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RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review

first_imgNews A request by the New Naratif website to be registered as Singaporean company was rejected outright by the authorities in 2018. December 6, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has sent its evaluation of the current situation in Singapore to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva ahead of Singapore’s next Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the council’s other members in May. RSF’s evaluation deplores the Singaporean government’s complete disregard for the basic principles of press freedom. SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statisticsMedia independence United Nations The government also arbitrarily decides whether a foreign media outlet may or may not be distributed within the city-state. Under several laws, including the sedition law and criminal code articles, publishing information that, for example, “promotes feelings of ill-will and hostility” within the population is punishable by imprisonment. The wording of these laws gives judges considerable leeway and, as a result, fosters a great deal of self-censorship within the news media. SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statisticsMedia independence United Nations News Five years later, the situation is even worse, notably as a result of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), which took effect in October 2019. Also known as the “anti-fake news” law, it grants every member of the government the right to “correct,” delete or block access to any online content in order to “prevent a diminution of public confidence in (…) the government.” The blogger Leong Sze Hian, for example, continues to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence in a criminal defamation case brought by the prime minister just because he shared an article from the Malaysian website TheCoverage.my on Facebook in November 2018. Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Bastard added: “Singapore boasts of being an economic development model but, as regards the freedom to inform, it is a model of what not to be. Democracies should not tolerate this state of affairs.” Receive email alerts RSF_en A handful of news sites and blogs try to provide Singaporeans with reliable and independently reported information but those who run them are often the victims of judicial harassment by the government. April 10, 2020 Find out more Never out of power since the city-state’s independence in 1965, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s People’s Action Party has passed legislation that allows the government to oversee the appointment of those who run the leading media outlets, including their editors and the members of their boards of governors. News Follow the news on Singaporecenter_img Singapore uses “anti-fake news” law to eliminate public debate Self-censorship Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks in the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 (photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP). News Help by sharing this information The government rarely has to carry out the threat of judicial harassment against journalists working for any of the country’s mainstream media, whether print, broadcasting or online media, because they either belong to the MediaCorp group, which is owned by a state investment company, or they are owned by Singapore Press Holdings, whose bosses are appointed by the ministry of communications and information. Organisation After falling seven places in the space of a year, Singapore is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index and is now coloured black on the RSF press freedom map because the situation is classified as “very bad.” Related documents RSF’s evaluation ahead of Singapore’s 2021 Universal Periodic ReviewPDF – 185.24 KB Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage The city-state’s authorities accepted 117 recommendations at the end of the council’s last UPR of the situation in Singapore in 2016. Absolutely none of them concerned press freedom although several member states had urged Singapore to amend laws criminalizing defamation, end media censorship by the state apparatus and allow the emergence of independent media not held back by self-censorship. Bad model “We urge the representatives of Human Rights Council member countries to challenge Singapore’s representatives about their complete disregard for the basic principles of press freedom,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is unacceptable for a member state to refuse to discuss this absolutely central issue with its peers, no matter how briefly.” to go further October 2, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 – Updated on October 19, 2020 RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review Judicial harassmentlast_img read more

Limerick accepted to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

first_imgAdvertisement MINISTER for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, was on hand last week to help BT Ireland announce a record number of entries for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which takes place on 11-14 January 2017. In total 2,091 project ideas were submitted by secondary students from 375 schools across the island, an increase of 2% from the 2016 exhibition. Of the 550 projects shortlisted to compete at the exhibition, 54 come from Limerick secondary schools, with a total of 120 students from fourteen local schools heading to the RDS in January.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter The 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 11th-14th January 2017.  There are over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year. For more information on the exhibition, log ontoor follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @BTYSTE. Email The 2017 entries at a glance:·         2,091 entries received·         4,591 students·         375 schools represented across the island·         Cork has the highest number of entries from any county, followed by Dublin and Limerick in second and third place·         Entrants are 61% female, 39% male·         1622 group entries and 469 individual entries·         Social & Behavioural Sciences was the most popular category (41% of entries), followed by Biological & Ecological Sciences (29%), Technology (16%) and Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences (14%). WhatsApp The 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition attracted individual and group entries from 4,591 students in total, an increase of over 3% on last year. These hail from 31 counties, and girls once again out-numbered the boys with a gender split of 61% female to 39% male entrants. Students submitted ideas and innovations on subjects ranging from migration to climate change to concussion injuries, with Social & Behavioural Sciences the most popular category (41% of entries). Facebook Linkedin Print NewsEducationLimerick accepted to the BT Young Scientist & Technology ExhibitionBy Staff Reporter – November 6, 2016 791 Previous articleElvis and Shakespeare, getting All Shook UpNext articleLimerick Repair Directory launched online Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Shannon hosts first of the 2017 Intel Mini Scientist Regional Finals

