Government cracks down on independent newspaper

first_img Organisation June 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government cracks down on independent newspaper June 2, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Reporters Without Borders protested today against extensive official pressure and obstruction aimed at staff of the independent weekly paper Adige Heku, its distribution network and its chief editor and founder, Valery Hataschukov.” Kabardino-Balkaria cannot not escape the rule that a free and independent media is a basic condition for democracy,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the Russian Federation’s information minister, Mikhail Lessin. “We call on you to see that censorship and official pressure on the paper stops and that the right to inform the public is respected in Kabardino-Balkaria,” he said.    Since Adige Heku was launched early last year in the small Caucasian republic of 800,000 people, it has battled constant official efforts to block its printing and distribution. Since it is excluded from the government-controlled distribution network, it is sold by independent street vendors but copies of it are continually seized.In January, outgoing President Valery Kokov stood for reelection despite a two-term limit stipulated in the Russian Federation’s constitution. Hatschukov was arrested several times after the paper ran articles about the views of opposition candidates and denounced Kokov’s candidacy as illegal. Police repeatedly asked him who was funding the paper. The paper stopped appearing early this year, after its journalists and the owners of the offices it rents received a number of threats.Journalist Nur Dolay, who works for the weekly Courrier International, was recently attacked while doing a story in the capital, Nalchik, about a government opponent and friend of Hatschukov. Two armed men broke into Hatschukov’s apartment, where Dolay was staying during the night of 29-30 May, gagged and bound her and then searched her possessions in vain for cassettes of reporting she had done. She was only released the next morning by someone who arrived for an appointment with her. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Belarus RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown center_img May 27, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Brazil’s “fake news“ bill poses major threat to freedom to inform

first_img BrazilAmericas Online freedomsProtecting sources InternetFreedom of expression Receive email alerts News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News RSF_en News June 25, 2020 Brazil’s “fake news“ bill poses major threat to freedom to inform BrazilAmericas Online freedomsProtecting sources InternetFreedom of expression Organisation Follow the news on Brazil Source: MyCyberSecurity center_img April 15, 2021 Find out more The proposed “Brazilian Law on Internet Freedom, Responsibility and Transparency” (Draft Law No. 2.630/2020), which has the professed aim of addressing the “fake news industry” in Brazil, has been debated hastily and in exceptional conditions because of the coronavirus pandemic.It is finally scheduled to go before the senate today after a vote was postponed twice earlier this month as a result of pressure from many civil society groups including RSF and differences among parliamentarians. The bill’s extremely worrying measures include the creation of a system of massive surveillance of Internet users and disproportionate penalties that directly threaten freedom of expression and opinion and respect for online privacy.Its most disturbing elements include:The requirement for all social media and messaging app users to submit identity documents and have an active mobile phone. In practice, this will deprive many Brazilians of access to these basic services.The requirement for platforms to store data, and for messaging app providers to store chats and shares, for at least four months. This means that anyone (a journalist, researcher, parliamentarian, ordinary citizen and so on) who shared and/or criticized suspicious content could later have to prove they have no connection with the organizations or individuals who deliberately and massively shared false information.The goal of these two requirements is to be able to track the origin of disinformation campaigns and to identify and punish those responsible. The tracking of content shared on messaging apps could seriously endanger the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.The imposition of this surveillance mechanism would force platform and messaging app companies to adopt measures limiting protection for the privacy of those using their services, without guaranteeing that those behind disinformation campaigns could not circumvent these measures.Harsher penalties for spreading false informationThe criteria used for identifying false information are deliberately vague and are based on overly broad concepts such as “political preference” and threats to “social peace” or “economic order.” This opens the door to disproportionate interpretations and sanctions against legitimate opinions and posts.Nationwide blocking of social media and messaging apps that do not comply with the new requirementsServices such as WhatsApp and YouTube were recently suspended by the judicial authorities in Brazil. This is inappropriate and counter-productive, amounting to attempted censorship, and prejudices all users, by denying them access to information.Blocking messaging apps also hampers the work of journalists, especially those who rely on their encryption technology to protect their sources.“Instead of being debated in haste, such an important subject as disinformation requires extensive consultation with all the civil society stakeholders involved,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “Brazil’s parliamentarians cannot ignore the threat that this bill poses to the future of online freedoms and democracy in general.”“The insistence with which the senate is trying to pass this bill, while Brazil is badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and attacks against journalists are intensifying, is very worrying. We call for this bill to be abandoned in its current form and for a proper debate to be held on this subject, in order to get a new bill that respects free speech standards and all Internet users’ right to privacy.”Regulations of this kind can have very negative consequences. RSF is registering more and more cases of journalists throughout the world who are being prosecuted in the name of combatting online disinformation, when in fact they were just doing their job.Penalizing “fake news” also amounts to eliminating the right of journalists to make mistakes. Some laws provide for extremely harsh penalties that take no account of journalists’ intentions, that take no account of the fact that journalists sometimes just make mistakes. In all cases, the punishment is not proportional to the information, even when it is false.To combat online disinformation, RSF recommends that the Brazilian authorities should promote self-regulatory mechanisms such as the Journalism Trust Initiative which encourage adoption of the best journalistic standards and ethics online.Launched by RSF and its partners, the JTI is a set of standards for reliable journalism with indicators that allow individual media outlets to assess themselves, to improve their practices to satisfy the standards, and to publish their evaluation results. The standards range from transparency of media ownership and revenue sources to correction procedures and other good practices.Platforms can incorporate the JTI’s machine-readable standards as an “integrity factor” into their algorithms. Search engine and social media algorithms are based on many factors but not, at this time, on compliance with editorial practices and basic journalistic principles.Brazil is ranked 107th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the withdrawal of a bill to combat “fake news” that could be voted by the Brazilian senate today, because it contains a series of measure that pose a major threat to the freedom to inform and to privacy rights. A new bill that respects international free speech standards should be drafted after extensive public consultation, RSF says. last_img read more

