Journalist living in fear for his life after report on illegal logging

first_imgNews Receive email alerts Follow the news on Indonesia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is very worried about a newspaper reporter in the western province of Aceh who has had to go into hiding after being threatened and beaten by an army officer over a report about illegal logging. The reporter, who just uses the name Ahmadi, works for the local daily Harian Aceh.“It is unacceptable just days after World Environment Day on 5 June that a journalist is being treated like this for writing about deforestation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Indonesian authorities, especially the defence minister, must react by punishing the army officer responsible for these threats.”In its recent report “Deforestation and pollution, high-risk subjects,” Reporters Without Borders noted that local and foreign journalists are frequently threatened or bribed in connection with their coverage of illegal logging in Indonesia, which leads the world in deforestation. Read the report.During a visit to Alapan district on 19 May to do a story on flooding, Ahmadi and another reporter, Aziz of News Investigasi Medan, noticed illegal logging taking place on land place belonging to the local police station. When they contacted a local army officer, Lt. Faisal Amin, for a comment, he told them not to write anything about it.Harian Aceh ran a story by Ahmadi on 21 May linking Lt. Amin to the illegal logging. The same day, Ahmadi was “invited” to meet with Lt. Amin on a military base. When he arrived, his mobile phone and laptop were taken from him and, when he tried to recover the phone, Amin let off several shots with his firearm and shouted: “You liar. You have humiliated me three times. I told you not to publish it but you insisted.”Lt. Amin then beat Ahmadi about the head, face and chest and threatened to kill his family if he did not retract the article’s claims. Ahmadi nonetheless refused and, after four hours of mistreatment, he was released. He filed a complaint at the Simeulue district police station before going to a hospital for treatment to his injuries.Yuli Maroko, a regional army spokesman, subsequently acknowledged that Ahmadi had been given a beating by a “military officer” but no action was taken against Lt. Amin. Soldiers were sent to protect Ahmadi’s family at their home.Ahmadi has been living in hiding, far from his family, since the incident. He told Reporters Without Borders: “I want justice to be done. I want my assailant to be tried before a civilian court. I also request protection for my family and myself during and after the trial. Despite the appointment of a new commander in the district of Simeulue and his attempts to reassure me about our safety, I am still worried.” Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img News November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation News June 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist living in fear for his life after report on illegal logging News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more August 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

SMC recognizes global Day of Peace

first_imgThis Tuesday, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry will hold two events in recognition of the International Day of Peace. Students may gather in the student center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to create their own pinwheel for peace. Regina Wilson, assistant director of Campus Ministry, said students will write their hopes, dreams and wishes on the pinwheels to serve as a visual reminder of this globally recognized occasion. “It’s a way for Saint Mary’s to join in the worldwide community in observance of peace; a way to invite students to stop in the middle of the day and reflect,” Wilson said. It is also important for students to learn about peace together, she said. The second event in observance of International Peace Day will be held Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Students will have the opportunity to view “Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari and Maathai,” a film that tells the story of a Kenyan woman who attempts to address environmental degradation and other human rights issues by planting trees. In conjunction with the justice education department, Saint Mary’s Environmental Action Coalition will lead students in a discussion following the film. “These are just two little, simple ways that we ask students to focus on the needs of the world to pursue peace; these things don’t register on people’s radar,” Wilson said. Last year, between 60 and 80 students attended these events on International Peace Day, she said, adding that the events foster a friendly environment and are open to all interested participants.last_img read more

Who is Alexis Lafreniere? Canadian forward consensus first-overall pick in 2020 NHL draft

