Mr. and Ms. TCU winners reflect on the meaning behind the crown

first_imgFacebook Facebook printHorned Frogs will see a different kind of halftime show this week as the annual crowning of Mr. and Ms. TCU joins the festivities. TCU has honored two graduating seniors with this title since 1944. In recent years, honorees, who are chosen by their peers, have been recognized for efforts that have changed TCU and Fort Worth for the better.“We have focused more on student involvement in the community, which has really been a great way to see how these students are engaging with the TCU mission statement,” Brad Thompson, the assistant director of student activities said. “There are extraordinary students at TCU, and it is always so encouraging to me to meet them and for them to be recognized by their peers.”TCU student organizations nominated candidates last spring. Finalists were then chosen based on essays, resumes and a student body vote. Ten men and women will continue in this year’s selection process by participating in faculty and staff interviews, according to TCU’s Student Affairs website. Brandon Victorian, an electrical engineering major, is a Mr. TCU nominee. Victorian, who is involved in various programs at TCU, said he thinks he’s qualified for the award because of his campus involvement.“I’ve given so many different people a chance to get to know who I am, and that allows my more social side to show,” Victorian said. “I think winning it would be a huge honor, mostly because the winner is selected to embody what it means to be a TCU student.Michael Drake, a finance and entrepreneurial management double-major, is another nominee. Drake said winning would serve as a great way to see how he has impacted TCU .“It would mean so much,” Drake said. “I still think it is crazy that it is senior year. This school has provided opportunities to grow personally, professionally and I have been blessed with some of the best friends ever.” The 1979 recipient of Mr. TCU, which was named homecoming king, Michael Mckee, said he was elated and humbled when he won.“Being chosen as Homecoming King prompted an even deeper affection and appreciation for my alma mater,” Mckee said. “It was an enormous honor.”The rigor of the selection process didn’t deter the excitement for the 2009 recipient of Mr. TCU, Jimmy Hopper. “The process helped me to build relationships with administrators and professors at TCU,” Hopper said. “I loved my time there, and this was a pleasant surprise.”Elise Smith, Ms. TCU 2009, said winning meant a lot to her as a student and an alumna.“TCU does a wonderful job of acknowledging students that are passionate about this institution – it  further solidified that I was a valued member of the community,” Smith said.The 2007 winner of Mr. TCU, Cameron Sparks, said he was surprised by the student-driven selection process. “I was super grateful and humbled by the whole experience,” Sparks said. The fact that it is voted on by the student body made it that much more special.”Many past recipients said winning this award validates their hard work while they were at TCU.“I loved my time at TCU, and being named Mr. TCU was simply an extension of that love,” Brian Casebolt, the 2002 recipients of Mr. TCU, said. “My life was changed for the better by working alongside the many talented students, faculty, staff and alumni to make our local and global community.”“ Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Twitter Linkedin Previous articleFamiliarity adds another layer to nationally televised showdownNext articleThe Skiff: October 19, 2017 Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grace Amiss Revamped enrollment process confuses some students Twitter Ms. TCU 1995 winner, Gina Rector. Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food ReddIt + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Flu activity remains high in Texas World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/last_img read more

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Visitors ogle art at ArtsGoggle

