April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is launching a petition for the release of Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, was sentenced on 28 December 2009 to six years in prison. He was arrested by the Chinese authorities on 23 March 2008 while making a documentary in Tibet. “Without a major campaign on behalf of this courageous man, who took the risk of returning to his country to interview other Tibetans, the Chinese authorities will keep him in jail,” Reporters Without Borders said.Sign the petitionWangchen’s wife, Lhamo Tso, who lives in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala, told Reporters Without Borders she does not know the exact reasons for his arrest. She said that he was reticent about the purpose of his trip when he set off for Tibet in October 2007. After losing touch, she finally learned that that he had been arrested in March 2008 in the Xining area in north-eastern Tibet.She said her husband has always been “a very active man who has always wanted to do something for Tibet.” Shortly before his arrest, Wangchen said: “It is very difficult for Tibetans to go to Beijing and express themselves freely. This is why we decided to show the real feelings of the Tibetan people in a documentary.”Wangchen was aware of the risks he was running when he made the documentary, Tso said. “Yes, he knew,” she said. “But that does not mean he does not love his family and his parents. He did it for the Tibetan people and Tibet.”Wangchen’s film, Leaving Fear Behind (www.leavingfearbehind.com), is a 25-minute documentary that shows Tibetans in the Amdo region expressing their views on the Dalai Lama, the Beijing Olympics and Chinese legislation. Wangchen managed to send his videocassettes out of Tibet before he was arrested. The film was shown to foreign journalists in Beijing during the Olympic Games.Wangchen made the film with the help of Jigme Gyatso, a monk from the Kham region, who was arrested at the same time. Released on 15 October 2008 from a detention centre in Kachu, in Gansu province, Gyatso said he was tortured following his arrest.Interview of Lhamo Tso, Dhondup Wangchen’s wifeenvoyé par rsf_internet. – Regardez les dernières vidéos d’actu. News Follow the news on China Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News June 17, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Free Dhondup Wangchen! China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more
Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pakistan The Pakistan Press Foundation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire The major daily Dawn For the time being, Pakistanis are enthusiastically using cybercafés, which are everywhere in the cities. In Peshawar, a new one opens nearly every day.Use of the Internet during the Pearl caseThe Daniel Pearl murder showed how the Internet can exacerbate rising tensions in Pakistan. The Musharraf government supported the Taliban in Afghanistan until the 11 September attacks and has to cope with Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan itself. The Internet can also be used by these extremists to their advantage. The kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl on 23 January 2002 and his murder by a Pakistani fundamentalist group was an example. The kidnappers made great use of the Internet, logging on with their personal computers and in cybercafés to announce the kidnapping, put out political statements and generally publicise their crime.The case could perhaps hamper growth of the Internet in Pakistan. The US government regularly complains about how Al-Qaeda militants use the Internet, often from Pakistan, to put out their messages, organise themselves and launch operations.In January 2003, the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) was put in charge of fighting cybercrime and cyber-terrorism and with US money and staff support, the government set up a system of surveillance of the Internet. Until then, Pakistan police had only three officers trained in combating cybercrime. The authorities have not said whether the FIA will monitor e-mail messages. Military regime targets South Asia Tribune siteThe information ministry indicated in a special announcement on 2 November 2002 that newspapers reproducing articles from the Washington-based South Asia Tribune website (www.satribune.com) could be prosecuted under a new libel law that came into effect a month earlier and provides for up to three months in jail, a fine of about 50,000 rupees (850 euros) and an obligatory public apology by those found guilty.The South Asia Tribune was founded in July 2002 by Shaheen Sebhai, a former senior editor of the daily The News, who has been exiled in the United States since March 2002. The website has reported several corruption and human rights scandals involving the government and gets about 100,000 visitors a month. Pakistani papers have also reprinted material from it. The information ministry announcement did not mention Sebhai or his website by name, simply referring to a Pakistani journalist it said had gone into voluntary exile and launched a campaign to defame the government and its officials.Since he has been in exile, Sebhai has been targeted by the government. An army employee filed a complaint against him for a burglary supposedly committed in February 2001 and several of his friends were arrested and held several weeks in Islamabad in connection with it. Journalist colleagues have been threatened by intelligence agents for publicly defending him. Attempts to control the InternetThe South Asia Tribune site reported in November 2002 that the PTA had in July that year ordered ISPs and cybercafé owners to keep a record of the names, connection times, numbers called and computer identities of their customers. Senior PTA official Col. Nayyar Hassan said the order to ISPs to keep this data for a month was justified by the rise in cybercrime. Cybercafé owners were required to keep such records for two weeks. The South Asia Tribune said the PTA had issued a reminder in August that the data should collected and kept. However, Col. Hassan himself admitted the order was being disregarded.The Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) announced