Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped January 16, 2018 Philippine government attacks leading news website Rappler PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsInternet The move against Rappler comes amid constant attacks on media outlets that criticize Duterte’s notorious “war on drugs,” in which around 4,000 people have already died, most of them the victims of extrajudicial killings. Four months later, a businessman linked to Duterte announced his intention to buy the Inquirer while the president himself threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s licence, which has to be approved by the Philippine congress. “The revocation of Rappler’s licence is the latest stage in President Duterte’s open war against independent media,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago February 16, 2021 Find out more “Try pierce the identity and you will end up [with] American ownership,” President Duterte claimed, referring to Rappler, in his last state of the nation address six months ago. But this was just a rumour spread on social networks, according to Rappler, which says it can prove that it is Philippine-owned and will appeal on that basis. “Rappler is highly professional and its journalists stick to reporting the facts, facts that apparently annoy the government and its supporters, who have waged a smear campaign against the website on social networks. Instead of seeking the truth, the authorities have now clearly demonstrated their desire to kill the messenger.” Rappler founder and editor Maria Ressa reacted to the revocation of the website’s licence: “We stand tall. We stand firm. This is a moment we say we stand for press freedom” (photo : Ted Aljibe / AFP). May 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) firmly condemns yesterday’s Philippine government decision, announced by President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, to revoke the operating licence of the country’s leading news website, Rappler, and today’s justice ministry announcement that it is bringing legal proceedings against the site. Help by sharing this information to go further RSF supports the call issued yesterday by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, which appealed to journalists “to unite and resist every and all attempts to silence us.” Responding today in his typically crude manner, President Duterte said: “I don’t give a shit.” Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Information about Rappler’s ownership structure is available in the report of a survey of Philippine media ownership that RSF carried out. The Philippines is ranked 127th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Last March, Duterte criticized the “sons of whore journalists” at the Daily Philippines Inquirer, one of the country’s leading dailies, and at ABS-CBN, the biggest TV network. Follow the news on Philippines Receive email alerts News RSF regards these measures as an unacceptable attack on press freedom and supports Rappler’s decision to appeal. The grounds given by the government for rescinding Rappler’s licence is the website’s alleged violation of a constitutional provision under which only Philippine citizens can own media outlets. June 1, 2021 Find out more News News Rappler founder and editor Maria Ressa is often the target of online harassment campaigns. In a Tagalog post in early 2017, a 22-year-old student wrote: “I want Maria to be raped until she dies. This would make me so happy.” PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsInternet Organisation “I’m not threatening them but someday their karma will catch up with them,” he warned.
The House Commission X had invited sport scientists, universities’ school of sport representatives, sports think tanks and sports clubs to discuss the revision of the National Sports System Law, which is currently ongoing.Commission deputy chief Dede Yusuf, a former taekwondo athlete and movie star, said their suggestions could be used to improve the national training system.“The commission wants to learn more about a proper training system so we could develop the system and apply that to all sports,” the Democratic Party politician said.In attendance were leading badminton club PB Djarum, the Liga Kompas Gramedia U-14 junior soccer league, Indonesia Education University (UPI) sports training experts, the Sports Teachers Association, Riau province’s Center for Students Education and Training, and sport scientist from Semarang State University. Yoppy Rosimin of PB Djarum said the club had been holding open auditions in many cities in search of potential talent from all over the country. The players who pass the series of tests will train at PB Djarum’s badminton facility in Kudus, Central Java.“We were able to reach potential athletes from remote places as well. Families with financial constraints could also take their children to train with us for free,” Yoppy said as quoted in a media statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Of the 216 athletes, 39 have joined the national training program with the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI).Among the top shuttlers who were discovered by PB Djarum are Tontowi Ahmad, Alan Budikusuma, Susi Susanti and Kevin Sanjaya Putromuljo. Topics : The House of Representatives Commission X overseeing sports has lauded a training and open audition programs currently being held by leading badminton club PB Djarum for reaching out to many potential athletes from remote places, including from poor families.Andrea Hugo Pareira, a lawmaker from the Indonesia Democracy Party of Struggle (PDI-P) praised PB Djarum, saying that the training system and open audition could be a model for other sports as well.“The road to become an excellent athlete is long and difficult. PB Djarum has been willing to take that road and has been producing many of the country’s top athletes,” he said.
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to shatter records during his trophy-laden playing career – and the Juventus talisman is now the first footballer to reach $1 billion in earnings.The 35-year-old forward has earned $105 million (£82.6 million) before taxes and fees over the past year which sees him occupy fourth spot, behind Kylie Jenner, Kanye West and Roger Federer, on the 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100. Ronaldo’s exorbitant income has also allowed him to edge one place above rival Lionel Messi and he becomes just the third athlete to reach the milestone while still playing.Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather are the other two household names to have matched his achievement, but Portuguese icon Ronaldo has now set the standard for footballers across the world.He is the first star to hit the $1 billion mark in a team sport, and has made an eye-watering $650 million (£511 million) on the field alone during his 17 years as a professional player.According to Forbes, he is even expected to reach $765 million (£602 million) for his career salary at the end of his current Juventus deal, which expires in June 2022.Barcelona superstar Messi, in comparison, has earned a grand total of $605 million (£475 million) from his various pay packets since 2005. According to Sporting Intelligence’s Nick Harris, whose company ranks worldwide teams according to their total salary expense, Ronaldo is undoubtably “box office”.He added: “Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, in the world’s most popular sport, in an era when football has never been so rich.”The rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi in LaLiga has ensured both players are the perfect clients for a host of companies seeking to sponsor them – but it is the former who boasts the greater success in the boardroom.Ronaldo is managed by super agent Jorge Mendes, and the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has amassed an ever-increasing following on social media.He became the first person with 200m followers on Instagram in January, and his total fandom across Facebook, Twitter and the photo sharing app amounts to $427 million. The supremely marketable athlete is paid more than $20 million (£15 million) annually by Nike, and signed a lifetime deal with the world-renowned brand in 2016.Further deals with Clear shampoo, Herbalife HLF and pharmaceutical maker Abbott brings Ronaldo’s overall endorsement total to $45 million (£35 million).Forbes believes that Ronaldo Inc. is part of a trademark that collects a quarter of his endorsement income in a year.The former Sporting Lisbon prodigy also formed a partnership with Pestana Hotel Group in 2015, and has become heavily involved with a series of gyms alongside Crunch Fitness.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Most recently, Ronaldo posted a seven-step workout tutorial for his followers during lockdown with Crunch.Tags: BillionaireCristiano RonaldoFinancesForbesJuventus