What can really be done against impunity? Show time!

first_img RSF_en November 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 What can really be done against impunity? Show time! to go further Organisation News Explaining the situation to Cambodians should become the role of reporters again, together with a whole generation young people working in the media industry. Every citizen asking for an explanation should be able to find an answer and none of them should be begging for justice. This is not a matter of “culture”. It is one of respect. People cannot die silently, for nothing. What can really be done against impunity? Show time! For the past twenty years, eleven journalists have been killed and none of the perpetrators have been brought to Justice. The case of reporter Heng Serei Oudom, found dead in the truck of his car last year after he was hacked six times, is one more example of the culture of impunity that still prevails in Cambodia. In this case, two suspects were found, one admitted to be aware of the killing, the trial demonstrated the killing happened in their house but the judge did not have enough evidence of their culpability. Both of them were released last August. They stayed almost a year in prison and this is the longest punishment one has seen so far for the killing of a journalist in Cambodia. There is also the possibility that these two suspects are only scapegoats. Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Pa Ngoun Teang, Executive Director – CCIM & Clothilde Le Coz, Correspondent – RSF February 24, 2021 Find out more The most recent high-profile case was the murder in 2008 of Khim Sambo. Just two weeks before the national elections and after criticising high-ranking officials in the incumbent Cambodian People’s party, the opposition-affiliated newspaper journalist was shot and killed by two men on a motorbike. No one was arrested. Was he killed for nothing? Did anyone take his work over? RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” For these reasons and because it is urgent, we are asking the government to organize a meeting with local and international NGO and institutions representatives to debate about access to information and the role each one should play in it. It is not about drafting another law that will not be implemented. It is about knowing what Cambodia wants to know. We know how to do it; the government needs to start explaining. January 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information CambodiaAsia – Pacific And now, activists and a generation of fearless young journalists are taking over the role of informing people worldwide about their situation. And it works. In 2013 only, three Cambodian citizens were awarded international prizes for their work. For the past two year, the ASEAN chairmanship and the elections of the National Assembly gave the opportunity to expose Cambodia worldwide. But what will happen next year to make the international community bother about the situation? Cambodians need to know and have that right. Independent media is about all of this; telling what is not otherwise told but also making it possible for the media to do so without any conflict of interest. At Voice of Democracy, it is a daily challenge that reporters are overcoming. But they are not the only ones. Yorm Bopha is also part of them. It is the duty of journalists to inform and NGOs to defend, fight and promote. Follow the news on Cambodia CambodiaAsia – Pacific But today, Cambodia counts over 3,000 NGOs. This makes more than 1 for Cambodian people. While it should be reasonably doable to help, it sometimes creates a cacophony as everyone has an agenda. As a result, the information flow is now complex for too many purposes. Civil society actors need to agree on. This can be done, for example, by accessing more information and compare it to other. Organizations, such as Reporters Without Borders, need steady accounts from the ground to be able to step in and advocate at an international level. There too, resources and funds are limited. Local partners are crucial in getting verified information to this level. When public service does not exist, sharing information is crucial; it is not only about the fact that some people do not speak out, it also linked to the fact that Cambodian people are still among the poorest in the world, their lands are grabbed, their forest is lost and their natural resources will be scarce if impunity is not stopped. News December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization, the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM), have written a joint op-ed on impunity in Cambodia that is to be published in the Cambodia Daily newspaper tomorrow, International Day to End Impunity.Cambodia fell 26 places in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index from its position in 2012, and exhibits an unacceptable level of impunity as regards threats and physical violence against journalists. News Receive email alerts Journalists are not the only victims of crimes going unpunished as a result of impunity. In 2013, dozens of people have been brought to the court simply because they were speaking too loud. Yorm Bopha is one of them.The clock reversed: instead of bringing culprits to courts, the police arrested their victims. This is possible when one knows he can get away with it and nobody will denounce it. Some journalists have been censoring themselves for a long time. Therefore, they stopped publishing the reports that matter. Have you noticed? Some of the best reports are made by local and international NGOs thanks to their local partners. Not necessarily by newspapers and journalism. Of course, constraints of time are playing. But in Cambodia, constraints of ownership, fear and capacity are also part of the game. The rampant impunity in Cambodia shows the government and the powerful have no intention to respect the rule of law or protect human rights. Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Newslast_img read more

