Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to drop all charges against a journalist who was arrested while covering evictions of homeless people from a park in Oregon, and urges officers to respect journalists’ First Amendment right to report on police activity without fear of retaliation. News Help by sharing this information Police in Medford County, Oregon, arrested award-winning journalist April Ehrlich on September 22 for interviewing homeless people displaced by Oregon wildfires as officers swept their park encampment. Ehrlich, a reporter for NPR affiliate station Jefferson Public Radio and vice president of Oregon’s Society for Professional Journalists, had been on the scene since the early morning to document police enforcement of a 24-hour eviction notice. After Ehrlich declined to go to the police-designated “media staging area” at a park entrance, where it was impossible to fully observe interactions between officers and campers, police arrested her for proceeding to enter the zone being cleared. Ten other people were arrested at the scene the same day. Though Ehrlich was released later that afternoon, she faces baseless charges for second-degree criminal trespassing, interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest. If convicted on charges of interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest, Ehrlich could face $6,250 in fines and 364 days in prison. Second-degree criminal trespassing carries a prison term of 30 days and fines of up to $1,250. “It is appalling that the Medford Police arrested and brought criminal charges against April Ehrlich for reporting on a matter of public interest in a public park,” said Daphne Pellegrino, Advocacy Manager for RSF USA. “These charges should be dropped and the Medford Police Department should take steps to ensure authorities do not subject journalists to such punitive measures in the future.” The United States ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Follow the news on United States RSF_en to go further United StatesAmericas September 28, 2020 – Updated on September 29, 2020 US — Journalist facing criminal charges for reporting on homeless encampment in Oregon April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas News June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Robyn Beck / AFP News
Inside the Hendra home.The three-bedroom home is listed through Haydn and Lance Denovan of Denovans Real Estate.The two-level Queenslander has large living spaces and is on a 766sq m parcel of land. In the kitchen is a breakfast island and there is a deck. Former Australian cricketer Stuart Law has listed his Hendra home for sale.HAVING only slept 30 nights in his own bed last year and being forced to leave most of the lawn mowing duties to his son, former Australian cricketer Stuart Law has decided it is time to downsize.Law, who flew out this week to continue his role as the head coach of the West Indies Cricket Team, said they bought the home about 18 months ago and it was a bit of a project for him and his wife Debbie-Lee to renovate.They lived in it while they did that work and although they intended for it to be their long-term family home, Law said they had decided it was time to downsize to make life easier.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago“I spend most of the year overseas and just the size of the property is hard to keep up with while I am away,’’ he said.“Since February last year, when I signed on, I spent no more than 30 days in my own bed, there is a lot of time away from home and my son has developed great lawn mowing skills.’’But Law said time was previous and he didn’t want to spend the time he did have at home doing un-necessary things.