RSF asks President Radev to defuse Bulgaria’s press freedom “crisis”

first_img Organisation October 17, 2019 RSF asks President Radev to defuse Bulgaria’s press freedom “crisis” Finally, Deloire referred to Bulgaria’s signature of the International Partnership on Information and Democracy, a partnership that is the result of an RSF initiative. This inter-governmental document was the subject of a presentation and signing session at an Alliance for Multilateralism event on 26 September, during the UN General Assembly in New York. Bulgarian foreign minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, who attended the event, signed the document without RSF being informed in advance. News During today’s meeting, in which Pauline Adès-Mevel, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk also participated, RSF asked Radev to deliver a solemn address to the nation and parliament to remind them of the principles of justice and the fact that judges and civil servants, especially those who represent society’s interests, are obliged to scrupulously respect the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) secretary-general Christophe Deloire met with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in Sofia today to discuss how to improve respect for press freedom in his country, which is ranked 111th in the World Press Freedom Index. Bulgaria is embroiled in an extremely serious “media civil war” situation that could be exacerbated by the new prosecutor-general’s appointment, Deloire warned. Urging Radev to use all of his powers to guarantee press freedom in Bulgaria, Deloire deplored the harassment of Bulgaria’s journalists (using arbitrary administrative and judicial procedures), political manipulation of the media (exploiting unequal political and economic power relations) and the deliberate creation of a climate bordering on “media civil war.” Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom News News Bulgaria is ranked 111th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information “We will make sure that, with regard to all of its media, Bulgaria adheres to both the letter and the spirit of this document, which above all concerns the online information and communication space,” Deloire said. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expression RSF also asked President Radev to ensure that Bulgaria’s legislation respects the country’s international obligations, starting with article 11 of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. During today’s meeting, RSF also explained the Journalism Trust Initiative, a self-regulatory project launched by RSF that is designed to encourage the media to comply with the highest journalistic standards in the digital era. Follow the news on Bulgaria December 2, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expression March 10, 2021 Find out more With a World Press Freedom Index ranking that is the European Union’s lowest, Bulgaria does not need the added concern that the appointment of the next prosecutor-general is causing. The judge proposed by the government, Ivan Geshev, has recent made extremely scathing comments about media outlets that are not to his liking, raising fears about possible reprisals. Without regard to procedure, without evidence and in violation of his duty to be impartial and principled, Geshev has expressed himself in terms that suggest that Bulgarian democracy is in great danger. Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest February 11, 2021 Find out more Last month, after a public radio journalist’s suspension and an outcry when the radio station was taken off the air for several hours to cover up an internal dispute, Radev said: “The suspension of national radio broadcasting has again shown the importance of knowing who governs the public media and how they are governed (…) Free speech is fundamental in a democracy. Bulgaria is clearly in a crisis.” Radev has himself expressed concern in the past. In November 2018, he said: “Professional media standards have collapsed and, as a result, so too has the public’s trust in the news and information it receives. Pluralism has been stifled by propaganda. Free speech is being punished.” “We must do something to improve professional practices, and to obtain more transparency and a stable legal framework for the media,” President Radev said during the meeting.last_img read more

A second Troy is the burning ambition for film industry

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? WhatsApp TAGSfilmLimerick City and CountyNewsTroyTroy Studios Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleWATCH: John Kiely on the importance of improving year on yearNext articleHigh flying Munsters welcome leaders Con to Greenfields 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. center_img Advertisement Email Linkedin Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print A SECOND Troy studio is on the cards for Limerick, such is the success of the film production site at the former Dell computer factory in Castletroy.Members of Limerick City and County Council’s Economic Development Enterprise and Planning Committee have been told that the success achieved by Troy has sparked the search for another premises to start a second studio.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Innovate Limerick chief executive David Cantwell said that an important part of his organisation’s work is to make the Mid West a more attractive location for film production.“Troy is a success story and we have been working with Screen Ireland and Screen Training Ireland to develop the sector. There’s up to €500 million in film project funding floating around looking for somewhere to get started.”Mr Cantwell said they are currently seeking suitable premises and while Limerick is a likely location it could also go to the county or other big Mid West towns.Either way, he said there would be Limerick jobs created, and “well-paid jobs” at that.“It doesn’t have to have as a big a floor space as Troy but it does need height and that is very important. It could well be a smaller concern able to accommodate some of the lower budget productions.“Troy is aimed at the big-ticket productions for Netflix and the like but they tend to stay a few months and then leave, taking their skills with them.“If we had smaller productions rolling over the whole time, it would be an enormous advantage in training people in the skill sets they need for the industry.Other projects that Innovate is currently involved in include developing an ehub in Abbeyfeale and helping to develop the Kilmallock business park.The company has also acquired the former social welfare building in Limerick City and Theatre Royal to facilitate expansion and establishment of the Digital Collaboration Centre.Responding to Cllr Stephan Kearey (FG), who asked whether Limerick has the necessary skill sets to fill those additional jobs, Mr Cantwell said it is a “new industry and we are somewhat reliant on attracting outside skills.“But there is a lot of work being done on films in particular and at third level. We are now establishing the Mid West Film Eduction and Training group.”“There are 450 people working n Troy right now and there’s a good representation of local people working there, particularly on sets.”Mr Cantwell added that it was the industry itself which was saying that there is a requirement for another facility.Cllr Bridie Collins (FF) said the further growth of a film industry in the Mid West “could be used as an argument for support for Shannon airport.“If Limerick is becoming a hub for film investment – they seem to tie up,” she said. NewsBusinessLocal NewsPoliticsA second Troy is the burning ambition for film industryBy Bernie English – December 12, 2019 256 last_img read more

