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  • Cross country starts season at Bear Twilight Invitational

    first_imgCourtesy of TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Maya Bulger Maya Bulger Linkedin Linkedin Facebook + posts Early action option removed from admission process Maya Bulger Two teams added to ‘Meet The Frogs’ Twitter Track and Field: Senior breaks another school record Maya Bulger ReddIt Previous articleFive takeaways from TCU’s dominant performance against Jackson State, 63-0Next articleHoroscope: September 5, 2017 Maya Bulger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Get to know the TCU admission counselors Maya Bulger is a junior at Texas Christian University from Detroit, Michigan. Maya is pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in business. In her spare time she loves to watch sports, workout, read, hike, travel and bake. Facebook printThe Horned Frogs kicked off their 2017 cross country season at the Bear Twilight Invitational Friday night where the women competed in the 4000-meter race and the men in the 6000-meter race.On the women’s side, senior Nicole Hicks was the first to cross the finish line. Hicks grabbed 16th place overall with a time of 14:19.1– knocking 20 seconds off her previous season opening time.“I’m used to her being steady throughout the race,” assistant coach Jennifer Fazioli said. “I’m really encouraged about where she will be at the end of the season.”Freshman Evelyn Mandel completed her first collegiate race with a time of 14:25:5, finishing second for the women and placing 19th overall.“She’s going to be a blue-collar runner,” Fazioli said. “She’s gritty and she’ll never give up.”Freshman Lindsay Tomaini finished right behind Mandel with a time of 14:31.5. Junior Elizabeth Baker (14:40.2), senior Dominique Tilly (14:45.5), sophomore Kirsten Johnson (14:48.7) and junior Erin Barth (14:50.2) finished consecutively, placing 24th-28th.“They did exactly what I told them to do,” Fazioli said. “They all picked it up and moved up over the course of the race.”Senior Henry Butz was the first to finish for the men’s team, placing 31st with a time of 19:36.4.“I think he ran really well,” Fazioli said. “It should give him a lot of confidence and I want to see him finish his senior year out well.”Junior Patrick LaCour (19:44.1), junior Dylan Brokmeyer (19:48.6) and freshman Kelby Caplinger (19:49.7) finished next.Next UpThe Frogs will travel to Round Rock, TX, to compete at the Texas Preview on Thursday, Sept. 14. Twitter ReddIt Maya Bulger Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

  • Live coverage: SGA weekly meeting

    first_imgLinkedin + posts Robbie Vaglio ReddIt print Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Robbie Vaglio Robbie Vaglio Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Robbie Vaglio I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Previous articleWomen’s basketball looks to stay true to themselves during WNITNext articleBreakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Robbie Vaglio Facebook Linkedin Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Twitter Facebook What to watch during quarantine Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

  • KTCU co-managers put ‘college twist’ on the radio

    first_imgLinkedin Riane Cleveland Twitter printIn Moudy South, you can hear rock, rap and other music as you walk down the first-floor hallway.The music comes from KTCU, the on-campus radio station, but those sounds didn’t play at all a couple of years ago. Texas may be a country state, but playing one genre of music can sometimes get old. Once the previous management departed, co-managers Geoffrey Craig and Janice McCall decided to give KTCU a much-needed change.Prior to the change, country music was the main genre played at KTCU, McCall said. Because of that, the station saw a decline in listeners as well as complaints from those in the community.Now, the duo has focused on putting the “college” back in college radio. McCall and Craig widened the station’s horizons, deciding to play more modern music such as rock, rap and electronic. KTCU is located on the first floor of Moudy South. Photo by Riane ClevelandThey also created new segments like “Local Lunch,” a weekday afternoon show featuring local artists. “’Local Lunch’ was something different to do on weekdays,” Craig, the creator of the segment, said. “It is a way to let local artist in the DFW area have their music played.”Craig and McCall didn’t just stop at changing the music, though. They worked on opening up opportunities for non-FTDM majors to work in the studio. “When you think about a college radio station, anyone can like music from any field,” Craig said. “Anybody that wants to learn can just walk right in. The door is open.”Carlos Rebollar, a sophomore music major, is in his first-year working as a radio jockey. Although he said everything was complicated at first, he learned his way around the station after shadowing other students. Rebollar said that Craig and McCall are very supportive when working with students. Students like Carlos Rebollar get hands on experience working at KTCU. Photo by Riane Cleveland“They really make you feel comfortable in the whole training process,” Rebollar said. “The first time I spoke on air, I was scared, but they coach you through it.”Rebollar said although his first time on–air wasn’t the best, both Craig and McCall encouraged him to perservere.“They really made me feel comfortable in the position before I started working it,” Rebollar said. “They’re awesome.”KTCU now has 29 student workers this semester, the most the station has ever had. This accomplishment is due to Craig and McCall’s efforts to be an inclusive and multifaceted station. KTCU can be heard on FM 88.7 and through the TuneIn or TCU mobile apps. For more information on KTCU and how to get involved visit World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Baseball begins five-game homestand against SFA Riane Cleveland Baseball sweeps Kentucky in opening weekend Riane Cleveland is a senior sports broadcasting major and journalism minor from St. Louis, Missouri. She hopes to become a multimedia journalist and anchor upon graduating in May. She enjoys watching sports, traveling and spending time with friends. Riane Cleveland TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleSoccer rallies for 2-1 comeback victory over Iowa StateNext articleHoroscope: October 8, 2019 Riane Cleveland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Track and field concludes Charlie Thomas Invitational with top finishes Linkedin New traffic light on Berry Street hopes to increase pedestrian protection ReddIt ReddIt Facebook Facebook Riane Cleveland + posts Riane Cleveland Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

