CPJ documented 21 cases in 2017 in which journalists were jailed on “fake news” charges.Trump’s attempts to undermine the free press also make it more difficult to hold repressive governments accountable.For decades, dissidents and human rights advocates have relied on independent investigations into government corruption to further their fight for freedom.But constant cries of “fake news” undercut this type of reporting and strip activists of one of their most powerful tools of dissent.We cannot afford to abdicate America’s long-standing role as the defender of human rights and democratic principles throughout the world.Without strong leadership in the White House, Congress must commit to protecting independent journalism, preserving an open and free media environment, and defending the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression.We can do this by encouraging our partners and allies to review their laws and practices, including the abuse of defamation and anti-terrorism laws, to better protect press freedom and ensure that they do not unduly shrink the space for free speech. Last year, the organization documented 262 cases of journalists being imprisoned for their work.Reporters around the world face intimidation, threats of violence, harassment, persecution and sometimes even death as governments resort to brutal censorship to silence the truth.The committee’s report revealed a bleak global climate for press freedom, as more governments seek to control access to information and limit freedom of opinion and expression.They do this not only by arresting journalists but also by fostering distrust of media coverage and accusing reporters of undermining national security and pride.Governments dub the press the “enemy of the people,” weaken or eliminate their independence, and exploit the lack of serious scrutiny to encroach on individual liberties and freedoms.This assault on journalism and free speech proceeds apace in places such as Russia, Turkey,China, Egypt, Venezuela and many others.Yet even more troubling is the growing number of attacks on press freedom in traditionally free and open societies, where censorship in the name of national security is becoming more common. Britain passed a surveillance law that experts warn chills free speech, and countries from France to Germany are looking to do the same.In Malta, a prominent journalist was brutally murdered in October after uncovering systemic government corruption.In Poland, an independent news outlet was fined (later rescinded) nearly half a million dollars for broadcasting images of an anti-government protest. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s attitude toward such behavior has been inconsistent at best and hypocritical at worst.While administration officials often condemn violence against reporters abroad, Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets.This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit.The phrase “fake news” — granted legitimacy by an American president — is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAfter leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to recognize individuals who have fought to spread liberty worldwide.Nancy Reagan continued the tradition after her husband’s death, and in 2008 she bestowed the honor on human rights icon Natan Sharansky, who credited Reagan’s strong defense of freedom for his own survival in Soviet gulags.Reagan recognized that as leader of the free world, his words carried enormous weight, and he used it to inspire the unprecedented spread of democracy around the world.President Donald Trump does not seem to understand that his rhetoric and actions reverberate in the same way.He has threatened to continue his attempt to discredit the free press by bestowing “fake news awards” upon reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with.Whether Trump knows it or not, these efforts are being closely watched by foreign leaders who are already using his words as cover as they silence and shutter one of the key pillars of democracy.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 2017 was one of the most dangerous years to be a journalist. We can authorize U.S. foreign assistance to support independent media outlets and programs that create greater media pluralism.We can do more to foster conditions in which freedom of expression and information can thrive, including working to change increasingly political attitudes toward journalism.And we can condemn violence against journalists, denounce censorship and support dissidents and activists as they seek to speak the truth.Ultimately, freedom of information is critical for a democracy to succeed.We become better, stronger and more effective societies by having an informed and engaged public that pushes policymakers to best represent not only our interests but also our values. Journalists play a major role in the promotion and protection of democracy and our unalienable rights, and they must be able to do their jobs freely. Only truth and transparency can guarantee freedom.Sen. John McCain, a Republican, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate. 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Digital ‘through the roof’ According to the Association of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV), there are some reasons to be cheerful about how the sector was affected at the height of the crisis in March, April and May.A recent BDZV report showed that only one in 10 members suffered a dramatic drop in circulation numbers. A quarter said sales were stable and around half managed to limit the decline to between one and five percent. Despite a steady decline in sales in recent years, Germany still sells some 14 million copies of 327 different daily newspapers every day, according to BDZV figures from 2019.This puts daily newspaper sales well ahead of Britain, for example, which has just over nine million, or France which has six million.On top of that, the country has 17 weeklies and six Sunday editions.The crisis has certainly left its mark: advertising revenues have collapsed, sometimes by as much as 80 percent, and about a third of employees have been laid off, according the