Reporters Without Borders gives Kabul news conference, urges government to make press freedom a priority

first_img Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Addressing a news conference today in Kabul, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard urged President Hamid Karzai and the rest of the Afghan government to make it one of their priorities to defend press freedom. Accompanied by representatives of Afghan journalists’ organisations, Julliard gave the press conference on the penultimate day of a one-week fact-finding visit to Afghanistan at the head of a Reporters Without Borders delegation.“The press freedom situation is getting worse in Afghanistan and it is the government’s duty to reverse this disturbing trend,” Julliard said. “The country cannot continue to develop and progress towards democracy without a free and independent press. The president and his government must get fully involved in this issue and must take measures that give journalists more freedom to work. Much needs to be done in Afghanistan but the country will not be able to recover from 30 years of war without free and diverse news media.”Reporters Without Borders continued: “The threats against Afghan journalists and visiting foreign journalists are becoming more and more diverse. As well as the Taliban, who have never ceased to threaten to kill journalists who do not comply with their demands, there are now criminals and mafia groups.“Afghan journalists are free to express their views – as long as they stay clear of the country’s only truly taboo subject, Islam – but they operate in very difficult security conditions. The south and the east of the country are extremely unstable and fewer and fewer journalists are visiting these regions, which are no longer under government control and have become black holes for news and information.”The Reporters Without Borders delegation visited the Kabul provisional detention centre on 12 January to meet with journalist Perwiz Kambakhsh, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for downloading an essay about women’s rights in Islam. He was originally sentenced to death.“As long as a citizen can be sentenced to death or to a long jail term just for reading a report on the Internet, we will not be able to say there is free expression in Afghanistan. Perwiz Kambakhsh must be released as soon as possible. He committed no crime and this case, which has been marred by judicial irregularities, is a grave stain on Afghanistan’s image. We told all the officials we met that his conviction must be overturned.”Two journalists were killed in 2008 and around 50 were attacked or injured. Reporters Without Borders believes President Karzai must get to grips with this issue and make it very clear that he will not let impunity take hold as regards violence against journalists. Many live in fear, and it is the job of the authorities to take measures to reassure them and to enable them to work without constant security concerns. It is deplorable than around 10 women journalists have been forced to abandon their work in recent months because of threats. Few of them got the necessary protection.The authorities need to be more effective in solving the cases of journalists who have been murdered or who have been the victims of threats. Proper investigations need to be carried out to identify those responsible. It is unacceptable that the murders of Zakia Zaki and Abdul Samad Rohani have gone unpunished.Reporters Without Borders also called for the rapid adoption of a proposed media law. Many journalists’ representatives are expecting a lot from this bill, which is still being examined and which has been a victim of the difficulties that the parliament and government are having in working together.The government must also envisage drafting a law facilitating access to information. All the journalists who met the delegation said it was hard to get reliable information or comments from officials. Reporters Without Borders said: “In any important event linked to the ongoing conflict, there are at least five different versions of the facts – the Taliban version, the defence ministry version, the version of the president’s office, the version of the International Security Assistance Force, and the version of the few eye-witnesses who are ready to talk to the press. The government version is often the longest and hardest to obtain. While we welcome the creation of a Media Centre, the government must communicate better and make itself more available to journalists.”Reporters Without Borders also believes certain media owners must stop meddling in editorial content. The owners of media and their reporters should be kept far apart. Too many media are used for partisan purposes by their shareholders, and news quality suffers as a result. Journalists’ organisations are also discussing a code of conduct for the media and Reporters Without Borders supports this initiative. Reporters Without Borders also hails the efforts of Afghan journalists’ organisations to unite in defence of press freedom.As well as Julliard, the Reporters Without Borders delegation consisted of Vincent Brossel, the head of its Asia Desk, and Réza Moini, the staff member responsible for Afghanistan. They met the justice minister, the culture and information minister, a Council of Ulemas representative, civil society representatives, ISAF officials, diplomats and many journalists and media organisations.The delegation arrived in Afghanistan on 10 January and is due to leave tomorrow. Reporters Without Borders will issue a detailed report on the visit in the coming weeks. Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News January 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders gives Kabul news conference, urges government to make press freedom a priority Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts News Organisation May 3, 2021 Find out more Addressing a news conference today in Kabul, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard urged President Hamid Karzai and the rest of the Afghan government to make it one of their priorities to defend press freedom. Accompanied by representatives of Afghan journalists’ organisations, Julliard gave the press conference on the penultimate day of a one-week fact-finding visit to Afghanistan at the head of a Reporters Without Borders delegation. News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan June 2, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Inner City: John Waples

first_imgWould you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week.last_img

