Open letter to Javier Solana raises press freedom concerns in Colombia

first_img ColombiaAmericas RSF_en News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Follow the news on Colombia Reporters Without Borders urges EU High Representative forthe Common Foreign and Security Policy to tackle President Alvaro Uribe Vélez, on a tour of Europe, about the implications of an anti-terror law for the protection of sources and on the impunity with which journalists are killed in his country. News Dear Mr High Representative,Reporters Without Borders wishes to draw your attention to serious threats to press freedom in Colombia, ahead of your meeting in three days time with President Alvaro Uribe Vélez.Our international press freedom organisation is first of all concerned about the effect of the anti-terror law adopted in December 2003 on the protection of sources. It authorises the military, without legal warrant, to make arrests, searches, tap phones and intercept private mail of people suspected of having links with terrorist activities. The absence of any legal control opens the door to abuse. If it is going to be used against journalists covering armed groups, it will threaten the protection of their sources and compromise the neutrality of the press.Reporters Without Borders is also worried about a draft law on an alternative to prison proposed by the Colombian government in the framework of demobilisation of paramilitary groups (AUC). It would offer militia members known to have committed atrocities, the chance to give up their weapons and be put under house arrest or pay a fine. But these armed groups have never stopped viewing journalists as targets. In 2001, head of the AUC Carlos Castaño said, “I cannot accept that journalism should become a weapon in the hands of one of the sides in the conflict.”Paramilitary groups murdered more than half of the 23 journalists who have been killed since 1999. In a country were impunity enjoyed by killers has given rise to repeated violence against the press, such a law will only encourage these murders.Finally, 2003 again saw a heavy toll of attacks on press freedom: five journalists were killed, nearly 60 kidnapped, threatened or assaulted and more than 20 were forced to leave their region, if not the country itself. One journalist has been killed already in 2004 and one of his colleagues kidnapped and tortured. As a result we urge you to press Mr. Vélez to make it his government’s priority to counter impunity for killers so that the country can recover from this spiral of violence.Extra funds should be found to investigate killings and assaults on journalists, not to give special treatment to a particular profession but to protect the people’s right to be informed. Reporters Without Borders considers that Colombia will never know peace, as long as this right is not respected. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies ColombiaAmericas News May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further Mr Javier SolanaEuropean Union High RepresentativeFor the Common Foreign and Security PolicyBrussels – BelgiumParis, 6 February 2004 October 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reports Organisation Convinced that you will be open to this appeal, I would be very grateful if you could keep us informed about how this interview goes.Yours sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-general Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Javier Solana raises press freedom concerns in Colombialast_img read more

Indian editor charged with sedition for sharing cartoon on Facebook

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate withdrawal of sedition proceedings against a 50-year-old Indian newspaper editor, who is facing a possible life sentence for sharing a satirical cartoon on Facebook that has been deemed “anti-national.” The case is an abuse of the law, RSF says. March 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more May 14, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Indian editor charged with sedition for sharing cartoon on Facebook Newspaper editor Kamal Shukla has been charged with sedition for sharing a cartoon on Facebook (photo: Kamal Shukla / Facebook). to go further News IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Follow the news on India RSF_en center_img Kamal Shukla, the editor of the Bhumkal Samachar newspaper in the east-central state of Chhattisgarh, has dedicated his career as journalist to defending press freedom, human rights and the Adivasi ethnic minority, and has often been the target of libel suits in connection with his work.But, when he clicked the share button on a cartoon he saw on Facebook on 19 April, he clearly did not expect to be charged ten days later under India’s sedition law – article 124 (A) of the penal code ­– under which “whoever by words, either spoken or written or by signs, or by visible representation (…) excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government (…) shall be punished with imprisonment for life.”The cartoon referred to the Indian supreme court’s refusal to order an independent investigation into the suspicious death in 2014 of a judge who had been hearing a trial involving the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s president, Amit Shah, who is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-hand man.Shukla thought that by sharing the cartoon he was expressing concern about judicial independence being undermined by governmental influence, but the authorities saw it as an “anti-national” action.“This is a flagrant violation of press freedom and an intolerable use of the judicial system to gag journalists who dare to denounce judicial and governmental failings,” RSF said. “We call on the Indian authorities to amend the completely obsolete sedition law, so that it cannot be used to silence the media, and to immediately drop these proceeding against Kamal Shukla, who has acted within his rights as a journalist.”The Indian government sees the colonial-era sedition law as a handy weapon for use against outspoken media. It was used to prosecute several journalists, including two from Chhattisgarh, in 2011. Sedition charges were brought against the well-known cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in September 2012 in connection with cartoons about government corruption, but were dropped a month later.India has fallen two places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 138th out of 180 countries. News News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Organisation Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Work Musing | Musings on the world of work

first_imgWork Musing | Musings on the world of workShared from missc on 15 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. beRead full article Comments are closed.last_img

