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

Legal Roundup

first_img Legal Roundup: Ask-a-Lawyer: The Carrollwood Community Bar Association held an “Ask-a-Lawyer” pro bono session at the North Tampa Library May 2. Members of the association donated their time to provide free consultations in all areas of the law. HCBA Reads to Kids: Attorneys with the Hillsborough County Bar’s Lawyers for Literacy committee read to children attending local Head Start programs recently. Each year, members donate funds to purchase books for children that attend local Head Start classrooms. These attorneys read to children and give each child a book to keep. For many of these children, it is their first book. CBA-CF Plans Ball: The Caribbean Bar Association’s Central Florida Chapter has slated Frederick Morton, senior vice president and general manager of TEMPO, an MTV Networks Channel, as its keynote speaker at CBA-CF’s 2006 Barrister’s Ball, set for Orlando, June 10. The event also kicks off Caribbean American Heritage Month. “It is fitting that Fred Morton is our keynote speaker as we celebrate what is officially Caribbean American Heritage Month by recognizing the accomplishments of Caribbean Americans and highlighting Caribbean culture,” according to the association. Morton was born and raised in St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, e-mail [email protected] hotmail.com or visit www.caribbeanbar.org. Orange County Law Day: Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty proclaimed May 1 as “Law Day” and recognized Orange/Osceola Public Defender Bob Wesley and the Orange County Bar Association’s efforts to educate Orange County citizens on the legal system. Public Defender Bob Wesley partners with the Orange County Bar annually to educate the public through Law Day activities. This year the partnership continued to educate Orange County students with Wolf v. Pig mock trials for elementary schools and DUI mock trials for high schools students. Nearly 150 students from four Orange County high schools visited the public defender’s office for DUI mock trials in April. Judge Rodgers Honored: The Episcopal Lawyers of Palm Beach County recently honored retired Judge Edward Rodgers with the organization’s inaugural Servant of Justice Award, to be presented annually to a member of the Palm Beach County Bar who has exemplified his or her faith in their legal or judicial career. “We’re pleased to present our inaugural award to Judge Rodgers in recognition of his quarter-century of legal and community service,” said Charles B. Ring III, president of the Southeast Florida Episcopal Foundation. “This ceremony is modeled in part after the very successful efforts in the Episcopal Diocese of New York, which has honored former Mayor Rudy Giuliani among other prominent individuals.” Legal Roundup May 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Coaches Corner

first_imgBefore you know it, another season of Coaches’ Corner will begin.  I have lost track of what year this will be.  It has been at least 30 seasons.  I did not do it for a couple years, but I know I had the program in the mid-80’s.During this time span, I have done it from the station, from McDonald’s (on Saturday mornings), at the site of the former Feltz’s, and I even did it while recovering from knee surgery at Hospitality Hall.  WRBI then moved it to the truck stop at New Point because they were sponsoring the show at that time.  From there we went to Ison’s Family Pizza where it has been ever since.  Cecil has been a very gracious host since moving to this location.When we start a season of Coaches’ Corner, it always requires a lot of research because the field of coaching changes so rapidly these days and a new list of guests must be obtained.  When an athletic director changes at a school, this further complicates the process.  Unless the new director was a guest on the show themselves, they are not sure what the process involves.  It is through them that I obtain the names of those new coaches.  No matter what, I am always glad when a new season rolls around.  See you on Coaches’ Corner in August!last_img read more

Harris, Haddin to join Aussies coaching staff in New Zealand

first_img(REUTERS)-Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and fast bowler Ryan Harris will join the team’s coaching staff for the tour of New Zealand in January, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.The pair will act as coaching consultants during the three-match one-day international series against New Zealand in January and February, Cricket Australia said.Harris will concentrate on bowling, with regular coach David Saker heading to India early with batting coach Graeme Hick to prepare for the Test series starting in February.Haddin, who joined Harris in retirement last year, will be employed as a fielding consultant.“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to have ex-players of the calibre of Brad and Ryan on board for this tour and continue their involvement in Australian cricket,” head coach Darren Lehmann said in a media release.“Both these guys have worked hard on their coaching since leaving the game and thoroughly deserve their opportunity.“They will bring a great insight to the team and their appointment highlights some of the depth we have in Australia in the coaching pathway system.”Haddin, 38, has been involved preparing the next generation of talent in the Australia ‘A’ side, while Harris, who has aspirations of becoming the team’s next head bowling coach, was an assistant during the one-day international team’s recent 5-0 whitewash by South Africa on tour.“South Africa was a great learning experience for me and it was fantastic to be back with the team again,” said Harris.Australia’s coaching staff have been under the microscope, with both the test and one-day teams struggling in recent month.Australia’s series-opening loss to South Africa in Perth on Monday was its fourth defeat in succession after the 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka.The second Test against the Proteas starts on Saturday in Hobart.last_img read more