Fresh Start gives students a new way to worship

first_imgFacebook ReddIt William Konig Previous articleTCU senior plans student debt discussionNext articleBob Schieffer confirms the end of the Schieffer Symposium William Konig RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR William Konig Twitter TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years William Konig Review: predictions on who will win the Oscar vs. who should Linkedin Review: ‘Black Panther’ delivered even with high expectations Review: ‘Love, Simon’ is actually a cute romantic comedy William Konig William Konig Facebook printAbout 35 students attended TCU Chi Alpha’s event “Fresh Start” event Jan. 26 night to worship Jesus through song and prayer.During the event, students were given ways that they can have a fresh start with Jesus and were welcomed to a new community of people to share it with.One of the campus ministers and leader of the event Alicia Youngblood said she thinks it’s hard for students to find their fit at TCU their first year and this is a way for them to discover or re-discover their faith.“We did this our first year in the same room, but we had way less students than we had this time,” Youngblood said.Senior nursing major Taylor Levine has been in Chi Alpha for three years. Levine said “Fresh Start” is a way for people to feel welcomed.“We want people to refocus on why we are here; to love Jesus,” Levine said.This was Chi Alpha’s third year hosting this event. Youngblood said each year has gained more attraction as more people learn out about it.Freshman fashion merchandising major Abby Plunk attended Fresh Start and said the idea of a new start during the new year is appealing.“It’s important to find people who share my faith,” Plunk said.During the event, Chi Alpha talked about getting involved in a life group.Life groups are a way for students to be a part of a community where they can share their faith in Jesus and build relationships with other people who share their belief.Life groups meet every week to read scripture and connect with other students.If you are interested in being a part of Chi Alpha and learning more about life groups, visit this website. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Twitter Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of fun Linkedin + posts last_img read more

TCU wins 2017 NIT Championship game over Georgia Tech, 88-56

first_imgLinkedin Garrett Podell Linkedin Twitter Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. TCU guard Brandon Parrish lifts the NIT Championship trophy up to celebrate TCU’s 88-56 victory over Georgia Tech. Photo courtesy of Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Previous articleTCU VGP (Ep. 21 – Console exclusives, Destiny 2 reveal and more)Next articleChancellor talks sustainability on campus Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podell printThe Horned Frogs bolted out of the gates as soon as they won the tipoff at Madison Square Garden in New York City Thursday night. The Frogs started the game with a 20-3 run en route to an 88-56 victory and a National Invitational Tournament title against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The win gave TCU its first postseason tournament title.TCU now has the NIT trophy and will bring it back to Fort Worth.— TCU 360 Sports (@TCU360Sports) March 31, 2017TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky set the tone early, scoring the game’s first basket on a midrange jumper from the left elbow and then blocking center Ben Lammers, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and second-leading scorer, on the other end to force a turnover. Brodziansky finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds.Five minutes passed before the Yellow Jackets were able to hit on a shot from the field, by which time the Horned Frogs already built a 13 point lead, 16-3.“No question, our defense led to our offense, and that’s what we want to be,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “We got turnovers; we got stops; we got transition the other way, and we’ve been pretty good in transition, and we’re getting better at it, but the defense starts, no question.”With just under 12 minutes left in the first half, Georgia Tech began to mount a climb back into the game, scoring ten consecutive points and trimming TCU’s lead to just 21-15.But, the Horned Frogs countered the run with an emphatic JD Miller and-one layup and an Alex Robinson Jr. floater in the one to push the TCU back up 11, 26-15, with 6:26 left in the first half.TCU was up 38-27 at halftime and led the Yellow Jackets in nearly every statistic after the first 20 minutes except for three-point shooting.The Horned Frogs went on another commanding 17-0 run from the 11:17 mark until only 2:24 remained to take a 30-point lead, 79-49. The surge was led by guard Kenrich Williams who scored seven of TCU’s 14 points with a three-pointer, a midrange jumper and a dunk during a stretch that would put the game out of reach for Georgia Tech.Kenrich Williams with the big-time and-one finish!— TCU 360 Sports (@TCU360Sports) March 31, 2017Williams was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after totaling 25 points and 23 rebounds against Georgia Tech for his 19th double-double of the season.TCU senior guard Brandon Parrish, who holds the program’s record for career games played with 136 games, said he was amazed with Williams’ performance throughout the season.“This whole season Kenrich has been phenomenal, and the fact that he had to sit out last year with a hurt knee and to see how hungry he was this season, he just laid it all on the line for us each and every day,” Parrish said. “I’ve never seen a player like him.”Williams said the win meant a lot for the future of the program.