King takes further measures against press freedom

first_img June 8, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the presence of large numbers of security personnel inside the offices of newspapers in Kathmandu and the prior control they are exercising over news reports. The press freedom organization also requested the release of detained journalists and an end to the harassment of the families of those journalists who have gone into hiding to avoid arrest.After banning the publication of any criticism for six months, the royal palace today issued a new series of directives banning negative reports about the security forces under pain of imprisonment or house arrest. The military have also been granted the authority to monitor and ban any communication as part of the state of emergency.Despite certain concessions that should allow provincial newspapers to resume publishing, the army is continuing to impose drastic measures on the press. The secretary-general of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), Bishnu Nisthuri, was arrested at his home in Kathmandu on 4 February while police have taken up position around the FNJ’s office in the capital.But contrary to earlier reports, neither FNJ president Tara Nath Dahal nor K. C. Netra, the BBC World Service’s correspondent in the southwestern town of Nepalgunj, has been arrested. Dahal’s family has, however, reportedly been harassed by the army.Local FM re-transmission of the BBC World Service’s Nepalese-language programmes has been banned but the BBC’s English-language broadcasts are permitted. The privately-owned TV station Nepal One is still banned from broadcasting and its studios are being watched by the military. Indian cable and satellite TV stations are still unavailable. BBC World and CNN television programmes are permitted, but they are censored whenever they refer to the situation in Nepal. Most of the independent weeklies in Kathmandu, including Budhabar, are closed.Five dailies and a dozen weeklies have been closed in Nepalgunj but an army officer told the editors they would be able to resume publishing soon. Newspapers in the western town of Butwal have prepared an issue for today, after being closed for a week. Army officers asked journalists to publish news “honouring the spirit of the royal proclamation.”In Chitawan (southwest of Kathmandu), newspapers were also due to reappear today after negotiations with the military authorities.The censorship has done away with all independent reporting. A Nepalese newspaper editor quoted by The Times of India said he had never seen such censorship. “One could test the limits in the past by writing something provocative but now we have received clear warnings to do nothing against the interests of the current regime,” he said. Nonetheless, the Kantipur and Kathmandu Post dailies today ran editorials calling on the king to restore press freedom.To offset the lack of news, an underground bulletin called Jana Awaj, reproducing reports from the BBC and Indian press, was being circulated in Butwal.As a result of the enforced blackout, 28 journalists were reportedly fired by Radio Kantipur FM. Staff with the Kantipur group’s print media could also be affected. February 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 King takes further measures against press freedom News May 29, 2019 Find out more Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage NepalAsia – Pacific NepalAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Nepal News to go furthercenter_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation News Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill News RSF_en May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Communication the key to changes at Home Office

first_img Comments are closed. Communication the key to changes at Home OfficeOn 25 May 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Communication, understanding and staff input are the keys to managingdifficult change, says the Home Office’s head of HR. John Marsh, group HR and change director for the Home Office, has the toughtask of managing personnel through a massive restructuring of one of thecountry’s most high-profile organisations. Complicating matters is the controversial change of headquarters early nextyear and calls for the department to shift its workforce out of London. But his most difficult job is overseeing a reduction in the Home Office’sworkforce by more than a third – about 2,700 jobs are to be shed over threeyears. “We’ve got to get the communication right on this one. We have to bevery open and honest about the scale of reductions,” Marsh said. Seeking staff input into where changes could be made was also important,although it was unrealistic to think there would not be some disaffection. “Uncertainty will bring that. We try to explain that we’re going tomake every effort to deal with staff in a voluntary rather than compulsory way,and that, potentially, [the remaining] jobs are going to be morerewarding.” The cutback is an important part of the Home Office’s five-year deliveryplan to the Government. A draft, to be published in July, will also set newservice targets in areas such as crime reduction and immigration clearance. “The critical part for HR is how do you reform the department todeliver these more demanding targets? That again is where we’ve really beenputting a lot of work in,” he said. Another complex task is the upcoming shift into the Home Office’s new £310mWestminster headquarters. The move has been criticised as poorly plannedbecause staff numbers exceed the new building’s capacity. The possibility of moving up to 2,500 workers out of London had been lookedat, Marsh said. “The reality though is that there will be a cost associated in terms ofinfrastructure [and] staff. Part of the discussion is going to be aroundwhether it is affordable to move out.” For a full interview with Marsh and to hear his views on how politicsaffect public sector HR, see next week’s Personnel Today By Paul Yandalllast_img read more

