Cybercrime law’s threat to freedom of information

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa October 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cybercrime law’s threat to freedom of information Photo : Tudla Productions Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Follow the news on Philippines The Philippines supreme court voted unanimously today to impose a 120-day temporary restraining order on the “Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012” pending hearings beginning 15 January to determine whether any of its provisions violate civil liberties.The court issued its ruling in response to 15 petitions against the law, known as Republic Act No. 10175, which President Benigno Aquino signed on 12 September.Reporters Without Borders takes the view that the amendments being proposed will not suffice and that the law should be repealed outright. Combatting cybercrime is legitimate but this law, which added online defamation to its list of “cybercrimes” at the last moment, poses too much of a threat to freedom of information.It is regrettable that the authorities did not consult sufficiently with civil society during the drafting process, which lacked transparency.Demonstrators gathered outside the supreme court building today in protest against the law, which has also prompted calls for an Internet boycott. Local activists and media groups have been expressing concern and campaigning against it since April.Reporters Without Borders is worried by the lack of a precise definition of online defamation, which exposes all Internet users to the possibility of prosecution. Many questions are being raised about the law:- Could an ordinary “like” on Facebook or an online comment about allegedly defamatory content lead to prosecution? Or could retweeting this kind of content lead to prosecution?- Would bloggers be held liable for the defamatory comment that visitors post on their blogs?- Could Internet Service Providers or other technical intermediaries be held liable for offending content posted by an unidentified person, as recently happened in Brazil? Would they be forced to adopt intrusive surveillance measures in order to identify Internet users liable for prosecution?In the Philippines, libel is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of 200 to 6,000 pesos under article 355 of the 1930 Revised Penal Code. That’s bad enough, but under Chapter III Section 8 of Republic Act No. 10175, online defamation is punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a fine of 1 million pesos.Concern about possible abuse of the new law is justified given the frequency with politicians and other public figures have sued journalists and news media in recent years to get them to censor themselves.According to Sen. Edgardo Angara, one of its most enthusiastic advocates, the Cybercrime Prevention Act is meant to “encourage the use of cyberspace” and protect against its “abuse and misuse”But Global Voices quotes Internet users as describing the inclusion of online defamation in the law as a “clumsy cut-and-paste job” that is completely inappropriate to the Internet and could pave the way to abuses.The law’s articles on online defamation are an almost word-for-word copy of the definition of libel in article 353 of the Reformed Penal Code, simply adding that they apply to defamation committed by electronic means.Asia’s first murder of a journalists in 2012 took place in the Philippines, which continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media and which was ranked 140th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 3, 2021 Find out more News News to go further News News Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Why the NCAA women’s basketball tournament regional ended up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

first_imgSIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As soon as Syracuse was placed in the Sioux Falls region for the women’s basketball NCAA tournament, one of the first questions permeating throughout the Ferguson Auditorium, where the team watched the selection show with fans, was where is Sioux Falls and why are the regionals being played there?What people might not have known is that the Summit League, which hosts its men’s and women’s conference tournaments at the Sanford Denny Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has led the nation in women’s basketball conference tournament attendance for quarterfinals, semifinals and finals over the past two years.“We have a lot of community support for women’s basketball,” Summit League commissioner Tom Douple said. “It just made sense for us to put in a bid. With this arena, it doesn’t get any better than this. But people outside this area, over there in Syracuse, you know, ‘Ah, why do we have to go out to Sioux Falls?’ But when you lead the nation in women’s attendance in the conference tournaments, and that’s everybody, Connecticut, everybody. Every conference. We beat them. There’s interest here.”The No. 4 seed Orange (28-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) will take on No. 7 seed Tennessee (22-13, 8-8 Southeastern) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Premier Center for a chance to advance to its first-ever Final Four. No. 1 seed South Carolina and No. 3 seed Ohio State both lost in the Sweet 16. None of those four teams hail from anywhere close to Sioux Falls, but the regional semifinals still drew 4,610 fans.The push to have the NCAA tournament come to Sioux Falls began eight years ago, Douple said, when the Summit League moved its tournament to the largest city in South Dakota. The women’s basketball Summit League championship game between South Dakota and South Dakota State drew 8,647.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We know how good it is,” said Douple, who previously spent four years on the NCAA’s Championships Cabinet. “We know that we lead the nation in attendance and we kept sending out those releases and telling everyone we lead the nation and so forth. But until you have the national media come in and see what we have and see that the interest is here, it’s another step for us.”Hosting four teams from four completely different regions presented a challenge, Douple said, but it also meant all four teams could share their experiences and recognition for Sioux Falls as a basketball hotbed could grow.After Syracuse was slotted to play in the Sioux Falls region, guard Brittney Sykes was asked if she knew anything about the city.“I honestly don’t know. Where is it located? South Dakota?” Sykes said after someone whispered the correct answer. “Wow. South Dakota. It’s a neutral site.”Now, Sykes is helping Syracuse make its deepest postseason run ever in the city she barely knew of two weeks ago.Every player and coach that has been asked about Sioux Falls as a hosting site has been complimentary of the city, but no one gave a more ringing endorsement than Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick.“We’re very appreciative of the hospitality here, the opportunity to play,” Warlick said. “Everybody’s been super. I would suggest to come back and put a regional here. The crowd last night was really solid for four teams who weren’t close to this area, and the people came out and supported it. That’s a tribute to the love for women’s basketball in this area.” Comments Published on March 26, 2016 at 11:12 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mystery Tour in prospect as rivals set sights on Froome-less Ineos

