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New law fails to protect journalists, creates new problems

first_img* Article 5, subsection 2 (new) – “The journalist has the right to publish comments when he considers this to be appropriate, in order to express his view, independently of differences of opinion and interpretation and within the limits of respect for the law.”* Article 7 (repeated) – “No one has the right to encroach on the journalist’s tools of work unless this is permitted by the law.”Article 7 seems to want to protect “the journalist’s tools” but is imprecise because neither the term “tool” nor “encroach on” is explained. To really protect journalists’ equipment and material, the criminal code would have to contain specific provisions for searches and seizures, and sanctions for violations of the confidentiality of sources. Exceptions would have to be really exceptional and require authorization from an independent judge. Saying that searches and seizures are possible when “permitted by the law” completely nullifies the protection.* Article 8 (repeated)Article 8 is one of the most confusing and pointless in this law. It says “the journalist cannot be held responsible for his opinions or the information he publishes, and these opinions or this information cannot be regarded as reasons for causing him any prejudice, unless his actions are contrary to the law.” This confusion between “opinions” and “information” is dangerous. The law should strictly define the circumstances in which journalists can be held responsible without any need to distinguish between “opinions” and information.” And the definition needs to respect international legal standards.Some of the law’s articles provide for a judge to intervene and authorize restrictions on the rights of journalists. The introduction of arbitration by judges might seem reassuring, but no guidance or directive imposes any limits or conditions on their action. The lack of precision increases the danger of arbitrary intervention.* Article 15 says “it is forbidden to prevent the publication of newspapers or to permit their seizure unless this is done by judicial decision.” Prior bans or seizures should be exceptional measures that are strictly limited to extremely grave offences and when no other, less draconian, measure is possible.* Article 10 seems to want to protect journalists from overly “heavy-handed” interrogation but it is obvious – and essential for the respect of defence rights – that a judge should have to give his permission for a journalist to be interrogated in the event of “an investigation into a crime that has been attributed to him and is linked to his work as a journalist.” To really protect journalists, the authorities should set about decriminalizing press offences rather than calling them “crimes.”Finally, far from proposing a system of social benefits and protection, or containing provisions about labour rights for journalists, the law just offers generalities about the need for a “work contract” and a ban on “arbitrary dismissal,” and refers vaguely to the labour law. September 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New law fails to protect journalists, creates new problems News Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further Reporters Without Borders regards Iraq’s new law on the protection of journalists as pointless at best and dangerous at worst. Adopted on 9 August, the law had been under discussion since 2009.The law that was finally adopted contained changes to the draft that was presented to parliament in May, and took account of the many comments made at the time, including those made by Reporters Without Borders in a letter to the authorities on 10 May that was released on 16 May. In that sense, the final law seems to represent an improvement. Although some of the criticized provisions in the earlier draft were dropped, the law’s overall lack of effectiveness and usefulness is unchanged. The result is a succession of 19 articles devoid of specifics despite the bold declared intention not only to “ensure the protection of journalists” (as in the earlier version) but also to “promote the rights of journalists and provide them with needed protection.”President Jalal Talabani described the law as “stemming from respect for the freedom of the press and expression, as well as guaranteeing the rights of Iraqi journalists and their heirs, and their important role in realizing democracy in the new Iraq.” But this was little more than empty rhetoric.Where are the concrete measures? Where are the sanctions for violations of the principles proclaimed in the law? Where is the compensation fund? Where is the training for the police and judiciary in protecting journalists and prosecuting attacks on the press? Where is the repeal of jail sentences for journalists and where are the specific measures to protect the confidentiality of sources and access to information?The law’s vagueness and many serious omissions are all the more incomprehensible for the fact that many NGOs including Reporters Without Borders offered a detailed critique, proposed specific changes to the wording and recommended ways to better protect journalists and combat impunity for physical attacks on the media.Reporters Without Borders therefore thinks that this law, which aims to protect Iraqi journalists, in fact does nothing to improve the current situation for the media and even represents an additional danger for media freedom and freedom of information.Only three articles place the authorities under any obligation to support journalists. Article 3 obscurely states that “state and public sector institutions, and any other entities where journalists operate, undertake to provide them with the facilities required by their obligations and in such a way as to preserve their dignity.” Articles 11 and 12 mention compensation, but only for freelance journalists, and the provision of free medical care, but without going into more detail about a proper system of social benefits.In order to really protect journalists’ independence and physical integrity and combat impunity for those responsible for crimes of violence against journalists, the Iraqi authorities should adopt concrete measures and make effective resources available instead of limiting themselves to statements of intent.More detailed commentsAs said, the law contains improvements on the earlier draft. For example, journalists no longer have to belong to the journalists’ union in order to be protected by the law. And, despite its imprecision and omissions, article 1 defines “journalist” and “media,” which the draft did not.As regards judicial proceedings against a journalist, subsection 3 of article 10 says: “The Union of Journalists or the head of the news media that employs the journalist or the person they designate may attend the interrogation, preliminary investigation or trial.” This provision could help to avoid harassment and threats, but it is vague.Vague wording* Article 1 defines the terms “journalist” and “media” too vaguely and too narrowly. The concept of “journalism” is not developed and only “full-time” work is taken into account. Article 2 talks of “protection” and journalists’ “rights” but does not define them. Also, if the law protects only journalists, then it excludes media assistants, bloggers and anyone else providing the public with news and information.Recognition of the right to “preserve the confidentiality of sources of information” (article 4, subsection 2) is positive but too imprecise, and it is regrettable that the issue of protecting sources is just mentioned in passing. This provision gives no real protection.Repeated conditioning on respect for “laws” or “judicial decisions”The law conditions all journalistic rights on “respect for the law.” Aside from stating the obvious, this provides no additional protection. This vague principle is reiterated several times without specifying the content or article of law alluded to, posing a major danger to the ability of journalists to work properly.Such is the case with the following rights: Access to information (article 4-1 and 6-1)* Article 4 subsection 1 refers to the possibility of accessing information, data and statistics “that are not prohibited by their different sources” and “within the limits of the law.” Conditioning access on other legal provisions renders it very illusory.* Article (6) 1: “The journalist has right of access to official reports, information and statements, and the relevant authorities are required to guarantee this right, unless divulging this content would be detrimental to the public interest or contrary to legal provisions.” This clause nullifies the positive affirmation of the right of access to information, without clearly defining what “the public interest” means. It is highly likely that officials who want to prevent the release of information will use this restriction, especially as no procedures are specified. And there is no provision for appealing against a refusal to release documents.Freedom to publish information IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Newslast_img read more

