A fresh challenge for Nick Evans

first_img“My game and my ability to play and make decisions in split-seconds is based on my vision. It was a chance to get in the shoes of someone who is vision impaired.”More than 5,000 runners took part in the Great City Race, competing as corporate teams, and £10 from each entry went to Seeing is Believing, which is working to prevent people from across the globe going blind. For more details, see www.cityrace.co.uk “Mentally it was one of the toughest things I have done, to try and picture what my guide was telling me while running,” said the former All Blacks No 10. “Your other senses work overtime – I could hear everything. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Testing himself: Nick Evans is his day job, kicking for Harlequins, but he tried a new challenge this summerBy Katie FieldNICK EVANS added an extra five-kilometre run to his pre-season training programme, and it was a run with a difference. The Harlequins fly-half completed the Standard Chartered Great City Race blindfolded to raise funds for the charity Seeing is Believing.Double act: Evans with his guide He had a guide, Nicolas Verdier, to help him negotiate the City of London course, but still found it extremely difficult. TAGS: Harlequins last_img read more

Will Genia try and Digby Ioane breakdance & interview

first_imgSaturday Jul 9, 2011 Will Genia try and Digby Ioane breakdance & interview The Queensland Reds won a Super Rugby title for the first time in the professional era as they beat the Crusaders 18-13 in a fascinating match at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium earlier today. The Reds were underdogs in many ways but showed their worth as a ferocious forward and defensive effort stopped the might of the Crusaders, who were hoping to take their eighth ever title, and first since 2008. With scores tied at 13-13, Will Genia broke the match open late in the second half as he split the Crusaders defense and sprinted down field to score a memorable try. The inside run by Quade Cooper kept the tacklers guessing, so Genia just kept going. “He didn’t need me in the end and I was just there to congratulate him so what a fitting end to be right there by him when he scored the match-winning try,” Cooper said. “It pretty much sealed the game from there.” Wing Digby Ioane had earlier scored a nice try of his own, and promised his fans a big celebration should they win the match. He did so with a full breakdance routine after the match, and brought out the famous turtle for good measure. A short clip of that can be seen in the interview that’s included below. Please bear in mind that both clips below are quick posts that aren’t of the greatest quality. Better highlights and clips from the match will be posted over the next day or so.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

How to Raise Planned Gifts by Mail

first_img Howard Lake | 30 June 2008 | News How to Raise Planned Gifts by Mail Tagged with: Individual giving legacies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  20 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Ed Sheeran joins Kurupt FM for Comic Relief while ukuleles take over Liverpool St station

first_imgEd Sheeran joins Kurupt FM for Comic Relief while ukuleles take over Liverpool St station AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Tagged with: Celebrity Comic Relief music  172 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Melanie May | 23 March 2017 | Newscenter_img  171 total views,  1 views today In perhaps one of the most unlikely Red Nose Day collaborations, Ed Sheeran has teamed up with Kurupt FM, stars of BBC3’s People Just Do Nothing.The comic turn sees Kurupt FM’s underwhelmed response to hearing they are to work with Sheeran on a song, mistakenly calling him Ed Shearer, and purportedly having no idea who he is when he turns up at MC Grindah and DJ Beats’ drum and bass pirate radio station.The mockumentary of their introduction thanks to Brentford entrepreneur Chabuddy G has been viewed almost 300,000 times on Youtube so far, and the resulting single will be unveiled on this Friday’s Red Nose Day.In other Comic Relief musical news, Red Nose Day will also see 100 ukulele players flashmob the public near London Liverpool Street Station to raise funds for the event.At 6.30pm on the 24th March, the merry band will play Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, led by one-man-band and ukulele player Jake Rodrigues and assisted by players from London’s Duke of Uke ukelele store, following along on giant chord sheets, to enable anyone else with a ukulele to join in. The event has been organised by owner of the Duke of Uke, Matthew Reynolds. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

DPD & Asos partner in scheme to help customers donate unwanted clothing to charity

first_imgThe service is available through the Your DPD app, which currently has some 9 million users, and allows Asos customers expecting a delivery to arrange for DPD to pick up their clothing donation when they drop off the order. Customers book the pick up through the app, and either choose which of the five charities they want to donate their clothing to, or let the app decide. Donations can also be Gift Aided. Advertisement In an announcement on the DPD site, Olly Craughan, its General Manager of Sustainability, says: Tagged with: charity retail Recycling DPD’s ReLove service launched on 12 April – the same day charity shops were able to reopen – and sees the delivery company collect clothing donations from Asos customers and deliver them free of charge to Scope, Marie Curie, British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross or The Children’s Society. DPD & Asos partner in scheme to help customers donate unwanted clothing to charity “ReLove is another way for us to help cut emissions, reduce waste and raise money for charities at the same time. It’s also great to team up with ASOS on another smart solution for their customers.” Asos and DPD are partnering on a circular economy initiative to help customers donate their unwanted clothes to charity. In its first phase, ReLove is only available for ASOS customers expecting a DPD delivery, although during April UK DPD staff are also being encouraged to use it to help kickstart the scheme. Patrik Silén, the Chief Strategy Officer for ASOS also comments:center_img “We know that our customers are very active in donating their pre-loved clothing and that they see it as a great way of keeping products in use and out of landfill, so partnering with DPD on the ReLove initiative is a natural fit for us.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Clothing donations must be packaged up, and DPD is encouraging people to reuse old packaging to make the service greener. Melanie May | 23 April 2021 | News  1,330 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “Our focus has always been on providing our customers with an outstanding retail experience, and a key element of that is giving them opportunities to shop with us more responsibly.last_img read more

