US — #WeeklyAddress: December 3 – December 9: CNN’s New York offices evacuate after receiving bomb threat

first_imgCNN’s New York offices evacuate after receiving bomb threat RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says December 10, 2018 – Updated on January 30, 2019 US — #WeeklyAddress: December 3 – December 9: CNN’s New York offices evacuate after receiving bomb threat News United StatesAmericas Security guard blocks reporters from following Mayor de Blasio Screenshot: CNN Arkansas high school suspends student-run newspaper for controversial report The Har-ber Herald, a student-run newspaper at a high school in Arkansas, was suspended after publishing an investigative article on December 5 on the alleged improper transfer of five football players to another school district. The students who wrote the article had conducted a month-long investigation into the transfer and even used public records to corroborate their reports. Despite the article’s accuracy, which the school district did not dispute, school district officials demanded that the story be taken down from the school’s website and have since aimed to release new guidelines for publication despite state law protecting the students’ rights to a free press. In a public statement, district superintendent Jim Rollins criticized the article for being “intentionally negative, demeaning, hurtful and potentially harmful to students.” The district has also called the newspaper’s adviser, Karla Sprague, “insubordinate” and threatened to fire her. A coalition of 27 national journalism organizations issued a letter of concern to Rollins, urging the district to “allow your students to use the newspaper as it is meant to be used: as a vehicle for young people to engage on issues of civic, social and political concern.” News A member of Bill de Blasio’s security team blocked reporters from following the mayor out of New York City Hall on December 3. According to NY Daily News reporter Jillian Jorgensen, she and two other reporters were blocked at the door. “Not sure what on earth the justification for that would be,” Jorgensen tweeted, “as it is not the NYPD’s job to save the mayor from press coverage.” New York 1 reporter Grace Rauh also posted a video to Twitter as evidence of the incident. In August, de Blasio faced criticisms for having two NYPD officers remove Kevin Sheehan, a credentialed reporter for the NY Post, from Manhattan’s annual Dominican Day parade for attempting to ask the mayor a question. According to the Post, Sheehan was wearing a police-issued press pass around his neck when the officers approached him and grabbed his shoulder to lead him away from the mayor. The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year News to go further Federal authorities arrested and charged a man on December 6 for allegedly sending threatening, anti-Semitic, and sexually violent messages to Detroit journalists and an elected official. The 69-year-old, who sent threatening messages to at least 12 people including staff at The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, was charged with stalking and making threatening communications, according to an affidavit filed in US District Court. Between October 2017 and October 2018, the man sent one writer at least 65 voicemails and nearly all of them “contained sexually violent threats and/or sexually vulgar language” directed toward him, his wife, or his mother. Another writer had received calls, emails, and messages from the man over several years, including nearly 30 voicemails between October 2017 and October 2018, while a former staffer received around 10 emails daily over a decade and voicemails more recently, which didn’t cease when the writer changed jobs this year. The man is being held without bond and a detention hearing will take place on December 10. Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of December 3 – December 9: June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more Police evacuated CNN’s New York office employees after they received a phoned-in bomb threat on the evening of December 6. The caller who made the threat shortly before 10 p.m. alleged there were five devices in the building. A bomb squad was on standby as New York Police Department officers investigated the network’s offices before giving the all clear. In October, CNN’s New York and Atlanta offices had collectively received three suspicious explosive devices allegedly sent by a private individual who was also charged with sending more than a dozen explosive devices to Democratic politicians and donors. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Man arrested for allegedly threatening Detroit journalists United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Blogger Arash Sigarchi sent back to prison

first_imgNews January 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger Arash Sigarchi sent back to prison After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today condemned the imprisonment of blogger Arash Sigarchi yesterday, four days after he was given a three-year sentence for “insulting the Supreme Guide” and “propaganda against the regime.” Sigarchi is the author of one of the chapters in the Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents which Reporters Without Borders published last September.Sigarchi’s imprisonment is “arbitrary” and confirms that a new crackdown on bloggers is under way, the organisation said, calling for the young man’s immediate release and urging the Iranian supreme court to reexamine his case and quash his unjust conviction.The former editor of the daily Gylan Emroz, Sigarchi has kept a political and cultural blog ( since 2002. He was arrested and imprisoned for two months in early 2005 and was then sentenced to 14 years in prison by a revolutionary tribunal.He was released pending the outcome of his appeal. The appeal court reduced his sentence from 14 years to three years in prison on 9 June, but he was not notified of the verdict until five days ago. He decided to petition the supreme court, but when he went to the appeal court for a copy of the ruling, he was arrested and transferred to the main prison in the town of Rashat.When a score of people were arrested in the autumn of 2004 on suspicion of contributing to pro-reform news websites, Sigarchi criticised the harassment and mistreatment of his colleagues in his blog.In the chapter he wrote for the Reporters Without Borders handbook, he said Internet journalism would help to promote a diversity of views. He also maintained that, within a few years, his country’s rulers would be forced to accept the free flow of information and to respect freedom of expression.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: Follow the news on Irancenter_img Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more News Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more