Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia News News June 4, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News FranceEurope – Central Asia to go further Follow the news on France RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of press photographer Jean-Claude Elfassi for several hours on 10 July and the seizure of some his material. Police arrested Elfassi after he took photos of the judicial reenactment of a murder in the Paris suburb of Pantin on 10 July.“Every aspect of this case is shocking,” the press freedom organisation said. “Elfassi was just doing his job at the scene of the reenactment of a murder which many people were able to attend. After being physically attacked by two people, he was taken into police custody while his assailants were released. He claims there were many irregularities and procedural errors. The behaviour of the police is particularly disturbing. We hope the police internal investigations department, which has been asked to look into the case, will do so with all the necessary care.”Reporters Without Borders added: “More and more journalists are being prosecuted on charges of violating professional secrecy or the confidentiality of a judicial investigation, and this reduces them to the level of criminals. We think it is essential to remember that journalism is one of the cornerstones of democracy and the rule of law, not a threat to them.”After taking several photos of the murder reenactment, Elfassi was assaulted by two witnesses who tried to take his photographic material. The police intervened and took him and his two assailants to the Pantin police station where he filed a complaint accusing them of theft. The two men were nonetheless released while Elfassi was placed in custody on a charge of violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation. The police also ordered Elfassi to surrender a cassette and two memory cards containing the photos he had taken of the reenactment. He refused to comply on the grounds that this was a violation of press freedom. His material was then taken and placed under judicial seal.Elfassi told Reporters Without Borders he was not informed that he had been formally taken into custody until he was allowed to leave the police station at 11:40 pm. He was not able to make a phone call or be examined by a doctor, although he was injured. He also said he was not given anything to drink or eat until he was released.After being released, he was able to contact friends who came to get him and took him to a hospital where he was examined. A medical report said he had an injury to the head, neck pains and abrasions to the right arm. The next day he filed a complaint with the police internal investigations department, accusing the Pantin police of “abuse of authority” and “arbitrary detention.”Elfassi told Reporters Without Borders he was shocked by the evident complicity between his two assailants and the four police officers involved (one in uniform and three in plain clothes). He said his two assailants offered to replace the material they had damaged during the attempted theft with other stolen material. They also said they would wait for him and would be “always behind him.” All these comments were made in the presence of police officers, who did not react.Later, while the police officer questioning them was briefly absent, they also requested money from Elfassi in exchange for the photos taken during the reenactment. Elfassi also pointed out that the police officers seemed to know the two men, talking to them about football matches they had played together in the past and about future matches.Reporters Without Borders tried without success to talk to the police officers who arrested Elfassi. The only response it got from an officer at the Pantin police station was: “I have orders and I cannot give you an answer.” July 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Photographer taking pictures of murder reenactment is physically attacked then arrested on charge of violating judicial confidentiality May 10, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story “Every aspect of this case is shocking. Elfassi was just doing his job at the scene of the reenactment of a murder which many people were able to attend. After being physically attacked by two people, he was taken into police custody while his assailants were released”, Reporters without borders said. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says
The use of blockchain in the shipping industry is expected to bring numerous benefits as it cuts the red tape and bolsters the efficiency of the supply chain. The GSBN has attracted the interest of liner majors such as CMA CGM, COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd and OOCL as well as, COSCO SHIPPING Ports, Hutchison Ports, Port of Qingdao, PSA International, and SIPG. “The pilot is a key component of our journey towards paperless, trusted, and seamless trade processes at the Port of Shanghai, and it demonstrates the benefits for supply chain stakeholders around the world,” Henry Huang, Executive DGM of Operation & Business Department of SIPG, said. Tech firm CargoSmart Limited has carried out a pilot project with ocean carrier COSCO Shipping Lines using blockchain to share shipment data with a terminal operator in real-time. The goal of the pilot was to minimize consignee and shipping agent verification steps with their ocean carriers in order to speed up the release of sea waybills. Once the GSBN is formally established, CargoSmart plans to conduct similar pilots with Xiamen Ocean Gate Container Terminal (XOCT) and other terminal operators such as those at the Port of Qingdao in China and the Port of Laem Chabang in Thailand. As a result, truckers are able to pick up their cargo at the terminal faster, helping shippers meet delivery windows. The project is part of the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) blockchain consortium, which is pending regulatory approval. The objective is to broaden the scope of the pilot by involving more carriers and terminals, and eventually extending the pilot to other industry participants in the near future. As part of the process, COSCO and SIPG streamlined the cargo release process by enabling Tesla to accelerate its cargo pick up procedures. The network aims to provide a platform for the shipping supply chain participants to work collaboratively on accelerating the digital transformation of the shipping industry. The pilot also allowed SIPG to view a single, trusted source of COSCO’s sea waybill data, enabling faster preparation of delivery orders for consignees and their shipping agents. Apart from COSCO, Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), and Tesla (Tesla) took part in the project which took place in December 2019. CargoSmart said that it has managed to further enhance the application to display laden gate out, appointment date, and terminal release. “The pilot with SIPG and CargoSmart showcased significant efficiency gains not only in the cargo release process, but also for downstream supply chain planning by presenting a single source of truth for documentation for all involved parties,” Wu Yu, General Manager of Business Process & System Division of COSCO said.
The four goal –hero in the 5-4 victory of the Nigeria U-23 team against Japan, Oghenekaro Etebo has said his target is to help the team win the gold rather than pursuing the highest goal scorer award. Speaking at the post match press conference, Etebo who was given the match ball after the game, said: “Scoring all the goals in this competition and not winning the gold medal would have amounted to a waste of effort and that’s not my target. Yes, it would be great to see my efforts contributing to the success of the team, but if it will not lead us to the gold, then I don’t want it.”Speaking further, Etebo disclosed that the motivating factor in the team is Coach Siasia who has played the role of a father to the players even in times when they don’t believe they can do it, and added that the players are motivated to win for him.Calling on Nigerians to continue to support them, the Portugal based marksman said they are happy to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians who they know were awake all night to watch them play the Japanese.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram