subjected them to unwanted sexual advances and groping.The Spotted Pig regularly attracted celebrity guests since it opened in 2004 with its VIP floor. And Friedman won the James Beard Foundation’s outstanding restaurateur of the year award in 2016.Friedman, who co-owns the Spotted Pig and four other New York restaurants with chef April Bloomfield, apologized for his actions in a statement that the Times uploaded to its website.An email to Friedman’s representatives was not immediately answered.Natalie Saibel, a longtime server at the Spotted Pig, told the Times about how in 2015 Friedman ran his hands over her buttocks and groin while saying he was searching for a forbidden cellphone.Another longtime waitress, Trish Nelson, told the Times Friedman grabbed her head and pulled it toward his crotch as she knelt to collect glasses from a low shelf.In addition to the New York restaurants, Friedman’s company owns Tosca Cafe in San Francisco and recently opened the Hearth & Hound in Los Angeles.last_img read more

Scientists reap data from Hawaiis rumbling Kilauea volcano

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano may be disrupting life in paradise with its bursts of ash and bright-orange lava, but it also has scientists wide-eyed, eager to advance what’s known about volcanoes.The good news is: Volcanoes reveal secrets when they’re rumbling, which means Kilauea is producing a bonanza of information.While scientists monitored Big Island lava flows in 1955 and 1960, equipment then was far less sophisticated. Given new technology, they can now gather and study an unprecedented volume of data.“Geophysical monitoring techniques that have come online in the last 20 years have now been deployed at Kilauea,” said George Bergantz, professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington. “We have this remarkable opportunity … to see many more scales of behaviour both preceding and during this current volcanic crisis.”Starting May 3, Kilauea has fountained lava and flung ash and rocks from its summit, destroying hundreds of homes, closing key highways and prompting health warnings. Kilauea is one of five volcanos that form the Big Island, and is a “shield” volcano — built up over time as lava flows layer on top of layer.Technically speaking, it has been continuously erupting since 1983. But the recent combination of earthquakes shaking the ground, steam-driven explosions at the top, and lava creeping into a new area some 12 miles (20 kilometres) from the summit represents a departure from its behaviour over the past 35 years, said Erik Klemetti, a volcanologist at Ohio’s Denison University.What’s happening now is a bit more like the Kilauea of nearly a century ago. In 1924, steam explosions at the summit lasted for more than two weeks.Scientists are looking into what caused the change and whether this shift in the volcano’s magma plumbing system will become the new normal.Radar allows researchers to measure the height of ash plumes shooting from the summit, even when they occur at night. Plume heights are an effect of how much heat energy is released and the explosion’s intensity.“It’s one of the key factors that dictates how far ash will be dispersed,” said Charles Mandeville, volcano hazards co-ordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey. The other is where the winds are blowing. Such knowledge is useful in alerting the public.Scientists can also monitor where gas is emerging, as well as determine its composition and volume. They can even measure the subtle rise and fall of the ground over a broad area and time — down to seconds — which suggests when and where magma is pooling underground.Discovering variations or correlations between past and present activity provides more clues on what’s happening. It also helps scientists understand past lava flows, anticipate what could occur next, and pinpoint signs or patterns before an eruption.“You’re sort of zeroing in on finer and finer levels of detail into how the volcano works,” said Michael Poland, a U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist. “The more stuff you put on the volcano to make measurements, the more you realize there’s stuff going on that you never knew.”Better technology has also meant U.S. Geological Survey scientists have been able to accurately forecast Kilauea’s behaviour as it sputters over Puna, the island’s most affected district.“They’ve been spot on,” said Janine Krippner, a volcanologist at Concord University in West Virginia. “It’s incredible — they’re looking at things happening below the surface, using the monitoring equipment that they have, the knowledge they have of past eruptions, and have been able to get people to not be in a deadly area.”This is unfortunately not always possible, as nature can be unpredictable. On June 3, Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire sent a mixture of hot gas, rock and other material racing down its slopes and inundating the valley, killing nearly 100 people.Krippner compared the Guatemala eruption to opening a can of soda after shaking it vigorously. Volcanic gas underneath created bubbles that expanded, increasing pressure that blew magma apart when it reached the surface, spewing cooled lava rocks ranging from the size of sand grains to boulders.Explosions can be bigger, or occur differently, than expected, and that presents a learning opportunity for scientists, who work on computer models to map out areas that may be at higher risk in the future. “Looking at the footage afterward, we can start to tease out how these things actually work,” Krippner said, as it’s often too dangerous for experts to physically get close to an eruption.Volcanic eruptions happen fairly regularly — as many as 60 occur worldwide each year — but many are in isolated areas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.After Kilauea’s 1924 summit explosions, the volcano entered a decade of piddly rumblings, followed by 18 years of silence. Experts say Kilauea may be heading toward years — even decades — of little or no activity.For now, volcanologists feel a “tremendous amount of responsibility” to learn as much as possible from the volcano, Poland said. Its latest activity has destroyed about 400 homes — including about 280 over the last several days — and displaced thousands of residents. Lava from Kilauea has also downed power lines and knifed across highways.“It’s coming at a great cost in terms of impact on the lives and livelihoods of so many people — we owe it to the people of Puna to make sure that we learn the lessons the volcano is teaching us,” Poland said.___Ritter reported from New York.___Follow AP’s complete coverage of the Hawaii volcano here: read more