Men’s hockey: Badgers travel to Columbus for weekend series with Buckeyes

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team travels to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for a late season matchup with the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Badgers are playing their first away series since mid-January while the Buckeyes are hosting their final home series in Columbus this season.Wisconsin (6-15-7, 1-10-3 Big Ten) is trying to end a four-game winless streak to Michigan and Michigan State in hopes of finishing the season strong. The Badgers haven’t won a game in conference since early December and could use a victory to boost their confidence heading into the Big Ten tournament. The team is now in dead last in conference standings for the second year in a row, but is hoping to play spoiler from here on out.The Buckeyes (9-17-2, 4-8-2 Big Ten) are coming off a big 7-4 beat down win over No. 16 ranked Penn State in State College and are poised to pick up two final home wins before traveling to play top-ranked rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ohio State is now No. 5 in the Big Ten behind Michigan State by only one point, making this series crucial for them to make the jump into the top four.The puck drops at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday and 6:30 Saturday. Friday’s game is covered on the Big Ten Network.Wisconsin keys to victoryPlay through their captains: There are very few upperclassmen leaders on this team, but the few that are have been relatively unproductive as of late. If Wisconsin wants to get the best out of the young talent they have, the older guys like Grant Besse and Eddie Wittchow need to set an example. It is crucial the Badgers play through them or they will continue to lose close games down the stretch.Capitalize on opportunities: The final note to help the Badgers to victory stems from their inability to put the puck in the back of the net. Whether that is from a lack of confidence or inexperience, Wisconsin has too much talent to be going long periods of time without scoring. The opportunities have been there all season, but no individual has stepped up to show the team how it’s done. If they want to match the quick Ohio State offense, they’ll have to capitalize on more wide open chances.Ohio State player to watch: Junior forward Nick SchilkeyThe Buckeye to keep an eye on this weekend is Nick Schilkey. The shot-happy upperclassman was named the Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch for the second straight season this year and is a former Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree. Schilkey leads the team in points and goals with 30 and 14, while also coming in third in shooting percentage (.133).The Michigan-native crossed state borders for the Buckeyes as one of the most highly touted recruits. His aggressiveness on offense has and continues to be a concern for the Badgers, who have struggled with that type of player all season. Schilkey notched four points in the last game against the Badgers with a goal and an assist. Watch for him to shoot pretty consistently in his last series in front of the Buckeye faithful this season.last_img read more