Post-doctoral Fellow (holding the title of Senior Project Specialist)

first_imgRef.: 502437Work type: Full-timeDepartment: School of Public Health (22400)Categories: Academic-related StaffHong KongApplications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow(holding the title of Senior Project Specialist) in the School ofPublic Health (Ref.: 502437), to commence as soon as possiblefor up to two years, with the possibility of renewal subject tosatisfactory performance.The selected candidate will work in a company incorporated by theUniversity of Hong Kong that was established to administer andsupport the University’s innovation endeavours.Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree with a very strongbackground in artificial intelligence, big data or other relateddisciplines. They should have excellent communication skills,experience in knowledge sharing, a good record of research output,and the ability to work independently as well as in amultidisciplinary team. Experience in artificial intelligence andbig data research will be highly desirable. The appointee willparticipate in applied and methodological work in a Big DataLaboratory, and technology transfer of advanced artificialintelligence in the field of infectious disease research. Workingoff-campus may be required. Those who have responded to theprevious advertisement (Ref.: 502030) need not re-apply.A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits.The University only accepts online applications for the above post.Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Reviewof applications will start from November 16, 2020 and continueuntil May 31, 2021 , or until the post is filled, whicheveris earlier.Advertised: Nov 5, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close: May 31, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

Two arrested on drug charges in Plymouth Wednesday

first_img Google+ IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – August 7, 2020 0 672 Pinterestcenter_img (Photo Supplied/Plymouth Police Department) Two people were arrested in Plymouth Wednesday following a drug bust.Police were dispatched to the Dairy Queen parking lot on reports of drug activity, where they found Brian Vollmer, 55, and Hanna Wieklinski, 25, dealing methamphetamine.ABC 57 News reports police found 15 grams of methamphetamine and $800 in cash.Vollmer and Wieklinksi, both of Valparaiso, were arrested. WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Two arrested on drug charges in Plymouth Wednesday TAGSarrestedchargesdairy queendealingdrugIndianamethamphetaminePlymouth Previous articleBright spots to Indy 500 face with no fans?Next articleGoshen man shot by officer in 2019 pleads guilty to resisting law enforcement Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins on Kevin Durant injury: ‘I know the feeling’

first_imgOAKLAND – The unpleasant memories bubbled up as soon as DeMarcus Cousins saw Kevin Durant fall to the floor. They lingered while Durant was hepled off the court. And then they came back full force when Cousins entered the Warriors locker room.“I saw K and saw the emotion on his face, I know the feeling,” Cousins said. “I was the same exact way. It’s unfortunate. It’s a very unfortunate situation.”Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon against Toronto in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday. …last_img