Commentary: Focus on Fun, Focus on the Future

first_imgHome Commentary Commentary: Focus on Fun, Focus on the Future SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By: Gary TruittIf you are the kind of person who revels on bad news, who sees the glass as half empty, or who focuses on problems rather than solutions, then you are in hog heaven. Almost everywhere you look in agriculture you can find bad news. The markets are at new lows, exports are down, the ethanol industry is on its knees, pork processing plants are shutting down, dairy and vegetable producers are dumping products on the ground, and finding workers to plant a new crop is impossible. Since the coffee shop in town is closed, you can’t even get together with others to complain about all this. Focusing on fear is easy these days; focusing on fun is a lot harder.Wait a doggone minute, where is the fun? Disney World is closed, baseball is suspended, even the beer makers have shut down. My county 4-H fair has been cancelled, and the whiskey distilleries are making hand sanitizer. Where is the fun? Admittedly it is not easy to find, but it is there if you look for it.One place to look is right around your farm. You will notice there are a lot of people hanging around who are not normally there. Yes, your spouse and kids are most likely working from home and e-learning because school has been canceled. While this can be a distraction, it is also an opportunity to get them involved in the farming operation. Perhaps there are things they can do that they are not normally involved in because of their schedules and other activities. Teach them farming skills they may not have and show them the practical side of studying biology, chemistry, and genetics in school with practical example on the farm. Let’s face it, what else do they have to do?Farm work can be hard involving long hours and lots of stress. Yet, in moments of candor, I have had farmers tell me some things are just fun. In fact, this past week I had a grower tell me how much “fun” it is to plant. Yes, planting season can be stressful, busy, and risky; but turning over soil and putting seeds in the ground, “sparks joy” for most, in the words of Marie Kondo. I have also seen that joy sparked in the eyes of livestock and dairy farmers as they hold a newborn calf or piglet in their arms. In these trying times, finding joy in everyday things is vital.Another way to find joy is to focus on the future. The pandemic and its consequences and restrictions are temporary. While it may seem like we have been locked down for ages and are impatient for it to end, it has not really been that long. The farm economy is in terrible shape, and it will be a very hard year financially for many. Yet, the U.S. farm economy is sound and will survive and thrive. It is important to balance our current situation with a long term view.Keeping a balanced perspective between the concerns of today and the hope of tomorrow is important. Focus too much on the problems of today makes you a Debbie Downer. Focusing too much on the hope of tomorrow makes you a Pollyanna. In either case, people will want to social distance from you. A balanced focus with a mixture of fun will help you manage stress, anxiety, and depression. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Apr 26, 2020 Commentary: Focus on Fun, Focus on the Future Previous articleOil Market Collapse Impacting CountryMark Co-opNext articleOil Market Collapse Impacting CountryMark Co-op and Not So Dry After all on the HAT Monday Morning Edition Gary Truittlast_img read more

Between the pull of patriotism and self-censorshipThe US media in torment after 11 September

first_img* Moves against confidentiality on the internet, along with a certain number of measures within the “anti-terrorist” legislation that is currently being examined, constitute a real threat to individual and collective freedoms News News June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists * The symbiosis which appears to operate between the tone of the main audio-visual industry and official US policy could eventually militate against the watchdog role of the media in a democracy. The first suspect: internetThe unprecedented scale of the attacks on New York and Washington, and the presumed use by the terrorists of advanced computer technology, prompted fears among internet users of a tightening of web surveillance, as called for by the security services. A number of sources report that a few hours after the attacks on 12 September, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents turned up at the headquarters of the main internet providers (Hotmail, AOL, Earthlink, etc) to obtain information on possible email exchanges between the terrorists. Technicians working for these companies have said off the record to the American online magazine Wired that FBI agents wanted to install the electronic bugging system “Carnivore” (recently renamed DCS 1000) on the main computer of internet access providers based in the United States. “From Tuesday evening FBI agents showed up at our workplace wanting to set up their machines. They promised to pick up the tab for all the costs of installation and use”. Another one working for Hotmail said that the FBI had asked for, and obtained, from company executives all information on accounts, whose names included the word Allah. All the major Internet access providers appear to have followed Hotmail’s example and fully collaborated with the American secret services. Once installed at an Internet access provider Carnivore can record and save all information exchanged between users. Under strong critical pressure from defenders of individual freedoms in the United States, the system had never been used until now except with the advance agreement of a judge. The “Combating terrorism Act” voted through after a half-hour debate in the Senate on 13 September, barely two days after the attacks, exempts the security services from judicial approval for the use of Carnivore. To become law this act has still to be approved by a joint commission of members of the Senate and House of Representatives. News * Several attempts by the US authorities aimed at regulating the work of the media have been reported: Arrests of photographers near the World Trade Center, the desire of the security forces to filter images taken at the site, an attempt to ban an