November 20, 2020 Find out more March 6, 2020 RSF urges Taiwan to amend a regulation restricting the possibility to report on suicide cases to go further TaiwanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expression Organisation RSF to Taiwanese President: “Taiwan urgently needs media reform to tackle disinformation” Help by sharing this information PHOTO: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News News Follow the news on Taiwan News TaiwanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expression News May 18, 2020 Find out more RSF urges the Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare to amend a regulation that, if adopted, would prevent media from covering suicide cases. On Tuesday March 10th, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will close the public consultation on the enforcement rules of the Suicide Prevention Act. The document includes dispositions aimed at deterring sensationalistic reporting on suicide, a common phenomenon in Taiwan that is said to create copycat effects among teenagers. It plans to ban the mention of suicide cases on the front pages of media outlets and restrict the possibility for them to publish suicide-related contents.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Minister of Health, Mr. Chen Shih-chung, to amend this regulation as certain dispositions clearly go against the public’s right to be informed.“The focus should not be on preventing media from covering the topic of suicide but on encouraging them to approach it in the most responsible way possible.” says Cédric Alviani, head of the RSF East Asia Bureau, who insists that “If the government wishes to combat possible abuses, we recommend that it concentrates its action on promoting ethics and good practices in journalism.”The Suicide Prevention Act, passed in May 2019, prohibits “tutoring suicide methods or instigating, luring, or provoking people to engage in suicidal behavior.” Article 13 of the enforcement rules currently states that suicide-related materials should not “appear on newspapers’ front-pages or on websites’ homepages”, that “the media should not post or print pictures, illustrations or videos of suicides or show web links to content about suicides” nor disclose “ the exact location or address” of suicides, with a penalty of up to one million New Taiwan Dollars (approximately Euro 30,000).The current suicide rate in Taiwan is approximately 19% higher than the world average. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, over 7,000 teenagers attempted to commit suicide in 2018 in Taiwan.In the 2019 RSF World Press Freedom Index, Taiwan ranks 42nd out of 180 countries and territories. RSF_en June 29, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts
The professional nature of the NFL means less player-bonding outside of the team than at the college level. “There’s grown men out here,” Coleman said. “They have separate lives outside of what they do at work. In college, you got guys you are going to stay with forever.” Coleman still talks regularly to many people at OSU. “We talked about (me entering the NFL) a little bit,” Hines said. “He just said, ‘Just stay focused and all of that will take care of itself and just keep playing fast.’” Coleman used the same advice to begin his career. “As long as you make the team, that’s really all that matters because what you do with your opportunities is really a reflection of yourself and your character,” Coleman said. Hard work on the field has led to some fun off of it. “I might have jumped the gun because before I made the team I bought a new car,” Coleman said. “A Cadillac Escalade.” With a new ride and a firm position on the team, Coleman is enjoying his situation. “I have been having a lot of fun out here, and it’s been a very good season so far,” he said. “It’s a fun team and a fun atmosphere and a fun city to be in.” Evege expects the Eagles to have fun with their new acquisition. “They got a heck of a ball player in Kurt,” he said. “And they definitely won’t be disappointed.” Despite being a three-year starter at Ohio State and a selection to the 2009 Big Ten All-Conference team, safety Kurt Coleman was not selected until the final round of the NFL draft. Before April’s draft, ESPN gave Coleman a grade of 40, which places him with a group of players described as “underdeveloped prospects that need extra time and coaching in order to compete for a roster spot in the NFL. NFL teams are looking for a ‘diamond in the rough’ with this type of prospect.” Knowing 243 players were selected before the Philadelphia Eagles picked Coleman gave him motivation. “I don’t really look at it like I got to prove people wrong because I know I’m going to prove myself right,” he said. “But yeah, I do have a chip on my shoulder because I feel like I was good enough to be drafted high.” Former teammates also feel he was under-appreciated. “I was a little surprised because I know the type of football player and person he is,” OSU defensive back Donnie Evege said. “I feel like the Philadelphia Eagles got a steal on him because he is definitely … first- or second-round material.” Talent aside, Coleman had to adapt to what comes with being a late selection. “I had a lot of confidence in myself that I was going to be able to come in and learn the system and perform well,” Coleman said. “As a late-round draft pick or a free agent, you have to do it fast and you have to do it often.” Coleman has not only earned a roster spot, but he is second on the Eagles depth chart at safety and one of the first off the bench in obvious passing situations. Friends in Columbus have taken notice. “I heard on special teams he is doing a great job and even getting in a little bit at safety,” OSU safety Jermale Hines said. In filling those two roles, Coleman has made 11 tackles in his young professional career. Despite his success on the field, Coleman had adjustments to make in other areas. “The thing that you do have to get adjusted to is being in the professional world, living a professional life and … going to work each and every day and doing your best,” he said.