Fifty-three journalists summonsed in move condemned as intimidatory by Reporters Without Borders

first_img November 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Fifty-three journalists summonsed in move condemned as intimidatory by Reporters Without Borders News Help by sharing this information News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU PortugalEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Portugal December 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more PortugalEurope – Central Asia to go further RSF_en read in PortugueseReporters Without Borders has condemned as an “attempt at intimidation” the summonsing of 53 journalists by the Lisbon public prosecutor’s office for “violating legal confidentiality rules” in the Casa Pia child sex abuse trial that opens on 25 November.”It is the first time since the return to democracy in Portugal in 1974 that so many journalists have been summonsed,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation. “On the eve of the opening of the Casa Pia trial this wave of summonses could be seen as both an attempt at intimidation and incitement to self-censorship”.The journalists, who have been or will be questioned, work for 11 leading Portuguese media including the daily Correio da Manhã, SIC Television and national radio Antenna 1. Several of them asked to be questioned as accused rather than witnesses, which gives them the right to remain silent about their sources throughout the investigation. If they are found guilty they risk a jail term of up to two years.The trial of seven people accused of sexual abuse of children will be held behind closed doors. Some 100 witnesses are expected to give evidence. Political and media figures are among those charged.The Casa Pia case centres on an institution for orphaned or deprived children. The story was broken in 2002 by the weekly Expresso, which revealed that a driver for Casa Pia had been procuring the children for paedophiles for 20 years.The case, implicating important political personalities, has attracted unprecedented media coverage and fresh revelations, some accusing political leaders, crop up regularly in the in Portuguese RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Organisation Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Reporters Without Borders has condemned as an “attempt at intimidation and incitement to self-censorship” the summonsing of 53 journalists by the Lisbon public prosecutor’s office for “violating legal confidentiality rules” in the Casa Pia child sex abuse trial that opens on 25 November. November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalist killed in Swat valley, situation getting worse in Bajaur and North Waziristan as well

first_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Receive email alerts News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the death of reporter Abdul Aziz of the newspaper Azadi (“Independent”) after being kidnapped by Taliban on 27 August in the Swat valley, in  North-West Frontier Province. He was reportedly killed two days later during an air-strike by government forces on the Taliban camp where he was being held.“The Taliban are responsible for Aziz’s death because they kidnapped him and held him in one of their camps,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This tragedy highlights the very tough conditions journalists face when working in areas hit by fighting between the Taliban and the security forces.”The press freedom organisation added: “Journalists are the targets of violence and intimidation by all the belligerents in the Swat valley and the neighbouring Federally Administered Tribal Areas. We point out that, under the Geneva Conventions, combatants are obliged to protect civilians including journalists.”It was the Taliban who announced Aziz’s death. A Taliban chief, Shamsher Mullah, said Aziz was killed as a result of an air-strike on the camp by government forces. An editor of the Azadi staff, Mumtaz Buneri, confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that Aziz was found dead in a Taliban detention centre in Peochar.The Pakistani military denied that Aziz was killed during the air-strike. Local journalists told Reporters Without Borders that Aziz’s body bore no signs of bullet or shrapnel wounds, and that he appeared to have been killed by the force of an explosion because blood had flowed from his nose, ears and mouth.Aged 33, Aziz went to Peochar to talk to Taliban leaders there and to ask why they had blacklisted him. “His name was on the Taliban list of people to be killed because he was a brave journalist who criticised Islamist militants,” Buneri said.Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the fact that the dangers for journalists are growing not only in the Swat valley but also in Bajaur and North Waziristan, in the adjoining Tribal Areas.As a result of a military offensive in Bajaur, almost all the local journalists working there have been forced to leave the area since the start of August, along with tens of thousands of civilians, in order to escape the fighting.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a national daily correspondent who is holed up in the district of Dir said: “We could not leave our homes and it was impossible to contact anyone to get information. The Taliban have it in for us because they were used to intimidating us to get us to report what they said. When we learned that 10 Taliban had been killed, they made us say only one was killed. When the Taliban said they had killed 20 soldiers and we asked for proof, they refused to give us any (…) And their leaders used to interrogate us when our newspapers referred to them as Taliban. They portray themselves as God’s fighters, as mujahideen.”Journalists working for news agencies and foreign media have been banned from North Waziristan. The ban, announced on 26 August by Ahmadullah Ahmadi, the spokesman of Taliban chief Hafiz Gul Bahadur, came at time when several news media wanted to do reports on the area in the run-up to the anniversary of 9/11.“These people are dangerous for Islam, Muslims and the country,” Ahmadi said. “But the Taliban warmly salutes journalists who are patriotic and loyal to Islam and Muslims. Those who work for agents of espionage under the cover of journalism will be severely punished.” September 1, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed in Swat valley, situation getting worse in Bajaur and North Waziristan as well to go further January 28, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Reporter Abdul Aziz of the newspaper Azadi (“Independent”) was killed after being kidnapped by Taliban on 27 August in the Swat valley, in North-West Frontier Province. Reporters Without Borders points out that, under the Geneva Conventions, combatants are obliged to protect civilians including journalists. RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfirelast_img read more

