Death threat made against Radio Free Asia journalist

first_img News News Reporters Without Borders today condemned anonymous death threats made against Lem Piseth, of Radio Free Asia in Cambodia after he reported on damage from deforestation in the Kompong Thom province in the centre of the country.The authorities had banned all national media from carrying extracts from a report on deforestation in the area, recently released by the NGO, Global Witness. The journalist has now fled the country to take refuge in Thailand.Piseth, aged 38, was on his way to Kampong Speu in southern Cambodia on 16 June when he received a call on his mobile phone from a number he did not recognise. When he replied a man’s voice said to him: – “Is that you Lem Piseth?- Yes. Who are you?- You are insolent. Do you want to die?- Why are you insulting me like this?- Because of the story about the forest and know this, there will not enough land to bury you in.”The unknown caller then hung up and when the reporter tried to cal the number back, he found himself through to a call centre.“It is obvious that the Global Witness report on the over-exploitation of the Cambodian forests is upsetting some people,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Since this report was released, all media have been subjected to unjustified state censorship. We urge the authorities to identify those who made these threats so that Lem Piseth can safely resume his work”.Following publication of the Global Witness report, Piseth wrote four articles on the damage resulting from deforestation in Kompong Thom province, particularly in the Tumring region, where it has been particularly disastrous. While reporting in Kompong Thom, the reporter said he was followed by police and the military. He had to leave the hotel room he was staying in for several nights, at the request of the owners who gave him no explanation.Information Minister, Khieu Kanharith, said on 8 June that “the media has had a week to put out news (about the report) and that is more than enough. Newspapers can refer to it but not reproduce it. If this ban is not respected, we will take the necessary legal steps”.Radio Free Asia is among several media which have continued to talk about the report. A man went to the radio’s broadcasting centre and asked the journalists to stop mentioning the report.Soren Seelow, a journalist on Cambodge Soir was sacked without notice on 10 June for having mentioned the Global Witness report but there were hopes that a strike by staff at the paper could lead to the case being resolved. Organisation CambodiaAsia – Pacific CambodiaAsia – Pacific Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream to go further June 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threat made against Radio Free Asia journalist Follow the news on Cambodia December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF_en Receive email alerts January 21, 2021 Find out more News February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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HOBOKEN BRIEFS

