Indonesian president fails to keep media freedom pledges in first year

first_img “Despite the democratic hopes raised by his election, Joko Widodo’s presidency is far from meeting expectations with regard to access to information,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“The authorities continue to suppress information and Jokowi’s campaign pledge to open up the West Papua region to foreign journalists was just an illusion. If journalists can go there – under certain conditions – they are closely watched, exposing their sources to reprisals by the authorities.”The former governor of Jakarta, Jokowi began his term well. His inauguration on 20 October 2014 was followed a few days later by the release of French journalists Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois.Bourrat and Dandois had fallen victim to Indonesia’s restrictive practices in West Papua (the western half of the island of New Guinea) and were sentenced to two and a half months in prison for violating Indonesia’s draconian immigration laws by doing a report there after entering the country on tourist visas. Their fixer, Areki Wanimbo, was only released after being held for eight months.Ever since annexing the West Papua region in 1963, the Indonesia authorities have restricted access for foreign journalists because of acts of violence against civilians and the government’s crackdown on the separatist movements operating there. The few journalists managing to visit the region, which is an information “black hole,” have been closely watched.On 10 May, Jokowi announced the lifting of the ban on foreign journalists going to the West Papua region. The opening of Indonesia’s most secret region to journalists was one of the campaign promises made by Jokowi, who even told journalists that “there’s nothing to hide”.The decision allowed New Zealand’s Maori TV to do a report on the ethnic Papuan community for its “Native Affairs” programme. This was the first report of this kind in more than 50 years. But there is no guarantee of lasting access to information in the region. Certain army factions that have profited from Indonesia’s occupation are expected to continue to oppose media coverage. It is also highly unlikely that the authorities will let journalists investigate all the human rights violations that have taken place since annexation.Jokowi’s announcement – made while Indonesia was in the international spotlight following the death sentences pass on seven foreigners for drug trafficking – has all the hallmarks of a smokescreen designed to fob off international public opinion and add some temporary gloss to Indonesia’s image.While foreign reporters are no longer openly targeted in the West Papua region, the authorities still have their fixers and sources in their sights. Two fixers working for a French journalist were arrested and questioned by the police at the start of this month.The authorities also restrict the freedom of local journalists. Abeth You, a reporter for the TabloidJubi.com website, was attacked by police on 8 October while covering a demonstration in Jayapura, the West Papua region’s biggest city. It was organized by Solidarity for Victims of Human Rights Violations in Papua.After the police bundled You into a truck, an officer seized his camera and deleted all his photos – all the while threatening him with his gun. Even when they have press cards, local journalists covering demonstrations continue to be treated by the police as demonstrators. Coverage of certain sensitive subjects also continues to be closely controlled in the rest of Indonesia. British journalists Rebecca Prosser and Neil Bonner are still awaiting a verdict in their trial after being arrested for reportedly filming a reenaction of pirates attacking an oil tanker in the Malacca Strait, near Singapore.Rear Admiral Taufiqurrahman said shortly after their arrest that “what they were reenacting (…) could tarnish the image of the Malacca Strait as a crime-prone area.” The two journalists have been held since May under Indonesia’s immigration laws.In a couple of months, we will know whether Jokowi’s presidency has caused Indonesia to fall in the 2016 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders is very disappointed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s performance as regards freedom of information and media freedom during his first year in office. 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Islamic culture fostered by student group

