TCU looks to students to shape potential campus diversity initiatives

first_imgMaya Bulger Twitter Students are back on campus. (Photo by Elizabeth Campbell.) ReddIt Twitter 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. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printThis semester the Office of Quality Enhancement hopes to find out if campus initiatives such as the development of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness committee have made an impact on campus by conducting a survey.The Diverse Learning Environments survey is a part of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program administered by the Higher Education Research Institute.The survey asks questions that are meant “to capture students perceptions regarding the institutional climate, campus practices as experiences with faculty, staff, and peers and student learning outcomes,” according to the Higher Education Research Institute.The last DLE survey was done in 2015.“Hopefully things have improved,” said Director of Quality Enhancement Angela Taylor.Courtesy of the Higher Education Research Institute. Diverse Learning Environments Survey Infographic.The TCU Office of Quality Enhancement on average conducts four surveys a semester and one in the summer on various topics regarding campus culture.Taylor said that the survey focuses on improving diversity, equity and inclusiveness.“We have had a lot of initiatives in the last three years,” Taylor said. “Now it’s time to see how effective those measures have been.”U.S. News researched the 2016-2017 school year and developed a college campus ethnic diversity national ranking. The diversity index ranges from 0-1, one being very diverse to zero being low on diversity. TCU ranked No. 204 with a diversity index of 0.39 percent.Since 2015 the DLE survey has been collecting data on how to improve future diversity initiatives. The 2018 questionnaire will ask the same questions.HERI Diverse Learning Environments SurveyTaylor said the results of the 2015 survey implied that TCU students had different experiences in regard to diversity, equity and inclusiveness.  The main goal of the survey is to help create a space for every student, faculty and staff member to feel like they belong.“We want everybody to have a great experience,” Taylor said.  A stratified random sampling method is used to decide which students will be asked to participate in a specific survey. This method is used to ensure an equal balance of students.At least 500 responses are needed to conduct the research. Participation is voluntary but offers students the opportunity to shape future initiatives on campus. Students that complete the survey have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of two $100 gift cards.“By doing this survey again this spring, we will be able to say, ‘where have we improved, where do we still need to improve, and what can we be doing better?’” Taylor said. Previous articleReview: Kendrick Lamar, company deliver on ‘Black Panther’ soundtrackNext articleThe Skiff: February 15, 2018 Maya Bulger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two teams added to ‘Meet The Frogs’ Linkedin Track and Field: Senior breaks another school record Linkedin Facebook Maya Bulger Early action option removed from admission process Get to know the TCU admission counselors Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Maya Bulger Maya Bulger ReddIt + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Maya Bulger last_img read more

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‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes

first_imgShane Battis Twitter Facebook ReddIt The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students + posts Shane Battis Chancellor Victor Boschini accompanies Tristian Brooks to class as part of this year’s big switch. (Photo by Shane Battis.) Linkedin Shane Battis World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution center_img Linkedin Shane Battis Facebook ReddIt printTCU got a new chancellor Monday. Well, sort of.It was the “Big Switch,” and Chancellor Victor Boschini and Tristian Brooks, a junior economics major, shared their roles at TCU. They dined together, attended Brooks’ classes and met with members of the chancellor’s cabinet.Brooks, who was randomly chosen from Student Foundation members, championed diversity on all levels of campus and talked about his dream career – vice chancellor for student affairs. Brooks talked with Boschini about diversity during their breakfasts and told the chancellor he would like to see more inclusion in the first-year programs.Donald Whelan, the vice chancellor for student advancement, talked with Brooks about TCU’s effort to raise its endowment so it can help more low-income students succeed.“We have a $1.5 billion endowment, we need to have a $3 billion endowment,” he said. “That would be more in line with our goals. We don’t want to be a school that only affluent families can afford.”Diversity was also a main topic of conversation when Brooks met with Yohna Chambers, the vice chancellor of human resources. She assured Brooks that the university is taking initiatives to encourage diverse employment. She said TCU is an affirmative action employer and that her department makes sure ethnic minority and female applicants aren’t rejected at a higher rate than whites and males.Chambers added that the school has more than 300 Spanish preferred employees and produces a lot of information in English and Spanish.“I do think TCU is making a tremendous effort,” Chambers said. “We do have ways to go.”Diversity even took a role in Brook’s sociology class Monday morning. Boschini and Brooks listened to a presentation from two Native American filmmakers about their documentary “More Than A Word.” John and Kenn Little’s film analyzes issues centered around Washington Redskin’s controversial football team name as well as other culturally appropriated mascots.The two brothers talked about how indigenous people are often poorly represented as mascots as well as in the media. Part of their film highlighted Indigenous Comic-Con, a convention featuring Native Americans portrayed as superheroes and other pop-culture icons.Boschini commented that “it’s a way to empower them.”After the day was over Brooks said he enjoyed learning more about how the university works and how the “big picture” of TCU all comes together.“Today was very long but amazing,” Brooks said. “I got to meet so many people, I learned so much more about TCU and the interworking of TCU.”As for Boschini as a student for a day, he said while he enjoined the “dose of intellectual activity” he doesn’t normally get in his day, he was happy he didn’t have to take Brook’s econ test coming up on Friday. As for Brook’s future in student affairs, Boschini advised Brooks in an email to “keep going on the path you are on – you are headed for your dream job.”Boschini joins Brooks’ economics class and takes a quiz. (Photo by Elizabeth Campbell.) Conservative personality Steven Crowder sparks ‘male privilege’ debate Twitter Previous articleHorned Frogs victorious at Tennessee-MartinNext articleTCU’s Elite Dance Team is heading to USA Nationals Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shane Battis TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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The Skiff: April 26, 2018

