Canada: Algoma diocese suggests closure of 16 churches in Muskoka

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service Comments are closed. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC William Funk says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Anglican Communion Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA By André ForgetPosted Aug 17, 2016 Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit an Event Listing [Anglican Journal] The Muskoka region in the diocese of Algoma is famous for its idyllic lakes, rocky shorelines, and—in Anglican circles—its rich history of missionary activity by the Society of St. John the Evangelist.But following years of declining membership and ongoing disagreement among its clergy about how best to adjust to shifting patterns of religious affiliation and church attendance, the bishop and the diocesan executive committee have approved a set of recommendations for reorganization that, if adopted, will lead to the shuttering of 16 of the deanery’s 35 churches.Full article. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments (1) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ August 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm The spirit of Lord Beeching (rationalizer of British rail lines in the 1960s) lives on! Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Canada: Algoma diocese suggests closure of 16 churches in Muskoka Course Director Jerusalem, Israel last_img read more

Riverbank House / Wilson Architects

first_imgCopyLandscape Architecture, Houses•Brisbane, Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962792/riverbank-house-wilson-architects Clipboard Contractor: 2020 Riverbank House / Wilson Architects Landscape Construction: Australia “COPY” ArchDaily Initial investigations into whether an existing small post war single storey house could be remodeled was dismissed due to both it’s decrepit state and extensive evidence of asbestos. Almost all of the adjoining ‘Brisbane character’ houses had long been removed but despite this the development approval was held up to ensure the new building followed their ‘character’ guidelines.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Alex ChomiczThe house taps into deeper characteristics of living in the sub-tropics.  Blurred boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.  Dealing with heat and glare.  Achieving privacy amongst other detached dwellings. Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczStrategies emerged in response to the site and context.   One of the coolest places of the Queensland high-set house is under it. The bedrooms occupy the ‘high-set’ component which is articulated to the street with a finely crafted timber screened veranda. This archetypal device is often latticed or covered in timber blinds to provide both privacy and control of glare. Here it forms a patterned façade left to age to grey and repeated as a patterned motive.  The landscape is an important part of the Queenslander story.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczSave this picture!First Floor PlanThrough lack of reliable water supply many of these landscapes were left as grass lawns that would brown off in the dry season and remarkably come back to life after rain. At the edge of the house one would find the exotic plants that could be reasonably be hand watered as well as a vegetable patch to offset market supply. Native trees would develop where their territory was not controlled. Here all parts of this story are revealed.  A small patch of lawn is part of the foreground to the North with a vegetable patch easily accessed off the kitchen. Beyond the lawn boundary to the North a native garden artificially rises to replicate the distant hills whilst editing out the foreground other homes.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczTo the South, the landscape recognizes its uniquely particular place in Brisbane.  The river is revealed through the an old growth riverbank plantings. An original concrete stair winding down to the river, cut into the bank, is lovingly retained.  (once ubiquitous, there are very few of these left in Brisbane) From the North through to the South the landscape seems seamlessly connected.  Prescient, managed and wild.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczA high concrete wall/fence defines a private edge to both the internal and external terrain as well as establishing a theatrical journey from public to the intimate domain. Constrained by a street that awkwardly falls tightly up to their boundary, a new ‘footpath’ extends from the street corner, heavily planted to conceal the awkwardly parked vehicles, toward a small timber pavilion attached against the high concrete wall.  An expressed opening in this wall heightens the transition from outside to inside arriving ‘under the house’ amongst a garden.  A pond extends the full width of the garden pushing light onto the timber soffit.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczSave this picture!SectionThe principal idea for the house was about connecting a captured North courtyard landscape to an expansive Southern landscape that comprised a river and a mature treed bank. Although the tenders came in high the concrete wall which enables the materially to seamlessly flow from inside to outside was universally agreed to not compromise and instead to sacrifice some internal area to bring the building in on budget. Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczProject gallerySee allShow lessHotel Le Bouton / D1 Architectural StudioSelected ProjectsUncommon Store / Atelier [email protected] Projects Share “COPY” Architects: Wilson Architects Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Boral, Modular Lighting Instruments, SNB Stone, Astra Walker, Country Floors, Regency Fireplace Save this picture!© Alex Chomicz+ 19Curated by Hana Abdel Sharecenter_img Landscape Architecture Projects Photographs Riverbank House / Wilson ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRiverbank House / Wilson Architects Photographs:  Alex Chomicz Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  InnovaScape ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962792/riverbank-house-wilson-architects Clipboard MCD Constructions Architects:Wilson Architects, Wilson Architects, Nick Lorenz, Maddie Zahos, Hamilton WilsonLandscape Architects:John Harrison, Ilka SalisburyCity:BrisbaneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alex ChomiczRecommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsText description provided by the architects. This was the client’s second house after their renovated 1930’s house in Clayfield Brisbane had tragically burnt down. They agonized over whether to rebuild or sell and start again. A property came up for sale in Highgate Hill which had the most extraordinary location. Riverfront, high above the water looking through trees to the south with unimpeded northern views. It also had a landscaped easement (un-trafficable) down to the river which visually extended the width of the property. Area:  252 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeWilson ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsLandscape ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesBrisbaneOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on June 04, 2021Cite: “Riverbank House / Wilson Architects” 03 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Home alone?