  • Football faces biggest challenge yet against explosive Sooners

    first_imgColin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Twitter Facebook First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Post Colin Post Colin Post Twitter Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Post printHaving lost four games by seven or fewer points, losing three quarterbacks, and starting five true freshmen on defense this year (second-most in the nation), TCU has certainly seen some tough tests this season.Nevertheless, the Frogs will undoubtedly face their biggest test of the year this Saturday when they travel to Norman to face the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners.“You always got to get excited to play the best,” cornerback Julius Lewis said. “They’ve been the best in the conference since I’ve been here, so you always get ready to play them.”TCU gained some momentum last weekend when they defeated Texas Tech 33-31 in Lubbock to end a two-game skid. The win held even more meaning to the Frogs since they had lost all four of their games that ended within one score this season.Quarterback Max Duggan (15) will have to have a near-flawless game for TCU to have a chance against Oklahoma. Photo by Heesoo Yang.“It was a huge win, especially when we’re trying to make it to a bowl game,” center Kelton Hollins said about the win over Texas Tech. “This is big-time football, so anytime you come out and you get a dub, that’s big time.” First-year quarterback Max Duggan was pivotal in TCU’s victory, recording a career-high 398 total yards of offense without throwing an interception.With two games remaining, TCU just has to obtain onemore victory to reach bowl eligibility for the 17th time in headcoach Gary Patterson’s 19 years at the helm. On the other hand, the Sooners enter the game teeming with confidence after overcoming a 25-point deficit to defeat No. 13 Baylor 34-31 last Saturday. The win was the biggest comeback in Oklahoma history and kept their slim chances at a College Football Playoff bid alive. Despite their early deficit last week, Oklahoma’s electric offense changed the course of a game in an instant. Behind 581.1 yards per game, the Sooners rank first nationally in total offense, while their 47.0 points per game rank third.“They’re athletes,” head coach Gary Patterson said on what makes the Sooners difficult to defend. “They don’t let you overload. They do a great job of keeping you spread out.”Oklahoma’s national prominence on the offensive side of the ball stems from quarterback Jalen Hurts, who once led Alabama to two-straight national championship appearances. Hurts, who is currently ranked second in ESPN’s Heisman watch, ranks first in the Big 12 in individual total offense with 402.2 yards per game on his own.The seasoned signal-caller represents a threat both in the air and on the ground, as his 28 passing touchdowns are paired with 15 rushing scores.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) stiff arms Baylor defensive tackle TJ Franklin (90) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Waco, Texas. Oklahoma won 34-31. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)“We’ve played a lot of running quarterbacks,” Patterson said. “You can’t think you’re going to go kill him, because that’s not what’s going to happen if you blitz and you come three. They can pull away from you.”Hurts’ primary target this season has been receiver CeeDee Lamb (983 yards and 13 touchdowns); however, Lamb’s status for Saturday is currently “up in the air,” according to head coach Lincoln Riley, due to injury.Lewis emphasized that Lamb’s potential absence doesn’tchange TCU’s preparation mindset, as the Frogs always prepare like they’replaying “the best.”TCU will be shorthanded in the secondary on Saturday, as cornerback Jeff Gladney will be out for the first half of the contest due to a targeting penalty last week against the Red Raiders.Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) hauls in his third touchdown reception in front of Texas defensive back Brandon Jones (19) in the second half of an NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Dallas. Lamb finished with 171 receiving yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma won 34-27. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)First-year corners Kee’Yon Stewart and Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinsonwill likely see time in Gladney’s absence.“When they’ve been in ball games, Tre against Baylor and then Kee’Yon against some guys, they’ve all done pretty well,” Patterson said.While Oklahoma is known for their offense, the entrance of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has brought the Sooners to second in the Big 12 in total defense, second only to TCU.Led by 2019 Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of theYear Kenneth Murray (70 tackles, 2.5 sacks on the year), Oklahoma will look toput pressure on Duggan, forcing him to make quick decisions.Duggan saw such pressure against Oklahoma State and Baylor, throwing three interceptions in both games.Pressure or not, Duggan can’t afford to give the ballaway on Saturday, as possessions are valuable against the high-flying Sooners.Kickoff in Norman is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on FOX. This is the Frogs’ first night game since they played Purdue on Sept. 14. “As usual, we have our hands full on both sides of the ball,” Patterson said. “[It’s a] normal ‘OU’ team—very athletic—so you have to get ready to play, especially when you play them in Norman.” TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellocenter_img ReddIt + posts Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleOn-campus a cappella group offers performance opportunity and communityNext articleVenezuelan migrant families manage struggles for citizenship in Colombia Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Colin Post read more

