AJI condemns lawsuit against senior journalist for criticizing minister’s policy online

first_imgThe KUMKM Hub is the ministry’s initiative launched on May 20 to help cooperatives and SMEs market their products amid the COVID-19 outbreak with the use of digitalized channels provided on e-commerce platforms.Farid later elaborated on his criticism, arguing that cooperation with the private sector in a government program was inappropriate and would harm state interests, while the ministry should have the capacity to develop its own digital marketplace.Read also: Criticism ‘not an insult’: Police’s plan to nab slanderers of govt over COVID-19 questioned The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has spoken out against a police report filed by an Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) politician against senior journalist Farid Gaban for criticizing a minister’s recent policy, saying it is “against the right of expression.”PSI politician Muannas Alaidid reported Farid to the Jakarta Police on Wednesday, accusing the latter of spreading false and misleading news through social media.The allegation was made against Farid’s criticism of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki’s recent move to cooperate with e-marketplace Blibli.com in a program called the KUMKM Hub. Muannas argued that Farid’s statements did not reflect the actual situation and would mislead people. He said such statements would only give an impression that the government only cared about businesspeople rather than the people.On Monday, Farid tweeted that he had received a legal notice from Muannas, saying the politician would report him to the police if Farid refused to delete his criticism.Separately, Minister Teten said the ministry had realized from the outset that there was a need to cooperate as widely as possible since the government could not work alone. However, he said that he accepted any criticism, including that from Farid, as reported by local media outlets.AJI argued what Farid did was a form of freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution. It also said that was Farid said was still within the limits of expressing an opinion.“[We] urge Muannas Alaidid to retract his report against Farid Gaban,” AJI said in a statement on Thursday. “[We] urge the police not to proceed further with the report.”AJI also questioned why a report was filed when the person being criticized apparently did not mind such criticism.The alliance also urged PSI to conduct internal examination regarding the police report, saying the party had an obligation to encourage its members to face criticism and respect differences.Topics :center_img “People help the people; the rulers help entrepreneurs. How about this, Kang Teten Masduki? How low can you go?” Farid tweeted through his account, @faridgaban, on May 21, along with a picture of an announcement for the program’s launch.last_img read more

Man arrested after setting woman’s house on fire after argument

first_imgThe Port St. Lucie Police Department has arrested a 30-year-old man who reportedly set a woman’s house on fire after they got into a dispute at another location.The incident occurred Saturday at a home on the 400 Block of SW Crawfish Drive in PSL.Authorities say Richard Caldwell and the woman were at a bar when they got into a dispute, the woman then left the bar with friends to return home but when she arrived, she found Caldwell inside of her home.That’s when the woman asked Caldwell to leave. Caldwell reportedly told the woman “you’re going to regret this,” while holding a a bottle with lighter fluid.The woman then decided to leave the home. When she returned, she found her home engulfed in flames.Caldwell later returned to the scene while authorities were present and a K-9 detected fire accelerant on his shoes and in his vehicle.He was arrested and is now facing arson and burglary charges.last_img read more

Senior champion East among four new caps in England team for Europeans

first_img Stephen East (Moortown, Yorkshire), recently crowned English Seniors champion, is one of four new caps in the England team for the European Seniors Team Championship to be played at Sierra Golf Club in Poland on 2nd – 6th September. The other three are Clive Jones (Toulouse, France), Tony McLure (Longhirst Hall, Northumberland) and Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire, IoW & CI). Completing the six-man team is Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O). East (image © Leaderboard Photography) has enjoyed remarkable success in his first year as a senior golfer. He won the English title at Matfen Hall in Northumberland in June which followed his victory in the Spanish Seniors at La Manga. Since then he hasn’t looked back, finishing runner-up in the British, Irish and Scottish Seniors and fourth in the European Seniors. All this follows a successful career in golf in which he was a stalwart for Yorkshire while he also won the English Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy three times, the European, British, Portuguese and Yorkshire Mid Amateur titles. Jones, another in his first year as a senior, has lived in France for the past 20 years after moving from Sussex. He won this year’s European Seniors title against a strong field, including East, by a shot in Spain in June and had two good round in the British. McLure, 56, is another enjoying success at a new level after a highly productive amateur career which included winning the Lytham Trophy. He is a former winner of the French Mid Amateur and three times the Durham Match Play champion when a member of Whickham. In the senior ranks last year, he won the Seniors County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa, finished second in the Welsh Seniors and third in the Scottish, while this year he again finished runner-up in Wales and equal third in the British Seniors. Mew, 61, has also enjoyed a distinguished amateur record, particularly in his home county of Hampshire. Again, the senior rank has opened a new career. He won the Senior County Champions Tournament in 2012 and this year has finished second in the Scottish Seniors, eighth in the European Seniors and 15th in the British. Latham, 56, was the man to beat last year when he became a senior. A stalwart of Hertfordshire golf for many years and then Lincolnshire, he had a meteoric rise through the senior ranks, winning the Scottish and English titles within weeks then being capped in last year’s European Seniors Team Championships. Although he hasn’t tasted victory this year, Latham finished fourth in defence of his English Seniors at Matfen Hall, sixth in the Scottish Seniors and equal 20th in the British. He was also selected in the GB&I team for the Concession Cup against the USA in Florida. Stracey, 60, is a former winner of the Irish and Welsh Seniors and was also selected for the Concession Cup. A senior international since 2009, he finished joint runner-up in this year’s English Seniors, equal fourth in the Welsh Seniors and tied eighth in the British Seniors. England has not won the European Team title since 2010 at Fairhaven. Last year in Hungary the team finished third. 22 Aug 2014 Senior champion East among four new caps in England team for Europeans last_img read more