Tyson Fury reveals doubts over proposed Anthony Joshua fights: ‘I’m not convinced’

first_imgHowever, Fury has more pressing business to take care of first as Deontay Wilder has invoked a rematch clause for a third bout against the man who took his WBC belt in Las Vegas in February.Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO champion, is due to fight Kubrat Pulev later in the year while he will have another hurdle to clear should Oleksandr Usyk enforce his mandatory shot at the WBO title, which his camp has suggested they intend to do.All of that has led to Fury doubting whether the proposed all-British showdown between him and Joshua will ever come to fruition.”If it’s supposed to happen… I’m not convinced it is,” Fury told iFL TV. Tyson Fury admitted he is unsure if he will ever meet Anthony Joshua in the ring, even though the two heavyweight world champions have agreed a two-fight deal.Last month Fury confirmed the two Britons – who own all of the four major heavyweight belts between them – had reached an agreement over a pair of bouts to take place in 2021.  Our side will muller your side @frankwarren_tv pic.twitter.com/nPpGVdBTXe— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) June 24, 2020″I never have been convinced. Never, never, never have I ever been convinced that I will fight Anthony Joshua. How can I be convinced? If he’s got to fight Pulev and if he’s got to fight Usyk, how can I be convinced he’s going to get through those fights without losing?”How can I even be confident I’m going to smash Wilder? Wilder can absolutely blitz me in round one with one big right hand, good night Vienna. That would put a hell of a wedge in the door. This is why I hate talking about fights that don’t really exist yet.”I have to tell the truth because that’s what I’m known to do. Can I honestly say this fight is going to happen, a million per cent, me and Joshua? I can’t. But providing we both get through our upcoming fights, then I know it’s going to happen.”last_img read more

Universal Orlando theme parks to reopen on June 5

first_imgUniversal Orlando Resort theme parks announced they will officially reopen to the public on June 5.The parks were forced to close for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The official reopening would start June 1 with employees reporting to test the park’s new rules due to the coronavirus. Following that, select guests would be allowed in with the public opening on June 5.According to Universal’s website, all staff members and guests will be required to wear face coverings, will get their temperature checked upon arrival, and will be asked follow social distancing guidelines.last_img read more

TASS scholarships available for women golfers

first_img2 Sep 2013 TASS scholarships available for women golfers England Golf has secured four places for young women golfers on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) for 2013/14 and is seeking applications from students. TASS aims to help athletes to balance academic life with training and competition. It offers physical development and lifestyle support at centres across the country, which the successful applicants must be able to visit. Applications may be made by those who will be aged 17, or older, on 30 September, and includes second year A Level students as well as those taking university or college courses. Rebecca Wood, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “These awards will provide fantastic strength and conditioning and physiotherapy and lifestyle support for players, providing that they can visit their local TASS site regularly.” The lead TASS hubs for 2013/2014 are: University of Manchester Sheffield Hallam University Loughborough University University of Birmingham University of Hertfordshire St Mary’s University College University of Southampton University of Bath The partner TASS Sites, which offer limited access to athletes, are: University of Northumbria Leeds Metropolitan University Liverpool John Moores University University of Essex University of Exeter TASS is a Government funded programme which represents a unique partnership between talented young athletes, National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and the Higher and Further Education sector. Please click here for an application form. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 25 September 2013. Image shows former TASS scholar Melissa McMahon of Dorset (© Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

first_imgIn this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during an news conference in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season.Critics of the NFL’s arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it’s time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women.Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice’s suspension, the governor of Maine says he’ll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.League officials may soon take action on the matter. A person familiar with the NFL’s plans says the league is looking into increasing punishments for players involved in domestic violence. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made on such a decision.“The first time with marijuana is different from the first time you are knocking your wife unconscious,” said Judy Harris Kluger, executive director of Sanctuary for Families and a former judge in New York City. “It’s not what they did was such a small sort of slap on the wrist. Punishment to me, they should have suspended for a season at least and let him appeal. At least you send a message that this is not tolerated, that this matters.”Rice’s suspension begins Saturday, a punishment handed down after grainy video showed him dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator unconscious Feb. 15. He has not divulged what happened in the elevator except to call his actions “totally inexcusable.”His assault charges could be expunged once he completes a diversion program. So the NFL gave him the only punishment he likely faces in a suspension and a fine that totals more than $500,000.“My daughter is 2 years old now. One day she’s going to know the power of Google. Me having to explain that to her, what happened that night, that’s something I have to live with the rest of my life,” Rice said at training camp.By comparison, Washington safety Brandon Meriweather was handed a two-game suspension for a hit during an exhibition game for a sixth violation of player safety rules. Broncos kicker Matt Prater has been suspended four games for violating terms of the league’s alcohol program as a repeat offender. Gordon was suspended for two games last season, and his appeal of his one-year ban for violating the substance abuse policy at least a third time was rejected Wednesday.The NFL has guidelines bargained with the NFL Players Association setting out penalties for using illegal and performance-enhancing drugs. Domestic violence, covered under personal conduct, has been left to the discretion of the commissioner.The NFL’s personal code of conduct makes it clear that domestic violence will not be tolerated, Kluger says. But she says the league didn’t follow that code in punishing Rice.“It boggles the mind that they did not act in a way that … sent a message that this is more serious,” said Kluger, who helped oversee New York putting in courts that deal specifically with domestic violence.This is not a new issue for the NFL. Since January 2000, 77 players have been involved in 85 domestic violence incidents with six being cut by their teams, according to USA Today’s NFL Arrests Database. The NFL suspended six players for one game each, and Rice now is the second player to be suspended for two games.Goodell has defended the Rice suspension, saying the league can’t just “make up the discipline” and needs to be consistent. He also said Rice took responsibility and had not been in trouble before.U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin sent a letter to Goodell and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome decrying Rice’s punishment and suggesting the Ravens also discipline the running back.“The decision to suspend Mr. Rice for a mere two games sends the inescapable message that the NFL does not take domestic or intimate-partner violence with the seriousness they deserve,” the letter said.The NFL has yet to punish Carolina Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy, who is awaiting a jury trial on his conviction for attacking his ex-girlfriend in his apartment in May. A judge gave him a 60-day suspended jail sentence and 18 months’ probation, which he is appealing.What the NFL does next is being watched closely, according to a consultant who helps train police, lawyers and judges on domestic violence.“I hope they reflect and self-assess themselves and come out and say, ‘We want to be the national standard for how we feel about violence against women,’” said Mark Wynn, a former Nashville police lieutenant working to prevent violence against women for 30 years.Goodell emphasized Rice’s punishment was for a first offense. Wynn says a crisis line director told him victims don’t usually call for help until the fifth incident.“The stronger voice of the NFL about this that we have no tolerance for violence against women, no tolerance of coercion, no tolerance of objectifying women, that to me would be a real pivotal moment for professional sports where they say enough is enough,” Wynn said.___AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich and News Researcher Judith Asubel contributed to this report.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL .last_img read more