interview with Mullah Omar on VOA and the pressure on the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera to stop broadcasting footage of Osama Bin Laden. All these interventions, in whatever context, are unacceptable.. Investigation: Alexandre Levy and Francois BugingoNew York – September 26 / October 2 2001Observers cast doubt on the objectivity of the American pressTen years after the Gulf War, a conflict the reality of which was largely hidden from the media, the US administration has launched a new series of military operations in reaction to the waves of terrorist attacks that stroked the East coast of the United States leaving nearly 6,000 dead. The daily New York Times noted, “This surge of national pride sweeping the country after the terrorist attacks on 11 September sparks the beginnings of new, more difficult debate over balance among national security, free speech and patriotism.” The influential American newspaper said in an article on 28 September 2001 that the debate “is being played out on stages large and small”, that press comments have on several occasions provoked the fury of the authorities, along with that of the American public, and have led to sanctions including pulling of programmes, withdrawal of advertising in the media and disavowal, even outright sacking of the journalists by their employers. This comes on top of a long list of constraints and more subtle pressure that American and foreign media, including the Internet, have been subjected to since 11 September.Many journalists and foreign observers have already cast doubt on the objectivity and independence of the American press, particularly the TV channels, in this period of “war effort”. In the same way, several voices have been raised within the United States warning the public about a decline in freedom of expression and opinion, freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution, in exchange for tightening security. “We are facing an enemy which is exploiting what it is about our society that makes it strong and effective: freedom, openness and freedom of movement. We have to be sure that we remain an open society, in which individual freedoms are respected,” said Strobe Talbott, former number two at the US State Department in the Clinton Administration. But these voices, drowned out in the climate of media coverage devoted to covering the aftermath of the attacks, the preparations and continuing US counter-attacks, remain in a minority. Even those who are critical appear weakened by the emotion produced by this dramatic terrorist act, the death of thousands of innocent people and the suffering of their bereaved families.In the face of calls to national unity, US organisations traditionally devoted to defending individual freedoms, have been muted. They consider that it is still too soon, even inappropriate, to be raising the alarm over events considered largely ‘secondary’. “The shock of 11 September seems to have stifled the most militant of people, giving way to a de facto tolerance towards tougher than usual stances on the part of the military and the judiciary,” said journalist Sylvie Kauffman, former correspondent of the French daily Le Monde in New York, on 17 September 2001. In fact today, while countries throw themselves into a fresh military operation, the vigilance of organisations defending human rights and individual freedoms are all the more needed. A number of regimes find the temptation too great to exploit the genuine emotion produced by these attacks on the United States on 11 September to restrict freedom of the press and more generally to silence domestic opposition under the cover of the struggle against terrorism. In countries such as Pakistan, Israel, Territories under Palestinian Authority or Liberia, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has recorded several incidents of press freedom violations directly linked to the events in America. While avoiding all linkage with these regimes, RSF also makes public here a serious of episodes affecting press freedom in the United States between 11 September and 7 October 20001, the date of the American military counter-attack. Most of them have been reported and commented on by the American press or by specialist Internet sites. Are these incidents of censorship or self-censorship? Are we witnessing a deliberate policy on the part of the authorities or a choice made by the main media themselves? What do American and foreign journalists working in New York think? What about organisations that defend press freedom? To try to answer these questions, two representatives of RSF went to the United States and meet representatives of the media, human rights organisations and US press specialists. to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says In the same vein, a number of US leaders have started attacking encryption. This procedure allows internet-users to enjoy confidentiality when exchanging information on the Internet with the use of encryption software. the best known being PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), which can be freely downloaded from a number of sites. Already last March the head of the FBI Louis Freeh said he was convinced that terrorist networks were using encryption. On 13 September the Republican senator Judd Gregg called in a speech to Congress for a worldwide ban on encryption software unless public authorities had been given the means to decode the messages. “One could fear that the authorities could take advantage of the emotion of the moment to achieve their objective: banning encryption” one American proponent of PGP told RSF. Other privacy protection militants such as John Gilmore of the American organisation Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called for creation of more sites which would offer encryption software on open sale.After the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 the FBI found plans for hijacking 11 planes on the portable computer of the person who carried out the attack. The FBI took ten months to decode the files, the majority of which had been encrypted with PGP software. Defenders of encryption say to this that intelligence has already shown its weakness in this area in as much as the terrorists appear to have already used methods that avoid electronic surveillance. The creator of PGP, David Zimmerman, who was nearly jailed in the United States during the 1980 for distributing his programme, has once again defended his position in a recent interview in the magazine Futur(e)s. “Whether it’s congress, or in the courts or in the columns of newspapers, the country has already debated this question over the last decade. And together we have decided that society has more to gain