  • Twenty organisations call on the new President of the European Commission to make press freedom a priority

    first_img Organisation Related documents 2019-07-19_joint_letter-president_von_der_leyen.pdfPDF – 708.08 KB Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says FinlandFranceGermanyBelgiumAustriaSwedenDenmarkItalyRomaniaSpainPortugalNetherlandsBulgariaPolandCzech RepublicSlovakiaMaltaCyprusHungaryLuxembourgUnited KingdomGreeceCroatiaLatviaLithuaniaEstoniaIrelandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression News Receive email alerts News June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says FinlandFranceGermanyBelgiumAustriaSwedenDenmarkItalyRomaniaSpainPortugalNetherlandsBulgariaPolandCzech RepublicSlovakiaMaltaCyprusHungaryLuxembourgUnited KingdomGreeceCroatiaLatviaLithuaniaEstoniaIrelandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan In a joint-letter, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 19 other organisations urge incoming president of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen to ensure that media freedom, the protection of journalists, and EU citizens’ access to information are top political priorities during her term. Brussels, 19 July 2019 June 7, 2021 Find out more News July 24, 2019 Twenty organisations call on the new President of the European Commission to make press freedom a priority to go further News RSF_en Dear President von der Leyen,We are writing as members of the press freedom community to congratulate you on your appointment as President of the European Commission, and to urge you to ensure that media freedom, the protection of journalists, and EU citizens’ access to information are top political priorities over the coming term of your Commission.The last Commission took important steps to address media freedom. But given the rapidly changing media environment, increasingly severe threats and restrictions to press freedom, and the recent murders of journalists, more must be done. We, the undersigned organizations, strongly urge you to appoint a Vice-President of the new Commission with a clear and robust mandate to use all available EU mechanisms, including policy, legislation, and budget, to defend press freedom and the safety of journalists.In particular, we urge you to explicitly list this mandate in your mission letter to one of the Vice-Presidents establishing it as a political priority over the next five-year term.We ask that the Vice-President have a sufficiently robust and far-ranging mandate to address the following areas of reform:Creating an enabling legal and regulatory environment for free, independent, pluralistic, and diverse media and the safety of journalists, whether staff, freelancers, or bloggers. Journalists need to be protected from judicial harassment, arbitrary surveillance, defamation, overly broad national security and anti-terrorist legislation, as well as SLAPP and tax laws.Protecting journalists, freelancers, and bloggers from physical, legal, psychological, and digital threats,and ensuring access to effective protection and prevention measures and mechanisms, with specific attention to the risks facing female journalists.Combating impunity for all attacks against journalists, freelancers, and bloggers, including support and capacity-building for law enforcement, prosecutors, and the judiciary and the development of specialized protocols for investigations.Continuing to combat disinformation through robust public defense of independent journalism and its critical importance in democracy. This should accompany efforts to increase public understanding of media freedoms, supporting social media self-regulation, and building media literacy.Supporting sustainable models for independent journalism in promoting media independence, pluralism, and diversity, as well as allowing for effective self-regulation, capacity building, and training.Media freedom and pluralism are pillars of modern democracy. For the next Commission to guarantee European citizens their right to access to information, it must use the coming term to address the numerous threats to journalism. We hope you will take steps to ensure it does.We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and thank you in advance for taking our concerns into consideration. We look forward to receiving your response.Sincerely,Alliance Internationale de Journalistes Article 19Association of European Journalists Committee to Protect Journalists European Federation of Journalists European Journalism Centre European Media InitiativeEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom Free Press UnlimitedGlobal Forum for Media Development IFEXIndex on Censorship International Press Institute Media Diversity Institute PEN InternationalEnglish PENReporters Without Borders Rory Peck TrustSouth East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Blogger cleared of “insult to prophets” but still guilty of “insulting Supreme Guide”

