News Reporters Without Borders today condemned continuing government harassment of bloggers and their families after Marine Lee, the wife of blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, was questioned by police in a Kuala Lumpur police station yesterday about her husband’s Malaysia Today website.Lee told the police that, as a Muslim woman under Sharia law, she could only speak if her husband allowed her to do so. The ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) filed a complaint against Raja Petra on 23 July about an 11 July article considered insulting to the king. to go further 25.07 – Government goes to war against bloggers using arrests and interrogation Reporters Without Borders today condemned a recent wave of online censorship and harassment of outspoken bloggers as Malaysia approaches its national holiday on 31 August and gears up for early elections at the start of next year.“Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s government is the target of mounting criticism and its response seems to be repression,” the press freedom organisation said. “Citing the need to combat attempts to incite racial hatred or insult the king, the internal security ministry is trying to intimidate dissidents, especially dissident bloggers.”Reporters Without Borders added: “It is outrageous to see a minister threatening to jail bloggers who have managed to create an unprecedented space for free expression in Malaysia. We call for charges to be dropped against bloggers Raja Petra Kamarudin, Nathaniel Tan, Ahiruddin Attan and Jeff Ooi. At the same time, the national press must be allowed real editorial independence.”Malaysia was placed 92nd out of 168 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders ranking of nations according to respect for press freedom.Nazri Abdul Aziz, who holds the position of minister in the Prime Minister’s Department with responsibility for justice, said yesterday that the government would not hesitate to use the Internal Security Act against bloggers who tackle sensitive issues. Under the ISA, someone who is deemed to have threatened state security can be held without trial for two years. Aziz added that the government had until now been “very patient.”Science and technology minister Kong Cho Ha warned last December that the government planned to introduce regulations designed to prevent “ill-intentioned” use of the Internet and the posting of information by bloggers that harmed Malaysia’s “social harmony.”Political commentator and blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (also known as RPK) was interrogated for eight hours today by police about articles he recently posted online, including one entitled “See you in hell Muhamad son of Muhamad.” He was also asked about the identity of people who had posted comments about his articles. The summons for questioning was the result of a complaint brought against him on 23 July by the ruling United Malays National Organisation.Kamarudin, who edits the independent website Malaysia Today, posted an article on 11 July that is deemed to be an insult to the king and incitement to racial hatred. He claims to be read by more than 300,000 people a day and is known for criticising Prime Minister Badawi and other politicians. He faces a possible three-year prison sentence.Blogger Nathaniel Tan, a member of the opposition Justice Party (PKR), was released on 17 July after being held for four days. Local sources said he was detained because his blog contained a link to a website with information about a corruption case involving internal security minister Johari Bharum. The information was deemed to be a violation of the Official Secrets Act.Last January, the management and former editors of the New Straits Times daily sued two outspoken bloggers, Jeff Ooi and Ahiruddin Attan, over articles they had posted which argued, with the help of detailed examples, that some of its reports and editorials lacked objectivity. February 22, 2021 Find out more Organisation —————————————————— RSF_en MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth News Follow the news on Malaysia Receive email alerts March 17, 2021 Find out more MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments January 29, 2021 Find out more News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again August 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government continues to harass bloggers
