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

Voice of America correspondent arrested

first_img Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest and conscription into the Eritrean army of the local correspondent of the radio station Voice of America (VOA) and called for the immediate release of him and 18 other jailed media workers in the country, which it said was “Africa’s biggest prison for journalists.”The journalist, Akhilu Solomon, 32, was arrested at his home on 8 July and taken to an army camp to do his compulsory military service. However, VOA said he had already done part of it and been exempted from the rest on medical grounds.”After persecuting the local media, the government is now going after those working for foreign media,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The latest arrest means 19 journalists are now in prison, making Eritrea by far the most repressive country in Africa in this respect.”The government shut down all privately-owned newspapers in September 2001 and arrested several journalists, leaving only the official press operating. Three foreign media – the BBC, Agence France-Presse and Deutsche Welle – have stringers in the country. The US embassy in Asmara said it had contacted the government about Solomon’s arrest.All Eritreans over 18 have been obliged since 1994 to do 18 months military service, including six months training at a military camp in the western town of Sawa. January 13, 2021 Find out more The correspondent in Eritrea of the radio station Voice of America has been arrested and sent to a camp to do military service despite being earlier exempted. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release, noting that Eritrea is Africa’s biggest prison for journalists. October 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? RSF_en Reports July 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Voice of America correspondent arrested News News Help by sharing this information April 14, 2021 Find out more RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision EritreaAfrica Follow the news on Eritrea News EritreaAfrica Organisation last_img read more

National Charity League Ticktockers Host a Club 21 Dance-A-Thon

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty The National Charity League, Inc., Pasadena Area Chapter held a Dance-A-Thon for the families of Club 21 Learning and Resource Center. The NCL girls (Ticktockers), ranging from grades 7 through 12, hosted approximately 125 family members from Club 21 at the event. Club 21 is a Pasadena-based organization that promotes knowledge and resources that enable individuals with Down syndrome to be fully included in our society. NCL Ticktockers and their mothers support and participate in many Club 21 programs including First Steps, Learning Program, Tools for the Journey annual conference and the summer bike camp. The five hour Dance-A-Thon not only included dancing but also fun activities and games along with delicious food. The event was enjoyed by all participants with much laughter and connection between Club 21 families and the NCL Ticktockers.Each year, the NCL Ticktocker Council, which is comprised of girls from each grade level, organizes a Chapter-wide event. This year the Council voted to do something special for the members of Club 21 and the Dance-A-Thon idea was born.The National Charity League, Inc, Pasadena Area Chapter’s mission is to foster Mother-Daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. National Charity League, Inc., Pasadena Area Chapter was founded in 1998. Today the Chapter has more than 440 members, serves 23 local philanthropies, and contributes over 18,000 hours to our local communities. For more information, please visit in Los Angeles, California in 1925, and incorporated in 1958, National Charity League, Inc. is the premier mother-daughter organization, serving women and their daughters in grades 7-12. Currently the membership of nearly 50,000 consists of 185 Chapters that thrive in 22 states, providing valuable philanthropic, leadership, and cultural experiences to its members and striving to meet critical needs of local communities through hands-on volunteer support. For more information, visit Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Gatherings National Charity League Ticktockers Host a Club 21 Dance-A-Thon STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, February 28, 2014 | 12:41 pmcenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Major Overhaul for Dutch Navy’s HNLMS Zeeleeuw Sub

first_img View post tag: major View post tag: Navy View post tag: maintenance Share this article May 23, 2013 Industry news View post tag: The Netherlands View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HNLMS View post tag: Sustainment View post tag: Overhaul View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Walrus class Dutch Navy’s submarine HNLMS Zeeleeuw is undergoing a major renovation. This sustainment project for the Walrus class of submarines will improve the worldwide deployability of the Netherlands’ four submarines with regard to conducting various missions, countering piracy being on the top of the list.Life-extending maintenance will bring these submarines, which were commissioned in the early 1990s, completely up-to-date. They will undergo a major revamp both on the outside and on the inside of the vessels, which will make the submarine fleet fit for service until at least 2015.The four most important modifications are:optronic mast;modernised sonar;improved satellite communication;operational software (modern combat management system).The renovation will be carried out by the Naval Maintenance and Sustainment Organisation in Den Helder. The total cost will amount to €94 million and the Zeeleeuw will have been fully modified by 2015.[mappress]Press Release, May 23, 2013; Image: Dutch Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: Defence View post tag: Zeeleeuw View post tag: submarine Major Overhaul for Dutch Navy’s HNLMS Zeeleeuw Sub Back to overview,Home naval-today Major Overhaul for Dutch Navy’s HNLMS Zeeleeuw Sub View post tag: Dutch View post tag: Organisationlast_img read more