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England and Saracens stars the driving force behind Sarries RFC

first_img Rugby has had its fair share of tawdry headlines in recent months; allegations of on-field cheating, player strikes, dissatisfaction with residency laws, hiring and the firing of coaches and internecine squabbling between administrators. It’s enough discontent to leave guardians of the game feeling rugby is in danger of losing its soul.Fortunately, for all the brouhaha swirling around the elite level of the game, there are significant efforts being made away from the back pages that do rugby a great deal of credit.Every Monday evening in Barnet, a leafy part of North London, you’ll find an inspiring coaching session in full swing, which has extra resonance during Autism Awareness week.The Saracens Foundation have been running a pioneering programme for kids with autism and other learning disabilities for over two years, with student volunteers putting the aspiring rugby players through their paces. One Saracens player to lend his considerable expertise is England hooker Jamie George. “As a trustee of the Sarries Foundation I’ve been involved for a couple of years. The fact it’s the only programme of its kind in terms for helping kids with autism and other learning difficulties through rugby make it worthwhile,” he says, while preparing for his Champions Cup quarter-final against Glasgow.Helping hand: Will Fraser and Jamie George lend their support to Sarries RFCFrom his regular visits to Allianz Park on Monday nights, George says the overwhelming impression left is of the happiness it brings to not only kids but their parents. “Seeing the reaction of the parents was really powerful. Lots of them are full-time carers and the training session affords them a couple of hours to relax, chat to other parents, play cards or even catch 40 winks because it’s a 24/7 care. That’s invaluable.”Other members of the Sarries squad to pop down and get involved include Neil de Kock, Will Fraser and Chris Ashton. All are keen to help pass on their hard-earned experience.George, a lifelong Sarries man born in Welwyn-Garden-City, says he was attracted to the programme because he felt like he could make a difference.“This programme jumped out at me, alongside another initiative with Feltham Young offenders institution. If you speak to Ashy and Will, they’re in the same boat. It’s had a real impact on them. Sarries encourage us to broaden our personal development and giving up two hours of our time is the least we can do.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Final words are left to George. “When I first attended, there were only five or six kids and they’re still with us. When I see them they give me a big hug and a high-five – something they’d never have done before. The change in their character and confidence levels is remarkable. I’ve never seen anything like it.” Heading up the programme is Foundation manager Tom Gamage, who explains the background to the enterprise. “The aim was to go into local schools and colleges and create a disability rugby team for kids with a high functioning disabilities like ADHD, autism and Downs Syndrome where they can learn vital life skills through sport. As well as core rugby skills, we help with sociability as some guys struggle to interact. Our motto is to focus on everyone’s ability, not their disability.”Backed by Sarries sponsor, Alan Day VW, who actively get involved, with managing director Paul Tanner taking a hands-on role, Gamage explains they can host up to 18 kids with volunteers having induction evenings and the opportunity to upskill in dealing with challenging situations. “I get most satisfaction from seeing the progression made by the kids who have bought into the club. Many are season-ticket holders and mascots, while one of the lads has started to work in the club shop helping with stock-taking.”Holding the bags; George takes part in a Sarries RFC training sessionGamage stresses that the participation of the Champions Cup and Premiership title holders is fundamental to the programme’s continued success. “To have someone as high-profile as Ashy (Chris Ashton) give up his rest day is a credit to him. Having a little chat with the players, where the common thread is rugby, makes all the difference to the kids.”When asked for inspiring personal stories, Gamage points to squad captain Mark Sindole, who has been with the initiative from the start. “Mark’s progressed up the ranks. He has high-functioning autism and can get frustrated putting his point across which leads to anxiety but he is now helping younger members with their decision-making which is helping them in everyday life.”At the end of the season, the squad are going on tour to Coventry to coincide with Sarries last game of the season, against title rivals Wasps. “There will be a lot of travel planning involved. Many of them don’t get to travel outside the M25 because of their special needs but with the help of volunteers and staff members, we’ll be able to organise a meting with like-minded people.”As for the future, Gamage says the Sarries Sport Foundation would like to see the programme taken up elsewhere. “The more volunteers involved, the bigger numbers we can have. I know Worcester Warriors have started something and we’d like to see local rugby clubs in the area take on this initiative with our support. Most clubs have a Firsts, Seconds, Veterans and Women’s team, so why not have a disability team?center_img Day job: Jamie George in Champions Cup action against Toulon During World Autism Awareness week, RW focuses on a worthwhile initiative taking place behind the scenes at Allianz Parklast_img read more

