Papua New Guinea government wants to block access to Facebook

first_img August 12, 2020 Find out more June 6, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Papua New Guinea government wants to block access to Facebook Papua New Guinean students based in Beijing (right) are opposed to the plan announced by communications minister Sam Basil (left) to block Facebook for more than a month (photo: Facebook – Sam Basil / Pacific Media Watch – Loop PNG). News News News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Papua New Guinean government’s declared intention to shut down access to Facebook for at least month, as this would drastically curtail access to news and information and would hurt both the media and public. Papua New Guinea: Government minister calls for two reporters to be fired over Covid-19 coverage Help by sharing this information News Organisation center_img April 16, 2020 Find out more News Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Freedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Follow the news on Papua New Guinea The plan was announced on 28 May by communications minister Sam Basil, who said Facebook would be blocked for a month or more in order to identify and remove users who “hide behind fake accounts” or “post false and misleading information.”Many observers suspect that the plan is motivated by the government’s desire to silence its online critics, especially those commenting on the corruption accusations being levelled against government.“We urge the Papua New Guinean authorities not to take this road, which would be dangerous for the freedom to inform,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“Blocking this social network would deprive nearly a million Internet users of access to independently reported news and information. Instead of resorting to censorship, the communications minister should encourage online platforms to be more transparent and responsible about content regulation.”The outcry about Basil’s announcement is all the greater because he used to express very different views on the impact of social networks on Papua New Guinea’s society. Before being offered a government post, this former opposition member congratulated bloggers who exposed government corruption on Facebook.Ironically, Papua New Guinean students based in China – who have to use virtual private networks to access Facebook because it has been blocked there since 2009 – have condemned the government’s plan because it would make it much harder for them to follow the news from back home.Papua New Guinea has fallen two places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 53rd out of 180 countries. Receive email alerts to go further Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Freedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua August 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Murdered journalist’s family lose new bid to be civil party in prosecution

first_img Another journalist murdered in Haiti to go further News News Recommendations:The Haitian Journalists’ Association, Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network demand:- That the Port-au-Prince appeals court cancels Judge Duclair’s closure of the enquiry and orders the case to be reopened.- That the next judge in charge of the case brings charges against Dumay Bony for “incitement to murder.”- That the Port-au-Prince prison authorities allow Maxi Zéphyr to be questioned about his suspected part in Lindor’s killing. November 14, 2019 Find out more June 11, 2019 Find out more A year after the killing of Brignol Lindor (see photo), a journalist with the Echo 2000 radio station in Petit-Goâve, Reporters Without Borders, the Damocles Network and the Haitian Journalists’ Association (AJH) deplore the fact that those responsible have not yet been punished.The three organisations said they were determined to win justice for Lindor, who was beaten to death on 3 December last year by supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas party.The AJH and Pastor Denis Laguerre (representing the Lindor family), supported by Haiti’s Ecumenical Centre for Human Rights, formally protested on 1 and 3 October before the Port-au-Prince appeals court against the murder enquiry being officially closed, thus excluding any prosecution of the instigator of the attack.Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network may file an appeal before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR).”A year after Lindor’s death, impunity still reigns,” said Reporters Without Border secretary-general Robert Ménard and AJH secretary-general Guyler C. Delva. “It has been turned into a policy aimed at fostering an atmosphere of terror and silencing the media.” They said seven journalists were currently in hiding in Gonaives after being threatened by Amiot Métayer, a fugitive from justice protected by Aristide’s party who is terrorising the local population and the press.” Fritzner Duclair, the judge investigating Lindor’s death (see photo), officially closed his enquiry on 16 September. A fact-finding mission by Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network published earlier that month noted that the chief instigator of the murder, Petit-Goâve’s assistant mayor Dumay Bony, had not been troubled or charged.Bony had called at a press conference on 30 November last year for “zero tolerance” to be applied to Lindor, who he called a “terrorist.” His words were taken by everyone except Haitian legal officials as an appeal to kill the journalist. Many in Haiti consider the term “zero tolerance,” first used by President Aristide a few months earlier to urge police to deal firmly with criminals, as virtual approval of lynching people.The Haitian authorities told the Organisation of American States (OAS) in a report on 4 November this year that 10 people had been charged in the case, two of whom had been arrested. But Reporters Without Borders find that these two, Maxi Zéphyr and Fritzler Doudoute, are in fact being held for other reasons. Prison officials in Port-au-Prince, where Zéphyr is being held, have also refused for several months to allow him to be questioned in the Lindor murder case. Receive email alerts To mark the first anniversary of Lindor’s death, Reporters Without Borders and the AJH are broadcasting on Haitian radio stations a message from his family demanding justice (see photo). The text is as follows:” (voice of Robert Ménard) : 3 December 2001 to 3 December 2002(voice of Moréno Lindor) : My name is Moréno Lindor. I’m the brother of the journalist Brignol Lindor. I was at home the day I heard he had been chopped to death. I feared it was the end for my family. I was wrong. But we were threatened and had to flee the country. A year later, the killers can still count on the inertia of the authorities. The hardest thing is the injustice of it, that nobody has been punished. My brother was killed because he allowed everyone to speak on the radio. Haitians must be given their say and Brignol must be given justice.(Ménard) In solidarity with the Haitian media, Reporters Without Borders and the AJH add their voices to those of all who demand justice, justice for Brignol Lindor. ” News Help by sharing this information March 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murdered journalist’s family lose new bid to be civil party in prosecution RSF_en The two organisations also reiterate their appeal to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (see photo) to specifically condemn public lynchings and take action to end the impunity enjoyed by the killers and attackers of journalists. Organisation A year after the murder of radio journalist Brignol Lindor, Reporters Without Borders, the Damocles Network and the Haitian Journalists’ Association deplore the fact that those responsible have not been punished. Dumay Bony, the assistant mayor of Petit-Goâve, who publicly called for him to be killed, has not been charged with any offence. Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice HaïtiAmericas HaïtiAmericas Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti October 11, 2019 Find out more News Follow the news on Haïti The Port-au-Prince appeals court refused on 27 March to consider cancellinga lower court ruling that the family of murdered Haitian journalist BrignolLindor had failed to properly register as a civil party associated with theprosecution of his killers. The lawyer for Lindor’s father Belrosier and his brother Moréno said thematter would be appealed to the supreme court. He said Haitian law did notrequire a formal procedure for being a civil party when a case was broughtby a public prosecutor. The status should have been automatically grantedwhen the two men appeared before the judge investigating the case, FritznerDuclair, and called for justice to be done. If the supreme court alsorejected their request, he said, they could seek recognition as civilparties when the trial started._____3 December 2001 – 3 December 2002 – Murder of journalist Brignol Lindor One year of impunitylast_img read more