Asteroid Pi

first_imgAsteroids are much more diverse than previously imagined.  The Spitzer Space Telescope (now in its “warm” mission after the liquid coolant has dissipated) is targeting about 700 asteroids in a program called ExploreNEOs (Near-Earth Objects).  NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope website reported results from the first hundred studied.  The scientists found that near-Earth asteroids……are a mixed bunch, with a surprisingly wide array of compositions.  Like a pi�ata filled with everything from chocolates to fruity candies, these asteroids come in assorted colors and compositions.  Some are dark and dull; others are shiny and bright.  The Spitzer observations of 100 known near-Earth asteroids demonstrate that the objects’ diversity is greater than previously thought.The diversity is inferred from the asteroids’ infrared signature, the temperature disclosing something about surface size, composition, and thermal inertia (ability to hold heat).  From that data, scientists try to infer where the objects originated from, and how old they are.  One of the surprises is that numerous bright NEOs appear to be young:Since asteroid surfaces become darker with time due to exposure to solar radiation, the presence of lighter, brighter surfaces for some asteroids may indicate that they are relatively young.  This is evidence for the continuing evolution of the near-Earth object population.    In addition, the fact that the asteroids observed so far have a greater degree of diversity than expected indicates that they might have different origins.  Some might come from the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and others could come from farther out in the solar system.  This diversity also suggests that the materials that went into making the asteroids — the same materials that make up our planets — were probably mixed together like a big solar-system soup very early in its history.But extending the primordial soup metaphor to the solar system decreases the explanatory power of previous cosmogonies (stories about the origin and development of the solar system), which depended on composition as a function of radius, and complicates new explanations (cf. 09/24/2008, 05/04/2007).    The original paper in The Astronomical Journal1 noted that an object at Earth orbit should become dark by “space weathering” in a million years.  Noting the large number of bright objects, the authors suggested that the bright (and presumably young) objects may be extinct comets or remnants of recent collisions that exposed fresh surface material.  They acknowledged, however, that much is still unknown about asteroid origin and evolution.  Evolutionary theories tend to be complicated, and some findings contradict expectations.  For instance, “The small (500 m long) NEO Itokawa was visited by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, and was found to have a highly varied surface, with both regolith-free regions and regions of substantial regolith,” the paper said, referring to pulverized surface material.  “This unexpected result has greatly increased interest in the surface properties of NEOs and how they depend on an object’s history.”    In addition, about 15% of asteroids appear to be binaries (co-orbiting objects) – a dynamically improbable phenomenon, given asteroids’ low gravity and relative motions.  Though recently split objects from a collision might tend to remain in proximity enough to remain gravitationally bound, the Yarkovsky effect (a perturbing force due to sunlight pressure) and other forces would seem to disrupt the delicate pas de deux of a binary pair in short order (see 10/25/2001, 05/24/2002, 09/12/2003, 09/28/2005).    According to current thinking, most NEOs originated in the main asteroid belt and became perturbed into earth-vicinity orbits through collisions, the Yarkovsky effect and chaotic motions.  “We find that the distribution of albedos in this first sample is quite broad,” they said, however, “probably indicating a wide range of compositions within the NEO population.”  That diversity had to originally exist in the main asteroid belt, therefore, or requires positing a larger-than-predicted mixing of material from different parts of the solar system.  Either case complicates simplistic ideas about the origin of the solar system that preceded the space age.    One other asteroid phenomenon is making a planetary scientist “lose sleep,” according to New Scientist: the problem of Trojan asteroids.  These are not condoms or malware, but asteroids that get locked into the stable Langrangian points of planets, making them lead or follow large planets in their orbits.  “A family of asteroids that travels in lockstep with Jupiter appears to be different in one important respect from their purported kin in the outer solar system,” New Scientist began.  “The mismatch could spell trouble for the leading theory of how our solar system evolved.”  Called the “Nice” model, the theory, which proposes that the gas giants disrupted objects as they migrated after formation and gathered some into its Trojan orbits, predicts a different size distribution than was found by Wesley Fraser of Caltech.  He said he has “lost a lot of sleep” over the puzzle; he “cannot imagine any scenario that has a chance to explain this result.”    As with most asteroid science, though, like the asteroids themselves, our knowledge is too sparse to provide solid ground for any theory of formation or evolution.  ExploreNEOs is important work in another respect all earthlings should care about:   the authors said, “Knowledge of the size distribution is critical for estimates of the Earth impact hazard.” reported that two small asteroids came pretty close to the Earth on September 8, and that such close encounters are not all that rare.  One rogue asteroid with our name on it could ruin a nice pi�ata party.1.  Trilling, Mueller et al, “ExploreNEOs.  i.  Description and First Results from the Warm Spitzer Near-Earth Object Survey,” The Astronomical Journal, Vol 140, No 770; doi: 10.1088/0004-6256/140/3/770.With all due regard for journalistic creative writing, pi�atas are typically created by intelligent design.  So who filled the asteroid pi�ata with such a creative variety of goodies?  Are they implying scientists are scooping up the treats without thanking the Source?  Metaphors bewitch you (07/04/2003).    The scientific work behind the metaphors is dull but necessary, tedious but incremental.  No one can draw firm conclusions from this admittedly preliminary work, other than the common experience of scientists working in exploratory projects: (1) surprises abound, (2) predictions are made to be broken, (3) nature yields its secrets with difficulty, and (4) human hubris tends to outrun reality.    Consider what they said about space weathering darkening objects within a million years.  That sounds like a long time, but it is a tiny, tiny fraction of the assumed age of the solar system (4.5 billion years).  Have there been that many impacts within the last .02% of the assumed age?  Liberate your mind.  The few planetary scientists not wedded to the moyboy paradigm (“millions of years, billions of years” see 09/16/2005), with its reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007), have the freedom to think outside the box and perhaps provide novel solutions to puzzles inherent in deep-time addiction (e.g., 09/05/2002).(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Product Announcement: Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine Lens