first_imgAs part of the ongoing effort to promote and understand diversity at Notre Dame, the Muslim Student Association has successfully incorporated an interfaith dialogue between Muslim students and the University to spread awareness of Islamic culture and religion. The MSA boasts approximately 30 members of both graduate and undergraduate. Club vice president Itrat Bin Shams, an electrical engineering graduate student at Notre Dame, said the MSA uses annual events to promote Islamic culture around campus. Bin Shams said the EID festival (Eid al-Fitr), which means the Feast of Breaking Fast, takes place every year to commemorate the end of Ramadan. “We invite people from all around campus and give a presentation of what EID is, as well as information on the MSA.” Bin Shams said. “We also take part in the ‘Prayer from around the world,’ a series organized by campus ministry, where people from all religions show their practices and how they pray.” The MSA is also hosting an upcoming seminar titled “Syria: Why it matters” and a Fast-a-thon, an event organized over the summer where attendees were requested to skip a meal and donate proceeds to Fighting Hunger in Africa.    Bin Shams said the club works hard to create community between Muslim students by hosting smaller events. “We have several students who came from Turkey or Pakistan. The Muslim Student Association provides a very nice umbrella for them. We try to bring them together, for example, we pray together, we share our thoughts together, etc.” Bin Sham said. “Our mission is not only to provide facilities and bring Muslim students together but also to breach a network together between all students at the University.” Next semester, the club is hosting Islam awareness week. Bin Shams said the weeklong program will include a number of seminars, dinners and speakers from outside camps. Bin Shams said despite the majority of Notre Dame students belonging to a Christian background, the MSA’s impact on campus has been noticeable. “I truly believe the impact we have had on campus is huge,” Bin Shams said. Sara Abdel Rahim, a freshman biology major and an active member in the Muslim Student Association, said she believes the club has built a strong foundation that will allow its influence to continue to grow in coming years. “I’m very proud that we have a club like this on campus because I do appreciate the fact that we can practice our faith in a University that is predominantly catholic,” Abdel Rahim said.   Contact Gabriela Malespin at [email protected]last_img read more

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UPL panels need members

first_img April 1, 2002 Regular News UPL panels need members UPL panels need memberscenter_img The Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Department is seeking members for the local circuit unlicensed practice of law committees.Local circuit committee members conduct the investigations and make recommendations as to the disposition of cases. Both attorney and public members are needed.Appointments are made by the Supreme Court upon recommendation by the Board of Governors. If the circuit is not in need of members, your name will be placed in a file for future openings.Those interested in serving may send a letter of interest to the appropriate branch office for information:• Amanda Wall — Tallahassee Branch Office, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 (covers First, Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth, and 14th judicial circuits) (850) 561-5840.• Janet Morgan — Ft. Lauderdale Branch Office, Cypress Financial Center, 5900 N. Andrews Avenue, Suite 835, Ft. Lauderdale 33309 (covers 15th and 17th judicial circuits) (954) 772-2245.• Loretta O’Keeffe — Tampa Branch Office, Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607 (covers Sixth, 12th, 13th, and 20th judicial circuits) (813) 875-9821.• Ghunise Coaxum — Orlando Branch Office, 1200 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 32804 (covers Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, 10th, 18th, and 19th j udicial circuits) (407) 425-0473.• Jacquelyn Needelman — Miami Branch Office, Suite M100, Rivergate Plaza, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131 (covers 11th and 16th judicial circuits) (305) 377-4445.More information may also be found by contacting Lori Holcomb, UPL director, at the Bar’s headquarters in Tallahassee, (850) 561-5840.last_img read more

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Three debutants in Golden Jaguars 23-man squad to face Belize