Show Cause Why Uniform Orders Not Be Passed By Supreme Court In COVID Related Issues : SC Issues Notice To Centre, States, UTs & Parties Before HCs

first_imgTop StoriesShow Cause Why Uniform Orders Not Be Passed By Supreme Court In COVID Related Issues : SC Issues Notice To Centre, States, UTs & Parties Before HCs LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK22 April 2021 7:45 AMShare This – xTaking suo moto cognizance of issues related to distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic, the Supreme Court has issued notice to Centre, State Governments, Union Territories and the parties who have approached the High Courts to show-cause why uniform orders not be passed by the Supreme Court in COVID-19 related issues.A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde took this suo moto action in the case “In Re : Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services During Pandemic” after noting that at least seven High Courts have been considering matters related to supply of oxygen, medicines, hospital services etc., to COVID-19 patients.Advertisement The Supreme Court observed that the orders passed by various High Courts “may have the effect of accelerating and prioritising the services to a certain set of people and slowing down the availability of these resources to certain other groups whether the groups are local, regional or otherwise”.In this backdrop, the bench, also including Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat, ordered :”…we direct that notices be issued to the Union Government, the State Governments/Union Territories and the parties, who appeared to have approached the High Courts to show cause why uniform orders be not passed by this Court in relation toAdvertisement a)Supply of oxygen;b)Supply of essential drugs;c)Method and manner of vaccination; andd)Declaration of lockdown”.”Prima facie, we are inclined to take the view that the distribution of these essential services and supplies must be done in an even handed manner according to the advice of the health authorities which undoubtedly take into account relevant factors like severity,susceptibility, the number of people affected and the local availability of resources”, the bench said in the order.Advertisement Advertisement The Court also asked the Central Government to place before it a national plan for dealing with the above services and supplies during Pandemic.”Prima facie, we are also of the opinion that the Central government should respond on the following -1. Report on the existence or otherwise and requirement of setting up of a coordinating body that would consider allocation of the above resources in a consultative manner (with the involvement of concerned States and Union Territories). Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement 2. Considering declaration of essential medicines and medical equipment including the above articles as essential commodities in relation to COVID. 3. In respect of coordination of logistical support for inter-State and Intra-State transportation and distribution of the above resources”.The Court has appointed Senior Advocate Harish Salve as an amicus curiae to assist the Court in the matter.The Court will consider the matter tomorrow.Read the order passed by the Supreme Court taking suo moto cognizance of #COVID19 related issues.Court says Central Government should place a national plan for dealing with essential supplies and services during the pandemic.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 22, 2021 High Courts of Allahabad, Gujarat, Delhi, Bombay, Madhya Pradesh, Calcutta, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Patna, Madras have taken cognizance of issues related to COVID-19. In an urgent hearing held yesterday night, the Delhi High Court had emphasized that it was Centre’s responsibility to ensure uninterrupted oxygen supply for medical emergency.The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court had yesterday, in yet another emergent hearing, had interfered with an order passed by the Union Health Ministry to cut down the oxygen supply to Maharashtra. The High Court ordered the restoration of earlier oxygen allocation, notwithstanding the Union Ministry’s order. Meanwhile, several senior lawyers have criticized the intervention made by the Supreme Court while High Courts are already seized of the issues. The Supreme Court Bar Association has filed an intervention application in the case urging that High Courts should be allowed to deal with the COVID19 issues at the local level as they are best suited to do so.’Unjustified’ : Senior Lawyers Criticize Supreme Court’s Move To Transfer COVID Matters From High Courts To Itself Case DetailsTitle : In Re : Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services During PandemicCoram : CJI SA Bobde, Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra BhatCitation : LL 2021 SC 228Click here to read/download the order TagsCOVID19 COVID19 Second Wave Supreme Court #CJI SA Bobde #Justice L Nageswara Rao Justice Ravindra Bhat Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Nikola Jokic carries short-handed Nuggets past Jazz 106-100