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Erin Ratiganhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/erin-ratigan/ Website| + posts printMagnolia Avenue transformed into a bohemian marketplace Saturday, when roughly 800 artists from all walks of life and skillsets came together for ArtsGoggle, an annual arts festival.For 12 years the event has allowed artists to display and sell their creations, with arts styles ranging from paintings and illustrations to clothing and leather art. The show spanned 18 blocks from 8th Avenue to St. Louis Avenue, with food trucks and live music.ArtsGoggle featured booths from over 800 artists across the metroplex. (Photo by Erin Ratigan)Leaning over his large canvas, vendor Taylor King examined his work with deep concentration. Brush in hand, he made a red swipe down the center of his canvas. His subject was a woman singing into a microphone.“I have an intuition towards creating,” King said. “I’ve discovered it through my mistakes.”In 2011, after serving as a lance corporal in the Marines straight out of high school, King said he realized he had made a mistake not pursuing his true passion– painting. Now King is a full-time art student at Tarrant County College and has sold his paintings at ArtsGoggle for four years.Painter and TCC student Taylor King works on a painting of local band Panic Volcanic at ArtsGoggle Saturday. (Photo by Erin Ratigan)Instead of simply showing off his finished pieces, King said he wants to show the public how he works, with nearly every stage of the process performed live. The painting he worked on at the festival is a piece he’s been working on for days.“It’s in the doing – the journey is in the fun,” he said.Though trade was slow today, King held out hope to make more by the end of the night.“Usually paintings sell nearer the end of the event,” he said.Painter and TCC student Taylor King’s booth at ArtsGoggle Saturday. (Photo by Erin Ratigan)High school student Aaron Hutts’s booth featured drawings and illustrations, mostly in India ink. He described his style as “queer esthetic.”“A lot of these are inspired by life in general,” she said, gesturing to a green painting of a skull.Hutt’s friend Monica Stiffler was helping him run the stall. Stiffler said Hutt’s authenticity makes his art meaningful.“The cool part is every time he makes art he sits down and puts everything he’s feeling onto paper,” she said.High school student Aaron Hutts shows off his ArtsGoggle booth Saturday. Hurts sells drawings and illustrations on canvas, postcards and trading cards. (Photo by Erin Ratigan)Many Horned Frogs attended ArtsGoggle with TCU purple in every direction. Bill Cureton and ’08 alumnus Jeremy VanWinkle were among them and came in their football jerseys. They planned to attend the homecoming game later that day.Bill Cureton and ’08 alumnus Jeremy VanWinkle sport their TCU gear for Saturday’s homecoming football game Saturday. (Photo by Erin Ratigan)“They’ve been very informative,” Cureton said, referring to the artists he had met, “telling us how they make their stuff.”One their purchases was a TCU-themed pumpkin. Erin Ratigan is a Headliners Foundation scholar and contributor to the “Fort Worth Weekly” news publication. She is a journalism major, sociology minor, and arts enthusiast. Erin Ratigan Erin Ratiganhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/erin-ratigan/ Twitter Erin Ratiganhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/erin-ratigan/ TCU to host annual turkey giveaway ReddItcenter_img Erin Ratiganhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/erin-ratigan/ ReddIt “Man’s Best Friends” In Need at Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Shelter Residents “deck the halls” for the holidays Facebook Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Oh the places they’ll go: Seniors face challenges post-graduation Facebook Linkedin Previous articleNo. 4 TCU shuts down Kansas, 43-0Next articleFrogs fall to No. 8 WVU in Morgantown Erin Ratigan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store last_img read more

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Construction set to begin on Amon G. Carter Stadium expansion

first_img Previous articleGoing, going, gone: Baker selected on Day One of MLB DraftNext articleFive Horned Frogs selected in 2018 MLB draft Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Twitter Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Courtesy: GoFrogs.com Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall printConstruction is set to begin on the $100 million expansion of the premium seating at Amon G. Carter Stadium, TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jeremiah Donati announced Thursday.The upgrades, which will include 48 new boxes, two private clubs, more than 1,000 club seats and 22 luxury suites, are set to be completed by the 2019 football season.The side nearest TCU’s campus and Frog Alley will be receiving the upgrades seen in this rendering. Photo courtesy of TCU AthleticsThe project will also add an 100-foot outdoor balcony overlooking Frog Alley and the TCU campus, as well as a new video board in the north end zone.A rendering of how Amon G. Carter stadium will look after the newest renovations. Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics“This is more than just a football project,” Donati said. “This facility will be used to the benefit all 21 of our sports, our campus community and Fort Worth. It’s an appropriate expansion with all the cutting-edge technology, to what is already the finest football stadium in the country.”Donati also talked about how the fundraising for the project has attracted a new and younger group of donors, some of whom are donating to TCU for the first time.“Fundraising is ongoing but reached a financial threshold significant enough to begin construction,” he said. “Philanthropic support has been tremendous thus far.”In addition to upgrading the capacity of the stadium from 45,000 to 47,000, the project will include meeting spaces for corporate events, which will foster year-round use of the facility outside of football season.The new renovations will add meeting spaces and club areas to Amon G. Carter Stadium. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com“Our stadium expansion project will have a positive impact on our recruiting efforts, plus our fan experience,” TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson said. “This project will also further strengthen our university’s foundation going forward in the near future.” ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Facebook Benton McDonald + posts Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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Heisman winner, former TCU coach Pat Sullivan dies at 69