    first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad was cleared of “insulting the prophets” by a court in Tehran on 28 June, for which he faced the death penalty, but must still serve a two-year sentence for insulting the Supreme Guide. Reporters Without Borders repeated its call for the release of the young blogger, who has been held in custody since 12 February 2005. to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more Two other webloggers and cyberjournalists, Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi and Mojtaba Lotfi, have also been imprisoned since February 2005.__________________________________________________________________________________07.06.2005Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad gets two-year prison sentenceReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the fate of 25-year-old blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been sentenced to two years in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court for “insulting the Supreme Guide” and who is due to be tried soon on a separate charge of insulting the prophets, which carries a possible death penalty.The press freedom organisation urged all bloggers to mobilise on behalf of the young blogger, who was arrested on 12 February. “All blogosphere messages of solidarity are welcome,” the organisation said. “We know that these message reach the prisoners and help put pressure on the Iranian authorities, especially in the run-up to the presidential election. It is vital for people to talk about Mojtaba.”Mojtaba’s lawyer, Mohammad Saifzadeh, said the two-year sentence was handed down after a hearing on 23 May in which his client was not allowed to speak freely. To intimidate him, the authorities had him accompanied in court by the police officers who interrogated him in prison.He will appear in court again on 22 June to be tried on a charge of “insulting the prophets and the holy imams.” This extremely serious accusation could result in his being found guilty of apostasy, which carries the death penalty under article 512 of the Islamic criminal code.Various initiatives are under way on the Iranian Internet in support of Mojtaba. Internet users have dedicated a blog to him in both English ( and in Farsi ( Some 50 Iranian bloggers are openly backing him. The Penlog bloggers group has also firmly condemned his conviction (see the petition set up by the Committee to protect bloggers :…——————————-23.05.05Imprisoned blogger Mojtaba Saminejad ends hunger strikeMojtaba Saminejad ended his hunger strike, on 14 May 2005, a week after he started it, apparently as a result of appeals from his family. The weblogger was summoned, on 23 May, by the 13th chamber of the peoples‚ revolutionary court in Tehran. He has been formally accused of acting against “national security” and is due to go on trial next month. ——————————–16.05.05Imprisoned blogger goes on hunger-strikeReporters Without Borders today called on bloggers throughout the world to post messages in support of Iranian blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been in prison since 12 February and who began a hunger-strike on 14 May.”The life of this young blogger is in danger as he is being held in a prison where several detainees have died or have been injured in violence between inmates,” the press freedom organization said.”You must talk about him on the Web and in the media in order to put pressure on the Iranian authorities,” the organization said, adding, “all bloggers must feel concerned about his fate and that of his two colleagues who are also imprisoned.”According to his family, Mojtaba initially tried to file a complaint about mistreatment but his interrogators replied they were going to put him in a detention centre where he would “regret having complained.” He is currently held in Gohar Dashat prison (in a Tehran suburb), which has a reputation for mistreatment of detainees. He shares his cell with non-political prisoners.Mojtaba’s father, Sfar Saminejad, told the student news agency ISNA, “I wrote several letters to the authorities to complain about the unacceptable conditions in which my son is being detained, but no one replied.”Mojtaba’s hands and feet were in chains when he appeared in court on 11 May.A few days ago, Iranian bloggers launched a petition calling on the head of the judicial system, Ayatollah Sharoudi, to grant Mojtaba a pardon and unconditional release( An earlier petition was initiated shortly after his arrest ( other bloggers and cyber-journalists have been detained since February. They are Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi and Mojtaba Lotfi.