“Elysée doesn’t intend to do the newsroom’s job”

first_img RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story May 19, 2017 “Elysée doesn’t intend to do the newsroom’s job” News News News RSF_en Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independenceEvents Freedom of expression Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP May 10, 2021 Find out more News FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independenceEvents Freedom of expression June 4, 2021 Find out more In response to criticism from French media groups and journalists’ associations about an apparent attempt by President Emmanuel Macron’s aides to decide which journalists accompany him on trips, the French president’s office wrote to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today to reaffirm its full respect for media freedom.The aim of the misunderstood initiative by the Elysée Palace (the president’s office) was more openness and inclusiveness, not less, the letter insisted. President Macron “attaches great importance to in-depth media coverage and wants to open the Elysée to specialist reporters (‘beat reporters’), who will cover the president’s activities from a different angle,” the letter said. “This is why it was suggested to news organizations that they should add defence and diplomacy correspondents,” to those assigned to cover President Macron’s official visit today to the French troops based in Mali,” the letter said. “Reporters Without Borders sought clarification from the Elysée after a series of signals that caused concern in many news organizations,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We welcome this explanation and the desire for dialogue with news organizations and we hope that proof will be provided in the coming days that no limits will be imposed on the media’s reporting. We count on Emmanuel Macron to defend media freedom in both France and abroad.”The Elysée’s letter said that, “in the course of organizing the official visit [to Mali], we did not sufficiently explain this concern [for openness], hence the [mis]interpretation and concerns that arose in the past few days.” The letter added that there was no question of the Elysée choosing journalists. “We gave news organizations this option but we never imposed one journalist rather than another (…) The journalists who became concerned may be reassured: the Elysée does not intend to do the newsroom’s job.”The general secretary of President Macron’s “En Marche” movement delivered a powerful statement of support for media freedom on Macron’s behalf on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. It is now up to president’s office to put these words into action.France is ranked 39th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

Former mayor comes out of retirement for local election

first_imgNewsPoliticsFormer mayor comes out of retirement for local electionBy Alan Jacques – March 29, 2019 1687 Former Mayor Jim Long who will be contesting the local elections in May.Photo: Emma JervisFORMER Mayor of Limerick Jim Long has entered the fray as a candidate for the upcoming local elections in City West.Speaking to the Limerick Post this Wednesday, the former Fine Gael councillor revealed that he has been encouraged to come out of retirement and put himself forward as an Independent candidate on May 24.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Over the past five years, I have always been available to people who needed advice on a broad number of issues and concerns. Also, I kept an eye and ear on the shenanigans at council,” the Ballinacurra Gardens man explained.“My assessment is that delivery has been overshadowed by personal fulfilment of the majority of councillors who sit in council chambers. It is very obvious that the cosy done deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil at the behest of senior management within Limerick City and County Council has led to these councillors becoming yes men and women to the chief executive and his team.“As a result, we have dictatorship at the cost of governance and democracy,” he claimed.“This is evident in relation to a number of issues that have failed the people of Limerick over the years.“To name but a few, the huge concerns from operations at the Irish Cement and Aughinish factories from toxic pollutants has now soared beyond health concerns, to an actual denial of our human rights by administrators and agencies.“Our elected members have been extremely silent on the process. The mould must be broken between the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil coalition and senior management.“They have to be ousted and replaced by trustworthy candidates who will deliver for the people, not for Council management, themselves or multinationals,” he concluded. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Twitter Previous articleScramblers are creating havoc on Childers Road in LimerickNext articleGiant Granny left a rich cultural legacy in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSLimerick City and CountyLocal Elections 2019politics Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? WhatsApp Printcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Emaillast_img read more

