Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Relief & Development highlights friends in Massachusetts An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Members and neighbors of Grace Episcopal Church flock to the parish hall for the annual event, which benefits Episcopal Relief & Development’s work to alleviate poverty worldwide. This long-standing tradition, which began when Episcopal Relief & Development was still the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief, now includes a “Children’s Shopping Room” where youngsters can browse and choose gifts for their friends and family, and even have them gift wrapped, all on a kid-sized budget.The Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web features present stories about the agency’s partners in the US and worldwide. Visit www.er-d.org to read past installments, find information about our programs or make a contribution. Please note that our web features are now on an alternating schedule. The next Power of Partnerships will be published in January.For more information or to make a gift, please call 1.855.312.HEAL (4325). Donations can also be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners to help rebuild after disasters and to empower local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.Reminder: we have a new phone number! Call toll free, 1.855.312.HEAL(4325) Rector Knoxville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted Dec 20, 2012 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ
News United StatesCôte d’IvoireMadagascarBahrainItalyFranceTurkeyRussiaUzbekistanSomaliaBurundiSouth AfricaEgyptAmericasAfricaMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Online freedoms PredatorsCitizen-journalistsInternet By targeting journalists in this manner, the US president ended a longstanding American tradition of promoting freedom of expression and sent a powerful message to media censors. The Washington Post called it “a gift to tyrants everywhere”. In January, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan endorsed Trump’s latest allegations that the CNN television network was guilty of broadcasting “fake news” in its report on ties between the US president and Russia.A warning to the media The Cambodian prime minister, Hun Sen, appeared to have taken his cue from Trump when he said of journalists in February: “Donald Trump understands that they are an anarchic group.”Two days earlier, his spokesman issued what he called a warning to foreign media outlets, threatening to “crush” those that endanger “peace and stability” and citing Trump’s treatment of the press as a justification for the warning. “The so-called fight against fake news has become a propaganda tool for the predators of press freedom,” said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire. “Of course, it is more necessary than ever for Internet users to disentangle fact from fiction in the flow of information. However, the fight against fake news should be conducted by promoting free and independent journalism as a source of reliable and high-quality information.” Russia’s legal ban on the “dissemination of false information”The Russian telecoms regulator is preparing a draft decree designed purely and simply to block all content that contains false information. Before Trump’s statement, Russia, ranked 148th in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, had already made it a requirement “not to disseminate false information” for bloggers to operate legally. The fight against “misleading information” has been a classic feature of post-Soviet Russia. The bill, imitated by several countries such as Uzbekistan, has enough leeway to allow for the broadest possible censorship. Since July 2016, content aggregators are required to verify the veracity of reports that they publish if they do not come from media outlets registered in Russia, and could face harsh penalties.The Russian Foreign Ministry has posted a new section on its official website dedicated to debunking fake anti-Russian news stories published by international news outlets.The TV news network Russia Today, funded by the Russian government, went so far as to set up its own fact-checking service in March. Other Russian state media outlets, such as the news agency RIA Novosti, have also tried to take advantage of the ill-defined phenomenon of “fake news” to launch their own “Media Wars” sections, intended to highlight Western lies and attacks on the Russian media. Punishing “fake news” denies journalists the right to make mistakes In sub-Sahara Africa, the concept of fake news is often abused to put pressure on journalists. Some countries’ laws provide for severe penalties without taking account of the intentions of journalists, who sometimes simply make mistakes. In any case, the penalty is disproportionate to the seriousness of the news report, even if it is wrong. In Côte d’Ivoire, for example, insulting the head of state or the dissemination of false news reports may be enough for a journalist to be taken into custody, despite the fact that such offences were meant to be decriminalised under the 2004 press law. Last month, six senior Ivorian journalists, including three newspaper publishers, were detained and questioned in Abidjan, accused of “publishing false news” about an army mutiny earlier in the month. In Madagascar, a new communications code has been strongly criticised by journalists for referring to the criminal code in its rulings on press offences, which could lead to the criminalisation of the profession. It provides for heavy fines for infringements ranging from insults to defamation, and refers to the dissemination of “false news”, an imprecise offence which removes the right of journalists to make mistakes. In Somalia, the Universal TV channel was suspended on 5 March for broadcasting false reports alleged to have threatened the stability and peace of the region after it referred to overseas trips by the president. Information control is key for those who want to impose their version of events The South African government plans to impose a system of online control of the media in order to meet the “challenge” of “fake news”. Growing hostility to the media probably has its roots in an unprecedented crisis in President Jacob Zuma’s African National Congress, whose leaders tend increasingly to silence dissident voices. In Burundi, the control of news and information is a key issue for the ruling authorities. The government fosters the idea that the media are partisan and that there is an international plot against the country. Since 