“This is huge for us, and this is huge for our program and our school,” Williams said. “I think people are starting to realize that our basketball team is on the map, certainly by winning this tournament, and even next year, I think we’ll be even better.”The CelebrationTCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said he was proud of how the basketball performed in its first year under Dixon.“It’s special to do what we did in the first season, and back when we hired Jamie Dixon, we knew he was going to bring championship basketball to TCU,” Del Conte said. “He wanted his players to feel proud to wear that jersey, and today you see the tears and adulation from people– it’s really a special moment.”The team’s four seniors, Michael Williams, Brandon Parrish, Chris Washburn and Karviar Shepherd, finished their collegiate basketball careers in style and were overcome with emotion.TCU senior forward Chris Washburn had difficulty putting his feelings into words after capping his career with an NIT championship.“With everything, there just aren’t any words to describe how I feel right now,” Washburn said. “We were saying in the locker room to leave no doubt, and we came out here on a big run and then after that we just kept our foot on the gas and to finish like this– it just feels great.”Parrish said winning the tournament was a moment he would cherish forever.“For me to be able to have this moment with my brothers, and now we have something that’s forever, and nobody can ever take this away from us,” Parrish said. “There was so many times that people said that we would never be able to do it– that the guys on our team weren’t good enough, that our program wasn’t good enough– and just the fact that we can silence all the doubters today, it’s a dream come true.”TCU senior Brandon Parrish cuts down a piece of the NIT net.— TCU 360 Sports (@TCU360Sports) March 31, 2017 Garrett Podell Garrett Podell ReddIt Garrett Podell Facebook ReddIt Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. 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A Day with Dixon: An all-access look into a day with TCU’s basketball coach

first_imgLinkedin CommitmentAs we are about to get up and walk over to the 10 a.m. staff meeting, our conversation shifts to coaches who have kept their job and kept their programs successful.“It comes down to how committed you want to be, and that applies in a lot of different areas,” Dixon said. “I think a big part of Kansas’ success is their home-court advantage, we have to replicate something like that here. Obviously, we’re sold-out, but we have to create that atmosphere on a consistent basis. Every game we need to fill every seat, but you’re talking about 100 years. You talk about commitment; they hired the guy that invented the game. Obviously, they’ve had some challenges, but have gotten through them. That’s commitment.”Dixon opens his scouting reporter file cabinet filled with reports on every opponent the program has played since his arrival three seasons ago. Photo by Garrett Podell.Commitment comes down to more than just dollars and cents, he said.“It’s a culture, it’s a tone, it doesn’t mean that’s what you want to be,” Dixon said. “What we have in place at TCU is our mission of how you want to look at things, it’s not right or wrong, but it’s how you want to look at things, your values and beliefs.”A former Horned Frog basketball player himself, his mission statement is simple: give the school the best basketball program possible while exhausting all of the resources at his disposal.“At certain schools, they’ve been successful no matter who the coach has been or who has been there, and it’s just a certain thing,” Dixon said. “Other places it takes every bit of effort to get everything out of the resources available to us given our resources and university. It’s not just based on money: there are certain things you can’t buy. You have to make decisions every day on how you’re going to do things as a coach and administration and student-athlete.”The commitment conversation continued with the rest of his staff during their daily morning meeting as talk shifted to making TCU a destination for transfer players with player movement in college basketball becoming more common than ever. At one point, he turned to me to ask if I knew of any one-year programs that TCU offered. Point guard Alex Robinson’s one-year master’s program in supply chain management comes up, but Dixon and his staff didn’t know how likely it was to get players into the Neeley School of Business.He then referenced how other schools like Purdue are able to recruit transfers like Dartmouth guard Evan Boudreaux by utilizing graduate programs like their weekend Master’s of Science in Leadership and Innovation program, which is designed for people who work full-time jobs to be able to get a master’s degree. The program consists of four semesters and meets for “three on-campus weekends” during each semester.