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online charity fundraisers now have an ever-increasing market of consumers using the Internet from home to consider. In its fifth annual report, Continental Research reports that 5 million UK adults access the Internet from home. A total of 40% of the population now have access to the Internet from home, work, school or university. Sixty per cent with Internet access – 11.1 million people – had used the Net at least once a month.UK Internet users part with their money online, spending £2 billion online last year, about £170 per person. While online purchases represent less than 1% of high street spending, 56% of regular users had bought a book online in the past year. The average user remains well-off, with average annual household income of £40,000.Online and offline advertising has an effect: 25% of users “read or glanced” at Web-based banner adverts, and 75% visited sites after seeing an address mentioned in a print publication. Radio advertising was also particularly effective in generating visits to Web sites. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Home alone? Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Howard Lake | 23 November 1999 | News read more

World Vision appoints Broadsystem for ’24 Hour Famine’ SMS

first_imgWorld Vision appoints Broadsystem for ’24 Hour Famine’ SMS Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis International relief and development agency World Vision (UK) multi-channel customer communications agency Broadsystem to manage the text response handling for its annual 24 Hour Famine youth fundraising campaign next March.Broadsystem’s work gets underway from 1 October when a campaign will encourage prospective fundraisers to text ‘Famine’ to 81222 to request a fundraising pack.Broadsystem will collect and validate consumer data “through a series of fully automated text interactions” which will enable accurate and cost-effective fundraising pack despatch. World Vision appointed Broadsystem without a competitive pitch because of its “proven pedigree in the field of intelligent text interaction management”. Advertisementcenter_img Caroline Worboys, CEO at Broadsystem, said: “The use of SMS activity will make it easy for the audience to get involved in the campaign and provide a cost efficient means for World Vision to establish dialogue with its key audience for this campaign.”The 24 Hour Famine itself takes place from 14-16 March 2008. Howard Lake | 26 September 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

IoF calls for higher limits in society lottery consultation response

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. IoF calls for higher limits in society lottery consultation response Melanie May | 7 September 2018 | News Advertisement The Institute of Fundraising has called for a larger limits for society lotteries and greater flexibility in the 20% rule in its response to the government’s consultation, which closes today.The consultation opened on 29 June for 10 weeks, and asked for views on increasing the maximum draw prize from £400,000 to £500,000, and on increasing the number of tickets society lotteries can sell to a value of £100 million per year and the amount they can raise per draw to £5 million.Having sought the views of its members, the IoF has today submitted its response, which is in favour of the government’s proposals to introduce flexibility into the system and raise the limits for society lotteries, but recommends higher limits in every area under consultation.For large lotteries, it recommends raising the individual per draw sales limit to £10 million rather than £5 million, and the individual per draw maximum prize limit to £1m, rather than the proposed £500,000. It argues that as the limit has remained the same since 2005 it is now worth less in real terms, and that as both prize and cause influence player motivation, increasing prize size could raise lottery demand.For small lotteries, based on its members’ responses, it states that the vast majority said that the per draw limit should be raised to £40,000, with additional multiple comments from respondents suggesting £50,000 would be preferable, and that the annual sales limit should be raised to £500,000.The IoF also notes in its response the problems caused by the minimum contribution rule (the 20% rule). It states that one-off sizeable start-up costs make it difficult for society lotteries to reach the statutory minimum to good causes in the first year of operation and therefore acts as a disincentive for new entrants. It would like to see more flexibility in this area.It also calls for more regular reviews on limits, and for the government to work with The Gambling Commission to provide greater support to charity lotteries, such as through the simplification and streamlining of current processes and rules, or through additional guidance and support for charities.The Institute of Fundraising’s full response can be read on its site, while Lizzie Ellis, its Policy and Information Officer, has also written a blog summarising the key points of its response, also on the IoF site.  75 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Fundraising Lotteries Institute of Fundraising Lotteries  76 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3last_img read more