than to lose from effective encryption. It should not be forgotten that encryption has saved lives in the entire world. The system is used by human rights organisations worldwide and especially under dictatorships”. (Quoted by the on-line magazine Transfert, 17 September 2001).Television: From spontaneity to patriotic rigourFilmed virtually live, the attack against the World Trade Center was at the same time tragic and spectacular, as if meant for television. “One should not forget that the terrorist target, Manhattan, is not only the financial heart but also the media capital of the country”, an American journalist pointed out. Never has such an event been filmed and photographed live both by cameras and surveillance, by amateurs and professionals. In the first days access to the sites of the attacks was not controlled. Numerous photographers and cameramen took advantage of this by getting as close as possible to the points of impact. The United States being cut off from the rest of the world with the grounding of all flights, it was only American journalists and foreign correspondents posted to New York who covered the story. Not having necessarily experienced war or natural disasters, they admitted to having had “the shock of their lives” when they heard about the terrorist attacks and went to the World Trade Centre. Either originally from New York or having lived their for many years, they said with a good deal of emotion, that they had covered “the most important story of their careers”. They did not hide their sympathy for Americans and in particular New Yorkers in this difficult period. “I reacted first as an adopted New Yorker rather than as a journalist” said Stéphanie Tremblay French programme co-ordinator for Radio Canada. “The terrorists had above all attacked my city and targeted my way of life.” “I never thought I would cover such an event in my whole life time.” said Don Emmert, head of photo for Agence France-Presse. “I am Canadian,” said Marc Greenought, radio producer for English programmes on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), “but during these past days I have never felt so deeply American.”Everyone interviewed by RSF in New York said so: The American television networks were the first to cover the story and they were an excellent source of information in the first days. “We edited the first reports on the attack on the World Trade Center with our eyes fixed on the television screen,” said Michel Moutot, Agence France-Presse bureau chief in New York. “The US television networks have matchless resources and they used them right away,” he continued. Eric Leser, correspondent for the French daily Le Monde agreed. He told RSF how invaluable the live coverage on American television was to his work. The organisation Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), generally very critical of the major media in America, found that the coverage in the first days was acceptable overall. “We saw a new type of spontaneous and sincere journalism” said one of its organisers Steve Randell. But just a week later, the tone and content on the American television networks changed. “I think the turning point was George W. Bush’s speech to Congress on the 20 September 2001, said Eric Leser. “Since then the media has taken on a strongly patriotic tone and news has lost out to propaganda.” French journalists add that since then they have followed the television networks much less and used the internet, where there are a number of sites providing more critical news and different angles. Many foreign correspondents who spoke to RSF in New York said the same thing. The RSF representatives noted the change of tone and feeling on the American networks that covered President Bush’s 20 September speech, in which he called for a “war against terrorism.” The fate of the victims was relegated to second position and the networks devoted their airtime to hailing the country’s “new heroes”: firefighters, police and military staff, politicians. And above all reflecting an image of a united and defiant nation, ready to wage war on those who have attacked it. “America’s new war” and “At war with terror” (CNN) or “America fights back or counter-attacks? (CBS) were the watchwords, henceforth always accompanied by the ubiquitous stars and stripes. “Broadcasts became all beating the drum and flags flying in the wind. It was no longer news,” said another foreign correspondent Richard Hetu, a journalist with the Canadian daily La Presse. A French journalist, a Balkans specialist, who covered the NATO intervention in Serbia, agreed from New York that American television had “gone to war”: ” Instead of news broadcasts, Americans are watching advertising spots to the glory of their country,” he said. In one example the 62 regional channels of the Sinclair Broadcast group have been carrying an advertisement on their web site: “Our team supports the action of President Bush and the leaders of our nation in putting an end to terrorism.” continues the message, urging viewers who agree to send their views to the site. Reflecting on the patriotic outbursts, Stéphanie Tremblay of Radio Canada said she was “not at all surprised by this aspect of coverage on the US networks. “I knew, however, that if I want to hear a more critical report that gave more space to the news itself, I would have to watch BBC or event TV 5,” she said. Fellow journalist Chantal Lavigne, also acknowledged the American media’s desire to take part in the “war effort” said, “Most star television presenters have said that they were Americans before being journalists.”Journalists and media executives questioned by RSF, either strongly denied having produced propaganda or on the other hand, acknowledged and justified their decision. “The footage of the attack against the World Trade Center has no equivalent in the history of conflict,” said Paul Khlebnikov, journalist with the influential economic magazine Forbes. “In the war of pictures the terrorists have made a decisive point. That is why the war that the United States is going to wage should not be just military and economic but also psychological, therefore media-driven. Killing Bin Laden will not be enough he will have to be cut down symbolically. Mr Khlebnikov said he was not worried by the bellicose and propagandist tone adopted by some of the US media. He attributes it to a “civic revival” shared by all Americans. “The first days there could have been a collapse in morale of Americans. Then as in times of war, there was a civic revival which was picked up in the press. And if the media has sometimes lacked objectivity it was not under official pressure. Objectivity in journalism does not man an absence of values. The media, overall, did