German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom May 3, 2017 RSF fears censorship resulting from German law on online hate content News News News to go further GermanyEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expressionInternet March 30, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Germany RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about a draft law in Germany that would impose massive fines on social networks that fail to quickly remove content of a “criminal” nature. RSF fears that the proposed law, which has been approved by the cabinet, could lead to excessive content removal and censorship and could set a precedent at the European level. To avoid heavy fines, social networks would be tempted to delete content, possibly a great deal of content, thereby restricting free speech and obstructing freedom of information for users of social networks, which are now one of the main methods of accessing news and information. Under the proposed law, approved by the federal cabinet on 5 April, leading social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube would face fines of up to 50 million euros for failing to remove hate speech or other forms of “criminal” content promptly. The deadline for deleting “criminal” content would be seven days, while the deadline for “manifestly criminal” content would be only 24 hours. The distinction is not clear and would place social networks under a great deal of pressures to take quick decisions or take the consequences. Censor more to pay less “RSF opposes this bill, which would just contribute to the trend to privatize censorship by delegating the duties of judges to commercial online platforms and making them decide where or not content should be deleted, as if the Internet giants can replace independent and impartial courts,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology desk. RSF therefore fears that this law would lead to excessive censorship, inasmuch as social networks would be tempted to suppress more content in order to pay fewer fines, and this of course is incompatible with the prescriptions of international human rights treaties. RSF is also concerned about the vagueness of the proposed law’s provisions on censorship mechanisms and criteria. Determining whether or not an online post complies with the law requires detailed legal expertise and involves a process that is complex. Bans to including defaming the German state or president In practice, when a user filed a complaint about content, social networks with more than 2 million users in Germany would have to decide very quickly whether it was “criminal” or “manifestly criminal” and therefore whether it needed to be removed and within what deadline.The proposed law refrains from using the terms “fake news” or “hate speech,” and instead refers to Germany’s criminal code, citing a list of 23 crimes that include “defaming the president (…) the state or its symbols,” “inciting hatred” and “training, participating in, recruiting for and supporting a terrorist organization” as grounds for censoring online content. Federal justice minister Heiko Maas said hate speech and fake news pose a grave danger to the democratic discourse in Germany, especially when they go viral. While it is understandable that the government is seeking solutions to these problems, RSF thinks this proposed law is much too broad, affecting not only social networks but also many other interactive sites such as email services (Gmail, ProtonMail and so on) and even cloud storage and file-sharing services such as Dropbox. Stop the legislative process “RSF calls on the German government to stop this legislative process, inasmuch as this law poses a grave threat to freedom of information and expression,” said Christian Mihr, the executive director of RSF Germany. It could also set a precedent at the European level at a time when other countries are considering the possibility of criminalizing hate speech and fake news. In the United Kingdom, a parliamentary report released on 1 May cites the German example and urges the government to adopt a system of graduated penalties, including large fines, for social network that do not act with sufficient speed to remove content inciting hatred. Under a proposed law submitted to the Italian parliament in February, disseminating “false, exaggerated or tendentious” information would be punishable by fines of up to 5,000 euros and even jail terms. In France, a senator has submitted an anti-fake news bill although article 27 of France’s 1881 press law already prohibits the publication of false news. Holding social networks responsible while protecting free speech RSF is aware of the dangers posed by fake news, hate speech and other forms of incitement to violence, especially when their spread and impact is multiplied by social networks whose main aim is to keep each user connected to their platform for as long as possible. Other lines of thought are developing. The idea of making the social networks themselves responsible is not new within the European Union. The European Commission and the Internet giants (Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft) agreed on a joint good conduct code for combatting online hate content in May 2016. It was not however binding. The proposed German law would of course be binding and goes much further, trying to check free speech abuses while at the same time doing nothing to ensure that free speech is protected RSF has always opposed repressive measures that regulate freedom of expression in an overly restrictive and even punitive manner. If the democracies adopt this kind of measure, it would also serve as a pretext for the world’s press freedom predators to gag independent media, encourage self-censorship and impose even more draconian censorship.Germany is ranked 16th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. 