first_imgShooting from the hip: Curry’s impact felt in March Madness A look at the NCAA Tournament, ending with shot for the ages Facebook Music professor says Placido Domingo harassed her, grabbed her breast Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Associated Press Facebook + posts ReddIt Associated Presshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/associated-press/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedincenter_img Linkedin Twitter Associated Presshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/associated-press/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who went on coach TCU and Samford, has died. He was 69.Sullivan’s family released a statement saying he “died peacefully at home” Sunday morning, surrounded by relatives. The former quarterback was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2003 and the statement said he “fought a long and difficult battle as a result of his treatments.”Sullivan was a College Football Hall of Famer who played four seasons with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, wrapping up his playing career in 1976 with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, file photo, Samford head coach Pat Sullivan looks up at the scoreboard late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. He was on the search committee when Auburn hired coach Gus Malzahn.“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Sullivan, one of Auburn’s all-time greats on and off the field,” Malzahn said. “I will forever be indebted to Coach Sullivan for helping bring me back to Auburn to serve as the head football coach.“He was a friend, mentor and a man of great character who was beloved by many generations of Auburn fans.”Sullivan began coaching at Samford in 2007 and stepped down in December 2014, citing health issuesHe went on to serve as special advisor to the president for campus and community development.FILE – In this Dec. 2, 1971, file photo, Auburn quarterback Pat Sullivan poses with his Heisman Trophy. “Coaching is a grind. Right now I need more balance in my life,” Sullivan said in announcing his resignation. “I need to pay more attention to my health and I want to spend more time with (wife) Jean, my children and grandchildren. I owe that to them. But I’m not done working and I’m not leaving Samford.”He was TCU’s head coach from 1992-97 and then worked as UAB’s offensive coordinator before taking over at Samford. Sullivan was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1991.He entered the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.“Pat Sullivan gave Samford all and more than we could have asked,” Samford President Andrew Westmoreland said. “His teams won games, his players persisted to earn degrees. By personal example, he led everyone closer to Christ and he brought honor to our university.”Sullivan led the nation in total offense as a junior in 1970, teaming up with wide receiver Terry Beasley to pass for 2,586 yards. He passed for 2,012 yards and a career-best 20 touchdowns as a senior, securing the Heisman with a 248-yard, four-touchdown performance against Georgia. Sullivan edged Cornell’s Ed Marinaro 1,597-1,445 in Heisman voting.FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, file photo, Samford coach Pat Sullivan is recognized with wife Jean on the 40th anniversary of his winning the Heisman trophy as quarterback at Auburn, before an NCAA college football game between Samford and Auburn, in Auburn, Ala. Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who went on to coach TCU and Samford, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. He was 69. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)Sullivan was an All-American and SEC Player of the Year his last two seasons.“He was a kind and humble gentleman, who was an Auburn legend,” Auburn athletic director Allen Greene said. “He made a lasting impact on Auburn as the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner, a coach and longtime ambassador.”Before going to Auburn, he was a three-sport star at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham. Associated Presshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/associated-press/ Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home Previous articleBane stays sharp, leads men’s basketball over Illinois StateNext articleBlanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 107 (The Post-Thanksgiving/Rivalry Week Extravaganza) Associated Press RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Associated Presshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/associated-press/ Twitter ReddItlast_img read more