Middletown North Lions Fall Just Short of Storybook Season

first_imgA North Jersey Section Group 4 state title looked to be in the cards for Bush’s team in 2016, as they entered the championship game with the record of 9-2, going up against Sayreville War Memorial High School.Middletown North quarterback Donald Glenn eludes the rush and throws the final touchdown pass of his high school career at Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium. Photo courtesy of Rich ChrampanisAfter yet another touchdown pass between Glenn and wide receiver Brendan Kube – surely a sight that North fans across Middletown will miss – and a touchdown run by Connor Welsh, the Lions looked like they were going to cruise on to a state title.After some tough running by Sayreville and a Glenn pick-six in the third quarter, the game slipped away from Middletown North, who fell 41-14 at Rutgers University last Saturday morning.“I think we just kind of let that game get away from us a little bit,” Bush said. “We’ve been pretty good about taking care of the ball this year and we just had some crucial turnovers that sort of turned the tide. We got behind and played into the wind in the fourth quarter and then it was just a little difficult to try to come back from that; it just snowballed a little bit from there.”Despite the tough loss, there were many highs for the Lions to be proud of in 2016.Donald Glenn emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in Shore Conference history. The Wagner College-commit was masterful in his senior season, lighting up scoreboards across the Shore Conference to the tune of 23 touchdowns and only six interceptions. According to Bush, Glenn ended his Middletown North tenure as the high school career leader in passing yards in the Shore.Middletown North’s Connor Welsh shakes off a defender on the way to the Lions second touchdown in the North 2 Group 4 state championship game. Photo courtesy of Rich ChrampanisDefensive stalwarts like Dwight Wilkerson, Austin DeWise and Nick Kish helped anchor a defense that shut out top-tier offenses week in and week out. The Lions held Eddie Morales and the explosive Howell High School offense to a single touchdown in their Week 3 meeting, and stymied Ocean Township quarterback and University of Pittsburgh commit Kenny Pickett to only eight points in Week 8.Easily the most notable win in 2016, which featured both a great game from Glenn and the defense, was the 24-6 upset where Middletown North captured their first Turkey Day win over Middletown South since 2000. Glenn had a completion rate just a hair under 70% while throwing for 326 yards and 3 TD’s, and South only mustered up six points with a touchdown pass in garbage time.Bush could not say enough about this quarterback, who has been his man under center since taking over the Middletown North football program four years ago.“He’s done a great job for us,” Bush said. “Even when he was a freshman, he got thrown into the starting huddle with seniors and really handled that whole thing well. Each year he just got a little more mature and a little more confident, a little more understanding of what we’re trying to get done offensively.”With the foundation that Bush has laid in Middletown, there is room for the Lions to grow in future seasons, something the fourth-year coach looks to at the start of each new year.“I’ve always talked about trying to take it one step further than we did the year before, and we’ve kind of done that each year here,” Bush said. By Jay CookIt was so close to being a year for the history books for Middletown North football.In a season where the Lions again progressed leaps and bounds, yet just missed out on capturing a state title under the tutelage of head coach Steve Bush, there is much to be excited about for the future of football over on Tindall Road.“The kids have worked really hard, I think we kind of gained more and more confi- dence each year, and just got that understanding of what we’re tr ying to accomplish schematically. They did a good job and star ted to win some more games each year, and knowing what they were capable of doing,” Bush said in a conversation Monday.last_img read more