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“We urge you, on March 12th, to champion the vision of the Internet as a free space for everyone”

first_img RSF_en On 12th March, World Day Against Cyber Censorship is a day to advance and celebrate a free Internet as an open window to the world and denounce the attacks made on the free flow of information online. In the spirit of fostering freedom of expression, Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International are asking Google, Yahoo! and Mircosoft to not censor any of their search engines or blog platforms anywhere around the world. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News We are writing to you on behalf of Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International regarding World Day Against Cyber Censorship, on March 12, 2009. As you know, Reporters Without Borders is an international press freedom organization that defends the right to inform and to be informed; Amnesty International is a Nobel prize winning international human rights organization with over 2.2 million members worldwide.World Day Against Cyber Censorship is a day to advance and celebrate a free Internet as an open window to the world and denounce the attacks made on the free flow of information online. In the spirit of fostering freedom of expression, we are asking that you do not censor any of your search engines or blog platforms anywhere around the world on this day.Your companies have grown on the concepts of open platforms for interaction, communication, idea development, and exchange. However, these concepts remain merely unfulfilled dreams for millions of people who live in countries where freedom of expression, creativity, and peaceful thought are not respected or protected. Related documents RWB-AI_.pdfPDF – 1.36 MB Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Currently there are more than two dozen countries restricting Internet access on a regular basis. Authoritarian regimes are becoming increasingly efficient at blocking any material they deem “objectionable.” Your assistance allows states, such as China, to out-right ban access to information on “human rights”, “dalai lama”, “Charter 08” or “democracy”, as well as to respected human rights websites, including those of Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International.Especially after having participated, for months, within a multi-stakeholder initiative with your firms, our organizations understand the challenges of operating in countries that restrict Internet access; these countries are trying to pressure you to obey local laws that do not comport with international law and standards that protect freedom of expression. But complying with local demands that violate international law does not justify your actions. We urge you, on March 12th, to champion the vision of the Internet as a free space for everyone, regardless of nationality or geographic location, and fulfill the idea of a truly worldwide web– even if just for one day. This would send a strong message to all “netizens” – individuals, organizations and states alike – that censorship online is not the only way forward. We thank you in advance for considering our request and are available to you should you have any questions or desire to discuss this further. Sincerely,Jean-Francois Julliard Secretary-General (Reporters Without Borders) Larry CoxExecutive Director (Amnesty International)”Download the letter March 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “We urge you, on March 12th, to champion the vision of the Internet as a free space for everyone” United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas “Dear Mr. Schmidt, Ms. Bartz and Mr. Ballmer: To :Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Google Carol Bartz, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo!, Inc.Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporationlast_img read more