As U.S. wind capacity passes 90-GW milestone amid expectations that surge will persist

first_imgAs U.S. wind capacity passes 90-GW milestone amid expectations that surge will persist FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Intelligence ($):The U.S. wind market made healthy gains in the second quarter of 2018, with new research suggesting new wind energy project installations will surge between now and 2020.Wind installations reached 626 MW in the second quarter, up from 357 MW of capacity installed in the same period in 2017 and 406 MW in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new market report from the American Wind Energy Association, or AWEA. The country’s cumulative installed capacity is now 90,004 MW in 41 states, plus Puerto Rico and Guam.The U.S. project pipeline also saw healthy growth in the second quarter, the domestic wind industry’s biggest trade group and lobbying body reported. At the end of June, there was 18,987 MW of wind capacity under construction and 18,806 MW in advanced development. That combined 37,794 MW is a 46% year-over-year increase and a 13% rise from the first quarter of 2018.“Wind power’s job creating engine just kicked into a higher gear,” AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said.More ($): AWEA: US wind installations surpass 90 GW in Q2’18last_img read more

Suffolk Police Latest to Admit First Amendment Violations in $200K Settlement

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A photojournalist who was falsely arrested for filming the aftermath of a police chase in Bohemia three years ago settled a federal lawsuit against Suffolk County police for $200,000—the latest in a string of such cases nationwide.The settlement also requires police to establish a Police-Media Relations Committee that’s expected to begin meeting soon to handle issues between the press and the department, according to the agreement. The county legislature approved the settlement last week.“This settlement is a victory for the First Amendment and for the public good,” Philip Datz, who works for Stringer News Service, told the Press. “The results of the settlement are encouraging.”The announcement came a week after police in New Hampshire paid $57,500 settlement to a woman who was unlawfully arrested for videotaping a police officer. Baltimore police settled a similar lawsuit for $250,000 in March. New York City police settled another such lawsuit for $15,000 earlier this year and Boston police settled yet another for $170,000 two years ago.In the Suffolk case, Sgt. Michael Milton arrested Datz, who was filming the crash at the end of a police chase, after Milton told Datz to leave the scene on July 29, 2011. Although police lines had not been established, Datz was wearing his police-issued press credentials and members of the public also gathered to watch the police activity, Datz complied and moved roughly a block away.That’s when Milton approached Datz again, handcuffed him, took him into custody and charged him with obstruction of governmental administration. Datz’ camera and recording were also seized. Datz later posted his footage of the encounter to YouTube after his equipment was returned to him.Suffolk Country prosecutors dropped the charge against Datz 12 days later. Internal affairs investigators determined that Milton violated department rules. The incident prompted the department to update its policy on dealing with the press and conduct media relations training for officers. The settlement requires that training to be conducted annually.“The U.S. Department of Justice and numerous courts across the country in recognizing that the public and press have a First Amendment right to photograph and record police officers performing their duties in a public place” Robert Balin, the lead counsel on the case and partner with Davis Wright Tremaine, a Manhattan-based law firm, said in a press release. “That is essential to newsgathering and the free discussion of government affairs.”The National Press Photographers Association, a trade group that defends photojournalists such as Datz, who is a member of the group, had joined the lawsuit along with the New York Civil Liberties Union. Both groups applauded the settlement.Amol Sinha, director of the NYCLU’s Suffolk County Chapter told the Press: “We hope that this case shows the world that people ought to recognize that individuals do have the right to record what we see in public.”The Press Club of Long Island, a local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which wrote a letter to Suffolk police condemning Datz’ arrest, was also pleased at the settlement.“Members of the media should not be restricted from reporting in areas of a crime scene that are open to the public,” said Chris Vaccaro, the group’s president. PCLI is working with the department in forming the new committee.Police referred requests for comment to Vanessa Baird-Streeter, spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.“We believe this is a fair settlement which underscores the pivotal role the media serves for the police department and the public,” she said. “The enhanced training of the department and creation of a media relations committee will serve the residents of Suffolk County well.”-With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