“It’s going to come down to all these schools that will be creating one-year master’s programs,” Dixon said, turning to me and saying dryly, “Those that are ‘committed’ as we talked about earlier. They’ll come up with one-year programs to get guys in, those that are committed.”TCU head coach Jamie Dixon leads his staff through the daily 10 a.m. meeting. Photo by Garrett Podell.Dixon and the staff move on to discussing opportunities in the DFW area to watch recruits the staff was interested in. To close out the meeting, Dixon begins talking about points of emphasis for that afternoon’s practice: guards coming to a jump-stop in the paint to prevent turnovers, something the staff still stresses at this point in the season, guards making a difference on the boards.Back in his office going over some film before heading off to lunch, I asked Dixon how different it is coaching today versus 10 years ago, and he immediately cites social media, which leads us to talk about the photo of himself at a TCU equestrian meet that circulates Twitter among fans.“I was kind of disappointed they wouldn’t let me do anything at the meet: they just told me to get on the horse. I thought I would be able to ride around, but they just wanted to take pictures,” Dixon said. “I didn’t grow up around horses, I was in Hollywood and the Bronx.”Soon— mitch (@itmemitch) January 4, 2019Had he not been a basketball player, perhaps baseball might have been in the cards with the constant exposure he received when in New York.“I would play some pick-up hoops, but Little League baseball was the go-to,” Dixon said. “I would try to play in the Little League in the area, but they wouldn’t let me play because I had to be a resident of the area, even though I was there in summer as much as anyone else who lived there year-round. If I had been able to play, who knows maybe I’m a baseball coach,” he said with a chuckle.Lunch with a dash of commitmentAt about 11 a.m., we join the rest of his staff in the Moncrief Club in Amon G. Carter Stadium to eat a brunch spread complete with an omelet bar, muffins, toast, cereal, soup and salad.Dixon discusses different programs and players around the country and some of his former Pittsburgh players who are professional players overseas.However, he ate quickly and headed over to The Cheesecake Factory for a birthday lunch for a booster and Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati, the type of outing he said he tries to limit or avoid completely during the season. His reasoning for darting out before the team’s scheduled 1:45 p.m. practice – “commitment,” he said with a wink.While he’s out, assistants Scott Cross, Ryan Miller and Corey Barker all talked about their coaching career paths and how Dixon’s program at TCU allows them to contribute a lot of their own ideas.They said Dixon isn’t above going with the best idea, no matter who suggested it. This is put in action at about 1:15 p.m., when Dixon returns to his office and Barker comes in to diagram the variations of a play called “Dribble” that Indiana State liked to run, wanting to see how they were going to attack it. Dixon locked into every word Barker said and furiously took notes as Barker diagrammed the play on a whiteboard on the wall.PracticeBefore practice began, Robinson danced around the arc, shooting three-pointers while guard Desmond Bane did the same on another basket. Forward JD Miller was at one of the side goals practicing a variety of shots as the rest of the team trickled onto the practice court. Dixon’s whistle pierced the air promptly at 1:45 p.m. and the team ran to the stations to begin drill work in their assigned groups. He walked the team through each drill before it began, each one beginning with a strong whistle.During drills, he paced around the entire practice court, intently analyzing each group as the assistant coaches led the players through each drill, interjecting with words of encouragement in a calm and collected manner when he felt something needed to be corrected. Even water breaks happened at their prescribed time on the practice plan.Halfway through practice, Jaylen Fisher sat out as he had his right calf worked on, an injury that dissipated before the team’s 20-point win over Indiana State the following Sunday, but a sign of what would come as the junior is now out for the season and is in the NCAA transfer portal after his knee swelled back up following the team’s Diamond Head Classic victory in Hawaii.The injury bugAfter practice ended at 3:45 p.m., Dixon lamented how injuries have been a constant during his time at TCU, more noticeable than what he had observed during his 13 years at Pittsburgh. Three players who he thought were going to factor into the rotation—Fisher, Lat Mayen, who told Dixon he was “100 percent” on Jan. 14, and Angus McWilliam—sit out for significant stretches of time.“I’ve never had three guys consistently out for a stretch for as long as they did, about six months, it’s unheard of,” he said.Dixon also spoke about the importance of keeping guards like Robinson healthy.“There’s a timing element to them and sometimes it’s the right injury since you can lose big guys and be okay,” Dixon said. “When you lose guards, that’s where you run into problems. You can always play smaller and be all right, but when you have to play bigger, moving small forwards to guards and shooting guards to point guards and centers to power forwards, that’s when it can be difficult.”The day concluded with Dixon leaving to meet his son Jack for a work-out, and he turned to me and said, “Thanks for stopping by, that’s what we’ve got here, hope you enjoyed it. See you Sunday.”From his commitment to the program to his commitment to his family, Dixon’s workday comes to an end until 8 a.m. rolls around once again the next day. ReddIt Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee + posts Twitter Garrett Podell Garrett Podell TCU basketball head coach gives the Frogs Up salute to the student section following the Horned Frogs’ 98-67 victory over West Virginia. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Garrett Podell printTCU head basketball coach gives the Frogs Up salute to the student section following the Horned Frogs’ 98-67 victory over West Virginia. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.TCU head basketball coach Jamie Dixon strolls into the office at 8:15 a.m. on Dec. 13 wearing a black TCU sweatsuit. A light purple, almost blue polo with the Horned Frog logo is tucked in. Purple and black Nike’s are on his feet.Despite the casual look, his salt-and-pepper hair was the same as you would see it on any game day: not a hair out of place styled straight back.He managed a slight grin as he walked in, knowing I was going to be shadowing him for the day.“Hey Garrett, let’s get started,” he said as he unlocked his office just down the right side of the basketball office hall.Even though his team’s next game against Indiana State wasn’t until Sunday, Dixon’s work had already begun at his house, where he’d written a practice plan and worked on next season’s non-conference schedule.The Big 12’s challenge with the Big East starts up next season, which would likely conflict with the Hall of Fame Classic at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in December. The game has treated TCU fondly over the last two years, winning a hard-fought contest against a ranked Nevada team and thrashing USC by 35 points. Instead, Dixon said next season’s non-conference tournament will be the MGM Resorts Main Event over Thanksgiving break.Before coming into the office, he’d also watched the first half of Indiana State’s last game.“I don’t have a room where you turn all the lights off to watch because I’ll just watch it right here in my office on my laptop and at home,” he said. “I have my spot at home just at the kitchen table. I have a little office area in my home I can tuck myself away in when the kids have stuff going on, running around in the kitchen.”TCU head basketball coach Jamie Dixon watches film of Indiana State in his office to prepare for TCU’s next game against the Sycamores. Photo by Garrett Podell.Hands-onDixon, in his third year as TCU’s head basketball coach, is hands-on when it comes to game-planning, from watching film to keeping track of every little piece of information about his team.As he soaks in the footage, Dixon flips through a three-ring binder to put one copy of today’s practice schedule into the organizer that’s stuffed with a variety of different clippings, neatly sorted with laminated tabs. He keeps one for every season filled with practice schedules, events, box scores, notes and daily agendas.Dixon’s binder for the 2018-2019 season lays open on his desk as he prepares the afternoon practice plan. Photo by Garrett Podell.Dixon’s meticulous organization also means a file folder is kept for every opponent the Horned Frogs have played during his tenure. Each of his three assistant coaches studies three Big 12 teams closely in order for Dixon to have a complete report when it comes time to play their conference rivals. Linkedin Twittercenter_img Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas ReddIt Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Facebook Previous articleHoroscope: January 24, 2019Next articleListen: The Podell and Pickell Show with Christen Lockett Re-Air Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

RSF urges Boris Johnson to raise case of jailed blogger Raif Badawi during Saudi Arabia visit

first_img The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MPSecretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth AffairsForeign and Commonwealth OfficeKing Charles StreetLondonSW1A 2AH11 December 2016,Dear Foreign Secretary,I am writing on behalf of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regarding your visit to Saudi Arabia. We have serious concerns about the press freedom situation in the country, in particular the case of jailed blogger Raif Badawi. We ask that you take the opportunity to raise Badawi’s case, the cases of other jailed journalists and citizen journalists, and the broader dire press freedom climate in the country, at the highest possible levels during your visit.Saudi Arabia is currently ranked of 165th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, and has consistently ranked among the world’s worst regimes for press freedom since the Index was established in 2002. The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, has been on RSF’s list of ‘predators of press freedom’ since he succeeded his brother Abdullah as king in 2015. Salman has embodied the heritage of a dynasty that has always been hostile to media freedom.At least 10 journalists and citizen journalists are currently jailed in Saudi Arabia. Harming the king’s image and reputation, blasphemy, insulting religion, and “inciting chaos” are all punished severely, often under the 2007 cyber crime law or the 2014 anti-terrorism law. The Internet is the only space where independent news and information can be circulated, but citizen journalists undertake serious risks when posting online. Like professional journalists, they are watched closely, and critical comments are liable to lead to arrest and unfair trials, ending in long jail sentences and sometimes accompanied by flogging.Blogger Raif Badawi is one such case. Badawi is the co-founder of the Liberal Saudi Network, an online discussion forum, and winner of the 2014 RSF Press Freedom Prize in the citizen journalist category. The 33 year-old blogger has been jailed since 17 June 2012. The Saudi authorities say Badawi’s posts mocked the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice and questioned religion’s influence in Saudi society, thereby endangering public order. The site has been blocked since Badawi’s arrest.In May 2014, Badawi was convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to 10 years in prison, as well as 1,000 lashes and a 10-year ban on travelling abroad after the completion of his prison sentence, which was upheld by the supreme court in June 2015. Badawi’s flogging was widely condemned internationally, including by the UK Foreign Office, which has stated: “We are seriously concerned by Raif Badawi’s case. The UK condemns the use of cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment in all circumstances”. Badawi was awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament in 2015.Badawi’s lawyer, human rights defender Waleed Abu Al Khair, has been jailed since 15 April 2014. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison on 6 July 2014 on charges of “preparing, storing and circulating content that undermines public order”, “inciting rebellion”, “publishing false information with the aim of harming the state”, contempt of court, and creating an NGO without state permission. A critic of prison conditions, Al Khair himself has now been subjected to mistreatment in detention, including physical violence and sleep deprivation.Besides Badawi and Al Khair, at least eight other journalists and citizen journalists are currently jailed in Saudi Arabia. They include Zuhair Kutbi, a contributor to Makkah Online, held since 15 July 2015; Fawzan Al-Harbi a citizen journalist held since 25 June 2014; Jassim Mekki A’al Safar, a photographer held since 18 June 2014; Alaa Brinji, a reporter for the Al-Sharq website, held since 13 May 2014; Fadhel Al-Manafes, a citizen journalist held since 17 April 2014; Wajdi Al-Ghazzawi, a presenter of Al-Fajr TV, held since 4 February 2014; Ali Jaseb Al-Touhifah a citizen journalist, held since 1 August 2012; and Jalal Mohamed Al-Jamal a blogger for the website Al-Awamia, held since 25 February 2012 .We urge you to take the opportunity to raise these cases and the overall restrictive press freedom climate in Saudi Arabia at the highest levels of government and with the media during your visit. Thank you for your attention to these serious concerns.Sincerely yours,Christophe DeloireSecretary GeneralReporters Without Borders (RSF) Receive email alerts December 11, 2016 – Updated on December 12, 2016 RSF urges Boris Johnson to raise case of jailed blogger Raif Badawi during Saudi Arabia visit Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News Organisation Follow the news on United Kingdom June 17, 2016 Find out more Newscenter_img United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists RSF urges Prince Charles to raise press freedom during Gulf states visit November 8, 2016 Find out more June 7, 2015 Find out more Saudi blogger Raif Badawi completes fourth year in prison United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists News Saudi court shows contempt for human dignity in Badawi case to go furtherlast_img read more

Sudanese authorities urged to end systematic censorship

first_img Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal News News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent May 19, 2016 Sudanese authorities urged to end systematic censorship April 6, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica Condemning abuses Economic pressurePredators Follow the news on Sudan Help by sharing this information After members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) seized Al Jareeda’s issues on 9, 10, 12 and 13 May, the newspaper stopped publishing for two days in protest. When it resumed on 16 May, that day’s issue was also immediately confiscated in what some observers regarded as a punishment for the protest.The seizures are estimated to have cost Al Jareeda 90,000 Sudanese pounds (6,600 US dollars) in lost income.The NISS has not felt the need to provide any explanation for the repeated seizures. Al Jareeda had published articles about a recent wave of student demonstrations in connection with which intelligence officers beat two students to death.In the previous two months, the NISS had already carried out 12 unjustified seizures while 15 journalists were fired at the behest of the authorities. The NISS targets newspapers that criticize the government, mention President Omar al-Bashir’s indictment by the International Criminal Court, or cover the wave of protests.In late April, the NISS banned all newspaper coverage of events linked to the demonstrations, the opposition and human rights.“The increase in repressive measures against the press is a reaction to the growing unrest in Sudan,” RSF said. “We urge the authorities to end the arbitrary confiscation of newspapers and to stop harassing journalists, who have an essential role to play in informing the public.”It is against this backdrop of growing censorship that the justice ministry formed the committee, which includes the NISS, to discuss the proposed press law. The authorities have yet to share the text of the proposed law with those most affected – Sudan’s journalists.Sudan is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. April 10, 2020 Find out morecenter_img to go further News News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the seizure of five issues of the daily newspaper Al Jareeda in the space of a week. This latest escalation in censorship comes as a committee formed by the justice ministry prepares to discuss a new press law. Organisation SudanAfrica Condemning abuses Economic pressurePredators Demonstration of journalists in Khartoum March 2016 ASHRAF SHAZLYAF/AFP Receive email alerts March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Government asked to explain police attack on Al-Jazeera’s Rabat correspondent