Poland calls for EU summit on Belarus

first_imgA European official said consultations were underway ahead of a probable statement on the “very serious developments” in Belarus but warned it was “very difficult” to confirm reports from the country because of official restrictions and slow internet.Michel wrote on Twitter that “violence against protesters is not the answer”.”Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, basic human rights must be upheld,” he said.Belarus borders Russia to the east, Ukraine to the south and EU member states Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to the north and west. In a joint statement on Sunday, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda had urged Belarus “to fully recognise and uphold basic democratic standards” including freedom of speech.”We are convinced that closer cooperation with the European Union is in the interest of Belarus… and stand ready to continue to provide further support to Belarus in deepening its relations with the united European family,” they wrote. Topics :center_img Poland on Monday called for an emergency European Union summit on the situation in Belarus after clashes in the night in Minsk over a disputed presidential election.”The authorities have used force against their citizens, who are demanding change in the country. We must support the Belarusian people in their quest for freedom,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a statement.Morawiecki said he had written to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel with the request for a summit.last_img read more

MLAX : Blue Jays’ shooters overpower SU goalie Lerman for scoring barrage

first_img Comments Published on March 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] BALTIMORE – Thirty-five seconds into the game, John Greeley wound up and fired a rocket from 20 yards out past Syracuse goaltender Matt Lerman. Arms thrown out, his teammates rushed to meet him, jumping on the Johns Hopkins midfielder.Nine seconds into the third quarter, Brandon Benn whipped a shot from in close into the top right corner of the net. Again, Lerman was late raising his stick for the save attempt. And again, the Blue Jays celebrated a quick goal.Lerman knew what was coming each time. He just didn’t have an answer for the explosive Hopkins offense.‘We expected them to do that. We knew they were going to come after us,’ Lerman said. ‘They have a lot of offensive guns and I let a few in. My defense gave me some good shots and I didn’t come through for them and that’s on me.’Lerman was overmatched in net in Syracuse’s 11-7 loss to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Saturday. The SU goaltender made just two saves and allowed seven goals in the first half before giving up two more quick scores in the second half that sealed the Orange’s fate with nearly 26 minutes to play. Lerman finished with eight saves on the day in another tough performance for the first-year starter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe redshirt sophomore was challenged immediately on the first possession of the game, and the Blue Jays offensive attack was relentless for the rest of the half. But that first goal set the tone as the crowd at Homewood Field erupted.‘It seems like at the beginning of quarters we’re coming out slow, we’re coming out not very energetic and we have to come out hot right from the get-go,’ SU defender Brian Megill said. ‘… I think if we come out and maybe get the first tally or hold them for a while before they get their first tally. I think it’s a different game if we get a little bit more momentum.’After Derek Maltz evened the score, Hopkins ripped off three goals in the final seven minutes to jump ahead 4-1.Greeley scored again, finding the top right corner, this time with a clear shot from the left side. Benn followed with his first of a game-high four goals on the day, scoring easily on a cut to the right side.Finally, JHU midfielder John Ranagan finished the opening period with another goal. SU midfielder Matt Pratt matched up with him defensively and Ranagan sidestepped Pratt after he lost his footing and fell to the turf. He then bounced one past Lerman with 11 seconds left.SU didn’t fold. The Orange responded with another goal from Maltz minutes into the second period, and it appeared Syracuse and Hopkins were in for a battle.‘I thought once we got going, we started to make it competitive in the second quarter and had some opportunities to make it a little closer,’ Desko said.But whenever SU seemed to cut into the Blue Jays lead, Hopkins always had a response. Three times in the second period, the Orange moved within two goals. But all three times, JHU quickly extended the lead back to three.The final answer came after Maltz’s third goal got SU within 6-4 with 3:29 remaining. Less than a minute later, Benn found Wells Stanwick from behind the cage moving along the crease. Stanwick caught the pass and deposited it past Lerman to give the Blue Jays a three-goal cushion heading into the half.Desko said he felt his team was still in good position at halftime. But that changed at the start of the third quarter when Benn found the back of the net.After battling Hopkins the entire first half, the flood gates opened.‘Whether it’s me or someone else, I think it’s nice for us to come out of the halftime like that and get the first one,’ Benn said. ‘Kind of bring some life back that maybe we could have lost at halftime or maintained. But I think either way it just brings the life back.’Benn and the Blue Jays road that energy following the early goals to victory. JHU held the Orange scoreless in the third period and all the momentum rested with the home team.And Lerman finished out another disappointing performance in which he failed to give his team a chance to get back into the game. Hopkins offense was nearly flawless in the first three periods, but the SU goaltender knows he needs to make more saves between the pipes.‘I got to expect them to take shots and I’m there to stop them,’ Lerman said. ‘And the opposition, it’s their goal to attack me and I got to be ready for that a little bit better.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more