first_imgHEAD COACH of the Golden Jaguars, Michael Johnson, has named three debutants – Jordan Greenidge, Anthony Jeffrey and forward, Keanu Marsh-Brown, in his 23-man squad to face Belize on Saturday, March 23, in country’s final, and what is considered as a most important qualifier for Guyana in the Concacaf Nations League, at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.Greenidge, 22, is a 6 feet, 6 inches tall left-footed Defender who can operate both as a Centre or Left Back. His technical development has been based at the English Premier League (EPL) team Arsenal’s famous youth Academy and has been playing professional football in Norway since 2017.Jeffrey is a 24-year-old rapid attacking player who can play as a Winger or as a main forward. A talent, also produced by EPL’s Arsenal’s Academy, Anthony has played in the English Football League for Stevenage Borough FC and Wycombe Wanderers FC.Currently a regular goal scorer in the Conference National for Dover Athletic, Anthony will add a new dimension to Guyana’s Forward line.Keanu Marsh-Brown, brother of Ronayne Marsh-Brown, is a 26-year-old seasoned forward in the English Football League, playing at Newport County.A product of Fulham’s Academy, Keanu has played for MK Dons, Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town in England and Dundee in Scotland.Among the seasoned members of the squad re-joining the team are Warren Creavalle, Emery Welshman, Samuel Cox, Walter Moore and Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson.This selection follows the Guyana-based team’s preparation, which has been in training for approximately eight weeks and which has had five training matches during this time, the last of which was held on Saturday at the Pierkhan Stadium, Nickerie, Suriname, where the ‘Jags’ went down 3 – 1.Tickets for the match are being sold at $1500 at the following locations: Andrews Supermarket – Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt; The Guinness Bar – Durban Street, GT; West Indian Sports Complex, Robb Street; Nice Restaurante; below Space Gym, Croal Street, GT; Pegasus Hotel Guyana; KFC Outlets – Regent Street & Mandela Avenue; Dad’s Fish Shop, Den Amstel; Patsy Food Court and Bar, Linden-Soesdyke Junction; The Fashion Box– Vendors Arcade, Bartica and at Giftland Mall.Fan jerseys are also available at the GFF Secretariat, the Guyana Pegasus and Giftland Mall at a cost of GY$5,000.Match time is set for 18:30hrs.GOLDEN JAGUARS SQUAD: Goalkeepers – Alex Murray, Sese Norville and Akel Clarke. Defenders – Sam Cox, Elliot Bonds, Terence Vancooten, Reiss Greenidge, Ronayne Marsh-Brown, Walter Moore and Kevin Layne. Midfield – Neil Danns, Clive Nobrega, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Anthony Jeffrey, Kadell Daniel, Warren Creavalle and Trayon Bobb. Forwards – Sheldon Holder, Gregory Richardson, Pernel Schultz, Marcel Barrington, Emery Welshman and Keanu Marsh-Brown.last_img read more

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EU TOURISM GROUP GETS WARM DONEGAL WELCOME

first_imgDelegates from FEDETON (EU Federation of Nautical Tourism Destinations) were treated to a warm Donegal welcome when they arrived Donegal Town for their General Assembly.The AGM which was held in the Central Hotel was hosted by Donegal County Council with assistance from Donegal Tourism Ltd. Cllr.Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of the Council said he was delighted to be there to welcome these delegates to Donegal and to showcase all that Donegal has to offer on the Wild Atlantic Way. He told us: “It was a great privilege for me to welcome these delegates to Donegal. Those attending the meeting had travelled from several EU countries including Croatia, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy and Donegal County Council is the only Council in Ireland to be a member of FEDETON.“I think this demonstrates the Council’s commitment to developing our marine tourism sector and maximising opportunities that are being presented by the Wild Atlantic Way.”FEDETON is an EU representative body with a specialist interest in nautical tourism. The objectives of FEDETON include the development of nautical tourism destinations in member regions, lobbying the EU commission to gain recognition and seek funding opportunities for this sector and to develop networks amongst nautical tourism destinations such as Donegal to encourage knowledge exchange and collaborative approaches to benefit all regions.The President of FEDETON, Mr. Bernard Faucon was welcomed by Cllr. Slowey at the meeting and was presented with a commemorative Donegal Pen and a bottle of Selkie whiskey from the Sliabh Liag Distillery in Donegal to mark the occasion of his visit to the county. During the meeting action plans for the future were discussed during a very lively discussion on the way forward for nautical tourism destinations in FEDETON.After the business of the day came to a close, the delegates had the opportunity to tour the county with Joe Haughey Tours taking them along our beautiful coastline. They were very impressed when stopping off in Killybegs to see the many fishing vessels and the location of the new marina. Onwards towards Sliabh Liag along the coast road, delegates were in awe of the stunning coastal scenery. Meeting Paddy Byrne at Teelin Pier, the delegates took a boat trip out to Sliabh Liag and were amazed by the sheer height of the majestic sea cliffs of Sliabh Liag. They even managed to catch a large Pollock fish from the boat, a moment that will be remembered forever.That evening delegates enjoyed some local fresh seafood with a meal in Castle Murray House as the sun set over the beautiful Donegal Bay.The President, Mr. Faucon remarked that ‘a place of such rugged coastal beauty such as Donegal has the opportunity to become one of Europe’s premier nautical tourism destinations of excellence and our shared objectives within FEDETON have the potential to achieve this goal’.Several of the delegates had planned to stay in Donegal after the meeting to spend a couple of days touring the county, while others said they looked forward to returning soon. EU TOURISM GROUP GETS WARM DONEGAL WELCOME was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFEDETON (EU Federation of Nautical Tourism Destinations)last_img read more