first_imgNews June 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government asked to explain police attack on Al-Jazeera’s Rabat correspondent Reporters Without Borders wrote to Moroccan interior minister Chakib Benmoussa today asking why Al-Jazeera correspondent Hassan Fatih and his TV crew were beaten by police yesterday in Rabat while covering a sit-in by the relatives of 68 Islamist prisoners who are on hunger strike.“We have highlighted the progress made in recent months in Morocco as regards press freedom and now this attack unfortunately shows that violence against journalists persists,” the letter said. “This situation worries us.”Fatih, who said he planned to make a complaint, gave Reporters Without Borders this account of the incident: “We were covering the sit-in by the relatives of the detainees outside the justice ministry when the security forces asked us to leave the demonstration without giving any explanation. When we insisting on filming the demonstration, some police officers intervened in a very violent fashion. We succeeded in preventing one policeman from grabbing the videotape and smashing our camera. It is not the first time the police have tried to attack us. I was injured in the neck and shoulder.”Fatih was taken to hospital to have his injuries X-rayed and was given 20 days of off work. Aged 40 and a Moroccan citizen, he began his career in TV journalism working for the national public broadcaster RTM. He became the Rabat correspondent of NBC and then of Al-Arabiya before joining the Qatar-based satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera.The Moroccan National Press Union has called on the authorities “to protect journalists and to put a stop to the repeated attacks against them.” News RSF_en Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 15, 2021 Find out more News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Two American journalists face up to 10 years in labour camps

first_img “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad to go further Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world “There is an urgent need for North Korea’s neighbours, especially China, to apply diplomatic pressure to obtain the release of Ling and Lee as soon as possible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would be unacceptable if North Korea used the two journalists for diplomatic blackmail at a time when it has stepped up tension in the peninsula by announcing a missile launch.” The state-owned North Korean news agency KCNA announced on 30 March that they have been charged with “illegal” entry. “The illegal entry of US reporters into the DPRK (North Korea) and their suspected hostile acts have been confirmed by evidence and their statements,” the news agency said. If convicted, they could be sentenced to between five and 10 years of forced labour. North Koreans take an enormous risk if they provide information to the news media. Reporters Without Borders has documented the case of Kim Sung Chul, a member of the armed forces who has been held since October 2006 after the Kukka Anjon Bowibu (state security) identified him as the person who clandestinely filmed the video of a public execution that was broadcast on the Japanese television station Asahi TV. He is now in a concentration camp. It is also very difficult for the foreign press to operate freely in the Chinese provinces adjoining the North Korean border. South Korean and North Korean journalists who often work in the border region say trying to cover refugees and trafficking there is still very risky. “Chinese police raids and the presence of many undercover North Korean agents make working on the border very complicated,” Reporters Without Borders was told by a journalist working for an independent North Korean radio station based in Seoul. March 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two American journalists face up to 10 years in labour camps A North Korean TV journalist, Song Keum Chul, has been detained in a camp since 1996 for questioning the official version of certain historic events. April 1, 2020 Find out more We urge Koss to lose no time in clarifying the circumstances in which Ling and Lee were arrested. The press freedom organisation added: “South Korean journalists and foreign journalists have been briefly arrested in the past while doing reports in North Korea, but this is the first time that foreign journalists have been held for any length of time since Japanese reporter Takashi Sugishima’s detention from December 1999 to February 2002.” North KoreaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders urges the North Korean authorities not to go ahead with their announced intention to try two American journalists of Asian origin, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, on charges of entering the country illegally and carrying out “hostile” activities. July 6, 2020 Find out more News Organisation A Swedish diplomat has been allowed to visit them in Pyongyang.center_img Reporters Without Borders and the International Women’s Media Foundation ( have launched a petition for the immediate release of Ling and Lee. Their guide, an ethnic Korean with Chinese citizenship, is reportedly being held by the Chinese authorities. A third American journalist, cameraman Mitch Koss, was deported after being held by the Chinese police. Sign the petition. International human rights organisations estimate that at least 200,000 people are detained in North Korea’s concentration camps and reeducation camps. RSF_en