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s statement on President Donald Trump’s use…

first_img Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Racial Justice & Reconciliation Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Back to Press Releases center_img Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Advocacy Peace & Justice, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Jun 1, 2020 [June 1, 2020] The following is a statement from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:This evening, the President of the United States stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, lifted up a bible, and had pictures of himself taken. In so doing, he used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes. This was done in a time of deep hurt and pain in our country, and his action did nothing to help us or to heal us.The bible teaches us that “God is love.” Jesus of Nazareth taught, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The prophet Micah taught that the Lord requires us to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.”The bible the President held up and the church that he stood in front of represent the values of love, of justice, of compassion, and of a way to heal our hurts.We need our President, and all who hold office, to be moral leaders who help us to be a people and nation living these values. For the sake of George Floyd, for all who have wrongly suffered, and for the sake of us all, we need leaders to help us to be “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”Declaración del obispo primado Michael B. Curry sobre el uso del presidente Donald Trump del edificio de una iglesia y de la Santa BibliaJune 1, 2020Lo que sigue es una declaración del obispo primado de la Iglesia Episcopal Michael Curry:Esta noche, el presidente de Estados Unidos se detuvo frente a la iglesia episcopal de San Juan [St. John’s], levantó una Biblia y se hizo tomar fotos. Al hacerlo, utilizó un edificio de la Iglesia y la Santa Biblia para fines políticos partidistas. Esto tuvo lugar en un momento de sufrimiento y dolor profundos en nuestro país, y su acción no contribuyó en nada a ayudarnos o restaurarnos.La Biblia nos enseña que “Dios es amor”, Jesús de Nazaret enseñó: “Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo”. El profeta Miqueas enseñó que el Señor exige de nosotros “hacer justicia, amar la misericordia y humillarse ante nuestro Dios”.La Biblia que el Presidente sostuvo y la iglesia frente a la cual se encontraba representan los valores del amor, de la justicia, de la compasión, y un medio de curar nuestras heridas.Necesitamos que nuestro Presidente, y todos los que ocupan cargos públicos, sean líderes morales que nos ayuden a ser un pueblo y una nación que practique estos valores. En memoria de George Floyd, por todos los que han sufrido injustamente y por el bien de todos nosotros, necesitamos líderes que nos ayuden a ser “una nación sujeta a Dios, con libertad y justicia para todos”. Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Digging? Be safe, dial 811

