Gag order followed by jail threat for scores of Australian journalists

first_img On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts February 22, 2021 Find out more “CENSORED” News Follow the news on Australia Organisation Sent by Victoria state director of public prosecutions Kerri Judd in early February to approximately 100 reporters and editors at leading Australian news organizations, the letter accuses them of violating a “suppression order” by reporting Pell’s child sex abuse conviction in Melbourne in December.Issued by a judge last June, the suppression order instructed journalists attending Pell’s trial not to reveal any details about it so as not to influence a planned second trial on similarly serious charges. Plans for a second trial have been dropped.The prosecutor’s letters call on the recipients to “show cause” why they should not be charged with contempt of court – by demonstrating that they had not intended to violate the order or had not intended to prejudice the second trial – failing which they could face the possibility of prison sentences.“This order imposed a serious constraint on press freedom by censoring journalists’ coverage of information in the public interest,” RSF said. “The possibility that journalists could now be prosecuted and given jail sentences for contravening this order is not only an aberration but also a double punishment. Whatever their responsibility in the revelations, it is unthinkable that the Australian judicial system should threaten them with imprisonment. If inflicted, such a punishment would be out of all proportion and would sully the image of Australian justice.” Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australiacenter_img RSF_en January 21, 2021 Find out more The gag order was widely condemned by the Australian media as excessively restrictive. After the verdict in the Pell trial in December, the Melbourne Herald Sun printed an all-black front page with the single word “CENSORED” in white.Paul Murphy, the head of Australia’s Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEEA), told RSF: “Suppression orders are 19th century tools that were created to respond to the age of the printing press. They are incapable of meeting the complexities of 21st century borderless digital publishing platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.”Murphy added: “It is virtually impossible to quarantine jurors from instantaneous social media postings or second-hand reporting overseas that is quickly accessible via a search engine. MEAA has long condemned the excessive use of suppression orders, particularly in Victoria.”The news organizations that have received the letters have said little about them, suggesting that they have already had a dangerous chilling effect on the Australian media.Australia is ranked 19th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the letters that an Australian prosecutor has sent to around 100 journalists threatening contempt of court charges that could lead to jail terms for covering Cardinal George Pell’s conviction while it was still subject to a gag order. RSF regards the letters as a serious press freedom violation. to go further Medias giants and several smaller publications received in early February this letter suspecting them of having breached the Suppression Order related to Cardinal Pell’s trial. (photo: Saeed KHAN / AFP) News March 4, 2019 Gag order followed by jail threat for scores of Australian journalists News News November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Archaeology: Babylonian Clay Tablet Mentions Biblical Name

