Prior censorship and expulsion of foreign journalists deal “mortal blow” to press freedom

first_imgThe staff of the national television station also protested about the censorship on 12 April, whenFijians saw the following message on an otherwise black screen: “Viewers please be advised that there will be no 6 p.m. news tonight.” to go further Asia – Pacific Organisation News Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Asia – Pacific According to the Public Emergency Regulations introduced under a 30-day state of emergency on 10 April, the permanent secretary for information now has complete control over what the news media report in Fiji, and officials have urged the media to report “positive” news. The measures have been widely condemned by regional press freedom groups such as the Pacific Media Centre, which has talked of an “Orwellian era of ruthless censorship and intimidation.”The authorities have also targeted the international media in the capital, Suva. Reporter Sia Aston and cameraman Matt Smith of New Zealand’s TV3 and Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Sean Dorney were forced to leave Fiji today. While not formally arrested, they were given no choice and were escorted to the airport. The police confiscated the material that Aston had filmed on censorship. He said the Fijian media were under “very strong pressure” from the government. Edwin Nand, a journalist with the Fijian TV station Fiji One, was detained at Suva police headquarters for interviewing an Australian journalist. “The military government is heading dangerously towards a Burmese-style system in which the media are permanently subject to prior censorship and other forms of obstruction,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We appeal to the international community, especially the European Union and United Nations, to respond to this manifest desire to restrict the free flow of news and information by speaking out and firmly condemning media censorship.” Reporters Without Borders appeals to President Ratu Josefa Iloilo and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, the head of Fiji’s military government, to repeal measures taken on 10 April that institutionalise media censorship and violate Fiji’s international undertakings to respect the rule of law. Greg Baxter, a spokesman for the company that owns the Fiji Times, News Ltd, said: “We are at this stage making the decision not to publish anything rather than publish something that has been censored.” The newspaper’s editor, Netani Rika, and its publisher were summoned by the information ministry on 12 April and reprimanded for being “uncooperative”. It stopped printing blank pages the next day but seemed to be boycotting all political news. Asia – Pacific Two Fiji Sun editors were summoned for questioning yesterday for publishing a front-page article announcing that the daily newspaper would refuse to cover politics in protest against the censorship. An online chat forum,, decided to close rather than let its members be censored.center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Tuiloma Neroni Slade, the secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, said: “The curtailment of media access and freedom of speech and the disregard for judicial independence are especially worrying.” Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Fiji had become a “military dictatorship.” New Zealand foreign minister Murray McCully said Fiji’s suspension from the Commonwealth and the Pacific Islands Forum was “inevitable”. According to the Public Emergency Regulations introduced under a 30-day state of emergency on 10 April, the secretary for information has complete control over what the news media report in Fiji. “The military government is heading dangerously towards a Burmese-style system in which the media are permanently subject to prior censorship and other forms of obstruction,” Reporters Without Borders said. June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts President Iloilo suspended the constitution on 10 April and announced a “new legal order”. The next day, he reappointed the head of the armed forces, Commodore Bainimarama, as prime minister, a position Bainimarama has held since a December 2006 military coup.Since then, soldiers and information ministry personnel have taken up positions inside the print and broadcast media. Officials say their job to prevent the publication or broadcasting of reports that could cause “disorder”, “disaffection” or “public alarm” The media have been told they must “cooperate” and must not criticise the new regime or carry stories that could regarded as “incitement”. News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 14, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prior censorship and expulsion of foreign journalists deal “mortal blow” to press freedom News The media have responded with protests. The Sunday edition of the Fiji Times was published on 12 April with pages that were completely blank except for this note: “The stories on this page could not be published due to government restrictions.”last_img read more

