New crackdown launched against the independent press

first_img February 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New crackdown launched against the independent press News CubaAmericas to go further RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Reporters Without Borders has express concern that a renewed crackdown has been unleashed against the independent press and that independent journalists are suffering harassment.Since the “black spring” of 2003, those journalists who are still working are subjected to constant pressure from the Cuban authorities. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has condemned this new wave of political repression since the start of 2006 that has taken the form of violence and threats towards the independent press.“This series of persecutory measures taken against dissident journalists could very well auger a new ‘black spring’”, the press freedom organisation said.“Nevertheless, no crackdown however far-reaching can ever completely end the existence of an independent press in Cuba,” it added, wondering, “Why do the authorities refuse to see that reality. Also why do they refuse to allow journalists to emigrate if they wish to, like Jorge Olivera, whom they would like to see leave? This attitude is both unfair and nonsensical,” it concluded.Locked up during the March 2003 crackdown and released for health reasons on 6 December 2004, Jorge Olivera Castillo was summoned to appear on 21 February 2006, before a municipal people’s court in Havana where judges informed him that he was banned from leaving the capital. Olivera, his wife and two children, have had a legal visa for the United States since October 2002, but the authorities unfairly refuse to allow them the right to leave.Moreover, he is now forced to work for a work centre chosen for him by the court. He also has to appear before the state organisation which defines the country’s ideological line. If he fails to follow the orders he is given by the municipal people’s court, he will automatically be returned to prison. He is nevertheless determined to continue his work as a journalist, as he confirmed to Reporters Without Borders after the hearing. Elsewhere, on 13 February, the independent journalist Roberto Santana Rodríguez was summoned to the police station in Marianao in the capital. After waiting for two hours he was seen by an officer, Moisés, who showed him a file containing various articles he had written. This file could be used by the authorities against the journalist, putting him at risk of imprisonment. New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Organisation The president of a Committee for the Defence of the Revolution (CDR), Armando Rivero, threatened Oscar Sanchez Madán in Havana on 17 February for having quoted his name on his programme on Miami-based Radio Martí. The journalist was previously physically attacked by paramilitaries on 21 and 23 January.On 19 February, Gilberto Manuel González Delgado, head of the Notilibre news agency in Havana, had his home searched by a state security officer and two members of the CDR. A type-writer and articles were seized. He was threatened with being charged under the 88 Law on the “protection of Cuba’s independence and economy”, if he continued to do his job. He would face a 20-year prison term.The Cuban authorities on 20 February 2006 banned the sale of foreign newspapers such as Hola!, Mecánica popular, Muy interesante and El País on the grounds that they are “ideologically dangerous”. Follow the news on Cuba Reporters Without Borders is very concerned at the resurgence of a harsh crackdown against the independent press since the start of 2006. Some journalists have suffered repeated harassment and are sometimes denied the right to leave, as in the case of Jorge Olivera Castillo (photo). The attitude of the authorities is both unfair and senseless. May 6, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News News RSF_en Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News October 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information CubaAmericas Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Facebook continues aggressive renewables push

first_imgFacebook continues aggressive renewables push FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Sembcorp Industries has announced a 20-year deal to support the Singapore operations, including a new data center, of tech giant Facebook with renewable power.In an official announcement on Tuesday, Sembcorp said it would supply Facebook with renewable energy via offsite solar panels installed on almost 900 rooftops in Singapore. The project is expected to finish in 2020.Facebook announced it was building a data center in Singapore at the beginning of September. Its fifteenth worldwide and first in Asia, the facility will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. “This agreement represents our first step towards supporting our Singapore data center and local offices with 100 percent renewable energy,” Bobby Hollis, head of Global Energy at Facebook, said in a statement Tuesday. The agreement with Sembcorp is the latest clean energy deal struck by Facebook as it looks to green its operations.In July, for example, it was announced that the company’s Prineville Data Center in Oregon would be supported by 100 percent solar power under a new partnership with Pacific Power. Additionally, all of Facebook’s offices at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, are powered by 100 percent renewable energy.More: Facebook signs 20-year deal to supply Singapore operations with clean energylast_img read more

Hull Boss, Bruce, Holds England Manager Talks with English FA

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce was interviewed by the Football Association on Monday about the England manager’s job.Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has also been interviewed and is favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson, who quit after England lost to Iceland at Euro 2016.Hull said Bruce, 55, has “held informal discussions” but “no official approach has been received from the FA”.“It’s got to be the prime job that any Englishman could ever want to have,” Bruce told Sky Sports. “I’m highly flattered to be even considered. I put my case across and let’s hope it was successful.”Bruce added he was up against “a big pal of mine” in Allardyce, and that whoever gets the job needs to take away the players’ “fear in tournaments” after a run of just one win in seven matches at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann have also been linked with the role.Bruce led the Tigers back into the Premier League last season after relegation to the Championship in 2015.Hull’s statement added they want the FA to “conclude their business quickly in order to avoid further speculation”.Sunderland called on the FA to “bring about a swift resolution to the matter” after Allardyce was interviewed last week.FA chief executive Martin Glenn is fronting a three-man panel, which also includes FA technical director Dan Ashworth and board member David Gill, to decide the next England manager.Former Manchester United captain and defender Bruce, who was never capped by England, said in June that he would be staying at Hull.However, amid talk of a takeover at KC Stadium, he accepted he could be replaced when asked if he was certain of his position.Prior to talks with the FA, Bruce recently said it was “highly flattering” to be linked with a role he hopes goes to an Englishman.“There’s nobody more patriotic than I am,” he told BBC Radio Humberside.“I’m honoured to be linked with it. It’s the pinnacle to go and manage your country. What bigger job in the world is there?”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more