Indonesia: Borneo reporter jailed after palm oil giant complains

first_img IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence ImprisonedEnvironmentFreedom of expression Organisation The matter could have ended there. But the Jhonlin Group finally filed its criminal complaint, which the police see as grounds not only for arresting Sumedi but also for continuing to hold him. Sumedi has to remain in detention because otherwise he “might continue to write stories about this case,” a police spokesman said.“Writing articles about ongoing disputes is precisely the basis of journalism and, furthermore, is also one of the best ways of resolving them harmoniously,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“We urge South Kalimantan governor Sahbirin Noor to order Diananta Putra Sumedi’s immediate and unconditional release. The harassment to which he has been subjected sends a terrifying message to all journalists – ‘Don’t investigate the activities of one of the country’s biggest palm oil producers or you will end up in prison’.”SuspicionsThis is not the first time a reporter has been arrested in connection with their coverage of allegedly illegal land seizures by oil palm plantations. Muhammad Yusuf died in detention in unclear circumstances in 2018, five weeks after being arrested in South Kalimantan province as a result of a complaint by MSAM, another Jhonlin Group subsidiary, over his coverage of its disputes with local indigenous groups.The case aroused suspicions about the independence of South Kalimantan’s institutions, inasmuch as the province’s governor, Sahbirin Noor, is the uncle of the wealthy businessman who owns MSAM. Indonesia is ranked 119th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. August 21, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Indonesia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 19, 2020 Find out more News News ————————————————————————–Update:Diananta Putra Sumedi was finally sentenced on 10 August to three and a half months in prison for inciting hatred and violating journalistic ethics. The Kotabaru district court’s judges found him in breach of article 28 of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law. RSF regards his conviction as a disturbing act of intimidation that is all the more unacceptable because the Jhonlin Group’s complaint against him had already been referred to, and settled, by the Press Council.————————————————————————– Diananta Putra Sumedi, the editor of the local news website BanjarHits.id and correspondent for the investigative newspaper Tempo, is facing a possible six-year jail sentence on a charge of “information causing enmity” under article  28.2 of the “Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik” (Electronic Information and Transactions Law), which is supposed to regulate online reporting.He was arrested in response to a criminal complaint by the Indonesian palm oil giant, the Jhonlin Group, about an article he posted on BanjarHits.id and then on the collaborative news platform Kumparan last November about a dispute over land that a Jhonlin Group subsidiary allegedly took from three villages inhabited by members of the Dayak, an indigenous people in southern Borneo’s dense forests.The Jhonlin Group initially complained to the “Dewan Pers” (the Press Council), which is supposed to resolve press issues without reference to the courts. Then, after a Dayak representative retracted one of the statements attributed to him in the article, BanjarHits.id and Kumparan both published corrections.Terrifying message to go further May 20, 2020 – Updated on August 11, 2020 Indonesia: Borneo reporter jailed after palm oil giant complainscenter_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence ImprisonedEnvironmentFreedom of expression RSF_en Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua News Arrested on 4 May, the Indonesian journalist Diananta Putra Sumedi is being held pending trial on a charge of “information causing enmity” (photo: Kanalkalimantan.com /Fikri). Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of a journalist held since 4 May in South Kalimantan province, in the far south of the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, on a charge of inciting hatred in an article about a land dispute between a palm oil company and an indigenous ethnic group. August 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Security court decides to hold opposition journalist for another month