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNikola Jokic scored 28 points and dished out 10 assists as the short-handed Denver Nuggets rode a big second-half run to a 106-100 win over the Utah Jazz.Trailing 70-61 with 4:13 left in the third, the Nuggets went on a 15-0 spurt to close the quarter. They continued their roll in the fourth. In all, it was a 27-1 surge. But a 17-point Denver lead was whittled to three before Jokic took over.Jordan Clarkson had 37 points for the Jazz on a night when leading scorer Donovan Mitchell was held to four. January 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local Nikola Jokic carries short-handed Nuggets past Jazz 106-100 Tags: Denver Nuggets/NBA/Nikola Jokic/Utah Jazz Associated Presslast_img

Australian children are falling asleep on phones and use gadgets at the dinner table, Telstra study shows 29 January 2015ALMOST two in every five Australian children fall asleep using a gadget, and one in five uses technology during meal times, according to research released today.The Telstra study into family screen time also found most parents did not consider themselves to be good technological role models, and most children mirrored their bad screen habits.The Cyber Safety: Balancing Screen Time study surveyed more than 1800 Australians, including 507 children aged between 12 and 17.Telstra cyber safety manager Shelly Gorr said the survey indicated tech-savvy Australian households may have the balance of technology wrong, with parents leading the problem.“We tended to see that if parents were spending more time on devices, their kids tended to do that too, be that second-screening, using a device as they fell asleep, or general device use during the day,” she said.“If your personal set of values are that you want a device-free dinner table, in the past you would just turn off the television. Now that’s been replaced by devices.”The study found 39 per cent of children fell asleep at night while using a device, in addition to 17 per cent of parents, while 74 per cent of children used devices between 9pm and midnight on school nights, along with 62 per cent of parents.Children were also heavy technology users at meal times, with 19 per cent admitting to using a device, while most children (71 per cent) said they used a device while in front of an even bigger screen: the television.Disturbingly, 65 per cent of parents said they were not good role models for their children when it came to technology, and nine per cent of children said their parents’ use of technology took away from family time.The findings come one week after a University of Western Australia study revealed it was “virtually impossible” for parents to enforce the official recommendations of just two hours of screen time for children over two years of age.Australian family screen timeFall asleep while using a deviceParents: 17%Children: 39%Using devices during meal timesParents: 15%Children: 19%Using devices between 9pm and midnight on school nightsParents: 62%Children: 74%Using a device in front of the TVParents: 66%Children: 71%Using a device in front of the TV between 7pm and 9pm on school nightsParents: 50%Children: 41% read more

