Government signals crackdown on bloggers

first_img MalaysiaAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en MalaysiaAsia – Pacific January 29, 2021 Find out more December 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government signals crackdown on bloggers Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm that Malaysia could introduce repressive legislation on the Internet after Science and Technology Minister, Kong Cho Ha, said the government planned new rules to block its malicious use and prevent bloggers posting news jeopardising social harmony.“The government of Abdullah Badawi seems to want to impose on the Internet the same strict controls that it already applies to the press,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Malaysian bloggers currently enjoy an outspokenness denied to journalists in the traditional media. It is vital for the country’s democratic life that the Internet is not pushed into self-censorship. “The minister made his statement at an event on 3 December 2006 organised by the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry, Malaysia (Pikom) in which he made clear his determination to regulate news put out by bloggers.“We are talking about creating cyber laws to control those who misuse the Internet,” he said. “We need to have stricter cyber laws to prevent these bloggers from disseminating disharmony, chaos, seditious material and lies. We want our bloggers to be responsible.” His statements were all the more surprising given that Internet regulation usually comes under the Energy, Water and Communications ministry.The government is also planning to get bloggers to register with the information ministry. Even though Kong Cho Ha admitted that the system would be difficult to apply, it could nevertheless push Malaysian bloggers daring to criticise the government to stop publishing or self-censor.The government frequently says that it does not impose any censorship on electronic media. However, in practice, harassment has been stepped up against the only independent online daily, and there has been an increase in threatening statements aimed at pushing its managers into self-censorship. March 17, 2021 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm that Malaysia could introduce repressive legislation on the Internet after Science and Technology Minister, Kong Cho Ha, said the government planned new rules to block its malicious use and prevent bloggers posting news jeopardising social harmony. Help by sharing this information February 22, 2021 Find out more New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Follow the news on Malaysia News Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Receive email alerts News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Organisation last_img read more

Joseph, Louis bowl Hurricanes to crucial win

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Test seamer Alzarri Joseph combined with Jeremiah Louis to destroy Jamaica Scorpions’ second innings and propel Leeward Islands Hurricanes to a much-needed 34-run victory, in an extraordinary, low-scoring seventh round game here Sunday.Chasing 149 to win at Sabina Park on the third day of the day/night contest, the hosts collapsed to 114 all out, with the 20-year-old Joseph picking up five for 43 – his fourth five-wicket haul in only his 15th first class game.Fellow pacer Louis, 21, finished with four for 23 to add to his four from the first innings, and end with match figures of eight for 27 which were good enough to earn him Man-of-the-Match honours.Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood resisted with a top score of 47, an innings lasting 90 deliveries and a shade under 2-1/4 hours, and including four fours and a six.But the right-hander found little support and his 37-run, eighth-wicket stand with Jerome Taylor (19) was the best of the innings.Earlier, Hurricanes fought their way to 133 – the highest innings total of the game – after resuming on a precarious 31 for five.Their fightback was due to a wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton’s invaluable 45 and Louis’s 23. When Hurricanes slumped further to 63 for seven, the pair combined in a 63-run, eighth-wicket partnership – the best of the game – to rally the innings.Hamilton faced 98 deliveries in 143 minutes and struck five fours, before he was eighth out.Pacers Rovman Powell (2-12) and Jerome Taylor 2-21, along with leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-28) and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller (2-43) claimed two wickets each.A whopping 25 wickets fell on Saturday’s second day after the first day was abandoned due to persistent rain.HURRICANES 1st innings 71SCORPIONS 1st innings 56HURRICANES 2nd innings (o/n 31 for five)M. Hodge c wkp. Walton b Powell 15K. Powell run-out 2J. Otto lbw b Taylor 5K. Carty lbw b Taylor 2N. Bonner c wkp. Walton b Powell 0J. Hamilton lbw b Jacobs 45J. Campbell c Thomas b Miller 18R. Cornwall lbw b Mindley 5J. Louis stp. Walton b Jacobs 23G. Tonge b Miller 0A. Joseph not out 6Extras: (lb-10, nb-2) 12Total: (all out, 50 overs) 133Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-13, 3-26, 4-26, 5-26, 6-56, 7-63, 8-126, 9-127.Bowling: Taylor 12-5-21-2, Mindley 9-1-19-1 (nb-2), Powell 7-3-12-2, Miller 13-1-43-2, Jacobs 9-1-28-2.SCORPIONS 2nd innings (target: 149)C. Walton c Cornwall b Tonge 8S. Thomas lbw b Joseph 6J. Blackwood c wkp. Otto b Joseph 47A. McCarthy b Joseph 0B. King lbw b Louis 17D. Thomas c Campbell b Louis 0R. Powell b Louis 1D Jacobs b Louis 1J. Taylor c Carty b Joseph 19M. Mindley c wkp. Otto b Joseph 1N. Miller not out 8Extras: (b-2, w-1, nb-3) 6Total: (all out, 37.5 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-15, 3-15, 4-42, 5-44, 6-50, 7-67, 8-104, 9-105.Bowling: Tonge 8-1-29-1 (nb-1), Joseph 15.5-1-43-5 (nb-2), Louis 9-2-23-4 (w-1), Cornwall 5-1-17-0.Points: Hurricanes 19, Scorpions 5.6.last_img read more

