U.S. Government Wins Access to Twitter Accounts of WikiLeaks Supporters

first_img RSF_en A federal judge granted the U.S. government access to the Twitter accounts of three of WikiLeaks’s supporters. News Organisation center_img March 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 U.S. Government Wins Access to Twitter Accounts of WikiLeaks Supporters Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Charges dropped against freelance journalist Elena Bondar

first_imgNews “In recent months, it has started a general offensive mainly targeting the new media and including significant expansion of online filtering, greater surveillance and a number of arrests. The authorities were caught short by the uprisings in the Arab world and are now making up for lost time, even though no protests or demonstrations are threatening them right now.“The ‘Arab Spring’ or national security cannot in any circumstances be used as a pretext for censorship,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Online censorship seems to be a new regional priority. An informal summit meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia and Tajikistan) on 12 August in Astana (Kazakhstan) agreed to make the body an “effective barrier against all risk of revolutionary contagion in the region,” according to the Russian daily paper Kommersant. September 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Charges dropped against freelance journalist Elena Bondar News RSF_en UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders is concerned by the growing regional trend towards online censorship and calls on regional governments to fall in line with the 1 June 2011 declaration on freedom of expression by special rapporteurs of the United Nations, the OSCE, the Organisation of American States and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, that Internet access should be universal. The Uzbek government approved on 5 August the setting up of a “committee of experts on information and mass communication” to monitor the country’s media. The “experts” are all government employees and the committee’s purely repressive job is to hunt down publications putting out “destructive and negative news likely to influence the social conscience of citizens,” to undermine “national cultural traditions,” to call for “violent overthrow of the established political order” and to incite people to “hatred.” The committee focuses on the new media and “satellite systems,” seriously threatening foreign TV stations, which are widely received in Uzbekistan with dishes. “Will Uzbekistan follow the frightening path taken by neighbouring Turkmenistan?” Reporters Without Borders asked, noting that the Turkmen regime last week ordered a drastic reduction in the number of satellite dishes on the pretext that they “spoiled the look of buildings.”The new Uzbek “committee of experts” is the latest addition to the government’s already well-developed surveillance apparatus. It will specifically analyse and interpret data collected by the Centre for Monitoring Mass Communications and eventually suggest new laws. The committee also clearly shows the regime’s intention to block any online challenge to it, as displayed by official statements in recent months condemning “destructive forces” and a supposed “campaign of provocation” against the government online.This policy was dramatically shown by the unprecedented blocking on 9 August, on the eve of the “Internet Festival of the national domaine UZ” to mark the 20th anniversary of the country’s independence , of more than 50 major websites, including the New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg and Lenta.ru news portals, as well as search-engine Google, the Reporters Without Borders site and the Soviet sports news site sovsport.ru. Most were accessible again after three days. Uzbek opposition and independent news sites have been blocked for a long time. Websites based in neighbouring Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have also been censored by the Uzbek authorities.“The government’s decision to launch its own social networking site, moloqot.uz (‘dialogue’) on 1 September is another worrying sign of a crackdown on Internet users,” Reporters Without Borders said. Officials at a press conference held by Uzbektelekom on 19 August said the new network was aimed at the “moral” education of Uzbeks, to counter the popularity of foreign social network sites. Facebook has 82,220 members in Uzbekistan the government would like to monitor by luring them to join Moloqot.Some mobile phone companies, such as Beeline and Sharktelekom, are suspected of going along with this censorship. The use of proxies or virtual private networks (VPN) are growing among users who want to be secure as arbitrary arrests increase.Contributors to the popular forum Arbuz.com were arrested recently after commenting online about the Arab uprisings. Human rights activist Saida Kurbanova was picked up on 15 August after posting online last March an article criticising the compulsory use of government credit cards. She is reportedly being sued for defamation. Independent journalist Elena Bondar was arrested on 22 August as she returned from a training course in Kyrgyzstan organised by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She was freed after CDs, flash-drives and videos she was carrying were seized from her, on the pretext that they were “undeclared” goods.”“She is becoming well-known in the independent media and her arrest is clearly a bid to intimidate her or drive her into exile,” a contributor to Uznews told Reporters Without Borders. Help by sharing this information to go further Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail termcenter_img Follow the news on Uzbekistan News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders notes that the Uzbek authorities have dropped all charges againstElena Bondar, a freelance journalist who was briefly detained at Tashkent airport on 22 Auguston her return from an OSCE journalism seminar in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan (see below).Bondar was summoned to the customs department at the airport on 5 September and was toldthat there would be no criminal proceedings because experts had found no problematic contenton the USB flash drives and other electronic material confiscated from her at the airport.Bondar was also told that, instead of civil proceedings, she was just being giving a “warning” forfailing to declare this material, which was returned to her. The head of the customs investigationbureau, Yakub Mirzarakhimov, added that she should “not count on our being so lenient nexttime.”Reporters Without Borders is relieved by this outcome but wonders about the reason for theU-turn. “It seems the authorities decided that a warning would suffice in this case but theproceedings originally initiated against Bondar will already have sent a strong intimidatory signalto all the young journalists who would like to do independent reporting or attend OSCE seminars.”————————————————————————————–29.08.2011 Freelance journalist Elena Bondar under investigationElena Bondar, a freelance journalist who was briefly detained at Tashkent airport on 22 August,has been notified that she is to be prosecuted for not declaring the professional material that wasseized from her at the time, and that the material is to be examined by a censorship committee.“The seizure of Bondar’s data already constituted a grave violation of the confidentiality ofjournalists’ sources,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The accusations now being made againsther are the typical reaction of an oppressive regime that wants absolute control over news andinformation.”When interrogated again for three hours on 27 August, Bondar was told that she is to beprosecuted under an article of the customs law and an article of the civil code for failing to declarethe four USB flash drives, three CDs and two video cassettes that were taken from her when shelanded at Tashkent airport on 22 August. She is facing a possible fine on these charges.At the same time, this material is to be examined by the “Committee of Experts on Informationand Mass Communication,” the latest new-generation media monitoring body (see below), to seeif it contains any “attack on the constitutional order” or any “banned religious, extremist, separatistor fundamentalist” propaganda.These are criminal offences that carry long prison sentences and, knowing the government’spropensity to regard any independent reporting in the worst possible light, Reporters WithoutBorders is very worried by this development.When Bondar was arrested on 22 August, she had just returned from a journalism training coursein Kyrgyzstan that was arranged by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Shehas had to undertake not to leave the country until the current judicial proceedings are completed.————————————————————————————–25.08.2011 Regime steps up online control and media crackdownReporters Without Borders today deplored “extremely worrying” moves by the Uzbek government to control the free flow of news in the country, notably by setting up a new official body to curb the media.“The regime already directly controls all print and traditional broadcast media and has filtered from the locally-received Internet most independent sources of news about central Asia,” it said. May 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Andrews, Lawton, Moran Elected to Vermont Public Television Board