Commander of SLN Lays Foundation Stone for Women Sailors’ Mess

first_img View post tag: Commander Commander of SLN Lays Foundation Stone for Women Sailors’ Mess View post tag: Stone View post tag: Naval View post tag: Women Authorities View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: foundation View post tag: Lays Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander of SLN Lays Foundation Stone for Women Sailors’ Mess Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: Mess View post tag: sailors Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage laid the foundation stone for a 4-storied Women Sailors’ Mess at SLNS Gemunu on 21st March 2013.Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Rohan Amarasinghe, Commander Western Naval Area Designate, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, senior naval officers and Commanding Officer SLNS Gemunu were also present on the occasion.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 22, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: SLN March 22, 2013last_img read more

St. Vincent Evansville Birth Announcements For Week Of October 30, 2017

first_img Ashley and Jimmy Foster, Galatia, IL, son, Finn James, Oct. 21Christina and David Hunter, Fort Branch, IN, daughter, Allana Kay, Oct. 23Natalie and Colton Reed, Owensville, IN, son, Decker Dean, Oct. 23Keili and Lazarus Cabell, Evansville, IN, son, Kaiighzynn Ma’Koah Elizarus, Oct. 23Alex and Jonathan Boettcher, Mount Vernon, IN, son, Noah Elliot, Oct. 23Kirstie and Andrew Kendrick, Evansville, IN, daughter, Avery Rene’, Oct. 24Ashley and Anthony Matte, Evansville, IN, daughter, Baisley Marie Dawn, Oct. 24Anh Nguyen and Hoang Vu, Evansville, IN, daughter, Addarlynn Linh, Oct. 25Kelsea and Arbie St. Amour, Evansville, IN, son, Oliver Michael Keith, Oct. 26Toni and Daniel Burney, Carmi, IL, daughter, Eva Marlene Mae, Oct. 26Evelyn and Michael Jordan, Mount Carmel, IL, daughter, Chloe Dee, Oct. 26Sara Hardy and Jared Schnell, Evansville, IN, daughter, Kimber Anne, Oct. 26Diana and Otis Matlock, Evansville, IN, daughter, Grace Lucy-Marie, Oct. 27Mary and Kenneth Frantz, Evansville, IN, daughter, Skyler Dawn, Oct. 27Julie and Brian Benson, Evansville, IN, son, Seger Springsteen, Oct. 27Miriah and Aaron Logan, Princeton, IN, son, Benjamin James Ray, Oct. 27Emily Burch and Jacob Townsend, Henderson, KY, son, Carter Jacob, Oct. 27Kyla Harms and Matthew Becker, Grayville, IL, daughter, Teegan Ellise, Oct. 27Chelsea Helms and David Seals, Boonville, IN, son, Anden Carter, Oct. 27FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Noma-Reischauer Prizes awarded in Japanese studies

