MAN ON THE STREET: What do TCU students want built on campus?

first_imgFacebook Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Applause for Richard Sherman defending the stress of student athlete life World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook + posts Previous articleTCU Alpha Chi Omega raised awareness by ‘Walking A Mile’Next articleTCU Alumna talks success of owning a local boutique Meagan Thompson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU parking “horror stories”: Students recount their parking difficulties TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Meagan Thompson TCU students respond to what they want built on campus. (Meagan Thompson/TCU360) Linkedincenter_img Meagan Thompson printTCU is no stranger to construction projects all over campus, with starting hours a bit earlier than some students may like. I ventured out and asked TCU’s students to flip the script. In this scenario, they would get to choose what they wanted TCU to build on campus – and the answers were not what I expected them to be.While I pulled a rookie move and tried to interview students at 9 a.m., the few, brave and sleepy-eyed souls who took up my question had some creative answers.There you have it — from intramural fields to Chipotle to tree houses, TCU students know how they would expand TCU’s campus. Maybe someone should propose the projects at the next TCU Town Hall? Until then you can read up and  get excited about TCU’s current construction projects here. Meagan Thompson Commentary: Dealing with my reflection – Female student athletes and body image ReddIt Meagan is a sports broadcasting major and journalism minor. She is a member of the TCU Swim Team. You can normally find her at any TCU sporting event. Meagan Thompson Meagan Thompson Out of options: Voters consider third party candidates Twitter TAGSvideo Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

TCU won’t mandate entry testing when students return to campus

first_imgFacebook Benton McDonald Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Benton McDonald + posts South University Drive. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) ReddIt Twitter Benton McDonald Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases ReddIt Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Linkedin Benton McDonald Benton McDonald Previous articleFormer employee wants TCU records on past discrimination claimsNext articleTCU asks court to strike almost 29 pages from plaintiffs’ complaint Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter printTCU asked students to practice self-monitoring and prevention strategies for 14 days before they return to campus next month, but the university will not require them to get tested for COVID-19 when they arrive. The information came in an email sent Thursday to students by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull. Cavins-Tull asked students to avoid gatherings that don’t follow the recommended prevention strategies in the two weeks before they return to campus. She also recommended students who have access to testing during this period get one. “The combination of a negative COVID-19 test and following prevention strategies will allow you to move to campus with greater confidence that you are not ill. This is a recommendation because we know that testing is not easily obtained in some parts of the country and the world, thus the prevention strategies are paramount,” she wrote in the email.Cavins-Tull added that the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend entry testing, and the university will instead focus on other prevention strategies. These strategies were laid out in a public health guidance and include daily health self-assessments, required face coverings and thorough contact tracing once a positive case is determined. “While these strategies may be inconvenient to some, they are not difficult, and will make a big difference in our ability to stay healthy and on campus.”Kathy Cavins-TullStudents who test positive for COVID-19 and have been asked to self-isolate will “ideally” be provided with a health kit that includes a face covering, gloves, digital thermometer, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, educational materials relating to COVID-19 and instructions for cleaning their living space, according to the health guideline. According to a survey of 70 U.S. institutions by the educational firm EAB, 67% of universities will be providing all students with similar kits when they arrive on campus. Of those, 27% are including thermometers in the kits. If students have to isolate on campus, TCU will deliver meals, arrange for laundry and provide telehealth assessments. TCU has placed signs across campus to remind people to wear face coverings. (Photo by Heesoo Yang.)The Brown-Lupton Health Center will also be prepared to test any student who is symptomatic or has been exposed, Cavins-Tull wrote. TCU has partnered with the University Urgent Care Clinic (UUCC) for after-hours and weekend testing. “A successful semester requires that all community members assist with common sense self-monitoring and prevention strategies outlined by the CDC and endorsed by the University,” Cavins-Tull wrote. Enforcing practices such as wearing masks and social distancing is a topic faculty and staff expressed concern about in the last town hall meeting with Chancellor Victor Boschini. According to the EAB survey, 17% of institutions are updating their code of conduct to include social distancing or quarantine guidelines, while 37% are considering making changes. Next week, Boschini will provide information about how students can play an active role in the health of the university community, Cavins-Tull wrote. Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Annual TCU Day of Service is held amid COVID-19