58% oppose reduction in student migration numbers

first_imgA majority of Britons are against cuts in the number of international students coming to study in the UK, a recent poll of 4,000 people commissioned by ComRes has found.The poll shows that 46% of those surveyed favoured student immigration remaining at its current level—around 124,000 per year—with a further 12% supporting an increase in numbers. This however represents a fall from last year when 18% said they would be in favour of an increase.Furthermore, when those polled were presented with information about the economic impact of international students, they became more supportive of numbers remaining the same or increase: the proportion wanting an increase doubled to 24%.It recently emerged that student immigration figures dropped by 23% in the past year.The President of Universities UK, Dame Julia Goodfellow said the results showed the public did not view students as immigrants, but as “valuable, temporary visitors”.Goodfellow also said that “The most recent figures on international students in the UK showed a worrying decline in the number of new international enrolments over recent years. At the same time, competitor countries such as the USA and Australia have seen increases. Both countries open their arms to international students and classify them as being non-permanent or temporary residents in their immigration systems.“The UK could be doing much better than this. The UK has the potential to be one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for international students, building on its current status as the second most popular destination for international students [after the US].“If the UK wants to remain a top destination for international students, we need a new immigration policy that encourages them to choose the UK. As the UK prepares to exit the EU, it is more important than ever that we project a welcoming message to talented people from across the world.”However, Oxford’s Head of Brexit Strategy, Alastair Buchan confirmed in March that there had been a 10% increase in European applications since the Brexit vote. This contrasted with a 14% fall in European applications to Cambridge University.Buchan also said that Oxford will press the government to exclude students from migrant numbers, ensure freedom of movements for academics, and find “mechanisms” to access collaborative EU funding.Oxford University’s Press Office and Oxford Migrant Solidarity have both been contacted for commentlast_img read more

ZIM Expands Partnership with Maersk, MSC

first_imgIsraeli shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has further expanded its strategic cooperation with the members of the 2M Alliance – Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).Specifically, ZIM has now decided to boost ties with 2M on the Asia-US Gulf trade.The new agreement includes two new strings — ZGC – ZIM US Gulf Central China Xpress and ZGX – ZIM US Gulf South China Xpress.A total of ten 6,500 TEU vessels will be deployed in the first service, with the following rotation: Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan (Panama Canal Transit), Houston, Mobile, Miami, Freeport, (Panama Canal Transit), Araijan, Busan.The first sailing is scheduled from Ningbo on August 18, subject to regulatory approval.Another ten 4,500 TEU boxships will be deployed in the second abovementioned service which will have the following rotation: Xiamen, Yantian, Busan (Panama Canal Transit), Houston, Mobile, Tampa, Manzanillo, (Panama Canal Transit), Balboa, Busan.The first sailing is planned from Xiamen on August 16.As explained, the new services, catering for both Central and South China and South Korea offer direct connections to major ports in Asia and the US Gulf.“This is the third phase of our tightening cooperation with the 2M Alliance, now extending to four major trades,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President and CEO, commented.“We are very pleased to further strengthen our portfolio and enhance our strategic cooperation with the 2M Alliance on this important trade, in which ZIM will be a vessel operator. The two new lines offer better port coverage in the growing US Gulf market, excellent transit time both for imports and exports,” Nissim Yochai, ZIM EVP Pacific Trade, said.The new cooperation follows previous agreements on Asia – US East Coast, operating since September 2018, and on Asia – Pacific North West and Asia – Mediterranean trades, operating since March 2019.last_img read more

