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them to the website’s attention two days after they had been posted.When Gan logically called for the proceedings to be withdrawn at a pre-trial hearing on 2 July, the judge ruled: “By virtue of Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, the respondents are presumed to have published the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 / to go further Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

3 things Dino Babers said at his weekly press conference ahead of Syracuse’s matchup with Louisville

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football depth chart: Week 2 vs. No. 19 LouisvilleSyracuse football visual breakdown: How SU recovered from Colgate’s 1st touchdown with one of its ownStock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s season-opening win over ColgateGallery: Syracuse football rolls to 33-7 win over ColgateSyracuse football rolls to 33-7 win over Colgate in Dino Babers’ SU debut Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Dino Babers’ first meeting with a ranked opponent as Syracuse head coach comes this Friday when the Orange (1-0) takes on No. 19 Louisville (1-0) in each teams’ conference opener. Babers held his weekly press conference on Monday morning in the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing auditorium. Here are three things he said leading up to Friday’s date with the Cardinals.Kind of loudEven with free tickets for students, only 31,336 fans witnessed Syracuse trounce Colgate in last Friday’s season opener. Granted, the New York State Fair and a Florida Georgia Line concert were both taking place and it’s a season opener against an FCS team, but the crowd was hardly one that electrified Babers’ SU coaching debut.Last season, Syracuse experienced the steepest decline in attendance among any Power 5 school. Babers is hoping to see a change in fortune when Louisville visits on Friday night.“I thought it was kind of loud, kind of loud,” Babers said of Friday’s crowd. “And if we’ve got room for another 18, 19,000 people to get in there, I think it can get really loud.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLethal LamarLouisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was named the Walter Camp national offensive player of the week after accounting for eight touchdowns and slapping 70 points on Charlotte Thursday night.The dual-threat sophomore signal-caller threw for 286 yards and six touchdowns while running for 119 yards and two more scores. Syracuse’s front seven will have its hands full with Jackson, who Babers singled out multiple times in his press conference and said he’s like a dangerous running back or wide receiver in space.“It’s going to be a challenging task to say the least,” Babers said.Up close and personalThree of Louisville’s front seven were named to the preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference team. Senior defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown and linebackers Keith Kelsey and Devonte Fields all received first-team honors.Syracuse struggled to crack Colgate’s stout front line, which boasts several all-Patriot League players itself. But the Cardinals first two lines of defense are a whole other animal and one that the Orange has its work cut out against.“Their front seven is definitely the strength of that defense,” Babers said. Commentslast_img read more