Threats to an Internet radio run by North Korean defectors

first_img to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” South KoreaAsia – Pacific May 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats to an Internet radio run by North Korean defectors Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has expressed concern about threats and harassment of a group of defected North Koreans who run the independent Internet radio Free North Korea.The Institute of North Korean studies, linked to South Korean intelligence, on 8 May 2004 asked the radio to quit premises they were using. The decision followed a complaint from Pyongyang and death threats against the members of the radio.The international press freedom organisation has urged the Unification Minister Jeong Se-hyun to intervene with the relevant authorities to ensure free expression for the radio and the staff’ safety.It added that it was disturbed to see that the station’s staff should be forced to leave a building, just three days after an official North Korean complaint.Radio Free North Korea (wwww.freenk.net), the first independent radio run by North Korean exiles, has received threats ever since its launch on 20 April 2004.Individuals, probably of South Korea’s extreme-left who back the North Korean regime, have regularly tried to disrupt programmes by getting into the building that houses the station. Security personnel have had to intervene on several occasions. The radio’s presenters have also received death threats by phone, email and post. An unidentified woman has several times warned them, saying: “Traitors, you should watch out”.A North Korean delegation made an official complaint on 5 May to the reunification minister about the launch of the website and the radio. The minister reportedly replied that it was only one website among the tens of thousands in South Korea.But on 8 May, head of the institute, Kim Chang-soon asked Kim Seong-min, head of Free North Korea to leave as soon as possible the offices that had been loaned to them. He said the decision had been taken to protect the staff of the institute that was privatised in the 1990s but still receives support from South Korean secret services (NIS). According to some sources, the institute’s boss had had to act under pressure from the authorities.Radio Free North Korea staff left the offices on 19 May and moved into a privately-rented office. Broadcasts have not however been interrupted as a result of the harassment and threats.Kim Seong-min, former official North Korean poet, launched the Internet radio with about half a dozen other North Korean defectors living in Seoul. The station, in a very “North Korean style” broadcasts daily giving one hour of news about the situation in the peninsula and accounts by exiles. It strongly denounces the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang. The website claims 10,000 hits a day. RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation South KoreaAsia – Pacific Organisation Receive email alerts News News November 19, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Follow the news on South Korea November 11, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News August 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Curtin crowned queen of children’s tales at awards

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Facebook Print Linkedin Judi Curtin (second from left) with her husband Dan O’Gorman and two of their children Brian and Annie O’Gorman.LIMERICK author Judi Curtin’s latest book ‘Stand by Me’ has been crowned Children’s Book of the Year (Senior) at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in Dublin.Now in its 12th year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards was founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest possible range of reader. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.Thousands of ordinary readers vote to select the winners every year. This year, in excess of 50,000 readers and book lovers made their voices heard and voted to select the winners in each category. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And at a star-studded award ceremony last Tuesday, Limerick’s very own Judi Curtin won one of the night’s 15 big prizes for her newest book ‘Stand by Me’, which was voted National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Senior). The book tells the story of Molly and Beth who travel back to the past, in an effort to fix a friendship that was destroyed in 1960.Judi has published 25 books. This was her fourth time being nominated for the award.“While they’ve been well-received, and shortlisted on a few occasions, until last Tuesday I had never won an award of any kind. When the announcement was made, I honestly couldn’t believe it,” she told the Limerick Post.“The rest of the night passed in a happy blur, and I still haven’t quite come back down to earth. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who voted for me, and made the magic happen. I now have to decide whether to write a third book about Molly and Beth, or if I should start to develop new characters. Whatever I choose, I’ll be doing mental planning over the next few weeks, and starting serious work in January,” she explained.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter NewsLocal NewsCurtin crowned queen of children’s tales at awardsBy Alan Jacques – December 8, 2017 1380 Previous articleMunster coach Van Graan makes five changes for Tigers clashNext articleWin cinema tickets Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSBord Gáis Energy Irish Book AwardsChildren’s Book of the YearJudi CurtinlimerickStand By Me Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img April 5, 2020 Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline a nine-person group announced Saturday of this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.All eight finalists who were announced in February were chosen to get in by the panel of 24 voters.Former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is also headed to the Hall. He was selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACING Update on the latest sports — The Spanish league and players are still far apart on the size of the salary cuts. The league is trying to reduce the financial impact caused by the outbreak, but players say the organization wants them to carry nearly half the total losses. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses that could reach about $1.08 billion if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. Players have said they are willing to reduce their salaries, but not as much as the league or the clubs want.— English Premier League soccer players have rejected a move by clubs to cut their wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic. The stance from the union followed talks involving clubs and the leagues. Liverpool and fellow 2019 Champions League finalist Tottenham have announced that some non-playing staff will be furloughed since the competition has been indefinitely suspended.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEKobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He’s now officially a Hall of Famer. The White House says the commissioners thanked the president for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge. A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.None of the leagues released public comment about the call.A person with direct knowledge of what was discussed on the call said Trump believes the NFL season will start on time on Sept. 10 with fans in seats.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The president is reassuring Little League baseball players that they should be playing the game again soon. Little League president and CEO Stephen Keener reassured that the players would be back soon. Little League has suspended activities until mid-May, when the situation will be assessed, according to its website. OBIT-HONDURAS-CALLEJASEx-Honduran leader caught in FIFA scandal dies in U.S.MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former president of Honduras convicted in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal has died in the United States. Rafael Callejas governed Honduras from 1990 to 1994, but he was better known for soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights. The 76-year-old Callejas pleaded guilty in 2016 and was reportedly being held at a prison in Atlanta when he died Saturday.He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in a New York federal court. He said he distributed a significant portion of his bribes to delegates of the Honduran soccer federation so he could remain its president, a position he held from 2002 to last August.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPresident lauds sports leagues, players in handling of coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The White House says the president spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus. 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He beat Team Penske teammate and fellow Aussie Will Power in Saturday’s race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.McLaughlin was scheduled to make his IndyCar debut for Team Penske on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May before the race was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKER Hacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. The hacker repeatedly posted the one-word slur in all capital letters on the Rangers’ “Future Fridays” series on Twitter.The Rangers said in a statement that “a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible.” The team said it is investigating the matter.The NHL also released a statement condemning the hack, saying “No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league.” Associated Press last_img read more

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