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Haeven Gibbons Facebook Twitter Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting Twitter + posts ReddIt Haeven Gibbons Facebook Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Haeven Gibbons Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Haeven Gibbons Previous articleEpisode 223 – CFB Week 9, NFL Week 8 PreviewNext articleBack in business: Football’s dominant first half enough to give them first win in four weeks Haeven Gibbons RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Haeven Gibbons ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin TCU Day of Service offered in-person and virtual service opportunities for students to give back to the community. Haeven Gibbons/Staff Reporter) Linkedin printStudents spent their Saturday morning giving back to the community by painting canvases and making animal toys as a part of TCU’s annual Day of Service.The event looked different amid COVID-19 this year. Some students served in-person, masked-up and socially distanced, at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center. Others participated virtually.In years past, over 600 students would take buses to paint murals, play with animals at the Humane Society of North Texas or serve food at the Tarrant County Food Bank, in four-hour shifts. This year, 300 students were divided into four one-hour shifts to volunteer in person, and 350 students signed up for virtual service.“I’ve been really impressed with how they’re actually making this happen and giving students the opportunity to make a difference in the community despite everything that’s going on,” said Service Leader Lexi Pepper, a first-year pre-business and psychology double major. Event organizers knew they would have to alter the TCU Day of Service by the way things were looking in the summer. As soon as they realized this, they started to plan, said Erin Wilson, the associate director of community engagement programming. It was a challenge, but there has been an increase in the number of students who are interested in service this semester, so they wanted to make sure they provided it, Wilson said.While students were not able to travel to the service sites this year, they were still able to make a difference from campus.Students paint canvases during TCU’s Day of Service on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Haeven Gibbons/Staff Reporter)In-person service optionThe in-person options included painting a canvas or making animal toys to be donated to the Humane Society. The individual canvases will be assembled to make a mural in S.S. Dillow’s Elementary School cafeteria. Students were told to paint an inspirational message of hope on their canvas. The final mural will be called “Voices of Hope.”This option helped students feel engaged with the TCU community.“I don’t have any in-person classes, so it’s been good to have the opportunity to volunteer in person,” said Bella Galindo, a first-year psychology major. Other students said the in-person option helped them relieve some stress while doing something good for others.The canvases students painted will be put together to form one mural to be displayed in the S.S. Dillow Elementary School cafeteria. The paintings were done as part of the TCU Day of Service, which was held Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Haeven Gibbons/Staff Reporter)“I think it was a good idea to get out of the stress-filled environment that we’re currently in with finals and tests and just come out and have something fun to do while also helping people,” said Andy Mendez, a sophomore business major.Service Leader and junior nursing major Adriana Guerrero participated in the mural painting last year. Although students now have to paint remotely, she said everyone still has great energy and seems to be having fun.“I’m glad there was an in-person option because I think that’s a lot more fun to actually be engaged in person,” said Guerrero. “I know I am not super engaged on Zoom, so I’m glad they were able to space things out and have a socially distanced way for people to still engage and participate in community service even if it’s not onsite.”Virtual service optionMaking an animal toy was both an in-person and virtual option. Students picked up a bag of materials earlier in the week to make the toys. The service leaders spent over three hours putting together the bags for virtual participants.Students will drop off what they make at the Brown-Lupton University Union on Monday, and the toys will be delivered to the animal shelter. Wilson said about 2,000 toys will be delivered.“It’s nice that we have virtual options for people that can’t come in, but can still contribute,” said Julia Rizzo, a junior biology major. A students makes cat toys at the in-person service option during the TCU Day of Service on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Haeven Gibbons/Staff Reporter) The other virtual option was the independent service option. Students could choose from 11 different service activities — ranging from writing letters to the elderly to picking up trash around the neighborhood — to complete on their own.“I think TCU Day of Service will have a larger impact this year because with the independent service option, people can do a lot,” said Sophia Nguyen, the director of marketing for the event. While students are normally limited to serving the Fort Worth community, this option allows students to impact communities beyond Fort Worth.last_img read more

What we’re reading: FDA recommends pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Minnesota police officer resigns

first_imgMia Yarto What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Mia Yarto Twitter Linkedin Mia Yarto ReddIt + posts COVID-19 protocols remain up in the air for fall semester First-year experience at TCU ReddIt Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ event Facebookcenter_img Facebook Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week Twitter Mia Yarto printCDC and FDA recommend pause on use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine After six reported U.S. cases of a “rare and severe” type of blood clot, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that the U.S. stop the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to CNN. The cases occurred among women between 18 and 48 years old, and symptoms occurred six to 13 days after their vaccinations. According to a joint statement released Tuesday from Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the “CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance.”Johnson & Johnson released a statement stating that those who have received the vaccine and have developed severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. More than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the United States, making this event “extremely rare,” according to the statement. Officer and police chief resign after death of Daunte WrightThe death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn. has sparked protests. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii via Star Tribune/ AP)According to CNN, the police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright on Sunday night submitted a letter of resignation alongside the police chief who said the shooting was “accidental.”Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot said he has not yet accepted the police chief’s resignation. “We’re doing our internal process to make sure that we are being accountable to the steps that we need to take,” Elliot told reporters. Hundreds have protested in Brooklyn Center, Minn. since the shooting.Defense expert witness says that Chauvin’s actions were “justified”In this image from a video, Barry Brodd, a use of force expert testifies in the trial of former Minn. police Officer Derek Chauvin. (Court TV via AP, Pool)Tuesday marked the 12th day of Derek Chauvin’s trial for George Floyd’s death. According to CNN, defense expert witness Barry Brodd said that Derek Chauvin’s kneeling on George Floyd could not be considered a deadly force, but a use of force. “I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified with acting with objective, reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy…,” Brodd testified.  Linkedin Mia Yarto Previous articleNew platform launched to ease scholarship finding process for current TCU studentsNext articleEpisode 253 – TEXAS TRANSFER UNIVERSITY Mia Yarto RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature FILE – In this Thursday, April 8, 2021 file photo, the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine sits on a table at a pop up vaccinations site the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlineslast_img read more

Israeli police throw stun grenade at photographer

first_img Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Organisation A police spokesperson said,““media crews had been asked to move away from the area due to concern over loss of life.” The spokesperson added that the police would “continue to permit the journalistic activity of media personnel in Isawiyah.” May 28, 2021 Find out more News The Israeli police obstructed the media’s right to inform when they deliberately threw a stun grenade at one Israeli reporter and arrested another as journalists covered police raids in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Isawiyah in East Jerusalem on the night of 28 August, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. News During the same police operation in Isawiyah, a Channel 13 crew was ordered to leave the area and then one of them, reporter Yossi Eli, was arrested. He was released half an hour later at the suggestion of a police officer who said: “He’s Israeli. Let him go.” He was nonetheless warned that he would be arrested again if he did not leave the neighbourhood.    News Follow the news on Israel “Deliberately targeting a photographer with a stun grenade – which could have injured him – on the grounds of protecting lives is both absurd and a violation of the right to inform.” RSF’s Middle East desk said, condemning this flagrant obstruction of the media’s work.   Israeli is ranked 88th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Emil Salman, a photographer for the Israeli daily Haaretz, was filming four policemen when, as his video recording clearly shows one of them pointed towards him and another then threw a stun grenade at him, although no other person was anywhere near him at the time. Salman managed to dodge the grenade, which exploded on the ground. ““The police saw that I had a large camera and also had seen me previously,” Salman is quoted as saying in Haaretz’s report on the raids. It was impossible to mistake [the fact] that am a journalist“, he added.  News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more August 30, 2019 Israeli police throw stun grenade at photographer Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes to go furtherlast_img read more

British journalist and four local assistants prosecuted for “harming Montenegro’s image.”