first_imgWelcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Andrew Van Heusden Andrew Van Heusden Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots Andrew Van Heusden Previous articleStudents encouraged to visit new Asian artifact exhibit at KimbellNext articleHoroscope: April 26, 2018 Andrew Van Heusden RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Linkedin Linkedin Andrew Van Heusden ReddIt Facebookcenter_img Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 14 Andrew Van Heusden A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Twitter Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 15 – Parts 1 & 2 Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 13 Andrew Van Heusden is a senior journalism and film-television-digital media major from Brighton, Michigan. He is looking forward to being the digital producer this semester for TCU Student Media. He claims to live in Moudy South throughout the weekdays; but if you can’t find him there, then be sure to try the local movie theaters or the Amon G. Carter Stadium. Twitter + posts printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 116, Issue 28: Graduation IssueAlso: Jamie Dixon extends contract, letters from the editor, what to do in Fort Worth and more. Life in Fort Worthlast_img read more

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Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 10

first_imgLinkedin Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 14 Twitter print World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution This week’s news on Frogflix includes “Avengers: Endgame” and upcoming projects post-Fox and Disney’s merge. Then the co-hosts shift gears for some trailer talk: “The Dead Don’t Die”, “Terminator: Dark Fate,” and “Joker.” Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Trump visits the borderNext articleBoschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Andrew Van Heusden RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 15 – Parts 1 & 2 Twitter Andrew Van Heusden is a senior journalism and film-television-digital media major from Brighton, Michigan. He is looking forward to being the digital producer this semester for TCU Student Media. He claims to live in Moudy South throughout the weekdays; but if you can’t find him there, then be sure to try the local movie theaters or the Amon G. Carter Stadium. Linkedin Facebook Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 13 Andrew Van Heusden Andrew Van Heusden Facebook + posts Andrew Van Heusden Andrew Van Heusden Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots Andrew Van Heusden ReddIt ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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French intelligence to question three reporters about Yemen arms leak

