Website accused of contempt in another sign of decline in Malaysia

first_img February 22, 2021 Find out more News News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Malaysian justice system to drop the spurious contempt of court proceedings against the news website Malaysiakini and its editor-in-chief Steven Gan over readers’ comments critical of the judiciary, and calls on Malaysia’s new government to show that it is determined to defend press freedom. When a federal court hears the case on 13 July, there is no limit to the length of the prison sentence it could impose on Steven Gan or the size of the fine it could impose on Malaysiakini if it finds them guilty of contempt.Initiating the proceedings, attorney-general Idrus Harun accused Malaysiakini of “facilitating” the posting of “unwarranted” and “demeaning” attacks on the judiciary by readers beneath an article on 9 June reporting that the courts were going to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown.Malaysiakini’s moderators took the comments down as soon as the police drew them to the website’s attention two days after they had been posted.When Gan logically called for the proceedings to be withdrawn at a pre-trial hearing on 2 July, the judge ruled: “By virtue of Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, the respondents are presumed to have published the impugned comments.” He added that, “the presumption is a rebuttable one.” Grotesque charges“We call on the federal court’s judges to immediately abandon these utterly grotesque charges against Steven Gan and Malaysiakini,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Malaysia’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index that RSF published earlier this year improved more than any other country, but we have seen an alarming surge in violations of journalistic freedom since the new coalition government took over four months ago. We call on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government to halt this dangerous trend by rejecting the past practice of censoring and harassing reporters.”After a change of government through the polls in May 2018, the first in modern Malaysia’s history, the overall environment for journalists improved dramatically, above all because they were no longer being subjected to the prosecutions that the previous prime minister, Najib Razak, had orchestrated against them.But press freedom violations have risen since the fall of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s reformist government in February. The latest is yesterday’s intimidatory announcement by the police, which RSF condemned in a tweet, that they are going to investigate Al Jazeera’s Kuala Lumpur bureau over a report last week about a wave of migrant worker arrests during the government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus epidemic.Information heroThe Qatari TV broadcaster’s report could contain “seditious elements,” the police inspector-general said yesterday. The claims being made by the police and other officials are so serious that an Al Jazeera journalist in Kuala Lumpur, speaking on condition of anonymity, told RSF that he feared the bureau could be closed down.Tashny Sukumaran, the Kuala Lumpur correspondent of the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, was questioned by the police in May for covering the same wave of arrests of migrant workers and is now facing a possible two-year jail sentence on a charge of “insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.” RSF included her in its list of 30 coronavirus “information heroes.” Although police dropped the initial case against Sukumaran, she was summoned again on July 1  for her contribution to a book on the 2018 general elections entitled “Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance and Hope in New Malaysia”. Her hearing followed Home Ministry’s order of banning the book issued on the same day. New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment July 8, 2020 Website accused of contempt in another sign of decline in Malaysiacenter_img News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Malaysia Help by sharing this information March 17, 2021 Find out more Organisation Malaysia is ranked 101st out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia (left), Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan (photos: Mohd Rasfan / AFP – Azneal Ishak / malaysiakini.com). to go further Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Charity stores threading on a budget

