French journalist facing prosecution after entering Fukushima exclusion zone

first_img Help by sharing this information On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia May 5, 2021 Find out more JapanAsia – Pacific Organisation February 7, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French journalist facing prosecution after entering Fukushima exclusion zone November 19, 2020 Find out more Japanese reporter held in Myanmar is charged with “false information” to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders urges the Japanese authorities to be lenient with French freelance journalist Guillaume Bression, who is facing prosecution following his arrest on 3 January within the 20-kilometre exclusion zone around the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.“We understand the safety problems that could result from allowing people to move about freely in the exclusion zone but we think the current regulations are excessive in the way they restrict the fundamental right to inform and to have access to information – rights that must be respected for every journalist.“We are also concerned that the Japanese judicial authorities will make an example of Bression in an attempt to discourage all journalists, especially foreign journalists, from entering the exclusion zone (to which access is controlled) to do stories linked to the Fukushima disaster. Bression should be allowed to remain in Japan and keep working as freelancer.”Bression, who has been in Japan for more than a year, was arrested within the exclusion zone with another French photographer who has since returned to France. Bression had gone there to make a documentary for the French satellite TV news channel France 24, for which he works as stringer.Accused of forging a permit to enter the exclusion zone, Bression was interrogated for two days, on 4 and 5 January, and was subjected to a search two weeks later. At his trial, he is in theory facing a possible sentence of three months to five years in prison.Journalists trying to cover the aftermath of the March 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster have had to cope with various restrictions that the government began introducing within weeks of the tsunami. Several journalists have contravened the government regulations, especially those aimed at limiting their presence in the exclusion zone.Freelancers and journalists working for foreign media have complained of being barred from covering events. Official press conferences and visits to the exclusion zone are limited to the mainstream Japanese media.Lavish spending on media advertising by TEPCO, the company that built and operates the Fukushima nuclear plant, is being blamed for the media’s inadequate coverage of safety issues both before and since the accident.Japan is ranked 22nd out of 179 countries in the 2011-1212 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.center_img RSF urges recently appointed Japan Prime Minister to take a new turn towards press freedom News Follow the news on Japan Receive email alerts JapanAsia – Pacific News News News September 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

No clear link between school opening and COVID surge, study finds

first_imgWidespread reopening of schools after lockdowns and vacations is generally not linked to rising COVID-19 rates, a study of 191 countries has found, but lockdown closures will leave a 2020 “pandemic learning debt” of 300 billion missed school days.The analysis, by the Geneva-based independent educational foundation Insights for Education, said 84% of those 300 billion days would be lost by children in poorer countries, and warned that 711 million pupils were still out of school.”It’s been assumed that opening schools will drive infections, and that closing schools will reduce transmission, but the reality is much more complex,” said IfE’s founder and chief executive Randa Grob-Zakhary. The vast majority – 92% – of countries that are through their first wave of COVID-19 infections have started to reopen school systems, even as some are seeing a second surge.IfE found that 52 countries that sent students back to school in August and September – including France and Spain – saw infection rates rise during the vacation compared to when they were closed.In Britain and Hungary, however, infection levels dropped after initial school closures, remained low during the holidays, and began rising after reopening.Full analysis of these 52 countries found no firm correlation between school status and infections – pointing to a need to consider other factors, IfE said. “The key now is to learn from those countries that are reopening effectively against a backdrop of rising infections,” Grob-Zakhary said.The report said 44 countries have kept schools closed.It found countries are developing strategies for schools during the pandemic – including some, such as Italy, France, which order temporary school closures on a case-by-case basis.Other measures include policies on masks, class rotations and combining remote with in-school lessons.”This first real global test highlights what school life looks like in a COVID-world,” said Grob-Zakhary. “Understanding how countries undergoing a massive second wave are dealing with this new reality in the classroom is essential to guide future reopening decisions and to help schools remain open.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

The Point After: USC recruiting is back, and Clay Helton deserves some serious credit for it

first_imgTo many around the country, USC’s early success in the 2021 class is not only mildly uncharacteristic (at least by recent standards) but shocking considering the team’s recent shortcomings on the field. Embattled head coach Clay Helton did himself few favors in 2019 after struggling through an 8-5 campaign that came to a disastrous conclusion in a Holiday Bowl drubbing at the hands of a well-coached Iowa team. After a yearlong hiatus that saw the program fall out of the national spotlight for at least 55 different reasons, the Trojans have returned solidly to form and have sent an unmistakable message to the college football world: USC is ready to “Take Back the West.” It didn’t take long for recruits to notice and buy in and, at this early stage, there are still many rewards for Helton and company to reap.  On Tuesday, after plenty of speculation, the largest domino fell. Helton somehow worsened existing faith and enthusiasm in the program as he led the Trojans to their worst recruiting effort in recent memory after last season. The Class of 2020 cohort finished outside the top 50 nationally and 10th in the Pac-12. Jimmy Goodman is a senior writing about USC sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Thursday. USC, despite wallowing in mediocrity season upon season, has re-established itself almost immediately as a monster on the recruiting trails and boards. In light of all that has gone wrong over the past few seasons, Helton’s Trojans have shown a much-needed glimpse into a brighter future ahead. Foreman announced Tuesday his decommitment from Clemson, citing a desire to play closer to home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Certainly, it is difficult to consider anyone a winner from a catastrophic event such as this, but it’s clear that the Trojans have made the most of their time indoors and off campus.center_img Korey Foreman, a local product from Corona Centennial, is not only the best player in the state in the Class of 2021 but in the entire nation as well. The superstar defensive end has shown his capability time and time again to wreak havoc on opposing backfields and frighten quarterbacks into submission.  Since hitting rock bottom, even by USC’s sanctions-riddled standards, Helton was able to rebuild quickly. By hiring experienced assistants in defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, safeties coach Craig Naivar and special teams coordinator Sean Snyder, Helton created a capable, cohesive unit of coaching and recruiting veterans to redefine the Trojan brand. Cheesy recruiting slogans aside, the Trojans’ infusion of fresh blood, new faces and high energy on and offline has resulted in landslide victories on the recruiting trail. After landing a number of blue-chip commitments from the likes of defensive back Anthony Beavers, running back Brandon Campbell and offensive lineman Maximus Gibbs, the biggest catch still lies in wait for the Trojans.  Foreman had long been expected to join USC and former teammates sophomore defensive end Drake Jackson and 2020 signee receiver Gary Bryant. While Foreman’s initial commitment to Clemson came as a relative surprise to many, the path now seems clear for him to make a triumphant homecoming and join a class that already ranks among the top five in 2021. Almost as quickly as it disappeared, it has returned once again. I don’t want to tempt the fates and gods of Southern California football, but I just have to say it: USC recruiting is officially back. When he made the surprise splash hire of cornerbacks coach and nationally lauded recruiter Donte Williams, Helton turned heads up and down the West Coast and across the nation. Almost immediately, Helton found a way to flip the script on USC football and renew a sense of pride and belonging into the program.last_img read more