Dumas teen painting up for auction

first_imgMarlene Dumas is one of the world’s topfemale artists, and her talent was evidenteven in her earliest work.(Image: Bonhams)MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian RoupBonhams+44 207 468 8259Fiona McRaeA fun birthday greeting painted by a teenager nearly 40 years ago for a friend is expected to fetch between US$11 100 (R79 000) and $15 900 (R113 100) when it goes under the hammer as part of a London sale of South African art in two months’ time.According to Bonhams auction house, which will handle the sale on 23 March, the work “would be of no great significance were it not for the fact that the then budding schoolgirl artist, Marlene Dumas, now has an international reputation that assures her work of six-figure sums at auction”.Dumas – renowned as one of the world’s leading female artists – painted the “charming picture of a girl” way back in 1971 while still a schoolgirl, as a 16th birthday present for a friend, Alida Louw, the auction house said in a media release on the sale.At the time, the teens attended the Afrikaans-medium Bloemhof high school for girls in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s Western Cape winelands region. The town is South Africa’s second-oldest after Cape Town, and was named in 1679 by the then Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, in honour of himself after he fell in love with the beautiful surroundings while on a visit to the early victualling station outpost.The historic Bloemhof was founded in 1874, as an English school, switched to Afrikaans in 1925, and moved to new buildings in 1960.Earliest known workThe humble painting, on which the year is indicated along with the words “Happy birthday” and “Baie geluk, met liefde Marlene” (Afrikaans for “Congratulations, with love Marlene“) is now the earliest known work by the ex-patriate Dumas.Nearly 40 years after its creation, its owner told Bonhams that when it was painted it seemed like a light-hearted work that took a few moments “but now Marlene Dumas is a major figure in the art world and I am still greatly flattered she took the trouble to capture this image for me”.“I would like to see this picture find a loving place between other Dumas works in the home of a passionate collector, rather than remaining in obscurity,” she said of her decision to part with the gift she has kept all these years.Its personal message and the motivation of friendship behind its creation will add to its interest and value, says Bonhams. However, the amount it is expected to reach is a far cry from the $3.34-million (now calculated at R24-million) ) paid in 2005 for a Dumas artwork on a Christie‘s sale after a surprising bidding war between two dealers – a price that made her the highest-paid living female artist in the world. Dumas had completed the work, a 160cm x 200cm oil on canvas titled The Teacher, in 1987.Another of her works, titled The Benefit of the Doubt, can be seen in South Africa’s Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. The giant three-piece tapestry was donated to the country’s new court, which opened in 2004, by the Dutch government and is a replica of a Dumas work that graces the Dutch Court of Justice in Den Bosch.Top South African artistDumas was born in South Africa in 1953 and grew up on a wine farm in the Kuils River area, near Cape Town. After school she studied at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art before leaving her home country in 1976 on a scholarship for further studies at Haarlem’s Atelier 63. Now a resident of Amsterdam, she has lived in the Netherlands ever since.Dumas was in South Africa last month to open an exhibition titled Mother Nature: Art and Psychology in Conversation, at the Sasol Art Museum in Stellenbosch. Located in a beautiful neo-classical building that was once home to her alma mater Bloemhof, the museum houses a permanent collection of more than 3 000 artworks belonging to the University of Stellenbosch. The collection features pieces relating to South Africa’s history, as well as works by foreign artists who resided in the country. Many of South Africa’s top artists are represented.Along with Dumas, the current exhibition features works by, among many others, photographer Jodi Bieber, sculptor Claudette Schreuders, visual artist Lyn Smuts, video artist Sonya Rademeyer, and Benedicte Kurzen, a French photographer living and working in Johannesburg. It may be viewed until 14 February 2011.The University of Stellenbosch also recently conferred an honorary doctorate on Dumas. This was for “her commitment to interrogating representational tropes of gender and socio-political identity“, according to information from the university. Known particularly for her depictions of the human form, Dumas’s works have been seen in some of the world’s top art museums including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and London’s Tate Modern.Local art in international demandAs the country’s artists continue to make their creative mark around the globe, Bonhams says the success of previous sales indicates clearly that South African art is no longer only of domestic interest. “Record-breaking prices and worldwide bidding have propelled modern South African art into the frontlines of the global art market,” it says.Proof of this is the record-breaking $3.7-million (R26.4-million) fetched by Irma Stern’s 1945 painting Bahora Girl after brisk bidding at a Bonhams auction of South African art in London in October last year.Before the sale Bonhams had said it believed the painting, painted during Stern’s sojourn in Zanzibar, could set a new record for South African art sold at auction if current trends continued. The painting far surpassed expectations of $930 000 (R6.6-million) to $1.39-million (R9.9-million) and indeed made history for South African art, which according to Bonhams “can be said to have truly come of age in London”.The October auction of 151 pictures and sculptures realised a total of $9.29-million (R66-million).After the sale, Bonhams said the unprecedented price fetched for Bahora Girl would cause the art world to take a fresh look at art out of Africa and that it “marked a massive milestone in the journey of recognition for South African art”.Entries are currently being accepted for the sale in March 2011, which already includes pieces by Stern, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Cecil Skotnes and other South African masters.Founded in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The firm is based in London but has offices in countries around the globe.last_img read more

App.net Becomes iCloud Of The Web, Could Make Twitter-Like Service Free

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Paid social network App.net is about to become the iCloud of the Web. And with the freemium economics of a cloud storage service, it could end up making the Twitter-like part of App.net free for anyone.App.net Monday released its application programming interface (API) for Files, so apps built on the service can now read and write files like photos, videos, documents or whatever else to every user account. App.net users now have 10GB of all-purpose storage attached to their account. This opens up the service to virtually any kind of application, all backed by the cloud.“I think it’s a big deal for the future of the platform,” says App.net founder Dalton Caldwell. It makes possible new applications that are much less Twitter-like. For example, App.net could now host full-fledged blogs with hosting for images, audio, video, and everything. Caldwell says it’s “about as powerful as the Facebook API in terms of the kinds of stuff you can build.”App.net’s browser-based demo clients — Alpha for the public timeline and Omega for private messaging — will now get photo sharing using the Files API, storing the photos in user accounts.Free Accounts Coming Soon?Though this hasn’t happened yet, the announcement of the Files API makes possible a future App.net story that would be the most interesting so far. By providing the 10GB of cloud storage to paid accounts, App.net makes a new tier of pricing possible that could allow social-only accounts to be free. In that scenario, App.net would be just like Twitter, only with a thriving ecosystem of client apps, the possibility of upgrading to a powerful, cloud-backed service, and no ads whatsoever.You can already try the service for free by invitation. Cloud-backed file storage might make it economical to use App.net for free indefinitely. Related Posts Is App.net A Good Deal?App.net’s 10GB per account is more space than Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox provide with their lowest tiers of service, and App.net costs $36 per year for users (or $5 per month on a monthly basis).The fairest comparison is to Dropbox’s Pro tier, since Dropbox, like App.net, has a powerful API for applications on all major platforms. For $9.99 per month, Dropbox users get 100GB of storage, which they can access through applications or as a file system on their devices. For half the price, App.net users get only 10GB, but the use case is very different. App.net users get a name on a real-time social network as nimble as Twitter but with an ever-changing growing of applications providing new ways to interact with it. And those apps can now handle big files as well as 256-character messages.From the user’s perspective, the most apt comparison is actually iCloud. Rather than browsing through folders in the desktop metaphor like one does on Dropbox, App.net’s file storage will just be a handy but invisible back end that syncs the files and data from various applications. But instead of the closed Apple ecosystem, App.net’s cloud back-end is open to the entire Web. In fact, it’s actually more flexible than iCloud, since you can easily move your files between applications.“It’s a different metaphor,” explains Caldwell. “It’s your bucket of content, and you can give access to different applications for it.” If you try a photo-sharing app for a while and decide to switch to a new one, you just switch apps. Your photos are attached to your App.net account, and they’re portable. If you’ve recently tried to switch from Instagram to Flickr, for example, you know it’s not as easy as a similar move will be within App.net.A New Web With The Right IncentivesWhen App.net first appeared, it was seen as a paid Twitter clone. That was an enticing concept only to hyper-geeks. But the Files API makes clear just how different — perhaps better — the Web could be if it spread.App.net has a login button for Web applications just like Google, Facebook and Twitter do. Any website or application could let users log in with their App.net accounts, even if they were just free, social-only accounts. But App.net doesn’t use those logins for ad tracking. It doesn’t have ads. It just gives connected applications access to the user’s data, which the user can revoke at any time.That means App.net users can bring a huge amount of their files and data with them to try out new Web services. And it’s not hard to imagine that App.net could make its authenticated payment services available to applications as well, just like Apple’s iTunes accounts.Imagine everything that works about Apple’s closed ecosystem, but made available on any platform, including the open Web. Imagine the basic level of participation being free forever. That’s why I’m excited about App.net. Tags:#App.net#cloud computing#social jon mitchelllast_img read more