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Something we always advise any of our clients who are planning to do any DIY work around their homes is to dial 811 before digging one speck of ground up. Reply April 26, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Adrienne – College Fund Landscaping Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear April 27, 2017 at 3:27 pm Please enter your name herecenter_img Brian – Mulholland Energy TAGS811Lake Apopka Natural Gas District Previous articleOrange County Clerk makes it easier to get a passportNext articleComing to Netflix in May Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It is also advisable to dig with hydroexcavation equipment rather than traditional digging equipment. The safety profile for hydroexcavation is much higher and much less damage can be done to existing structures. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here April is National Safe Digging MonthFrom the Lake Apopka Natural Gas DistrictEvery six minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because a homeowner started a digging project without calling 811. Installing a mailbox, building a fence or planting a garden all seem like simple do-it-yourself projects, but the risk of striking a utility line is high when residents don’t call 811 before starting those projects.April is National Safe Digging Month, and Lake Apopka Natural Gas District is encouraging Apopka residents to call 811 to have underground utility lines in their yard marked before they begin digging—even for a simple landscaping project.Here are five facts and tips to make sure you know what to do when digging:Florida residents should call 811 at least two full business days before any digging project. So, for Saturday projects,  call by Tuesday or Wednesday.When residents call 811, professional technicians from a utility company will come to the dig site and mark the location of underground lines with flags or paint.Always treat the flags and paint marks as approximate, and be sure to leave a tolerance zone of 24 inches from the outer edges of a buried line.The locator marks must always remain visible. Never place dump piles or building materials over marks, and call 811 again if the marks become faded.Do not use mechanized equipment near the utility lines. The safest thing to do is manually dig to expose the utility line and avoid damaging it.Tips like these can help you prevent damage, injuries, lengthy outages and unnecessary fines. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 2 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Richard Hibbard punches ball into Wales teammate Dan Biggar’s face

first_imgSunday Feb 22, 2015 Richard Hibbard punches ball into Wales teammate Dan Biggar’s face Sky Sports had a camera on hand at a Wales training session recently and managed to capture this moment of mischief from hooker Richard Hibbard, who obviously felt that the backs weren’t training hard enough, so took it upon himself to damage fresh-faced Dan Biggar’s nose.Fun and games ahead of their Six Nations clash with France this coming weekend in Paris.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Dormant Accounts deadlines approach

first_imgDormant Accounts deadlines approach A. Economic & Social Disadvantage 40% or ‚€24 million B. Educational Disadvantage 30% or ‚€18 million C. Persons with a Disability 30% or ‚€18 million The roll out of funding is being co-ordinated by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs which is the lead Department in the implementation of the 2006 Dormant Accounts Funding Programme. Two rounds of funding under the Dormant Accounts Fund in Ireland are approaching their deadlines over the next few weeks. Applications to support prisoner and ex-prisoners will close on 30th June and a fund for those affected by alcohol related harm will close on the 14th July. Applications are invited under the ‘Supports for Prisoners / Ex Prisoners’ measure. ‚€0.5 million is available for addiction counselling and employment support projects for prisoners and ex prisoners. ‚€1 million is available for projects tackling alcohol related harm. An allocation of ‚€60 million has been approved for the Dormant Accounts Fund in 2006. The breakdown of this figure under the various categories is as follows: Advertisement Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 13 June 2006 | Newscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Solidarity with NYC bus strikers