BDZV’s Anja Pasquay.But “German newspapers were printed and delivered on time every day”, she points out.And digital subscriptions, which have long lagged behind print sales, have gone “through the roof”.”Publishing houses unanimously told us that projects — especially digital ones — that had been under consideration for months or even years were suddenly successfully implemented within a few weeks,” Pasquay said.Friedrich Kalber, a spokesman for the Axel Springer group, reported record digital subscriptions in March and April for the conservative Die Welt daily and the Bild tabloid, Germany’s best-selling newspaper, though he was unable to give figures.The Sueddeutsche Zeitung sold 150,000 new digital subscriptions in March alone, a level that the center-left Munich newspaper had previously only hoped to achieve by the end of 2020.The coronavirus pandemic has led to a hunger for credible information and a renaissance for traditional media, according to Frank Thomsen, editor of the Stern news magazine.In a survey conducted at the end of May by the ZMG media institute, more than 90 percent of 4,000 respondents rated the news from daily newspapers as “particularly reliable” and best able to guide them through the mass of information on the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic may have sent advertising revenues plunging worldwide, but Germany’s beloved newspapers expect to emerge winners from the crisis thanks to accelerating digital development and renewed trust in the media.”The newspaper industry has so far come through the crisis relatively well,” said Monique Hofmann, a media specialist with the Verdi trade union in Germany, where more newspapers are sold than in any other European country.”We believe that readers’ demand for information will remain high,” she said, predicting that if it takes advantage of new developments, the industry can “not only survive the crisis, but emerge from it stronger”. Hybrid offers But although the crisis has provided a fillip for digital technology, experts stress that a complete move away from physical sales is not going to be possible in the immediate future.”There are still too many readers who want to hold a newspaper in their hands,” said Frank Ueberall, president of the German Federation of Journalists (DJV) — mainly older people, who make up the majority of newspaper readers in Germany.According to the DJV, only 22 percent of over-50s can imagine getting used to reading their daily news online.This is the nub of the problem for publishing houses: ideally, they would like to do away with physical sales because of high distribution costs, but they depend on them for revenue — and meanwhile they can only attract new, younger customers with digital products.”Delivery of printed newspapers early in the morning will become increasingly expensive and in the medium term, in the worst case, will lead to certain regions in Germany no longer being able to supply local newspapers,” predicts Pasquay, estimating that 40 percent of municipalities will be affected within five years. To retain subscribers, the solution will probably involve hybrid offers, she says, with digital editions during the week and a paper edition at the weekend. Topics :
Rachelle Smart at her Harbour Road apartment in Hamilton. Data shows Queensland are ditching the white picket fence for units and not just because it’s a cheaper option. (AAP Image/Mark Calleja)QUEENSLANDERS are rapidly ditching the white picket fence for the high life, part of a wider trend that’s seen alternative housing jump to a quarter of the housing market.According to Census data, the alternative market jumped from 13.6 per cent of total housing in 2011 to sit at 26 per cent in 2016.Archers the Strata Professionals partner Andrew Staehr said what was once considered “downsizing” was quickly becoming the norm.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenInvesting in Apartments01:47“In the past, there’s been a stigma around apartment living that it is a ‘back-up plan’ or ‘second-best’ choice for those who couldn’t afford a house,” he said.“But that’s simply not the case anymore, particularly with the types of strata developments we’re now seeing. Many have five-star amenities, a great cafe culture and are close to restaurants, shops, schools and entertainment precincts.”That was something a house in the suburbs could not compete with, he said.“We are seeing the long-term capital gains on apartment properties increasing at similar rates as houses,” he said. “This is particularly pertinent for first home buyers as housing affordability now means that apartments are the cheaper alternative to freestanding houses.”Business development manager Rachelle Smart bought a one-bedroom apartment in the Hamilton Harbour complex, which she said was “certainly an easy decision”.“I wanted the lifestyle. I’m not ready for husband and kids and white picket fence just yet. I still want to enjoy everything and my budget only allowed me to look at apartments not houses this close to the city.”“Being a single female, it’s really nice being in a community environment. Every time I get in lift, there’s someone who says hi or has a dog you can pat. It would be scary being in a big old house in the suburbs on my own.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoNot having to worry about maintenance or lawns was a major bonus as well.Top Tips for Apartment Success:1. Do your due diligence before you buy: This includes getting a copy of the strata report and checking the building has adequate insurance.2. Confirm and budget for additional outgoings: Strata/body corporate fees, sinking fund, property/landlord insurance, council and water rates, utilities, pest control and renovations.3. Get to know your neighbours: Go to meet-and-greet BBQs and similar events, get involved in the community.4. Have the strata manager’s contact details and bylaws handy: Even consider joining the committee to have a say in body corporate matters.5. Buy an apartment for your lifestyle and needs: Don’t settle for ‘smaller’ or ‘less’ if that doesn’t work for your situation.6. Use community spaces: Host social and family events and make use of the barbecue podiums and pool area.
