Reform of Kisha Clubs demanded to end press freedom threat

first_img JapanAsia – Pacific News News Organisation to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) today reiterated its call for the Japanese government to reform the country’s system of exclusive press clubs (kisha clubs), saying they were a “serious threat to the free flow of information”. The organisation was backing a similar request on 3 December by the European Union (EU) to allow foreign journalists the same access to information as the country’s major media outlets.A 17 October EU report on trade relations with Japan said the kisha club network was an obstacle to “the free flow of information” that allowed the authorities to suppress news unfavourable to them, that debased the news by preventing confirmation by a second source and also created a dangerous distinction between news given to the domestic and foreign press about events in Japan.The EU asked the government to allow all officially-accredited foreign journalists unrestricted access to press conferences in Japan and to reform the network of kisha clubs.  It warned that it would take the matter to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if the government did not act.Reporters Without Borders called on Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi last May to reform the clubs, but got no reply and its request was not reported in the Japanese media.  Since then, the privileges accorded to the major Japanese media have prevented many others – European, North American and also Japanese – from covering Koizumi’s recent official visit to North Korea on 17 September.The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan has been trying for 50 years to get the kisha clubs to admit foreign journalists. Freelance journalists and smaller Japanese media have also called for an end to the system, which encourages self-censorship.Japan officially has about 800 kisha clubs, though the actual number is thought to be about 1,500.  Most are tied to government bodies (such as ministries and provincial governments), large firms, political parties and the Imperial Palace. Their members are more than 12,000 journalists from nearly 160 media affiliated to the Nihon Shimbun Kyokai (Japanese Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association). Japanese reporter held in Myanmar is charged with “false information” Follow the news on Japan Newscenter_img Receive email alerts JapanAsia – Pacific News December 10, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reform of Kisha Clubs demanded to end press freedom threat May 5, 2021 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia RSF urges recently appointed Japan Prime Minister to take a new turn towards press freedom September 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/14/19

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONOrlando 127, Charlotte 89N.Y. Knicks 106, Atlanta 91New Orleans 131, Oklahoma City 122NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEN.Y. Islanders 3, Columbus 0SO Florida 3, Calgary 2Detroit 3, Ottawa 2Tampa Bay 6, Dallas 0Colorado 4, Winnipeg 1Nashville 3, Montreal 1Chicago 5, New Jersey 2St. Louis 4, Arizona 0Toronto 6, Vegas 3SO Vancouver 4, L.A. Kings 3Washington 5, San Jose 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(3) Gonzaga 73, Loyola Marymount 60(9) Houston 71, UConn 63Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. February 15, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/14/19center_img Beau Lundlast_img

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Saint Mary’s receives donation of clock for 175th anniversary