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FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: INTERLEAGUE Final Kansas City 4 Cincinnati 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Houston 4 Toronto 1 Final N-Y Yankees 9 Tampa Bay 2 Final Detroit 4 Minnesota 2 Final Chi White Sox 5 Cleveland 4 Final L-A Angels 4 Texas 1 Final Seattle 10 Oakland 8, 11 Innings Baltimore at Boston 7:10 p.m., postponed NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Washington 9 Miami 4 Final Atlanta 7 N-Y Mets 3 Final Pittsburgh 6 Chi Cubs 0 Final Milwaukee 12 St. Louis 4 Final Colorado 10 Philadelphia 3 Final Arizona 4 L-A Dodgers 3 Final San Francisco 5 San Diego 4, 12 Innings NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PRESEASON Final Columbus 4 Buffalo 2 Final Florida 3 Tampa Bay 2 Final Washington 4 St. Louis 0 Final Carolina 4 Nashville 1 Final Detroit 8 Chicago 6 Final Edmonton 6 Vancouver 0 Final Calgary 7 San Jose 5 Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. September 26, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/25/18 Beau Lund Written by
By Dialogo February 04, 2011 Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allemand has designated Army Maj. Gen. Hernán Mardones as the new head of the Joint General Staff. Mardones replaces Maj. Gen. Cristián Le Dantec, who resigned on 17 January. Mardones has had a long career in the Army, which he entered as a cadet, graduating as an infantry second lieutenant in 1974. In 1987 and 1988 he worked in the Office of the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army, and in 1991, after graduating from the War College (Academia de Guerra), he served as academic secretary of the Infantry School and assistant to the deputy commander-in-chief of the Army. In 2006 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and took up the post of director of Army Management and Development, and he subsequently served as commander of the Army Doctrine Division. In 2008 and 2009 he held the post of the institution’s director of Operations, following which he was promoted to the rank of major general in order to occupy the post of commander of Land Operations, in which he has been serving until now. In the academic arena, Mardones obtained a diploma in Institutional Management in Education from the Catholic University of Chile and a master’s degree in Military Sciences, Planning, and Strategic Management from the Army War College.
LONDON, England (CMC) – Legendary captain Clive Lloyd has joined a growing chorus of great former West Indies players in questioning the Caribbean side’s match strategy at the ICC World Cup here, and has urged them to change course and “raise their game” if they are to get the better of New Zealand in tomorrow’s do-or-die clash in Manchester.In reference to the tactic of short-pitching bowling throughout the tournament, the 74-year-old Lloyd said the Windies lacked “variation to their game plan” and had failed to adjust to the English conditions which had so far proved batsman-friendly.West Indies were left on the brink of elimination last Monday after Bangladesh comfortably chased down a national team record 322, to win by seven wickets in Taunton with 51 balls remaining.“I was disappointed with the West Indies performance against Bangladesh. It would appear that they only have one way to play with no variation to their game plan,” Lloyd wrote in his ICC tournament column.“They are trying to blast people out and I don’t think they understand the English conditions. You cannot always do that here because the pitches during this competition have been batsman-friendly despite the rain. It might be green but it doesn’t always fly around.”He continued: “Bangladesh were ready for that sort of onslaught and to chase down 320 with eight overs to spare is a great effort, but it is poor cricket by the West Indies.“They have themselves to blame if they miss the semi-finals. They should have beaten Australia and they definitely should have seen off Bangladesh as well. But the Bangladesh side did their homework and deserved their victory.”Lloyd’s sentiments echoed those of contemporaries Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Andy Roberts who earlier this week criticised the Windies bowling strategy as “one-dimensional”.West Indies used short-pitched bowling to good effect in their opener against Pakistan as they won by seven wickets, and also stunned Australia with the same strategy before the reigning world champions recovered to win by 15 runs.The Jason Holder-led unit then struggled against England in an eight-wicket defeat at Southampton, and Lloyd warned if there was not significant improvement against the Black Caps, a similar fate also awaited them.