South Korean shipbuilding giant, Samsung Heavy Industries developed its liquefied natural gas regasification system for floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs). The S-Regas (GI) named system utilizes glycol to regasify LNG into gas, SHI said on Thursday, noting the system reduces the chance of corrosion from the traditional method of heating LNG directly with seawater.In addition, SHI said the solution achieves a 5 percent energy saving, during its presentation of the system to 40 representatives from 19 shipowner companies including Golar LNG, GasLog and Höegh LNG.During the presentation of the system, SHI representative noted that the in-house development of the LNG regasification system improves LNG-FSRU’s safety and performance, as well as improvement in schedule and quality management.
BACOLOD City – Charged with carnapping, a man was arrested in Barangay Canmoros, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55 in Himamaylan City dated July 9, 2019. The 20-year-old Rolly Labao of Barangay Libacao, Himamaylan City, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 2:50 p.m. on June 10, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Binalbagan municipal police station. A P180,000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PN
Police in Southeastern Indiana and Ohio are searching for a suspect wanted for robbing two hair salons.A robbery happened at a Great Clips in Lawrenceburg last month and also a Sports Clips in Miami Township, Ohio on Saturday, July 5. Investigators believe one man is responsible for both incidents and may be specifically targeting hair salons.In both instances, the man is suspected of entering the stores and ordering the employees to get on the ground. Police allege that he took money from the register and left the store.Surveillance video shows the man was armed with a gun during the Ohio robbery.The white male is described as approximately 6’2” to 6’4” and weighs between 225-250 lbs.
RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Emirates collaborates with Huawei to bring enhanced mobile App experience to Users A Kevin de Bruyne masterclass saw Arsenal’s long wait for a home league win continue as Manchester City cruised to a 3-0 win at the Emirates on Sunday. The Belgian scored twice and made the other for Raheem Sterling as City returned to winning way in the Premier League following last week’s Manchester derby defeat, and moved within two points of second-placed Leicester. Arsenal meanwhile, are without a win in their last five home league games, a run that stretches back to early October, with Monday’s triumph at West Ham now their only success in 14 matches in all competitions. Having rotated for the Europa League draw against Standard Liege on Thursday, Freddie Ljungberg returned to the bulk of the side that earned the first win of his reign – against West Ham on Monday – with starts for Sead Kolasinac and Matteo Guendouzi in favour of the injured Kieran Tierney and Granit Xhaka the only changes. Pep Guardiola handed a rare start to teenager Phil Foden, with Gabriel Jesus continuing to lead the line off the back of a midweek Champions League hat-trick. The Gunners actually went close to opening the scoring inside a minute when Gabriel Martinelli forced Ederson into a decent near-post block, but there were just 90 seconds on the clock when De Bruyne made his first standout contribution, finding the roof of the net with an emphatic first-time finish from Gabriel Jesus’ cutback. The lead was doubled on 15 minutes by a flowing City move that began with some excellent work under pressure by Rodri, to evade the Arsenal press. Eventually, the ball was worked to De Bruyne, who took advantage of Calum Chambers backing off to drive across the face of goal, where Sterling was waiting to tuck home. Arsenal’s full-back injury crisis worsened when Sead Kolasinac hobbled off with an ankle injury, and before makeshift replacement Bukayo Saka had made it onto the field his side were three down, De Bruyne this time waltzing through the middle of the park and finding the far corner on his supposed weak foot. He would have had a hat-trick before half-time had it not been for a magnificent Bernd Leno save, the German tipping a 25-yard curler onto the woodwork, while Jesus might have made it four when skewing over the bar shortly after the restart. Mesut Ozil showed his frustration at the smattering of boos that greeted his laboured departure from the field when replaced by Emile Smith-Rowe on the hour mark, angrily kicking away his gloves, but in general the remainder was played out in a subdued atmosphere, as City took their foot off the gas. With trips to Everton and Bournemouth to come either side of Christmas, Arsenal do not play at the Emirates again until their final game of 2019, when they face Chelsea, before heralding the New Year by hosting Manchester United three days later. If their barren home run is to end anytime soon, they will have to do it the hard way.Tags: Arsenal FCEmiratesKevin de DruyneManchester CityRaheem Sterling