first_imgThe Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Kodansha Ltd. Publishers hosted the 16th annual Edwin O. Reischauer/Kodansha Ltd. Commemorative Symposium and the 15th annual awarding of the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies on Oct. 15. The event, held in Belmont, Mass., at the former home of Edwin O. Reischauer, marked the centennial of Reischauer’s birth.The Noma-Reischauer prizes are given annually by Kodansha Ltd. for the best essays written by Harvard students on Japan-related topics. This year, Marie Kodama ’10, social studies, won the undergraduate prize for her essay “Within and Beyond Traditions: Contextualizing Japan’s School-based Peace Education in Classical Japanese and Western Trends.” Wei Yu Wayne Tan, Ph.D. candidate in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, won the graduate prize for his essay “Blind Monks for Hire: Making Music and Money in Medieval and Early Modern Japan.”The deadline for submitting essays for the 2011 Noma-Reischauer Prize is June 20, 2011.  For more information, call the Reischauer Institute at 617.495.3220 or visit the institute’s website.last_img read more

Comedian Jeff Dunham Leaves Westbury in Stitches [Performance Review]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his band of puppets had the crowd in hysterics at NYCB Theatre at Westbury last Friday, August 15 when his routine turned to the topic of comedy itself.After starting with a clip of his four main puppets—Peanut, Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Bubba J—getting arrested for various reasons, Dunham reminisced about his world tour, in which he performed in both the Middle East and Israel within two weeks of one another. Despite their differences, both overseas crowds found his performance equally hysterical, he recalled during the show, dubbed Disorderly Conduct.“It only takes a handful of idiots to f*** it all up,” Dunham joked during his opening stand-up act, noting that despite the continuing conflict in that region, there are mostly good people in the world who share the same values of family, health and love.That’s when Dunham was met by his first “guest,” Walter, the bow-tie-wearing bitter, old man puppet whose hatred of everything and overall miserableness got the audience roaring with laughter.Later came Peanut the purple neurotic “woozle” and his sidekick, monotone Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick, who balance each other out and spend their time on stage together bickering.The skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Duhman’s most popular puppet, closed the show by cracking religious jokes and doing a Q&A with random members of the audience. Their laughter, as usual, was met with his catch phrase: “Silence! I kill you!”Dunham, who is reportedly the top-grossing comedian in North America, also advertised his new ventriloquist puppet—a mini replica of himself—that he now has for sale. It comes with a few written skits along with a DVD and book with lessons on how to be a ventriloquist. Because, as his performance illustrated, the world can always use more laughter.For future mind-blowing live performances at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in the Island Ear!last_img read more

Another state joins the ranks of states permitting credit union board compensation

