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Pacific island refusing all foreign media visa requests

first_img Asia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns the Pacific island of Nauru’s decision to impose a media embargo amid growing controversy about alleged human rights abuses in the Australian government refugee detention centre on the island. Nauru’s authorities must allow journalists to investigate the allegations. October 22, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pacific island refusing all foreign media visa requests In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News Organisation Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News to go further Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News News June 10, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Asia – Pacific The island’s authorities have not only turned a blind eye to allegations of rape and other abuses in the detention centre, which they host on behalf of the Australian government, but they have also decided to block all media coverage of the alleged abuses.In an email to Al Jazeera’s Sydney bureau on 9 October, the Nauru government said not only that it was refusing the Qatari TV broadcaster’s visa request but also that visa requests from all news media would be refused.“We urge Nauru’s government to lift the embargo that it has imposed on the foreign media,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“Amid allegations of sexual assault and other forms of mistreatment in the Australian government-funded detention centre, media investigation of these allegations is essential. It is unacceptable that Australia, after moving asylum processing offshore at great expense, should also delegate censorship and discriminatory decisions against the media.”As there are no independent media on Nauru, a small and remote island in the Central Pacific, it is vital that international media should be able to report on what is happening inside the detention centre, the constitutionality of which is currently being examine by the High Court of Australia.This blackout is not Nauru’s first violation of freedom of information. In January 2014, the island’s government hiked the cost of journalism visa applications from 200 to 8,000 Australian dollars (5,000 euros) – an increase of nearly 4,000 percent.Although Australia has a good ranking in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index – 25th out of 180 countries – Reporters Without Borders has often criticized its policy of blocking access to information about its treatment of asylum-seekers.The Border Force Act that took effect on 30 June provides for sentences of up to two years in prison for employees of the refugee detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island who leak information about the conditions and treatment of the refugees. June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pongetti adjusts to Syracuse’s style of play, midfield

first_img Published on September 16, 2014 at 12:03 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Another year, another campus, another team.Last year, Rebecca Pongetti started her freshman year of college at Louisiana State, starting 11 and playing in 18 of the Tigers’ 20 games. But just a few months before this season began, she transferred to Syracuse, preferring the Orange’s quicker, possession-based style of play.“I got the opportunity with Syracuse and I took it and I didn’t look back,” she said.Pongetti described her start at Syracuse as “frantic.” LSU was something she had planned in advance when she committed in 10th grade. But SU was a little more unexpected.As she switches from what she called LSU’s “kick-and-run” style to the Orange’s more patient, purposeful passing, she’s rotating into more playing time and a new position because of Hanna Strong’s indefinite suspension from the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The speed of play in the (Atlantic Coast Conference) is a little quicker than it is in the (Southeastern Conference),” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “The SEC is a big, physical game and the ACC is a quicker game.”Pongetti has settled in, but the transition is ongoing. After starting the first three games of the season, Pongetti did not play against Connecticut on Sept. 1 as Wheddon said Strong was better suited for the matchup.But the team will be without Strong indefinitely. She was suspended Sept. 6 after she was recorded using racist and homophobic language. Strong plays holding midfielder, the same position as Pongetti.Strong’s suspension may help Pongetti get more time on the field. Her absence opens a rotational gap at the holding midfielder position in Syracuse’s 3-5-2 formation. Strong played more than 30 minutes in four of Syracuse’s first five games. Now, the Orange will have to find someone else to play those minutes.“(Pongetti) still working on her speed of play, taking a quicker first touch so she can play more quickly,” Wheddon said.She’s also working out of a new position. Pongetti’s played center back since she started playing with the Canadian Youth National Team in her mid-early teens years, but when she arrived at Syracuse, she was shifted to midfield.Switching from center back to the midfield made it clear to Pongetti that her work was cut out for her. She had to build her stamina to physically prepare herself for playing in the midfield and adjusting to the new playing style that came with transfer.“This summer I worked every single day.” Pongetti said. “I ran, I lifted — I did everything I could to be possibly fit for the midfield.”As a freshman at LSU, Pongetti had to prove herself. This year is no different.Maddie Iozzi, a sophomore defender, said that Pongetti has continued to improve since she arrived. Iozzi could see it better than most — the two played together on the Canadian Youth National Team.Said Iozzi: “She was a bit timid at first, but now she’s zipping (passes) in there and she’s gotten a lot better from when she first came.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more