excellent work. Television in particular was a triumph,” he said.Paul Khlebnikov is not the only one in the American press to take this position. Sandy Genelius, spokeswoman for the American TV network CBS News is satisfied, she says in an interview with RSF, with the comments she has read in the press about the work of the channel. “We haven’t sunk into propaganda like some”, she says taking a swipe in passing at CBS’s main competitor Cable News Network International (CNN). The chairman of CNN Chris Cramer has been self-congratulatory about the work of his network from 18 September: “CNN has never failed to live up to the occasion (-) to supply balanced news. The 4,000 men and women of CNN have not escaped the shock and the horror of what has happened. However the coverage of the news that we gave the public and other media is testament to professionalism and integrity.” RSF_en center_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States Reports Missing images: censorship or “matter of taste”Barely a week after the attacks, some European media chiefs, particularly French, have questioned the impartiality of the American TV networks, suspected of not showing “all the images”, mainly those of the victims of the attacks. Then there have been criticisms of American authorities, accused of wanted to prevent some shots from the scene being taken and put out by the media. Robert Namias, head of information for the main private French television channel TF1 has several times condemned “filtering” which he considers a form of “censorship”. “I strongly regret the censorship imposed on us by the United States, the journalist told the French daily Le Figaro on 26 September 2001. “The images that the French media paid for were filtered, treated and purified by the American authorities. How do you think we can do our job when we are denied access to information and surrounded by security forces? I did not want to show horrifying images but, to do the job properly, there should be a minimum knowledge.” His opinion is shared, in varying degrees, by other French television bosses but not unanimously. “The horror of the two planes slamming into the towers. Wasn’t that enough? asks Hervé Brusini, head of national news on the public French channel France 3. His colleague on France 2 Oliver Mazerolle, considers that he would not have shown gory images but said the American channels balked at showing this type of image “for patriotic reasons”. The French journalists all join however in condemning increasing difficulty in getting access to the World Trade Center site and the unwillingness of the authorities to allow journalists to move about freely within the security perimeter. During their investigation in New York and Paris, the RSF representatives tried to find out more about the lack of images of the victims and the conditions of access to the World Trade Center site. Jim Rutenberg and Felicity Barringer, media specialists for the New York Times visited various television studios from 11 September onwards and questioned those in charge about their editorial choices. “Terrible pictures started arriving,” they said. “There was blood, there were dismembered bodies.” Despite the desire of some journalists to show these images, the head of MSNBC Erik Sorenson took the decision not to show them. “I think there are all sorts of ways to show the horror without descending into the gory,” he said Some networks, like NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News did however broadcast footage of desperate people jumping from the blazing building. Only to regret it afterwards. “It was a bad decision, the pictures were really too disturbing”, confessed Bill Wheatley, vice-president of NBC News. Those who decided not to show the film explained: ” The question is are we just creating useless pain”. Those, who like CBS, showed them, justify themselves too: “That’s terrorism. From one point of view you want to protect the viewer but in another way you want to show just what the terrorists have really done.” Michel Moutot of Agence France-Presse also remembers these deeply disturbing photos. “By their clothes one could easily recognise people who jumped from the windows”. However he considered them to be “acceptable”. In fact, several photos of this scene, taken by photographers from the major international agencies appeared during the course of the week in the American and European press. Editors who published the, like Glenn Guzzo of the daily Denver Post, spoke of the virulent objections from readers. “Haven’t you any feelings, any respect for the families who have lost their loved-ones?” one reader asked indignantly. At this stage is strongly appears that a number of distressing photos were taken and used by the American media. It was they who decided, according to their own conscience, whether to use them or not. “It doesn’t look like the authorities were trying to control these pictures, given that that they didn’t even know how to protect the president,” said one observer. “The refusal to show the horrifying pictures was an editorial decision by my colleaguesm,”adds Paul Khlebnikov of Forbes. “As citizens we had to ask ourselves the question: should one show bits of bodies in a period of mourning and national remembrance?” It was indeed an “editorial choice” said Sandy Genelius of CBS News to RSF. “We had sensitive film, we had gory images, but each time we asked ourselves: What more are we contributing to history by showing them? So we decided not to show the pictures just for the pleasure of demonstrating that we had them”.This sudden reticence of the part of the American media has interested a number of foreign observers. In an analytical piece headed “The faceless dead of the World Trade Center,” the journalist Michel Guerin, specialist in images at the French daily Le Monde, stated the paradox: “5,500 people died or disappeared on the black day of 11 September…but practically no image of the bodies has been shown on the television or published in the press” (21 September 2001). “A decency of variable shape, says Dominique Wolton, head of research at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) quoted by the French daily Liberation (19 September 2001). “This should be a big lesson in decency to western media who don’t hesitate to show massacres when they happen in Rwanda…” he added. Others like the photo historian Marc Ferro do not find it surprising. “During wars you never show your own dead, only those of your adversaries. The Americans want to limit the images of the trauma they have suffered, of defeat, the affront and the mortification.” Sandy Genelius, spokeswoman for CBS News, to whom RSF put these questions, once again staunchly