Three Mother Nature Cambodia reporters arrested for “inciting crime”

first_img Receive email alerts Alternative media Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of three Cambodian journalists-cum-environmental activists who were arrested nearly a month ago in connection with their coverage of the partial destruction of a lake in a suburb of the capital, Phnom Penh. Mother Nature Cambodia emerged as an alternative media outlet combining journalism and activism in 2012, when it published the findings of its investigation into the large-scale logging of rare woods by the state and by powerful businessmen linked to the regime’s leadership – a business worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Organisation Cambodia is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Their crime was investigating the decision to fill in part of Lake Boeung Tamok. In a video that has since been rendered inaccessible, Mother Nature Cambodia reported that the defence ministry is going to fill in 300 hectares of the lake in order to build a military base, with disastrous consequences for the environment. to go further Two members of Mother Nature Cambodia, Dem Kundy and Hun Vannak, were already arrested on the same charge of inciting crime in September 2017, when they were doing a report on illegal trafficking in sand and were caught filming barges delivering vast amounts of newly extracted sand to an international cargo ship. To mark “Earth Overshoot Day” on 22 August, RSF published alarming statistics about journalists who cover environmental stories. At least ten have been killed worldwide in the past five years, while more than 50 press freedom violations linked to environment journalism have been tallied during the same period. Thon Ratha (left), Long Kunthea (center) and Phuon Keorasmey (photos: MNC). News News Follow the news on Cambodia “In a country like Cambodia, where the government has applied itself to eliminating all independent media in the past three years, organizations such as Mother Nature Cambodia are now taking on the role of providing freely-reported and reliable information,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The arrest of three of its investigators is the latest step in the Hun Sen administration’s progression from bad to worse, towards a society with totalitarian overtones. They must be freed at once.” News Help by sharing this information Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF_en News January 21, 2021 Find out more RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” February 24, 2021 Find out more Long Kunthea, Phuon Keoreaksmey and Thon Ratha, who work for the environmental website Mother Nature Cambodia, were arrested on 3 September and were placed in pre-trial detention three days later on a charge of “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest.” CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses EnvironmentCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment September 30, 2020 Three Mother Nature Cambodia reporters arrested for “inciting crime” CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses EnvironmentCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

This is the first time in 6 years SU isn’t hosting a home tournament

first_imgEvery year since 2012, Syracuse has participated in a tournament at its home court in the Women’s Building before conference play has begun. But not this season.Syracuse has already played in the UConn Invitational (Storrs, CT) and Marquette Tournament (Milwaukee, MI). This weekend, SU will play in the Iowa State Tournament (Ames, IA) ahead of its home and ACC opener on Sept. 21 against Georgia Tech. Head coach Leonid Yelin said he would have preferred to play a tournament at home.“No, it’s not strategy,” Yelin said. “It just worked out this way.”In 2017, Syracuse went 10-4 at home, but 7-7 on the road and 5-3 at neutral sites. In 2018, the Orange (2-3) hasn’t had the same success in the Women’s Building. Being on the road, though, gives SU two positives: RPI gains and a full roster.Scheduling difficulties prevented SU from hosting its home tournament. The optimal weekend for opposing teams to visit was during freshman orientation, Yelin said, meaning the Orange would be without its four freshmen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough five games, freshman Polina Shemanova leads the team in points (98) and kills (89), both by considerable margins. Senior Santita Ebangwese is second in both categories with 66.5 points and 42 kills. Without Shemanova, the Orange would’ve been without its best attacking option in a hypothetical home tournament.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorAlso playing into Yelin’s decision to seek out other tournaments was a lack of quality opponents seeking to play at SU, according to Rating Percentage Index (RPI). The opponents Syracuse (93rd in RPI last season) faced in its home tournament last year finished with RPI rankings of just 111 (Colgate), 199 (Niagara), 274 (Grand Canyon) and 317 (Siena).“The way they select at the end of the season, the committee, the RPI is very critical,” Yelin said. “So we have to where we can play teams with higher RPI.”By playing in the Marquette Invitational, for example, Syracuse faced BYU, USC and Marquette, all schools who finished top 33 in RPI last season. They are also all ranked in the top 25 of this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, with BYU ranked No. 1 in the country.SU lost all three matches, losing to BYU, 3-0; USC, 3-2; and Marquette, 3-1. But before the games, Yelin said that even losses would be worth the trip.“That kind of tournament has to help us regardless of the outcome,” he said. “We have to build our team and help to find out who we are, what we have to do. It’s a great tournament.”Last weekend’s trend of losing away from home has played out since the Orange joined the ACC in 2013. SU’s winning percentage jumps from .433 (39-51) in road and neutral games to .541 (40-34) in games in Syracuse.Syracuse’s players don’t believe that’s a coincidence.“I think when we’re on the road and we’re traveling, our bodies are kind of tight or we get tighter because we’re flying and driving and doing all of this cramped stuff,” senior Jalissa Trotter said. “So I think it’s just a mental thing.”Yelin believes that not having to travel is a positive factor, as well as the ability to stay in the same routine. Ebangwese credited all the practice time that occurs in the Women’s Building during the week.“We’re used to the orange and the blue,” Ebangwese said. “We can see where we need to be, where we need to hit, where we need to serve. It’s a little easier. Plus, it’s just where we play every day, so we’re used to what other teams aren’t.” Published on September 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

XLMedia confirms departure of Yehuda Dahan as CFO

first_img XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Related Articles London AIM-listed industry affiliate marketing publisher XLMedia Plc has confirmed that Yehuda Dahan has informed corporate governance of his decision to step down as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with immediate effect.Updating stakeholders, XLMedia governance has moved to install Liat Hellman, the current financial lead of subsidiary portal Webpals, as his interim replacement.Led by Chairman Chris Bell, the XLMedia board has begun its executive search for Dahan’s permanent replacement, in which the company will provide shareholder updates in due course.Confirming the executive departure, Bell commented: “We’d like to extend our thanks to Yehuda for his long‐standing contribution to the Group. We wish him every success for his future endeavours.”The appointment of XLMedia’s new CFO will likely be a first key directive for inbound Chief Executive Stuart Sims, who was announced this summer as the leadership replacement of company founder Ory Weihs, who is set to depart the London AIM enterprise this October.Weihs, who founded the company in 2003, will remain on the XLMedia board as a Non-executive Director supporting Stuart Sims through the corporate transition. Submit Share StumbleUpon XLMedia completes takeover of July 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more