Speedway Motors to host third annual Racer Appreciation Day

first_imgBy Damon LeeLINCOLN, Neb. – Building on the success of previous events, Speedway Motors will host its third annual Racer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1-6 p.m.Racers from around the region are expected to swarm Speedway’s Lincoln, Neb., headquarters for this fantastic pre-season open house and sale.Speedway Motors’ Racer Appreciation Day will showcase hundreds of new and exclusive race parts featured in unique displays. It will provide racers with a fantastic opportunity to try on new safety gear and take advantage of free shock and torsion bar dyno services. Special pricing will be available on all parts counter purchases.This year Speedway will be giving racers an inside look into its state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing center, as well as the all new Speedway Racing Engines facility.“Speedway is very excited for this opportunity to give our local race customers a first look at our brand new engine facility,” said Clay Smith, president of Speedway Motors. “As we prepare for the upcoming race season, this Racer Appreciation Day is the perfect time to get feedback on this new endeavor as well as show how much local customer support has meant to us for the past 63 years.”Seasoned Speedway tech experts will be on site to share their knowledge and answer questions. Tours of Speedway’s massive warehouse will be available and the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed will be open with free admission throughout the event.Guests can also expect free food and refreshments, plus many chances to win great raffle prizes and other giveaways.For details on the 2015 Speedway Motors Racer Appreciation Day and directions to Speedway’s campus, visit Motors is America’s Oldest Speed Shop® and has made racing safe, fun and affordable for 63 years. Call today toll free at 800 979-0122 for more information or to pre-order discounted parts for quick and easy pick-up at the event.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWS Betts lands huge contract…No Jays in Steel City UNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts has said yes to a huge contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the state of Pennsylvania has said no to the Toronto Blue Jays. — The NFL Players Association says 95 players are known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. That number is up from 72 in the union’s last report on July 10. The NFLPA and the NFL reached agreement Monday on COVID-19 testing as rookies begin reporting to training camps. Most veterans come in next week, though some players rehabbing injuries could report this week. — The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the association’s Board of Governors to avoid making a decision later this week on whether to conduct fall sports championships. The board is scheduled to meet Friday as college sports leaders try to find a path to play during the pandemic. There has been speculation the board could decide to call off NCAA championship events in fall sports such as soccer, volleyball and lower-division football. That could increase pressure for conferences to cancel their seasons. — Tulane says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of its college basketball game scheduled in China this November. The Green Wave were slated to play against Washington in the Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai. A Tulane spokesman says the decision to cancel the event was made in coordination with Washington as well as Chinese-based partners in the event. — The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin. All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players. — The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled. The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020. Pittsburgh-Johnstown wrestling coach Pat Pecora said Haselrig had been in declining health in recent years. Pecora molded Haselrig into a multiple heavyweight division champion at both the NCAA Division II and Division I levels in the 1980s Haselrig didn’t play a down of college football after suffering an injury during his freshman year at Lock Haven. He spent five years in the NFL after the Steelers took him in the 12th round of the 1990 draft. His career was cut short in the mid-1990s due to a battle with alcohol and substance abuse. Associated Press And now that the R&A is charge on running the event, it said its official title will be the AIG Women’s Open. It previously was called the Women’s British Open. . OBIT-HASELRIG Former Steeler, NCAA wrestling champion Haselrig dies at 54 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers player Carlton Haselrig has died at age 54. Haselrig was a Pro Bowl right guard for the Steelers in the early 1990s and also the only wrestler in NCAA history to win six individual national championships. — The head of the Tokyo Olympics says the delayed games could not be held next year if conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic remain as they are. But Yoshiro Mori says he expects conditions to improve and is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed soon. The postponed Olympics open a year from now on July 23, 2021. NFL-BILLS Charges dropped against Oliver CONROE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped the drunken driving and illegal handgun charges against Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver, who had been arrested in May during a traffic stop in Houston’s northern suburbs. A spokesperson for the Montgomery County DA’s Office says the decision was due to lack of evidence after blood test results showed no intoxication. July 22, 2020 — Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list. The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers, drove in 84 runs and tied for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland. — Freddie Freeman is back and ready to anchor the Braves’ lineup after a scary battle with COVID-19 earlier in summer camp. The 30-year-old Freeman had career highs last season with 38 homers and 121 RBIs. The four-time All-Star hopes to lead Atlanta back to the top of the NL East for the third straight season. — Mets hitting coach Chili Davis hasn’t decided if he will rejoin the team at any point this season because of concerns about the coronavirus. The 60-year-old Davis has been working remotely from his Arizona home during the pandemic. On a video conference call with reporters Wednesday, he