first_imgAndrews, Lawton, Moran Elected to Vermont Public Television BoardJulia Andrews, Lorilee A Lawton and Mary E Moran have been elected to the board of directors of Vermont Public Television, Vermont’s statewide public television network.  Andrews is a resident of Westford, Vt.  She is marketing strategist/account executive at Spike Advertising in Burlington.  Before that, she held sales and marketing positions at Comcast, Charter Communications and Competitive Computing.She is affiliated with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and is co-founder of the Westford, Vt., Food Shelf.  She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.Lawton, of Colchester, Vt., is the owner, president and CFO of Firetech Sprinkler Corp. of Colchester.  Before that, she was owner and president of Colchester’s Red Hed Supply Inc.She has served on many local and national professional boards and currently is on the board of directors of Merchants Bancshares and Merchants Bank.  She is a graduate of the University of Vermont.Moran, who lives in Rutland, Vt., is superintendent of education for the Rutland City Public Schools.  Before that, she was assistant superintendent for the district.  She has been a history teacher and school administrator in Massachusetts.Active in professional organizations, she is past president of the Vermont Superintendents Association.  Other community service includes Rutland Housing Authority, Rutland Regional Medical Center and United Way of Rutland County.  She is a graduate of Boston College and holds a master’s degree from the college, as well as a certificate of advanced graduate study in school administration from Northeastern University.last_img read more

Džumhur in the Second Round of ATP Challenger in Tampere

first_imgIn the first round of the tournament, Džumhur defeated the local representatives Herkkä Pollanen with the result of 6:2, 6:1. In a match to qualify for the quarter finals, twenty-year old boy from Sarajevo, who is the third holder of the tournament, will play against Giovanni Lapenttij from Ecuador. (Source: Fena) Damir Džumhur, the Bosnian tennis player qualified for the second round of the ATP Challenger tournament in Tampere. The tournament is worth of 42 500 Euros.last_img