Finalists to be decided tonight in LIMACOL football tourney

first_imgTHE finalists in the 2019 edition of the LIMACOL Football tournament will be decided this evening.The event, which is sponsored mainly by New GPC with support from W.J. Enterprise, will be decided tonight following the conclusion of semifinal fixtures at the Ministry of Education (MoE) ground on CARIFESTA Avenue.The first match blows off at 19:00hrs and the scores of fans, who are anticipated to flock to venue, will see the tournament favourites Fruta Conquerors Under-20 pitted against Riddim Squad.Conquerors have been spearheaded by youngster Nicholas McArthur’s superb form and they will be bankng on him to increase his tally of 10 goals to marshal them into the final.The feature match will be Santos Under-20 against Pele FC. Although Pele have not entered as a youth side into the tournament, their starting XI is mostly comprised of youth players inclusive of target-man Dorwin George, who has been exceptional in front of goal for the Georgetown-based club.The winners of this tournament will pocket $400 000, second $200 000, third $100 000 and the losers of the third-place playoff will walk away with $50 000.last_img read more

Pitching change goes awry for UW

first_imgDespite only giving up one run, Wisconsin pitcher Amanda Najdek was pulled in favor of Meghan McIntosh with one out to go and the game tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning yesterday against Notre Dame.It was a controversial call by UW head coach Yvette Healy, as the Irish scored eight runs to win 9-1 after the switch.Nevertheless, Healy says it’s a decision she does not regret.“They were hitting [Najdek] a little bit,” Healy said. “Meghan [McIntosh] was going to give them a little different look. It was working until we got the error, then it fell apart a little bit. It was a pretty good strategy.”As Healy stated, the switch to McIntosh initially proved to be savvy as she got Wisconsin out of a tight jam with runners in scoring position. However, it wouldn’t get any easier for McIntosh and the Badgers. McIntosh allowed eight runners to score in the next two innings.“[McIntosh] has to be able to challenge people more,” Healy said. “She’s throwing around a lot of people and not trusting herself as much. She’s a very talented pitcher, we just have to get her to believe in it, buy into it and challenge hitters.”Consistency has been a problem for McIntosh all season long. In her past three starts, McIntosh has given up a total of 15 runs, which is something even she knows has to improve.“I’m holding onto the ball a little bit too much,” McIntosh said. “I guess it comes down to command. I’m trying to get ahead and hit my spots after that, but when I get behind I really have to leave my pitches over the plate a little bit.”Errors prove costlyIt wasn’t just McIntosh who struggled Tuesday, as the entire defense played a role in the loss. This was none more evident than during the Badgers’ five run fifth inning collapse.Tied at 1-1 with two outs left in the top of the fifth inning, Notre Dame infielder Heather Johnson hit a routine pop fly to shallow right field. As Badger second baseman Whitney Massey ran over to catch the ball, she collided with outfielder Ashley Hanewich. The error let in the leading run and kept the inning alive for the Fighting Irish.“We obviously just misplayed a couple balls,” Healy said. “Those are critical plays. Usually after our errors teams are able to score, and that has been true all year for us. It really hurt after that last out, where the game then kind of blew up.”While there was a slight breeze blowing at Goodman Stadium, it was no excuse, according to Hanewich, who was involved in two of the errors.“The balls were tipped off our gloves, just barely missed,” Hanewich said. “It could have been a mixture of the wind and the sun, but I’m not using that as an excuse. I should have made those plays.”Fielding errors weren’t the only mental mistakes the Badgers made against the Fighting Irish. Although it was able to successfully steal three players, including Jennifer Krueger’s 27th of the season, Wisconsin was caught stealing twice early on.“One of them was a missed sign,” Hanewich said. “We definitely need to fix that as base runners.”The communication between the base runners and the coaches will certainly be a point of emphasis in upcoming practices, but the coaches will by no means be shying away from making the same calls going forward.“Obviously when you get thrown out it hurts,” Healy said. “But, that’s the way we scored our first run, so you have to stay aggressive against teams who are RPI ranked.”The story of the game came down to mental lapses, which made the eight-point defeat a bit misleading. This is something Healy knows the team has to improve upon if it is to reach its full potential.“[The errors] hurt,” Healy said. “We have to work hard in practice tomorrow to figure out how to eliminate those.”After a tough loss, there are many ways a team can handle the situation. For the Badgers, it’s pretty simple.“We just have to get better from here,” McIntosh said. “That’s about it.”last_img read more