first_imgJeremiah mentioned Nebo-Sarsekim and Nebuchadnezzar, and so did Babylonian scribes.  The Times Online reported today, “The British Museum yesterday hailed a discovery within a modest clay tablet in its collection as a breakthrough for biblical archaeology – dramatic proof of the accuracy of the Old Testament.”  An article in the Telegraph calls it “a fantastic discovery, world-class find” and includes a picture and full translation of the small tablet.    The great King Nebuchadnezzar had been known from extra-Biblical sources, but Nebo-Sarsekim was not – till now.  He is mentioned in Jeremiah 39:3 as one of the officials of Nebuchadnezzar present at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC.  Jeremiah was an eyewitness to these events.  Now, the same name has been deciphered on a clay tablet from Sippar, a site a mile from Baghdad, where the Babylonians had a huge sun temple.  The tablet, recording Nebo-Sarsekim’s gift of gold to a temple in Babylon, dates to 10 years before the siege of Jerusalem.    The British Museum acquired this small tablet in 1920, but it had never been translated.  Dr. Michael Jursa (U of Vienna), one of the few scholars who can read cuneiform script, made the discovery while translating tablets on a research trip to the museum.  “Finding something like this tablet, where we see a person mentioned in the Bible making an everyday payment to the temple in Babylon and quoting the exact date, is quite extraordinary,” he said.  Dr. Irving Finkel of the British Museum added, “If Nebo-Sarsekim existed, which other lesser figures in the Old Testament existed?  A throwaway detail in the Old Testament turns out to be accurate and true.  I think that it means that the whole of the narrative [of Jeremiah] takes on a new kind of power.”    This story was found on Todd Bolen’s Bible Places blog.  Bolen is compiling a list of Biblical characters mentioned in extra-Biblical sources, and says the list is already long; now he can add another one.    Meanwhile, what’s new with the Jehoash Inscription and the James Ossuary? (See 04/21/2003, 06/19/2003.)  Dissatisfied with the rush to judgment by the Israel Antiquities Authority that they are forgeries, the Biblical Archaeology Society has pushed for more unbiased analysis, claiming the evidence is strong for their authenticity.  They issued a special report this month to bring readers up to date.  The full report from their conference of scholars last January is available.Todd Bolen took umbrage at the Times’ quote of a scholar who responded that the name on the clay tablet means “the Biblical story is not altogether invented.”  It is not invented at all, he retorted.  The more evidence, the weaker the case of liberal skeptics becomes.  This would be a good time to read the book of Jeremiah.    The Old Testament narratives have the feel of history.  Sure, there are great stories of adventure, intrigue, relationships, accomplishments, heroes and villains, but they are not just invented stories: the amount of detail provided (names, places, dates, events) is far and above what would be expected in fiction.  The details are presented in a matter-of-fact way that has the ring of truth (see, for example, the listings of David’s officers, priests and assistants in I Chronicles).  No reader would look at this and think it is made up: it has the look and feel of official documentation.    Names mentioned in the Bible have turned up in inscriptions from Egypt, Moab, Babylon and throughout Israel itself.  Another interesting point to consider is that the Bible presents its heroes in all their human frailty.  Most inscriptions from kingdoms outside Israel exaggerate their victories and quash their embarrassments: not the Bible.  The sins of even David and Solomon are exposed in all their ugliness, right next to other passages describing their moments of victory and godliness.  Combined with the detail and the archaeological attestations, this is unprecedented in ancient records.    Today’s news is another small piece of silent testimony, rising from the dust and from the back rooms of a museum, that the Bible told real history about real people and real events.  No other ancient “religious” text has so much internal and external corroboration.  Israel and its surrounding kingdoms have been plundered and destroyed so many times, it should be understandable that evidence is scattered and fragmentary: think of the serendipitous discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Codex Sinaiticus (almost burned in the hearth by monks), and the Moabite Stone (almost destroyed by nomads thinking it contained gold).  Much remains hidden in the dust, but there is enough to give an honest inquirer confidence to take the Biblical record very seriously.    For another look into Biblical archaeology, read Dr. Alan Millard’s 2002 review of the historical and archaeological case for King Solomon’s riches, republished this month on Associates for Biblical Research.  (Note that this article predated the 2005 possible discovery of Solomon’s palace, 02/09/2007, 08/09/2005).  Solomon lived 360 years before Jeremiah.  The farther back in time, the more fragmentary the evidence, but why not consider the Bible as primary evidence?  Its record fits the period and the hard evidence we do have.  Millard explains why the critics’ argument from silence represents bias, not scholarship.    A good layman’s-level paperback overview of Biblical archaeology is The Stones Cry Out by Randall Price (1997).  Many exciting Bible-corroborating artifacts have surfaced in the intervening decade.  Archaeological pieces have been falling into place and silencing critics for a long time now.  It’s tantalizing to ponder what more discoveries remain to be made among the 130,000 clay tablets still lying untranslated in dark shelves of the British Museum.(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South African school wins top prize at world book quiz

