US — #WeeklyAddress November 20 – 26: Trial commences for journalist facing up to 60 years in prison

first_img Follow the news on United States Organisation News United StatesAmericas November 27, 2017 US — #WeeklyAddress November 20 – 26: Trial commences for journalist facing up to 60 years in prison Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Receive email alerts RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more Trial begins for photojournalist arrested during Inauguration protests On Monday, November 20, freelance photojournalist Alexei Wood began his trial for multiple felonies after he was arrested during events that took place on January 20 in Washington, DC. He was arrested along with a number of other journalists and protesters, in a police kettle while covering groups protesting the inauguration of President Trump. Woods potentially faces up to 60 years in prison if found guilty of his charges, which include rioting, conspiracy to riot, inciting others to riot, and property destruction. In her opening statements to the court on Monday, Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff claimed “You don’t personally have to be the one who breaks the window to be guilty of rioting.” Aaron Cantu, a New Mexico-based journalist who was also arrested while documenting protests during President Trump’s inauguration, started his trial in October. Cantu could face 70 years in prison. FCC announces plans to repeal Net Neutrality The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its plans to repeal federal regulations commonly known as Net Neutrality on Tuesday, November 21. Net Neutrality ensures that the government and Internet service providers treat all data equally, and prohibits discrimination based on specific websites and online users. FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that the FCC plans to vote on the repeal on December 14. Critics of the repeal worry that the lack of regulations would allow internet service providers to reroute people to the sites and search engines they own, having enormous consequences on the free flow of information and the plurality of voices online. One notable critic includes Julian Assange, who tweeted at President Trump on Tuesday, urging him to reconsider repealing the law. His tweets claimed that his “opponents control most internet companies” and the lack of net neutrality could cause the President’s tweets to lag behind CNN’s tweets. DOJ sues AT&T to prevent merger with Time Warner On Monday, November 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against AT&T, DirectTV, and Time Warner, claiming their planned merger would violate antitrust laws. DOJ officials told reporters that the lawsuit was filed due to concerns that the merger would stifle competition and lead to higher costs for American consumers. Reports have circulated speculating that the DOJ’s opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger could be politically motivated, due to the President’s dislike of CNN, which is owned by Time Warner. During a press conference on Monday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson vowed to fight the lawsuit and stated “We cannot and we will not be party to any agreement that would give even the perception of compromising the first amendment protection of the press. So any agreement that results in us forfeiting control of CNN, whether directly, or indirectly, is a nonstarter.” On Tuesday, President Trump commented on the merger, stating that its success “is not good for the country.” The Trump administration and the DOJ have both denied political motives behind opposition of the merger, yet Trump tweeted insults at both CNN and CNN International on Saturday November 25, accusing the network of misrepresenting the US internationally and spreading “fake news.”Trump bars White House press pool at Mar-A-Lago meetingsDuring his five-day trip to his Mar-A-Lago golf resort in West Palm Beach, Florida from November 21 to 26, President Trump held a number of meetings, for which he denied access to the White House press pool. Ahead of his visit, the president tweeted that he would be holding “meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida (Mar-A-Lago),” but neither he nor his aides disclosed who the president was golfing with or which meetings were being held. Additionally, the press were not invited into the golf club, and were kept across the street where they were unable to see and interact with the president. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of November 20 – 26: April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Doctor dragged off United flight after watching viral video of himself: ‘I just cried’

