New law tightens government’s grip on media

first_img JordanMiddle East – North Africa Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown This week’s royal decree amending Jordan’s media legislation and drastically restricting freedom of information appals Reporters Without Borders, which expressed its deep concern about the draft law on 30 August and subsequently wrote to the senate speaker urging him to reject it.”These new curbs on freedom expression, which affect online media in particular, have swept aside the reform promises that the government made at the height of the Arab Spring in 2011,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This law, under which Jordan’s 220 news websites will have to obtain government accreditation to continue operating, is clearly designed to increase the regime’s control over the media, especially online media, at a time when the Internet is playing a major role in informing and rallying the Arab population.”The new law, which amends the press and publications code, violates international standards on freedom of information, especially article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which covers freedom of opinion and expression.”The new provisions regulating how news websites operate will leave a permanent threat hanging over online journalists who express views that are at variance with the government’s,” Reporters Without Borders added.Aside from the danger it poses to media independence, the new law enshrines censorship and judicial proceedings as the standard response when online journalists broach sensitive subjects. Article 49 paragraph 7 allows systematic censorship whenever officials decide that content does not comply with the law’s provisions.Reporters Without Borders is particularly concerned about the judicial abuses that could result from the vagueness of the language used to refer to offences. Paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 42 refer to crimes “against internal and external security” without offering any precise definition.The possibility of publication bans being imposed on both print and online media is also disturbing. The state broadcasting commission’s power to refuse to issue or renew licences puts journalists and website editors in a precarious situation and is liable to encourage self-censorship.Requiring journalists to join a union that is not independent is also unacceptable. Journalists must be free to decide whether or not to join a union or association, and to choose which one they join.Finally, paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of article 49 render news sites legally responsible for the comments posted at the foot of articles or other forms of content.Many journalists have been participating in daily sit-ins in Amman in protest against the new law’s adoption. Others demonstrated in Amman on 19 and 20 September to demand repeal of the new provisions and to proclaim their refusal to work under the threat of prosecution. Follow the news on Jordan April 14, 2020 Find out more News News Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more September 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New law tightens government’s grip on media Read in Arabic (بالعربية)center_img RSF_en News News August 12, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further Related documents Document in ArabicPDF – 43.98 KB last_img read more

Anthony Van Dyck gives O’Brien record-equalling Epsom Derby win

first_imgANTHONY Van Dyck has won the Epsom Derby, giving acclaimed trainer Aidan O’Brien a record-equalling seventh winner in the prestigious race.Jockey Seamie Heffernan rode the 13-2 chance to victory on his 12th attempt, with Madhmoon in second and Japan in third.O’Brien, 49, trained seven of the 13 runners in the mile-and-a-half race.“It’s incredible; I’m so privileged to be part of the team,” the trainer told ITV Racing.Broome finished fourth to give O’Brien three of the top four.There will be dancing in the streets of Lingfield – well, you know what I mean – after the two Classic trial-races staged on that track, with its topological similarities to Epsom, produced both the Oaks and the Derby winner. In a scrambling finish during which, in particular, the plucky runner-up Madhmoon and Sir Dragonet, the favourite, both looked as though they would win, Anthony Van Dyck came out on top.Jockey Seamie Heffernan said he was always confident of success, but there were times that the colt looked up against it.However, ultimately his stamina lasted out best to increase O’Brien’s stranglehold on the sport.“There are so many people involved that I would like to thank,” O’Brien said.“These races are so competitive and so tough. I’m so privileged, delightful and grateful to the team.”“I knew he would be with me when I needed him,” jockey Heffernan said, after his mount won it at the line, having been pushed close deep into the final furlong.“It was a big ask of him, but he’s danced every dance. I’m happy.”“He can train all right!” Heffernan said of O’Brien. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Gilas battles title favorite Canada in Jones Cup opener

first_imgJimmy Alapag, now an assistant coach, is confident that this batch of Filipinos is ready to contend.“With the talent that this team has, I’m confident that we can contend,” Alapag said. “Our guys can definitely play and we will make a lot of heads turn. We might not have come here with the (Jason) Castros, the (Ranidel) De Ocampos, the (Terrence) Romeos, and they will see a new breed of heroes for us.”Keifer Ravena, Kobe Paras, Bobby Ray Parks and Christian Standhardinger make their international men’s debuts here and from among the members of coach Chot Reyes’ squad, they are the ones who are least scouted as they are all still not in the PBA.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Canada 150 is a selection of players coming from that country’s pro league, the National Basketball League of Canada, and it will be handled by its reigning coach of the year, Kyle Julius.Dallin Bachynski, a 7-footer, Dwayne Smith and gunslinger Deigo Kapelan, according to Gilas’ scouting reports, are the players the Philippine defense need to shut down.The Philippines is actually the defending champion here, having swept the tournament last year with a Mighty Sports team loaded with imports that counted former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.This year, Gilas has tapped the services of Mike Myers as its only import. He is expected to just be a role player, the same way he is being utilised in practice.Gilas is shooting to win for the second time, the first since that epic 2013 triumph, with this crew all playing in the Jones Cup for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I really wish we drew them as our last game,” assistant coach Josh Reyes said just after touching down together with the rest of the team. “We could have had a chance to see them play first, like we did in 2013 (when the Filipinos beat the United States) when our strongest opponent was our last game.”Tip off time is at 3 p.m. with the Filipinos, despite checking in at the Howard Hotel at Da’an District well over 5 p.m., still able to turn in an hour’s practice at the brand new venue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTeam Philippines plays nine games in as many days with its final assignment being Iran, the champion here in five of the last eight years. But the Iranian national side will be without its resident stars Hamed Haddadi and Nikha Bahrami, who have opted to stay home and rest for the Fiba Asia Championship in August.And that now makes Canada the team to beat. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img View comments Gilas Pilipinas team arrives Friday afternoon in Taiwan for the Jones Cup Invitational. Photo by Musong CastilloTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas arrived in this progressive island confident of making heads turn in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational as a team of young talents carry the fight in this tournament the country shoots to win for the sixth time.Using the core of the Cadet program, three amateurs and a Filipino-German the country knows practically nothing of, Gilas plunges into action against what many feel is the team to beat in the 10-team, nine-nation meet as the Filipinos clash against Canada 150 at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lyceum backs up hype, slays San Beda for 2-0 startlast_img read more

Foxconn selects company with close ties to Walker

Explore further Foxconn announced Monday that it chose Hammes Company to be the lead developer on the project that will house a display-screen factory on a campus spread over 2,900 acres (1173.61 hectares). Foxconn could qualify for up to $4.5 billion in taxpayer incentives.Hammes is led by Jon Hammes, Walker’s campaign finance chairman for his re-election bid. Hammes is part owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republicans and causes over the years.Wisconsin Democratic Party chair Martha Laning says the Foxconn project “is all about helping Scott Walker save his own career and not about the people of Wisconsin.” Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day Citation: Foxconn selects company with close ties to Walker (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-foxconn-groundbreaking-ceremony-wisconsin-facility.html Foxconn Technology Group has selected a company led by a Republican megadonor with close ties to Gov. Scott Walker to develop the master plan for its massive campus in Wisconsin. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more