Maestras/os en Detroit exponen crisis escolar

first_imgUna serie de ausencias por enfermedad durante varios meses por las/os maestros del sistema de Escuelas Públicas de Detroit (DPS siglas en inglés), culminó el lunes 11 de enero con el cierre de prácticamente todas las escuelas. Las ausencias continuaron durante el resto de la semana escolar, mientras que cientos de maestras/os y simpatizantes marchaban hacia la sede de las Escuelas Públicas de Detroit y hacia el Capitolio estatal en Lansing-Michigan.Las acciones de las/os maestros pusieron en claro la crisis que enfrentan maestras/os, personal y estudiantado en todas las escuelas públicas de la ciudad y las condiciones deplorables que enfrentan.Con más de quinientos mil millones de dólares en deuda, el sistema de DPS ha estado gestionado durante años por un administrador de emergencia nombrado por el estado, que ha usurpado toda toma de decisiones de la junta escolar electa. El magisterio, que ha sufrido recortes de salarios y beneficios, está severamente falto de personal. A menudo hay 50 o más estudiantes por clase, sin tener suficientes libros de texto y en medio de terribles condiciones.Las/os maestros y las/os estudiantes en aulas atestadas se apiñan con sus abrigos a causa de la inadecuada calefacción en edificios dilapidados, cuya infraestructura está en severo deterioro y que además contienen moho negro y otras toxinas. No son infrecuentes los hongos en las paredes e infestaciones de roedores. En los baños, a veces ni plomería hay o está deficiente y no hay papel higiénico. Los suministros escolares son pocos o inexistentes.Hasta el alcalde Mike Duggan vio un ratón muerto y condiciones “profundamente inquietantes”, cuando él hizo una presentación a la prensa durante una visita a algunas de las escuelas el 12 de enero, el día después de que 64 escuelas fueran cerradas debido a la ausencia por ‘enfermedad’ de las/os maestros.Las escuelas de Detroit perdieron 84.000 estudiantes – o dos tercios de la matrícula del DPS – entre 2005 y 2012. Esto se debió en gran parte a la falta de empleos y la crisis de ejecución hipotecaria que azotó esta ciudad con mayoría afroamericana con préstamos hipotecarios fraudulentos de alto riesgo, junto con la proliferación de las escuelas chárter privadas y la apertura de los distritos escolares suburbanos para robar a Detroit de sus estudiantes de más alto logro académico.El gobernador Rick Snyder, un reaccionario capitalista, nombró a un administrador de emergencias que llevó la ciudad de Detroit a la bancarrota. El administrador de emergencias, nombrado en virtud de una ley que garantiza el pago de servicio de la deuda a los bancos, colocó a las Escuelas Públicas de Detroit en bonos impagables.Prioridad No. 1: Pagar a los bancosAhora, la principal partida en el presupuesto del DPS es el pago del préstamo y el servicio de la deuda a los bancos e instituciones financieras. En febrero, el servicio de la deuda se disparará, con un aumento de hasta 74 por ciento del año pasado, y con pagos de la deuda que representan la friolera de un 97 por ciento del costo de la nómina del DPS. Un pago de deudas del 10 por ciento del costo de la nómina ya se considera alarmante.Snyder está ahora bajo fuego por ignorar información y no tomar medidas mientras las/os niños y las/os residentes de Flint-Michigan – ¡el administrador de emergencia de Flint cuando la crisis comenzó, era el [actual] administrador de emergencia del DPS! – están siendo envenenadas/os por plomo y otros metales tóxicos en el sistema de agua de la ciudad.¿La solución de $715 millones de Snyder a la crisis del DPS? Crear un nuevo sistema libre de deudas junto al actual, para gestionar las escuelas que pagan la deuda.Sin embargo, la cuestión es que las escuelas seguirán siendo dirigidas por una junta directiva dominada por personas nombradas por Snyder.  Las escuelas de Detroit no volverán al control de una junta elegida hasta el año 2017, y aún entonces la junta elegida estará excluida de elegir a un superintendente.Además, la nueva junta escolar no tendrá supervisión de las muchas escuelas chárter que han proliferado en Detroit, ni de la Autoridad de Logro Educativo (EAA por siglas en inglés) un distrito especial que administra las “escuelas con bajo rendimiento”.  La EAA ha estado plagada de corrupción y ha fracasado en proporcionar al menos un mínimo de educación a las/os estudiantes. Acciones de masas por parte de las/os maestros, después de años de quejas que no tenían respuesta, finalmente han traído esta crisis a la luz del día.  Maestras/os, madres y padres, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad, incluyendo el Consejo Escolar de Detroit en el exilio, continúan luchando contra el estado por el control de las escuelas de Detroit y el fin de la crisis financiera y la austeridad que han traído sufrimiento a tantas personas.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New centrist party monopolizes French parliament

