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The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr wins Reporters Without Borders’ ‘L’esprit de RSF’ award

first_img February 11, 2021 Find out more November 8, 2018 – Updated on November 9, 2018 The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr wins Reporters Without Borders’ ‘L’esprit de RSF’ award News March 23, 2021 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Events Freedom of expression News February 12, 2021 Find out more Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened RSF_en Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing Reporters Without Borders (RSF) held its annual Press Freedom Awards in London for the first time ever on 8 November 2018.The three international awards for Courage, Impact, and Independence went to Swati Chaturvedi from India, Matthew Caruana Galizia from Malta, and Inday Espina-Varona from the Philippines.A special ‘L’esprit de RSF’ prize created for the UK media to mark London’s hosting of the prestigious Press Freedom Awards was awarded to The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr for her investigations into subversion of democratic processes in the UK and US.The UK is ranked 40th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.London 08.11.18. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) honoured The Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr at its 2018 Press Freedom Awards this evening.The prestigious annual awards ceremony, held in London for the first time ever this year, was presented by Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News’ Chief International Correspondent, and biographer of war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria in 2012.Other noteworthy participants who spoke at the awards included BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet, former RSF award winners Can Dundar and Zaina Erhaim, Chinese dissident activist Wu’er Kaixi, Fleet Street legend Eve Pollard, and media commentator Roy Greenslade. The ceremony highlighted the importance of press freedom and safety of journalists, especially in the wake of the killing of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.A special ‘L’esprit de RSF’ Prize was given to The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr. ‘L’esprit de RSF’ was created this year, to mark London’s first-ever hosting of the awards, to honour a UK journalist, media organisation, or NGO, that has demonstrated exceptional courage, achieved tremendous impact, or shown independence in the face of significant pressure, embodying the spirit of RSF in their work in the UK or on behalf of a UK media organisation or NGO abroad.An award-winning reporter for The Guardian and The Observer, Cadwalladr’s reporting on the manipulation and subversion of democratic processes in the US and UK resulted in the exposure of the role of Cambridge Analytica and its satellite AggregateIQ in the Trump and Brexit campaigns. Cadwalladr’s investigation found that the data analytics firm that worked with Trump’s election team in the US and the Leave campaign in the UK harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest-ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software programme to predict and influence choice at the ballot box. She continues to face pressure and harassment in backlash for her reporting.Rebecca Vincent, RSF UK Bureau Director, said: “The jury overwhelmingly voted for Carole Cadwalladr, who truly represents the spirit of RSF in the UK. Her reporting on interference in the Brexit campaign here in the UK and the Trump campaign in the US has underscored the vital importance of our democratic institutions, and the need to protect them – including the media itself. The severe backlash she continues to face is a testament to the impact of her reporting, and we are proud to honour her with this special new award.” Established in 1992, previous winners of RSF’s Press Freedom Awards include the renowned late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, courageous Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim, and embattled Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet.This year’s awards were selected by a high-profile international jury, including notable figures such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and Chinese activist Wu’er Kaixi – both RSF emeritus board members – as well as RSF President Pierre Haski. RSF’s UK advisory board – including Fleet Street legend Eve Pollard, former Director of BBC News James Harding, Channel 4 News Anchor Jon Snow, and media commentator Roy Greenslade – selected the winner of the special ‘L’esprit de RSF’ prize.“Every year I am astounded by the quality and passion of journalists around the world who put their safety at risk in pursuit of the truth, and it is an honour to be able to highlight the work of these courageous individuals. We hope that this recognition will offer them vital support and protection as they carry on their important work in the face of growing pressure against independent media in their home countries,” said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire.This year’s awards were made possible thanks to the generous support of TV5MONDE – a long-standing partner of RSF’s Press Freedom Awards – along with 4 New Square Solicitors, the European Publishers Council, and Heineken. RSF is grateful for these kind contributions. to go further Organisation News OTHER RSF 2018 PRESS FREEDOM AWARD WINNERSThe Prize for Courage: Swati Chaturvedi, IndiaThe Prize for Courage is awarded to journalists, media or NGOs who demonstrate courage in the practice, defence or promotion of journalism in a hostile environment and despite threats to their freedom or safety.A freelance reporter for print and broadcast media, Swati Chaturvedi has been the target of vicious online harassment campaigns, like many other outspoken journalists in India. She responded by using journalistic weapons, investigating the “IT cell” within the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu nationalist party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is notorious for keeping an army of angry trolls. The result was a book entitled I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of the BJP’s Digital Army. In retaliation for her reporting, Swati Chaturvedi is now even more exposed to calls for revenge by social media trolls.The Prize for Impact: Matthew Caruana Galizia, MaltaThe Prize for Impact is awarded to journalists, media or NGOs whose work has led to concrete improvement in journalistic freedom, independence and pluralism, or to an increase in awareness of these matters.A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and software engineer, Matthew Caruana Galizia worked at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for five years, where he co-founded its Data and Research Unit. He left the ICIJ in 2018 to focus on the case of his mother, Daphne Caruana Galizia, herself an investigative journalist who was assassinated by a car bomb near her home in Malta in October 2017. He has worked tirelessly to obtain justice for his mother’s murder and for the crimes she exposed, to galvanise the international community, and to hold the Maltese authorities to account.The Prize for Independence: Inday Espina-Varona, Philippines The Prize for Independence is awarded to journalists, media or NGOs for resisting pressure (including financial, political, economic or religious pressure) or because of the values and rules that enable them to resist.A veteran journalist who is very active on social networks, Inday Espina-Varona is now a contributing editor at the Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN, where she formerly ran its citizen journalism website Bayan Mo i-Patrol Mo (BMPM). Over the years, she has reported extensively on issues that are sensitive in the Philippines, such as child prostitution, violence against women, LGBT issues and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on the island of Mindanao. In June 2018, Espina-Varona took over as the head of #BabaeAko (“Me, a woman” in Tagalog), a social media campaign that informs and mobilises the public on women’s rights issues in response to Duterte’s many misogynistic comments and attacks on women.Ends.Notes for editors:The RSF 2018 Press Freedom Awards took place on 8 November at the Getty Images Gallery in London.Prizes were awarded to journalists from around the world for Courage (Swati Chaturvedi, India), Impact (Matthew Caruana Galizia, Malta), and Independence (Inday Espina-Varona, the Philippines). A special new award was also created for the UK, ‘L’esprit de RSF,’ which went to Carole Cadwalladr.The international award winners are available in London for interviews on 8 and 9 November.For more information, interview requests, and images contact RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent at [email protected] or +44 (0) 7583 137 751 / Padraig Reidy, Editorial Director, 89up at [email protected] or +44 (0) 7947 242 476. 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When potatoes become art