first_imgThe family of a Saint Mary’s alumna recently gifted the College with a royal blue clock in honor of the institution’s 175th anniversary.“This clock and seating area commemorate the 175th anniversary of Saint Mary’s College,” the clock’s inscription reads. “It honors our founders, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, whose vision to educate young women formed the beginning of this outstanding Catholic women’s college. Gift of the Frank L. Dunham family.”The timepiece is located near the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex to commemorate “our 175th anniversary in an enduring way,” vice president for College relations Shari Rodriguez said in an email.“The clock is one of several gifts in honor of the 175th, and the generosity of our community is part of what has kept Saint Mary’s strong for 175 years,” she said. “We continue to respond to the needs of our community for more gathering space, which is part of what the gift of the clock and landscaping Library Green offers.”Though the College has good intentions with the installment of the timepiece, sophomore Jane Korson said she does not see the need or appeal of the clock.“Nobody needs a clock — I’m just being real with you. We all have watches or phones that tell us the time. Nobody’s going to be looking up at that thing at night even if it does light up in the dark,” Korson said. “Also, I don’t believe it really goes with the structure of the buildings, really, like it doesn’t match with anything. It’s nice. Thank you to whoever gave it to us, but I just think we need a lot of updates around campus.”At first, Korson believed the clock was the result of a monetary donation. Korson said she believes donations can be put to better use and decided to create a petition to bring these concerns to the attention of College administration.“I was planning on doing an action of change a while ago but seeing the clock kind of triggered it,” Korson said. “It’s not that I’m not grateful for the clock or anything, but I think that our monetary gifts could be better used towards other things that we actually need … I found out that it was a gift after writing the petition, which made things a little bit awkward. But it’s still a point to get across.”Sophomore Jill Nalepinski said she is struggling to see the usefulness behind the installation.“I haven’t seen it [in real life] yet, but I’ve seen pictures of it, and I think it’s pretty shiny and pretty cute,” Nalepinski said. “All around, I don’t know if it’s necessary on campus, but it’s pretty to look at. I guess that’s cool.”Some, like sophomore Anne Kish, do not see the appeal of the clock, and Kish said she believes the design of the clock is not cohesive with the rest of the College, similar to Korson.“I think it’s actually quite tacky,” Kish said. “It looks like it should be in London. It doesn’t look like it belongs in the United States.”But it is this European look that makes others, like senior Angeline Barthel, see the clock as a nice addition to the campus, Barthel said.“I think it has a nice aesthetic for sure, but I don’t see any practical use for it,” Barthel said. “It reminds me of ‘Harry Potter’ which is cool because the aesthetic of Saint Mary’s is kind of old, Harry Potter-like.”Regardless, Rodriguez said she wishes the clock will serve to inspire Saint Mary’s students in the future and is thankful for the opportunities donors provide the College.“We hope the clock will be a reminder of the College’s history and the significance of educating women for 175 years. We are thrilled to have installed the clock at the beginning of the 175th year,” she said. “The generosity of our donors provides over 300 scholarships for students, our facilities, as well as support for current operations.”Tags: 175 years of SMC, 175th anniversary, angela athletic and wellness complexlast_img read more

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Waugh to mentor Australia’s Ashes campaign

first_imgBy Sam FerrisAUSTRALIA’S Ashes campaign will be boosted by the presence of Test legend Steve Waugh with the former captain to act as a mentor during the six-week tour.Australia captain Tim Paine confirmed Waugh – the last Australia captain to win the Ashes in England in 2001 – will join the Test side from the opening Test in Birmingham, beginning August 1.Waugh is the latest former player to be involved in the Australia setup under head coach Justin Langer, joining the likes of Matthew Hayden and Mitchell Johnson in India earlier this year and Ricky Ponting during the ongoing World Cup.Waugh, who won eight Ashes series – twice as skipper – will be invaluable for Paine and his leadership team as they attempt to win the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years.“I know it is something that ‘JL’ and myself have been quite big on, that is to try and get some of our past legends in and around the team,” Paine told Nine News in Bristol, where he’s with the Australia A squad.“During the World Cup as well, we have had Ricky (Ponting), and now with the Test series we are very fortunate to have Steve Waugh who is, obviously, a legend and is going to be great service for myself as a leader and captain.“I think to have someone like him around during a Test series is going to be great for our whole group.“I know I will be trying to bounce off him as much as I can. As I said, coming to England at times, particularly with the pressure and scrutiny that is around the team at the moment, I think he is someone who is regarded for handling that sort of stuff really well.“For guys like myself and (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner who are quite experienced, it will be great. It’s also going to be great for some of our younger players as well.”Like his predecessor Darren Lehmann, Langer has encouraged former Australia players to mix with the current squad who continue to rebuild theor image after the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town 15 months ago.“During the summer we had plenty of guys who wanted to come and support the Australian Cricket Team,” Langer said in India in February.“We love having them around, whether it’s ‘Haydos’, ‘Punter’ (Ponting), Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh, Simon Katich.“It’s like having all the Australian brothers around.“Whoever wants to come around and help support us to get better – they’re always welcome.”Australia’s Ashes squad will assemble in Southampton at the conclusion of the ‘all-star’ four-day clash between an Australian XI and Australia A, which begins on July 23. (Cricket.com.au)last_img read more

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