first_img Help by sharing this information April 26, 2019 French intelligence to question three reporters about Yemen arms leak FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France June 4, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassment “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further News RSF_en News Journalists have the right to refuse to reveal their sources, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) emphasized today after three French investigative reporters received a summons from the French domestic intelligence agency (DGSI) about a leaked classified report revealing the use of French weapons in Yemen. May 10, 2021 Find out more Any prosecution of these three reporters – Mathias Destal and Geoffrey Livolsi, the founders of the website Disclose, and Radio France’s Benoît Collombat – would constitute a serious press freedom violation, RSF said. The three journalists have been summoned for questioning at DGSI headquarters in Paris on 14 and 15 May in an investigation into a “compromise of national defence secrecy” that the Paris prosecutor’s office has launched in response to a complaint by the armed forces ministry.The summonses state that they are “suspected” of committing or “trying to commit” a violation of national defence secrecy by publishing reports earlier this month about the use of French weaponry in Yemen. Their stories were based on a memorandum from the Directorate for Military Intelligence (DRM) classified “defence-confidential,” which was passed to them by unnamed source.Under France’s January 2010 law on the protection of sources, journalists have the right to refuse to reveal the identity of their sources and the authorities cannot force them to do so.“We are concerned that the sole aim of this hearing is to use the threat of prosecution to put pressure on these journalists to reveal their source,” said Paul Coppin, the head of RSF’s legal unit. “As it is legally unable to force them to disclose the identity of their source, the prosecutor’s office is using the possibility of a charge of compromising national defence secrecy, a charge punishable by five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros. The mere fact of threatening such a prosecution for publishing information in the public interest would in itself constitute a serious violation of the public’s right to be informed.”RSF is of the view that the information revealed by Disclose in its “Made In France” story about the use of French weapons in Yemen is indeed a matter of legitimate public interest, as these weapons could be used in the war crimes that are being committed in the course of this conflict.France is ranked 32nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Organisation last_img read more

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Honduras: Prominent TV journalist gunned down in the street

first_img Follow the news on Honduras News Source: HO / AFP 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about the level of violence against the media in Honduras and urges the authorities to do everything possible to shed light on the latest case – TV journalist Igor Padilla’s murder yesterday in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” May 13, 2021 Find out more Padilla covered crime for the national TV channel HCH and produced an HCH comedy show called “Los Verduleros.” He was gunned down in the street in the city’s Suyapa district, outside a children’s shop where he was supervising the filming of a TV ad.Witnesses said Padilla walked out of the shop after receiving a phone call. A pickup then pulled up and four armed men in the back, who were masked and wearing police uniforms, opened fire, riddling him with bullets. He was rushed to hospital but was dead on arrival.Padilla had not reported receiving any threats and had not requested special protection.“We call on the Honduran authorities to identify the instigators and perpetrators of this shocking murder without delay and to bring them to justice,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“The entire Honduran press was targeted via Igor Padilla. Honduras continues to be one of the western hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for journalists. The government should lose no time in creating an effective protective mechanism in order to end this deadly spiral of violence.”HCH director and journalist Eduardo Maldonado received a threatening message on his Facebook page on 12 January accusing journalist Elsa Oseguera of being affiliated to the Maratruchas (Mara MS) crime gang and warning him that if he did not fire her, two other HCH journalists – Ernesto Rojas and Suly Cálix – would be murdered It is yet impossible to know whether the message and Padilla’s murder were connected. But such practices are typical of the climate of threats and tension to which the media are exposed in Honduras. A combination of criminal violence and political corruption is responsible for one of Latin America’s highest levels of impunity.Honduras is ranked 137th out of 180 counties in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. December 28, 2020 Find out more Reports HondurasAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence January 18, 2017 Honduras: Prominent TV journalist gunned down in the streetcenter_img Organisation HondurasAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts News to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img read more

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Authorities agree to let Belgium have Guy Theunis

