“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

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

Gardening great

first_imgSouth Metro gardeners can learn about spring garden preparation from gardening expert Walter Reeves when he visits the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in Henry County on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.A retired UGA Extension agent, Reeves has hosted the television series, “Gardening in Georgia,” for the past 10 years on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Beginning in April, Reeves will host “Your Southern Garden,” a gardening show produced by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and University of Florida Extension. He also hosts a weekly radio call-in show on NewsTalk 750 WSB-AM on Saturdays from 6 to 10 a.m. and writes a weekly gardening column that runs in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursdays.This month in Henry County, Reeves will discuss how to prepare a garden for spring planting. The presentation will be held at the Henry County Extension Office located in Heritage Park at 997 Lake Dow Road in McDonough. Attendance costs $25. For more information, call the Community Gardens of Henry County at (770)954-0000 or visit their Web site at www.henrygardens.com.last_img read more

FUSINA: Two-and-A-Half Years of Achievements Firmly Battling Crime

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo September 08, 2016 In 2014, the Government of Honduras created the Interinstitutional Security Force (FUSINA per its Spanish acronym) to counter the activities of common criminals, organized crime, and drug traffickers in the country. The force comprises elements from various parts of the national security forces. Most noteworthy among FUSINA’s activities are seizing drugs, money, weapons, real estate, and vehicles; arrests; extraditions; breaking up gangs; drug prevention programs; disabling clandestine airstrips; recovering territories; destroying drug laboratories; protecting the borders; and directly working to reduce the homicide rate. The activities of organized crime earned Honduras the title of the most violent not-at-war country in the world years ago. The country gained this reputation because, according to data from the University Institute on Democracy, Peace, and Security (IUDPAS per its Spanish acronym), its 10,441 homicides in 2012 translated to the world’s highest rate of murders per 100,000 inhabitants. The IUDPAS analysis linked the homicides to the activities of organized crime. Migdonia Ayestas, IUDPAS’s director, said that, “upon analyzing the homicides on a case-by-case basis, we discovered that the principal causes are due to revenge killings in the form of paid assassinations (sicarios), gang confrontations, and territorial disputes. All these causes stem from drug trafficking.” In 2013, the homicide rate dropped to 79 per 100,000 inhabitants. According to Ayestas, this drop was due to the strategies being implemented by the government, but she recommended that those strategies be improved upon in order to achieve a more significant drop. It was time for FUSINA to begin its operations. Planning and Coordinated Work Yield Results Since its inception, FUSINA’s results have been highly positive, in great measure due to its coordinated, interagency work. The force comprises members of the Armed Forces, National Police, the National Intelligence and Investigation Directorate, the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice, the National Migration Institute, and the Public Order Military Police. FUSINA’s commander, Infantry Colonel Selman David Arriaga Orellana, is of the opinion that the force’s achievements are due to the planning of police/military security operations aimed at preventing crime, as well as supporting the government in operations in conflict zones. “FUSINA’s work positively influences the fight against common and organized crime, which permits the rational use of state resources. Likewise, the work with the institutions that comprise it is carried out with high levels of trust and coordination and is undertaken with lots of professionalism and patriotic commitment,” stated Col. Arriaga. To meet the citizenry’s security expectations, FUSINA untiringly pursues activities that stem from crime-prevention and civilian-security operations. Through August 23rd, 2016, FUSINA’s operations have yielded the following results: Arrests with outstanding warrants: 2,183 Arrests for illegally transiting the country: 1,978 Arrests for drug trafficking: 806 Extraditions: 3 Kilograms of cocaine seized: 590 Kilograms of marijuana seized: 8,182 Kilograms of coca paste: 76 Drug laboratories destroyed: 2 Firearms seized: 1,741 (AK47, AR15, 9MM) Munitions seized: 20,459 (AK47, AR15) Pieces of property confiscated: 334 Criminal gangs broken up: 47 Seized currency: $1,453,930 Clandestine airstrips disabled: 19 Vehicles and motorcycles seized: 488 Vehicles and motorcycles recovered: 386 Empire of justice Referring to the results of FUSINA’s work, President Juan Orlando Hernaández said justice is slowly being restored to the country. Hernaández made his remarks during a presentation of FUSINA’s achievements at the Security Ministry. “With respect to security, significant steps have been taken that aim to improve living conditions for Hondurans,” he underscored. “We are already emerging from a dark period. The perception of impunity and corruption that existed is shrinking,” the president said. An IUDPAS poll on Civilian Perception of Insecurity and Victimization in Honduras shows encouraging results. It shows that the three institutions in which the Honduran population trusts the most are the Military Police of Public Order, with 54.3 percent; the Armed Forces, with 52 percent; and FUSINA, in third place with 50.2 percent. To ensure that the perceptions of the civilian population regarding security matters continue to improve, Col. .r Arriaga explained that FUSINA has several short-term goals in its plan. They include strengthening the National Police, the Prosecutor’s Office .and the Supreme Court of Justice. “Citizens should understand that FUSINA will respond to the trust the people already have placed in it, that we will continue taking on the challenge to train ourselves continuously and work within a legal framework, since there is government policy aimed at creating the bases for a peaceful society, with security standards demanded by a population that aspires as a country to insert itself successfully into a globalized and evermore competitive world,” concluded Col. Arriaga.last_img read more

Chemical reaction

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