defended herself against applying double standards. “It’s not true that we used different standards. We applied the same rules when we filmed in Rwanda as at the World Trade Center.” An RSF representative also discussed this question with Tom Golstein, emeritus professor at the prestigious Columbia School of Journalism in south Manhattan. He considered that it was simply a “question of taste”. This opinion seems to be shared by a significant majority of American and even foreign journalists. Like Canadian journalist Marc Greenought of CBC, they did not hide their astonishment, even irritation at the criticism from the European media on the absence of more distressing and gory images of the World Trade Center victims and the restricted access to the site. “I do not understand,” he told RSF. “As a journalist I had all the access I needed, the suffering, the emotion. No need to go searching for blood under the ruins for that.”Arrests and calls to orderIn the first days after the attacks of 11 September, the American media certainly adopted a common position which was not to “add horror on horror” and to take part in the resurgence of patriotic national feeling. In doing this, those in charge followed the wishes of a large majority of the public which reacted strongly to the first images shown after the attacks. Added to this were very strict rules of access to the site of the disaster, injunctions by the various authorities along with sanctions against recalcitrant photographers.The perimeter of the World Trade Center was quickly secured and surrounded by US security forces after the confusion of the first few days. “The New York police were generally co-operative with the press and allowed comings and goings on the site. The arrival on the scene of the National Guard put an end to this situation,” remembered M. Moutot of AFP. Barriers appeared all around the site, the security perimeter was extended by several streets to the south and north of Manhattan. A complex system of accreditation was then established Involving both police and the military. According to the daily Los Angeles Times, from 19 September onwards the police started seizing the films of photographers and tourists close to the site. Many photographers had their access passes withdrawn for failing to respect the orders of the authorities. The American press freedom organisation The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) said that at least four journalists were arrested and accused of breaking the conditions of access to the World Trade Center site. Among them was Ian Austin, photographer for the Agency Aurora Quanta Productions, who was detained for three days before being released without any charge. All journalists working for the daily Dallas Daily News had their accreditation withdrawn because of the arrest and “bad conduct” of one of their photographers. In an interview with RSF, Don Emmert, head of photo at AFP in New York discussed the consequences of the restrictions and the calls to order on the work of his agency. “In photo terms, whole segments of this drama have not been covered. The reason is simple : they wouldn’t let us work. We could not satisfy the demands of our clients from abroad. For instance, we could not go to the hospitals and we can no longer freely take pictures of the World Trade Center after the disaster.” “The office of the mayor asked us not to show firefighters recovering the bodies of their colleagues.” continued Don Emmert, who also spoke out against the current working conditions on the site. “It’s like a police state, he said. They let us shoot in organized pools only what the authorities want us to shoot. The ones who move freely around are the Marine photographers and the photographers from the Federal Emergency Agency. They supply agencies with very pretty photographs Even if the American press continues to carry photos of the ruins of the World Trade Centre, all media, including the tabloids, have to accept pools, of shots taken from a distance and showing only the wide angle of the site.For some journalists working in New York the reply to the debate on the absence of images of the victims of the World Trade Center is very simple. “I quite honestly doubt that that there is much left to show,” suggests the French daily Le Monde’s correspondent. His view is shared by Richard Hetu of the Canadian daily La Presse, who believes that the bodies literally “disintegrated”. The World Trade Center has become an enormous crematorium,” he continued. “As I wrote in one article, the dust from the debris of the World Trade Center that we are breathing still probably includes the ashes of the victims.”America should not speak with the same voice as its enemiesSeveral other incidents, comparable to press freedom violations, characterised the life of the media after the 11 September. They were caused by interventions by the authorities critical of one media or another, or by the owners of the media themselves who saw it as a good moment to sanction a particular journalist for “subversive” comments, and sometimes by both at once, without being able to establish with that media what the real reason for the sanction was. So when the television network ABC decided on 19 September to no longer broadcast images of the two planes slamming into the World Trade Center towers, it was officially so as not to “banalise the dramatic event”. Many observers suspect however that it was the result of pressure from the authorities and in particular because of a desire expressed by the owner of Disney.The most flagrant examples of corporate censorship – when media bosses sanction a journalist for his or her opinions – came from the dailies The Texas City Sun and the Daily Courier in the state of Oregon. On 23 September Les Daughty Jr, owner of the Texas City Sun for 17 years writes an apology to his readers for an article by one of his editors-in-chief Ron Gutting, who said in an article critical of President Bush on the day after the attacks, that he was “flying around the country like a scared child seeking refuge in his mother’s bed after having a nightmare”. In an article on the front page of the newspaper Daughty apologised to all the leaders of the country and particularly to President George Bush for having published such an article which could only provoke “anger and disgust”. Ron Gutting was sacked from the newspaper.His colleague Dan Guthrie of the Daily Courier at Grant’s Pass met the same fate and for similar reasons. He wrote on the 15 September on a humorous page in the newspaper that George Bush had “skedaddled” in the face of the attacks, accusing him of being “an embarrassment” for “hiding in a Nebraska hole” on the day of the terrorist attacks. The newspaper’s editor-in-chief Dennis Mack wrote for his readers that to say that the head of state was hiding at a time when America was trying to unite after the bloody attacks was neither responsible nor appropriate. As a result Dan Guthrie lost his job but for “personal reasons”, according to his employer.