to go further News February 22, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts March 17, 2021 Find out more MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News News Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again RSF_en Organisation March 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of an Indian magazine released January 29, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Malaysia Reporters Without Borders notes the release on bail, on 2 March 2006, of Alok Tomar, editor of the Hindi-language magazine Shabdarth. He had to pay 50,000 rupees (943 euros) and provide a personal surety. He was arrested on 23 February after publishing one of the Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.———————————————————–27.02.2006A daily suspended in Malaysia for reprinting cartoonsThe minister for internal security on 25 February 2006 issued a statement announcing a two-week suspension of the daily Berita Petang Sarawak for publishing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed, making it the third paper in Malaysia to be suspended for reprinting the Danish cartoons.The newspaper, which cannot reappear until 11 March, is accused of publishing one of the cartoons in its 4 February edition, illustrating an article headlined, “We are ready for the Jihad” The publication contravenes the 1984 press and publications law, the authorities said.The two other suspended papers are the Sarawak Tribune and the Guangming Daily.————————————————————-24.02.2006Indian magazine editor arrested for publishing one of the cartoonsPolice in New Delhi arrested Alok Tomar, editor of the Hindi-language magazine Shabdarth on 23 February for publishing one of the cartoons of the prophet that were first printed in Denmark. They also seized hundreds of copies of the magazine. The journalist’s colleagues said that the cartoon had been used to illustrate an article that called on the press not to publish articles and caricatures that were offensive to believers.————————————————————-15.02.2006Editor sacked in Indonesia for reprinting Mohammed cartoonsDavid Da Silva, editor of the Christian magazine Gloria, in Surabaya (Java), has been dismissed for reprinting the controversial 12 cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. “As soon as we learned they were in the magazine, we withdrew 8,000 copies from sale,” said a management spokesman. “Unfortunately, some had already been bought and sparked strong reaction.” Several demonstrations have beenstaged in front of the magazine’s offices. Police have questioned Da Silva.————————————————————-15.02.2006Another daily newspaper suspended for publishing a photo of the cartoonsThe government has suspended the evening edition of Chinese-language daily Guangming for two weeks after it published a photograph showing the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The newspaper is banned from appearing from 16 February to 1st March. According to the website Malaysiakini, the newspaper on 3 February published a photo from Agence France-Presse in its evening edition for the north of the country, showing someone reading a newspaper containing a reproduction of the cartoons. The daily’s management withdrew all copies from sale. The suspension order was made by the head of government who is also minister for internal security.————————————————————10.02.2006Prophet cartoons: Censorship in Malaysia, Indonesia, Algeria and YemenReporters Without Borders today deplored the Malaysian government’s decision to suspend the Sarawak Tribune daily newspaper’s publishing licence for reprinting the controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in its 4 February issue. A tabloid in Indonesia was seized by authorities for the same reason.“This measure is excessive, especially as the newspaper in no way intended to be provocative and reprinted the cartoons simply to complement its news coverage,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The entire staff do not deserve to be punished like this. Although some of these cartoons may be found repulsive, press freedom is once against threatened in this case.”It was Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who yesterday ordered the suspension of the Sarawak Tribune’s licence until further notice. The newspaper is based in the eastern province of Sarawak (on the island of Borneo). The New Straits Times newspaper said the entire cabinet shared Badawi’s view that reprinting the “humiliating caricatures” was offensive and required a stern reaction from the government.Badawi, who is also internal security minister and the current chairman of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, said reprinting the cartoons was “irresponsible and inhuman” for Muslims and gave a negative image of his country. Representatives of the ministry of internal security and information refused to give the foreign press any comment.“We foresaw this reaction from the government and we will suspend publication as soon as we are ordered to,” Polit Hamzah of the Sarawak Press Newspaper Group told the Associated Press. The group, which owns the daily, apologised for the decision to publish the cartoons in order to illustrate a report about the ongoing demonstrations in the Muslim world.The editor present when the decision was taken, Lester Melanyi, a non-Muslim, was interrogated for two hours by the police, who are still investigating to see if a crime was committed. Melanyi resigned a few hours later.Meanwhile, the authorities in neighboring Indonesia ordered the withdrawal from sale of 3,000 copies of Peta, a tabloid weekly, in which the caricatures had also been reprinted. The police chief said he intended to prosecute the newspaper for “blasphemy.”Two weeklies, Yemen Observer and Al-Raï Al-Aam, were suspended in Yemen for reprinting the caricatures on 4 and 7 February respectively, while TV journalists were dismissed for screening them in Algeria.