FIFA president hopes Africa gets two more World Cup slots

first_imgThe FIFA chief said he regards Nigeria as the bedrock for the development of football on the continent.“I foresee Nigeria as a bedrock for the development of the game in Africa, however infrastructure, stability and security are needed to make this happen,” he said.During his visit, Infantino met with 18 federation presidents across Africa and also attended the final of a national youth tournament.Nigeria is seen as one of the giants of African football even though its national side, the Super Eagles, failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the second time in succession.Share on: WhatsApp Abuja, Nigeria | AFP |FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday he hopes Africa gets two more spots at the World Cup if his proposal for the tournament to be expanded to 40 teams goes through.There are presently 32 finalists for the World Cup with Africa represented by five teams.Infantino, elected in February this year, arrived in Abuja on Sunday on a two-day visit to Nigeria.He is accompanied by new secretary-general Fatma Samoura, who until her appointment in May headed the UN Development Programme in the West African country.“I believe for the 2026 World Cup, we should have 40 teams and out of the additional eight teams we should have at least two more African teams,” Infantino told reporters in Abuja.“We are discussing this and I hope I will be able to convince everyone as well.”Infantino who earlier met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, described him as “a friend of football”.last_img read more

Allegri and Juventus in surprise split at end of season

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Massimiliano AllegriRome, Italy | AFP | Coach Massimiliano Allegri will leave Juventus at the end of the season after a reported fall-out with the club’s directors, the newly-crowned Serie A champions said in a surprise statement on Friday.“Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench for the 2019/2020 season,” Juve announced in a shock development.Allegri, 55, had rejected reports saying he was about to be dismissed last Saturday adding he had already been making plans for next year over the past six months.He held meetings with the club’s hierarchy this the week during which a clear disagreement between the two parties emerged.Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claimed they fell out over a variety of subjects including Allegri’s desire for an increased salary and a differing vision of the side’s future.Juventus have already wrapped up their record eighth consecutive title, and Allegri’s fifth in as many years and he lifted the Coppa Italia on four occasions since replacing Antonio Conte in 2014.The club’s former midfielder Conte along with France boss and ex-defender and coach Didier Deschamps, Champions League finalist Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham and Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi have been linked with taking over from Allegri in the Italian press in recent weeks.Allegri’s departure from the Allianz Stadium will alert a host of big European outfits and his name shot up the bookmakers’ list of favourites to be the next permanent coach at Inter Milan and Chelsea.– Champions League pressure – Despite signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer the Bianconeri failed to make it past the quarter-finals of the European football’s top competition for the second successive season.They were humiliated by modest-spending Ajax in the last eight in April despite a star-studded side including Ronaldo, Argentina’s Paulo Dybala and France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi.Allegri guided Juve to two European finals losing to Barcelona in 2015 before being hammered by Real Madrid two years later.The pressure to bring the much-desired trophy back to Turin for the first time since 1996 was also alleged to be part of the fall-out according to Gazzetta.Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has already signed for the Italian club on a free transfer from Arsenal for next season.Local press reported Allegri had been keen to sell the likes of Dybala, Brazil winger Douglas Costa and Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo in the upcoming summer transfer window.Allegri and club president Andrea Agnelli will hold a press conference on Saturday at 14:00 local time (1200 GMT).Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Arsenal and Chelsea ready for Europa League battle in distant Baku

