Reporters Without Borders seeks meeting with Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chairman of Telecom Italia’s board of directors

first_imgNews March 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders seeks meeting with Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chairman of Telecom Italia’s board of directors Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out more News November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Follow the news on Italy ItalyEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has asked to meet the chairman of Telecom Italia’s board of governors about the implications of the company’s ties with Cuban telecommunications operator ETECSA, that has been made responsible for Internet censorship.”We would like to meet you to discuss together the problems arising from your investment in Cuban telecommunications”, the international press freedom organisation said in a 25 March 2004 letter to Marco Tronchetti Provera.”We believe that your company should broach the issue with ETECSA and the Cuban government to bring an end to relentless censorship of the Net in Cuba and so that 27 journalists jailed in March 2003, accused in particular of putting the Internet to “counter-revolutionary” use, can be released.”The vast majority of Cubans are banned from using the Internet. In Fidel Castro’s Cuba only those with explicit permission can access the Net. The ban is all the more severe because it is illegal to possess computer equipment. The cybercafés are reserved for the use of tourists and are under very strict control.In March 2003 the Cuban regime launched a wave of arrests during which 27 independent journalists were imprisoned. Among them was poet and journalist Raúl Rivero. The charge sheet against him explicitly cited his work with an Internet site “aiming to overthrow the Cuban revolution”. Most of the sentences of the 27 who were imprisoned referred to their use of the Internet: posting articles about foreign online publications or simply visiting forbidden sites.Tens of thousands of Cubans however continue to pirate the ETECSA telephone network to access the Web. These illegal connections to the Internet are a window of freedom in a country where no independent media is tolerated.In December 2003, the Cuban authorities announced that they would track down these “pirate” users. A government decree instructed ETECSA “to use all necessary technical means to detect and block access to the Internet” for unauthorised people. To put it bluntly, the Cuban authorities demand that your partner company monitors the Internet and helps police track down Cuban Internet-users who are getting round the official ban. The telecommunications operator thus becomes a party to the repression of the Internet. This decree moreover could lead to a new wave of arrests, this time against Cuban Internet “pirates”.As shareholders of 29,3% of ETECSA, which has a monopoly on Cuban Internet, Telecom Italia is directly involved with the company’s actions. News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia to go further The organisation has asked to meet the chairman of Telecom Italia’s board of governors about the implications of the company’s ties with Cuban telecommunications operator ETECSA, that has been made responsible for Internet censorship. November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

WIFE OF 8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE RESPONDS TO COURIER AND PRESS ARTICLE

first_imgWIFE OF 8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE RESPONDS TO COURIER AND PRESS ARTICLEI thank the Evansville Courier Press for this opportunity to respond to their article of last Saturday morning reporting on an incident that allegedly accused my good husband, Dr. Richard Moss, of misdemeanor battery in our Jasper home 23 years ago. It has been a dark cloud hanging above our family all these years and I would now like to set the record straight.Though we had a marital spat, at no time was there physical contact between us, and definitely no battery occurred then or at any time during our time together. Though it was reported as a domestic disturbance, I feel my poor and broken English at the time, and the emotional distress I was suffering, mis-communicated what actually occurred to the investigating officers who struggled to understand what I meant to say.Thankfully, the prosecuting attorney at the time recognized this misunderstanding and dismissed all charges against Rick.It was only a misunderstanding between a husband and wife, 23 years ago. Nothing more.I have been married 26 years to Rick who is now running for Congress in Indiana’s 8th District for the Republican Party. He has my most ardent support. Rick’s family, being his first constituency, stands behind him fully.Rick and I first met in Thailand where we were married and where I assisted his surgeries as a nurse. We traveled throughout Southeast Asia on a motorcycle together for three years treating head and neck cancer victims that had little or no other access to healthcare. Our efforts were entirely voluntary. We received little or no compensation. Our work was highly acclaimed and decorated in my country, Thailand, as well as in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Burma.Upon our return to the USA we settled in Jasper, IN and began our family and a private practice in medicine. We have been blessed with four children: Arielle, Noah, Adina, and Isaiah. Arielle is now teaching English on a Fulbright Scholarship in Morocco. Noah is a junior at IU, and Adina and Isaiah are in middle school in Jasper. Rick is a loving father and husband. He has always been active in raising our children. He also is a devoted son and wrote a book about his beloved mother and her struggles to raise her five sons in the Bronx as a single Mom.I should mention that Rick is Jewish and very devoted to his faith. I converted to Judaism and together we have raised our four children as young Jews. Richard and I are strong supporters of Israel. We are grateful for the support many Christians give to Israel. We believe strongly that our country is founded on Judeo-Christian principles.In closing let me reiterate that the misunderstanding reported in the paper recently was a difference of opinion that never resulted in physical contact or battery. It occurred 23 years ago. Rick and I are happily married for 26 years with four outstanding and accomplished children.That is the real story of Rick and our family!Sincerely,Supit “Ying” MossFOOTNOTE:  This letter was sent to the CCO and we have posted it without opinion , bias or editing!FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more