News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is shocked that the German Public Prosecutor General is currently considering treason charges (“Landesverrat”) against two German journalists who run the blog netzpolitik.org. It is the first time in more than 50 years that this has happened in Germany. As an organization which fights for freedom of information around the world, Reporters Without Borders is disappointed that the Prosecutors’ office doesn’t hesitate to damage Germany’s reputation of being a safe place for journalists.The charges against German journalists Markus Beckedahl and André Meister have been filed by Georg Maaßen, who heads the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, one of Germanys secret services. The charges are based on the publication of secret documents from within the agency which netzpolitik.org published earlier this year. The documents leaked to netzpolitik.org included plans to dramatically broaden Internet surveillance capabilities. Investigations for treason have also been launched against the alleged whistleblowers.”It is a scandal that the Public Prosecutor General tries to silence critical journalists which have great merits in reporting on wrongdoing of secret services.” says Michael Rediske, President of the Board of Reporters Without Borders Germany. “This kind of intimidation is unacceptable for Reporters Without Borders.” It would aim to deter possible whistleblowers to relay important documents of public interest to media outlets.Netzpolitik.org is one of the biggest blogs regularly reporting on surveillance and secret services in Germany. To demonstrate solidarity with netzpolitik.org, Reporters Without Borders (Germany) also published the concerned documents on their Website. Reporters Without Borders asks all colleagues and the broader public to also show solidarity. Follow the news on Germany GermanyEurope – Central Asia RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information RSF_en German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom GermanyEurope – Central Asia August 3, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders solidary with journalists from netzpolitik.org News Receive email alerts to go further News March 30, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more
The Trojans added to their list of recruits for next season after three-star power forward Nick Rakocevic committed to USC on Monday, marking the Trojans’ fourth freshman recruit to sign a letter of intent.The news follows the transfers of forwards junior Darion Clark, sophomore Malik Martin redshirt junior Katin Reinhardt. Junior guard Julian Jacobs is also reportedly entering the NBA draft.Rakocevic, a 6-foot-10 forward from St. Joseph High School, received offers from multiple top-25 teams and has a composite three-star rating from ESPN, Scout and Rivals to go along with First Team All-State honors and a Division 3A Illinois State Championship in 2016.At just 210 pounds, Rakocevic’s frame is undersized in comparison with other top forwards in the nation. Luckily though, his Tim Duncan-esque play in the paint makes him a scoring presence in and outside of the paint.Prior to signing with the Trojans, Rakocevic received 16 offers from many top schools, including the NCAA Tournament runner-up North Carolina Tar Heels.“Honestly, [USC] was just the best situation for me,” Rakocevic said to Scout.com. “I think that the people there and the coaching staff really love me, and I really love them. When I was on the official visit, I knew it was the place for me.”In terms of Rakocevic’s potential playing time in 2017, he is on board with a backseat, complementary role as head coach Andy Enfield described to him during his visit last Thursday.“His plan is to develop me my freshman year,” Rakocevic said. “It’s going to be a lot in the developmental process, but I’m going to be playing. My sophomore year, I’m going to be one of the guys to step up and be one of their main big guys … I’m just excited.”On the roster the Trojans will have three core forwards in rising senior Nikola Jovanovic, and rising sophomores Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu who will share time with Rakocevic and fellow freshman recruit Harrison Henderson.Rakocevic should earn some playing time considering that the departed Martin, Clark and Strahinja Gavrilovic’s combined 13.7 minutes per game earned in 2016 will be distributed among him and Harrison.Forwards Boatwright and Metu came in and succeeded as freshmen last season, and Enfield will look to groom Henderson and Rakocevic the same way to be the prominent interior players that Boatwright and Metu were in USC’s 2016 campaign.Rakocevic is unique in his supreme length that allowed him to dominate the glass in high school and play much like Metu above the rim.Also, Rakocevic is slightly taller than Henderson and will most likely be utilized in bigger packages along with Jovanovic to pick up rebounds and prevent any further scoring. Rakocevic and Jovanovic have similar games on offense and could potentially be a pain to defend.With an underrated shooting and defensive capabilities, Rakocevic is an intriguing prospect with a virtually unlimited potential if he can increase his size and strength. The summer and fall camps will prove if he is up for the challenge of big freshman minutes.