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Israel prevents Palestinian journalist from returning to her job in Turkey

first_img TurkeyPalestineIsraelEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedWomenImpunity August 23, 2019 Israel prevents Palestinian journalist from returning to her job in Turkey “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more TurkeyPalestineIsraelEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedWomenImpunity News News Hassona not only missed her 10 p.m. flight from Amman but is now trapped in the West Bank.“I arrived alone in Istanbul,” her husband, fellow Palestinian journalist Mohamad Kheiry, posted on Facebook. Kheiry, who also works for TRT in Istanbul, told RSF: “She goes to Israeli intelligence every day in an attempt to find out what is happening, and every day they tell her to come back tomorrow.”This is the first time that Hassona has been banned from travelling but she was arrested by Israeli intelligence in May 2014 and by Palestinian intelligence in December 2014.Israel is ranked 88th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index while Palestine is ranked 137th. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked to learn that Israeli intelligence prevented a Palestinian journalist from returning to her job in Turkey after spending Eid with her family in the West Bank city of Nablus. In the absence of any explanation, this arbitrary ban must be lifted at once, RSF says. to go further Majdoleen Hassona, who works for the Arabic-language service of the Turkish state-owned TV broadcaster TRT in Istanbul, was prevented from leaving the West Bank in order to fly back to Istanbul from the Jordanian capital, Amman, on 18 August.Hassona told RSF that she arrived at the Allenby border crossing in Jericho – where travellers must pass successively through three controls, a Palestinian one, an Israeli one and a Jordanian one – on the afternoon of 18 August.After being held by Palestinian intelligence despite the intervention of the journalists’ union, Hassona reached the Israeli control point, where she was detained for several hours without any explanation and was finally told that she was banned from leaving the West Bank.“This travel ban is illegitimate and must be revoked at once if the Israeli authorities cannot justify it,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “By blocking this journalist in the West Bank, they are obstructing her freedom of movement and preventing her from going back to work.” RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Organisation News Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journalists resign en masse after Ukrainian media group’s takeover

first_imgNews September 7, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Council of EuropeFreedom of expression Follow the news on Ukraine UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Council of EuropeFreedom of expression The editorial independence of Ukraine’s news media needs urgent protection, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned today, after more than 400 journalists resigned from the TV channel ZIK and its sister news agency because the opposition parliamentarian who acquired them has radically changed their editorial policies.No fewer than 90 journalists and executives abandoned ZIK TV and the ZIK news agency within days of their acquisition by “Opposition Bloc” politician Taras Kozak on 14 June. Altogether, 420 employees have said they plan to leave, in an exodus that is without precedent in the history of the Ukrainian media.They are leaving because Kozak is allied with pro-Russian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, because ZIK is being combined with two other TV channels, 112 and NewsOne, within a single holding company, and because the new owner has imposed new editorial policies and red lines.Programmes that often criticized Medvedchuk have been suppressed, while members or allies of Kozak’s party have become regular commentators or even programme presenters. Several sources have told Detector Media, an organization that analyses the media, that the new editor in chief has circulated a list of people banned from appearing on the channel.The editorial policies of the leading Ukrainian media tend to serve the interests of their owners, who use them to shore up their political and business influence. The Media Ownership Monitor study of the Ukrainian media – carried out jointly by RSF and the Ukrainian Institute for Mass Information (IMI) – confirmed the high degree of media ownership concentration and lack of transparency. It also revealed that most national TV channels are linked to leading political figures.“The crisis within the ZIK group is yet another example of owners meddling in the editorial policies of the Ukrainian media,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is high time to stop oligarchs dominating the media outlets they own and to protect the editorial independence of their staff. We urge the new parliament to do everything possible to achieve this as soon as possible.”The new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has convened early parliamentary elections for 21 July. Ukraine is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TVcenter_img News News Help by sharing this information July 4, 2019 Journalists resign en masse after Ukrainian media group’s takeover Organisation RSF_en News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority March 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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UAE: One year after Ahmed Mansoor’s arrest, RSF and 20 other NGOs ask for his release