first_imgWhat do you do when earthy potatoes are part of a contemporary artwork in one of the most important University museums in the country? Well, you act like a savvy shopper. You monitor the product closely and you make regular trips to the grocery store.Such is the care needed for a sculpture resembling a quirky science experiment in the first-floor modern and contemporary galleries of the Harvard Art Museums. Despite the shopping-cart component, though, “Analogia I” by Argentine artist Victor Grippo is a serious piece, one of the museums’ many works by artists who were redefining their field in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s.“Analogia I,” consisting of a series of small potatoes nestled in individual square compartments and connected to wires, electrodes, and an electric meter, was created during the political upheaval in Argentina in the late ’60s and early ’70s, when government censorship and even brutality were the norm, said Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.In effect, the conceptual artist’s use of untraditional material helped the work’s subversive message evade government control.“It was something that at an art exhibition was not legible, readable, by the authorities as something that was transgressive,” said Enriquez. “But it was a very deliberately appointed statement: We will survive despite the oppressive climate you’ve put us in and the freedoms we don’t have.”The wires attached to the potatoes and the meter registering the amount of energy they produce represent connectedness, determination, and community energy and spirit, said Enriquez. Grippo’s use of potatoes, a basic food source in South America, heightened the work’s universality.By varying artistic materials, Grippo, like his contemporaries, was redefining the nature of artistic expression and the meaning of beauty. He was also inviting the public more fully into the artistic experience. Though it’s nonfunctional now to help preserve the work, “Analogia I” includes a button that at one time viewers could press to see the amount of energy being generated by the wired spuds.“Engaging the public in his work was key, and it was typical of his work in the ’60s,” said Enriquez, noting that other pieces in the gallery reflect similar impulses. Nearby hang works by Korean-American artist Nam June Paik and German artist Joseph Beuys, both members of the Fluxus movement who used everyday materials “as a way of expressing what Beuys called social sculpture,” said Enriquez, “work in which you, the viewer, participated in, responded to what those materials were.”She singled out Beuys’ “Telephone T–R [mirrored R],” two metal cans attached by twine to form a rudimentary telephone. “Very basic things became part of what an artist used to create an expression and a means of engaging you, the public, in their work,” said Enriquez. “So putting Grippo in that context makes enormous sense.”But a work that’s based on food that can spoil needs particular and regular upkeep. Museum staff members have to monitor the work for signs of mold that could hurt other works in the gallery. About every three weeks the potatoes are rotated out and the wires and electrodes are cleaned. During trips to the grocery store, museum staffers take along a small box, the size of the boxes in Grippo’s work, to make sure the new spuds will fit in the sculpture.This piece, said Enriquez, “really requires us to be on top of its wear and care.”last_img read more

Is Dzeko coming back to Wolfsburg?

first_imgEdin Dzeko, the captain of the A team of BiH and the star of Manchester City, could come back to Bundesliga, respectively to Wolfsburg this summer.English Daily Sun mentions the striker Edin Dzeko as a part of the exchange by which Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg could go to Etihad, and Dzeko would go in the opposite direction and come to the club where he have played from 2007 to 2011 where became famous by winning the title of the Champion of Germany, and became the best striker in Bundesliga.A great Belgian winger plays brilliantly in Wolfsburg after he haven’t managed to impose to Jose Mourinho for one year he spent in Chelsea. De Bruyne is the target of English giants, but Manchester City showed the greatest interest.But Manchester City should allocate 54 million euros which could discourage even Manchester City, which is also interested for Belgian, but also Chelsea who would like to have a 23-year-old in its team.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

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