Serena in No Rush Back after Injuries

first_imgSerena Williams has said that she’s sick and tired of playing top-level tennis while injured.The 22-time grand slam champion lost her world No. 1 ranking to Angelique Kerber this month when she was dumped out of the US Open at the semifinal stage.Williams has struggled with injury over the past year, with shoulder and knee problems increasing her frustration throughout the season. And the American — who turns 35 next week — is refusing to put a date on a comeback, instead focusing on making sure she’s close to full fitness before making a return.“I’m tired of playing tournaments unhealthy and taking losses that I would never lose,” Williams told CNN at the unveiling of her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s new tennis academy near Nice.“I definitely want to make sure I’m healthy and playing at my best or at least 80 per cent healthy or 70 per cent healthy — that way I can be able to play at a higher level.”The knee injury appeared to play a significant part in Williams’ shock defeat by Karolina Pliskova in the last four at Flushing Meadows.While she refused to blame the injury for the loss, the result meant she managed to land just one grand slam title compared to the three she won a year earlier.Williams has three tournament scheduled for the rest of 2016: Two in China, then the season-ending WTA Championships in Singapore starting October 24. She missed the tour’s Asian swing last year due to injuries.RESULTSBournemouth 2-3 PrestonBrighton 1-2 ReadingDerby 0-3 LiverpoolEverton 0-2 NorwichLeeds 1-0 BlackburnLeicester 2-4 ChelseaNewcastle 2-0 WolveNot’ Forest 0-4 ArsenalShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: The 49ers’ preseason opener highlighted the team’s biggest weakness

first_imgYes, there were some positive moments from rookies Richie James and Jullian Taylor, and yes, … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Preseason games are supposed to be perfunctory, forgettable affairs. They’re dress rehearsals — glorified practices — where the score doesn’t matter.The main goal of these contests is to execute the boiled down gameplan effectively and get out without any injuries.The 49ers did neither on Thursday.last_img

Banyana into AWC semi-finals

first_img5 November 2012Banyana Banyana booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the 2012 African Women’s Championship by outplaying the Democratic Republic of Congo 4-1 in their final Group A fixture in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.A hat-trick of goals from tall Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies’ striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi paved the way for a win that has set the Sasol-sponsored South African senior national women’s team up for a semi-final showdown at the same venue on Wednesday against the top team from Group B, Nigeria, who are ranked number one in Africa.When the teams met earlier this year, home and away, they played to draws on both occasions.Progressed in styleBanyana Banyana went into Saturday’s game needing a draw or win to secure a place spot in the semi-finals. They progressed in style despite playing on a slippery surface at the Nkoantoma Stadium after light rain fell in the lead-up to the match.“We have now qualified for the knock-out stages of the competition,” coach Joseph Mkhonza said afterwards.“For us this means anything is possible. Any team that has made it to the semi-finals has a chance of proceeding to the final stage of the tournament.”‘To be the best, you have to play the best’Looking ahead to the clash against Nigeria, he commented: “We came to this tournament knowing at some stage that we would meet one of the powerhouses of women’s football on the continent. If you have to be the best, you have to play the best. We are here to make a statement.”Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini said she feels her team is up for the challenge posed by the Nigerians.“Coming into this tournament we knew if we wanted to compete in the semi-finals, we are bound to meet the African powerhouses of women’s football. Now that we’ve made it this far in the tournament, we want to play our own game, taking into fact that we will face tough opposition being amongst the top four,” she said.Early leadCape Town Roses attacker Leandra Smeda, who was brought into the side on the right wing in place of Nocawe Skiti, put the South Africans ahead as early as the third minute when she tapped home a square ball delivered by team captain Amanda Dlamini.Seven minutes later, Mgcoyi had an easy tap-in goal, finishing off a cross from the right from striker Jermaine Seoposenwe.The South Africans could easily have been 5-0 up by the break, but had to wait until the second half to increase their advantage. Mgcoyi carved a cross through the Congolese defence before firing home three minutes after the break, and scored again from close range in the 57th minute.The Congolese scored a consolation goal against the run of play in the 88th minute via defender Jolie Tutzolana who fired the ball home from 18m out, leaving South African goalkeeper Thoko Mnadweni without a chance of pulling off a save.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Fix Shaky Footage with Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro

