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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Heavy rain could trigger mudslides, flash floods in California as rescuers search for wildfire victims

first_imgMason Trinca for The Washington Post via Getty Images(PARADISE, Calif.) — Heavy rain is forecast in parts of California on Wednesday, potentially triggering flash floods, debris flows or mudslides in areas where wildfires recently killed more than 80 people and destroyed nearly 17,000 structures.At least 870 people still were unaccounted in the wake of wildfires that have scorched nearly 400 square miles of land across the Golden State, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.Brian Ferreira, a rescue squad officer for California Task Force 4, said the heavy rain could wash away potential “remains, or cremains,” and impede the search for victims. His team and other rescue crews across the state are racing to get as much done as possible before rain starts falling later today, likely continuing the next few days.“When the rain comes, [it’s] going to consolidate the material and make it more dense and pack it down. And it’s going to present much more like soil,” Ferreira told reporters on the ground Wednesday. “So anything we find or hope to find that’s still there, it’s gonna make a difficult task just that much more difficult.”“We’re going to go as hard as we can, as long as we can, until we can’t go anymore,” he added. “That’s what’s going to happen.”The worst of the rain systems could hit Paradise, a town virtually wiped out by wildfire, with as much as 5 inches of rain through Friday.The rain is good news, overall, according to meteorologists, because it will boost air quality and lower the risk of new fires igniting this winter, but it likely will bring isolated mudslides and flash flooding to areas devastated by wildfires.A flash flood watch is in effect Wednesday through Friday for several areas in Northern California, including Butte County, where the Camp Fire left 81 dead — making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in state history.“Properties impacted by the wildfires, and downstream of those areas, are at risk for flash flooding, mudflows and debris flows during periods of intense rainfall,” Butte County officials warned residents earlier this week. “Wildfires can alter the terrain and soil conditions reducing the capacity for the ground to absorb water creating conditions for these types of hazards.”The National Weather Service also warned residents in low-lying areas of Butte County to prepare for possible road problems and potential evacuations due to flooding, falling rocks or debris flows during or after this stretch of precipitation.Rain also is forecast in parts of Southern California, including where the Woolsey Fire killed at least three people and scorched more than 96,000 acres.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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UK: James Fisher Defence Signs USD 17.95 Million URF Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: James Fisher Defence Signs USD 17.95 Million URF Contract View post tag: UK View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: James View post tag: contract View post tag: URF View post tag: million View post tag: Signs View post tag: Fisher James Fisher Defence (‘JFD’), a division of James Fisher and Sons plc, the UK’s leading marine services provider (‘FSJ’), has been selected to undertake a comprehensive modernisation of the Swedish Navy’s Rescue Vehicle known locally as URF under a contract worth  around £11m.  The contract further demonstrates JFD’s leadership of the global submarine rescue market.JFD will undertake a full refit of the existing vehicle and design, build and integrate a series of new systems to maintain the vehicle’s performance, whilst optimising safety and operability.  The upgrade work will be completed at JFD’s Glasgow facility and the modernised vehicle will be delivered back into service in March next year after which JFD will continue to work with the Swedish Navy to ensure its future availability.  URF will bring to four the total number of rescue vehicles supported by JFD.JFD will be assisted in this work by the Swedish Defence and Security company Saab. As a major subcontractor to JFD, Saab Underwater Systems will be responsible for the design and build of an integrated propulsion and control system for the vehicle.The modernisation of URF will draw on JFD’s expertise in the design, build, support and operation of submarine rescue vehicles and systems and follows the delivery of two new DSAR (Deep Search and Rescue) class vehicles to the navies of Korea and Singapore in 2008 and 2009 respectively.  Prior to this JFD operated and maintained the UK Submarine Rescue System undertaking two major refits to create the rescue submersible LR5 which is now in service in Perth, Western Australia as part of the James Fisher Submarine Rescue System.  In 2005 a team from JFD saved the lives of seven Russian submariners trapped in the mini submarine Priz in 625 ft of water off the Kamchatka peninsular.Commenting on the contract, Ben Sharples, JFD Managing Director, said:“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, URF is strategically an important rescue asset and the award of this contract is testament to our specialist skills in this niche market. We look forward to working with the Swedish defence procurement authority FMV and the Swedish Navy to modernise and extend the life of URF.”[mappress]Source: James-fisher, May 26, 2011; View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Industry news View post tag: 17.95 UK: James Fisher Defence Signs USD 17.95 Million URF Contract View post tag: USD May 26, 2011last_img read more