first_imgThere are few sports events of world status where British success is taken as a given, but in the past 10 years the Tour de France has turned into one of the exceptions. Spearheaded by Chris Froome and the defending champion Geraint Thomas, the world’s toughest sports event, over 2,100 miles in 21 stages, has been won six times in seven years by British cyclists, a record that compares more than favourably with nations within the European heartland of the sport.The team that has forged this record is one with British roots and an international roster, Team Sky from 2010 to this spring, when the satellite broadcaster was replaced by petrochemicals firm Ineos. The richest team in the sport will again be the centre of attention in France throughout July, but Froome’s serious crash on 12 June which robbed him of a chance to vie for a fifth Tour win has completely changed the equation. Suddenly, every team with its sights on the Tour stopped pondering how to deal with two potential winners at Ineos, plus a strong outsider in the Colombian Egan Bernal. Instead, the great unknown for those teams is whether Thomas has it in him to win a second Tour and how his potential rivals can turn Froome’s absence to their advantage.The stage is set for a Tour where anything can happen. In some ways, this is a compliment to Froome, reflecting the grip he and his team have taken on the world’s toughest bike race. He is such a mild-mannered character, and he spends so much time below the radar outside the month of July, that when Tour de France time comes around, his dominance has always come as something of a surprise.However, the scale of that dominance cannot be underestimated. All multiple Tour winners have a psychological power over their fellow competitors which is enhanced as they win more often, gaining more experience in managing the race, gauging their efforts and calculating the physical state of the opposition. As a result, this year’s Tour suddenly has the complexion of the 1976 and 1983 races which followed the unexpected withdrawals of Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault respectively.Thomas will start as favourite to win the Tour again, but he has been playing catch-up this year after kicking back a little too far following last year’s victory. He was kept under wraps until the final warm-up race, the Tour of Switzerland, meaning his form was impossible to judge. Topics Pinterest Tour de France 2019: full team-by-team guide Twitter Cycling Share via Email Reuse this content Tour de France There are other plots, as always. It is not certain that Mark Cavendish will start for Dimension Data, which would have seemed unthinkable a few years ago; if he gets to Brussels he will try to edge closer to Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins, amid speculation over quite how far behind him his best days might be. With or without Cavendish, the switch of generations among the sprinters will continue as Marcel Kittel considers his future. Peter Sagan is under pressure for a seventh victory in the points prize after a slow start to the year. The world No 1 Julian Alaphilippe is France’s best hope for stage wins and will be favourite for the mountains prize with a stellar 12 months behind him. His predecessor in the measled vest, Warren Barguil, remains desperately on the comeback trail.In terms of the route, the trend for chopping the time trials and beefing up the mountain stages continues, with an epic amount of climbing over 2,500m above sea level this year. The organisers had hoped the route would make for a more open Tour with constant suspense, but in reality what happens in the Tour has always been more about the riders than the route. Before Froome’s crash, few would have put money against Brailsford’s men taking a seventh win in eight years. Now, all bets are off. The Movistar “trident” of Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana flopped in 2018 and look barely more promising so far. For France, Thibaut Pinot broadened his register by winning the Tour of Lombardy Classic last year, but it is five years since he figured on the Tour’s podium. Romain Bardet fights hard but has plateaued since 2016. Richie Porte of Australia has never quite lived up to his initial promise and has a tendency to fall off at inopportune moments.Froome’s crash is not the only one to leave the Tour without one of its stars. At the Giro on 14 May, the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin fell on a rain-hit finish at Frascati, severely cutting a knee; he headed for home the next morning before the race had even reached the official start point. Once his Giro had ended, he turned his sights on the Tour.But Dumoulin, the only dangerman who might have gained time on Thomas in the Tour’s only solo contre la montre, the 27km in Pau on stage 13, has not recovered in time. His absence only adds to the uncertainty around the outcome of this year’s race. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on WhatsApp Geraint Thomas Share on LinkedIn He will be a more confident leader than in 2018, but last year he had Froome in support for almost all of every mountain. There are few things more intimidating for the opposition than knowing the rider they are attempting to shake has the best Tour specialist riding shotgun; there will be none of that this July. Thomas can call on the support of Bernal, who finished 15th last year, and is tipped as a future Tour winner. There is always, however, the risk that Bernal will feel ambitious on his own account.What of the opposition, who will be rubbing their hands while publicly expressing their sympathy for Froome? The Slovenian Primoz Roglic is absent after a tough Giro d’Italia but otherwise the usual suspects are all set. Adam Yates had a successful spring after his disappointing 2018, but has yet to make the leap from fourth in 2016 to the podium. Vincenzo Nibali arrives after his second place in the Giro, but may struggle to hold his form until late July. Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang won the Critérium du Dauphiné in June amid a superb spring run for Astana. 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