first_imgNew high-end jobs for Shannon Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Facebook Only re-integration will solve Shannon Airport crisis Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media Pictured at Intel in Shannon was Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne with Conor Mulcahy, Cian Mulcahy, Ben Sheehan and Eva Donnelly from Scoil Ide, Corbally, Co. Limerick.Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media Print Advertisement Pictured at Intel in Shannon was Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne.Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media Pictured at Intel in Shannon was Luka Marginean from Cahir Boys National School, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Pictured at Intel in Shannon was Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne.Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media Pictured at Intel in Shannon was Ben Sheehan and Cian Mulcahy from Scoil Ide, Corbally, Co. Limerick.Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media No comment on reports that virus victim is medical professional RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email See more educational news hereSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Pictured at Intel in Shannon was Clara O Sullivan and Lucy Murphy Acheson from Knockea National School, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick.Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media Previous articleThe Outfit reform for Christmas gigNext articleKilkee presents ‘The Edge of Things’ Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsEducationShannon hosts first of the 2017 Intel Mini Scientist Regional FinalsBy Staff Reporter – December 14, 2017 2384 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow 1 of 7 TAGSBarefield National SchoolC.B.SClareCorballyEnnisGalwayIntel Mini Scientist Regional Final’sIntel Shannon General Manager Brian AhernelimerickNational Grand FinalProjectsRoxboroughScoil an Spioraid NaoimhScoil ÍdeSixmilebridgeSt.Finnachta’s NSTipperary Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 Pictured at Intel in Shannon was JJ O Reilly from Kilmurry National School, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaOn December 5th, the first of the 2017 Intel Mini Scientist Regional Finals was hosted at Intel in Shannon. Over 80 students from 24 different schools in Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Galway took part with 5 projects being selected to go forward to the National Grand Final taking place in February 2018. The 5 winning schools, who were presented with their prizes by Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne, were;Rough Sleep? Not Anymore! – Barefield National School, Ennis, Co. ClareRoboBall – Humans v Computer – Scoil Ide, Corbally, Co. LimerickWhy Does The Colour Spectrum Go White? – Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough, Co. LimerickThe Power of Tsunami’s – C.B.S, Ennis, Co. ClareDo you Know What Cross Contamination is? – St. Finnachta’s NS, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clarelast_img read more

Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest-paid female athlete

first_imgLONDON: Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the highest paid female athlete in the world, topping American great Serena Williams.According to the Forbes magazine, Osaka earned $37.4 million in the last 12 months from prize money and endorsements, $1.4 million more than Williams, setting an all-time earnings record for a female athlete in a single year. Maria Sharapova previously held the record with $29.7 million in 2015. Since Forbes began tracking women athletes’ income in 1990, tennis players have topped the annual list every year. Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, ranks No. 29 on the 2020 Forbes list of the world’s 100 top-paid athletes while Williams is No. 33. The complete Forbes list, due to be released next week, has not featured two women since 2016, the magazine says. The ascension puts an end to a decisive winning streak for Williams, who has been the world’s highest-paid female athlete each of the past four years, with annual pre-tax income ranging from $18 million to $29 million. The 23-time Grand Slam champion has collected almost $300 million during her career from endorsers that have swarmed the 38-year-old star. IANS Also Read: We’ll be ready for Virat Kohli & boys this time: Pat Cumminslast_img read more