first_imgOn June 16, Oregon governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that will permit reasonable [1] compensation for members of state-chartered credit union boards of directors. The new law makes Oregon the 16th state [2] to permit board compensation, and the third to permit the practice in the last three years. The bill, introduced in February, met little opposition and took only four months to be passed into law.Oregon’s 19 state credit unions will join the growing number of credit unions with the option to compensate board members, but don’t expect them all to make the change at once, or at all for that matter. Indeed, much of the momentum for these amendments has come from a vocal minority of credit unions, not a unified clamor for change.[3] When Tennessee enacted a similar law two years ago, not a single credit union availed itself of the change in the first year, and only 2 of 76 began compensating board members in the following year. Indeed, less than a quarter of all credit unions that have the option to compensate board members do so, and even then it is almost always quite modest—between a few hundred dollars and $7,000 per year.[4]Despite the growing momentum, board compensation remains a controversial topic in many arenas. Just weeks before Oregon approved the practice, the Michigan Credit Union League dropped its support for a similar amendment as it teams with lawmakers to revise the state’s credit union act.[5] The League characterized the move as a compromise to get less divisive amendments passed, since some legislators disapproved of the provision.[6] In spite of the setback, the League expects that Michigan will join Oregon and the other states that allow board compensation in the next five to ten years.[7]Why would board compensation be controversial? There are several advantages to the practice. The data so far, although too limited to be conclusive at this stage, has shown on average that compensated boards outperform their volunteer counterparts.[8]Compensation can attract more skilled directors as regulatory compliance becomes increasingly complicated, justifies holding board members more accountable for performance, and gives grounds for replacing board members that underperform.The skepticism is not unfounded, however. First, the data is subject to several caveats. The sample size is small. Much of the disparity between compensated and uncompensated boards can be attributed to a few high-performing credit unions, while the rest remain largely average.[1] At this early stage, the data is also likely skewed by the fact that typically only credit unions already in good financial health have considered adopting board compensation.There are other reasons for a cautious approach. Compensation may attract new talent, but it also gives incumbent board members more reason to entrench themselves, preventing positions for that new talent from becoming available. The practice would also give critics on the banking side one more reason to argue credit unions should not be tax-exempt. Some would also say it moves away from the traditional credit unions’ working class, frugal ethos.The returns on board compensation so far are positive and the few credit unions that have adopted the practice have for the most part approached it conservatively. The lesson appears to be that board compensation won’t be right for all credit unions but will be for some. Factors such as credit union size, financial health, availability of talent, and guiding philosophy can all tip the scales one way or the other.[1] The statute does not define what “reasonable” means, but the Staff Measure Summary (SB 582 A, March 4, 2015) provides as general support for the measure that “this change helps credit unions attract and retain qualified directors at a time when numerous circumstances make that increasingly difficult.”[2] Commentators disagree on which states allow board compensation (e.g., whether to count states that limit compensation to one board member, usually the treasurer), so the numbers reported vary widely, and require the reader to look closely at how the commentators define compensation.[3] See Matt Fullbrook, Should Credit Unions Pay Their Directors?, Filene Research Institute 23, May 2015.[4] Id. at 11. See also Peter Strozniak, CU Board Director Pay: Most Not At All, Some Handsomely, Credit Union Times (July 1, 2013), http://www.cutimes.com/2013/07/10/director-pay-essential-in-brave-new-world-ceos-say?ref=hp.[5] Peter Strozniak, Michigan League Rejects Board Pay, Credit Union Times, May 29, 2015, http://www.cutimes.com/2015/05/29/michigan-league-rejects-board-pay.[6] Id.[7] Id.[8] See Strozniak, CU Board Director Pay, supra note 4.Contributing Author: James Patterson, Partner, Sherman & Patterson, LTDJim Patterson is a partner with Sherman & Patterson, a law firm focusing in the areas of tax (e.g. 409A and 457(f)), nonqualified deferred compensation and employee benefits. Most of Jim’s deferred compensation clients are healthcare systems and credit unions. Jim has drafted numerous split dollar plans, SERPs, and other nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements and welfare benefits plans. Jim’s practice also includes drafting employment agreements and severance plans that integrate nonqualified deferred compensation concepts with other issues relating to an individual’s employment. He has worked closely with state credit union regulators in the 47 states that have state credit union charters, as well as with regulators at the NCUA. Jim is based in Maple Plain, MN. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christine Burns-Fazzi Chris Burns-Fazzi has focused her experience in finance on executive compensation since 1981. She specializes in nonqualified plan design, implementation and administration in both public and closely held corporations, notably … Web: www.BFBbenefit.com Detailslast_img read more