first_img to go further October 5, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities agree to let Belgium have Guy Theunis RwandaAfrica Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa February 13, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica The Rwandan authorities said yesterday they have agreed to transfer responsibility for carrying out the judicial investigation against Father Guy Theunis to Belgium at the latter’s request. The Belgian foreign ministry said the two countries would have “detailed talks on the technical modalities” for implementing this agreement. Theunis, who is Belgian, would be transferred back to Belgium as soon as the judicial investigation gets under way there. The former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, Theunis was recently accused by the Rwandan authorities of having a role in planning and inciting the 1994 genocide. He is currently held in the main prison in Kigali. ————————————————————————–11.09.2005 Belgian priest who edited magazine to be tried for genocide, faces death penaltyReporters Without Borders voiced shock and dismay today that one of Rwanda’s people’s courts (known as gacaca) has classified Belgian missionary priest Guy Theunis, the former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, as a category one genocide suspect and ordered him held in Kigali prison pending trial by an ordinary court.Father Theunis, 60, no longer lives in Rwanda. He was arrested on 5 September while on a stopover in Kigali airport on his way back to Belgium after attending peace and reconciliation seminars in the neighbouring eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.By putting him in category one during a public hearing on 10 September, a gacaca in the Kigali district of Rugenge effectively accused him of being among the “planners, organisers, inciters, supervisors and leaders” of the 1994 genocide. As a result, he faces the death penalty.“Father Theunis has always defended the principles of tolerance and respect for others, and has spent his life combatting racism and ethnic hate, so we are outraged that the Rwandan authorities have now brought these charges against him,” Reporters Without Borders said.The organisation said it was “absurd” that he has been accused of inciting hate for reproducing passages from the extremist newspaper Kangura in Dialogue. “He did indeed quote passages from that newspaper, but he did it with the aim of condemning hate and intolerance.”“We are not fooled,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Some political score is being settled here. The Rwandan authorities must have given him a visa to enter Rwanda with the aim of trapping him. We are also astonished at the unusual speed of the proceedings and the fact that most of the people who appeared as prosecution witnesses were ruling party members.”Noting that Father Theunis gave space in his magazine to all those who advocated reconciliation, including President Paul Kagame’s opponents, the organisation said it was puzzling that he was arrested now, as he had visited Rwanda several times since 1994, each time with a visa issued by the authorities.“Father Theunis was our correspondent in Rwanda in 1992 and 1993,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We will not forget him and we will not stop proclaiming his innocence and campaigning for his release.”The Company of Missionaries of Africa, to which Father Theunis belongs, has also rejected the charges brought against him. The Belgian authorities summoned the Rwandan ambassador in Brussels on 9 September to voice concern about the case and request an explanation.Theunis is the first foreigner to be brought before the gacacas, which were set up to try the hundreds of thousands of people still held on suspicion of involvement in the 1994 genocide. November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist A people’s court has accused Belgian missionary priest Guy Theunis, the former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, of inciting inter-ethnic hate. “This man has spent his life combatting racism and hate,” says Reporters Without Borders. “We are outraged by the behaviour of the Rwandan authorities.” Reports News News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Rwanda Organisation RSF_en last_img read more

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Another journalist gunned down, second in three days

first_img Follow the news on Pakistan News June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en March 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist gunned down, second in three days to go further News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Organisation The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for Afridi’s murder a few hours after his death.—–03.01.2013Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Mehmood Ahmed Afridi, a correspondent for the newspaper Intikhab, was gunned down by unidentified men on a motorcycle today in Kalat, in the southwestern province of Balochistan. He was the second journalist to be murdered in Pakistan in the space of three days.No one has so far claimed responsibility for Afridi’s murder.“We are deeply shocked that just two days after Malik Mumtaz Khan’s murder, another journalist has been murdered in a similar fashion,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Pakistani authorities need to realize the terrible dangers to which journalists are exposed and immediately deploy sufficient resources to provide them with effective protection. Thorough and impartial investigations are also needed to identify and punish those responsible for these killings.”Reached by telephone, a Balochi journalist based in Quetta told Reporters Without Borders that Afridi, 56, had worked as a journalist since 1995 and was president of the Kalat press club.“Mehmood Ahmed Afridi was waiting outside a public telephone cabin when two men on a motorcycle arrived and opened fire,” the source said on condition of anonymity. According to doctors who carried out an autopsy, he was shot four times. Kalat deputy police commissioner Bashir Ahmed told Dawn News TV bureau chief Ali Shah that it was a “targeted killing.”Condemning the shooting, Balochistan Union of Journalists president Essa Tareen accused the government of hardly bothering to try to identify those who murder journalists, despite repeated appeals from the journalistic community.“We feel humiliated because we submit requests to the government and the government does so little,” Tareen told Reporters Without Borders.Balochistan is one of Pakistan’s most dangerous regions for journalists as they are liable to be targeted by both the intelligence agencies and Balochistan’s armed separatist groups.This week’s other media victim, Malik Mumtaz Khan, was gunned down near his home in Miranshah, the chief town in North Waziristan, in the Tribal Areas of northwestern Pakistan. He worked for Geo TV and the Jang newspaper group.Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes

