French TV crew arrested while covering environmental protest in Australia

first_img“The link between our arrest and this ban is the Adani Group, which runs the mine,” Clément told RSF. “The police went straight for us this morning. They clearly didn’t want us filming the protest. And now we are banned from covering this story, which says a lot about the influence that big private-sector corporations wield.” Receive email alerts News July 22, 2019 – Updated on July 23, 2019 French TV crew arrested while covering environmental protest in Australia Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Adani launched the Carmichael mine in 2014 with the support of the federal and Queensland governments with the aim of turning it into the world’s biggest coal mine. It would take a heavy environmental toll because it includes the construction of a channel leading to Abbot Point that would destroy part of the Great Barrier Reef. The French crew was covering the story for “Sur le Front,” a France 2 series on environmental issues. Major violations June 2, 2021 Find out more The journalists – reporter Hugo Clément, producer Guillaume Dumant and cameramen Clément Brelet and Victor Peressentchensky – some of whom were handcuffed the time of their arrest, were charged with “trespassing” on the rail line although, unlike the protesters themselves, they were not on the line. “The France 2 journalists were doing their job in a completely legal manner in a public space, so their arrest on this spurious charge was the kind of arbitrary procedure more typical of an authoritarian regime,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. News June 2, 2021 Find out more The France 2 journalists were released on bail at around 2 p.m. pending a hearing scheduled for 3 September. The release order specifies that they are banned from being within 100 meters of any property owned by the Adani Group, the Indian transnational that owns the rail line and coal terminal, and within 20 km of the Adani Group’s Carmichael coal mile, 500 km south of Abbot Point. News French TV reporter Hugo Clément (right) and his crew were arrested while filming a protest near the Abbot Point coal terminal. A protest was already held there on 1 May to draw attention to the threat that the Adani Group’s coal mining project poses to the Great Barrier Reef (photos: H. Clément – Peter Parks / AFP). Australia is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than in 2018. Press freedom in Australia has been badly undermined in recent years by the concentration of private media ownership in ever fewer hands, impacting pluralism. It was dealt two major blows last month in the form of federal police raids on the home of a political journalist in Canberra and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s headquarters in Sydney, in unrelated cases. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific RSF_en The four journalists, who work for the French public TV channel France 2, were held for seven hours after being arrested at around 7 a.m. while filming two women protesters who had chained themselves to the rail line leading to the Abbot Point deep-water coal port in north Queensland. to go further Reporting ban “We call on the Queensland authorities to immediately drop these absurd charges against the four journalists. Recent repeated press freedom violations in Australia raise questions about respect for the rule of law. If nothing changes, Australia has every chance of falling several places in RSF’s next Press Freedom Index.” AustraliaFranceAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News AustraliaFranceAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Australian authorities to drop all charges against four French TV journalists who – in an unacceptable attack on investigative journalism – were arrested today while filming environmentalists protesting at a coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Australia. And it was reported earlier this month that the federal police had demanded that the Australian airline Qantas surrender its records of an ABC journalist’s travel arrangements as part of its investigation into a leak. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisonlast_img read more

Glacial dynamics and deglaciation history of Hambergbukta reconstructed from submarine landforms and sediment cores, SE Spitsbergen, Svalbard

first_imgThe submarine landforms and shallow sediment record are presented from Hambergbukta, southeastern Spitsbergen using swath‐bathymetric, subbottom acoustic, and sediment core data. The mapped landforms include large terminal and end‐moraines with associated debrisflow aprons on their distal flanks, drumlinized till surface, glacial lineations, medial and retreat moraines, crevasse squeeze ridge networks, eskers, as well as iceberg‐produced terraces and plough‐marks. Analysis of the landforms and landform assemblages in combination with the sediment core data and aerial imagery studies reveal a complex and dynamic glacial history of Hambergbukta. We present a detailed history of Hambergbreen glacier indicating two previously unknown surges as well as new details on the nature of the subsequent ice‐margin retreat. The results from two gravity cores combined with the shallow acoustic stratigraphy and high‐resolution bathymetry suggest that the c. AD 1900 surge was less extensive than previously thought and the retreat was most likely rapid after the c. AD 1900 and 1957 surges of the Hambergbreen. Mixed benthic foraminifera collected from the outer fjord basin date to 2456 cal. a BP, suggesting older sediments were re‐worked by the c. AD 1900 surge. This highlights the importance of exercising caution when using foraminifers for dating surge events in fjord basins enclosed by prominent end‐moraines.last_img read more