on 2 April 2003 that 400 new sites with “indecent” content had been added to an earlier list of 100 banned websites and asked Internet operators to block access to them. ISPs said the move would slow down Internet access. A senior PTCL official, Zahir Khan, said on 6 April that access to nearly 1,800 pornographic sites had been banned and that the PTCL was thinking of importing software to make it easier to do. Also targeted were “anti-Islamic” and “blasphemous” sites. The PTCL admitted the blocking would temporarily slow down Internet navigation but said it was necessary because of what it called the great threat to society from such sites. Mairajul Huda, a leader of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, welcomed the moves and said the electronic media had to be reformed to bring them into line with the country’s culture and religion so young people would not be tempted by such evil.Cyberwar between India and PakistanThe Pakistani government set up a special interministerial committee in May 2003 to counter increasing attacks on government websites by Indian hackers who were making them inaccessible. Information technology minister Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari said that if the attackers were identified, the government would take the matter to the relevant international authorities to seek their punishment. The previous month, he had said the government was thinking of hiring its own hackers to fight the attacks. The daily paper The News said the government’s working group on Internet security was responsible for protecting the country’s cyber-security. News April 21, 2021 Find out more Links:The US-based South Asia Tribune News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan The country’s main ISP PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more With only a half a million Internet users, Pakistan is quite behind with new information technology. This is mainly because of the country’s large size and low level of economic development, including only a few million private phone lines, mostly in big cities. Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s government appears to favour its growth, even though on the day he seized power, 12 October 1999, the army cut off all Internet connections for several hours, and in July 2002, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) tried to force cybercafés owners to record the names of their customers.Gen. Musharraf says his government has invested more than 100 million euros in communications and sharply reduced the cost of connections and services since 1999. Pakistan has since launched a programme to boost digital technology, the Information Technology and Telecom Policy.Slow and difficult developmentThis policy has led the government to cut Internet connection costs and invest in telecommunications infrastructure, while putting the Internet under the direct supervision of the PTA. The state’s monopoly in the sector ended in December 2001 but big Internet operators such as AOL are reluctant to invest in a country where scant profits are to be made. The Internet is not yet widespread and is still mainly accessed through cybercafés. It does not seem to be especially censored. But the Daniel Pearl kidnapping and murder case showed how it could be used by extremists. The military regime has made every effort to block access to a US-based investigative journalism website. 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Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Organisation Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff March 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV host accused of “promoting terrorism” News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about a judicial investigation into TV journalist Dina Abdel Fattah that is indicative of the decline in freedom of information in Egypt.Fattah is being investigated on suspicion of “promoting terrorism” because she invited members of “Black Bloc,” a new protest movement that has become the government’s bugbear, to participate in “Al-Shaab Yourid” (The People Want), the political programme she used to host on Al-Tahrir TV.She and Khairi Hassan, one of the programme’s producers, were summoned to the public prosecutor’s office for questioning on 10 February. Both were then released later the same day on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds (570 euros), which was paid by the journalists’ union.The prosecutor’s office said it opened the investigation after receiving 238 complaints about her. Members of the Shura Council (the upper house of Egypt’s parliament) also filed a complaint, accusing the programme of being a “threat to public order” and an “incitement to vandalism.”Many journalists, NGOs and lawyers reacted by rallying to Fattah’s defence.“We condemn the repressive measures that the Egyptian government has been taking against journalists and we call for the withdrawal of this investigation into Fattah,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists must be able to cover the new protest movements rocking Egypt, whether the government likes it or not. Gagging the media just fuels instability.”“The number of complaints against journalists has soared since Mohamed Morsi’s election as president. The judicial investigations and proceedings are clearly designed to restrict freedom of information. We urge the authorities to end their policy of harassing journalists and news providers.”After Al-Tahrir TV cancelled her programme on 24 February, Fattah announced that she was resigning in protest against a violation of freedom of information. Al-Sayed El-Shazli, the president of the Egyptian Media Syndicate, said the authorities probably told the TV station not to broadcast it.Launched shortly after the Mubarak regime’s overthrow in 2011, Al-Tahrir initially aspired to embody the aspirations of the Arab revolutions but its editorial policies later changed and many of its leading figures – including Mahmoud Saad, Belal Fadl, Amr El-Leithy, Hamdy Kandeel, Doaa Sultan, Ibrahim Eissa, Dina Abdel Rahman and now Dina Abdel Fattah – have gradually resigned.Egypt is ranked 158th out of 179 countries in this year’s Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Receive email alerts February 1, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution EgyptMiddle East – North Africa EgyptMiddle East – North Africa January 22, 2021 Find out more News to go further Follow the news on Egypt News RSF_en February 6, 2021 Find out more Related documents 130314_cp_dina_abdel_fattah_ar-2.pdfPDF – 250.71 KB Help by sharing this information News
