Open letter to Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

first_imgJean-François JulliardSecretary-General Fiji’s press was a model for the rest of the Pacific for many years. The presence of newspapers, radio stations and even TV stations displaying a significant degree of independence allowed Fijian journalists to do their duty as professionals. June 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom to go further This decree means that Fijian journalists now risk being jailed at a time when the international trend is for press offences to be decriminalised. It provides for prison sentences for those who endanger public order and the public interest. Journalists and media executives can be tried before a Media Tribunal, which will also be able to intervene in print and broadcast media content. This is deplorable. Above all it will reinforce the already significant level of self-censorship that has existed since the coup d’état that brought you to power n 2006. It is true that this decree is not as repressive as the 2009 Public Emergency Regulations that institutionalised prior censorship, but it enshrines a desire to control and censor the media. Dear Prime Minister, We urge you to end your country’s international isolation by rescinding the Public Emergency Regulations and the Media Industry Development Decree. As things stand, your policies are preventing the international community, including the European Union, from resuming close cooperation with Fiji. The repressive regulations that you have introduced punish the Fijian people and jeopardise the development aid that the economy and society need. It is up to you and you alone whether your country continues to run this risk. Drafting a law specifically to punish a publication that is considered overly “negative” is unacceptable. We note, for example, that the law insists that a news organisation’s executives must all be Fijian citizens and must have been resident in Fiji for at least three years. The aim of this is to prevent experienced foreign journalists from being put in charge of the Fiji Times or any other Fijian media. The only newspaper that has resisted government control is the Fiji Times, which is now directly threatened with the possibility of disappearing as a result of a provision of the Media Industry Development Decree requiring 90 per cent of the shares of any Fijian news media to be locally owned. The country’s most popular newspaper, the Fiji Times, is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Australia-based press group News Limited. Under the terms of the decree, News Limited now has three months to sell it or close it. News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Asia – Pacific center_img Receive email alerts Sincerely, News Because of your government’s obstinacy in wanting to censor your country’s privately-owned press, we support the adoption of international sanctions aimed at condemning the promulgation and strict application of these regulations and decrees. It should be noted that Fiji fell 73 places in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, and is now ranked 152nd out of 175 countries. Paris, 29 June 2010 Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Commodore Frank BainimaramaPrime MinisterSuvaFiji Islands June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns your decision to promulgate the Media Industry Development Decree yesterday, as it marks a dangerous step backwards for press freedom and media development in Fiji. June 2, 2021 Find out more News We also deplore the fact that the Public Emergency Regulations are still in place despite government promises that they would be lifted. As a result of the Public Emergency Regulations, criticism of your government’s policies has virtually disappeared from the Fijian press. Journalists can still cover business, society, culture and sports but there is no longer any critical analysis of the country’s now extremely curtailed political life. We hope you will give our comments your careful consideration. News Asia – Pacific In order to intimidate media owners and journalists and stress the firmness of your government’s position, attorney-general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: “I wish to make it clear that any media organisation which fails to comply with this requirement shall cease to operate as a media organisation, and shall also be liable for an offence under the decree.”last_img read more

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Falcons stay unbeaten with victory over Mustangs

first_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMark MattaNext articleHIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Odessa High runs past Andrews as Welch returns Digital AIM Web Support Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – December 15, 2020 WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Pinterest COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Falcons stay unbeaten with victory over Mustangs The UTPB men’s basketball team remained undefeated with a rout of visiting Western New Mexico, 96-78, in nonconference play Tuesday at the Falcon Dome.The Falcons improved to 3-0 on the season, having swept their Lone Star Conference doubleheader against UT-Tyler Friday and Saturday in Tyler.The Mustangs, members of the Lone Star Conference, are playing a nonconference schedule this season because of COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico.Jordan Horn led UTPB with a game-high 32 points, with Wesley Hayes adding 13 and Adam Rivera 11 to the victory.Marvis Odia had 16 points to lead the Mustangs (0-1), with Ian Hohenstein finishgin with 11 and Amarion Cash 10 in the loss.After a sluggish start, UTPB dominated the first half, leading 52-35 after 20 minutes of play.The Falcons return to conference play when they host Cameron at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Falcon Dome. Twitter TAGS  SportsCollegeLocal Newslast_img read more

