His franchise, which has been mediocre for so long, needs to soon show the on-field results its own brass promised. Delaying its turnaround is a dangerous game.”Padres fans have been patient with us,” Preller said in March, “understanding we’re trying to build something.”The understanding he’s enjoyed might not last much longer. Throughout the first half of this year, the Padres emphasized they were on the precipice of contention. General manager A.J. Preller said it before Opening Day. Manager Andy Green told reporters the same early this season. Clubhouse veterans such as Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers echoed the sense of optimism. But winning as soon as possible appeared a secondary priority when San Diego sent outfielder Franmil Reyes, left-hander Logan Allen and infielder Victor Nova to the Indians on Tuesday in exchange for Reds outfield prospect Taylor Trammell. Preller dealt two MLB-ready players and a 19-year-old for Trammell, who has offered promise but is struggling in Double-A and remains another year from reaching San Diego under the best circumstances. In other words, the Padres decided to punt again.MORE: Here’s how to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whiparound show, for free on DAZNReyes, 24, launched 27 home runs this year for the Padres to go along with an impressive batted ball profile that suggests he’ll be an offensive force for years to come. Allen, 22, was a consensus top-100 prospect entering the season and logged 25 big league innings before he was traded. Each player figured to serve as complementary pieces around a core of Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack next year. A 2020 surge with Reyes and Allen in tow would not have been unreasonable to expect: San Diego entered Tuesday with its best winning percentage since 2014 and was set to return almost its entire lineup next year.Now, the team’s contention timeline might be moved back.The Reds made Trammell a first-round draft selection in 2016 because of his defense, speed and power potential, but he’s still an unproven asset relative to the players San Diego sent away. The 21-year-old probably won’t make his MLB debut until late 2020 or 2021, and his .236 batting average in Chattanooga this year could indicate a lasting flaw embedded in his game. Because prospects are so difficult to project, it’s uncertain how much better he’ll get and when that growth will occur.MORE: Trevor Bauer trade gradesEven if Reyes’ defensive struggles limit his upside, and Allen winds up being a back-end starter, as one rival executive told Ken Rosenthal, it’s pretty clear those players would help San Diego more in 2020. Allen in particular seemed ready to make an impact considering the Padres’ ongoing struggle to shore up their rotation depth.So while Trammell is another uber-talented kid the organization can develop, Preller’s focus should no longer be on far-away objectives. It’s not like he doesn’t already have a stacked farm system.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has reinforced calls for Guyanese legislators to amend the draft Cybercrime Bill, which it said could have a damaging effect on press freedom.In a letter dated June 7, 2018 to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the RSF outlined its concerns with the legislation.Only last month, Guyana joined the world to observe World Press Freedom Day under the theme: “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”.However, the observance came at a time when many feel press freedom and freedom of expression in Guyana are being threatened by sections of the proposed Cybercrime legislation, such as penalising whistle-blowers,Attorney General Basil Williamsinstitutionalisation of criminal defamation, and sedition clauses.While the Guyanese Government has a legitimate interest in regulating the internet to ensure certain criminal activity—such as computer fraud, identity theft, and child pornography—do not take place, RSF is concerned with several provisions of this proposed legislation that could have a deterrent effect on journalists’ reporting.For example, Section 9 criminalises receiving data; one is not “authorised” to receive, regardless of whether that person knows the data was obtained by “unauthorised” means from the sender.This could pose a threat to press freedom if used to penalise journalists for publishing reports based on information from confidential sources. Equally alarming, Section 18 allows officials to prosecute online speech they believe to excite “disaffection” toward the Government, and without a clear definition of “disaffection,” the range of punishable speech is effectively unlimited.Even worse, it could create a significant liability risk for journalists publishing articles that may be deemed critical of the state, the media watchdog pointed out.“RSF has sent this letter to Prime Minister Nagamootoo because, as it exists, the proposed cybercrime legislation could have a serious chilling effect on press freedom in Guyana,” said Margaux Ewen, RSF’s North America Director.“Provisions like Section 18, the sedition clause, could pose significant risks for journalists publishing articles that may be deemed critical of the state or Government officials, especially given the clause’s vague and subjective language”, Ewen added.According to the organisation, these provisions are all the more dangerous because the Bill provides for wide-ranging jurisdiction, and gives the Police and judicial authorities broad authority to access the personal data of those under investigation.Section 37, for example, gives broad authority to a judge to “remove, or disable access to” user-generated content hosted or stored on their services; while Section 38 authorises the use of remote forensic tools to intercept private data.When reviewed alongside the potential harm provisions like Section 9 or 18 may have on journalistic activities, it is clear that the Cybercrime Bill must be amended to include exemptions that allow reporting to continue to flourish in Guyana.Guyana ranks 55th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The Guyana Press Association (GPA) had said that this improved ranking came amidst “significant hurdles” yet to be overcome. These include: the removal of existing criminal defamation laws in line with globally accepted standards; the deletion of offending sections in the Cybercrime Bill that could result in further entrenchment of criminal defamation; the amendment to the Broadcasting Act to remove direct intervention in the programming schedule of radio and television stations, except in cases of emergency; political interference in the state-owned and privately-owned media by Government and the Opposition.