——————-12.02.05Appeal court confirms prison for cyber-dissident while blogger is reimprisonedCondemning the imprisonment of two Iranian Internet users in the past 10 days, Reporters Without Borders said Iran was undergoing the Middle East’s biggest-ever crackdown on online free expression.Cyber-dissident Mojtaba Lotfi was imprisoned on 5 February after an appeal court confirmed a sentence of three years and 10 months in prison for posting “lies” on the Internet. Blogger Motjaba Saminejad, who was freed on bail of 500 million rials (43,000 euros) at the end of January, was reimprisoned on 12 February when a judge doubled the bail, making it impossible for him to raise the money.”How can Iranian officials parade at a UN summit on the Internet at the same time as they are jailing bloggers?” Reporters Without Borders asked, referring to Iran’s participation in a preparatory meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two days’ time.”We will go to this meeting to ask them to free the cyber-dissident and two bloggers who are in prison in Iran,” the press freedom organization said. “We will also remind them that they will have to respect the undertaking given during the first WSIS stage, namely respect for article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”The sentence of three years and 10 months that was upheld on appeal was originally imposed on Lotfi, a theology student from the holy city of Qom, by a lower court on 14 August. But he was allowed to remain free at the time after paying bail of 650 million rial (55,000 euros). Lotfi used to be a journalist with the pro-reform daily Khordad, which the authorities closed in 2000. He was arrested for the first time in May 2004 and imprisoned in Qom after posting an article entitled “Respect for human rights in cases involving the clergy” on, a news site about Qom. Naqshineh is also being prosecuted, above all because of its articles on the last legislative elections, and it has been blocked since March 2004 on the orders of the Qom authorities.Saminejad was told his bail had been raised to 1 billion rials when he was summoned by the Tehran prosecutor’s office for a hearing on 12 February. He was first arrested in November 2004 for reporting the arrests of three fellow bloggers in his former blog ( While detained, his blog address was transferred to the blog of a group of hackers linked to the Iranian radical Islamist movement Hezbollah ( After his release, he relaunched his blog using a new address (, which may have the reason for his re-arrest.The other blogger currently in prison is journalist Arash Sigarchi, who was arrested on 17 January in the northern city of Rashat for keeping a banned blog called Panhjareh Eltehab (The Window of Anxiety), in which he reported the recent arrests of cyber-journalists and bloggers.The second stage of the WSIS is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under UN aegis in Tunis in November (see the official site: A preparatory meeting (prep com) is taking place in Geneva from 17 to 25 February. Reporters Without Borders repeated its call for the release of the young blogger, who has been held in custody since 12 February 2005.Lawyer for Mojtaba put testimony before the judges from two conservative ayatollahs that the articles posted by his client could not been interpreted as insulting to the prophets.The blogger had been sentenced to two years in prison at an earlier hearing before another Tehran court for “insulting the Supreme Guide”. He has so far not been allowed to appeal against this ruling. RSF_en Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News IranMiddle East – North Africa News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad was cleared of “insulting the prophets” by a court in Tehran on 28 June, for which he faced the death penalty, but must still serve a two-year sentence for insulting the Supreme Guide. Organisation July 11, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger cleared of “insult to prophets” but still guilty of “insulting Supreme Guide” News June 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Reporters Without Borders protests at sabotage as new form of censorship

