RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation

first_img News August 18, 2020 – Updated on August 29, 2020 RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation November 11, 2020 Find out more Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Receive email alerts News News November 19, 2020 Find out more [Editor’s Note] Considering that this statement, originally published on 18th August 2020, contained good faith but erroneous interpretations, we have since modified certain paragraphs. On all continents, Reporters Without Borders is calling for the repeal of legal provisions that make defamation punishable with custodial sentences. Calling for the release of Woo Jong-chang, under this principle, does not therefore amount to endorsing his allegations or of course the lack of fact-checking.South Korean journalist and political commentator Woo Jong-chang was sentenced on 17th July to eight months’ imprisonment for defamation by the Seoul Northern District Criminal Court and imprisoned for failing to prove the accuracy of his allegations. In a video posted on YouTube, he implied that the corruption trial of former President Park Geun-hye in 2016 could have been influenced by a dinner between a presidential official, who was later appointed Minister of Justice, and one of the judges in charge of the trial.“Reporters Without Borders is not opposed to the existence of laws punishing defamation, but the South Korean law which makes it a crime punishable by deprivation of liberty does not comply with international standards”, insists Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head. “This is not to justify the publication of unverified allegations, but to prevent the risk of a prison sentence that could dissuade journalists from publishing accurate facts when they are unable to provide evidence publicly”.South Korea, ranked 42nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, is a parliamentary democracy that respects freedoms but punishes defamation by up to seven years in prison. Organisations across the world that defend freedom of speech oppose such legal provisions. South KoreaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting sources Judicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of South Korean journalist and political commentator Woo Jong-chang, sentenced to eight months in prison for defamation under legislation that is non-compliant with international legal standards. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” South KoreaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting sources Judicial harassment Help by sharing this information July 6, 2020 Find out more News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia RSF_en to go further Organisation Follow the news on South Korealast_img read more

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Judith Palfrey to lead Let’s Move! initiative

first_imgFirst lady Michelle Obama announced Sept. 2 that pediatrician Judith S. Palfrey, the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, will lead her Let’s Move! childhood obesity initiative as executive director. For decades, Palfrey has provided clinical care to thousands of children and families, conducted groundbreaking pediatric research, taught future physicians, and led major medical organizations. Palfrey has been a longtime supporter of the Let’s Move! campaign and spoke at its launch in February 2010 when she was president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.“This is a terrific opportunity for Judy, one of this nation’s foremost pediatricians, to change the lives of thousands of children across America,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. “I’m very pleased for her, and think the White House has made an excellent choice.”For more information.last_img read more

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The Last Howl: Red Wolves Being Shot In N.C.

first_imgPrintPhoto: Ryan Nordsven UFWSOutside of illustrations in fairy tales and pictures in magazines, there’s a good chance you’ve never seen a red wolf before. Most of us never will. Thanks to aggressive wolf pelt bounties, the largely nocturnal animals were hunted into near-extinction by the ‘60s. Today, roughly 100 to 120 red wolves live in the wild, reintroduced to the landscape by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within a five-county recovery zone in Eastern North Carolina near the Alligator River. It’s the world’s only population of red wolves living in the wild, and they may once again be under the gun. Only this time, it’s a case of mistaken identity. Gunshot wounds are the leading cause of death for red wolves in North Carolina. In many cases, the hunters responsible for the deaths are unaware they’re shooting wolves. They think they’re shooting coyotes, a species that has migrated back East in abundance.The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has allowed unlimited hunting of coyotes on private property for decades. But in August 2012, the commission enacted a temporary rule allowing spotlight hunting of coyotes at night. Unfortunately, coyotes and wolves look similar, especially at night, a move that may put red wolves at risk.“We have nothing against hunters,” says Kim Wheeler, executive director of the Red Wolf Coalition. “But the number of accidental deaths of red wolves from hunters increases every year. Ideally, we’d like to see no coyote hunting in the five-county recovery zone. We’re certainly pushing to stop night hunting. A gun in the dark is just nuts.”Gordon Meyer, director of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, says hunting coyotes at night is simply too effective to dismiss. “It gives landowners the tool they need to manage coyotes and protect their private property.”The trouble is, some landowners may not recognize what animal they’re actively managing when they’re hunting. Coyotes and red wolves have similar colored coats and are similar in size, making it easy for a hunter to mistake a red wolf for a coyote. According to the most recent Fish and Wildlife Service’s report, gun shot wounds are the leading cause of death for red wolves. In 2012, eight wolves were killed by hunters. Two have already been shot in 2013. Most of the wolf deaths are the subject of ongoing investigations, but in at least three of those incidents the responsible hunter confessed that the shootings were cases of mistaken identity.“That’s clear evidence that wolves are being mistaken for coyotes,” says Derb Carter, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. “The Wildlife Commission is taking the view that hunting coyotes poses no threat to the red wolf, but after the Fish and Wildlife Service report, that’s no longer a viable stance.”After SELC challenged the rule, the Wake County Supreme Court blocked the temporary rule that allowed spotlight hunting of coyotes at night in the five-county wolf recovery zone. But a separate, permanent rule is still on the table and scheduled for a vote by the North Carolina Legislature in the Spring. If the rule passes, and night hunting is allowed permanently within the red wolf habitat, the SELC is prepared to bring a federal lawsuit against the NC Wildlife Commission for allowing an action that violates the Federal Endangered Species Act.“We’re working with the Fish and Wildlife Service on the recovery of red wolves, but we have two responsibilities in this situation: recover the wolf species and manage the growing coyote population,” says Meyers of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  It’s a difficult situation to strike a balance. If we don’t allow coyote hunting, you’re telling the landowner that they can’t protect their private property.”The Red Wolf at a GlanceHabitat: An estimated 100-120 red wolves roam a 1.7-million acre landscape in Eastern North Carolina. It’s the only wild red wolf population in the world.Pack Life: Red Wolves live in “family packs” of five to eight, consisting of the parents and offspring.Average size: 50-80 pounds.Diet: White tailed deer, rabbits, raccoons and small rodents.Life expectancy: Under 10 years in the wild.Maximum penalty for shooting a red wolf: One year in prison and $100,000 in fines.last_img read more