Convicted rapist arrested, charged with endangering child in Delaware County

first_imgThe Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Richard J. Bennett was arrested and charged with sexual abuse in the 3rd degree and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors. Bennett is accused of subjecting a child under the age of 17 to sexual contact during early May, the sheriff’s office says. (WBNG) — Authorities in Delaware say they arrested a registered level 2 sex offender in the town of Davenport Friday. Authorities say the arrest was made following an investigation into the sexual abuse of a minor child.center_img According the sheriff’s office, Bennett was released from prison in 2011 and mandated to lifetime registration as a sex offender as a result of a 3rd degree rape conviction in Otsego County in 2006. The victim was under the age of 17. Bennett was released in compliance with Bail Reform Laws. He is directed to appear in the town of Davenport Court at a later date.last_img read more

Engagement of permanent seasonal workers during the holidays

first_imgWe are sending you the answers that the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP) received from Ministry of Labor and Pension System te CES, related to the engagement of permanent seasonal workers during the holidays.HUP has undertaken numerous activities on this topic, and although such a solution is not in line with practical needs, it is formally the only official act that is proposed to be used for the engagement of permanent seasonal workers during the holidays and for season preparation.When using this permanent seasonal engagement, it is not necessary for the employer to report anything to the CES or the HZMO, but it is important to pay attention to the prescribed limit of monthly “reward” (net up to approx. HRK 2.000). which must not be higher than the amount of the average cash benefit during unemployment paid in the previous year – in 2016 it was the amount of HRK 1.917,10 net).For all additional necessary information and clarifications, feel free to contact or refer members to the CES, which is responsible for interpreting the implementation of the Permanent Seasonal measure.Side dish: CES – Permanent seasonallast_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces Redevelopment of Mine Project in Columbia County

first_imgWolf Administration Announces Redevelopment of Mine Project in Columbia County August 28, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Energy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced funding for a mine development project that will reengineer, reopen, and redevelop a large reserve of Mammoth coal in the Mount Carmel region of Columbia County.“I will continue to partner with industry and our local communities to ensure that the commonwealth reaps the greatest possible benefit from our resources, so that our communities, our industries, and our workforce can thrive and Pennsylvania will remain competitive in the manufacturing economy,” said Governor Wolf.Blaschak Coal Corporation was approved for a $1 million grant to develop a large reserve of Mammoth coal in the Mount Carmel region. The development will employ 25 to 30 UMWA miners and is the largest new mine development project in the region. Once the development is complete, it will provide a considerable production of high quality anthracite coal for more than 20 years. As mining progresses, the land will be reclaimed and made available for alternative uses in the community. Wages for the created jobs more than double the median household income in the region.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.last_img read more

Live among the trees in this home surrounded by nature with ocean views

first_img10A Nangana Street TugunUP to 100 plants were grown by homeowners Peter Hale and his wife Nicole Webb at this Tugun property to create a hidden sanctuary.Nestled on an elevated block, the house is surrounded by eight gum trees and tropical gardens.A striking entrance of stone and cedar create a bold opening into the foyer. 10A Nangana Street TugunMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It feels like you’re living in the bush because of the big windows of greenery.“I love standing out on the deck and looking straight out to the ocean and, because of the open floor plan, I can look straight through the house too.” The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has an eclectic style. It exudes character with hardwood timber floors, extensive glass and eccentric lighting. 10A Nangana Street TugunWith three decks and an outdoor bar, the house also has an indoor-outdoor style that creates a tree-house feel.Having built the home at 10A Nangana St in 2012, Mr Hale and his wife are now looking to downsize. “Nicole and I had this wonderful vision when we bought the home that we would turn it into a secluded retreat,” Mr Hale said.“I think we have finally turned it into that, when we first bought the home it had more of a commercial building feel about it, but we made spaces more intimate. 10A Nangana Street Tugun“We bought the LED stained glass lights from a man in Murwillumbah who has a warehouse of really interesting lights,” Mr Hale said. “I was really inspired by the lighting to create a home with a bit of character.” center_img 10A Nangana Street TugunTwo bedrooms in the home include a contemporary design of cedar wood and a freestanding bathtub. “It is such a private property, you can be in your world,” Mr Hale said. 10A Nangana Street Tugun10A Nangana St, Tugun4 3 2 Tender: Closing April 3Features: Ocean views, 20,000 litre water tank, airconditioningArea: 252sq mAgent: John Parkes Ray White TugunInspection: By appointmentlast_img read more