Daily Stabroek News suffers total boycott by state advertisers

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns the Guyanese government’s withdrawal of virtually all state advertising from the Stabroek News, thereby penalising the daily for its editorial positions. The organisation urges the government to explain itself. News Guyana – RSF urges Guyanese Parliament to amend drafted Cybercrime Bill Organisation Guyana’s leading daily, The Stabroek News, has learned it is now under a total effective boycott by state advertisers after the Government Information Agency (GINA) on 6 February cancelled advertising space booked in the paper for the Guyana Revenue Authority. Since November 2006, this was the last body still placing advertising in the Stabroek News. Public companies, but under private management, Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) and Guyana Power and Light have also decided not to advertise with the paper. The management of the two companies, while denying having acted on the orders of GINA, did not offer any explanation. The government itself referred only to “accounting reasons” before refusing to respond to protests from the Guyana Press Association.The Stabroek News takes a strong critical line towards the government of President Bharrat Jagdeo. Reporters Without Borders reminded the president that the Chapultepec Declaration on freedom of information and expression, which he has signed, commits him not to use state advertising as a means of rewarding or punishing media.____________________________________________________________16.01.07 – Government punishes critical newspaper by withdrawing state advertising Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Guyanese government’s withdrawal of virtually all state advertising from the Stabroek News, the country’s leading privately-owned daily, and its refusal to respond to the initiatives taken by the newspaper in response to this discriminatory measure.“Governments must not allocate advertising to some news media as a reward, and withdraw it from others as a punishment – this is spelled out in the Chapultepec Declaration, which Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo himself signed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Unfortunately, the government’s silence in the face of the Stabroek News’ legitimate demands suggests that the newspaper is being financially penalised because of its editorial positions,” the press freedom organisation added. “The government must provide an explanation and if it is slow to do so, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights should instruct it to provide one.”The Stabroek News, which is critical of the Jagdeo government, said its earnings from state advertising (government announcements, ministerial press releases etc) had declined sharply since November, three months after Jagdeo’s reelection as president.The Guyana Press Association and the Stabroek News accused Nanda Gopaul, permanent secretary at the office of the president, of ordering the Government Information Agency (GINA) not to assign any more advertising to the newspaper. The GINA subsequently confirmed that only Guyana Revenue Authority advertisements were henceforth to be placed with the Stabroek News.The newspaper’s editor, David de Caires, said he never received any reply to his request for a meeting with GINA director Prem Misir. De Caires wrote to Misir on 3 January claiming that the Stabroek News was being directly attacked “for political reasons,” in violation of the March 1994 Chapultepec Declaration on freedom of information and expression, which Jagdeo signed.Karen Persaud, the person in charge of advertising at GINA, told De Caires on 9 January that his request “has been taken into account but has not yet been examined by the department concerned.” De Caires wrote back the next day complaining about this “unclear and unsatisfactory” reply. He has heard nothing more since then. News February 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Daily Stabroek News suffers total boycott by state advertisers RSF_en GuyanaAmericas News June 7, 2018 Find out more Guyana – RSF urges President Granger not to adopt new broadcasting legislation to go further Receive email alerts GuyanaAmericas Follow the news on Guyana August 8, 2017 Find out more News President Jagdeo postpones opposition TV station’s suspension October 17, 2011 Find out morelast_img read more