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Economou to step down at Switzerland’s CERN next year

first_img“My mission was create a portfolio that could deliver the highest possible return relative to the risk acceptable to CERN. “We now have a risk-based approach that is designed to deliver just that – i.e. the smoothest possible path towards CERN’s objective.”He said he had initially set out to accomplish this task in three years during his first mandate, but that, “due to the complexity of having representatives of 20 countries and some 15 groups of stakeholders”, it took him four years in the end.Economou said he was considering setting up an investment consultancy with a strategy based on the “CERN model”, and that he would decide on his next move some time this year.Last month, the industry veteran was appointed chairman of the investment committee at the pension fund for Switzerland-based Lombard Odier, which cited Economou’s experience in setting risk budgets as “a valuable complement.”He also serves on the $58.4bn (€43bn) Virginia Retirement System’s investment advisory committee. Théodore Economou, chief executive and CIO at the CHF4bn (€3.3bn) European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Pension Fund, has confirmed he will not seek re-appointment to his current position, whose tenure ends in August 2015.Economou said he would stay on as chief executive at CERN for the next 14 months and that he expected to be involved in the selection of his successor.He is currently serving his second three-year term as CIO.“I was brought in [at CERN] in 2009 with a clear mission, which has now been successfully accomplished,” he told IPE.last_img read more

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Final Series of Basketball Play Off Between Široki and Igokea

first_imgFinal series of B&H championship for basketball players will start today, in “Pecara” hall at 20:15 o’clock. The championship will begin with match between Široki Primorka and Igokea.Široki will attempt to use the advantage of being a host and by having good points which they earned in the League 4. Moreover, they will attempt to bring the trophy back in the club’s show cases.Igokea, current champion of B&H, won, without major problems, Mladost from Mrkonjić-Grad with 2:0. On the other side, Široki lost one match against Sarajevo’s Spars, but in the end celebrated with 2:1.(Source: Fena)last_img

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Taxi driver killed over fare