first_imgFour students from St John’s Preparatory School in Johannesburg have won first place at the World Literary Competition, an international youth event that promotes book reading and literary knowledge.Khelan Desai, Hongjae Noh, Sahaj Mooji and Joshua Bruwer, students at St John’s Preparatory School in Johannesburg, celebrate their win at the World Literature Competition held in Toronto, Canada on 3 July 2017. With them is the team’s coach, school librarian Nicky Sulter. (St John’s Preparatory School)CD AndersonThe World Literary Competition, known informally as the Kids’ Lit Quiz, is an annual literature test for pupils between the ages of 10 and 13. The focus of the competition is to encourage a love of books and literature from a young age. Qualifying national rounds are held around the world and regional finalists are invited to compete at an international event. This year the event was held in Canada at the beginning of July.St John’s winning team comprised Grade 7 and 8 students Khelan Desai, Hongjae Noh, Sahaj Mooji and Joshua Bruwer. The team beat off tough competition from school teams in the USA and UK.A series of 100 questions are asked during the competition, focused primarily on children’s literature, young adult fiction and classic literature, which categories also include historical fiction, classic fairy tales, poetry and comic book literature. The St John’s team answered 40 of the 100 questions correctly to win the title.While the win was a surprise for the four boys, following the competition a school representative said they had worked hard for the contest, based on their shared love of books and languages.“The fact that these boys have reached this incredibly high standard,” said Jacqui Deeks, “in a world where [there are] rumblings about reading taking a back seat to technology, and where boys are traditionally seen as more disinterested in reading than girls, is a refreshing and welcome repudiation of these perceptions.”Team coach Nicky Sulter, St John’s head librarian, said the boys worked hard to get their victory: “[They have] been incredibly enthusiastic about preparing for this event and have really enjoyed all the reading that has gone into this victory.”Sulter highlighted how vital it was to encourage boys with an interest in books and talent for literature. “[Interest in the] annual event keeps our boys reading all year, whether or not they make it into the school’s teams.”St John’s headmaster Patrick Lees congratulated the team, saying the four represented the long-held tradition of literary appreciation at the school. “Reading at St John’s is probably the most important aspect of the boys’ education. Right from Grade 0, [students] adopt an adapted version of the Dr Seuss saying, ‘Read, read, read, the more you read, the more you know, the more you know, the more you grow.’”Deeks reiterated the headmaster’s sentiments: “[St John’s students] know this off by heart. Reading gives a child so much; it assists self-improvement, understanding and communication, and develops imagination and creativity. It improves verbal ability, focus and concentration, and memory, and it is relaxing and entertaining. Everyone should read and once you’re hooked, you’re hooked for life.”After the win, team captain Noh spoke about how the boys’ passion for books, particularly in the traditional printed form, inspired their success: “The physical appearance, the paper, the ink, the smell of the book. I had a teacher … who said every book you read was a life you’d lived; I really took that to heart.”The team was sponsored by Exclusive Books. CEO Benjamin Trisk said it was competitions such as this that really cultivated a culture of reading in more South African schoolchildren. “We are proud that [the] boys have excelled … with [this kind of] passion. South African children have shown that they do still love books.”National co-ordinator of the South African qualifying competition Marj Brown outlined the successes South African schools had had in the competition: “Since 2004, a South African team has won three finals.“It is an exciting and motivating event that really brings reading to life for thousands of young people and broadens their scope of reading … [The competition allows] participants [to be] able to meet with ‘kindred spirits’ from other countries and cultures, joined by their shared love of reading … [It] contributes positively to understanding and tolerance among people from a young age.”The team received gold medals, a cash prize and, more importantly, book prizes for their personal book collections.Source: BooksLIVE, Good Things GuyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Journey to the Center of the EarthCache

first_imgEarlier this year, the Geocaching HQ video team followed a team of brave geocachers on an endeavor that is unprecedented in the Geocaching world. Their ultimate goal: to find the most difficult EarthCache in the world. The video detailing their journey is now live for the geocaching community.EarthCaches were created as a joint partnership with Geocaching.com and the Geological Society of America. There’s no physical container, but each EarthCache teaches you an Earth science lesson. Once at the coordinates, geocachers must answer certain questions in order to log a find.Find an EarthCache near you.Ready to join the team? Get your HardCORE EarthCacher shirt and decals at Shop Geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related2.5 Weeks Left Until CITO Weekend 2015April 6, 2015In “Cache In Trash Out”Thank a geocaching volunteer dayMay 21, 2019In “Volunteers”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 4, 2012July 5, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

