New law would threaten online freedoms

first_img February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today at proposed changes to the 2001 Bangladesh Telecommunications Act that would tighten control over e-mail traffic and legalise invasion of privacy and undermine free expression. It would also permit evidence based on e-mail interception to be used in court. Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alerts “Respect for confidentiality of personal information obtained from Internet service providers (ISPs) or through e-mail messages must be an unshakeable principal of any democratic society,” it said. “New information technology allows greater monitoring of personal messages and the Bangladesh government must respect the privacy of its citizens and their right to communicate freely.” The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has reportedly drafted amendments to the 2001 law at the request of the intelligence agencies and the law ministry which have cited reasons of national security and the need to fight terrorism.The intelligence agencies want access to the subscribers’ database of ISPs and to use in court cases material gathered through currently-illegal interception of private e-mail. One academic told The Daily Star newspaper that such interception “could be used as a weapon to blackmail people.”The intelligence agencies also want to amend section 30 of the Telecommunications Act (concerning privacy) to read (addition in italics): “…to ensure protection of the privacy of telecommunications subject to the national security laws.” This kind of general clause would allow intelligence officials disturbingly greater scope to intervene.Some freedom of expression activists say they fear the amendments would turn the country into a “police state.” The changes also seem to contradict the 2001 Act’s main purpose of setting up an independent commission (the BTRC) to regulate telecommunications. The way now seems open to transfer the BTRC’s powers back to the telecommunications ministry. Akhteruzzaman Manju, president of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), warned in The Daily Star that the Act could only be amended with the permission of the International Telecommunications Union and after debate in parliament. BangladeshAsia – Pacific News BangladeshAsia – Pacific News to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more September 12, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New law would threaten online freedoms Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Follow the news on Bangladesh Organisation RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News May 19, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Outrage at revelations that Romanian journalists’ kidnapping was orchestrated

first_img to go further Follow the news on Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Organisation February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Reporters Without Borders said it was “outraged” by revelations from the Bucharest prosecutor’s office that the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq may have been orchestrated by their Iraqi guide and a businessman. “The justice system must punish all those implicated in what appears to be a put up job, in line with their wrongdoing”, it said. Reporters Without Borders said it was “outraged” by revelations from the Bucharest prosecutor’s office that the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq may have been orchestrated by their Iraqi guide and a businessman.”We have confidence that the Romanian justice system will do its utmost to shed light on this disturbing case. They must punish all those implicated in what appears to be a put up job, in line with their wrongdoing”.”These latest revelations subtract nothing from the painful ordeal of Marie-Jeanne Ion, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian during these past 55 days”, it said.The Bucharest prosecutor’s office said in a release on 27 May 2005, that the kidnapping as well as the threats made by the group that held the journalists and their Iraqi guide, Mohamad Munaf, were designed to create strong emotion in Romanian public opinion that would focus attention on businessman Omar Hayssam”.”He hoped to thus escape conviction in several cases in which he was accused of organised crime and numerous financial offences” said the prosecutor’s office. Their accusations were based on the testimonies of nine people arrested and questioned in Baghdad, “who were directly implicated in this hostage-taking.”Mohamed Munaf and Omar Hayssam are both subject of an arrest warrant for “terrorism” issued by the Bucharest appeal court, placing them in custody for a period of 29 days. This warrant was issued in the absence of Munaf, who after being released on 22 May at the same time as the Romanian hostages, is being held in Iraq by US forces.he three Romanian journalists are Marie-Jeanne Ion, 32, a reporter with the Bucharest-based television station Prima TV, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci, 30, a Prima TV cameraman, and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian, 37, a reporter with the privately-owned daily newspaper Romania Libera. They were kidnapped with their guide, Mohamed Munaf, five days after arriving in Iraq. On the evening of 30 March, two days after their abduction, the Qatar-based satellite TV news station Al-Jazeera broadcast a very short video showing the three journalists alive. A second, poor-quality video of the four hostages was broadcast by Al-Jazeera on 22 April. It showed the journalists handcuffed, haggard, barefoot and with guns pointed at their heads. Their abductors, who called themselves “The Brigade of Mouadh Ibn Jabal,” threatened to kill them if the Romanian government did not withdraw its troops from Iraq within four days. News IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en May 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Outrage at revelations that Romanian journalists’ kidnapping was orchestrated Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Coachella’s New York Festival Releases Inaugural Lineup

first_imgThe much-hyped Panorama Festival has finally revealed a list of performers for their 2016 event. Panorama was the source of some controversy earlier this year, when Coachella organizers Goldenvoice announced they were bringing a music festival to New York, NY just two weeks after the long-running Governors Ball. Plans eventually moved Panorama to July 22-24, allowing for a month and a half of breathing room between the two events.Panorama is very much a reality, boasting a lineup with Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem at the top. Alabama Shakes, Major Lazer, The National, Grace Potter, Sufjan Stevens, Run The Jewels, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA twigs, Silversun Pickups, Sia A$AP Rocky and more round out the festival’s inaugural billing.Tickets and more information can be found via their official website. Take a look at the full lineup, below:last_img read more

FA set to examine Foy report

first_img Chelsea surrendered the initiative to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League title race on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at Villa Park. Fabian Delph beat Petr Cech with a clever backheel eight minutes from time, and further drama unfolded soon after following a straight red card for Ramires. “People are going to comment on the decisions, but I am here to talk about the game,” Lambert said. “I want to talk about football and the good things about the game. “We were fantastic, everyone to a man. A young group of lads performed outstanding out there. “I think it’s unfair to single out any individual. It was a team performance.” Mourinho will learn his fate on Monday when the FA receives Foy’s report. Agbonlahor could also be censured for his role in the fracas. The whole evening was one to forget for Mourinho and Chelsea as a whole. It is understood that Chelsea are angry about reports that came from inside the ground that Mourinho and Chelsea captain John Terry tried to “storm” the referee’s room. The Blues insist neither Mourinho nor any of his players entered the room. Mourinho’s team now stand six points ahead of Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini’s men have three matches in hand. Mourinho must now lift his team for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Galatasaray. The score is 1-1 after a tense first leg in Turkey. The good news for Mourinho is that Samuel Eto’o is expected to be fit for the game. The Cameroonian sat out the Villa game as he was not 100 per cent but he should be available to face the Turks. The Brazilian was dismissed for a reckless two-footed lunge on Karim El Ahmadi right in front of the dugout. Mourinho, opposite number Paul Lambert and a number of coaches entered the pitch to try to cool the situation down. But, after being ushered off the pitch, Mourinho brushed past fourth official Jon Moss and went on to the pitch again, shouting towards referee Foy. Mourinho wanted to speak to Foy about the fact that Gabriel Agbonlahor went unpunished for coming off the bench and grabbing Ramires by the neck, but the referee was not interested and he sent the Portuguese to the stands. Mourinho, fearing another charge for bringing the game into disrepute, was careful not to question the integrity of Foy after the match, but he may still be sanctioned as the FA rule book says managers must not leave the confines of their technical area during the match. Rule E3 states any manager who does so could be liable to an FA charge, with a fine of £8,000-£12,000 a possible punishment. Should it be deemed that Mourinho, or any of the others who came on the pitch used abusive language, they could be banned for two matches. Villa boss Lambert was keen to talk about the result, rather than the dismissal of Mourinho, Ramires and Willian, who received a second yellow card for a push on Delph in the second half. Press Association The FA will examine Chris Foy’s match report before deciding whether to charge Jose Mourinho or any of those involved in the injury time melee during Chelsea’s defeat to Aston Villa. last_img read more