Government arrests two journalists is another “warning shot” for press freedom

first_img Asia – Pacific Receive email alerts Asia – Pacific May 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government arrests two journalists is another “warning shot” for press freedom Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of two journalists, Shelvin Chand and Dionisia Turaganbeci, under emergency regulations for writing a “negative” article about Commodore Frank Bainimarama’s military government for the FijiLive news website. Chand was arrested on 9 May. Turaganbeci was arrested yesterday.“The arrests of these two journalists are another warning shot for press freedom in Fiji following the government’s introduction of emergency regulations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We reiterate our appeal to the European Union and United Nations to condemn this deliberate intention to limit the free flow of information.”The offending article by Chand and Turaganbeci mentioned public reaction to the release of eight soldiers and police officer who had been given four-year jail sentences in March for assaulting a 19-year-old man, Sakiusa Rabaka, during a demonstration and causing his death.Public Emergency Laws that were introduced on 10 April and were extended for another month on 30 April restrict the news media to publishing or broadcasting “positive” information, prohibit reports likely to “incite” the population and give the permanent secretary for information wide-ranging powers of enforcement.The Sunday edition of the Fiji Times appeared on 12 April with many blank spaces. The same day, the national television station refused to broadcast its 6 p.m. news programme in protest against the newly-introduced censorship.Reporters Without Borders urges the Fijian government to repeal these measures, which violate the international undertakings that Fiji has given. News to go further Read Fiji Times editor Netani Rika’s account of what it is like for journalists trying to working in Fiji at the moment. News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists RSF_en News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 7, 2021 Find out more June 10, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Asia – Pacificlast_img read more

Exhibition highlights Limerick’s artistic legacy

first_img TAGSDr Hugh MaguireexhibitionfeaturedFr John Leonardfull-imageGlucksman LibraryHunt MuseumlimerickMy city my home Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook An early photograph of Limerick’s O’Connell Street that is included in the Hunt Museum’s ‘My City, My Home’ exhitbition.LIMERICK’S artistic legacy is one of the finest in the country and deserves to be widely known, according to the director of the city’s Hunt Museum.Dr Hugh Maguire was speaking in advance of the opening of the Museum’s winter exhibition, ‘Limerick: My city My Home’  on this Friday, November 28. The exhibition, which  will be launched by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan will run until next February.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The wealth of visual records for the city is most significant and especially from the sixteenth century onwards artists and cartographers captured the strategic, economic and architectural importance of the city.Limerick was considered very much within a wider European context and later its architectural embellishment and ambition linked it with tastes in Great Britain and subsequently the scale and breadth of the British Empire.The Museum’s winter exhibition is hosted in conjunction with the University of Limerick’s Glucksman Library and gives visitors an insight into the wealth of holdings, nationally and locally of Limerick visual material from sixteenth century maps to contemporary photography.According to Dr Maguire the exhibition can only touch on what’s available and whet the visitor’s appetite.“The available budget and the limitations of a gallery space only allow us a sampling of the beautiful imagery held in the region itself and in national collections including the National Library of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland.“The exhibition especially celebrates the Norton, Leonard, MacAnally and Lysaght collections in our sister institution – the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick with whom we are sharing this exhibition. Such collections as those accumulated by Fr. John Leonard highlight a deep affection for the city”, he said.The exhibition is open daily and admission is free. Advertisement Previous articleCriminals locked out of Limerick PrisonNext articleFighting cutbacks to highlight drug and alcohol awareness Editor Print Emailcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin NewsExhibition highlights Limerick’s artistic legacyBy Editor – November 19, 2014 1086 First Irish death from Coronavirus Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Limerick City Gallery of Art exhibition showcases ‘Limerick Connections’ through artists over the past 50 years Twitter Limerick Post Show | At Home On The Farm Exhibition last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Is Coming To Florida For Four Nights This Week