Aug 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Mass culling of domestic poultry in 13 villages in the Novosibirsk province of Russia is reportedly being carried out today. In addition, thousands of area families are being checked daily for illness, and farmers have been ordered to wear protective garments in an effort to contain the avian influenza outbreak there.Valery Mikheyev, chief public health officer in the province, announced today’s plans, following up by saying that there was “no cause for alarm” and that “up to 6,000 people are being checked per day,” according to Russian news agency Itar-Tass.Novosibirsk officials met yesterday with Governor Viktor Tolokonsky to determine actions to take to contain the outbreak, says a story in the Moscow Times. That report says poultry farm workers there were told to wear protective clothing and undergo disinfection procedures.Local government officials in Novobirsk have said that the farmers affected will be reimbursed for their animals; the equivalent of $315,000 has been set aside for that purpose.Other nearby regions have been affected as well. Varous news services have reported in the past day that more than 300 domestic poultry have died in Altai and that the veterinary service confirmed H5N1 avian flu as the cause.In the Omsk region, more than 450 poultry have died, but the cause remains to be determined, according to the Moscow Times story.The Pavlodar province of neighboring Kazakhstan reported today to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that 2,350 geese and 450 ducks had been destroyed after the death of 400 poultry there.The H5N1 virus in these parts of Siberia is presumed to have brought by birds migrating from areas of Southeast Asia. No human cases of H5N1 flu have been reported in Russia or Kazakhstan, but the situation is being watched carefully by international health groups. The disease has officially caused 109 human cases, including 55 deaths, in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
He also christened the media mogul with a new nickname: “Mini Mike.”All this height-shaming is not new for the Republican leader. He also has slapped ‘little’ or ‘liddle’ (or even liddle’, apostrophe included) on a number of lawmakers of varying heights — Adam Schiff, Marco Rubio, Bob Corker, to name a few.Mini Mike is a short ball (very) hitter. Tiny club head speed. KEEP AMERICA GREAT! https://t.co/5DUj16jtZf— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020Indeed, Trump seems keenly aware that in America, height matters. What sets Trump apart is how unabashedly he is trying to use it to his advantage. When Donald Trump literally belittles his perceived enemies — by mocking their stature — he is weaponizing a long-standing maxim of US presidential politics: taller guys tend to win the White House.Trump — who stands at about 6’3″ (1m90) depending on which source you use — has hammered away of late at Mike Bloomberg, the former New York mayor whose campaign for the Democratic nomination is gathering pace.Bloomberg officially is 5’8”, but in recent tweets and interviews, Trump has lopped four inches off and alleged that Bloomberg asked to stand on a box during Democratic primary debates. “It is not typical of what presidents do,” said Gregg Murray, a political scientist at Augusta University in Georgia who has studied the role of height in how Americans vote.Jealousy Look back at Trump’s recent predecessors and they were all at least six feet tall, or close to it — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, his father, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, to name a few.Indeed, Americans are so caught up with the height of their leaders that during one of the 2016 Republican presidential debates, Google has said the most frequent online search was not about a policy issue. It was about how tall Jeb Bush was (answer: 6’3″).This predilection for taller leaders — more stature suggesting more strength, especially in times of strife, says Murray — is hardly a uniquely American thing.To wit, Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe of Japan and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel are both taller than the average man in their countries. While he is not an elected leader, so is President Xi Jinping of China, who stands 5’11”. France’s Charles de Gaulle was a towering 6’5″. Jacques Chirac was 6’2″. Of course, Nicolas Sarkozy was 5’5″.But in general, experts say tall folk have an advantage in politics — and other walks of life as well.”There is overwhelming evidence that tall people have a much better chance to reach higher positions in organizations” in any country, said Abraham Buunk, a Dutch academic who co-authored a 2013 study in Leadership Quarterly entitled “Tall claims? Sense and nonsense about the importance of height of US presidents.””The advantage of taller candidates is potentially explained by perceptions associated with height: taller presidents are rated by experts as ‘greater,’ and having more leadership and communications skills,” the study said.The world’s tallest men on average are the Dutch at six feet, according to the scientific journal eLife.Buunk said he and three colleagues took note, and eventually studied American presidents, when a Canadian graduate student colleague who had always thought he was tall came to the Netherlands and “felt rather average.””We decided to examine the psychological effects of height, starting with jealousy,” Buunk wrote in an email to AFP.Elections lure tall candidatesIn the United States, in presidential elections held through 2012, the taller of the two major-party candidates won 58 percent of the time. Murray says this is largely because elections tend to lure taller people as candidates.”It’s not like we all get in a room and point to the people who are