first_imgApertureDeclicked with Gear Ring Focus Distance1.5 Feet Lens MountsCanon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, & Micro 4/3 FocusManual with Gear Ring Preferred SensorFull Frame Aperture RangeT1.5-22 MarkingsAperture and Distance Rokinon has finally announced a 50mm Cine Lens. Goodbye 50mm DSLR lens!If you are an indie-filmmaker, odds are you own at least one Rokinon lens or one from Rokinon’s sister companies (Samyang & Bower). These lenses have revolutionized indie-filmmaking by offering all the things you could want in a cine lens at a relatively low price.By far, the most popular lenses in the Rokinon Cine lens line have been the 24mm, 35mm, and 85mm lenses which all feature an incredibly wide aperture at T1.5. However, a 50mm lens has always been missing in the Rokinon line, forcing filmmakers to use a non-cine 50mm lens or pay the big bucks to get a good 50mm cine lens. That is until Rokinon announced their brand new 50mm T1.5 Cine lens.The lens isn’t necessarily ground breaking, but it definitely solves the annoying dilemma of having to settle for an 85mm focal length when you really wanted something wider. As with the other lenses in the Rokinon Cine Lens line, the 50mm T1.5 is available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Micro 4/3, Sony A & Sony E Mounts.Each lens gives users the ability to use a follow focus for precise focusing. Along with a geared focus ring, the lenses also include a geared aperture ring, making it easier than ever to move seamlessly between lighting situations.Rokion 50mm T1.5 Specs Price and AvailabilityThe Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine Lens is currently available for pre-order online, with an expected availability date of September 5, 2014. Currently the lens is listed at $549 on B&H. However, the 85mm, 35mm, and 24mm Cine Lenses are available right now (and for less money) so if you are looking for a lens I’d recommend those first.If you’re a lens fanatic like I am than you should definitely check out our understanding lenses series where we take an in-depth look at exactly how lenses work.Looking forward to this new lens? Is the price to high? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Essential Premiere Pro Time-Remapping Keyboard Shortcuts