A banner calling for Pardew to go was displayed before and after the 1-0 defeat and the large away following directed their ire towards their manager in the stands during the match. Newcastle have conceded 12 goals without reply in their four losses, although there was more than a hint of misfortune about this one. Erik Pieters’ goal in the 42nd minute was his first for six years and the Dutch left-back certainly did not intend for his cross to drop into the top corner. Pardew accepted Newcastle’s current run is not good enough, saying of the fans: “I think their frustration boiled over a little bit and we need to settle it down. “The way to settle it down is to get a win, unfortunately it hasn’t come today.” Injuries certainly have not helped and Pardew hopes the return of top scorer Loic Remy can provoke a change in fortune. He said: “It was close today. I thought we had good character in the group. It was an honest performance but we lacked creative flair, and we lack a little bit of ability in and around the box. “Loic’s return, which I think will happen next week, will be important to us.” Pardew’s main gripe was not the goal but referee Mike Jones’ refusal to give a penalty when Papiss Cisse went down under a challenge from Geoff Cameron. “It was a bit of a fluke goal,” said the Magpies boss. Alan Pardew felt the heat from Newcastle’s supporters as the Magpies slumped to a fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke. “The wind took hold of it, which made it almost impossible for Tim (Krul) to save, but I thought the call before that when we should have had a penalty was a big turning point, because we need a goal and that would have been a nice opportunity for us.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes acknowledged their slice of luck but believed his side merited the three points. He said: “In fairness to Erik, he’s already held his hand up. It was a little bit of fortune, that wasn’t his intention obviously, but I thought his link-up play with Marko (Arnautovic) was really positive for us. “He’s been in that position many times this season and put quality balls in that haven’t been converted. Today he’s got in the same position and put another quality ball in and it’s gone in, and he takes credit for that. “We had the vast majority of the clear-cut chances in the game. Newcastle put balls into good areas but I thought defensively we were nice and sound today. “We didn’t really come under any sustained pressure, and any pressure we did come under we dealt with. All in all, it was a very professional performance.” Dutch international Pieters joined Stoke last summer from PSV Eindhoven and has started all but two Premier League games. “He’s done really well,” said Hughes.” “It’s difficult for a player to come into a new league. He’s played almost every game for me and done really well in the majority of them. “Prior to that he hadn’t played a great deal of football for a year, so for him to come in and have the season he has in his first season in the Premier League, he takes great credit. “I’m pleased he’s able to get the headlines today.” Press Association
In what is turning out to be an interesting post-fight revelation Ayitey Powers says his spiritual father Bishop T.B. Johsua advised him not to fight on the date.In an exclusive post bout interview with Joy Sports at the Crystal Rose Hotel, Powers who spoke while receiving treatment from his physiotherapist said, “I’d like to apologize to my father T.B. Joshua who advised me not to fight on the given date. I cannot reveal the reason the Prophet gave me but I have to apologize to him because I went against his word.”According to Powers (real name Michael Ayitey Okine), Prophet T.B. Joshua knows a lot about him and has given him spiritual guidance over the years.“The reason why I went contrary to the directive from the man of God was that I did not want a repeat of the back and forth the preceded the maiden bout in Accra last year. I didn’t want to disappoint the fans who had asked for this bout for so many years thus the sacrifice,” he told Joy Sports while receiving a deep tone massage from his physiotherapist.The maiden edition of this bout which was staged before about 20,000 fans at the Accra Stadium on May 16, 2014 also had it fair share of troubles with two postponements. One of the reasons assigned to one of the postponements was a revelation by Prophet T.B. Joshua that a disaster bigger than May 9, 2001, would happened at the Accra Stadium.Powers after putting up a better-than-expected performance against Banku in front of about 10,000 fans at the Baba Yara Stadium in the early hours of December 27, 2015, failed to answer the bell for the 6th round. What was the reason? He suffered a dislocated right shoulder.Powers sat and leaned with his back firmly on the corner pad as his corner tried to get him to resume the fight. “But the pain was too much. The close to the end of the fight round I felt the dislocation and struggled to finish. It was very painful during the one minute break and my corner tried hard to restore it. I tried hard to overlook it but I couldn’t,” Powers said.Ayitey Powers, a former national middleweight champion, also revealed that his promoters had also worked out an international bout in the UK against journeyman Jimmy Campbell for January 22, 2016. The loss to Bukom Banku (above. pictured) according to him could affect the UK fight. “I’m sad because the UK bout will be a big opportunity for me. I’m not sure if it will still come off, now that I’ve lost,” he added. Ayittey Powers