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Rape charge puts man behind bars

first_imgResident JoseEril Tiongson was nabbed around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, a police report showed.  The courtrecommended no bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN Tiongson wasdetained in the lockup facility of the San Carlos City police station. Tiongson’sapprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by JudgeBernadito Malabago of the Region Trial Court Branch 60 Barili, Cebu dated Aug.28, 2018. BACOLOD City –Police caught a 44-year-old man facing rape charges in Barangay 1, San CarlosCity, Negros Occidental. last_img

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Four-time Asian medallist boxer Shiva Thapa becomes first Indian to win gold at the President’s Cup in Kazakhstan

first_imgLast Updated: 20th July, 2019 20:09 IST Four-time Asian Medallist Boxer Shiva Thapa Becomes First Indian To Win Gold At The President’s Cup In Kazakhstan 25-year-old, four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa became India’s first gold medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament after getting a walkover in the finals in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday. WE RECOMMEND “The new weight category has been easy to adapt. I have not faced too much difficulty. Obviously, there are challenges of facing boxers who are coming from 64kg, given their power but nothing is impossible,” said Thapa.  25-year-old, four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa became India’s first gold medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament after getting a walkover in the finals in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday.Thapa was making his international debut in the newly-introduced Olympic category of 63kg. The 25-year-old was to fight Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin in the summit clash but to Thapa’s fortune, his opponent pulled out of the final due to an injury. Thapa had lost to Safiullin in the Asian Championship semi-final earlier this year. [email protected] wins the gold🥇medal in men’s 63 kg at the President’s Cup #Boxing in Kazakhstan.🥊Many congratulations on your win Shiva.👏🏻🎉@KirenRijiju @BFI_official #KheloIndia🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/F0b2e7Pt3s— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 20, 2019 LIVE TV READ | Here’s What Kiren Rijiju Said To Avoid Boxing With Mary Kom India’s woman boxer Parveen (60kg) signed off with a silver medal losing her final bout to local boxer Rimma Volosenko. FOLLOW US First Published: 20th July, 2019 19:42 IST WATCH: Ace Boxer Mary Kom Packs A Power Punch With Her Singing Skills, Leaves Audience Mesmerised By Performing ‘What’s Up’ By An American Rock BandThe young boxer took to Twitter and expressed his delight after winning the gold. he said that he is really motivated and happy. Read the tweet here: SUBSCRIBE TO US Earlier, Sweety Boora (81kg) and Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) had ended their campaign with bronze medals following semifinal defeats.READ | Vijender Singh’s #Faceappchallenge Calls For Immediate Attention India’s High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva lauded Thapa’s performance and said that the young lad had a great tournament beating some really fancied opponents. Nieva called Thapa’s stint an ‘impressive performance’.  Thapa didn’t make the cut for the September world championships after facing defeat in the trials to Commonwealth Games silver-winner Manish Kaushik. Thapa had defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Argon Kadiribekuulu 4-1 in the last-four stage bout. Digital Desk COMMENT 1 year ago Apollo 11 Anniversary: How does the ‘fluttering’ American flag left behind on the moon by Neil Armstrong look now? 1 year ago P V Sindhu seals final berth at Indonesia Open; looking forward to first title victory this year Really motivated and happy to win Gold 🥇 Medal for India in 63 kg at President Cup, 🏆 Kazakhstan @[email protected][email protected] @DGSAI @ONGC_#nodaysoff#ONGC @pallab_ongc pic.twitter.com/2m24uNt04j— Shivva Thapa (@shivathapa) July 20, 2019 Written By WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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