first_imgUnstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter NewsCommunityCharity stores threading on a budgetBy Cian Reinhardt – August 29, 2017 1570 Linda Hayes, Manager NCBI Limerick Store and Paul Saunders wearing his casual outfit chosen by the NCBI Staff.Linda Hayes, Manager NCBI Limerick charity store and Paul Saunders wearing his casual outfit chosen by the NCBI Staff.THE DILEMMA of what to wear to the tenth wedding of the year or trying to make a splash for a job interview needn’t be a bank-breaker, charity bosses say.“Whether people are looking for an outfit on a night out, a wedding or a job interview. I would say you don’t have to look past charity shops,” said Linda Hayes, National Council for the Blind of Ireland Store Manager, Williams Street.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The outfits we get in are fabulous, you have everything even the big name brands if you’re lucky. If you take the time to browse and have a good root around you can find anything in a second-hand shop,” she added.As a demonstration, Linda Hayes dressed Limerick Post journalist, Paul Saunders in an outfit that would suit for a wedding, and another casual outfit for an evening socialising.“The things that are donated – admittedly they are worn – but a lot of the clothes are high-quality items and will last you a long time,” added Linda.Nora O’Dwyer, regular customer, Kay Ryan, NCBI, Paul Saunders, Limerick Post, Frances Connery and Linda Hayes, NCBI.The NCBI Store Manager explained many charities are partially funded by the government, but like the NCBI can have a deficit to make up, as is the case for the NCBI with almost €3 million needed to keep their operations fully-funded.The “wedding outfit”, made up of a suit jacket, waistcoat, shirt, tie, pants and shoes came in a just €29. Paul’s casual outfit was a pair of chinos, a Farah shirt and a pair of shoes for the steal price of €17.Read similar stories in the Limerick Post Community section. Facebook TAGScharityclothesCommunityfashionNCBIshop Print WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleLimerick’s Steve Spade set to amaze Picnic audienceNext articleGarda appeal for help in finding missing person Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement Heartbroken publicans call time on their Covid lockdown Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Email Limerick webinar on Slow Fashion & Capsule Wardrobe last_img read more

Receivers take center stage during Tuesday’s football practice

first_imgFollowing a scrimmage on Howard Jones Field Saturday, the Trojans were back to regular practice on Tuesday. In the early weeks of camp, the USC defense stood out with its speed and forced turnovers. But on Tuesday, the offense took center stage. “Offensively, it’s probably been our best practice of spring thus far,” head coach Clay Helton said. The Trojans have holes to fill at the wide receiver position. With JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rogers, De’Quan Hampton and Isaac Whitney leaving, younger players now have an opportunity to step up, and they impressed their head coach with a strong practice.“I was really proud of the young wide receivers,” Helton said. “The light really clicked on for them today.”After redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold struggled the first few weeks with interceptions, quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton stressed that timing develops over time, and at this point in the spring, mistakes are understandable.“You’ve got to talk things over about what the quarterback sees, what the receiver sees,” Helton said. “It’s timing more than anything. The receiver has to understand what the quarterback’s thinking, where he’s going to go and the timing of all of that.”While spring practice has been a transition phase, Darnold appears to be getting more comfortable with the younger targets. When asked who has stood out the most to him in spring practice thus far, Darnold did not single anyone out.“All the receivers have been standing out the most to me,” Darnold said. While Darnold already has chemistry with junior wideout Deontay Burnett and his tight ends, redshirt sophomore Daniel Imatorbhebhe and junior Tyler Petite, the likes of sophomore Michael Pittman Jr. and redshirt freshmen Velus Jones Jr. and Tyler Vaughns look to make strides in the receiving game.“We’re looking forward to keeping it going and keep rolling through spring,” Darnold said. “And then hopefully it continues into summer workouts.”Pittman impressed in practice on Tuesday, consistently making plays and catching several of Darnold’s passes in the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. One of the more experienced wideouts, Pittman drew praise from his coaches.“[Michael] had a good scrimmage on Saturday,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said. “He made some, what I like to say, ‘Big boy plays’ … and today he was really strong [and] played physical.”Jones has also continued to impress coaches with his playmaking ability. In the 7-on-7 portion of practice, Jones made an impressive touchdown catch over junior safety Marvell Tell III. With so many pass catchers turning heads, Helton praised Darnold’s work.“He’s really playing against the defense, and he’s not focused on one particular guy,” Helton said. “He’s really mixing the ball around nicely, and he did that again today.” While it will take time for chemistry to develop in the passing game, Darnold will rely on his talented supporting cast to power the Trojans through the upcoming campaign — one with championship aspirations.last_img read more