lost the maiden clash to Banku in a unanimous decision with the score cards of judges Confidence Hiagbe, Roger Barnor and Emmanuel Brenya reading 109-117, 110-119 and 108-120 respectively.Powers, who was once a contender for the WBC International Middleweight and WBA Pan African Cruiserweight title, also says his career is not over. He was not specific as to when he will return to the ring but is sure he has a lot more to give to the sport. His professional record now stands at 21 wins 25 losses and a draw.On the Bukom Banku episode, he did not dismiss the possibility of a third bout. “Banku has defeated me twice, he is the champion, but you never know what will happen in the future,” he said. Powers has the unenviable record of winning 21 bouts, and lost 24. He’s drawn once. CLICK HERE FOR EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM THE FIGHT –
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ethier hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to ignite a comeback from an early four-run deficit and the Dodgers grabbed an 8-6 victory Saturday night over the Arizona Diamondbacks, L.A.’s sixth win in seven meetings against its NL West rival.Ethier’s line-drive homer off Arizona rookie Mike Bolsinger over the right-field wall — his second of the year — awakened an announced crowd of 48,541 and helped a scuffling offense record the team’s largest comeback victory of the season.“I think it changed the feel of the game,” Ethier said. “We had an early four-run deficit and we were back on our heels and not doing what we are capable of doing, but then we made adjustments and maximized our opportunities.”The Dodgers also took sole possession of first place with the win and the San Francisco Giants’ 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.Ethier became just the sixth Dodger to record 600 RBIs in his career, joining Steve Garvey (992), Eric Karros (976), Willie Davis (849), Ron Cey (842) and Bill Russell (627). “I think it’s a by-product of being here so long, that you start to tally up a lot of organization stats,” Ethier said. “It’s more of an honor to be here that long and be able to produce.”The Dodgers chased Bolsinger — who retired the first eight Dodgers he faced — in the fifth inning by loading the bases.Adrian Gonzalez greeted reliever left-handed reliever Oliver Perez with a two-run single, and Matt Kemp followed with a two-run double down the left-field line for an 8-6 lead.“Big hits and runners on base — we didn’t do too much of that last night,” Kemp said.Gonzalez had already extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the fourth inning that fell just in front of a diving Gerardo Parra in center field. He is hitting .345 (20 for 58) with five doubles, five homers and 16 RBIs in that span..Gonzalez’s go-ahead two-run single put the Dodgers ahead to stay.“I was looking for something in the middle of the plate and was trying to give us the lead,” Gonzalez said. “The only thing I didn’t want there was a strikeout. It was a fastball over the plate, and I was able to get it in play.”While Ethier and Co. provided a shot in the arm, Dodgers starter Dan Haren gave the bullpen a chance to rest and recuperate with seven quality innings to improve to 3-0 on the season.“I was just trying to get through the eighth to get our guys a little more rest,” Haren said.Haren shook off a near-disastrous four-run third inning when Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run single and Miguel Montero added an RBI double.“That inning when they scored four runs was kind of flukey — it seemed like anything that could go wrong went wrong,” said Haren, the pride of Bishop Amat High and Pepperdine University. “Me and (pitching coach) Rick (Honeycutt) were talking after that inning, and we said if we keep them to four, we’re going to win this game.“Once Ethier hit that homer, I knew it was going to be tight.”Haren allowed five runs (two earned) with seven hits, five strikeouts, no walks and a hit batter. He left to an ovation in the eighth in favor of Brian Wilson, who gave up a two-run double to Martin Prado.Kenley Jansen recorded his sixth save in eight chances, striking out Dodger killer Paul Goldschmidt to end it.After destroying the Dodgers in 2013, Goldschmidt is hitting just .219 (7 for 32) with three RBIs in seven games this season.“He’s a dangerous cat,” Mattingly said. “We wanted to be careful with him last year and we need to be more careful this year. I think we’re catching him at the right time, but we are never going to take him for granted.” Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted he did not know if outfielder Andre Ethier was going to be ready for Saturday’s contest.Ethier was feeling so under the weather that he needed IV treatment, but he said there was no way he was sitting out if he could help it.“I was ready to go,” Ethier said. “The medical staff did a good job getting me out there and ready to go.”Turns out Ethier provided a shot in the arm for the Dodgers.