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Which Broadway Star Had a Crush on Winnie Cooper From The Wonder Years?

first_img TERENCE ARCHIE (APOLLO CREED IN ROCKY) “Wonder Woman… Any news anchor women in general.” This week, we have a special Valentine’s Day surprise for you! It’s way better than a box of chocolates. A dozen roses? Come on, those are just going to die in a week anyway. Our gift to you is a peek into the romantic, silly and sometimes completely wacky love lives of your favorite Broadway stars! In the first installment of our week-long series, we asked Jarrod Spector, Kelli O’Hara, Danny Burstein and more to tell us all about their childhood crushes. Who made these stars swoon? Find out below. JARROD SPECTOR (BARRY MANN IN BEAUTIFUL) “Winnie from The Wonder Years. Who else?” KELLI O’HARA (FRANCESCA IN THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY) “I have to say Kurt Russell. I mean, of course I had posters up all over of boys like Ricky Schroder and Corey Haim and Scott Baio. But KURT RUSSELL. He was my guy.” SANTINO FONTANA (MOSS HART IN ACT ONE) “That girl on The Mickey Mouse Club. I can’t remember her name, but she had crimped hair. Close second, Eggo waffles.” KARINE PLANTADIT (PERFORMER IN AFTER MIDNIGHT) “A boy my age, five, who was missing a finger. He invited me to spend the weekend on his boat. At five, my parents did not agree, though I threw the best tantrum of my life.” COURTNEY REED (JASMINE IN ALADDIN) “Sigh… Devon Sawa from Casper and Now and Then.” DANNY BURSTEIN (HERR SCHULTZ IN CABARET) “Basically any girl. Sad. That’s really pathetic, isn’t it? LOL.” COREY COTT (JACK KELLY IN NEWSIES) “Mary-Kate Olsen. Every time she had an on-screen kiss, whether it was Passport to Paris, Winning London or Our Lips Are Sealed, my heart sank that much more.” Check back every day this week for more Valentine’s Day surprises! View Commentslast_img read more

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Arneson chased, challenged, but not caught in Casa Grande IMCA Modified tour main event

first_imgAnd Brain Osantowski led start to finish in collecting his second Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod tour victory, by a margin of six-plus seconds over teammate Cody Thompson. Northern SportMods – 1. Brian Osantowski; 2. Coy Thompson; 3. Austen Becerra; 4. Tyler Soppe; 5. Brady Bjella; 6. Ty Rogers; 7. Bo Partain; 8. Shelby Frye; 9. David Pitt; 10. Timothy Allerdings; 11. Taylor Kuehl; 12. Tate Johnson; 13. Terry Bahr; 14. Eric Folstad; 15. Rex Hasley; 16. Ben Stockton; 17. Andy Clower; 18. Dwayne Melvin; 19. Slade Pitt; 20. Dixon Tipton; 21. Michael Egurola; 22. Brandyn Johnson; 23. Kyler Reynolds; 24. Cory Van Zante. Stock Cars – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Zachary Madrid; 3. Sean Gentry; 4. Brendon LaBatte; 5. Arron Hetrick; 6. Craig Miller; 7. Joey McCullough; 8. Eric Lloyd; 9. Kevin Roberts; 10. Chanse Hollatz; 11. Ty Warner; 12. Andrew Mathers; 13. Wayne Clink.  Thornton held off Zachard Madrid in winning his third of four tour starts and second straight at Casa Grande. Feature Results Osantowski had to fight off a challenge from Thompson following a lap 14 restart. Austen Becerra was third.  The sixth starting Madrid reeled in Thornton but couldn’t make his next-to-the-last-lap bid for the lead stick. Sean Gentry was third. Casey Arneson topped Tuesday’s $2,000 to win IMCA Modified Dirt Track Tour main event at Central Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Ben Thrasher) Two thousand dollars richer for his efforts, the North Dakota pilot led all 25 laps, challenged by Drew Armstrong and Jake O’Neil through midway, then chased across the stripe by 14th starting Alex Stanford and 17th starting Jeff Taylor.  Ricky Thornton Jr., then Stanford ran in second from that point but neither could reel in Arneson. ‘B’ feature winner Taylor made his way to third with five laps left. Multiple cautions made for slow going over the first five circuits before a lengthy green flag run. Arneson, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, and O’Neil had been working traffic when the yellow returned on lap 16.  Modifieds – 1. Casey Arneson; 2. Alex Stanford; 3. Jeff Taylor; 4. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 5. Chaz Baca; 6. Jake O’Neil; 7. Casey Skyberg; 8. Drew Armstrong; 9. Bricen James; 10. Zachary Madrid; 11. Grey Ferrando; 12. Christy Barnett; 13. Clay Norris; 14. Ryan Roath; 15. Rick Spencer; 16. Erick Thiesse; 17. Garth Dushanek; 18. Jon DeBenedetti; 19. Kelsy Hayes; 20. Heath Grizzle; 21. Spencer Wilson; 22. Kelsie Foley; 23. Mike Wedelstadt; 24. Lance Mari  CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Feb. 11) – He was chased and he was challenged, but Casey Arneson was never caught in Tuesday night’s Arizona Dirt Track Tour main event for IMCA Modifieds at Central Arizona Speedway.last_img read more

