RSF refers alarming decline in press freedom in Nicaragua to UN

first_imgNews News News NicaraguaAmericas Freedom of expressionViolence Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage NicaraguaAmericas Freedom of expressionViolence RSF_en June 29, 2020 Find out more Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist September 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Nicaragua to go further In the course of this escalation, the Nicaraguan authorities have confiscated equipment, carried out searches without a warrant, surrounded media outlets and harassed journalists.RSF has asked the UN secretary-general to contact President Ortega and request that he put a stop to the arbitrary measures targeting the media and restore respect for press freedom in Nicaragua without delay.Censorship and attacks against independent media outlets have been intensifying since early November.RSF issued several alerts and recommendations about the situation of Nicaragua’s independent media after a joint visit with the Inter-American Press Association in August. Nicaragua is ranked 90th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. July 29, 2020 Find out more December 18, 2018 – Updated on December 24, 2018 RSF refers alarming decline in press freedom in Nicaragua to UN Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) yesterday asked United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres to intercede as quickly as possible with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega with the aim of ending the escalation in threats and violence against media outlets and journalists in his country. RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill News Organisation last_img read more

Largest LGBT library resource coming to USC

first_imgUSC received the world’s largest library collection concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender research from the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives this week.The archive is the largest of its kind in the nation, with 60,000 items including books, magazines, videos, drawings and 600 linear feet of archives.According to Greg Williams, vice president of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the collection consists of primary resources such as documents, organizational papers, diaries and personal papers. The university is well-equipped to handle the archives, he said.“We felt that an institute with a long-term presence would be able to make it more accessible to the USC community, the community at large and the LGBT community,” Williams said. “[It is] more advantageous to be associated with a larger institution.”The ONE organization has been associated with USC for almost 15 years, Williams said, and it moved into a USC-owned building in the early 2000s. Williams said ONE and USC had agreed that ONE would loan the archives but still own them.After many years in which the collection grew with the support of many grants, ONE realized that what they had was so overwhelming that the collection would benefit from being in the care of a larger institution, he said.The archives are full of publications that reflect gay culture in not only Los Angeles but also other parts of the world.According to Catherine Quinlan, dean of USC libraries, the archive contains almost everything pertaining to LGBT history and influence.“It’s a remarkable collection — the diversity of it is really amazing,” Quinlan said. “[It] ties together all the LGBT material worldwide.”There are more than 6,000 LGBT titles of magazines and periodicals dating back to the late ’50s and early ’70s, including archives from people who are prominent in the LGBT community and have had an impact, such as former member of the Board of Supervisors Harvey Milk. The archive contains campaign materials from his election and a collection of campaign buttons.The collection also includes art that USC will not take.Papers of Jim Kepner,  one of the original founders of ONE, are also in the collection. There are about 150 to 200 archival collections with papers and original documents from important figures.“I think what’s really interesting is that we have an enormous reservoir of early periodicals,” Williams said. “We have a complete sets of [ONE] Magazine, and it was the first homosexual magazine.”There are also early photos from The Advocate, an LGBT magazine.By donating the collection to USC, the collection will be protected for a long time, he said. It will stay at its current location at 909 West Adams Blvd. and will still have the support of ONE.Quinlan also said that the organization was looking for a place that would use the collections. Various departments — including anthropology, gender studies and other programs — will utilize the collection for teaching and research purpose. “I encourage students to come down and see the collection and see how extensive it is,” Williams said. “We have everything from photographs in a scrapbook to the sheet music early cross-dressers used in the early 20th century.”Emily Allen, the president of the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, said the ONE institute was a great organization for LGBT resources.“The availability of the resources will encourage people to check it out,” Allen said. “I think it definitely shows that our school has an interest for this.”last_img read more