`In neither case was there any apparent pressure on the part of the authorities. It was the fierce reactions of the newspapers’ readers that were decisive in the decision to sack the journalists. In another case, that was widely reported in the US press star television presenter Bill Maher drew a strong reaction from the White House. On his talk show “Politically Incorrect” on ABC, Bill Maher said on 17 September, “We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, It’s not cowardly”. These comments drew the rage of many viewers and led to the immediate withdrawal of the programme’s two main sponsors Federal Express and Sears. A number of television stations linked to the ABC network, mainly in New York and Washington, pulled the Bill Maher programme, especially after White House spokesman Ari Fleisher called his remarks “unpatriotic”. He added, “It was a terrible thing to say and it’s unfortunate.” He went on, “The reminder is to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do”. Journalists who heard his statement noted later that “watch what they say” did not appear in the text of this official record of the conference.Another decision of the US administration that drew much attention was the attempt by the authorities to block the broadcasting at the end of September of an interview with the spiritual leader of the Taliban Mullah Omar on the Congress-financed Voice of America. The station that is broadcast to 50 countries worldwide, to explain America to the world, normally has reasonable editorial independence. Claude Porsella, head of the VOA French service told RSF about the content of the programme. “One of my colleagues in the Pashto language service had the scoop of his life: an interview with Mullah Omar. VOA never intended to broadcast the entire interview, extracts of which were included in some general reporting including comments from the US Administration, analysis by an Islamic expert and the position of the Northern Alliance. Mullah Omar said he was convinced that Osama Bin Laden could not be behind the attacks.” The State Department, which has a seat on the VOA board, called on the other board members to ban the interview, scheduled for 28 September. “VOA is not the voice of Mullah Omar and is not the voice of the Taliban”, said one American official. He said it would be “inappropriate” to spend the backers money to broadcast comments of the head of the movement who was protecting the terrorists behind the 11 September attacks.”This decision caused huge dismay among VOA journalists,” said Claude Porsella. The head of news protested and a petition was signed by 150 journalists. Faced with this reaction and strong interest in the press, VOA reversed its decision and decided to go ahead with the broadcast on 25 September. So far there have been no sanctions on the part of the US Administration. “We won a battle,” said Claude Porsella. “But I doubt the story will end there. Heads will probably roll,” he feared.On this occasion the VOA journalists were able to win the solidarity of their colleagues in the major US media, particularly the written press. In the same way the influential daily The Washington Post opened its columns to journalist from VOA before taking a position in an editorial on 26 September. This read: “The episode revealed an impulse to squelch facts that is never far beneath the surface in time of war or quasi-war, an impulse that is hardly less noxious when it retreats promptly under challenge. “But the time for editors to resist the censoring and self-censoring instinct is before it is acted upon, not after. We hear frequently that the only way to beat the terrorists is to hold on to this nation’s freedoms. Those include honoring Americans’ right to hear commentary that bothers some and to glimpse the thoughts of enemies.”At the beginning of October, the American authorities once more expressed their annoyance towards the media which allow a voice to “enemies of America”. This time it was the Arabic Television station Al-Jazeera, based in Qatar that drew the ire of Bush Administration by broadcasts footage and interviews with Taliban leaders or with Osama Bin Laden. The station is famous for its 1998 interview with the man they call “the head of El Qaeda”. This interview was broadcast uncut, on several occasions, after 11 September. On ” September the American ambassador in Qatar officially intervened with the authorities in the country to protest against this “incendiary rhetoric” by the station, which is accused of supplying “biased” coverage of the events of 11 September as well as “encouraging anti-American feelings” in the Middle East. On 3 October following an interview with the US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa el-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and main shareholder in the station, said that US officials had asked him to use his authority to influence the coverage. The Emir said he would not interfere with the editorial policy of Al-Jazeera. The US Administration again complained about the broadcast, the day after the first US air strikes, the words of Osama Bin Laden warning the United States that it would “live in fear”. A State Department official told Reuters: “Yes to freedom but we think it’s beyond the pale to provide an open platform for these sort of violent ideas. We’re concerned everywhere that Osama bin Laden not to be able to use the media to spread his ideas”. At the same time President Bush would be willing to speak on the station. Al-Jazeera, which has had a permanent studio in Kabul since 1998, is one of the rare media still present in the Afghan capital and at Kandahar. Known for the quality of its programmes, his professionalism and independence, the “CNN of the Arab world” is regularly criticized by Arab countries which fear the platform it gives to opposition of all kinds.Conclusion: Is the First Amendment in danger?US lawyer and expert on the American Constitution Floyd Abrams says that America often debates issues like patriotism and free speech n times of crisis. He considers that the First Amendment is put to the test when the country is too. When the country felt threatened, its existence challenged, the First Amendment and its values were sometimes subordinated to other priorities.This opinion is apparently shared by several US organisations for defence of press freedom, who believe it is too soon to become alarmed by the events that