    first_img Help by sharing this information Organisation October 11, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas RSF_en November 14, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has expressed deep concern after programmes were blacked out at eight radio stations and a television channel after their transmitters were deliberately sabotaged.”We call on the authorities to carry out an exhaustive investigation of these acts of sabotage and to inform us of their conclusions” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders.”This kind of attack against press freedom is without precedent in Haiti. We fear that it will only be repeated unless the perpetrators are punished,” he said. “Once again it is for the government of President Aristide to put an end to its complicity in attacks against the press,” he added.A commando of several armed and hooded men arrived at premises at Bouthillier on the heights of Port-au-Prince on 13 January and destroyed transmitters belonging to eight radios of a variety of different political tendencies. They tied up watchman Beyou Vil before destroying the equipment with sledgehammers. Vil, afterwards described the 15-minute raid, for which no-one has yet admitted responsibility. He said the saboteurs were travelling in a four-wheel drive vehicle.The radios whose transmitters were destroyed were: Radio Commerciale, Radio Plus, Radio Kiskeya, Magic Stereo, Signal FM, Mélodie FM, Radio Ti Moun et Radio Galaxie. The radios were all forced to halt programmes. The transmitter of Tele Ti Moun television was also destroyed.Owner of the site and of Magic Stereo radio, Fritz Joassaint, said the cost of the damage amounted to more than 400,000 dollars (315,000 euros). It would take around ten days to repair.Among the radios attacked, Signal FM and Radio Kiskeya had provided detailed coverage of opposition demonstrations organised in the past few weeks, demanding the resignation of President Aristide. Liliane Pierre-Paul, manager of Radio Kiskeya, accused the government of being “responsible for these incidents in that it has led a campaign of hate and vilification against the independent press.”Radio Commerciale and Mélodie FM are seen as being close to the ruling Fanmi Lavalas party. Radio and Tele Ti Moun are owned by the President Artistide Democracy Foundation. Marvel Dandin of Radio Kiskeya, said he thought the destruction of their transmitters could be accounted for by the fact there is no way to tell the difference between the different transmitters at the site.Six journalists from Radio and Television Ti Moun had to leave the country at the beginning of December 2003 after making revelations about the running of the media. In particular they accused the management of deliberately making them take risks so that President Aristide would be able to count journalists from the pro-government media as among those who had been killed. Two journalists have been killed in Haiti since April 2000. In both cases no action was taken against the suspects who were close to the government. News News HaïtiAmericas News Follow the news on Haïti Nine media (radio and television) were forced off the air after an armed commando destroyed their transmitters. Reporters Without Borders denounced this new form of censorship and urged the authorities to carry out an exhaustive investigation. January 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders protests at sabotage as new form of censorship Receive email alerts to go further Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice News Another journalist murdered in Haiti Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Open letter to President Choummaly Sayasone