2015, any report or statement is instantly interpreted as either for, or against, the government and the goal of the authorities is to impose its version of events as the only one. In Egypt, journalists are frequently accused of disseminating false information whenever they criticise the government, or report on sensitive issues that upset it. This widespread practice leads to self-censorship among journalists in their coverage of events for fear of joining the long list of colleagues who have been prosecuted and imprisoned. The investigative journalist Ismail Alexandrani, an expert on the Sinai Peninsula, has been held since his arrest at Hurghada airport on the Red Sea in November 2015 on charges of publishing false information and of membership of the Muslim Brotherhood. In Bahrain, the prominent citizen journalist and human rights campaigner, Nabeel Rajab, was accused last December of publishing false news about the kingdom of Bahrain in a cybercrime case. He could face up to two years’ imprisonment on this latest charge, which arises from interviews he gave in 2014 and 2015 to local and regional TV stations on human rights in Bahrain. Fake news used by French politicians The use of fake news to silence media critics is not the unique preserve of authoritarian or countries that are known for undermining press freedom. In France, the National Front, through its vice-president Florian Philippot, who has frequently categorised the work of journalists as “fake news”. During the programme “l’Emission Politique” on the TV station France 2 on 9 February, in which National Front leader Marine Le Pen took part, the party set up a “fake news alert team” which posted some 20 real-time alerts online “whenever members of the team believed that France 2 journalists put out fake news”. Presidential candidate François Fillon earlier this month accused TV news channels of falsely reporting that his wife has committed suicide, before admitting no such reports had been broadcast. In Italy, Beppe Grillo, the leader of the Five Star movement, accused Italian journalists of “manufacturing false news” designed to harm his party. He called for the creation of “a popular jury to determine the veracity of the news published”. The FNSI journalists’ union said it amounted to the “lynching of all journalists”. Five Star said journalists themselves were responsible for Italy’s low ranking in the World Press Freedom Index. The United Nations concerned at growth of fake news David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Organization of American States, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights issued a joint statement on 3 March expressing concern at the use of “fake news’ for government propaganda and to curb press freedom. “Criminal defamation laws are unduly restrictive and should be abolished,” the signatories said. “State actors should, in accordance with their domestic and international legal obligations and their public duties, take care to ensure that they disseminate reliable and trustworthy information.” Recep Tayyip Erdogan endorsed Trump’s latest allegations that the CNN television network was guilty of broadcasting “fake news” in its report on ties between the US president and Russia. BULENT KILIC / AFP March 16, 2017 – Updated on March 17, 2017 Predators of press freedom use fake news as a censorship tool to go further Donald Trump wants to sue newspapers for publishing “purposely negative stories” News United StatesCôte d’IvoireMadagascarBahrainItalyFranceTurkeyRussiaUzbekistanSomaliaBurundiSouth AfricaEgyptAmericasAfricaMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Online freedoms PredatorsCitizen-journalistsInternet RSF_en Follow the news on Americas Organisation Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Predators of press freedom have seized on the notion of “fake news” to muzzle the media on the pretext of fighting false information. Nonetheless, many of them have taken recent statements by President Donald Trump as a means of justifying their repressive policies. This dangerous trend is a cause for concern to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).At a Washington news conference in February, Trump said: “We have to talk to find out what’s going on, because the press, honestly, is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.” February 29, 2016 Find out more
News RSF_en TanzaniaAfrica Protecting journalists Disappearances The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts July 11, 2019 Tanzanian minister says missing journalist “died,” but offers no explanation TanzaniaAfrica Protecting journalists Disappearances Organisation After the Tanzanian foreign minister’s casual reference in a BBC interview to the death of a journalist missing for the past 19 months, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accuses the government of displaying a lack of consideration in its handling of the case and demands the release of the details of its investigation. News November 27, 2020 Find out more November 5, 2020 Find out more February 4, 2021 Find out more Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Reports Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Tanzania to go further News Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic The journalist, Azory Gwanda, who worked for the Kiswahili newspaper Mwananchi and its English-language version The Citizen, disappeared in the eastern coastal region of Rufiji on 21 November 2017 while investigating the unexplained killings of local officials.Asked during an interview yesterday for the BBC programme “Focus on Africa” if he knew where Gwanda was, foreign minister Paramagamba Kabudi referred to him as having “died,” without going into any detail. He added: “The state is not only dealing with Azory Gwanda. The state is dealing with all those who have unfortunately died and disappeared in Rufiji.”Gwanda’s disappearance has been the subject of many civil society requests for information to which the Tanzanian government never responded. RSF is among those who have been pressing for a proper investigation into his fate.“After a year and a half of silence and minimization of this case, the sudden announcement of this journalist’s death without any explanation is shocking,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “If the authorities did carry out an investigation, we demand the publication of its findings. A journalist’s disappearance or murder must not go unpunished.”Tanzania is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index after falling 25 places in a single year.