On Saturday, Trey Anastasio and Ghosts Of The Forest rounded out their east coast tour with a second and final performance at the stunning United Palace in upper Manhattan.It’s been difficult to steer clear of the music being played as the tour’s gone on—especially with the Ghosts of the Forest studio album dropping on Friday. But going into Saturday’s performance, I had heard no more than a few notes from this new project.What I had heard was the background. As Trey revealed last week on SiriusXM, “It’s a concert with a narrative arc. There’s an underlying story within the sequence of songs, and within the lyrics of the songs. So, that probably makes it a little bit different from things that I’ve done before.”He also dished to Rolling Stone about the heartbreaking origins of this trove of new music: the loss of his longtime friend, Chris Cottrell, to cancer last year. “He was my tether to childhood and to a life before Phish happened,” Trey explained.It was so bluntly emotional, so raw, that he wasn’t sure he wanted to release it. “I went through a period of deep self-doubt after recording it,” Anastasio reflected. “I didn’t want to put it out. Maybe I was scared.”Not only did he put it out, he blew it up. A sold-out tour. An incredible stage set that juxtaposes delicate, artful white static elements and towering technicolor electronics.With that context in mind, the show was undeniably powerful. Throughout the ride, the Ghosts of the Forest touched on a number of unfamiliar styles, from the soulful peaks of “Drift While You’re Sleeping” to the vulnerability of “Friend” to the disco-funk theatrics of “Sightless Escape” to the mystical acoustic ambiance and dextrous avant-garde Jon Fishman drum line of “If Again”. “In Long Lines” evoked notions of “Wingsuit” and “Rise/Come Together”. “About To Run”, perhaps the strongest song of the bunch, channeled the gritty riffs of Band of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix as a rainbow Trey silhouette bounced around the LED screen that loomed behind the stage’s white adornments. There was the ethereal, multi-part psychedelic complexity of “Beneath a Sea of Stars”, the uplifting “Stumble Into Flight”, the deep-space extremities of “Ruby Waves”, the island bounce of “Wider”, the shimmering build of “A Life Beyond The Dream”, the return of “Beneath A Sea Of Stars Part 3 (Blue)”, the show’s de facto coda that tied up a number of loose musical threads from earlier in the set.Beginning with Trey, the band left the stage one by one at the end of the set as the “Ghosts of the Forest” theme played out. The show’s final song, “Pieces In The Machine”, saw Trey chase Jennifer Hartswick and Celisse Henderson around the stage in a joyful game of chicken as the song’s swamp rock vamp bounced along.Ahead of the song, Trey seemed to take particular pleasure in noting “We love playing this song. We played it last night, and we’re playin’ it again tonight!” None of Trey’s previous projects have afforded him the luxury of replaying a favorite song for a second night in a row—but for Ghosts of the Forest, “Pieces In The Machine” is the one climactic closer, and Trey sounded liberated driving it home that same way one more time.That was far from the only time Anastasio seemed to relish his unfamiliar approach to Ghosts of the Forest. There were times, in the thick of a jam, where the music would list toward a familiar lick—a shade of “Slave To The Traffic Light”, some notes of “Pigtail”, a taste of “Blaze On”. If this was a Phish show, Trey might’ve leaned into the similarity, used it as a new creative door. With Ghosts of the Forest, you could hear him consciously move away from such familiar paths and reference points. This was not the place for connecting the dots. This was something separate.Throughout the show, Trey delivered his heartfelt lyrics with stark emotion. Many of them, like the tear-jerking “Mint Siren Dream” (“I haven’t felt this alive since I was ten years old”) and the encore-opening solo “Brief Time” (“It’s such a beautiful world, and such a brief time”), were more stated than sung, as if to say, “this isn’t about how my voice sounds, it’s about what I’m saying to you.”Ghosts of the Forest will head to California next weekend for shows at the respective Greek Theatres in Los Angeles on Friday, April 19th and in Berkely on Saturday, April 20th. After that, the future of Ghosts of the Forest is a mystery. As Trey noted from the stage during his band introductions, they’ll be back soon—in “various other formations, playing all kinds of other stuff.” And it’s true. Trey Anastasio Band has a bunch of dates scheduled this spring. Phish summer tour is right around the corner. Soon, this will all be in the rearview. Back to business as usual.But, if you really think about it, creating a new band and a new sound to say something different and of personal significance is business as usual for modern-day Trey. This is a guy who, since the beginning of 2018 alone, has pushed his main band to new heights (both literal and figurative), played shows with multiple iterations of his solo project (Trey Anastasio Band, Trey Anastasio Trio, Trey Anastasio Trio-turned-Quartet), mounted an intimate acoustic/storytelling tour, devised not one but two new bands out of thin air, wrote full sets worth of music for them, and unleashed them on audiences who had virtually zero notion of what to expect.This may not be your favorite project Trey’s ever created, and that’s okay. You probably don’t love every song Phish plays either, but that doesn’t detract from your love and respect for the breadth of what they do. With a body of work like Trey’s, anything new is inevitably up against some pretty impossible expectations in the eyes of fans. As the wise Jon Fishman once said of his brother in arms, “The guy shits music. It’s never been anything other than that.”With Ghosts of the Forest, Trey channeled a characteristic burst of prolific inspiration into something new and entirely different. It wasn’t the first time he’s done it, and it likely won’t be the last. However you feel about the music itself, we can all appreciate the seemingly bottomless well of creativity from which Big Red continues to draw. Thank you for sharing this with us, Trey, and here’s to the next big idea.Watch a full video of the performance below:Setlist: Ghosts of the Forest | United Palace | New York, NY | 4/13/19Set: Intro, Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sightless Escape, Halfway Home, If Again, In Long Lines, There’s A Path Above, About To Run, The Green Truth, Beneath A Sea Of Stars Parts 1 & 2, Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Flight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Life Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble, Beneath A Sea Of Stars Part 3 (Blue)Encore: Brief Time*, Pieces In The Machine*Trey solo acoustic