first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternet capture d’écran / Film Portrait – Ahmed Mansoor – Martin Ennals Award Laureate 2015 NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News June 8, 2021 Find out more Ahmed Mansoor, one of the few sources of freely expressed opinion in the UAE, was arrested at his Dubai home late at night a year ago and held in an undisclosed location ever since, despite condemnation from UN human rights experts and independent human rights organisations.Ahmed Mansoor , recipient of the 2015 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, was accused of posting “false information, rumours and lies” liable to damage the UAE’s reputation.One journalist and two citizen journalists are currentlyimprisoned in the UAE, which is ranked 119th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.Please find here the English version of the joint statement.Signed: Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain Amnesty International Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) Article 19 CIVICUS Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights in Tunisia English PEN Freedom Now, Morocco Front Line Defenders Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) Human Rights First Human Rights Watch International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) Maharat Foundation Martin Ennals Foundation Moroccan Association for Human Rights PEN International Reporters Without Borders Scholars at Risk Tunisian Association for Academic Freedoms Tunis Center for Press Freedom Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH) Tunisian Organisation against Torture Vigilance for Democracy and the Civic State World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Organisation News United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternet to go further Follow the news on United Arab Emirates News Related documents statement_ahmed_mansour.docxVND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 88.1 KBahmed_mansoor_statement_-_final_arabic.docxVND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 85.68 KB March 21, 2018 UAE: One year after Ahmed Mansoor’s arrest, RSF and 20 other NGOs ask for his release April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF_en Well-known blogger and human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor has been held for a year. Reporters without borders (RSF) and 20 other NGOs ask for his immediate and unconditional release. RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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France: Legal proceedings threaten news website’s freedom to inform

first_img RSF_en “It is unacceptable that journalists are being prosecuted on charges punishable by imprisonment when all they did was divulge information in the public interest,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “What kind of country has this become when journalists are officially threatened with imprisonment for uncovering information about the National Front’s funding?” France is ranked 39th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts The summons said they are suspected of “violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation” and “publishing the records of judicial proceedings.” It also pointed out that they are facing the possible of imprisonment. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the abusive judicial complaints being brought with increasing frequency against French news website Mediapart with the aim of forcing it to reveal its sources and thereby gagging its investigative reporting. Follow the news on France The website’s investigative reporting helped pave the way for several judicial investigations into the National Front’s finances. But it also resulted in two of its journalists, Marine Turchi and Fabrice Arfi, being summoned for questioning on 23 May at the headquarters of the crime squad known by the initials BRDP. May 10, 2021 Find out more News News RSF had long campaigned for the repeal of legislation that makes it a crime to receive confidential information from a judicial investigation. RSF had long campaigned for the repeal of legislation that makes it a crime to receive confidential information from a judicial investigation. June 2, 2021 Find out more The latest of the many complaints against Mediapart, which threaten its freedom to inform, comes from National Front leader Marine Le Pen in response to seven Mediapart stories about the sources of the party’s funding.center_img In France, many legal complaints that politicians bring against journalists are based on inappropriate legislative provisions. June 4, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News to go further During their interrogation, Arfi and Turchi were asked to name they sources. They refused to answer any questions and instead made a statement for the record in which they said they were the victims of yet another manoeuvre designed to obtain the identity of their sources and hijack media rights. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression MARTIN BUREAU / AFP Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression June 1, 2017 France: Legal proceedings threaten news website’s freedom to inform RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Newslast_img read more

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The eight Reporters Without Borders nominees for the blog contest