“The bowlers need to stick to a line and length instead of being wayward in both, which leads to leaking runs profusely,” said Lloyd, who oversaw West Indies’ triumphs at the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 in England.“If they do that against New Zealand they will be punished, and yet I still believe the West Indies can perform very well against them if they stick to the right script.”West Indies are seventh in the 10-team standings on three points from their five matches. In order to move into the top four, they need to win their remaining matches against New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and hope other results go in their favour.And while Lloyd said it was “increasingly unlikely” the Windies would reach the semis, he said it was important they produced winning performances going forward, starting with the critical fixture against New Zealand.“There is still a mathematical chance that the West Indies can make the semi-finals. And even though it is looking increasingly unlikely, it is absolutely vital that they try and finish the tournament on a high note,” Lloyd stressed.“New Zealand are one of the teams I said would surprise most people before the tournament started and I have been proved right. The West Indies need to raise their game if they are to have a chance against New Zealand at Old Trafford tomorrow.“In Kane Williamson, the Black Caps have a terrific captain and an even more impressive batsman. His innings to knock off South Africa was absolutely masterful, one of the finest I have ever seen in an ODI game. He is a fantastic reader of the game and knows how to adapt to what is going on around him.“The West Indies would benefit from learning a thing or two from Williamson.”
Published on April 12, 2016 at 9:01 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds ITHACA, N.Y. — Syracuse dropped its fourth game of the season and its fourth in the last five with a 10-9 overtime loss to Cornell on Tuesday at Schoellkopf Field. The No. 9 Orange (6-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) leaned on its typical contributors — most notably faceoff specialist Ben Williams and midfielder Nick Mariano — but the Big Red (5-5, 1-3 Ivy) stayed in the game and eventually pulled it out in overtime on a Ryan Matthews goal.Here are three takeaways from the game.X-manWilliams again had a strong performance from the faceoff X. After winning just 49-of-97 in the past four games, one of the most valuable players for SU came through. While Syracuse’s offense converted just five times in the first half, he won 7-of-9 in the opening 30 minutes. The only ones he didn’t win was the half’s first and last.Williams finished last season second in the country in faceoff win percentage at 67.4 but entering Tuesday he only had won faceoffs at a 60.8 percent clip this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the second half, Williams asserted himself by continuing to give the Orange possession after possession. But on a couple occasions, he couldn’t come through, most notably after Mariano gave Syracuse a 9-8 lead. Cornell won the faceoff and 15 seconds later tied the game up at nine.His biggest faceoff win, though, came at the start of overtime as Syracuse had a chance to win on its first offensive possession.The closerMariano scored a season-high four goals on Tuesday and three of them came on shots in which he wound up from 10-plus yards with his dominant left hand. The natural attack played his best game of the season and scored several goals throughout the game to break ties: his goals gave SU a 4-3 lead, and an 8-7 lead. But none was bigger than SU’s ninth goal which gave the Orange the lead. Though Cornell tied it up at nine, Mariano was Syracuse’s best scorer.But with two minutes left in the game, Mariano’s shot was saved by Cornell goalie Brennan Donville as he dropped his stick and stuffed a potential game-winner.Earning the spot?Evan Molloy started at goalie for the second straight game since replacing previous first-stringer, Warren Hill. The junior made six saves in the game, three of which came in the first half. The lack of early saves came in part due to the high number of shots that went wide of the net.His biggest gaffe of the night came at the end of the first quarter when he and other SU defenders ran to retrieve the ball from the end line after a Cornell shot went long. But the ref awarded the back up to the Big Red and with Molloy behind the net, Cornell scored on an empty net right before the buzzer went off.At the end of the fourth quarter, Molloy made the biggest save of his career right as time expired to send the game to overtime.Molloy allowed 10 goals on 30 shots in total and Cornell canned its shots in the second half and overtime to stay in the game and eventually win it.Whether or not it will be Molloy’s job going forward is still yet to be determined. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+