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating, after a mannequin wearing a New York Police Department uniform and a pig mask was found hanging from an I-95 overpass there on Saturday morning.The call came in as a possible suicide by hanging, according to the sheriff’s office.Crime scene detectives are processing the scene and the mannequin for DNA.“Our goal at this point is to identify persons of interest for the sake of, most importantly, the members of our community and for officer safety,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “We are thankful that this was not a real person.”Happening now @JSOPIO and @JFRDJAX on scene after a Mannequin dressed as a police officer along I-95 was discovered hanging from the over pass @FCN2go has a crew on the scene and will be working for more details throughout the day pic.twitter.com/zgSaJb8zFG— Joe (@tvjoe12) June 20, 2020 In addition, Sheriff Mike Williams released the following statement regarding the incident:“The incident that occurred this morning depicting the mock lynching of a mannequin dressed in what appeared to be the uniform of a law enforcement officer is extremely disturbing.Both the tactics and props used were a deliberate attempt to exasperate an anti-police sentiment and drive a divide in our community.This incident was carried out by people wanting to undermine our dedicated efforts to keep our city safe.Too many good citizens are working with us to keep our community safe through active partnerships, and frank conversations about the challenges we all face. This type of act will not be tolerated by our agency or our community, and we will work together to hold those responsible accountable.”Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at (866) 845-TIPS.
A stoppage-time goal from Angel Lafita snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw for Getafe at Barcelona, which could prove fatal to the Catalan club’s hopes of retaining the Primera Division title.Gerardo Martino’s men began the day four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid but a victory looked likely when Alexis Sanchez fired home in the second half after Lafita had earlier cancelled out Lionel Messi’s opener.But struggling Getafe grabbed an unlikely point with another equaliser from Lafita – 90 seconds into stoppage time – and Barca will find themselves six points behind Atletico if the Madrid club beat Levante on Sunday, with the two sides set to meet on the final day of the season.Barca could also find themselves down to third spot by the end of the weekend with Real Madrid due to face Valencia on Sunday night.Getafe, meanwhile, are now unbeaten in three La Liga matches to keep their noses above the relegation zone.Barca were chasing their third successive league win but apart from an early strike from Adriano, which was held by Getafe goalkeeper Julio Cesar, there was little to write home about in the opening 20 minutes. However, Messi finally brought the Nou Camp faithful to their feet after 22 minutes. Dani Alves played a perfectly weighted ball into the area for the Argentina striker, who planted a left-footed shot into the top left corner to break the deadlock.Sanchez then threatened to add a second within minutes but Cesar was able to get down to block the shot.Getafe had not got into the match at all so far but things looked to be changing when a free-kick from Pablo Sarabia only just cleared the crossbar.And the scores were level after 36 minutes thanks to Lafita, who was the beneficiary of another Sarabia set-piece to stab home a low strike.Barca took time to recover from the blow although Alexis had the final chance of the half, driving over from 12 yards out. And that seemed to fire the home side up for the restart, with Cesar saving shots from Andres Iniesta and Messi just moments into the second half before Alexis smacked the crossbar with a 54th-minute header as Barca ramped up the pressure.The Chilean forward then got the goal he merited after 67 minutes, steering the ball into the bottom right corner with his left foot.The shots continued to rain in from the home side, with Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Dani Alves all threatening as a home win looked on the cards – until Lafita popped up in the second minute of stoppage time to head in Jaime Gavilan’s cross and leave Barca’s title defence hanging by a thread.