first_imgThe new centrist and neoliberal party, la République en Marche (LREM), is only 14 months old, but it was still able to field candidates in all of France’s 577 election districts for the National Assembly and win a solid majority of 308 seats on June 18. Another center-right party and a solid ally of LREM won 42 seats.This LREM majority is going to let the new president, Emmanuel Macron, elected earlier this spring, push through two major projects: thoroughly revising France’s labor law to make it easier to fire workers and harder for workers to organize and protect the rights they have won in the past.Macron says he will give the cops permanent authority they now have under France’s state of emergency laws — to impose house arrests and to search homes, offices, phones and computers without a judge’s order. The large West and North African and Arab communities in France are particular targets of these measures.Two-thirds of French workers, according to Le Monde, abstained from voting in parliamentary elections — and not because they assumed LREM would win and represent their interests. Two workers’ parties — the French Communist Party (PCF) and France Unbowed (FI) — did better than expected.Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of FI, spoke June 18 in Marseille where he was elected to the National Assembly. He characterized the abstentions as a “civic general strike” and proclaimed that the struggle was not over.Historically, French workers have not relied on elections but taken their protests to the streets with mass marches and general strikes. Sometimes the workers win; sometimes they lose. But the French bourgeoisie usually know they have been in a serious struggle.Only two of the 577 candidates LREM fielded were workers, according to Le Monde, which carefully examined all of their profiles. Even though over half LREM’s candidates were women and a surprising number were from France’s Arab and African communities, most were executives, small business owners, professionals and intellectuals, graduates of France’s top schools. Half of LREM candidates were under 47, again unusual in France. (June 8)The French Socialist Party held 280 seats in 2012, but won only 30 in this election. Even though it has been a major French party since World War II, the Socialist’s future is shaky.The French neofascist party, the National Front, which came in second in the presidential race with a third of the votes, only managed to win eight seats, though early projections estimated it would win 50.Only 25 percent of the representatives in the National Assembly before this election managed to hold onto their seats. The French political scene has been thoroughly disrupted. Despite this, the basic role of the French state –- to suppress French workers and promote French imperialism – hasn’t changed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information After the young woman died of her injuries in hospital, the police quickly cremated her body the next day, fuelling speculation that they wanted to destroy evidence. The police then blocked access to the district to prevent reporters from interviewing the family. “The police are deliberately lumping together unverified comments by politicians with the MoJo Story’s rigorous journalistic reporting,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This is clearly a case of judicial harassment aimed at silencing any independent investigative coverage of this case. We urge the Uttar Pradesh prosecutor’s office to immediately dismiss this accusation, which is not based on any credible evidence, and furthermore violates the criminal procedure code by denying Barkha Dutt access to the case.” India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News Lumped together News As she reported in a tweet at the time, Dutt tried to circumvent the police roadblock by walking several kilometres across fields but the police caught her, put her in a police van, and deposited her back on the road, outside the sealed-off area. IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independence Judicial harassment The accusation concerns Dutt’s coverage of the death of two teenage girls who are Dalits (members of the Indian group formerly known as “untouchables”). They were found poisoned in a field in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district after going missing on 17 February. February 23, 2021 Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Organisation News According to the police, Dutt is accused under criminal code article 153 of “wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot,” which is punishable by up to a year in prison. The police were almost certainly annoyed that her reporting included interviews with members of the family of the two murdered girls, who said the police pressured them to quickly cremate their bodies. IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independence Judicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the judicial harassment of Barkha Dutt, a reporter in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, who is wrongly accused of falsely reporting that two murdered girls had been sexually assaulted. The prosecutors must drop the case against this journalist, RSF said. center_img April 27, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News This is a highly sensitive claim coming just five months after the alleged gang-rape and subsequent death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, another Uttar Pradesh district, in September – a case that received a great deal attention throughout India, as RSF reported at the time. to go further In this photograph taken on June 12, 2020 journalist Barkha Dutt (C) reports from Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in New Delhi. She is the target of a First information Report filed by Uttar Pradesh police on 21 February, 2021 (photo: Prakash Singh / AFP). Follow the news on India June 10, 2021 Find out more Blocked access RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 The FIR names Dutt’s Twitter account, @themojostory, along with seven other Twitter accounts, including those of several politicians who claimed the girls were sexually assaulted. The MoJo Story report never claimed this, but the FIR says it did. Dutt’s request for a copy of the FIR has been refused by the police, thereby preventing her from legally disputing the accusation. Barkha Dutt, who often reports for the Washington Post and runs a YouTube local news channel called MoJo Story, told RSF that she regards the accusation brought against her, in the form of a police “First Information Report” (FIR) on 21 February, as a “harassment attempt” and “pure intimidation.” Receive email alerts March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Growing threats to safety of Libya’s journalists