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee is currently on tour, bringing their patented highly technical jam stylings to Florida for four nights starting on Wednesday. Umphrey’s is bringing BIG Something along for the ride, which will see the bands play St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live tomorrow on the 26th, Orlando’s House of Blues on the 27th, and Miami Beach’s Fillmore on the 28th. Umphrey’s McGee will close out their four-day Florida run at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on Saturday, April 29th, the venue that hosted their “Making Lemonade” event in 2015, before taking a quick break then hitting the road once again mid-May for their summer tour.Many of the dates for this summer include previously announced festival appearances, including Summer Camp Music Festival, Mountain Music Festival, Bonnaroo and Levitate Music Festival, as well as the previously announced three night Red Rocks run over July 4th weekend.You can head over to their website here to see their full touring schedule and snag tickets.[Photo courtesy of Dave Vann]last_img read more

Concerns rise over importing COVID-19 as hundreds of Indonesian crewmen come home

first_imgMore than 1,000 crewmen had arrived back in the country by Wednesday. The foreign ministry confirmed that 963 crewmen had been repatriated by April 2 on commercial and charter flights funded by their cruise operators.These included more than 200 Indonesian crewmen of the MSC Fantasia crew who arrived over the weekend in Denpasar, Bali, flying from Lisbon on Air Europa flight AE672 after disembarking in Portugal, where the cruise ship carrying 1,338 passengers had made port.On the last day of March, 316 Indonesian crewmen of the MSC Splendida arrived by plane in Denpasar from Genoa, Italy, considered the epicenter of the European pandemic.Read also: Cruise ship responsible for jump in Australia coronavirus cases The ministry’s data shows that an estimated 12,748 Indonesians work as crew members aboard 89 cruise ships around the world operated by 10 major cruise operators.The crewmen’s repatriation has given rise to worries of potential imported cases, as international cruise liners like Diamond Princess, World Dream, Westerdam and Zaandam emerged as “hot spots” of COVID-19 infectionThe International Rescue Committee (IRC) reported that COVID-19 transmission occurred four times faster aboard Diamond Princess than during the peak of the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected.As many as 712 out of the more than 3,700 passengers and crew aboard Diamond Princess contracted the virus during its two-month quarantine in Yokohama, Japan.Despite concerns over compounding the outbreak in Indonesia, the foreign ministry said the government could not lawfully prevent its citizens from returning to the country, citing the 2011 Immigration Law. It added, however, that authorities could ramp up efforts to detect the disease upon their arrival.All repatriated citizens are required to undergo all necessary health protocols at their port of entry, where health officials will take their body temperature, check them for symptoms and test them for the virus using rapid testing kits.Returnees who tested positive for the virus are quarantined at their port of entry, while those who tested negative are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days at home.“We will facilitate the needs of Indonesian citizens who have decided to come home, but they must obey the protocol so they won’t spread the virus,” said the Foreign Ministry’s overseas citizen protection director, Judha Nugraha.Read also: COVID-19: Govt to allocate Rp 100 billion to protect Indonesians abroadLawmakers, however, expressed their doubt over current measures.Effendy Simbolon of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) pointed out the often lax implementation of health protocols at Indonesian ports.“There is an inconsistency in the protocol as imposed on [Indonesians] and the government’s [effort]. It is very relaxed,” he said on Tuesday at a working meeting between House Commission I on foreign affairs and the ministry.“The protocol as imposed on arrivals [aboard] international airlines, for instance, is extremely loose,” he noted.The commission has asked the government to impose more stringent screening at all ports of entry in the country.Topics : Ninety-two Indonesian crewmen aboard a number of international cruise liners had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, the Foreign Ministry indicated on a map of all affected Indonesians abroad on its official Twitter account.The tweeted map also noted that all were “stable”.Hi #Diplomates, attached is the Global #COVID19 Update and Indonesian Citizen Protection as of 08/04; 08.00 Western Indonesian Time.The map shows active COVID-19 Cases of Indonesian Citizen Abroad.#IndonesianWay— MoFA Indonesia (@Kemlu_RI) April 8, 2020Even so, the government still allowed hundreds of other crewmen to return to the country, as many cruise operators had halted their operations in response to the pandemic. The crewmen’s return has raised concerns over whether this could worsen the disease’s spread across the archipelago.last_img read more