Coronavirus: RSF condemns curbs on access to news and information online

first_img Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election March 30, 2020 Coronavirus: RSF condemns curbs on access to news and information online The governments of India, Ethiopia, Iran and Egypt are among those that are restricting online access to reliable, independent reporting on the coronavirus crisis or are using Internet speed or access curbs to obstruct the work of journalists. IranIndiaEthiopiaEgyptMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodies Internet RSF_en In Egypt, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation has suspended websites and webpages for six months for “spreading false news” and has brought charges against their owners. It has also published a hotline that can be called to report Internet content “liable to cause public anxiety.” It is currently blocking more than 500 websites including those of RSF, the BBC and the US government-funded TV channel Al-Hurra. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Organisation News News to go further News India published a note on 26 March confirming that Internet access restrictions will continue in the northern territory of Jammu and Kashmir. At the start of March, six months after completely disconnecting Internet access in this territory, India restored a very slow and limited connection, still depriving Kashmiri citizens of independently reported news and preventing local journalists from working freely. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance As the Covid-19 epidemic continues to spread across the globe, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on governments that are restricting Internet access and blocking websites to restore the public’s access to information on this vital subject and to allow journalists to use the Internet freely to work and publish their reporting. Restrictions on Internet speed have been reported in Iran, where the government news media continue to cover up the reality of Covid-19’s impact there. On 3 March, the government temporarily blocked access to Wikipedia’s Farsi version. Iran has increasingly used Internet cuts to limited the circulation of independent reporting. In a joint statement published on 19 March, the United Nations, the OSCE and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged governments to lift all restrictions on Internet traffic. The UN has recognized Internet access as a fundamental right since July 2016. The situation is similar in the west of Ethiopia’s Oromia region, where several million inhabitants have been denied Internet and telephone access for the past month. This measure was initially adopted with the aim of restoring order after clashes between the army and a group of rebels. But, since the detection of Ethiopia’s first Covid-19 case on 13 March, this disconnection could have disastrous public health consequences because the population is deprived of access to information about the epidemic and journalists cannot cover this essential subject. June 11, 2021 Find out more “Preventing access to the Internet, especially to news websites, obstructs journalistic work and deprives the public of reliable, independent coronavirus coverage, which is essential at this time,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “These measures are shocking violations of the freedom to inform and the right to information when we are in the midst of a global public health crisis. It is essential that this access is restored. The governments concerned bear an enormous responsibility.” Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranIndiaEthiopiaEgyptMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodies Internet June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Armed robber sentenced to eight years

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook NewsLocal NewsArmed robber sentenced to eight yearsBy admin – May 24, 2011 1350 Twitter Linkedin Emailcenter_img A COUNTY Tipperary man was sentenced to eight years in prison this week after Judge Carroll Moran described what was a “horrendous experience” for the Morrissey family in 2007 when 25-year-old Declan Whyte was one of five men that held them at gunpoint demanding money at their home. Declan Whyte with an address at Ballywire, Kilross, Co Tipperary, was one of five armed and masked men who broke into the home of local businessman Seamus Morrissey in Galbally, Co Limerick four years ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The gang, including Declan Whyte, held Seamus Morrissey and his wife, Siobhan, with their two young daughters at gunpoint in their house until Siobhan handed over €14,000 from the safe. Whyte, the only one of the five to appear before the courts, had pleaded not guilty at the trial despite admitting his involvement when questioned by gardai at the time of the incident.Prior to sentencing, Siobhan Morrissey described September 19, 2007, the day that was “the worst day of their lives” and something that would leave a mark on the rest of their lives. Judge Carroll Moran said this was an horrendous experience for the victims and in his view the appropriate sentence was 10 years.However, he discounted the last two years on the basis that Whyte was not the main leader of the gang and that he had been influenced by another person.An eight year sentence was imposed and Judge Carroll Moran granted leave to appeal. Print Advertisement Previous articleLove Gourmet week hits LimerickNext articleLimerick murder trial collapses as jury discharged adminlast_img read more