Inspirational Teachers Eligible for New Annual Tony Award

first_imgThere’s a great teacher behind every great artist! As you can see in the video below, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris and so many more big stars have thanked their teachers in their Tony acceptance speeches, and now inspirational theater educators have a chance to win their very own Tony! The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have announced that nominations are now open for the inaugural “Excellence in Theatre Education Award.” Now through March 31, nominations are being accepted online for K-12 theater educators. Anyone—from students and school administrators, to friends, neighbors and family—can submit a worthy teacher for consideration. Nominees must be current teachers at an accredited K-12 institution or recognized community theatre organization anywhere in the United States. He or she must be a teacher whose position is dedicated to and/or includes aspects of theater education. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theater industry will select the finalists and winner. “This new award underscores our longstanding commitment to theater education,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Innumerable Tony Award winners have thanked their teachers during acceptance speeches. Starting this year, we’re putting educators and their essential roles at center stage.”center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Eagles shot-stopper ready to dump PSL for Europe adventure

first_img Loading… The Nigerian international has shown his quality for the Glamour Boys with a number of acrobatic saves and has taken the number one spot at the goals under coach, Middendorp, surpassing one of Africa’s best goalkeepers, Itumeleng Khune.The 33-year-old has reportedly attracted clubs from Belgium and Saudi Arabia according to his agent.“If the opportunity comes, yes I will consider the move, when the opportunity presents itself why not? I would like to finish my career in Europe. There’s a possibility it could happen and I look forward to it,” the goalkkeoer  was quoted as saying. Read Also: La Liga: Messi on fire as Barca step up preparations for restartAkpeyi, who played for Warri Wolves in Nigeria’s topflight also revealed that the competition for the number one spot between him and Khune has made him the goalkeeper he is today.The Glamour boys are currently on a two year transfer ban from FIFA and it could prove to be a stumbling block for the Nigerian as he won’t be able to move abroad if Chiefs lose the case.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Eagles and Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi has revealed there’s a possibility of him moving to Europe from South Africa’s PSL to continue his career.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more