Sugar Ray says boxingnot dead, rival Duran not so sure

first_imgBy Rory CarrollLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard says that while the sport may not be the national obsession it was during his prime, it is still healthy, an assertion disputed by longtime rival-turned-friend Roberto Duran.In a joint interview to promote a new film on the Panamanian’s career, entitled “I Am Duran”, the former enemies traded barbs – and laughs – about the state of the sport as well as the nature of their historic battles which captivated the sporting world in the 1980s.“Boxing is not dead like some say it is,” said Leonard, who lost his WBC Welterweight title to Duran in the “Brawl in Montreal” in 1980 before winning it back in an infamous rematch later that same year. “But the sport itself has to fix itself. Don’t just say you’re the best – show the people or the fans that you are the best by fighting the best and let them be the judge,” he told Reuters.Duran, 67, made it clear he did not think much of the current crop of fighters. “No respect,” he said through an interpreter when asked about the personalities who populate the ring today, such as heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder.“We were born in the time period of the real fighters,” he said. “If you compare today’s boxers to the boxers like us from back in those days, these guys would have never won.”Duran, who fought his way out of poverty to become an icon in his native Panama, said he did, however, like Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who currently holds three of the four middleweight titles.“I admire the Mexican kid who obviously is doing very well. I always think that Americans are the ones making the big bucks here in this sport,” he said.“However, we have Canelo now. He’s not only a Mexican but he’s also a Latino who’s doing really well and making a lot of money.”‘WHO HIT THE HARDEST?’ Leonard said Duran, whose relentless, aggressive fighting style and punishing punches earned him an astounding 103-16 career record, is among the best he ever faced.“People ask me that all the time, who hit you the hardest?” Leonard said.“And a lot of times I say Roberto Duran because Duran hit me so hard — and so many times in so many illegal places — that it felt like a few people in the ring,” he said, flashing his trademark smile.“He was so quick and so elusive. Just an amazing, amazing champion.”Leonard, who won 36 and drew one of his 40 fights, said he lost the first meeting with Duran, a 15-round unanimous decision, in part because he chose to stand toe to toe with Duran instead of relying on his superior speed. Leonard has said he wanted to hurt Duran after he made disparaging remarks about Leonard’s wife in the lead up to the fight, the only fight Leonard said he ever went into angry.The two would face off in a rematch later that year in a fight dubbed “No Mas” after Duran shocked the world by quitting midway through the eighth round.Leonard successfully changed his tactics in the rematch, moving constantly and taunting Duran in ways that unnerved the champion. Duran said he was forced to stop fighting due to overwhelming muscle pain that he said was connected to the rapid weight loss he went through to make the weight for the rematch.Duran, who is known for his acerbic wit and love of a good time, had packed on the pounds while celebrating his win over Leonard.But time heals all wounds and Leonard says he is happy to call him a friend, even if it took some getting used to.“It seems so surreal when I see him because the first thing I want to do is do this,” said Leonard, putting up his fists. “But in all sincerity, I love this guy. This guy made me the fighter I am today.”last_img read more