Hoodikoff makes it three straight on Zone One Junior Tour with wins at Granite Pointe and Christina Lake

first_imgJordan Hoodikoff is having his way on the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf circuit.The 18-year-old Grand Forks golfer won for the third time this season, sweeping tournaments at Nelson’s Granite Pointe Saturday and his own Christina Lake course Sunday.Hoodikoff opened the season by capturing the top prize at the Balfour Golf Course.Sunday, Hoodikoff looked at home on the 18 hole, 6685-yard Les Furber-designed course, firing a 3-under-par 69.Tyler McKay, from Rossland/Trail, who tried to make it interesting, finished second with a round or 73.McKay, one-under-par through 14 holes, played well but two late bogies led to a one over par round of 73.In flight play Garrett Underwood from Champion Lake and Brenan Moroney from RTCC both carded identical rounds of 76.  The players went to a three-hole playoff before Underwood ended up taking first in the 17-18 year division.  Tyler McKay of Rossland took first in the 15-16 year category with Isaac Janzen from Creston getting second with a 78.  In the 13 -14-year division Braden McKay from RTCC took first with a 77 and Carson Arcuri from Granite Point taking second.   For the first time in years there was a female division with Amber Arnold from Castlegar edging out MacKenzie Field in a two-hole playoff to take first.  Both girls posted identical rounds of 88.Rain doesn’t slow Hoodikoff, Granite Pointe’s Renwick secondSaturday, at Granite Pointe, Hoodikoff overcame a chilly day on the links to finish on top the standings with a 4-over-par 76.Hoodikoff finished three-shots in front of Granite Pointe’s Nolan Renwick.Renwick, competing in the 13-14 year division, carded a 79 to finished first in the flight.  In division play, Underwood  placed first in the 17- 18 division with an 84.Alex Rugg, from Champion Lakes, finished second with an 87.In the 15- 16-year division, Arnold was first with an 88 and Isaac Janzen from Creston was second with a 90.  Braden McKay from RTCC was second behind Renwick with an 84.In the skill prizes Underwood won KP for the 15 – 18 year olds and Ryan Fullerton from RTCC won long drive.  Jeff Ashton from Castlegar won KP in 14 and under and Braden McKay took the long drive.The Junior Golf season continues Saturday when the tour arrives in Nakusp.last_img read more

Women’s Roller Derby back on the flat track Saturday in Rossland

first_imgSome of the teams have changed, but when the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League opens the 2013 season Saturday in  Rossland there no doubt will once again be plenty of action to go around.The Rossland Arena is the site of the first doubleheader of the season when the Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers meet Salmo’s Babes of Brutality at 5 p.m.At 7 p.m., the new and improved Rossland/Trail Roller Girls host Nelson’s KillJoys.Doors open at 4 p.m.”Will this be the bout that the Dam City Rollers finally take down their nemesis, the Babes of Brutality?” said Lori Clyde of the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League.”Or will the Babes hold back the flood gates one more time?” The West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League consists of five teams this season, down a few from 2012.Along with Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, Nelson Killjoys and the new Rossland/Trail Roller Girls is the Slocan’s Valley Vendettas.The league plays a host of doubleheaders throughout the summer before the season concludes with the championship bout.Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups (“jams”) in which both teams designate a scoring player (the “jammer”) who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team.The teams attempt to assist their own jammer whilst hindering the opposing jammer — in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.West Kootenay Roller Derby is made up of 5 house teams and 1 Travel team; Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, Slocan’s Valley Vendettas, the Nelson Killjoys and Rossland Trail Roller Girls. The WKWFTRDL travel team is the Kootenay Kannibelles which is made up of a stellar bunch of athletes from all the house teams who recently placed fourth in  the National tournament held in March in Edmonton. The Kannibelles will be representing the league again this year in the western finals in Fernie in July.last_img read more

Giants to carry three catchers after adding Stephen Vogt to roster

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have a new position player arriving at Oracle Park Wednesday and they’ll have a new starting pitcher joining the club in Cincinnati on Friday. For a team that finished the month of April six games under .500 and 7.0 games out in the National League West, additional changes are on the way.Shortly after the Giants announced the promotion of catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento, manager Bruce Bochy revealed that right-hander Tyler Beede will start Friday’s …last_img

6 days agoLampard happy for Pulisic as he inspires Chelsea win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lampard happy for Pulisic as he inspires Chelsea winby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard praised Christian Pulisic after he came off the bench to help them to a 1-0 win over Newcastle United.Pulisic replaced Mason Mount just after the hour mark, with the hosts struggling to find a way past a determined Toon defence, and played a key part in setting up Marcos Alonso’s 73rd minute winner.”I’m really pleased for him,” Lampard said. “He’s a hot topic because of the price tag. Because of his status in his national team, and his world status through that. And everyone has got a little bit carried away with the short term.“The long term is that he’s come here and he’s just turned 21 and to see him play like he did today, and there’s a lot more to come.“It’s not the end story. You can see his balance and awareness and you can see how he can play.“And there’s improvement to come as with all the young players, but delighted for him because he will feel good about that. And he should do because he was a big part of us winning that game.” last_img read more

Beaver Lake Cree Nation featured in Naomi Kleins new doc

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation community in Alberta is featured in a new documentary about climate change.Located in the heart of the tar sands, the Beaver Lake Cree Nation plays a part in author Naomi Klein’s film This Changes Everything.The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is destined for film festivals around the world.APTN’s Brandi Morin [email protected]last_img