have been outlined in this report. Lucy Daglish, head of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press said she was not unduly concerned. She felt that the media, like the rest of society had become hypersensitive, after the attacks. Her organisation had noted the consequences of the 11 September attacks, but without taking up a position. In an interview with head of the Committee To Protect Journalists (CPJ) Ann Cooper and deputy head Joel Simon, the main US-based worldwide press freedom organisation, said they consider that much more serious violations of press freedom were going on in other parts of the world. Ann Cooper said she thought the US State Department’s criticism of VOA demonstrated an almost instinctive reflex by governments in times of conflict, not to broadcast the words of their adversaries. In some countries this had the force of law, she said. In Russia media which published interviews with Chechen faced legal action. In Angola, police had detained journalists who quoted a rebel commander. “The crucial difference is that VOA broadcast the interview, despite the opposition of the State Department and has so far not suffered any sanction.” But Ann Coooper stressed that it was the tolerance of a free press that kept democracy alive. She did not feel that the press was in danger in the United States. “American journalists don’t need us to defend them. They have their media and the entire profession to back them in case of danger.”Tim Golstein of Columbia School of Journalism also shares this view and is confident that the American media can defend its own interests. “patriotism, independence, freedom of speech: we debate these questions practically every day whether in newspapers or in university lecture halls. But it is far too soon to draw conclusions from this debate.” Media who had so far done an excellent job in covering the attacks should now try to do the same for the rest: continue to do the same good job, but in time of conflict.Following this investigation in Paris and New York, Reporters Sans Frontières nevertheless considers that a number of points of concern remain: * The setting up of “pools” of photographers at the World Trade Center site and the complexities of the accreditation system do not bode well for a free and independent coverage of the actions taken by the United States in reprisal for the terrorist attacks of 11 September. At this difficult time for the United States, in these times of emotion, even of legitimate anger, RSF has nevertheless been able to verify the strength of the principles of the First Amendment in this country. Among the numerous articles devoted to this subject by the main daily newspapers, RSF has especially noted the reaction of a reader of the New York Times to the debate provoked by the words of Bill Maher. “It is the television stations that drop “Politically Incorrect” and the advertisers that boycott the show, who are the ones guilty of a lack of patriotism, not its host Bill Maher. It would be chilling if one of the first casualties of our war for freedom was our right to debate all opinions vigorously, no matter how unpopular, here at home. Whatever the nature of Mr Maher’s misinterpreted remarks, his rights and those of his guests to exercise freedom of speech should not be silenced.” (Scott Blakeman, New York, 26 September, 2001). * The cases outlined of corporate censorship, such as the sackings of the two journalists for comments considered outrageous, could lead to self-censorship and an absence of criticism in the press. 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New TV reporter, cameraman and driver held for past eight days in connection with Hariri murder coverage

first_img LebanonMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation December 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New TV reporter, cameraman and driver held for past eight days in connection with Hariri murder coverage News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Lebanon News Lebanese journalist found shot dead in carcenter_img Reporters Without Borders today condemned the continuing detention of New TV reporter Firas Hatoum, cameraman Abdel-Azim Khayat and driver Mohammed Barbar, who were arrested on 19 December for entering the apartment of a key prosecution witness in the February 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. New TV is a satellite news station based in Beirut.“These three New TV employees pose absolutely no threat and should not have to remain in prison while awaiting the trial,” the press freedom organisation said. “The prosecutor’s reaction is utterly disproportionate and suggests that they are the victims of a politically-motivated exploitation of the lack of definition in the legal status of broadcast journalists.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal to the judicial authorities to regard this case as a press offence and to try it under the press law. We also call for the immediate provisional release of the two journalists and their driver, who have already spent more than a week in a detention.”The cases stems from a report that Hatoum and Khayat did on Mohammed Zouheir Siddik, a leading witness in the Hariri murder, in the course of which they went to his apartment in the south Beirut district of Khaldé on 15 December. The apartment was already examined by the international commission of enquiry. Evidence was removed and it has been closed for the past year. Reporters Without Borders has been told there was no sign outside the door saying it was forbidden to enter the apartment.Hatoum and Khayat got Siddik’s permission to go to his apartment. Their phone conversation was broadcast on New TV. They went with the building’s manager and its security guard, who let them enter through a window as they did not have a key. The manager and guard have also been charged as accomplices.A plain-clothes policeman with the job of keeping the apartment under surveillance watched the two journalists as they filmed it without intervening. It was only after the report was broadcast on 19 December that high court prosecutor Said Mirza ordered the arrest of the three New TV employees, the building manager and the security guard.They have been charged with theft under criminal law, rather than under press law, and face between three and eight years in prison. They are being held in Roumié prison in northeast Beirut. February 4, 2021 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more News LebanonMiddle East – North Africa January 14, 2021 Find out more Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon RSF_en Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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