first_imgThe three visitors spent two hours on the premises searching computer files for the original recordings of Parra’s programmes, meanwhile preventing the station from broadcasting. The mayor made his intentions clear when he said later: “I have to silence them one way or another.” Goye, a member of the Front for Victory (FpV) party, has a reputation for clashing with the news media in Río Negro province. Three weeks earlier, he did the same thing to another station, Radio KMFM. On that occasion his representatives, armed with a warrant signed by Carlos Cuellar, visited the Radio KMFM studios twice, carrying out searches and seizing recordings of programmes by Santiago Rey, who also runs the online news portal Agencia de Noticias de Bariloche (ANB). Goye previously took legal action against ANB for “psychological distress” after the publication of an article criticizing the way the city council managed advertising billboards. Letters were also sent to Mensajero Digital and El Cordillerano, who had reprinted the article. The mayor recently lost an appeal against the province’s biggest newspaper, Río Negro, which published a story by the journalist Daniel Marzal on 16 June this year questioning his financial practices. His attacker, identified as Nicolás Ayuso, was immediately arrested by the police and sacked by his employer. The attack followed an altercation a few minutes earlier between a group of protesters and C5N staff. Finally, Argentina still has one journalist in prison — Néstor Pasquini who was jailed six years ago in Cordoba province and has been the victim of all-out judicial persecution. An open letter sent by Reporters Without Borders to the federal justice ministry has as yet had no response. Fedorischak, who works as a photographer for the newspaper Primera Edición and as a commentator for the TV station Misiones Cuatro, was taking pictures from the top of a gate outside the police station when three police offers came over and pulled him down. He was dragged along the ground for about 15 metres then into the station where several officers beat him and tried to suffocate him. His life was threatened and he was forced to strip and hand over his photographic equipment. A complaint was made against Fedorischak for verbally assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. For his part, he filed a complaint about his treatment at the hands of the officers. Unfortunately such violence is not confined to this province. Attacks on journalists took place during a day of demonstrations against the President Cristina Kirchner’s government on 8 November, the most dramatic and shocking of which involved Néstor Dib from the TV station Canal 5 Noticias (C5N), who was struck from behind while he was live on air: The journalist received no prior notice from the judge. “It was a clear breach of freedom of information and meant to intimidate us because we had been critical of the mayor’s administration. Such an unannounced search of a news organization is unheard of.” ArgentinaAmericas Reporters Without Borders notes with concern and regret that there has been an upsurge in assaults on journalists and breaches of freedom of information in Argentina, in its provinces especially. This has occurred against the backdrop of growing polarization in the media in the run-up to 7 December, the deadline for the Clarín media group, which is in dispute with the federal government, to appeal against the country’s new law on Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA). Reporters Without Borders, which supports the law in principle, will return to the issue before that date. “At the end of last year, Argentina had a pretty good track record in freedom of information and journalists’ safety compared with many other countries in the region,” the press freedom organization said. “However, safety has deteriorated this year, particularly in the provinces, thanks to the failure of the public authorities to take action against all-too-frequent assaults carried out by local elected officials.“Such impunity must end, as must attacks on journalists from national news organizations who are associated with the editorial line taken by their employers as a result of growing polarization. It is the responsibility of those on all sides of the political spectrum and the justice authorities to work together on behalf of constitutional freedoms, including the freedom to report the news and hold peaceful debate.” In the city of Bariloche in Rio Negro province, just as the station Radio Horizonte (AM 94.5) was about to start a news broadcast at 9 a.m. on 23 November, the journalist Marcelo Parra saw three people enter the studio. They were a court official, a lawyer and a police officer and had been sent by the city’s mayor, Omar Goye. “They arrived with a search warrant signed by judge Jorge Serra to carry out a precautionary seizure of our archives,” Parra told Reporters Without Borders.“They wanted to see if they could find anything prejudicial to Omar Goye that might enable them to launch legal proceedings against us.” On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia December 4, 2019 Find out more News November 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes July 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Argentina Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Station closes after threats on airThree days earlier, on 20 November, the journalist Javier Rivarola, a commentator on the station FM Radio 21 was insulted and threatened on air by the member of parliament and FpV leader Ruben Contreras. The politician telephoned the station in mid-programme and accused the journalist of “inciting violence” and accused him of being responsible for an act of vandalism carried out at his home by a group of neighbours angry at water shortages in the town. The MP said: “You are all sons of whores. You are the son of a whore. This will not go on. What would you do if something happened at your house tomorrow? You just wait …” The journalist reported the MP for making criminal threats. Contreras played down the incident and said he would make a public apology. In the town of Aristobulo del Valle in the northeastern province of Misiones, Daniel Polaczinski, the owner of Radio U was forced to close the station and take time off from journalism after receiving threats from the chairman of the town council, Luis David Kochen. The journalist had reported a car accident involving the councillor, who appeared to be intoxicated. He got out of his car and threatened the other driver with a machete.“Kochen has a reputation for violence,” Polaczinski told Reporters Without Borders. “But I started to come under pressure after I broadcast the story of a road rage incident in which he was involved. He went to hit a guy with a machete. We broadcast the story, then I started getting abusive and threatening text messages on my cell phone, although I didn’t think they were important.” The threats intensified, and on 18 November the journalist received the following text: “You will be killed unless you drop the story about the accident.” Most of the messages were anonymous but were identified as coming from Kochen’s cell phone. Polaczinski immediately went to the police and lodged a complaint about the threats. On the same day, Kochen visited him at his home. “He asked me to withdraw the complaint, which would damage him politically, but I didn’t do it,” Polaczinski added. An investigation is under way but meanwhile the journalist and father of two fears for his family and has closed the radio, which he has owned for six years. These cases are the latest in a long list of recent attacks on journalists and media outlets. Also in Misiones province, the journalist Mario Fedorischak was assaulted by the local police on 10 November as he covered the arrival of a group of prisoners at a police station. Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Organisation News Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News ArgentinaAmericas to go further Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Disregarding NGO warnings, government reinforces campaign against lese majeste