Domestic 50-over competition named Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

first_imgTHIS season’s women’s 50-over domestic competition will be named the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in honour of England’s World Cup-winning captain.Baroness Heyhoe Flint led England to the World Cup in 1973 and is regarded as a trailblazer for women’s cricket.The month-long competition will begin on August Bank Holiday weekend with the final on Saturday, September 26.The fixtures for the eight-team competition will be released today.The competition has been created for this summer only, to ensure women’s domestic cricket is played despite the challenges of COVID-19.ECB managing director of women’s cricket, Clare Connor, said: “I’m delighted that, despite the obvious challenges of COVID-19, we have been able to continue to build the new women’s elite domestic structure to the point that we’ll see the eight regions play 50-over cricket this summer.“Rachael Heyhoe Flint would have been proud to witness the professionalisation of the domestic women’s game. She did so much for our sport and without her work, passion and dedication we wouldn’t be where we are today.”The eight regional teams will be split into two groups with the winners of each group meeting in the final.The availability of England Women’s centrally contracted players will be known once the international schedule has been confirmed.Heyhoe Flint, who captained England between 1966 and 1978 and was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2010, passed away in 2017.Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy groupsNorth: Central Sparks, Lightning, Northern Diamonds, ThunderSouth: South East Stars, Southern Vipers, Sunrisers, Western Storm. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Ghana Sporting Media Honours former CAF Communications Director

first_imgHabuba, a Nigerian citizen, was consulting initially in Sports Business, and is now heavily involved in Energy and Finance. He is fondly remembered by the Ghanaian media for the leading role towards the organization of the Africa Cup of Nations hosted by the West African country in 2008, which ranks amongst the most successful in the history of the biennial flagship African football tournament.Former Ghana defender, Anthony Baffoe, was adjudged Sports Personality of the Year, the biggest prize on the night. Then a member of the Local Organising Committee for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, the now CAF and FIFA General Coordinator recalled some fond memories of his relationship with Habuba.“I first met Habuba in 2007, when I started to work with the Local Organising Committee for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. He basically explained to me how an African Cup is organized off the pitch. I had no idea about that. Habuba is very experienced and well -connected in the industry,” Baffoe recounted.Habuba, also headed the Communication Directorate of the continent’s soccer governing body, CAF, between 2003 and 2012, and oversaw major transformations in the media front and helping to organize six successive editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.As a FIFA Instructor, Habuba’s expertise did not go unnoticed with appointments with the world soccer governing body, FIFA, for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups in Germany and South Africa. He also participated in three FIFA U-20 World Cups; 1999 (Nigeria), 2005 (Netherlands) and 2007 (Canada).A man of many parts, the well-traveled Habuba, currently runs an international consultancy firm, operating in Africa and Gulf Countries. He consults also for global sporting organisations and advises on how to leverage economic opportunities from qualified countries perspective to host countries, around key football events such as Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cups 2018 and 2022 editions.His vast knowledge and experience in the Oil and Gas sector has also opened him to the Business world. He attended several courses including Economics of the Oil Supply Chain with Invincible Energy – Oxford (United Kingdom), Energy Options with Oxford Princeton Program – New York (USA) , Business Negotiation Skills in Energy with CWC – United Kingdom and he also study Offshore operations organized by the prestigious University of Texas, Petroleum Extension Service- Houston (USA).Ghana President Nana Akufo Addo graced the ceremony, the longest running sports event, which saw over 30 sportsmen and women from the fields of athletics, badminton, boxing, football, table tennis, tennis amongst others, receiving honours for their exploits during the year under review. TP Mazembe midfielder Solomon Asante was named Footballer of the Year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former CAF Communications Director, Suleiman Habuba, has been honoured by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) in recognition of his contribution towards the development of African football, especially the sporting media.He was presented with a Special Award at the 42nd Awards Night Gala of the Ghanaian sporting media on Saturday, 27 May 2017, at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra, Ghana.“I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for the honour. Allow me to thank the Ghanaian media and the entire African media in general for giving me this great opportunity to serve our continent. Managing challenges with different views contributed immensely to my personal development,” declared Habuba, moments after receiving the award.last_img read more