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The Kentucky doctor seen in a viral video being forcibly removed off an United Airlines flight has spoken publicly for the first time since the 2017 incident, telling ABC News that while the ordeal caused distress for him and his family, he doesn’t regret standing his ground because it caused the airline to take a closer look at its policies.On April 9, 2017, David Dao was traveling from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky, on United Airlines Flight 3411 and already was in his seat with his seat belt fastened when an airline employee informed him that he would need to deplane because the flight was overbooked, he told ABC News.Fellow passengers took cellphone videos of a bloodied Dao being dragged off the plane.Even months after the incident, Dao found the video hard to watch.“I just cried,” he said.Dao said he stood his ground and refused to get off the plane because he felt he was being discriminated against and was trying to get back to Kentucky to oversee the opening of a clinic he founded for U.S. veterans. He and his wife started the clinic as a way to thank American servicemen and women, because he was plucked out of ocean waters by the U.S. Navy as he fled communism in his home country of Vietnam about 44 years ago, he said.He said while in his seat, belt still fastened, he was on the phone with a friend, asking for advice on whether he should get up, when the next thing he knew, he was being pulled from his seat. He doesn’t remember anything after he bumped his head on a low ceiling.“After that, to be honest, I don’t know what happened,” he said, adding that he heard a “big noise” and later woke up in the hospital with a trauma team surrounding him.The first few months were “horrible,” he said. He suffered a concussion, lacerations to his mouth and nose, and several of his teeth were knocked out, he said. He was put on suicide watch by hospital staff and later spent months learning to walk again, he said. Dao relied on his faith during his recovery, he said, adding that he made a promise to God that if he got better, he would devote his time to charity work. Since then, he has helped residents in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey and traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia to help install solar power in villages with no electricity, he said. Even in the Far East, people knew his story, he said.One elderly man approached him and asked, “You the one on airplane?” Dao said.“That touched me,” the doctor said, holding back tears.Dao still struggles with issues sleeping and with his concentration and balance, he said. While he’d run more than 20 marathons before the incident, now he can only do about 3 miles — with at least one of them by walking, he added.While United’s initial statement labeled Dao as “belligerent,” the airline later apologized, vowing to conduct a “thorough review” of the “truly horrific event.”Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines, said he felt “shame” when he saw the video.“This will never happen again,” Munoz told ABC News’ Good Morning America in an interview three days after the incident. “We are not going to put a law enforcement official onto a plane to take them off … to remove a booked, paid, seated passenger. We can’t do that.” When asked whether United should have done anything differently, Dao said the airline employees could have explained their reasoning for booting him from the flight “nicely” and “reasonably.”“That makes a difference,” he said.Still, the retired doctor said his ordeal actually was “positive” because the airline was willing to take a hard look at its policies and change them.“Everything happens with a reason,” he said.Weeks after the incident, the airline offered Dao a settlement that his attorney at the time, Thomas A. Demetrio, described as “amicable,” which Dao accepted. The settlement included a provision that the amount offered remain confidential.Dao said he decided to speak publicly for the first time to thank his supporters all over the world.United Airlines issued a statement to ABC News, saying the changes they’ve implemented since the incident “better serve out customers and further empower our employees.”“Flight 3411 was a defining moment for United Airlines and it is our responsibility to make sure we as a company and all of our 90,000 employees continue to learn from that experience. The changes we have implemented since that incident better serve our customers and further empower our employees,” according to the statement from United Airlines. “This year, we are focused more than ever on our commitment to our customers, looking at every aspect of our business to ensure that we keep their best interests at the center of everything that we do. As our CEO Oscar Munoz has said, we at United never want anyone in the United family to forget the experience of Flight 3411. It makes us a better airline, a more caring company and a stronger team.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PREMIUMWorkers set to strike as House, govt agree on labor cluster in jobs bill

first_imgGoogle Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook omnibus-bill-on-job-creation labor-union strike house-of-representatives DPR PDI-P NasDem-Party At least 5 million workers have planned a national strike as the House of Representatives and the government concluded the deliberation of the labor issues in the omnibus bill on job creation on Sunday, abandoning an earlier plan to drop the articles.The strike is planned to take place from Oct. 6 to 8, when the House is expected to hold plenary sessions to pass the bill into law.The deliberation on the cluster containing revisions to the 2003 Labor Law has been the most difficult part in passing the bill since it has been marred by protests from labor unions. There had been plans to leave the cluster out of the bill deliberation process due to the strong resistance from the unions.During a session held from Friday to Sunday, lawmakers and the government agreed upon at least nine points of the revisions.Among the points that have been agreed is abolishing the sectoral min… Linkedin Log in with your social account Forgot Password ?last_img read more