first_imgSpeed up your footage and workflow with these powerful and simple Premiere Pro time-remapping keyboard shortcuts.To further build on things I learned at Adobe Video World 2016, these keyboard shortcuts weren’t even the focus of Luisa Winters’ presentation on advanced keyframing in Premiere Pro. That said, nearly the whole class asked her to stop her presentation to tell us how she quickly used time remapping on a clip in her presentation.I felt like such a knucklehead for not knowing these Premiere Pro shortcuts in the first place, and hopefully you will find them just as helpful as I did.Step 1. Show Clip Keyframes > Time Remapping > SpeedTo use these keyboard shortcuts effectively, you will need to be able to see the keyframes. First, adjust the size of the V1 layer (or whichever layer you are working on).Right-click on your clip, scroll down to Show Clip Keyframes. Go to Time Remapping and select Speed. The line you now see across the clip represents the clip’s speed. From here, you’ll be able to do a variety of adjustments like speed ramping, slow motion, reversing footage, or even making stills.Step 2. Create a KeyframeFind the point in the clip that you want to speed up or slow down. Drag the playhead to that position.Mac: Command + Click on the clipPC: Ctrl + Click on the clipThe keyframe you create will have an In point and Out point.Step 3: Adjust SpeedOnce you create a keyframe, you can move the In point and Out point with the mouse. Between the points, an adjustable Bezier curve will appear. These points and curve will represent the length of the ramp — essentially how long it will take to go from one speed to the other.Drag the line before the In point or after the Out point to adjust the speed of the clip. Drag up for faster, down for slower.Keyboard Shortcut: Freeze FrameYou can add a simple freeze frame to your clip with this Premiere Pro keyboard shortcut. With the keyframe in place, you will adjust the In point or Out point to create a still image within the clip.Mac: Command + Option + Drag the In point or Out pointPC: Ctrl + Alt + Drag the In point or Out pointKeyboard Shortcut: Reverse the ClipYou can add an instant rewind to your footage with this simple-to-use keyboard shortcut. You will only be able to use this shortcut by adjusting the Out point.Mac: Command + Drag the outpointPC: Ctrl + Drag the outpoint Hope these quick Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts help you save some time down the line. Keep up with the blog to learn more video editing tips and tricks.last_img read more

Lucky Sudhir Kumar bags bronze in 77 kgs weightlifting

first_imgLady luck smiled on CPR Sudhir Kumar of India as he picked up a bronze medal in men’s 77-kg weightlifting despite not being in the reckoning for any medal in the beginning at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium sports complex on Thursday.The Indian supporters had lost all hopes when Kumar finished both his snatch as well as the clean and jerk events with a total of only 297 kgs, placed behind three lifters.But fortune smiled as one of the frontrunners – Nigeria’s Felix Ekpo, who shared the top spot along with Yukio Peter of Nauru after the snatch round, flunked all his three attempts in clean and jerk, handing the Indian the third spot.Yukio Peter of Nauru bagged the gold, while Ben Turner of Australia took the silver.The Indian lifter was far from impressive as he could just lift 131 kgs in his first attempt in snatch event but failed in his next two attempts to heave 136 kgs.Meanwhile, Yukio Peter, the best-credentialled lifter in any division, predictably created a new Commonwealth Games record in snatch event with 148 kgs, to break Indian Satheesha Rai’s previously held record.But it came as a surprise when Felix Ekpo of Nigeria also finished the snatch event with a successful lift of 148 kgs as well to be placed on top.The next in line were Ben Turner of Australia (133 kgs), Cyprus’s Alexandros Amanatides (132 kgs) and India’s Sudhir Kumar (131 kgs) after the snatch event.Ben Turner later made it a combined lift of 308kg (133 in snatch and 175 in clean and jerk) and acquired the third position, leaving the top two lifters of the snatch event to fight for the gold.advertisementNauruan star Peter moved far ahead with a total of 333 kgs with his very first lift of 185 kgs and it never mattered that he could not lift 188 kgs in next two attempts.But unfortunately for Ekpo, he failed in his all three attempts in clean and jerk to lift 185 kgs to be disqualified, which gave Turner the silver and Sudhir, to the crowd’s delight, the bronze.last_img read more