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Guyana retain IGG Volleyball title

first_imgBy Rawle Toney in SurinameGUYANA continued their dominance in Volleyball at the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) when they defeated Suriname in straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-21) to retain their title.Having won the first game 25-17, 25-22 and 25-14, the Levi Nedd-coached team entered yesterday’s game optimistic of repeating their performance from the first day of competition.Renaldo Bobb, Andy Rohoman and Omari Joseph were the outstanding performers in the two matches, but Nedd noted Hellond Singh as the ‘game changer’.According to Nedd who is also the president of the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA), he’s happy that the players were able to keep Guyana’s rich tradition of winning volleyball (male) at the IGG.Nedd stated that if the current crop of players is eligible for the tournament next year, through the BVA and the series of schools tournament planned, Guyana will be able to present a very strong team.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning Champions League hat-trick

first_imgThe Champions League saw more of its records tumble on Tuesday night when Cristiano Ronaldo netted a stunning hat-trick against Wolfsburg.Real Madrid were trailing 2-0 after the first leg but Ronaldo bagged two in two minutes to level the tie after only 17 minutes of the second leg.He completed his treble with just over ten minutes of the tie remaining with a trademark free kick to send the Bernabeu crazy and ensure Madrid made their sixth consecutive Champions League semi-final.The hat-trick was his third of this year’s tournament (which is a record) and his fifth in the competition ever (which is a joint record with Lionel Messi).Ronaldo now has 16 goals in Europe this season, one shy of the record in a single season, which the Portuguese also holds.Is there a better goalscorer than Ronaldo? Watch the videos below and let us know! Cristiano Ronaldo now has 16 goals in the competition this season 1last_img read more

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Williams edges Kvitova for 1st US Open semifinal since 2010