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Create a Video On Demand Strategy For Your Film

first_imgHave any experience with VOD distribution? What was your Video on Demand strategy? We’d love to hear your stories in the comment section below. 5 Tips for Getting Your Indie Film Into FestivalsDistribution Tips from Documentary Filmmaker Scott ThurmanThe Truth About Why Most Indie Films Don’t Get Distributed The distribution landscape for films has changed significantly within the last decade. Having a Video on Demand strategy is more important than ever. There are more distribution platforms than ever before, and audiences are no longer set on the idea that films must be watched in a theatrical environment. This is especially true of the more recent generations of filmgoers, many of which actually prefer to watch films digitally in the comfort of their homes.As an indie filmmaker/producer, how you choose to release your film will depend on two factors – your means and your audience. However, with the rising success of Video on Demand (VOD) releases in recent years, it’s important to understand just how and why this platform can catapult your film in ways that a theatrical release may not be able to.1. AccessibilityImage from ShutterstockVOD takes many different forms and almost all of them provide viewers with instant access to films at a low cost, either for rent or to own. From a budgeting perspective, releasing your film for digital download is far more cost efficient than doing a theatrical release (not to mention that VOD is one of the easiest ways for indie filmmakers to enter mainstream marketplaces such as iTunes). For these reasons, VOD is extremely unique in ways that benefit both the viewers and the filmmaker: it is both accessible and cost-effective for both parties.Best of all, unlike a theatrical release, there is no limit to how large the audience for your film can be if you choose to release it through an online VOD service. You may be able to reach all sorts of additional viewers and even foreign markets that simply would not be possible with any other type of release.In a No Film School article titled New Hollywood: How a Thriving International Market Has Changed American Filmmaking, writer V Renée notes, “…American films are heavily influenced and favored by the international box office, indicating that self-distribution through platforms like VOD is more important for independent filmmakers than ever.”With all this in mind, it’s now your job to do the research necessary so that the proper use of VOD places you in the best position to reach your audience and get your film seen by the masses.2. Navigating Your OptionsOne of the first steps in your journey for VOD distribution is to ask yourself some tough, though realistic, questions when it comes to the distribution of your film. Is it all about the bottom line? Is your intention just to get a deal, of any kind, and move on to your next film? Or do you want to reach as many viewers as possible?There are many “stores” on this platform – Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, IndieFlix, Vimeo, YouTube, etc. – which give viewers the ability to easily watch videos in the comfort of their own home.Depending on what your ultimate goal is, the platform(s) on which you choose to distribute your film will vary. For more on the different platforms, check out our earlier post, The Breakdown of Major Online Film Distribution Platforms.3. Create a Plan and Stick With ItImage from 1000 Words/ShutterstockIf it is your first time navigating a VOD release for your film, you may be intrigued by the platform that wants ALL RIGHTS to your film. At a glance, especially for a first time filmmaker, this may seem like the right thing to do. However, your VOD strategy is just that – a strategy, so don’t feel that you need to put all of your eggs in one basket.There is no one right or wrong answer for which platform to choose, but you must know your film and the habits of your audience. Create a strategy where your film is released on a particular platform where it’s most likely to perform and sell well.The cornerstone of a film’s successful release, whether it be digital or theatrical, is the creation of a customized distribution strategy. While making films is tough, especially when you’re the one wearing just about every hat, it is vital to your film’s success that you come up with a release strategy as early on as possible to ensure that you actually get your film seen by the world.Another great perk of creating a strategy early on is that you will increase your funding options, as people like to invest in people with a vision and a strategy – and your film will be far less risky if you have all your ducks in a row.4. Don’t Underestimate YourselfWhile we’ve already touched on much of what you need to do to successfully launch your film via VOD, there is one more digital community we haven’t explored, which is your own online network. If you’ve got a vast network of loyal followers, whether it be on Twitter, a personal blog, or even a strong presence on online forums, you may want to consider releasing it yourself through a custom sales website for your film.This way, you can sell your film on your own terms and have full control over how and where it can be purchased. Or alternatively, even if you don’t want to take things to this extent and still prefer to use a more traditional VOD approach, you should still tap into your own social networks to promote it as much as you can.You are your own marketing team much of the time with an independent film, so do whatever you need to do to get the word out.Final ThoughtsThere are no shortage of opportunities out there for you and your film, you just need to reach out and grab them. Many excellent films have gone by the wayside merely as a result of a lack of vision for their distribution, which is truly a shame given their potential for success. Decide from the get-go what you want from this film – profits, visibility, or both – and create a plan that addresses just how to achieve the goal.Understand how to navigate the platforms based on your needs and don’t overlook the power of your online presence. With VOD, success has less to do with big name platforms and more to do with a great marketing strategy. For more insight into the business of film distribution, check out the following links:last_img read more