said he’s at risk due to underlying health conditions that he preferred to keep private. — The Nationals are planning to raise a new 2019 World Series champions flag before Thursday night’s opener against the New York Yankees. Other festivities include a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dr. Anthony Fauci and a previously recorded Presidents Race to be shown during the fourth inning. The Nationals also say a Black Lives Matter stencil will appear on the pitcher’s mound during games on opening weekend.NBA-NEWS . GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN Women’s British gets sponsorship extension, new branding ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The Women’s British Open is keeping its title sponsor and getting a slightly different name. The R&A announced Wednesday that New York-based finance and insurance group AIG. SPORTS-CORONAVIRUS NHL to be mum on injuries UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is prohibiting teams from disclosing injuries as a way to maintain player privacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an even thicker veil of secrecy for a sport that already uses vague terms like upper- and lower-body injuries. Players asked for the nondisclosure policy to prevent individual coronavirus tests results coming to light. Saying nothing has led to rampant speculation when prominent players like Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby or Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford are missing from practice. In other sports news related to the pandemic: Betts and the Dodgers have struck baseball’s first big-money deal since the coronavirus pandemic decimated the sport’s economics. The 12-year, $365 million, 12-year contract runs through 2032 and removes the top offensive player from next off-season’s free-agent class. The 27-year-old outfielder was acquired by the Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox on Feb. 10, along with pitcher David Price for three players. His deal is baseball’s second-largest in total dollars behind the $426.5 million, 12-year contract for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout covering 2019-30. The four-time Gold Glove winner captured the 2018 AL MVP award en route to Boston’s World Series title. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 80 RBIs last year, down from a major league-leading .346 average with 32 homers and 80 RBIs in his MVP season. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania health officials won’t allow the Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state is the latest jurisdiction to say no to the team as the baseball season begins this week. The state’s secretary of health cited a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania as the reason to bar the Blue Jays from playing their home games in the Steel City. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said this week his team has more than five contingency plans for a home stadium and was in talks with other teams. He declined to name them. Atkins said if the Blue Jays can’t find a major league park, their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, New York, would be their most likely site for home games. Westbrook set to return UNDATED (AP) — Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is set to practice with the team for the first time since revealing that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets on July 9 when they flew to Florida for the NBA’s restart. The nine-time All-Star revealed on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on July 14 and he did not arrive in Florida until Monday. Westbrook had to quarantine upon his arrival at Disney but was cleared to join the Rockets for their practice Wednesday. He said his only symptom was a stuffy nose. Also in the NBA:— Zion Williamson could still make reopening night of the NBA season. The New Orleans Pelicans said Wednesday that Williamson is being tested daily for the coronavirus and continues showing negative results. If that continues, Williamson may have to quarantine for only four days when he returns to the team. In other major league news: — Mike Trout has decided to play for the Angels in the shortened baseball season, although his year will be interrupted in a few weeks by the birth of his first child. The three-time AL MVP confirmed his decision Wednesday before his team’s exhibition game against the Padres at Angel Stadium. Trout expressed uncertainty earlier this month about the safety of this unique major league season, saying he wouldn’t risk his growing family’s health to participate.— Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has a torn muscle in his left calf and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The All-Star right-hander was expected to follow two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom in a rotation that already will be without No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard all year because of Tommy John surgery. He was 6-11 with a 2.96 ERA in 21 starts for Toronto last season before going 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA for the Mets.— Rockies reliever Scott Oberg will start the season on the injured list because of back soreness. Oberg was 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA and five saves in 49 games for the Rockies last season. He got a $13 million, three-year contract last winter.— MLB players have the option of having a patch with “Black Lives Matter” or “United For Change” on a jersey sleeve on opening day of the pandemic-delayed season. Teams have the option of stenciling an inverted MLB logo with “BLM” or “United for Change” on the back of the pitcher’s mound during opening weekend games. GOLF-BRITISH MASTERS Law and order at British Masters NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England (AP) — David Law of Scotland shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Oliver Fisher, Garrick Porteous and Renato Paratore in the opening round of the British Masters at Close House Golf Course near Newcastle on Wednesday. Aaron Cockerill, Rasmus Hojgard, Lee Slattery and Pedro Figueiredo were another shot back in a share of fifth, holding off a gaggle of nine players on 4 under. The tournament marks the start of the European Tour’s “U.K. Swing,” a series of six events played in England and Wales over the next six weeks devised primarily for ease of travel for players amid the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more