first_img News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul News to go further Help by sharing this information Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the constant threats and attacks that Libya’s journalists are receiving in the course of their work.In one of the latest cases, journalists were attacked by parliamentary security personnel on 20 April while covering a conference on “Reconciliation in Southern Libya” that the government and Libya’s legislature, the General National Congress (GNC), organized mainly for the benefit of the Tebu and Awlad Suleiman tribes.After an animated dispute during the conference, journalists were asked to leave the room. They were then accosted by around 20 security officers in civilian dress, who insulted them and threatened them with guns and knives.Al-Aan TV correspondent Mohamad Al-Gharyani was struck violently in the chest, as a subsequent medical examination confirmed. Sadiq Al-Mabrouk of Al-Naba TV was also roughed up.Mansour Ati, the editor of Akhbar Ajdabiya, an independent newspaper based in the eastern town of Ajdabiya, was forced to apologize to the religious affairs ministry last month for publishing a poem by Mohammed Al-Shaltami regarded as an “apostasy.”He was finally forced to resign after many threats from armed groups believed to be linked to the Ansar Al-Sharia militia. A few days later, the newspaper’s offices were attacked and badly ransacked by presumed members of this militia.Employees of the government TV station Libya Al-Wataniya went on strike at the start of April after an employee was attacked by a member of the militia tasked with protecting the station. The employees demanded protection by the police or even the army, rather than pro-government militias.Abdelfath Ibrahim Al-Darbi, the CEO of Al-Assima TV, reported receiving threats several weeks ago which, he believes, come from the same people who attacked the TV station’s premises in March. They threatened to hunt him down in Kuwait or Jordan, two countries where he also has residency. Reporters Without Borders points out that journalists have a key role to play in all democratic societies and urges the Libyan authorities to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that journalists are able to work safely.Although aware of the many challenges facing Libya’s transitional government as regards security matters and the formation of the armed forces, Reporters Without Borders urges the new Libyan state to do everything possible to stop the threats and attacks against journalists.Reporters Without Borders also points that the transitional government has a duty to comply with its national and international obligations to protect the fundamental rights to freedom of information and expression.It remains crucial for Libya’s future that the new state should act quickly to establish the legislative and security measures that are needed to ensure that journalists are able to work without being threatened, intimidated or attacked. LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Related documents 130426_cp_libye_ar-2.pdfPDF – 293.07 KB LibyaMiddle East – North Africa On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom February 23, 2021 Find out more April 26, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Growing threats to safety of Libya’s journalists December 17, 2019 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Libya June 24, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

