Letter to presidential candidates Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara

first_img November 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to presidential candidates Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Three days before the official start of the campaign for the second round of Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election, Reporters Without Borders wrote today to the two candidates in the run-off, incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara of the Houphouëtiste Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP).The letter asked them to ensure that their media supporters respect journalistic ethics and refrain from insults, defamation and hate messages. It also urged each candidate to undertake to guarantee media freedom and diversity and, in particular, to open up broadcasting to the private sector if elected.Here is the text of the letter:Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organization, would like to draw your attention to the role that the privately-owned press should play during the days to come and the reforms that the next president should carry out in the media sector.The campaign for the second round of the presidential election is likely to be the occasion of lively exchanges, especially in the privately-owned print media. As I pointed out during my visit to the Ivorian capital last week, it is normal that some newspapers should support a candidate, but they should also respect the rules of media conduct and journalistic ethics and refrain from smear campaigns.While we appeal above all to the newspaper editors themselves to prevent any excesses, we would also like to draw your attention to the positive role that you, as political leader, can play by defusing tension. We therefore urge you to act as guarantor of a press that is not only free but also respects diversity of views.By visiting Côte d’Ivoire many times over the years, by devoting several of its reports to the Ivorian media and by monitoring media coverage during the current election campaign, Reporters Without Borders has demonstrated its readiness to both monitor and assist your country’s media. We would now like to express our desire to continue this work after the election and to work with the winner.The next president must guarantee strict respect for media freedom. He must also promote media diversity by opening up broadcasting, especially television, to the private sector. Once the necessary reforms have been adopted, TV channels and radio frequencies should be allocated for fees that will allow the most modest radio and TV stations, including community ones, to emerge.Reporters Without Borders will continue to be fully available to the future authorities and ready to provide all sorts of technical cooperation regarding the reforms that are undertaken in the media sector.Respectfully, Jean-François Julliard Secretary-GeneralPhoto : copyright T. GOUEGNON / REUTERS Receive email alerts to go further Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports News RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Vicky Phelan wants public service managers to be made accountable

first_imgLinkedin Email WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook NewsHealthVicky Phelan wants public service managers to be made accountableBy Bernie English – October 17, 2018 2339 TAGSCervical CheckhealthLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Printcenter_img TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleJoe Coleman breaks the rapids with a remarkable new bookNext articleLIVESTREAM: County SFC and JAFC Finals Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Vicky PhelanPhotographer – Paul Sherwood [email protected] LIMERICK woman who exposed the CervicalCheck scandal says that new laws are needed to enshrine management-level accountability in the public service.Vicky Phelan was speaking at the launch this week of a new support group set up with Lorraine Walsh and Stephen Teap, named 221+ after the number of women who have been affected by false-negative smears and withheld information.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The three were on hand for the launch of the new group at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.Ms Phelan said she did not want to see a commission of investigation “as it would drag on for years and no-one would be accountable in the end. “We’re living in a country where people can get away with things at a management level and not be held accountable,” said Ms Phelan, who exposed the issue by refusing to sign a confidentiality agreement on getting a court settlement against the US laboratory which read the failed smear tests.“Until we start fighting and jumping up and down to try to get it, we’re not going to get accountability. We can’t sack people in this country.”The mother-of-two said that if the campaign she started helps other victims, that gives her a sense of purpose.She also paid tribute to her fellow campaigners. “There isn’t a chance in hell that I would be standing here without Stephan Teap and the other women and families who have been affected by this”, she said.  221+ will offer an opportunity for those affected by the scandal to support each other as well as advocate for change in the health service. “One of the things I will be looking at is legislation for accountability, not just in the health sector but across the public sector and the civil service because we just don’t have it in this country,” she said.Meanwhile, the proposed establishment of a private tribunal to deal with claims arising from the CervicalCheck scandal received a cautious welcome from the 221+ group although it was disappointed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s commitment to a “totally non-adversarial” process was not followed through.The tribunal, similar to court proceedings but held behind closed doors, was proposed by Judge Charles Meenan in a Government-commissioned report.Ms Phelan urged Health Minister Simon Harris to provide assurances on how the adversarial nature of such a process can be minimised.”Her solicitor Cian O’Carroll, who is also representing several other of the women affected by the scandal, said it added to the choice of options open to his clients.“The problem is the tribunal is in private and it shields the State and labs from the public knowing about negligent errors. Women must also prove their case in an adversarial system,” he said. Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

BP, Chevron to invest $116M on exploration in Australia after Bight exit

first_imgOil and gas majors BP and Chevron have committed to investing a total of $116.5 million in oil and gas exploration activities in Australia, with at least half directed to projects in South Australia with a view of increasing energy supplies in the state and south-eastern Australia. The commitment follows the two firms’ cancellation of the Great Australian Bight drilling plans in the past three years.The Great Australia Bight – Image by Nachoman-au / Wikimedia – Shared under CC BY-SA 3.0 licenseThis was shared in a joint statement on Thursday issued by Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan and South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.The announcement followed the conclusion of Good Standing Agreement negotiations with both parties after their decisions to cease petroleum exploration in the Great Australian Bight.Minister Canavan said: “BP and Chevron ceased their programs of exploration in the Great Australian Bight in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Australia’s offshore oil and gas policy ensures that companies which commit to a program of exploration deliver on that commitment under the Government’s Good Standing Agreement policy…In rare cases where commitments are not met, companies are encouraged to re-direct exploration investment within Australia.”“This is an important policy that maintains the exploration investment pipeline in Australia, supporting new petroleum discoveries and our future energy security and I welcome these commitments from BP and Chevron.”Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said he was pleased the Australian Government supported his request that half of the Good Standing Agreement be discharged in South Australia.“It is excellent news for the South Australian resources sector that almost $60 million will be invested in our state as a result of the Good Standing Agreement,” Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.He added: “This investment will help tap the immense promise of South Australia’s resources sector driving job creation, investment and royalties in South Australia. Australia’s offshore oil and gas policy ensures that companies who commit to a program of exploration deliver on their investment commitments.”Both companies now have three years to deliver on their investments, with BP set to invest $40.6 million by October 2022 and Chevron to invest $75.9 million by September 2022. Both parties are finalizing contractual negotiations for a range of regional studies with third party proponents.BP, Chevron, Karoon out. Equinor pressing aheadOil companies’ attempts to drill in the Great Australian Bight area have been under scrutiny in the last couple of years. Environmental groups like Greenpeace and political party Australian Greens have hampered oil companies’ plans for the Bight, claiming that drilling in the area containing a marine park would threaten marine life, fisheries, and eco-tourism operators.Back in October 2016, BP gave up on its drilling program in the Bight, citing a new upstream strategy with a focus on opportunities likely to create value in the near to medium term as the reason behind its abandonment.A year later, in October 2017, Chevron also ditched its Great Australian Bight exploration program due to its inability “to compete in the current low oil price environment.” Chevron denied that its decision had anything to do with the government policy, regulatory, community or environmental concerns, pointing out that it was a commercial decision.Just last month, the Australian oil company Karoon relinquished WA-314-P in the Bight saying the company “listened to our broader stakeholder groups and have initiated actions to relinquish EPP46 in the Great Australian Bight.”Norwegian oil company Equinor is still there, and despite the public pressure, and some recent setbacks with the environment plan, is planning to drill its Stromlo well.The Australian offshore safety body NOPSEMA has earlier this week accepted Equinor’s environment plan for exploratory drilling in the Great Australian Bight. This still doesn’t mean Equinor is allowed to begin operations. It needs two more approvals before the activity can begin.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more