Alexander: The Matt Kemp Redemption Tour gets an extra stop

first_img“I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “I told them I wanted to be here. I told them I wanted them to give me a chance to play every day. And I guess that proves I can help this team win any way I can.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Look at him now.The Matt Kemp Redemption Tour will hit Washington, D.C., a week from Tuesday. That became official Sunday afternoon when the bulk of the rosters for the 89th All-Star Game were announced. Kemp, Atlanta’s Nick Markakis and Washington’s Bryce Harper were voted into the National League’s starting outfield in fan balloting. Kemp received 2,930,353 votes, fifth highest among the eight NL starters.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.(Consider that the two leading NL vote-getters were Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman with 4,039,219 and Markakis with 3,556,469, an indication that the Braves were, um, very good at getting out the vote. It’s hard to tell, but I’m guessing Kemp did not benefit from many votes from Braves fans.)But this is on merit. After going 1 for 2 with two walks in as the DH in Sunday night’s 4-3 loss to the Angels, Kemp is fourth in the National League in hitting at .319, 10th in RBI with 57, sixth in slugging percentage (.550) and first in batting average with runners in scoring position (.438). He has 15 home runs and 18 doubles, his adjusted OPS+ of 143 going into the game was his highest in six years — or the last time he was in an All-Star Game — and he has resuscitated his reputation as a defensive outfielder thanks in large part to those 40 pounds he shed in the offseason.This is not, Kemp said, any sort of vindication or “I showed you” moment.center_img “The past is past. Things happen, an injury here and there, stuff like that. But right now I’m an All-Star and I’m happy about it.”The signs of this were visible in spring training, though most of us were too busy wondering how the Dodgers were going to shed their share of his $21.75 million salary from their payroll.But Dave Roberts saw them.“No. 1, the bat speed, the ball coming off the bat, the sound,” the Dodger manager said Sunday. “It looked right. And then you layer that on with good players around him. So you know that the production possibility is there, and then it’s just about getting an opportunity.”He got that opportunity, has been productive and has stayed healthy. (Which likely has something to do with the weight loss.)Kemp played 161 games in 2011, when he had 39 homers, 126 RBI, a 172 OPS+ and should have won the National League MVP award. As it was, Ryan Braun outpolled Kemp and was subsequently popped for PED use.(Inexplicably, a Kemp-for-Braun trade was a hot Twitter rumor at one point this spring, proving that bots do too have a sense of humor.)Following that near-MVP season Kemp dealt with a shoulder injury in 2012, and a bad ankle resulting from a botched slide in 2013, while the industry-wide perception was that he wasn’t the best influence in the clubhouse. Then he was traded twice in a year and a half, and even though he logged 35 homers and 108 RBI in 2016 between San Diego and Atlanta, he was tagged as excess baggage.A year ago he had 19 homers and 64 RBI in 115 games and led the league only in grounding into double plays. Worse, he’d turned 33, in an era in which front offices truly were reluctant to trust anybody over 30.“It wasn’t a good atmosphere for him,” said his buddy and fellow All-Star, Kenley Jansen.“Today he’s an All-Star again. I’m happy for him. He’s gone through a lot.”Roberts was right when he said before the game that he didn’t think Kemp would show how meaningful this really is to him.“I definitely think that there’s a moment away from here where he looks back and appreciates his … I don’t know if reascenscion is a word, but just being back essentially to being an All-Star caliber player, and also to get recognized by the most important people, the fans,” Roberts said.The best part? This story isn’t close to being [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter ANAHEIM — We probably should have paid more attention back in January.Larry Reynolds, the baseball agent, was talking about Matt Kemp, his client. And at the time, when it was generally assumed that the Dodgers had acquired Kemp for the express purpose of finding someone with which to offload his contract, it sounded like, well, an agent talking up his client.“He wants to play for the Dodgers,” Reynolds said then. “He wants to win a World Series. He’s gone out this offseason and changed his entire look … he’s in top shape, and he basically wants to come out and, whoever he’s with, prove everybody else wrong.”And: “Right now his mindset is to show up in spring training and let the people know that, ‘Hey, I’m going to be tough to get rid of. But if I do go somewhere else, you’re going to regret it.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dodgers at Atlanta Braves in NLDS Game 4: Pitching matchup, lineups

first_imgTHE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP RICH HILL (11-5, 3.66 ERA)vs. Braves: 5-0, 1.74 ERA (9 games, 7 starts)at SunTrust Park: Debut gamePostseason career: 1-2, 3.48 ERA (8 starts)Hates to face: Johan Camargo, 3 for 6 (.500), 2 doubles Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Loves to face: Ender Inciarte, 0 for 7, 1 strikeoutBRAVES RHP Mike Foltynewicz (13-10, 2.85 ERA)vs. Dodgers: 1-1, 5.56 ERA (two starts)at SunTrust Park: 10-9, 3.51 ERAPostseason career: 0-1, 18.00 ERA (one start)Hates to face: Yasmani Grandal, 2 for 7 (.286), 2 home runsLoves to face: Yasiel Puig, 0 for 4, 1 strikeoutThe lineups: When: Monday, 1:30 p.m.Where: SunTrust ParkTV: Fox Sports 1Game preview | Game 4 by the numbers | Monday’s MLB playoff scoreboardlast_img read more

Celtics F Gordon Hayward is ‘a liability on both ends of the court,’ Warriors player reportedly says

first_imgAfter the game, one Golden State player said the forward is “not Gordon Hayward right now” and “he’s a liability on both ends of the court,” according to NBA reporter Jeff Goodman.Hayward began the season in Boston’s starting lineup but was moved to the bench in late November. He’s averaging just 10.8 points in 26 minutes per game this season. Related News “I think with each month I feel more comfortable,” Hayward told ESPN earlier this month. “Sometimes, I need to remind myself it’s good to even be out there, and to try to find the joy in just playing, (and) not get frustrated if things aren’t going exactly how I want them to.”The Celtics dropped to 30-19 this season after falling to the Warriors. They’ll host the Nets on Monday. Gordon Hayward is hurting the Celtics, according to one anonymous Warriors player.The 28-year-old has been inconsistent this season after returning from a devastating leg injury and he scored just two points on 0-of-5 shooting in Boston’s 115-111 loss Saturday to Golden State. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praises Celtics: ‘They are one of the best teams in the league’center_img The nine-year veteran is shooting 42 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from 3-point range in 2018-19.Hayward left the Jazz and signed a four-year, $128 million contract with Boston in July 2017. But, he suffered the injury in Boston’s 2017-18 opener and missed the rest of the season. Celtics coach Brad Stevens discusses moving Gordon Hayward out of starting lineuplast_img read more