Judge Les Shively Selected Chief Judge Of The Vanderburgh Superior Court For 2020

first_imgJudge Les Shively was selected by his colleagues to serve another term as chief Judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court. Judge Shively has been on the bench for 7 years and previously served as chief Judge in 2018 and 2019. Judge Shively currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association; the EBA Board of Director of the Indiana Judicial Conference; and is a member of the Domestic Relations Committee of the Indiana Judicial conference. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Jam Cruise Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Twiddle’s Jammed-Out ‘Gatsby The Great’

first_imgAs part of their weekly video releases with TourGigs, Jam Cruise has shared pro-shot footage of Twiddle‘s unforgettable Pool Deck set. Performing “Gatsby the Great” on the day of the ship’s “Great Jamsby” themed evening, Twiddle delivers a high energy, jammed-out version of their original tune that lasts beyond the twenty-minute mark.Performing “Gatsby the Great,” watch Twiddle’s performance below:Jam Cruise 15 will see headlining performances from The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ and Galactic. The lineup beyond that continues with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and a rare set from the beloved Benevento Russo Duo. More great performers: Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique (Live), Break Science, JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, The Soul Rebels, Dopapod, Vulfpeck, Turkuaz, and so many more.last_img read more

If You Love The Beatles, You Should Read The Two Volume Biography Of Producer Sir George Martin

first_imgThere’s no question that The Beatles introduced new styles of writing, performing, and especially recording music in the early 1960s. Much of their success comes from the hands of George Martin, the record producer who crafted the inimitable sound of The Beatles. Otherwise known as the “fifth Beatle,” Sir George Martin was the first producer who helped shape the Beatles’ incredible body of work over the course of seven years. Last year, author Kenneth Womack released Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the first-ever biography about Sir George Martin, tracing his early life and career. The second book of two is ready to hit shelves on September 4, 2018, called Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016.In 1966, the Beatles and George Martin stood at a creative crossroads. The bandmates had started to feel stunted in their musical growth, so they started engaging in brash experimentation both inside and outside the studio. The Beatles had also expanded their demographic considerably beyond teens and young adults, leading to new fans of all ages. With more recognition, the band began to feel like prisoners of their fame and grew frustrated by the culture’s inability to grasp the meaning behind their work. Martin worked with the band as they navigated the changing landscape of mid-1960s rock ’n’ roll. Martin’s work ethic and studio savviness earned him a long-lasting partnership with the Beatles that continued throughout the later years of his life. In Sound Pictures, readers will discover how Martin helped the bandmates grow as musicians and found the transformative sound that the Beatles are known for today.Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016 is the second volume of the first full-length biography of George Martin. Kenneth Womack, author and Beatles scholar, provides a detailed account of Martin’s collaborative work with “the fab four” as they advance beyond the success of their earlier recordings. Sound Pictures takes readers behind the scenes and reveals George’s diligent efforts to consolidate the Beatles’ fame in the face of the sociocultural pressures of the time, most noteworthy being the “Beatles are more popular than Jesus” scandal. It also includes stories of Martin’s interactions with the band, including when John Lennon, who hated the sound of his own voice, requested that Martin tweak his vocals: “Make me sound like the Dalai Lama chanting from a mountaintop.”While Martin’s encouragement of musical experimentation led to the creation of such classics as Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (the highlight of his production career) and Abbey Road, mounting pressures and challenges threatened their achievements. After his work with the Beatles, Martin continued his work as a freelance music producer while discovering new prospects with musical acts such as Elton John, America, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick and Paul McCartney. However, Martin and the Beatles would ultimately find their way back to each other to immortalize the magic that started it all.Sound Pictures is an exceptionally detailed look at the man who had incredible influence on the Beatles’ body of work. Decades later, George Martin’s legacy continues to influence music history as new generations rediscover the timeless wonder of the Beatles. Fans will enjoy following the story of the band’s incredible artistic trajectory after reaching the creative heights of Rubber Soul.For more information on both of Kenneth Womack’s work, head here.last_img read more

Trump’s defiant campaign manager declares, ‘Donald Trump is alive and well.’

first_imgPresident Trump’s campaign team, facing a narrowing path to victory, on Thursday held firm to its predictions that the race will be called for the incumbent as soon as Friday, and said it will likely be filing additional legal actions.Mr. Trump’s aides said that the campaign was creating a website for people to track what’s taking place in terms of the various counts in different states and a hotline to report allegations of fraud.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The campaign officials said they feel good about their prospects in Georgia, where the race has tightened. Bill Stepien, the campaign manager, professed optimism, saying that people had prematurely counted Mr. Trump out at various junctures since the 2016 presidential primaries.“Donald Trump is alive and well,” he said.Not surprisingly, the campaign of Joseph R. Biden Jr. sees the electoral landscape differently. “Our data shows that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” Biden’s campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, said at a press briefing.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more