first_imgUFC rival Nate Diaz slams McGregor over boxing loss LATEST STORIES She will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Thursday in the first all-American women’s semifinal in New York since 2002. Stephens advanced earlier Tuesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory over 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. It is Stephens’ deepest run at any major since 2013 and the apex of a recovery from foot surgery in January.There could be another U.S. vs. U.S. semifinal on the other side of the draw: 15th-seeded Madison Keys and 20th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe play their quarterfinals Wednesday.“It’s been a great two weeks for American tennis. Seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well,” Williams said. “It’s great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue.”Kvitova, seeded 13th, was hoping to prolong her comeback from a knife attack less than nine months ago by reaching the first U.S. Open semifinal of her career. She needed surgery on her racket-holding hand after she was cut by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. She returned to the tour at the French Open in May, losing in the second round there and at Wimbledon.Kvitova has said she still does not have full strength in her left hand. But she was often at her powerful best against No. 9 Williams, especially in the last two sets, repeatedly delivering big, flat forehands.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ Neither woman played with a ton of subtlety, mainly trading stinging groundstrokes from the baseline on exchanges that grew in intensity as the 2-hour, 34-minute encounter went along.“I had my chances,” Kvitova said. “Kind of.”Williams, who revealed in 2011 she had been diagnosed with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, is the oldest women’s semifinalist in New York in the Open era, which dates to 1968.But this sort of throwback run is becoming almost routine again for Williams, who made it to the Australian Open final in January of this year, then the Wimbledon final in July. In 2002, she participated in three Grand Slam finals, losing each to her younger sister Serena.Stephens, ranked 83rd, has won 13 of her past 15 matches, all on hard courts, reaching the semifinals at three consecutive tournaments for the only time in her career.She had an operation in January, and while forced to stay away from her sport, she found a new appreciation for it. The time off also allowed her to enjoy other aspects of life.“I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do all the things that I wanted to do. But I did get to hang out with my family and see my little cousin’s soccer games and go to weddings and baby showers and stuff. All the things that I thought before I was missing out on, (now) I really wasn’t,” said Stephens, whose late father, John Stephens, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, and whose mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University’s first All-American in women’s swimming.“It was just kind of, like, eye-opening,” Stephens added. “When I wasn’t playing, like, of course I loved my time off, but when I got back to playing tennis, it was, like, this is where I want to be. This is what I love doing.”In the men’s quarterfinals, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa each advanced to the final four at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.Anderson got past 17th-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (7) in a match that ended shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday. Much, much earlier, Carreno Busta of Spain had no trouble beating No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. It was Carreno Busta’s first match of the tournament against an opponent who was not a qualifier. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Venus Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during her Women’s Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Nine of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — When her work was done, her first trip to the U.S. Open semifinals since 2010 secured, if just barely, Venus Williams sat in her sideline chair and beamed .Williams reached her third major semifinal of the season — something she last did 15 years ago — by edging two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) on Tuesday night to a soundtrack of thunderous partisan support under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that I didn’t win matches against top players — top-10 or top-20 players,” Carreno Busta said, “but I am very happy with my tournament.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “Definitely felt like a special match. No easy moments, not easy to hold serve or break serve,” Williams said. “This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and, of course, it being a major.”The 37-year-old Williams, who won titles at Flushing Meadows way back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set before digging out of the hole with a little help: Kvitova’s eighth double-fault handed over the break that made it 3-all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd Kvitova’s ninth double-fault got Williams to match point in the tiebreaker.“Sometimes you have opportunities, and sometimes you take them and you don’t, but it’s not like you get opportunity after opportunity after opportunity in these sorts of matches,” Williams said. “You have to take the ones you have.”last_img read more

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a month agoBurnley fullback Matt Lowton: Excited by season prospects

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley fullback Matt Lowton: Excited by season prospectsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley fullback Matt Lowton believes the foundations are in place for a successful season as he prepares to head back to former club Aston Villa.The Clarets are sitting ninth in the Premier League table with eight points from their opening six games.“We finished strong and we wanted to make sure we took that into this season,” said the Clarets’ right-back to Burnley’s website.“We’re very happy with the way we’ve started. We have got a lot of points on the board and but for a late goal at Wolves it could have been a few more.“There’s probably been only one half of football (at Brighton) where we’ve not been where we wanted to be, and we put that right last weekend, so the way we have started we’ve got a great platform to build on.“We didn’t start last season the way we wanted to and we were down the bottom and struggling a little bit. It’s hard to get the results together when you are looking over your shoulder.“The way we have started this time has given us a great platform to kick on and hopefully we can do what we did a couple of seasons ago.” last_img read more

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