RSF condemns arrest of 16 journalists protesting threats to media freedom

first_img Riot police used physical force and pepper spray to disperse the protesting journalists before arresting 16 of them ­– five from The Maldives Independent, six from Haveeru, two from Sangu TV, two from Raajje TV and one from Villa TV. Three others were hospitalized. The detained journalists were eventually released but were due to appear in court today on charges of resisting or obstructing the authorities. The journalists’ grievances include a court decision to close the newspaper Haveeru, a bill recently submitted to parliament that would criminalize defamation (which was decriminalized in 2009), restrictions on media coverage of criminal court proceedings, and the government’s failure to combat impunity for violence against journalists – in particular, the lack of any significant progress in the investigation into the 2014 disappearance of Ahmed Rilwan, a journalist with Minivan News (now called The Maldives Independent). “The series of draconian measures and the repressive actions directly targeting journalists clearly show that this is not a democratic government that accepts the media’s watchdog role,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to put an immediate end to the authoritarian offensive on which he has embarked.” Despite the violence, the demonstrations continued today outside parliament and outside the court that heard the charges against some of the journalists arrested yesterday. Last November, RSF warned the authorities against any attempts to gag broadcast and online media and condemned a series of attacks on journalists, TV channels and news websites. After a state of emergency was declared on 4 November, the Maldives Broadcasting Commission threatened to withdraw the licences of radio and TV stations that broadcast content “infringing on national security.” An Indian Ocean archipelago where opposition and independent media are exposed to a great deal of violence, Maldives is ranked 112th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 60 places since 2010. The family and colleagues of Ahmed Rilwan have been without any news of him since his disappearance on 8 August 2014. Asia – PacificMaldives Judicial harassmentImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression Follow the news on Maldives News April 23, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Maldivian authorities to drop all charges against the 16 journalists who were arrested yesterday while staging a peaceful sit-in outside the president’s office in Malé in protest against the decline in respect for media freedom. News Asia – PacificMaldives Judicial harassmentImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information News April 4, 2016 RSF condemns arrest of 16 journalists protesting threats to media freedom September 12, 2018 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation to go further News RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates July 15, 2020 Find out more RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalistlast_img read more

On-line learning is held back

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Employers are out of touch with on-line learning in their organisations and few know what they are spending on it.Two separate surveys, published this week also reveal that cultural barriers are slowing the growth of on-line learning.The charity Campaign for Learning found that e-learners are positive about the experience but bemoan the lack of support from their organisations. There is a general feeling that this should take the form of personal learning support, such as someone to call on the telephone or visit in a learning centre.The Campaign for Learning, which conducted the Attitudes to E-Learning survey in partnership with the UfI, KPMG and Peter Honey Learning, found that two in five do not know how many e-learners there are in their organisation and a similar number did not know what proportion of their training budget was being spent on e-learning. Despite the excitement surrounding the growth in on-line training, there are reservations about e-learning. A quarter of employers believe that it is not as effective as face-to-face teaching, while 11 per cent think e-learning during work time is not conducive to effective learning. “It is interesting that even among employers and individual early adopters of the technology there is a healthy scepticism about the limits of e-learning and we need to be wary of much of the hype,” said Campaign for Learning’s chief executive Bill Lucas. A second survey published in Personnel Today’s sister magazine Training next week reveals this is common ground. Corporate foundations for e-learning success found that the greatest issue preventing effective delivery of e-learning among those who have an intranet is “interruptions at the desktop”.The Training magazine survey, conducted with Xebec McGraw-Hill, showed that training and HR professionals have major concerns about the lack of commitment by senior managers to on-line learning.www.xebec-online.comwww.campaign-for-learning.org.ukBy Stephanie Sparrow On-line learning is held backOn 3 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge & Friends Kick Off New Year’s Run At The Capitol Theatre [Full-Show Video]

first_imgBassist Oteil Burbridge welcomed jam fans to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Thursday for the first of five shows under the billing Oteil & Friends leading up to New Year’s Eve. That roster of “Friends” was comprised of an impressive group of heavy-hitters from the jam realm including former Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals, guitarists Eric Krasno and John Kadlecik, singer/trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick, drummer Jay Lane, and percussionist Weedie Briamah.The band’s performance on Thursday filled the historic venue with a mix of classic rock (mostly Grateful Dead) covers and smooth jams to help fans in the New York Metro Area prepare for the upcoming run of New Year’s Eve shows scheduled to take place in the Northeast all weekend.Oteil & Friends took the stage right around 8:30 p.m., with fans from around the country also tuning in via the show’s free webcast courtesy of Relix. The band started set one by diving right into the Garcia solo catalogue with a groovy rendition of “Cats Under The Stars” featuring some smooth guitar soloing from both Krasno and Kadlecik. A lively cover of “Bertha” with Kadlecik on lead vocals came next, with the guitarist having plenty of experience in singing the Grateful Dead tune from his days in Dark Star Orchestra. The tempo took a slower turn for Jennifer Hartswick to step to the mic to tackle a moving rendition of “Water in the Desert”, the title track from Oteil’s 2017 solo LP. A pair of Dead covers followed from there, as Oteil took lead vocals on “Althea” before leading the band into “Fire On The Mountain”. The set came to a close with Hartswick taking center stage again to deliver an energizing rendition of soul classic “Piece of My Heart”, popularized by Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company.Set two saw the band dive right into a trio of covers including The Band‘s “The Weight”, Garcia’s “Run for the Roses”, and the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street”, with the latter featuring an impressive trumpet solo courtesy of Hartswick. The band kept the dance-friendly rhythms going with Kadlecik returning to the mic to lead the group into a cover of his own “What’s Become of Mary”.Burbridge then took the opportunity to slow things down for a unique and slow rendition of “High Time”, only to pick the energy right back up with the familiar opening trio of chords to “Franklin’s Tower”. They continued with “Tangled Up In Blue”, the Bob Dylan tune often performed by the Jerry Garcia Band back in the day. The show came to a satisfying conclusion with Hartswick once again returning to the stage to lead the band into a climactic rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Proud Mary”.You can watch a full pro-shot video of the show below:Oteil & Friends – The Capitol Theatre – 12/27/2018[Video: Relix]Oteil Burbridge and his talented Friends will continue their run leading up to New Year’s Eve on Monday with shows at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre on Friday (in support of Gov’t Mule), a return to The Cap on Saturday, and two year-ending gigs at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (12/30) and Monday (12/31). Tickets for the shows can be purchased here.Setlist: Oteil & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/27/2018Set One: Cats Under The Stars (Jerry Garcia cover), Bertha (Grateful Dead cover), Water in the Desert, Althea (Grateful Dead cover), Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead cover), Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)Set Two: The Weight (The Band cover), Run for the Roses (Jerry Garcia cover), Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead cover), What’s Become of Mary (Golden Gate Wingmen cover), High Time (Grateful Dead cover), Franklin’s Tower (Grateful Dead cover), Tangled Up in Blue (Bob Dylan cover), Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)last_img read more