News North KoreaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Follow the news on North Korea Help by sharing this information It is by no means clear that Ling and Lee were arrested on North Korean territory. Several sources on the Chinese side of the frontier told Reporters Without Borders that the North Korean border guards probably crossed the Tumen (the river that forms the border) while Ling and Lee were filming on the Chinese bank. In a documentary made by South Korean journalists called “On the border,” North Korean border guards can be seen crossing the river and landing on the Chinese side without running into any problems. News Reporters Without Borders urges the North Korean authorities not to go ahead with their announced intention to try two American journalists of Asian origin, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, on charges of entering the country illegally and carrying out “hostile” activities. As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency The two journalists, who work for San Francisco-based online television station Current TV, were arrested by the North Korean authorities on 17 March after travelling through northern China to the North Korean border to do a story on trafficking in North Korean women. According to an email which one of them sent to a Reporters Without Borders contact, they wanted to investigate the networks organising the smuggling of women out of North Korea and their sale in China. Campaigns November 18, 2019 Find out more North Korea is one of the hardest countries in the world for the foreign media to cover. The North Korean authorities occasionally issue press visas for cultural or sports events or for visits by foreign officials. Once inside North Korea, journalists are closely watched by the North Korean authorities, who prevent them from interviewing members of the public. Entire regions of the country are completely closed to the international media.last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders helps families of two detained journalists

first_img RSF_en News Baudelaire Mieu, the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in Côte d’Ivoire, handed over a grant of 800 euros on 18 February to the families of two detained journalists to help cover their basic needs while their breadwinners are in prison.The two journalists are Sanogo Aboubakar (aka Abou Sanogo) and Kangbé Yayoro Charles Lopez (aka Gnahoré Charly), who work for Télévision Notre Patrie (TVNP), a pirate TV station in the north of the country that supports the former rebels of the New Forces. They were arrested on arrival in Abidjan on 28 January and are now in Abidjan’s main prison. (Soir Info) Receive email alerts October 16, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Côte d’IvoireAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more (L’Intelligent d’Abidjan)______________________________________31-01-2011- Two reporters for northern TV station arrested as “rebels” on arrival in AbidjanReporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of two journalists employed by Télévision Notre Patrie (TVNP) – a pirate TV station based in the northern city of Bouaké that supports the former rebel New Force – who were arrested on their arrival in Abidjan on 28 January.The two journalists – Sanogo Aboubakar, aka Abou Sanogo, and Kangbé Yayoro Charles Lopez, aka Gnahoré Charly – had wanted to do a series of reports at the Golf Hotel, where presidential contender Alassane Ouattara is holed up. Accused of being rebels, they are being held at the gendarmerie’s criminal investigation department in the Abidjan district of Plateau.Reporters Without Borders condemns the false accusations being made against them. They did not go to Abidjan not for the purpose of criminal activity. They went as journalists representing a TV station that happens to be siding with Ouattara in his dispute over the result of last November’s presidential election with the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo.The press freedom organization also deplores the way that state-owned Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne and the pro-Gbagbo print media have been portraying the two journalists as rebels who had come to Abidjan to participate in an armed attack.Sanogo and Charly left Bouaké for Abidjan at about 3 p.m. on 28 January aboard a flight operated by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI). They were arrested on their arrival at the Abidjan air base by members of the Defence and Security Forces (FDS).Two months after a dispute over the result of the second round of the presidential election on 28 November triggered a still unresolved political crisis, there has been little improvement in the situation for either Ivorian or foreign journalists. Local reporters say they are being harassed by both sides.Tiburce Koffi, a contributor to Le Nouveau Réveil, a newspaper that supports former President Henri Konan Bédié, and Venance Konan, a correspondent of Afrique Magazine, both recently fled Côte d’Ivoire claiming they had been threatened by Gbagbo supporters.At the same time, Silué Kanigui, who is said to have been a correspondent in the northern town of Korhogo for the pro-Gbagbo daily Notre Voie, claims that he had to flee to Abidjan for safety reasons.Referring to Kanigui, Notre Voie editor César Etou told Reporters Without Borders: “He is not the only one in this situation. All the journalists in the north who were not members of the [pro-Ouattara] RHDP have been forced to flee.” Etou is on the list of people targeted for sanctions by the European Union. to go further Reports Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 29, 2020 Find out more RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections February 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders helps families of two detained journalists Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire News Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Organisation last_img read more