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With USA out, Fox could lose millions in World Cup

first_imgUnited States With U.S. out of picture, Fox could lose millions in World Cup dollars Michael McCarthy Last updated 2 years ago 03:06 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Michael Bradley Christian Pulisic USA Getty United States World Cup The USMNT will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1986, and the television network is poised to lose up to $20 million due to its failure Fox Sports is smiling bravely, but no amount of spin by the network can hide the damage caused by the U.S. men’s soccer team’s dramatic crash and burn out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Fox is poised to lose an estimated $10 million to $20 million because of the U.S. team’s failure to reach the tournament final in Russia. The network shelled out $400 million to beat ESPN for the English-language rights to four World Cups from 2015-22, including the men’s World Cups in 2018 and 2022. USA’s absence is expected to hurt U.S. TV ratings, particularly early in the tournament.Some U.S. advertisers who have previously bought airtime will probably stay on the sideline now that the tournament likely will generate less TV/radio/online coverage than anticipated. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Financial analyst Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research Group estimates a negative impact for Fox in the “low tens” of millions.”Reports indicating a $10 million to $20 million negative impact for Fox from the U.S. team’s failure to qualify seem correct and represent a negligible amount for the network,” he wrote in a research report while analyzing the impact on parent company 21st Century Fox.Wieser, in fact, believes the seven-hour time difference between Russia and the U.S. Eastern Time Zone will be more of a problem for Fox than the absence of the U.S. team. ESPN had to deal with time differences of one to two hours while broadcasting the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. “Arguably the challenging time zone (with the 2018 tournament hosted in Russia) will prove to cause a more significant factor depressing viewing when comparing 2018 vs. 2014,” Wieser added.Meanwhile, advertising industry bible Adweek warned Fox will likely suffer “a big ratings hit” without the U.S. squad playing. “More than a dozen” advertisers had agreed to buy time on Fox’s broadcasts before the U.S. team’s failure, Adweek’s Jason Lynch wrote, and the network was deep in talks “with FIFA partners like Adidas and Coca-Cola.”Soccer TV analysts were stunned by the USMNT’s ignominious exit.Fox’s Alexi Lalas, a former national team player, felt shame.”This team, they failed themselves, they failed the sport and they failed their country,” he told Colin Cowherd on FS1.Who can forget ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman’s angry rant following the team’s 2-1 loss to Trindidad and Tobago on the final night of CONCACAF qualifying? “This is an utter embarrassment,” the former USMNT member declared as he practically came out of his chair on the set.Fox, in keeping its chin up publicly, issued a statement saying the United States’ loss did not change its “passion” for the world’s biggest sporting event. The statement was a preview of how the network plans to generate enthusiasm in the States for a U.S.-less World Cup.”While the U.S. was eliminated, the biggest stars in the world from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo stamped their tickets to Russia on the same day, and will battle teams ranging from Mexico to England that have massive fan bases in America,” the statement read. “The World Cup is the greatest sporting event on earth that changes the world for one month every four years, and FOX Sports remains steadfast in our commitment of bringing the games to America for the first time in 2018 and will continue to support the U.S. Soccer Federation as they look ahead to the 2022 World Cup.”The network has to hope that the country’s growing Latino population, and the continued growth of soccer in the U.S., will be enough to put it over the top next summer.Fox is planning 350 hours of World Cup coverage, with its main TV set located in Moscow’s Red Square. During a launch event in New York last month, now-former team manager Bruce Arena guaranteed the U.S. would qualify.“I will tell you this: We’re going to be there, and I’m going to miss all this great Fox coverage,” Arena said, per Sports Illustrated .Now Arena will have plenty of time to watch that TV coverage.last_img read more

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