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.
While at a rally in Moon Township, Penn., on March 10, the so-called president of our republic and leader of the free world once again displayed his ignorance. The human garbage Republicans want us to respect mentioned executing drug dealers. Once again, the cretin showed just how ignorant he is. I certainly think this would be cruel and unusual punishment, forbidden in the Constitution. His pal, Rodrigo Duterte, a despot who is praised by 45, has drug dealers, young and old, executed without due process on the streets of Manila, Philippines.I’d unequivocally say this murderer is a role model for the white supremacists, including 45.Paul SantoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burn Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Hamilton’s achievement drew him level with the sport’s ‘godfather’ Juan Manuel Fangio on five titles with only German Schumacher ahead on seven. Schumacher, with 91, also has more race victories, another target for Hamilton during the two remaining years of his current Mercedes contract.But the Englishman put such statistical ambitions into a distant perspective when he adopted a modest role on his own triumphant career.“Firstly, I could never personally classify myself as the best,” said Hamilton. “Obviously, within myself, I know my abilities and where I stand, but ultimately, as my dad always told me since I was eight years old — he said ‘do your talking on the track’.“So I just try to let my results and the results from the things that I do outside of my sport, hopefully, also contribute to that. So people can hopefully create a decent opinion.-The GOAT“But Michael’s still quite far ahead in race wins so you have to say he is still the GOAT (greatest of all time).”Discussion of Hamilton’s standing in the exclusive club of the sport’s multiple champions had started in earnest before he overcame chronic tyre-wear problems to secure his fifth title at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 champion, said that he felt the way in which Hamilton had succeeded throughout his career put him way “miles” clear of Schumacher in the evaluation of the greats.Villeneuve said that Schumacher’s career had been accompanied by “too many negative stories – too many question marks on how some races or championships were won. And being a great champion is about more than just winning races.”He added that Hamilton, despite some criticism of his private lifestyle, had risen without any such negativity.“You can like, or not, the way he is in life, but there’s nothing nasty or negative with it. There’s nothing nasty towards his opponents. There’s respect.“There’s no question mark on ‘Is he cheating or not? Has he been dirty?’ That makes a big difference.”– Rosberg tips Hamilton for moreHamilton’s former Mercedes team-mate 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, who has known him since the pair were junior karting team-mates, said he believed he can go on to break all of Schumacher’s records.“He can seriously go for Schumacher’s records now,” he said. “He’s got two more years on the contract and ‘Schumi’ is only two titles and 20 race wins away. That’s possible in two years. Amazing.“He can really try and statistically become the best of all time, which is unreal, but it is a possibility. So I’m sure he’s going to be motivated by that.”Hamilton signed a contract extension earlier this year that will keep him with Mercedes until the end of 2020.He is only 20 adrift of Schumacher’s 91 race wins and could make inroads into that total in the two final races this year in Brazil and Abu Dhabi when the constructors’ championship will also be settled with Ferrari bidding to end Mercedes’ triumphant four-year run.-Record breakingHamilton has always resisted talk of record-breaking, saying merely that he may be “hoping I can at least get close,” and reiterated after Sunday’s race that he had “not really put any thought towards getting to that number because I’ve been trying to focus on this one.”He added: “Whether or not I’m going to have the chance to win more, who knows? But I’m going to give it everything. The 91 wins that he has, for example, that’s a lot of wins.“Michael was just such a genius in how he implemented himself into Ferrari and what he did with that team. I will always be a fan of him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Title in sight: Lewis Hamilton celebrates pole position at a past eventMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Oct 30 – Lewis Hamilton on Monday deflected all suggestions that he might be the greatest Formula One driver of all time, saying that seven-time champion Michael Schumacher remains the man who most deserves that label.The 33-year-old Briton, who on Sunday clinched his fifth drivers’ title when he finished fourth for Mercedes in the Mexican Grand Prix, rejected consideration of himself as the greatest in history, citing his father Anthony’s mantra to “do your talking on the track.”