first_img Receive email alerts August 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Disregarding NGO warnings, government reinforces campaign against lese majeste News ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further Follow the news on Thailand Organisation RSF_en June 12, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Newscenter_img August 21, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the recent creation of a police taskforce within the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) to monitor websites and identify those posting content that violates Thailand’s draconian lese majeste law.“Under the pretext of defending the monarchy’s rights and prerogatives, politicians are using the charge of lese majeste to further their own interests,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We condemn this restriction of online free expression and we urge the government to reverse its decision to create this taskforce.”Police Lt. Gen. Somdej Khaokham, the head of the head of the new Information Technology taskforce, said on 9 August that the government had urged the police to strictly enforce the lese majeste law against offenders. Somdej said the new IT taskforce included webmasters and computer-literate personnel. The authorities have for several years been constantly updated equipment in order to track down those who post content regarded as offensive towards the monarchy.All of the world’s constitutional monarchies, except Japan, have laws that protect the royal family. But Thailand has the harshest. Anyone deemed to have insulted a member of the royal family can be sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison under article 112 of the criminal code concerning national security violations.The annual number of lese majeste prosecutions has increased by 1,000 per cent since the mid-1960s while the average jail sentence has more than doubled. And nowadays the law is used to censor thousands of websites.Meanwhile, under a Computer Crime Act that took effect in 2007, the individual records of Internet users must be kept by Internet Service Providers for 90 days and can be examined by the authorities without referring to a judge. Internet regulation has been a priority for the government that was formed after Abhisit Vejjajiva took office as Prime Minister on 20 December 2008. Around 4,000 websites were blocked for “content insulting the monarchy” with the first month of its installation.The new information technology minister, Ranongruk Suwanchawee, allocated 80 million bahts (1.7 million euros) to the creation of an online filtering system called the “War Room.” The freedom of the 14 million Thais who go online every day is now seriously under threat. As criticising the king is regarded as a national security violation, any Thai citizen can ask the police to investigate someone they suspect of doing this.King Bhumibol, who has reigned since 1946, said in his annual address on 5 December 2005: “In reality, I am not above criticism. I do not fear criticism if it concerns what I do wrong. It is thanks to this that I will be able to realise my mistakes. If you say the king cannot be criticised, it means the king is not a man.”Reporters Without Borders reiterates the appeal it made to the prime minister in April to overhaul the lese majeste legislation. ThailandAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more

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