first_imgHow to Stabilize Your Footage with Warp StabilizerApply the Warp Stabilizer effect from the effects window under the distort tab.Allow Warp Stabilizer to analyze your footage. You can continue to work on your edit during this process.Adjust the Smoothness parameter to the best setting for your footage. Keep in mind that you may not need a high percentage value. Something as low as 5-10% may be sufficient.Adjust the Crop Less <-> Smooth More parameter to bring back any unwanted crop or to smooth out your footage even more.For more details and a full overview on how to stabilize your footage, check out our tutorial.Issues to Look for When Using Warp StabilizerNoticeable Warping When Warp Stabilizer is finished stabilizing, your clip may look smooth, but there may be noticeable warping in the background areas of your shot. Be sure to pull back on the smoothness parameter and adjust the crop settings within Warp Stabilizer.Too Much CroppingSometimes, in order to get a clean stabilized shot, Warp Stabilizer may crop your clip too much and cut out essential parts of your shot. To help fix this issue, adjust the Crop Less <-> Smooth More parameter. You can now stabilize your shaky footage without having to leave Adobe Premiere Pro. Here’s how you can best use the Warp Stabilizer effect.Cover image via Shutterstock.Whether you shot your footage handheld, on a shoulder rig, or with some accidental movement using a Steadicam or gimbal, Warp Stabilizer is more than capable of stabilizing your video. Several years ago, if you wanted to reduce camera shake, you would have to jump over to Adobe After Effects to stabilize your footage. Now, you can just stay inside of Premiere Pro without disrupting your workflow.Let’s get started. Do you have tips on how to stabilize your footage? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Ahmedabad court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi

first_imgA local court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday re-issued summons to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, asking him to appear before it on August 9 in a defamation case filed against him by a BJP municipal councillor for a remark against BJP president Amit Shah. Mr. Gandhi had referred to Mr. Shah as a “murder accused”.In a separate case, a local court in Surat also asked Mr Gandhi to appear before it on July 16 for his alleged remark that “all thieves like Nirav, Lalit etc have Modi as surname.” Mr. Gandhi was scheduled to appear before the court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday but his lawyers sought more time. so that court has now summoned him to appear on August 9, the next date of hearing the case.The case in Ahmedabad has been filed by BJP municipal councillor Krishnavadan Brahmbhatt, alleging that Mr Gandhi’s statement in the election rally of April 23 in Jabalpur was derogatory to Mr. Shah as he was already discharged in the Shohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case by a CBI court.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D.S. Dabhi reissued the summons after the one issued on May 1 – which was to be served through the Lok Sabha speaker as Rahul Gandhi is a Member of Parliament – was returned. The Speaker returned the summons saying he had no locus standi in the case, said the complainant’s lawyer Prakash Patel. The latest summons will be served directly to the Congress leader at his residence in New Delhi.In Surat, Chief Judicial Magistrate B.H. Kapadia asked Mr. Gandhi to appear on July 16 while an Ahmedabad court ordered the Congress leader to appear on August 9. In both the cases, the courts issued summonses holding that on the face of it there was a case of criminal defamation against Gandhi under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code.The Surat court was hearing a complaint of BJP legislator Purnesh Modi who alleged that the Congress leader had defamed the entire Modi community with his remark that “how come all thieves have Modi as common surname” made during the Lok Sabha campaign.It may be noted that the Congress leader who resigned as the party President taking responsibility for the party’s debacle in the parliamentary polls, is facing several cases of defamation. Last week, he appeared in courts in Mumbai and Patna and was granted bail in both cases at both places. He had alleged that the cases were filed by his political opponents to “harass and intimidate” him.last_img read more

SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze

first_imgMalaysia’s Wong Siew Cheer launched a throw of 65.90m, which shattered the 65.63-m meet record of the Filipino-American Stuart, who ruled the meet two years ago in Singapore.Thailand’s Kittipong Boonmawan posted 65.49m to take the silver medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old Ferreira, who won the SEAG gold in the event in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, has been serving as coach for national team.He said he had no choice but fill in for Caleb, who reportedly got a job back in the United States. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments LATEST STORIES Caleb reportedly got a call from the athletics body to play in the national open, but he didn’t respond. MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension KUALA LUMPUR—Former champion Arniel Ferrera nailed a bronze medal in men’s hammer throw amid a very tough field that saw the winner posting a new Southeast Asian Games record Wednesday here at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.A last-minute stand-in for original bet Caleb Stuart, Ferrera heaved 55.94 meters on his sixth attempt to secure a place on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation with a resume of godlike proportions that include four MVPS, three NBA titles, and countless All-NBA nods.And it’s not just his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame that has helped him achieve such sporting legacy, but also a belief in one’s self that no other force on earth could ever shatter.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ “For me, it’s all about believing in yourself, uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James during his private session with the Gilas players and members of the media for his Strive for Greatness tour.“If you put in the work then I believe it takes care of itself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since his decision to skip college and go straight to the NBA from St. Vincent St. Mary and his controversial move to Miami from Cleveland catapulted him to super villain territory.Still, James triumphed and won two titles and two MVP trophies with the Heat before he returned to Cleveland to steer the Cavaliers’ to the city’s first championship since the Browns ruled the NFL in 1964. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” said James. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more