first_img The German radio station Deutsche Welle has published the list of nominees for its weblog contest, including those chosen by Reporters Without Borders for the “freedom of expression” category. The bloggers who have been singled out include former Tunisian judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, currently on a hunger strike in protest against President Ben Ali’s repressive policies. October 24, 2005 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The eight Reporters Without Borders nominees for the blog contest The German radio station Deutsche Welle has published the list of nominees for its weblog contest, including those chosen by Reporters Without Borders for the “freedom of expression” category. The bloggers who have been singled out include former Tunisian judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, currently on a hunger strike in protest against President Ben Ali’s repressive policies.From the more than 130 blogs proposed by Internet users, Reporters Without Borders and Deutsche Welle picked the shortlist of eight because of a particular passion they have displayed in their defence of free expression. All of these eight blogs carry news and information not found in the traditional media. Internet users can vote on www.thebobs.de to indicate who they prefer. But it will be up to the panel of judges to choose the final winners. The results will be announced on 21 November.These are the eight nominees in the special category sponsored by Reporters Without Borders:- China Digital Times (http://chinadigitaltimes.net)A news blog about China that is published outside of the country. A very rich source for those who want to follow Chinese current affairs.- Chronique déplaisante d’une dictature ordinaire(http://www.addisferengi.net)A French resident in Addis Ababa criticises repression in Ethiopia. The blog includes lots of interviews with Ethiopian dissidents.- Manal and Alaa Bit Bucket (www.manalaa.net)An Egyptian blog promoting free expression and human rights. A forum for discussion, but also a resource centre for Arabic-speaking Internet users who would like to set up their own blog. – Wang Yi’s microphone (http://zhivago.tianyablog.com)A Chinese intellectual who uses his blog as a microphone to denounce the repressive system that rules his country.- Hanif Mazrooie (http://hanif.ir)An independent Iranian journalist’s blog which led to its author spending a month in prison in September 2004.- Parastood (www.parastood.com)One of the oldest Iranian blogs, famous for its open criticism.- Colombian realities (http://lacoctelera.com/realidades)A Colombian journalist who writes critically about a range of issues including his country’s pervasive violence and corruption.- Yahyaoui (http://yahyaoui.blogspot.com)The blog of former judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, one of Tunisia’s leading political dissidents and the uncle of cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui. His blog was recently pirated and rendered unavailable. But it can still be accessed by using Google’s “cached” function (enter yahyaoui + blogspot in Google and then choose the “cached” option).Mokhtar Yahyaoui is one of seven Tunisian civil society figures who are currently on hunger strike in protest against the lack of freedom in Tunisia, where his blog is censored, along with dozens of others. Nonetheless, Tunis is to host the World Summit on the Information Society on 16-18 November, which is being organised under the aegis of the United Nations. RSF_en News Organisation Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Reporters Without Borders outraged at Siamak Pourzand’s treatment in hospital

first_img April 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders outraged at Siamak Pourzand’s treatment in hospital Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 11, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News to go furthercenter_img News March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has expressed outrage at the treatment in hospital of jailed journalist Siamak Pourzand. The 75-year-old, who is very seriously ill, is chained to his bed by his feet at Tehran’s Modares hospital, where he was admitted on 18 April.The international press freedom organisation called for his immediate release on medical grounds.”We are revolted at the treatment of Siamak Pourzand. We have protested for years to the Iranian authorities against the harassment of this journalist. We will hold them responsible for the deterioration in his state of health,” said the organisation.”We call for Pourzand’s immediate release and we support the family’s request for him to be transferred to an independent private hospital,” it said.Pourzand, unable to walk and held up by two warders was brought to the prison visiting room to see his sister on 18 April. Barely able to speak, he nevertheless told her not to sign anything in connection with him. A few hours later warders told her that Pourzand had been transferred to the intensive care unit of Modares Hospital.Pourzand, who worked as a freelance for several independent newspapers, has been imprisoned since 30 March 2003. He has been deprived of the most basic rights, including that of being able to see his own lawyer. An associate of Tehran’s prosecutor-general, Said Mortazavi, has been assigned to defend him.The journalist has spent months in solitary confinement and suffered physical and psychological torture forcing him to make a confession on television. He is suffering from arthritis in the neck and serious back problems for which he needs an operation. He was left in a coma after a heart attack on 31 March 2004, before being transferred again to Modares Hospital on 18 April.Pourzand was arrested on 24 November 2001 then sentenced in May 2002 to eight years in prison for “undermining state security through links with monarchists and counter-revolutionaries”. He was allowed out on licence on December 2002 before returning to prison in March 2003. News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Iran RSF_en last_img read more

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