Weekend Picks: East Coast Surfing Championships, Virginia Beach

first_imgThis weekend head to Virginia Beach for the 52nd Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships — a pro and amateur event for the U.S. Surfing Federation where hundreds of surfers and enthusiasts will get together to enjoy some fun in the waves and the sun. Visitors will also find volleyball, flag football, a 5K run on the boardwalk, skate boarding, skimboarding, a swimsuit competition, live music, food and more.The mission of the CE ECSC is “to produce a unique sports and entertainment festival for the enjoyment of our guests and the betterment of our community.” All events are open to the public and times are subject to change. Standings will be posted at surfusa.org.Following is the tentative schedule of events:8/17/2014 7 AM Surf Warriors – Wounded Warrior Project Surfing Competition8/17/2014 Noon Check in Quiksilver Super Groms8/17/2014 1 PM Quiksilver Super Groms8/18/2014 7 AM Doc Taylor/Tautogs Open Pro – Trials for VANS Pro – ASP 4 Star8/19/2014 7 AM All adult Divisions for amateur Surfing8/20/2014 7 AM Juniors (amateur) Women Pro8/21/2014 7 AM Boys (amateur) Longboard Pro8/22/2014 7 AM Menehune (amateur) Girls8/23/2014 7 AM Micro Menehune, SUP, Tandem, Longboard/Women Semis8/24/2014 7 AM All finalsNote: ASP – VANS Pro and VANS Pro Junior are on call for 8/18-24/14 depending on surf conditionsUpdated detailed scheduled available at www.surfusa.orgSunday—Aug. 17, 20148 AM – 1 PM NOON – 4 PM The Surf Warrior – presented by the Wounded Warrior Project and the US Surfing Federation bringing veterans from Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia to compete.Quiksilver “Super Grom” event 2nd Street Surfing Area, hosted by US Surfing Federation (Surfing Area)Monday—August 18, 20147 AM – 6 PM Professional Surfing @ 2nd StreetTautog’s/Doc Taylor’s $5,000 Open Pro Men’sTuesday—Wednesday – August 19-20, 20147 AM – 6 PM Professional Surfing @ 2nd StreetThursday August 21, 20147 AM – 6 PM Amateur & Professional Surfing @ 2nd StreetNoon- 6 LXVI Invitational Open Practice (2nd to 6th Streets)ECX Film Festival [Check http://www.ecxfest.org/ for times/locations]Live Music: Natalie Stovall and The Driveecsc-maplast_img read more

SCA professor named first recipient of Robin Williams Chair in Comedy

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, Professor Barnet Kellman was honored as the first holder of the Robin Williams Endowed Chair in Comedy, a position that was funded by the George Lucas Foundation. The ceremony was held at the Ray Stark Family Theatre, in the presence of faculty, alumni and students of the School of Cinematic Arts, and Zach and Zelda Williams, the children of Robin Williams.The ceremony was both a celebration of Kellman’s newly appointed position and a commemoration of the late Robin Williams, a renowned and dedicated comedic actor. With the Williams Chair as the 30th endowed chair to the school, Dean Elizabeth Daley expressed the great significance of the position to USC, SCA and its comedy program in her opening speech.“We are very gracious that we have had two endowed chairs [to the comedy program],” Daley said. “A lot of success in comedy is creating programs, supporting students and bringing in faculty who will be a great inspiration in the world of comedy.” Zak Williams described witnessing the craft of comedy through his father as incredible — but a craft that requires much discipline and practice. Kellman, though not an actor, embodies these qualities through his work as an advocate for comedy as a discipline of study at USC. “I couldn’t think of a better inaugural professor than Barnet Kellman,” Williams said.Kellman was one of the three founders of the USC Comedy program in 2011. However, before his teaching tenure at USC as a professor in the film and television production division at SCA, Kellman was an award-winning television director and producer who harbored a love for comedy throughout his extensive career.“I’m speechless [to receive this position],” Kellman said, in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “The name Robin Williams was both a surprise and an honor … For me to be the first person to hold that chair with the knowledge that someone will always carry on through it the tradition of comedy — it is more than I have ever imagined.” Yet even before his directing career, Kellman was always drawn to comedy in the roles he was cast in and discovered a talent for character comedy.“Comedy is such a big card in everybody’s life and something they take for granted in a good way,” Kellman said. “My job [as a director] was to find real human behavior. And I find human behavior to be funny, so I incorporated that into my production.In 2009, Kellman realized the importance of teaching comedy academically in a film school setting. Years later, after the successful creation of the first academic comedy program in the nation, Kellman reflects on how he — and his co-program founders — took a risk to pioneer comedy at USC. “It’s a subject that really has been neglected,” Kellman said. “Nobody teaches directing comedy; there was not even a book about it.” And Kellman ties this element of risk to Robin Williams himself. Kellman saw Williams as an outsider to traditional comedy by breaking social norms in his various roles. “Robin Williams was truly singular in his willingness to embrace risk,” Kellman said. “Comedy demands us to take a risk, to explore boundaries and to exercise the will to take chances.” Gloria Cheng contributed to this report.last_img read more