Guardiola’s birthday ruined, Arsenal held as Chelsea have the blues

first_imgGuardiola. PHOTO @mancityLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola’s 49th birthday celebrations went flat as Fernandinho’s late own goal forced Manchester City to settle for a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, while Chelsea’s top-four bid was dented by a surprise 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.On a busy day of top-flight action, the pitchside VAR monitor was used in the Premier League for the first time at Norwich, with Tottenham forced to settle for a goalless stalemate at Watford and Arsenal held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield United.It was the drama at the Etihad Stadium that took the spotlight as Fernandinho’s last-gasp blunder left Guardiola in no mood to party after City’s faint hopes of retaining the title suffered another hammer blow.The champions trail Liverpool by 13 points ahead of the runaway leaders’ clash with rivals Manchester United on Sunday.“It was a tight game. It’s difficult to analyse when they shoot from one corner and have no more chances,” Guardiola said.“We had many chances, unfortunately we could not win.”Cenk Tosun marked his first league start since his loan move from Everton with his maiden goal for the Eagles, the Turkish striker netting a close-range strike from Martin Kelly’s flick in the 39th minute.Sergio Aguero appeared to have turned the game on its head in the 82nd minute when the Argentine striker bagged his 250th goal in 360 games for the club.Aguero put City ahead in the 87th minute with a typically predatory header from Benjamin Mendy’s cross.But there was a sting in the tale for Guardiola as Fernandinho turned Zaha’s cross into his own net in the 90th minute to end second-placed City’s run of three successive league wins.– Chelsea downed late on –Chelsea would have cemented their grip on fourth place with a win on Tyneside, but they were unable to muster the cutting edge required to break down stubborn Newcastle and fell to Isaac Hayden’s header with just 20 seconds left in stoppage-time, losing 1-0.Chelsea’s first defeat in four league matches leaves them five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.After four league games without a victory, this was a much-needed success for Newcastle, but a wasted opportunity for Chelsea to open up a bigger gap in the race to qualify for the Champions League.“We can’t work anymore in training on finishing. You need to have that killer instinct in front of goal. We need to score more goals from front-line areas if we are going to get to where we want to be,” Lampard said. “It’s quite clear from what I am saying now that we know where we need to strengthen but we shall see.”At Vicarage Road, Troy Deeney’s 70th-minute spot-kick was saved by Paulo Gazzaniga before Tottenham’s Erik Lamela was denied a last-gasp winner by Ignacio Pussetto’s goal-line clearance.With England captain Harry Kane sidelined after hamstring surgery, Tottenham have gone three league games without scoring.Jose Mourinho’s side are without a win in four league matches since December 26 and sit eight points behind Chelsea.Toothless Tottenham thought they had stolen the points in stoppage-time when Lamela flicked Serge Aurier’s cross towards goal, but Watford’s new signing Pussetto cleared off the line, with goal-line technology showing just 10.04mm of the ball had not gone over.Arsenal are 10 points adrift of the top four after the Blades continued their superb first season back in the Premier League.Gabriel Martinelli, 18, broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage-time at the Emirates Stadium with a clinical finish from Bukayo Saka’s cross.But Chris Wilder’s side snatched an 83rd-minute equaliser when John Fleck lashed home after Arsenal failed to clear.Bottom of the table Norwich’s vital 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Bournemouth saw the pitchside monitor finally used to decide a red card call.Norwich took the lead when Bournemouth defender Steve Cook was sent off after flinging himself across the goal to block Teemu Pukki’s shot with his hand.Pukki fired home the resulting penalty in the 33rd minute, but the Canaries had to survive a tense finish after Ben Godfrey was sent off in the 76th minute.Godfrey’s foul on Callum Wilson was ruled a red card by referee Paul Tierney after he checked with the monitor, a move that followed advice to officials from Premier League chiefs this week to use the screen more often.Wolves climbed to sixth after a 3-2 win at Southampton, Everton drew 1-1 at West Ham and Brighton shared a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more