Porto beats Roma 3-1 to reach Champions League quarterfinals

first_imgView comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Porto forward Moussa Marega celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Porto and AS Roma at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)PORTO, Portugal—Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Roma on Wednesday, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg.Telles converted the spot kick two minutes from time after Alessandro Florenzi had been penalized following a video review for pulling back Fernando.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Real Madrid’s European reign ends with shock loss to Ajax “You can’t make such a mistake in certain matches. There’s VAR and the referee didn’t even go to see it. For me it’s a disgrace, because when the team gives its utmost on the pitch it can’t go out in this way.”There was also a decisive penalty in the other match of the night, as Marcus Rashford’s injury-time spot kick sent Manchester United through with a 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain, overturning a two-goal deficit.In the Estadio do Dragao, Porto needed to fight back from a 2-1 loss in Rome and attacked from the start.It took a deserved lead in the 26th minute when Marega rolled the ball across the box for Tiquinho Soares to tap in from close range.That would have sent Porto through on the away goals rule but Roma levelled 11 minutes later after Diego Perotti was brought down by Eder Militao and Daniele De Rossi converted the resulting penalty, sending fellow veteran Casillas the wrong way following a stuttering run-up.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img De Rossi then limped off on the stroke of halftime with a muscular injury and was replaced by Lorenzo Pellegrini.Porto had ended the first half on top, with Herrera forcing a fine save from Robin Olsen, and it started the second period in the same vein.And the Portuguese champions retook the lead seven minutes after the break when Marega volleyed in Jesus Corona’s cross from close range.Roma went close to equalizing on several occasions and Edin Dzeko saw an effort cleared from off the line by Pepe shortly before Porto’s penalty.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed That sent Porto through 4-3 on aggregate and left Florenzi in tears at the final whistle. The Italy defender was consoled by Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas.“We deserve to qualify, we were better. Belief was what made the difference,” Porto midfielder Hector Herrera said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRoma had had several chances to level in extra time and also had a penalty appeal of its own turned down late after the referee decided a silent check by VAR was enough to determine that Moussa Marega had not fouled Patrik Schick.“We could have made it 2-2 on several occasions and gone through,” Roma defender Kostas Manolas said. “Then they blew for a penalty and then they didn’t give another which for us was clear. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

No one is above coming Health Law says Opposition side

first_img Related Items: The issue surfaced during debate on the Health Regulation Bill, presented by the Minister of Health, Premier Rufus Ewing.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hon Edwin Astwood called the laws wonderful and thanked the architects of the proposed legislation; but he stood weary of whether they would be activated to protect the public interest when it comes to complaints of medical malpractice, against IHC hospitals which he cited as the only medical care facility in the country which attracts condemning complaints. Hon Astwood reminded that IHC is not above the law. Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing highlighted that TCI would be among the only countries in the region with such a progressive law; it would require medical facilities to mandatorily have malpractice insurance.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPDM shadow cabinet minister for Health & Human Services asked the question today… whether government will have the fortitude needed to investigate Interhealth Canada where necessary and if they are found guilty of malpractice, whether the facilities which are owned by the TCI and managed by IHC be subject to penalties outlined in a new bill. last_img read more