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

Hamilton eyes Schumacher record as F1 steps into brave new world

first_imgThe usual high-rise motor homes will be replaced by tents and awnings while the teams, cut to 80 members and all in protective gear, will operate in sanitized “bubbles within bubbles” in a paddock bereft of human contact and the usual swell of rumor and speculation.For all involved, who are tested four days before the event and five days later, it will be an unprecedented and unique experience.Yet, despite all the change and the surreal atmosphere it is expected that the action, when it begins, will deliver the same likely story.Lewis Hamilton, powered by the all-conquering Mercedes, goes in search of a seventh drivers’ title to equal the record of Michael Schumacher. Seven months after they last competed in earnest, the Formula One circus will push a post-lockdown reset button to open the 2020 season in Austria on Sunday.The event at Spielberg is being held on its original calendar date, but is not the once-anticipated 11th round of the championship, but the first – a season-opener delayed by the global coronavirus pandemic.More than three months after the Australian Grand Prix was abandoned on the eve of opening practice in Melbourne, the race in the Styrian Alps will be run behind closed doors, without fans, sponsors’ agents and guests and only a handful of reporters restricted to the media center. “It has been unbearable – I have missed the racing and the competition so much, so it will be great to be back,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. Even during lockdown, drivers moves for next year took place, Ferrari announcing the release of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, to be succeeded by Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo signing to leave Renault and be the Spaniard’s replacement at the cash-starved outfit so badly hit by the pandemic. Topics :center_img Orange aid The opening three races form just part of an intensive spell of eight European races in 10 weeks, which may become nine in 11 if a round at Mugello, in Italy, is added.Vettel added that he “can’t imagine what it will be like to race without any fans,” especially at the sweeping circuit where Max Verstappen was roared to victory by a huge orange wave of Dutch supporters last year.Verstappen and Red Bull are expected to challenge Mercedes, with Ferrari and Racing Point, newly dubbed “the pink Mercedes” team after copying the champions’ cars, in close pursuit in the opening events where it will be intriguing to see if Hamilton’s focus has been affected by his active and vocal support for the current anti-racism protests.Last week, just days after launching the Hamilton Commission to boost diversity in motorsport, he slammed remarks made by former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as “ignorant and uneducated” before calling for the restoration of Grand Prix in Africa.”It’s a really weird time in the world and the biggest challenge in my mind is not about the championship necessarily,” he said. “It’s not a normal year.” On the move Those 2021 moves will not affect this year’s line-ups, but may affect relationships between departing drivers and teams anxious not to allow unique operational and performance intelligence to leave with them.If anywhere, this is likely to have most effect at Ferrari as the Italian team strives to avoid open conflict between rising star Charles Leclerc and Vettel, who is a free agent and a potential target for not only Renault, but also Mercedes.The pair, who were intense rivals last year, tested in Italy last week ahead of the opening “double-header” with two successive races at Austria’s Red Bull Ring circuit before a third race in Hungary.”I have no experience of heading back to the same track and having a second race, but I’ve been around for a while,” said Vettel. “I guess the level of perfection will be higher the second weekend – the level of errors will be even smaller.”It will be a chance to review strategy just seven days afterwards so that’s a first and let’s see how we tackle that challenge.”last_img read more