first_img…suspect claims self-defenceForty-two-year-old Owen Lynch, the Princes Street, Georgetown taxi driver who was stabbed to death in Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Tuesday night by a passenger he had picked up at Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was reportedly killed over the taxi fare.Lynch’s body was discovered lying motionless around 21:45h with multiple stab wounds. Enquiries revealed that Lynch, a taxi driver attached to Swift Cabs Taxi Service, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, was dispatched to Sophia to make a pick-up.The man reportedly ventured to the location where he picked up a passenger who requested to be taken to Cemetery Road, Mocha Arcadia. However, when the cab arrived at Mocha, the passenger refused to pay Lynch the requested sum.The driver reportedly called the taxi service to report the matter to the dispatcher, who instructed him to leave. That was the last time anyone heard from Lynch. His body was discovered with an ice pick nearby, the Police said in a press statement.When Guyana Times visited the now dead man’s mother, Coreen Hilliman at her Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown home, the woman burst into tears and said that Lynch was her only son.“It was very hard for me to lose my only son, my only son… it is very difficult; my son, everybody know he, he would fret from time to time, but when it comes to certain things, he would be there; he don’t make joke with his money, he always does say that his money is for his children,” Hilliman cried.The woman reportedly received the news of her son’s demise from his girlfriend.She explained that her son’s girlfriend placed several calls to Lynch’s phone on Tuesday night, all of which went unanswered. When she finally received an answer, it was from the Police instructing her to visit the Providence Police Station.After the girlfriend and Hilliman went to the Police Station, they were taken to the murder scene where they saw Lynch’s body.The grieving mother disclosed that the only information she received regarding what transpired came from the dispatcher.“The base woman told me that she told him if they don’t want to pay, then turn back and put them off…that is all, so I can’t say what happened after then or anything because she said that he didn’t have the opportunity to call her back to say that well, he turning back with the drop or whatever. I don’t know what occurred, I don’t know if he decided to say well, they gon pay he the money or if they stick he up or what. I don’t know,” Hilliman said.She described her son as a “stand-up person” (frank) and one who cared for his two children, who both reside in French Guiana.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Police have arrested one person – a 48-year-old Mocha, Cemetery Road mason, who they said confessed to killing Lynch in self-defence.The suspect reportedly confessed to stabbing Lynch several times to his body with an object.The mason reportedly divulged to Police that he was out imbibing with a friend in Sophia when he called the Swift Cabs Taxi Service for a cab to transport him to his home.When Lynch arrived, the suspect alleged that it was agreed that he would be taken to the location for $1500.While journeying home, the suspect told Police that Lynch took a wrong direction and as such the duo went back to Sophia.Upon returning to Sophia, a friend of the suspect reportedly instructed that he ventured back home to Mocha using the same taxi at an additional cost of $500.After once again arriving in Mocha, the suspect claimed that he gave $2000 to Lynch who demanded an additional $500.However, the suspect is alleging that he had exited the taxi and had begun walking to his house when he was attacked by Lynch. The man told Police that he defended himself, stabbing Lynch before leaving the scene. He was later informed that the taxi driver had succumbed.The man is being held as Police continue their investigations. (Kizzy Coleman)The dead man’s Princes Street, Georgetown homeThe dead man, Owen Lynchlast_img read more

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Di Matteo explains decision to take Mikel off against United

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo said he took John Obi Mikel off at half-time against Manchester United for tactical reasons.Mikel, who was booked in the first half, made way for Ramires at the interval.The midfielder has been at the centre of the controversy surrounding referee Mark Clattenburg in the wake of the Sunday’s league match against United.But Blues boss Di Matteo explained: “I wouldn’t have played him if I had any doubt. I had no concerns. He’s fully focused on playing football.“We had both midfield players booked in the first half. I also wanted to change things.” YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTE2OTIyMzMiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoxMzA6IlRoYW5rIHlvdS4gUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cyBpdCBtYXkgYmUgaW4geW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Africa targets free trade area by 2017

first_img1 February 2012Africa will target the establishment of a continental free trade area by 2017, according to a document issued at the closing of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday.“The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) should be operationalised by the indicative date of 2017,” the document said.The AU has made a three-step plan in preparation for the ultimate CFTA target.The first step is to finalise the tripartite agreement among the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Southern African Development Community by 2014.The second step is to urge other the continent’s other trade blocs – the Economic Community of West African States, the Economic Community of Central African States, the Arab Maghreb Union, and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States – to follow this example by reaching parallel agreements between 2012 and 2014.The third step is to consolidate the tripartite and other regional free trade areas into the CFTA initiative between 2015 and 2016.“Enhanced intra-African trade and deepened market integration can contribute significantly to sustainable economic growth, employment generation, poverty reduction, inflow of foreign direct investment, industrial development and better integration of the continent into the global economy,” the document read.Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

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Serena Williams deletes Instagram photo after being accused of photoshopping waistline

first_imgTennis stalwart Serena Williams, who has time and again raised her voice against body shaming, has come under fire for doing something that is not very typical of her.The sports star, who was recently named among People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Women of 2016, took to her official Instagram account and posted a picture of herself looking rather stunning–but her fans noticed a little problem.Also Read : Serena Williams opens up about the struggle of learning to love her body According to a report by Mirror UK, Williams’ waist in the picture appeared to be Photoshopped and made to look thinner–something that did not go down too well with her Instagram followers, who immediately responded with comments ranging from “I love her but the bar behind her waist is so warped. Disappointing,” to “I LOVE what you stand for and wish others would quit trying to alter your message and genetics!” @people mag most beautiful 2016 ???A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Apr 28, 2016 at 1:00pm PDTAlso Read: JK Rowling shuts up a Serena Williams detractor on Twitter  Williams, who has advocated  body-positivity for the longest time, had to subsequently put down the picture due to all the backlash pouring in.Reportedly, after deleting the Photoshopped picture, the world champion then uploaded the untouched version of the same picture, much to the delight of her fans.last_img read more

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10 months agoAtletico Madrid chief Berta: Lucas wants to stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid chief Berta: Lucas wants to stayby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Andrea Berta insists Lucas Hernandez won’t be leaving next month.The defender is a target for Bayern Munich.And Marca claimed that the German club would pay the defender’s €80m release clause next month. But Berta says: “I can’t say anything, you will have to ask [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge [about Bayern’s interest]. “Lucas told me he wants to stay with Atletico. Lucas is a very good player. He’s an important player.” last_img

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