What do Jamie Dimon, Lance Armstrong, Pope Francis and Bernie Madoff have in common? They all appear in Greed: A Musical for Our Times. The musical comedy’s targets range from Ponzi schemes to the not-so-subtle sales pitches of retirement planners and mortgage bundlers. With numbers like “A Little Juice,” “Inside Information,” “I’ll Cheat On My Taxes” and “The Ballad of Jamie Dimon,” Greed takes aim at the obvious, and not so obvious, targets. D’Abruzzo received a Tony nod for Avenue Q. She will be joined in the cast by Julia Burrows, James Donegan and Neal Mayer. Tickets are now available for Michael Roberts’ premiere of Greed: A Musical for Our Times. Directed by Christopher Scott and starring Tony nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo, the off-Broadway show will begin performances at New World Stages—Stage 2 on March 19. Opening Night is set for April 3. View Comments
O’Connell racked up his 99th Ireland cap in Sunday’s one-sided victory, the hosts taking control despite the Munster talisman rating Lancaster’s England even more highly than the 2003 World Cup-winning team. O’Connell said once again that he has not yet made a decision on when exactly he will call his Test career quits. The 35-year-old said he will make that decision around the time of the autumn’s World Cup, so that tournament could prove his Test swansong. Admitting he may already have played his last Six Nations match in Dublin, O’Connell said: “It could have been but I don’t know yet, I’m undecided. “I’ll probably make the decision soon enough, I really want to play to the World Cup and be in the best shape I can there and see after that. “That probably was my last Six Nations game against England in Dublin: there’s no point kidding myself too much. “I’m not trying to make a big deal by not saying anything, I just genuinely haven’t decided what to do yet. “I’m really enjoying playing at the moment in the set-up we have in Ireland, but I’m conscious we have a lot of good second-rows coming through as well. “The World Cup is a big focus for me to try to go there and be in the best shape I can, and around then will be decision-time for me.” Boss Schmidt has guided Ireland from ninth to third in the world rankings and victory over England leaves only New Zealand to beat for the Kiwi to run the full win card against major Test powers. The former Clermont and Leinster coach admitted he is still not ready to talk openly about a Grand Salm tilt, despite the reigning champions now being odds-on to retain their title. “No, I’ll wait for Brian O’Driscoll’s tweet to put the pressure on me,” said Schmidt of discussing the Grand Slam. Now-retired record caps holder O’Driscoll tweeted that Ireland could be on for a Grand Slam following the 18-11 victory over France. Schmidt continues to take any backing of his side with a pinch of salt, despite England becoming the latest to fall foul of Ireland’s tactical mastery. Schmidt confirmed fly-half Jonny Sexton suffered a hamstring tweak while Sean O’Brien was removed due to concussion. Both are likely to be fit to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, March 14. “I think we’ve decided we’ll park everything for 24 hours, get a bit of recovery and then try to springboard ourselves forward,” said Schmidt. “At this stage, probably for once we’re going to just enjoy the moment and take a deep breath. “Control’s fickle: it’s nice to be in this position in the tournament, without a doubt. “Even our points-differential is very much aided by the 10-point swing today, because it’s a 20-point swing with England, which is potentially pretty important because they’ve got two home games and could accumulate a few points. “But they could also put a bit of pressure on in that perspective if we do slip up in either of the next two games. “Grand Slams don’t happen that often, it’s pretty hard to get them. “And it’s going to be very hard in the Millennium, Wales have got themselves back into the Championship and the last time they won the Championship, they lost their first game at home and went through to win the tournament. “So they are no doubt eyeing up something similar this year.” Paul O’Connell believes Ireland could be building the best Test side of his lengthy career as Joe Schmidt’s men start to home in on an RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam. Press Association Captain O’Connell has admitted head coach Schmidt could forge a side to surpass even the achievements of the 2009 Grand Slam-winning side that contained greats like Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy. “Yeah, it’s close to it,” said O’Connell when asked if Ireland now boast the best side of his career. “I think we’re doing a lot of things really well. “The way we’re preparing is a lot different from what we’ve done in the past in my time here. “I just think the game-by-game focus suits Irish teams and Irish people. “I’m sure the coaches look at the bigger picture but for us, there will be a fairly brutal review of this game and we’ll be put under pressure then to prepare certain things for Wales, and that will be the sole focus of the players. “And it works well for us, it gets the best out of us. “It’s creating a brilliant set-up and an exciting set-up to be involved in.” Ireland suffocated England into 19-9 submission in Dublin on Sunday, teeing up a serious tilt at a first Six Nations clean sweep in six years. O’Connell’s side equalled Ireland’s Test record of 10 consecutive victories in sweeping past Stuart Lancaster’s England, with Robbie Henshaw claiming his first international try.