first_img A state security court in Sanaa decided on 25 June to keep Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani of the online newspaper Al-Shoura in pre-trial detention for another month. Al-Khaiwani has not appeared in court since being arrested at home on 20 June for supposed links with Shiite rebels operating in the north of the country.One of his lawyers, Khaled Al-Anesi, criticised the interior minister’s refusal to allow anyone but his relatives to visit him. His lawyers have not been able to communicate with him since his arrest. June 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security court decides to hold opposition journalist for another month Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of opposition journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, in Sanaa yesterday reportedly in connection with alleged links to the Shiite rebellion in the north of the country.Several plain-clothes police officers went to the home of the former editor of the now closed opposition weekly al-Shura and arrested him without a warrant. His wife said that officers dragged him from his bed and took him away barefoot and in his pyjamas. The following day he was placed in preventive detention for one week.The journalist was reportedly questioned about links with individuals facing trial for “terrorist activities”, in detention in Yemen, who are believed to have mentioned his name during interrogation. He was also questioned about an article headlined “the goat that became a pharaoh”, which he planned to publish and which he had discussed with a colleague on the phone.“We urge the Yemeni authorities to urgently release this journalist. No charges have been made against him and it is obvious that he is being put under pressure to stop him giving a voice to Shiite rebels,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Al-Khaiwani’s lawyer, Khaled al-Anesi, told Reporters Without Borders that the prosecutor had refused all requests for bail even though the journalist had always presented himself whenever he had been summoned in the past.“My client is a well-known figure, who has never sought to escape justice,” he said. “He has been arrested in unacceptable circumstances and has at no time been informed of the reasons for his arrest.”Al-Khaiwani was sentenced to one year in prison in 2005 before being pardoned by President Ali Abdallah Saleh. He had been accused of using his writing to support the rebellion of the Shiite leader Badr Eddin al-Hawthi. News Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Yemen United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF February 11, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts January 6, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further News YemenMiddle East – North Africa Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions YemenMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months News ————————————————————-21.06 – Opposition journalist Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani back behind bars Newslast_img read more

Scientists Seek Answers

first_img“We’re seeing tomato spotted wilt virus levels up to 70 percent in some fields thisyear,” he said. “It’s not that severe in every field. But it’s doing more damage overmore fields over a greater area than in years past.” A virus causes this killer disease that can wipe out peanuts, tobacco, peppers andtomatoes. It’s hit all four crops hard this year. And Culbreath expects the damage tocontinue. “It’s the worst we’ve seen in Georgia,” said Albert Culbreath, a plant pathologist withthe UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. At the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, CAES horticulture researcherSharad Phatak has found another way to help fight the virus. The reduction isn’t a direct result of conservation tillage. It’s an indirect way to preventthe disease. But it works. Phatak found conservation tillage leads to better quality in peanuts, too. “When the virus hits this hard, as early in the season as it did this year, the impact isgreater than when it hits late, as it did in 1996,” he said. The crop residue provides a place for beneficial insects to live, Phatak said. Thoseinsects feast on insects, including thrips, that can cause damage and yield loss. But farmers can help prevent it next year. He tells farmers to plant resistant cultivars, plant when TSW is least likely to infect andplant a good population to set a good stand.center_img Georgia farmers lost close to $75 million to TSW last year. Culbreath and othersexpect the damage to be greater this year. There’s no cure for TSW once plants are infected. And even some more resistantvarieties are infected, though not as bad as others. “It’s a matter of living with it forthis year,” Culbreath said. University of Georgia scientists are trying to help Georgia farmers stop a virus-bornedisease that has hit crops especially hard this year. John Baldwin, a CAES extension agronomist, said farmers have to workwholeheartedly to reduce TSW. “They have to use every tool available to keep it out oftheir fields,” he said. Baldwin said setting a good stand helps in several ways. Thrips, the insects that carrythe virus, don’t seem to invade thickly planted fields as much as those with fewerplants. And if they do, more plants can mean more yield overall, even if the yield isreduced by disease damage. “We found that in conservation tillage, where you have the residue of rye or wheat orother cover crops on the surface, you can see a reduction on 30 percent in (TSW)virus,” he said. Coffee County farmer Max Carter likes using no-till in his peanuts. “We’re seeing a lotof crop residue building up, making more organic matter in the soil,” he said. “Soilerosion is zero, too, and the water stays clean and clear.” The TSW reduction is only one of Phatak’s findings during six years of research inpeanuts and another 12 years in tomatoes and peppers. But it’s the most exciting tomany farmers.last_img read more