first_imgIn Emery, though, they have a coach who won this competition three years running with Sevilla.“All teams’ first objective is to play to win a title — I think that is the first objective, and then there is also the fact that it helps you to achieve the Champions League,” Emery reasoned.If this match will make or break Emery’s first season in charge, it is also crucial for Maurizio Sarri in determining how his debut campaign at Chelsea is assessed.The Italian does not see it that way, though, amid talk it could be his swansong before a summer move to Juventus.“I think we played a very good season. Of course if we are able to win the final the season will become wonderful,” said Sarri, who has never won a major trophy.– A game of farewells? –He has steered the Blues to a return to the Champions League and also took them to the League Cup final, where they lost on penalties to Manchester City.The game could also be Eden Hazard’s last as a Chelsea player amid reports he will finally move on to Real Madrid.It will definitely be the last game, however, for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, who will retire afterwards at the age of 37.A Chelsea great who crossed London in 2015, he has been tipped for a return to Stamford Bridge in an upstairs capacity, which may be on Emery’s mind when it comes to picking his starting line-up.“I can speak about Petr Cech a lot, but above all he’s a great man, a great professional,” Emery said. “I want to do something important, with him playing or not playing.”Bernd Leno is the other option in goal, while Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of midfielder N’Golo Kante.“Kante has a very little problem with his knee. The problem is the timing, but we are trying,” said Sarri.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Europa League trophyBaku, Azerbaijan | AFP | The build-up to the Europa League final has been marred by the controversy surrounding UEFA’s choice of venue, but it is now time for the football to do the talking as familiar foes Chelsea and Arsenal prepare to do battle in the unfamiliar setting of Baku on Wednesday.Two and a half weeks after the Premier League season ended, here is a London derby exported almost 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometres) to Azerbaijan’s capital, by the Caspian Sea.It is the first leg in a week of European finals dominated by England, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur contesting the Champions League showpiece in Madrid on Saturday.However, there will not be much of an English atmosphere at the Baku Olympic Stadium when the match kicks off at 2300 local time (1900 GMT), with reportedly only around 6,000 tickets sold by the clubs in a ground which holds almost 70,000.The distances and costs involved and the difficulty in getting to Baku have prevented more fans from travelling, while Arsenal are also handicapped by the absence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.He decided not to travel because of fears over his safety due to an ongoing political dispute between Azerbaijan and his home country Armenia.“It is not in my hands. They have their reason to play here and I must respect this decision,” said Arsenal coach Unai Emery on Tuesday.“Yes I prefer to play with our supporters here. I’d prefer it if a lot of supporters from us and from Chelsea could come here from London, but it’s difficult.”Emery’s players have promised to try to win the trophy for Mkhitaryan, and the stakes are certainly high for the Gunners.After finishing fifth in the Premier League, two points behind Chelsea in third and one point behind Tottenham, Arsenal have to win to qualify for next season’s Champions League after two years away.“For a club like Arsenal we have to be in the Champions League. It’s an amazing and important game because we want to give us, the fans and the club the Champions League back,” said midfielder Granit Xhaka.Whether that in itself is more important than winning a European trophy is another matter, however.– Make or break for Emery –Arsenal have not been in a European final since 2006 and have not won a continental trophy since lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup 25 years ago.last_img read more

Florida Health Officials Begin PBIA Screenings for NY, NJ, CT Passengers

first_imgThe new executive order in Florida requires anyone traveling by airplane from the New York City area to Florida, or anyone who has traveled to Florida from that area in the last three weeks to self-isolate for 14 days. The Florida Department of Health announced Thursday that screenings have begun at Palm Beach International Airport for all passengers arriving on flights from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.The action is part of the new executive order that Gov. Ron DeSantis issued this week to combat the coronavirus.The screenings are being conducted by the Florida Department of Health at the state level with assistance from the National Guard, says Florida Department of Health – Palm Beach County spokesman Alex Shaw.Shaw explains that when passengers arrive in Florida, each “traveler or responsible family member (if traveling as a family) will be required to complete an airport traveler form. The form requires key information related to the traveler’s history including contact information and trip details be provided to DOH.”last_img read more

Mater Dei Prep To Continue As Independent RC School

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – It was all smiles and even some tears Thursday afternoon at Mater Dei Prep High School as staff and students found out there is a future for the school.School officials announced Thursday that Bishop David M. O’Connell with the Diocese of Trenton has formally approved the school’s plan moving forward. The plan will have the high school, 538 Church St., that had been operating for 50 years, to function as an independent Roman Catholic school, overseen by its own independent board of trustees which will be responsible its finances and operation. The school will no longer come under the auspices of St. Mary’s Parish, which still oversees St. Mary’s elementary school.Following the announcement in February that the school would have to permanently close this June due to unstable enrollment and unstable finances, parents and alumni rallied to raise more than $1 million and draft a business plan for the school’s future sustainability.With the announcement at the school this afternoon, parent Janet Molicki, said choking back tears of joy, “This is God’s work.”— By John Burtonlast_img read more