first_imgMORE: How to watch the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery’s Phase 2Here’s everything you need to know about the top NHL prospect.Where is Alexis Lafreniere from?The 18-year-old star winger hails from Saint-Eustache, Que. When he was just 14, he played bantam hockey and posted 69 points (35 goals, 34 assists) in 26 games. In 2016-17 he played for the Saint-Eustache Vikings midget team and led the team in scoring with 83 points (33 goals, 50 assists) in 36 games. If he is selected first overall, Lafreniere would be the first Quebec-born player taken No. 1 since current Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was drafted in 2003 by the Penguins. He’ll also be the first non-goaltender from Quebec taken at No. 1 overall since Vincent Lecavalier in 1998 by the Lightning.Where has Alexis Lafreniere played?Ranked the top skater among North Americans by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau, the 6-1, 193-pound left winger torched the competition in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). This past season he led the QMJHL with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games for the Rimouski Oceanic. His 2.15 points per game were the best in Canadian Hockey League history since Connor McDavid’s (Erie Otters) 2.50 PPG in 2014-15.  Over the course of three seasons, he netted 297 points in 173 games and an impressive 1.72 points per game. By comparison, the NHL’s top points man, Leon Draisaitl, had 1.55 points per game this past season.Lafreniere with some smooth moves behind the net 😱😱 pic.twitter.com/ItnMNQ1hqj— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 2, 2020In late December and early January he led Canada to the gold medal at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship — despite missing two games with a knee injury. He potted four goals and six assists in five games; the previous tournament he had one goal in five games and was often the 13th forward. MORE: NHL Draft lottery Phase 2, explainedWhat awards has Alexis Lafreniere won?Lafreniere captured his second straight QMJHL MVP award back in May. The last guy to do that? Former Rimouski star Sidney Crosby (2004, 2005), which puts him in some pretty solid company. Shawinigan goalie Mathieu Chouinard also won back-to-backs from 1999 to 2000.YEAR LEAGUEAWARD2017-18QMJHLRookie of the Year (RDS Cup)2017-18QMJHLAll-Rookie team2017-18QMJHLFirst All-Star team2017-18QMJHLOffensive Rookie of the Year (Michel Bergeron Trophy)2017-18CHLWawanesa Rookie of the Year2018-19QMJHLFirst All-Star Team2018-19QMJHLMVP (Michel Briere Memorial Trophy)2018-19QMJHLPersonality of the Year (Paul Dumont Trophy)2018-19CHLSportsnet Player of the Year2020WJCMVP2020WJCAll-Star Team2020WJCBest forward2019-20QMJHLFirst Team All-Star2019-20QMJHLMVP (Michel Briere Memorial Trophy)2019-20QMJHLTop Scorer (Jean Beliveau Trophy)2019-20QMJHLTop Prospect (Michael Bossy Trophy)2019-20QMJHLPersonality of the Year (Paul Dumont Trophy)2019-20CHLDavid Branch Player of the Year Award2019-20CHLTop Draft Prospect AwardWhat are the experts saying about Alexis Lafreniere?“Lafreniere has exceptional skills and attributes which make him a scoring threat every time he steps onto the ice. Whether it’s with Rimouski in the QMJHL or on the world stage, he has continually shown that he is a force that can impact and be a difference maker in games. What sets him above in this Draft class is the natural compete and battle traits that are ingrained in his game, allowing Alexis to lead the way and make others around him better.” — NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr Monday night is Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft lottery, which means we’ll finally know who will select first overall come October. Regardless of which team gets the honor, one thing is already a given: Alexis Lafreniere has long been established as the top prospect for this year’s draft. Now, granted, depending on who gets the top slot it may not be him because of team needs (and 2020 has just been kooky); however, that’s probably not going to happen because he’s a surefire generational talent. Lafreniere brings speed, physicality, a high hockey IQ, silky mitts and an insane ability to put the puck in the back of the net.  “Obviously, Alexis is quite the player when you look at every aspect of his game. I think you could consider every aspect as elite when you look at his skating, his puck skills, obviously it’s above average. He’s been excellent for his three years with Rimouski.” — J-F Damphousse, Central Scouting’s regional scout for Quebec and the Maritimes”A gifted and versatile scoring winger with outstanding hockey sense and the ability to elevate his game when the situation calls for it, Lafreniere possesses many traits that scream elite and potential NHL superstar. From his deadly wrist shot to his superior playmaking and vision, the St. Eustache native checks every block imaginable when it comes to possessing the puck. What makes Lafreniere unique, however, is his insanely high compete level, tenacity on the puck, physicality, and selflessness. Play him on a line with equally heralded or accomplished prospects, and he’ll make it a point to tap into their strengths rather than make himself the center of attention.” — Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst”A premier, point-producing machine of a forward who continued to elevate his game throughout the season. Extremely dangerous in one-on-one situations. Scores in a variety of ways and will be one of the rare wingers who will dictate everything. Joined Sidney Crosby as the only two-time CHL Player of the Year winner. A very worthy first-overall pick.” — Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospectslast_img read more