    first_imgNews RSF_en Help by sharing this information Dear Mr President,Following your appointment as head of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (PPRL) and the state of Laos, Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation which defends press freedom, wishes to draw your attention to serious and persistent press freedom problems in Laos.We recommend that you undertake some radical reforms which would finally allow the emergence of an independent press and the protection of journalists’ rights.We deplore the fact that Laotian journalists are still officials in the information and culture ministry and that, according to our sources, they are forced into self-censorship.Media executives and ministry officials meet several times a month to comment on articles which have appeared and to decide on priority subjects. The media put out news reports in their entirety from the official Khaosan Pathet Lao (KPL) news agency on many subjects.Even though the French-language weekly Le Rénovateur and the English-language Vientiane Times sometimes risk reports on certain socio-economic problems, the majority of the media puts out only news favourable to the party which you head. However the party newspaper, Paxaxon (People), continues to present itself as a “revolutionary publication produced by the people for the people and which serves the political programme of the Revolution”.It seems regrettable too that that the foreign ministry also has a say in the content of the media, imposing a ban on criticising “friendly countries”, particularly Vietnam and Burma.We also urge you to reform the criminal code which currently allows journalists to be sentenced to long prison terms for “spreading news which weakens the state” The law also lays down a one-year prison sentence for anyone who imports a “publication contrary to national culture”.We would hope, Mr President, that the draft press law, announced in 2001, can be amended to be more liberal. According to our information, it has still not been debated in parliament even though it has been amended several times by the government and the Journalists’ Association. This draft law protects journalists’ sources, sets out the conditions for obtaining a publication licence and would allow the creation of a privately-owned media. It is encouraging but it seems to us essential that there should be a protective framework for the development of a privately-owned and independent press.The Laotian media provides nothing but propaganda and many citizens make a habit of watching Thai television which can be accessed in the border areas, including the capital.We also urge you to allow more pluralism of news and information, by allowing Radio Free Asia and Radio France International, for example, to broadcast their lao-language programmes to Vientiane and other major cities in the country.We also ask you to allow greater freedom of access to your country to foreign reporters. We find it unacceptable that Andrew Perrin, of the US magazine Time based in Bangkok (Thailand), was refused an entry visa for the ASEAN summit in November 2004. This decision appeared to be linked to a report two months earlier about the rape and murder by Laotian soldiers of four Hmong adolescents in Xaisomboune military zone. The information was backed up by an amateur video.We have heard a number of accounts showing that the foreign press is prevented from covering the plight of the Hmong minority and in particular the isolated groups in the jungle which continue to fight against the Vientiane government. Amnesty International has reported that scores of civilians, most of them children, have died since 2003, “through lack of food or as a result of injuries suffered in the conflict”. More generally, we urge you to find a humanitarian solution to the problem of the Hmong groups who are surrounded by the security forces.Elsewhere, we would be grateful if you could pardon two Laotian citizens of Hmong origin, who are still imprisoned in Vientiane for having served as guides, in 2003, to the Belgian journalist Thierry Falise and French cameraman Vincent Reynaud. Thao Moua and Pa Phue Khang were sentenced to prison terms of 12 and 20 years on 30 June 2003 for “obstructing “justice” and “possessing weapons” after a trial, condemned as unfair by Amnesty International. Thierry Falise and Vincent Reynaud have spoken out in defence of their guides who only tried to “make known the humanitarian tragedy experienced by the Hmong people”.Finally, we particularly call on you to pardon Thongpaseuth Keuakoun, author of many articles and pamphlets on the situation in Laos and the need for democratic reform. He was one of the five leaders of the pro-democracy movement in October 1999. In March 2003, we learned that he had been sentenced one year earlier to 20 years in prison for “anti-government activity”. He and his associates have been held at a secret location since his arrest more than six years ago.We hope that your presidency will allow Laos to take the path of reform and respect for freedom of expression. Failing this, we would be likely to add your name to the list of “predators of press freedom” which numbers the main heads of state and armed groups responsible for widespread press freedom violations. Your predecessor, Khamtay Siphandone, was on this list.I trust that you will give our requests your careful consideration. Yours sincerely, Reporters Without Borders has written to Choummaly Sayasone (photo), who was recently named as head of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and president of the republic, voicing its concerns about the serious press freedom problems in Laos and urging him to carry out reforms. News Organisation June 23, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to President Choummaly Sayasone November 26, 2004 Find out more December 10, 2019 Find out more LaosAsia – Pacific Young Laotian blogger gets five years in prison Follow the news on Laoscenter_img Paris, 23 June 2006 Robert MénardSecretary General ASEAN Summit – Foreign press urged to expose lack of free expression in Laos and plight of jailed local guides to go further LaosAsia – Pacific News Mr Choummaly SayasonePresidentVientianePeople’s Democratic Republic of Laos February 13, 2017 Find out more News Radio – last bulwark of media freedom and independence Receive email alertslast_img read more

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    first_img ChadAfrica Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is very worried by today’s arrest of Eric Topona, the secretary-general of the Union of Chadian Journalists (UJT) and former journalist for Chad’s national radio and TV broadcaster, and the charge of “endangering constitutional order” that has been brought against him.After reporting to N’Djamena’s law courts at 8 a.m. today in response to a summons from an investigating judge, he was detained under a warrant and is now at a detention centre in Amsinene, a suburb of the capital, Reporters Without Borders has learned.“The arrest and charging of Topona, who has been harassed several times in the past in connection with his journalistic activities, are unacceptable and constitute a flagrant violation of freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for his immediate and unconditional release.”Topona’s arrest follows that of Jean Etienne Laokolé, a blogger who has been held since 22 March. Both contributed to Le blog de Makaïla, a blog edited by a Chadian citizen living abroad that is very critical of the government. In 2012, Topona was the target of threats that the local media blamed on government officials and, on 24 June 2012, he was knocked down by a motorcycle in N’Djamena.More information on media freedom in Chad News ChadAfrica News Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further Help by sharing this information Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raidcenter_img November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Chad December 1, 2020 Find out more Reports Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad RSF_en News October 7, 2020 Find out more May 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist arrested after being summoned to law courtslast_img read more