first_img to go further News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Belaruscenter_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” February 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 British journalist and four local assistants prosecuted for “harming Montenegro’s image.” News Dominic Hipkins, a reporter from the British weekly paper The SundayMirror, and four local assistants are to be prosecuted for “harming theimage of Montenegro” in a “bogus” report on the trafficking of children,the Podgorica (Montenegro) prosecutor’s office announced on 10 February. Hipkins and the four – photographer Jovo Martinovic, interpreter SinisaNadazdin and fixers Dragan Radevic and Nenad Zevenic – were freed pendingtrial after six days in custody. All face up to three years in prison. Hipkins has since left the country and will be tried in his absence. ___________________06.02.2004Journalist being sought for “harming the image of Montenegro”. Four others arrestedReporters Without Borders has condemned legal action against British journalist Dominic Hipkins and the arrest of four local people, accused of “harming the image of Montenegro” with a “fabricated report” on child-trafficking in the region. They face up to three years in prison.Without commenting on the content of the article by Hipkins, the international press freedom organisation called for the release of the four who have been arrested and for dropping of the charges, which it called “disproportionate”.Journalists should never be put at risk of prison sentences for harming a country’s image, it said. The authorities should, on the contrary, foster public debate on issues of general interest, in particular on such a serious question as child-trafficking.Police in Montenegro said on 4 February that they were pressing charges against Hipkins, Jovo Martinovic, Sinisa Nadazdin, Dragan Radevic and Nenad Zevenic for “harming the image of Montenegro” over an article that appeared in the British weekly Sunday Mirror on 25 January and picked up by local newspapers. The British journalist described in the article how he posed as someone wanting to buy children and was offered three young children for sale.Police said that, aided by the four people arrested, the journalist had fabricated the story and paid women in Podogorica to make up their accounts. The four local people are being held in custody and the British journalist is being sought by police.Reporters Without Borders called on deputies to repeal Article 82 of the criminal code along with all other articles that unreasonably protect symbols of state, in line with recommendations made by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in November 2003. May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders deeply concerned by the murder of journalist William Soto Cheng

first_img News Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation December 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders deeply concerned by the murder of journalist William Soto Cheng Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further ColombiaAmericas October 21, 2020 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia TV journalist William Soto Cheng, of the local channel Telemar, was gunned down in the streets of Buenaventura, central west Colombia on 18 December. Reporters Without Borders has called on the authorities to ensure that “the killers and those who ordered the murder are punished”, stressing that “early indications suggest that the murder was linked to the journalist’s work.” Reporters Without Borders has expressed its deep concern over the murder of journalist William Soto Cheng in Buenaventura, central west Colombia.Cheng, 46, who worked for the local television station Telemar was gunned down at point blank range by two men on a motorbike in the streets of the Pacific Ocean port of Buenaventura, close to the station’s offices on 18 December.”Since the early indications suggest the murder was linked to the journalist’s work, we call on you to do your utmost to see that the killers and those who ordered the murder are punished,” said Reporters Without Borders in a letter to the state prosecutor-general Luis Camilo Osorio.He was the 11th journalist to be murdered in Colombia in 2003 and Reporters Without Borders has said it believes that four of the previous ten victims were killed because of their work.”In common with four other journalists murdered in 2003, Cheng had spoken out against corruption or irregularities, implicating local elected officials or members of the security forces,” said the press freedom organisation. In his programme “Litoral Pacífico”, he systematically denounced irregularities apparently committed by local officials and leading figures in the region.He had alleged electoral fraud the day after municipal elections on 26 October, in which he suggested members of the army and the police were implicated.The ballot resulted in the election as mayor of Buenaventura of Saulo Quiñones, of the Colombian Liberal Party. Cheng withdrew his allegations and apologised after he was threatened with legal action.A journalist colleague said that earlier in the year Cheng had alleged embezzlement at the municipal sports institute. One of the managers of the institute had come to blows with him. The same source said that the journalist had recently been threatened and had been thinking of leaving Buenaventura.The four journalists killed in 2003 because of their work were: Luis Eduardo Alfonso (killed 18 March), José Emeterio Rivas (6 April), Guillermo Bravo Vega (28 April), Jaime Rengifo Revero (29 April). News RSF_en RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia ColombiaAmericas last_img read more