Burma

first_img May 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information The recent and relative opening of the Burmese regime has resulted in information being more freely circulated on the Internet, despite continued close monitoring. The international community and Burmese human rights activists need to remain vigilant and keep striving for more freedom. One priority is to reform the liberticidal legislative framework. While much progress is still needed, the reforms already underway would be difficult to reverse. RSF_en News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Organisation News May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmar News to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Burma MyanmarAsia – Pacific US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture MyanmarAsia – Pacific The Thein Sein era is off to a troubling start for Internet freedomsIn March 2011, President Thein Sein stated in his inaugural address that the media’s role must be respected. However, the already severe restrictions imposed on cybercafés (see the Burma chapter of the 2011 “Enemies of the Internet” report) were tightened in May 2011. The use of external hard drives, USB flash drives and CDs were banned, as was the use of Internet telephony services (VoIP) to make international calls – a measure apparently meant to further isolate dissidents.Journalists and bloggers released, websites unblockedIn the last few months, a series of amnesties has allowed thousands of detainees, including hundreds of prisoners of conscience, to be released. Among them were journalists and bloggers. All journalists working for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), including Hla Hla Win, Ngwe Soe Lin, Win Maw, Sithu Zeya and his father U Zeya, as well as freelance journalists Thant Zin Aung and Zaw Thet Htwe and blogger Nay Phone Latt, were released, the last of them in January 2012. Blogger and comedian Zarganar had been released in October 2011.Several Internet news websites, including YouTube, BBC, Reuters, The Bangkok Post, Straits Times, Radio Free Asia, Irrawaddy, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and the Burmese version of Voice of America were unblocked right after the visit of the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, which coincided with the International Day of Democracy.Between optimism and vigilanceIn November 2011, Reporters without Borders interviewed renowned dissident Aung San Suu Kyi during a video conference held in the United States by the Council on Foreign Relations on the status of media freedom in Burma. She stated, “The situation has gradually improved,” and said that the authorities are starting to “make concessions,” adding “I think that this détente applies to everyone in general.” Since September 2011, her name can be published in the media.Nay Phone Latt, who – along with Zarganar – won Reporters Without Borders’ Blogger Award, said in an interview granted to Reporters Without Borders after his release in January 2012, that the new media and bloggers had helped bring political change in Burma, but also cautioned, “We are not yet free. (..) The repression is still going on.” During his talk on the France 24 TV station, he had confided: “I cannot help but find the swiftness of these changes troubling.” He also recalled: “It is now possible to use Gmail, read blogs, go on Facebook, and visit news sites, but the laws governing restrictions and authorized websites still exist and must be repealed. (…) We will not be completely safe as long as there is no law to protect freedom of expression.”In fact, in order for reforms to take hold and to avoid any setback, the entire legal framework needs to be revised. One positive sign is that the authorities have promised to adopt in 2012 a media law that will put an end to censorship. They are then expected to revise or repeal the Electronic Act and emergency rule. Some individuals are still being arrested under the Unlawful Association Act, or treason charges.Although certain key opposition figures such as Min Ko Naing and Ashin Gambira have been released, blogger Kaung Myat Hlaing (Nat Soe), imprisoned since April 2010, and four other journalists remain behind bars, as do more than 450 political prisoners, according to National League for Democracy’s estimates. Others, like DVB journalist Sithu Zeya, have been granted a conditional release but may be returned to prison at any time if, for example, they send a photo to the DVB. Some feel that these amnesties were inadequate and that the government is using the remaining prisoners as hostages in their negotiations with the international community.The very structure of the new Burmese Internet as modified in 2010 gives the authorities more surveillance options, while reserving the fastest and best-quality access for the government and military, according to an exclusive report issued by Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association. Undetectable sniffers may be placed on the public’s ISP to retrieve various confidential user information. The authorities need to show proof of transparency and authorize an independent audit of the infrastructure that would outline the needed changes in order to reassure users and rid the platform of abusive surveillance tools. They also need to explain their plans for ISPs Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) and Yatanarpon, what control the State will continue to exert on these two structures and the possibilities and conditions for privatization. Burma’s use of Blue Coat technologies, observed on the Yatanarpon Teleport ISP, is raising questions about the company’s filtering policy and how it might be used for Internet surveillance.Several reports attest to a very slow bandwidth speed – so slow that the Eleven Media group recently launched a news via SMS system to better meet its readers’ needs.The regime also needs to extend Internet access to the whole population. Currently, just 1% of the latter enjoys Internet access, and the country only has about 500 cybercafés, mainly in large cities.The streamlining of Burma’s (primarily trade) relations with the West remains a key factor in accounting for the recent changes made by the Burmese regime, which is anxious to climb out of its economic slump and offset the hegemonic Chinese influence.For many years, Burma has coveted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) presidency. The reforms undertaken guarantee that it will win it for the year 2014. An easing of U.S. sanctions could take place shortly, but Congress is still highly critical of the regime and pushing for more reforms and a democratic transition. The eyes of the world are on Burma in the run-up to its April 2012 by-elections. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alertslast_img read more