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9 months agoEx-Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Henry and I will take Monaco forward together

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Henry and I will take Monaco forward togetherby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he’s joined AS Monaco to help the club’s young players.Cesc is in line to make his debut tonight against Marseille.He said, “It’s a great pleasure to join the Monaco, it’s a new project for me with a team of young players and a new coach, there was a lot of discussion, obviously I spoke with Thierry Henry, he really wanted me to come and make a difference, now I’m here and we’ll take this challenge together.”I think my experience can help the young players to grow and progress to the highest level, I am a patient player with them because I was in their place. “This group has a huge potential, so I can help them and if we can win something together even this year, it would be perfect, I am now part of the team and I cannot wait to start. We’re currently in a delicate situation, but we all want to improve, we’ll do everything to change things quickly.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Turner Sports to broadcast Liverpool games in US

first_img​Turner Sports to broadcast Liverpool games in USby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool has extended its partnership with Turner Sports, in which exclusive content from in-house channel LCTV will be distributed in the United States via Turner’s sports streaming service B/R Live, reports SportBusiness.It follows Turner and B/R Live’s exclusive deal to broadcast Liverpool’s summer tour of the United States this year. Turner and B/R Live also have the US rights to the Champions League and Europa League.As part of the deal, Liverpool’s American fans will have access to 40 live matches per season, including pre-season, U23, U18, Liverpool FC Legends and LFC Women’s games, and replays for all first-team matches in all competitions.Additionally, supporters will be able to watch behind-the-scenes content featuring Liverpool players and manager Jürgen Klopp.Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer at LFC, said: “We’re incredibly excited to expand our partnership with Turner Sports to launch LFCTV on B/R Live. The relationship with Turner began this summer when they did a terrific job broadcasting our pre-season tour matches and we’re delighted to be extending it as we look to offer more LFC content to all our fans in the US over the coming seasons.” TagsMLS NewsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: D’Angelo Russell Whiffed Horribly While Attempting To Drive A Golf Ball

first_imgD'Angelo Russell swings golf club and misses horribly.D’Angelo Russell GolfOhio State point guard D’Angelo Russell is a likely top-three pick in next month’s NBA Draft. The freshman floor general is incredibly gifted on the basketball court, but his golf game could definitely use some work.Maryland guard and NBA hopeful Dez Wells captured footage of Russell attempting to drive a golf ball this evening, and it was not pretty. Wells recorded two Russell tries; the first one was a whiff, and the second wasn’t much better.Don’t worry, D’Angelo, you’re young. There’s plenty of time to improve your skills on the links.last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Shares What He Likes About Donald Trump

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh isn’t on a campaign trail, but the Michigan head coach manages to put himself in the news almost every day, not unlike a certain Republican presidential candidate. After Harbaugh blasted the NCAA, SEC, ACC, and others over the recent vote to ban satellite camps, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum compared him to Donald Trump, and he didn’t mean it in a flattering way. We don’t know Harbaugh’s political leanings, but he is spinning the comparison into a compliment.Harbaugh on being called Trump of college football: “The thing I like about Donald Trump is he’s not afraid to fight the establishment.”— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) April 14, 2016You can definitely draw that line from Trump to Harbaugh. We doubt you’d see Trump dancing on stage with Migos, though like Harbaugh and recruits, he may if he thought it’d give him a leg up with voters.last_img read more

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RCMP confirm photo on social media not suspects in Northern BC homicides

first_imgWINNIPEG, M.B. – The Manitoba RCMP have confirmed the photo floating around on social media of a man posing with a copy of the Winnipeg Sun, is not one of the suspects in three northern B.C. homicides.In a post on Facebook early Friday, the RCMP confirmed the photo that shows a man posing with the front page of Thursday’s Winnipeg Sun is not Kam McLeod or Bryer Schmegelsky.The RCMP also said they are still searching for the suspects and will release updates as they have concrete and confirmed information to share.  The post goes onto say, “We understand many people are experiencing fear & uncertainty over this incident but spreading online rumours doesn’t help.”RCMP have been searching near Gillam Manitoba since Monday for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.  There have been two confirmed sightings of the suspects near the community. The vehicle they had been driving was found near the community.last_img read more

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