In welcome but belated move, US army orders enquiry into shooting on ITN crew

first_img News Reporters Without Borders welcomes the opening of an enquiry into the deathof ITN reporter Terry Lloyd and the disappearance of ITN cameraman FredNerac and interpreter Hussein Osman (see photo) in southern Iraq. It hopesthis US enquiry, although late in the day, will discover what happened tothe two who have been missing for more than a month. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the US army’s belated decision to investigate the 22 March shooting incident in southern Iraq in which ITN reporter Terry Lloyd was killed and two members of Lloyd’s crew went missing. But the organisation deplored the fact that enquiry was not ordered sooner. The decision to hold the enquiry was reported to ITN by Col. Ray Sheperd of Centcom in Qatar on 28 April.”It was high time the US army decided to investigate this tragic incident,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “It is a safe bet that it was ITN’s independent enquiry in the field rather than Colin Powell’s promises that forced the US military to end their silence on the incident and offer an explanation.”While on an official visit to Brussels on 3 April, US secretary of state Colin Powell gave a “personal” undertaking to Fabienne Nerac, the wife of one of the two missing ITN crew members, to obtain information about the fate of her husband. She has so far not received any information from the Americans.”ITN and my family have been asking the Americans to launch an investigation for the past 40 days,” Fabienne Nerac said. “Now they finally have, and I hope we are going to receive information quickly. The Americans have promised to question their marines, locate the videotape recording they made at the site of the incident, and to give us a report on the progress of the investigation each week,” she said.In the 22 March incident, a four-member crew from Britain’s Independent Television News (ITN) came under fire near the southern city of Basra. The gunfire probably came from a group of US marines. ITN reporter Terry Lloyd, 51, was killed and Belgian cameraman Daniel Demoustier was wounded. The two other members of the crew, French cameraman Frédéric Nerac and Lebanese interpreter Hussein Othman, have been missing ever since. Help by sharing this information News Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News May 2, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In welcome but belated move, US army orders enquiry into shooting on ITN crew IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Copies of two newspapers confiscated

first_img Organisation July 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Copies of two newspapers confiscated The security forces in the governorate of Taiz confiscated copies of two newspapers sent from Sanaa – the 19 July issue of the independent weekly Al-Ahali and the 19 and 20 July issues of the independent daily Akhbar Al-Youmi. Newscenter_img RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

US – #WeeklyAddress: April 1 – 7: Georgia House Republicans file bill to create state Journalism Ethics Board

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of April 1 – April 7: RSF_en News United StatesAmericas Megachurch pastor preaches threat towards local South Carolina newspaper PHOTO CREDIT: CBS46 Georgia House Republicans file bill to create state Journalism Ethics Board April 28, 2021 Find out more Local news reporter keeps his cool as Trump supporter heckles him on camera For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. News June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Michael Gordon, a reporter for El Paso’s ABC affiliate, KVIA, was harassed by a woman at a Trump rally in El Paso, Texas on March 30. A video posted to Twitter shows Gordon preparing for a live take when a woman donning a red “Make America Great Again” hat and a poster reading “FAKE BY OMISSION” approaches the news team screaming “Y’all are fake! You’re fake! You spread fake news! You should be ashamed of yourself,” before chanting “Trump 2020.” A second video was later posted by Gordon showing possibly the same woman walking up to the camera shouting insults and expletives. Gordon later said he held “absolutely no ill will towards the woman in that clip.” April 8, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: April 1 – 7: Georgia House Republicans file bill to create state Journalism Ethics Board The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Hope Carpenter, former pastor at Relentless Church in Greenville, SC, used her guest sermon on March 31 to threaten the local paper The Greenville News. According to a video posted to YouTube, nearing the end of her soliloquy, Carpenter turned to the audience and said, “I cut people. I got a knife right in that pocketbook. Greenville News, come on. We done went through this.” The threat towards the newspaper comes after the publication wrote several stories that cast a negative light on current Relentless Church pastor John Gray. In a statement to The Washington Post, Holly Baird, spokesperson for John Gray said, “Neither our pastors or anyone in our leadership would agree with any type of communication that would encourage or incite violence against another individual or entity.” News News On April 2, members of Georgia’s House Republicans, headed by Rep. Andy Welch, proposed the creation of “canons of ethics” for journalists in the state. Georgia’s new Journalism Ethics Board would be in charge of accrediting journalists and organizations, investigating and sanctioning journalists after complaints are filed by the public, accepting and managing grants and other monetary awards, and setting rules and standards to adhere to for “factual and ethical reporting.” The Radio Television Digital News Association released a statement condemning the Georgia politicians’ decision. Journalism ethics, it said, are “not a weapon by which government can silence journalism and avoid the accountability journalism is constitutionally mandated to provide the people of Georgia.”last_img read more