News News United StatesAmericas October 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two reporters suspended for attending anti-Bush concert WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas to go further Follow the news on United States NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders voiced amazement today that Chuck Laszewski and Rick Linsk, two reporters with the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, a Saint-Paul (Minnesota) daily, were suspended from work for three days for attending an anti-Bush “Vote for change” concert on 5 October.”We are astonished at such a heavy sanction for journalists who attended a concert in their own free time and who are now going to lose three days’ pay,” the organisation said.On 27 September, a week before the concert, editor Vicky Gowler circulated a memo to staff saying the newspaper’s ethics banned certain employees from pursuing activities that could conflict with their profession. The memo mentioned in particular a ban on attending political fundraising concerts.Reached by Reporters Without Borders, Laszewski said he felt the memo did not concern him because he belongs to a team of investigative journalists and the memo was addressed to political reporters and staff working weekends. He also stressed that he went to a concert and not a political rally and that he has always paid great attention to professional ethics and had himself campaigned for the creation of an ethics committee within the newspaper in 2000.Gowler meanwhile was sticking to her position. She argues that investigative journalists can be required to work weekends and cover politics. The journalists’ union, the Newspaper Guild, is contesting the sanctions and has called for arbitration.Many newspapers throughout the United States have banned staff from attending this type of concert but, to our knowledge, this is the first time anyone has been sanctioned. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation News Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more
September 14, 2020 /Sports News – National Mike Tyson feels ‘unconquerable’ ahead of upcoming fight Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC NewsBy VICTOR ORDONEZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) — When asked what word would best describe the 54-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion today, without hesitation, Mike Tyson responded “unconquerable.”On Nov. 28, Tyson will face off against “Captain Hook” — former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr., 51. Tyson’s long-awaited return to the ring was teased on social media for weeks, but the fight also marks the beginning of his newest venture: Mike Tyson’s Legend’s Only League.Bringing back legendsThe idea was simple enough, to bring retired athletes back to the sport they love for one-off nostalgia-filled events.“They are still healthy, they are still beautiful and they still look beautiful doing what they do,” Tyson told ABC News.Before founding the league, Tyson said he heard a sports analyst say on broadcast that NFL legend Jerry Rice was no longer formidable.“They said he can’t play football anymore, he can’t be a wide receiver anymore. That is ridiculous!” said Tyson. “I bet you there are more people who want to see Jerry Rice play right now than they do the guy who is running his old position right now on the San Francisco 49ers.”The league plans to create similar events in a wide array of sports, including soccer, tennis, football and more. Tyson teased that Rice himself, along with Hockey Hall of Fame legend Wayne Gretzky, have called to inquire more about the league, possibly indicating similar returns in league-sponsored events.“I had so many athletes that called me want to be involved with it. You got Jerry Rice, [Joe] Montana. Listen, there are so many people that want to do this stuff,” said Tyson.Per his own wishlist, Tyson added that he’d love to facilitate Brock Lesnar’s return to mixed martial arts.The league’s mere existence has fueled questions as to whether Evander Holyfield would also consider a return to the ring. He and Tyson last faced off in 1997, in a fight that was later dubbed “the Bite Fight.”“That’d be awesome if he were to get in the league too,” Tyson told ABC News, though he did not confirm whether or not talks are in place.Presented by TrillerShockingly, Tyson’s return to the ring won’t be presented by HBO, ESPN, Showtime or any other legacy network; instead, the fight will be presented by Triller, an up-and-coming music video app akin to TikTok.Along with the rights to the live event featuring Tyson, Triller — an app with no footing in the world of sports — obtained streaming rights to a soon-to-be-released, 10-part docuseries featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the fight. Two episodes will be released each week leading up to the match.Founded as a music video app, the platform allows users to create professional-looking music videos in a matter of seconds using artificial intelligence — the CEO described the app as “the voice of an American-based Gen Z platform.”“For those younger audiences, Triller is a perfect platform for them to see a side of Mike that they haven’t seen before,” said CEO of Eros Innovations and part owner of the league, Sophie Watts. “They’ve seen him in ‘The Hangover,’ they know him as a cultural icon, but they probably only know through their parents or their family about his [boxing] legacy — it’s a chance for them to be introduced to that.”“They’re going to see what they’ve been hearing about all their lives,” added Tyson. “The entertainment is seeing these people come back and still entertain you like they did when you were young.”A three-hour live event, the Tyson vs. Jones bout, will last eight rounds and be part of a multiple-fight card. The event will have several undercard matches — including controversial YouTube star Jake Paul against NBA free agent Nate Robinson — as well as musical performances, which will be announced in the coming weeks.Although Triller will host the league’s first official event, Watts said the league can and likely will expand to other platforms for future events.“The Triller deal is a one-off deal for this fight,” Watts told ABC News. “Do I think a three-on-three basketball game of legendary NBA players… do I think that would be a different demographic? Absolutely.”The league has yet to announce additional events, but Watts teased the return of more retired athletes in the near future.Tyson talks return to the ringEarlier this year, Tyson told Joe Rogan in a podcast interview that he had no plans to return to the gym — let alone the boxing arena.“They offered me money to come back, and I didn’t understand. I thought it was a joke, and I thought it was stupid,” Tyson said at the time.Still, he reconsidered when he realized how many people he could help by donating part of his earnings to charity.“This completes me: being considerate and generous to people less fortunate than myself. That that helps me,” Tyson said.But, Tyson admitted his return to training in the ring was rocky at first.“I want you to know this… the first time I went back and boxed in 15 years, I got the sh– kicked out of me,” he said. “But, do you know what happened in that process? I said, ‘I belong here. This is where I belong.’”Tyson said one of the biggest issues returning athletes face when going back to their sport is relearning mental preparation.“What fighters and what athletes in general have to overcome is more psychological and mental than it is physical,” said Tyson. “You can do all the drills and all the preparation, but if you don’t go into a fight mentally controlled… you’re going to have a disastrous day.”As of today, Tyson said he feels “unconquerable,” and is looking forward to showing younger generations that he’s more than a comedian and actor.“Look, at the end of the day, I am an entertainer,” said Tyson. “But after they watch this fight, people are going to be very careful not to make jokes about me.”Overcoming the pandemicWhile major professional athletic programs have struggled to overcome COVID-19-related challenges, Tyson’s Legends Only League was conceived amid the pandemic. The event will be streamed without a live audience, per California state regulations.“The reality is our model isn’t built around live audiences, unlike a traditional athletic organization that has extraordinary debt or obligations to traditional broadcast partners, which require a live audience to monetize that system — we don’t,” Watts said. “We’re excited to take these fans who want to feel nostalgia and connection and really live inside the world of an athlete they’ve revered — that opportunity exists at home just as it would exist in a stadium.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.