first_imgNews Americas Organisation October 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Americas RSF_en News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more The United States rose twelve places to 36th position. The release of Al-Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Haj after six years in the Guantanamo Bay military base contributed to this improvement. Although the absence of a federal “shield law” means the confidentiality of sources is still threatened by federal courts, the number of journalists being subpoenaed or forced to reveal their sources has declined in recent months and none has been sent to prison. But the August 2007 murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey in Oakland, California, is still unpunished a year later. The way the investigation into his murder has become enmeshed in local conflicts of interest and the lack of federal judicial intervention also help to explain why the United States did not get a higher ranking. Account was also taken of the many arrests of journalists during the Democratic and Republican conventions.The index’s most spectacular fall is Bolivia (115th), which plummeted 47 places. Its institutional and political crisis has exacerbated the polarisation between state and privately-owned media and exposed journalists to violence because of their presumed links with the government or opposition. One state media employee was killed. Unlike Hugo Chávez’s government in Venezuela (113rd), Evo Morales’ government has tried to defuse the media war by repeatedly offering to talk with the opposition.Peru (108th) still leads the way as regards the number of physical attacks on journalists, but the level of violence continues to be greater in Colombia (126th) and Mexico (140th), where armed groups and drug traffickers threaten the media’s survival in some areas. While the number of journalists killed in these two countries has fallen, more are fleeing into exile. There have been signs of opening by Raúl Castro’s government in Cuba (last in the Americas at 169th), but they have not changed the human rights situation. Twenty-three dissident journalists are still in prison and press freedom is still non-existent.Jamaica (21st) and Trinidad and Tobago (27th) are joined in the top 30 this year by Surinam (26th), which has been included in the index for the first time, as has Guyana (88th). The latter’s low position is due to tension between President Bharrat Jagdeo’s government and the press, and to the state’s monopoly of radio broadcasting. Haiti (73rd) continues to rise slowly and Argentina (68th) has also improved, but Brazil (82nd) has barely shifted because of several serious cases of violence against the press. June 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further News Americas Receive email alerts Reports Follow the news on Americas June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF urges Google to keep “domain fronting”

first_imgNews Domain fronting lets Internet users disguise the site they are visiting, allowing them to view blocked sites. App developers discovered that the latest Google App Engine update had eliminated this possibility in April. It was just a technical change for Google but it is blow to the freedom to inform in countries such as China and Russia. “Google has opted for a quick and definitive solution without considering the impact on independent media trying to survive in countries where news and information are closely controlled” said Elodie Vialle, the head of the Journalism and Technology Desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “Though domain fronting can sometimes be misused for malicious purposes, the technique is mostly used by those who need access to information which has been censored under repressive regimes. Google should find a way to allow this technique to be used by those who have a legitimate need because of the censorship to which they are subjected.” Domain fronting is effective because its existence forces press freedom predators to block all traffic to Google if they want to prevent media outlets from using it. Google’s decision to eliminate this technique sends a negative signal to the other large Internet companies. Amazon has also already initiated blocking domain fronting on its web services. RSF has been taking advantage of the existence of domain fronting in its Operation Collateral Freedom, in which it unblocks access to online media that are blocked by censors in their own countries. This year, a total of 24 websites were unblocked by this operation. An update to Google’s app engine has put a stop to “domain fronting,” a practice that allowed Google app users to circumvent censorship. This is major setback for journalists working in countries where news and information are under tight control, and sends the wrong signal to the world’s other leading Internet firms. Organisation May 2, 2018 RSF urges Google to keep “domain fronting” Online freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionInternet center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information Google ends “domain fronting”. Online freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionInternet last_img read more