first_img ×Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson sent his representative Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer Kevin R. Cooke, Jr., to CODE IT, a nonprofit helping young adults in the Hoboken Housing Authority learn to code. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson sent his representative Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer Kevin R. Cooke, Jr., to CODE IT, a nonprofit helping young adults in the Hoboken Housing Authority learn to code. Don’t miss the festival Sunday!On Sunday, Sept. 24, thousands of people will attend the free Hoboken Arts & Music Festival. The festival takes place all day long along Washington Street from Eighth Street to Fourteenth Street.The festival is celebrating its 24th anniversary. It will have more than 250 vendors this year, including artists, crafters, painters, photographers, local businesses, food, and non profits.Families will be able to enjoy a variety of children’s activities, as the festival will have a dedicated children’s section from Thirteenth Street to Fourteenth Street and there are two stages for musical performances on Eighth Street and Thirteenth Street.For more information on the festival look at last week’s front page article “Fair heads uptown again.” center_img Multiple endorsements are in for multiple Hoboken mayoral hopefuls5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham endorsed Council President Jen Giattino for her mayoral run this Thursday, Sept. 21, in an email. Cunningham is one of the co-chairs of her campaign, according to fellow endorser Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.“I believe Jen Giattino, is best suited to lead Hoboken now as Mayor,” wrote Cunningham. “I give her my enthusiastic, unqualified endorsement. I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with all the major mayoral candidates over the last several years, and while they all have their strengths, none is more ready, none is as ready to lead Hoboken.”3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo was scheduled to publicly endorse freeholder and mayoral candidate Anthony Romano as Hoboken’s next mayor on Friday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. by the Ninth Street Light Rail Station.“Today’s decision to endorse Anthony Romano for mayor of Hoboken, along with his slate of council candidates, is the best decision we can make,” said Russo in the press release. “Anthony demonstrates tremendous leadership skills and I have full confidence in his abilities to be a great mayor.On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Hoboken 4th Ward Councilman and former Assemblyman Ruben Ramos endorsed mayoral candidate and fellow councilman Mike DeFusco for mayor, along with his council slate, in the upcoming November election.“Mike DeFusco is the only candidate running for mayor who truly understands what makes Hoboken so special – the people who live here,” said Ramos in the press release. “Mike is a valued colleague of mine on the City Council and a tireless advocate for his constituents. As mayor, I know he will fight hard for everyone. I’m proud to support Mike DeFusco and his entire team.”North end redevelopment community meeting will be Sept. 28The city will host the first community workshop as part of the community planning process for the North End Redevelopment Plan on Sept. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Wallace School gymnasium, located at 1100 Willow Ave.The area was declared an area in need of rehabilitation in 2013 and is generally north of the Fourteenth Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks.The city is now developing a redevelopment plan for the North End in order to determine land uses, development patterns, transportation and transit solutions, and flood mitigation appropriate for the area.Donate to hurricane reliefCouncilman Ruben Ramos along with the Hoboken Housing Authority, and Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc will collect supplies for communities in Puerto Rico affected by hurricanes.Donations can be dropped off Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 221 Adams Street.For more information contact Ramos at (201) 401-7947.New art exhibit at hob’art co-operative galleryAn opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for new hob’art gallery exhibit M&Ms.M&Ms is an exhibition of exciting new art by two hob’art artists Meredeth Turshen and Miriam Untoria.The exhibit opened Friday Sept. 22 at 720 Monroe St. and will run until Oct. 14.Gallery Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Call (201) 319-1504. Board meeting scheduled and dockets opened on Hoboken train crashDockets for the fatal Sept. 29, 2016 NJ Transit crash in Hoboken were opened to the public on Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as part of its ongoing investigation. The dockets contain only the factual information collected by NTSB investigators.“The docket does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations, and as such, no conclusions about how or why an accident occurred should be drawn from the information in the docket,” states the release.The probable causes, findings and recommendations, will be discussed and voted upon at a board meeting and published in a final report, which won’t be until the first quarter of 2018.According to the press release, the NTSB is also preparing a Special Investigation Report focused on the findings from the NJ Transit accident that will include recommendations based on those findings.According to the press release the special investigation report is similar to an accident report in that it reports and analyzes facts, draws conclusions, and makes recommendations. It differs from accident reports in that it usually involves more than one accident investigation and includes briefs of the accidents as well as probable cause.The NTSB has scheduled the board meeting on the special investigation report for Feb. 6, 2018, in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, beginning 9:30 a.m.A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/ .The dockets for the NJ Transit commuter rail collision and a Long Island Rail Road collision are available online at https://go.usa.gov/xRuhv and https://go.usa.gov/xRuh6.Mayoral candidate and council president Jen Giattino endorses Board of Education slateCouncil President and mayoral hopeful Jen Giattino endorsed the Hoboken Proud slate of incumbent Sharyn Angley and fellow candidates a Melanie Tekirian and Chetali Khanna for election to the Hoboken Board of Education.“I supported Sharyn and her running mates three years ago and I’ve been extremely pleased with the continued positive change in the Hoboken Public Schools,” said Giattino in a press release. “Hoboken Proud is certainly an appropriate reflection of how we should all feel about the job that’s being done by Superintendent Christine Johnson and the current Board of Education.”Tekirian, Khanna, and Angley are three of the seven candidates officially running for three Board of Education Trustee seats. The other candidates are incumbent Peter Biancamano, local activist Patricia Waiters, Lauren Eagle, and Anne Marie Schreiber. New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik to appear at Little City Books on Oct. 4New Yorker writer, best-selling author and master storyteller Adam Gopnik will spin yarns from his new memoir “At the Strangers’ Gate” about New York City in the 1980s – romance, insight, art, and cockroaches – on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken.Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now.Seating is limited, and to reserve a place you must purchase a copy of the book online ( http://www.littlecitybooks.com/event/author-adam-gopnik-strangers-gate-arrivals-new-york) or in the store.Edgewater zoning hearing is Oct. 18 on plan for former Hess terminal615 River Road Partners will appear before Edgewater’s Zoning Board of Adjustment on Oct. 18 to present a redevelopment proposal for two tracts on which the developer hopes to build a 1,873-unit mixed use complex on the site with five 18- to 25-foot residential towers and 60,000 square feet of retail.The projects will require multiple variances, including height, density and land use.According to local media reports, the 18.7-acre site at 615 River Road, one of the last vestiges of Edgewater’s industrial past, is the state’s largest undeveloped waterfront property north of Hoboken.Meanwhile, the borough council formally authorized the acquisition of the former Hess terminal on Sept. 18, paving the way for the borough to seize the site for public space.The town announced plans in July to acquire the land either through purchase or eminent domain.The borough has allocated $25 million to buy the 18.7-acre site despite threats from the property’s owner, 615 River Road Partners, that it will vehemently fight the effort.last_img read more

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William Theodore Van Hook, age 84

first_imgWilliam Theodore Van Hook, age 84 of Batesville, IN passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. Born July 27, 1932 in West Terra Haute, IN he was the son of the late Eugene & Pauline (Dierdorf) Van Hook.William retired from Schirk’s International in Greensburg, IN but was fleet maintenance director for Batesville Casket Co. for over 20 years. He was a member of the Ripley County Community Foundation, Social Lodge 86 F&AM Terra Haute, IN and Scottish Rite Valley of Terra Haute.  He served his county in the US Army at the end of Korea.  William married Marilyn M. Cook on September 1, 1956.William is survived by his son Robert Van Hook of Napoleon, IN and several cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn M. Van Hook in 2007, his daughter Daryl Lea Van Hook and his brothers Lawrence Van Hook and Robert E. Van Hook who died in Korea 1952.Visitation will be Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 5-7pm with Masonic Services at 7pm at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN. Services will be Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11:00am at Meyers Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Flory officiating.  Burial will follow services in the Methodist Cemetery.Memorials are suggested to Ripley Co. Community Foundation Van for Veterans c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.  Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

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