taller,” he told AFP. “Tall males are much more likely to think themselves qualified to be a leader and are therefore much more likely to put themselves forward as a leader.”In this campaign, two women are running for the Democratic nomination — Elizabeth Warren is about 5’8”, the same as rival Pete Buttigieg.Amy Klobuchar is several inches shorter — in a debate in December, she quipped that James Madison had been “a pretty good size for a president — he was five-foot-four.”In 2016, Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton stood at about 5’5”.During one of their presidential debates that year, Trump stood behind Clinton at one point as she spoke — seen as camera-hogging clowning by some, and outright bullying by others.Murray argued that in America, at the national level at least, height is a built-in problem for women because it prevents them from looking “physically formidable” for voters seeking a leader they deem to be strong.Of course, as much as Trump tries to depict himself as taller than his opponents and says he is 6’3″, it does not always work. Just look at photos from the 2016 Republican debates — Jeb Bush is clearly taller.Topics :
Batesville easily dispatched East Central 7-1 on Monday. The Bulldogs opened up scoring in the first inning on a hit and run that resulted in a double for Trey Heidlage and Seth Gausman scored. The Bulldogs put up three runs in the first inning and did not look back. Batesville closed the door on East Central when they put up three runs in the sixth inning. The big inning was thanks to singles by Calvin Sherwood and Heidlage.Batesville racked up ten hits on the day. Seth Gausman, Heidlage, and Sam Voegele each had two hits to lead the Bulldogs on the day. The Bulldogs also stole five bases on the day. Brayden Linkel, Shane Meer, Voegele, Sherwood, and Brayden Worthington each had one stolen base.Lane Oesterling (2-0, 0.58 ERA) pitched the Bulldogs to victory on the hill. He went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out six and walking zero.Zach Monhollen took the loss for East Central. He lasted five and a third innings, allowing seven hits and six runs while striking out four and walking one.After the victory, the Bulldogs are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the EIAC. Batesville will take on Columbus North on Tuesday.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Justin Tucker.The Batesville Bulldogs JV team got their third win in a row and their fourth overall. Their record improves to 4-1 on the season.Casey Werner threw an outstanding game on the mound. He threw a complete game shutout only allowing one hit and striking out 9 Trojan batters. Casey earned his second win of the season improving to 2-0.The Bulldogs mustered up 6 hits, one each by Travis Lecher, Cole Werner, Lleyton Ratcliffe, Hank Nobbe, Alex Smith, and Jacob Meer. The Bulldogs earned their runs through the basepaths causing errors by the Trojans.The JV Bulldogs are back home to play the Trojans at 5:30 on Thursday evening.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.
Shortly before midnight Boca Raton city council members unanimously approved a lease deal with Brightline a.k.a. Virgin Trains to build a new train station in the city.The train station and parking garage will be built on a portion of city-owned property just east of the Boca Raton Public Library next to N. Dixie Highway.More than 60 people spoke about the project with the majority of them supporting it. Some had concerns about traffic and safety.The mayor says he looks forward to seeing how the station will help the city grow.“We’re going to reap the benefits that other cities and other mayors have universally told me across the board that their cities have seen. We’re looking forward to receiving them as well,” said Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer.
Police in Winter Haven, Florida are looking for a thief they say stole more than another woman’s wallet.The victim apparently turned away from her cart for a moment at a Publix store late last week.That is when the other woman grabbed the victim’s wallet from the shopping cart.Photo courtesy: Winter Haven Police Department/FacebookAccording to police, the suspect then used the victim’s stolen credit card at various locations around town, including 7-Eleven and Dollar General.The woman’s wallet also contained her husband’s wedding ring. He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and she placed the ring in her wallet for safekeeping.Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS.
President Trump attended a black-tie event at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night, before leaving back to Washington, D.C. Sunday morning.The President spoke at the Palm Beach Policemen’s and Firemen’s Ball and then took pictures with guests, based on social media posts. The event is “widely considered one of the most fun and successful balls on the Palm Beach Social Calendar,” according to the association’s website.Before that event, House Democrats and President Trump’s legal team spent time outlining their competing arguments for the impeachment trial, which is set to begin on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Mr. Trump gave donors attending another fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening a detailed explanation about what happened on the night of the U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani.Trump described watching remotely as Soleimani arrived at Baghdad International Airport, where he was met by Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Kata’ib Hezbollah, according to reports.“He was saying like we’re to attack your country, we’re going to kill your people,” Trump told donors, according to an audio recording obtained by CNN. “I said you know, I said, look how much of this [expletive] do we have to listen to, right? How much are we going to listen to it?”He also joked to those at the event that he received less credit than Conan, the Belgian Malinois dog that assisted in the Baghdadi raid.The commander-in-chief spent the first half of Saturday at his West Palm Beach Golf Club, Trump International.He left for the club at around 9:45 a.m. and returned to Mar-a-Lago before 3 p.m.