“Dangerous trend” condemned after anti-crime unit questions four journalists over Sarkozy video

first_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU May 10, 2021 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders today condemned a “dangerous” increase in press freedom violations in France after four journalists were questioned by an anti-crime unit, the BDRP, yesterday in Paris about a widely-circulated video of President Nicolas Sarkozy talking informally to TV studio staff without realising he was being filmed.“France holds the European record for police and court attempts to violate the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, with a total of six raids, three judicial investigations and more than 10 court summonses in the past two years,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Too many press freedom violations are taking place in France. This dangerous trend must be stopped.”The video, which showed President Sarkozy in a France 3 TV studio on 30 June 2008 expressing irritation with a technician for his perceived impoliteness, was immediately posted on the Rue89 news website and other sites. The BDRP began investigating after France 3’s management filed a complaint alleging “theft, reception of stolen property and piracy.”France 3 journalists Joseph Tual and Carine Azzopardi and Rue89 journalist Augustin Scalbert were questioned by the BDRP yesterday morning. Rue89 editor Pierre Haski was questioned in the afternoon. None of them was detained. Afterwards, the BDRP reportedly passed its findings to the Paris prosecutor’s office, which is to decide whether to go ahead with a prosecution.“We have always refused to compare the press freedom situation in France with the situation in Russia, China or Burma, but this is too much,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The work of journalists needs to be better protected. Many journalists live in fear of being prosecuted and this is inacceptable in a country such as France.”President Sarkozy was filmed prior to being interviewed for the France 3 programme 19/20. The management of France 3, which is state-owned, also held an internal investigation into how the video became available on the Internet, where it was seen by hundreds of thousands of people. Reporters Without Borders today condemned a “dangerous” increase in press freedom violations in France after four journalists were questioned by an anti-crime unit, the BDRP, yesterday in Paris about a widely-circulated video of President Nicolas Sarkozy talking informally to TV studio staff without realising he was being filmed. June 2, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Follow the news on France FranceEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says April 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Dangerous trend” condemned after anti-crime unit questions four journalists over Sarkozy video to go further Help by sharing this information News News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Wellington Art Walk features 4 artists this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at downtown businesses

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This Friday afternoon, three Wellington downtown business owners will be holding its second monthly “First Friday Wellington Art Walk Downtown,” running from 5 to 7 p.m.The event started in December, and is a new promotion by Wellington downtown owners to not only bring people to the business district but to promote Wellington’s burgeoning number of local artists and craftsman in the south-central Kansas area.This month’s feature artists include: •Samson Ledesma at The Gold Corner.•Bill Wisely from Backyard Wood X-Pressions at Barbara Jons.•Norma Strunk ceramics at Pea Pod Consignment Gallery.•Jessica Vega at the Slate Creek Book Store.The Wellington Downtown Art Work is the brainchild of Gary Streepy, owner of the Pea Pod Consignment Gallery at 115 S. Washington in Wellington which opened its doors this fall.“This is the second of what I hope is of many Art Walks in Wellington,” Streepy said. “We will do this on the first Friday night of each new month. The hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m.”Streepy said Pea Pod has participated in the Final Friday Art Crawl in Wichita for the past year.“We have found it a great way to get people in to see our store,” Streepy said. “The idea is to feature original artwork of local artists and offer free snacks and refreshments for the guests.”It started Friday, Dec. 7 in Wellington. Pea Pod gallery featured art by Rose and Brent Litsey. Brent created the mascot for the Art Walk that you see above.“We are thinking about naming him ‘Willie,’” Streepy said.Barbara Jons featured Brooke Kuehnny in December, an artist from Caldwell.The three featured artists this month are good ones.As the advertisement below states, The Gold Corner will be featuring one of Wellington’s own. Ledesma is a Wellington High School graduate, who is now a professional illustrator.His original drawings and prints will be featured from 5 to 7 p.m. at the jewelry store located on 102 N. Washington.Next door at Barbara Jons, Wisely is from Conway Springs, who is known for baking goods. He also does wood working and will have some of his wares on display at the new gift shop in Wellington at 104 North Washington.At Pea Pod Consignment the featured artist Strunk is from Wichita and she will be featuring various ceramic creations.At Slate Creek Books, Vega will be featuring drawings and paintings mostly of local landscapes and trees.Samples of Norma Strunk ceramics. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 393 weeks ago Kansas City also has a “First Fridays” event in the Crossroads District year-round that is very successful. I am so glad to see Gary Streepy get this going in Wellington, as there are so many talented people in the area that don’t have regular outlets with which to share their talents. I hope the community embraces this opportunity and I hope to see it flourish! Report Reply 0 replies · active 393 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Wellington Gal · 393 weeks ago I’m excited to see this! Report Reply 0 replies · active 393 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more