first_imgWW photoFeb. 2 saw a groundswell of support for the striking school bus drivers and matrons in New York City. Rallies burst out, in both Manhattan and the Bronx, while marches through the streets as well as car caravans went to the East 79th Street mansion of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to bus yards in the South Bronx.United Steelworkers Local 8751 — which represents Boston school bus drivers and matrons — not only passed a resolution in support of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 strike, and donated $500 to the strike fund, it sent a busload of its members to walk the picket lines and join the protests on Feb. 2.Mayor Bloomberg has refused to bargain with the union since it went on strike Jan. 16, disrupting access of 150,000 students to their schools. About 55,000 of them are students with special needs. Bloomberg has said granting union members job security, in the form of an Employee Protection Plan, would violate the law, although unnamed members of his administration have told the press the real reason is that an EPP would cost more.The bus companies tried suing the union through the National Labor Review Board, claiming they were the target of an illegal, secondary strike. But the NLRB hearing at the end of January stated that the drivers and matrons had two employers — the city and the bus companies — which made the strike legal.  If, however, the bus companies were out of the picture, the strike would be illegal under the reactionary Taylor Law.Bloomberg still remained intransigent after the NLRB decision. He even rejected the union’s offer of a cooling-off period.Parents to Improve School Transportation, a two-year-old advocacy group, refuses “to let Bloomberg throw children under the bus.” In conjunction with ATU 1181, PIST decided to go ahead with a day of actions to support the drivers and their union.Caravans target Bloomberg, South Bronx bus yardsAfter the Boston drivers, who left at 4:30 a.m., arrived in Manhattan, vans and cars began gathering on the east side of Madison Square Park in midtown.  Banners and placards were taped to the vehicles, while PIST members, ATU 1181 and USW 8751 set up a militant and vigorous picket line. The main slogans were summed up by the sign that read, “Safety for children, justice for workers, EPP.”There were a few spontaneous marches around the neighborhood before the car caravan took off for Bloomberg’s mansion. To the surprise of many veterans of long years at protests and marches of all sorts, the cops provided an escort for most of the caravan. There was speculation about why this happened, with a number of participants feeling the cops and their bosses had noticed that public opinion has decisively swung toward supporting the strikers.After an hour or so at a rally near Bloomberg’s mansion, another caravan was organized to go to the South Bronx, where the ATU pickets bus yards on Saturdays.The caravan’s first stop was right after the bridge to the Bronx, where it was greeted by community members organized by the Mujeres por las trabajadores por la paz (Women Workers for Peace) and Movimiento Poder Popular (People Power Movement), which had endorsed the caravan. Sara Catalinotto, an organizer with PIST, told WW:  “It was a warm greeting, filled with solidarity and hugs.”The caravan then moved on to the Pioneer and Reliant bus yards in an industrial area on Zerega Avenue.  Four hundred people gathered there to hear Larry Hanley, the international president of ATU; Michael Cordiello, the president of ATU 1181; and Steve Kirschbaum, of USW 8751, speak. Milagros Cancel spoke for PIST in Spanish, and the Boston drivers led the crowd in union songs. The Boston bus drivers and matrons felt their solidarity was well appreciated.“It was a victory,” Catalinotto said. “The rank-and-file and the parents showed they wanted to fight for safety for the children and justice for the workers.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Rwanda genocide panel highlights changing stigma of rape

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Riley Knight Twitter Three attorneys who prosecuted the first case of rape as a war crime spoke to TCU on Thursday. printTwo decades later, Rwanda, Africa, is still healing from a three-month genocide in 1994 – when members of the Hutu ethnic majority massacred close to 1 million Tutsi.This week, three attorneys who helped in the early recovery spoke at TCU: Sara Darehshori, senior counsel for the U.S. Program in Human Rights Watch; Ambassador Pierre Prosper, a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm Arent Fox; and Lisa Pruitt, a law professor at the University of California.They successfully prosecuted the first case of rape as a war crime following the genocide in Rwanda. On Thursday, they talked about their experiences and the changing societal view of rape.The discussion — hosted by The Frost Foundation Lectureship for Global Issues and the Center for International Studies: TCU Abroad — focused on the aftermath of the genocide and what the TCU community could take away from the lawyers’ experiences.“What we saw in Rwanda was it was not about the individual — it was a collective,” Prosper said. “And they gathered strength among themselves and were able to create a movement and able to push and promote change, which was critical.”The slaughter of the Tutsi left emotional scars that proved far more devastating than physical scars, Darehshori said.Between 100,000 and 250,000 women were raped during the genocide, according to the UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. In some cases, men with a known HIV positive status raped women with the purpose of infecting them.Rape has been a war crime since 1919, but until the genocide in Rwanda, it was never prosecuted.“For the longest time, rape and sexual violence was viewed as a lesser crime,” Prosper said.Darehshori added, “It was classified as theft in the fourth category of crimes.”In 1997, the attorneys won the first conviction of rape as a war crime against Jean-Paul Akayesu, a former Rwandan mayor.In addition to the 1 million people killed in the genocide, Prosper said another 2 million fled the country. TCU student Pacifique Rutamu was among the many children to lose family in the violence.“Growing up in Rwanda without one or two parents was an issue shared by many kids, so it wasn’t like I felt alone in this sadness,” said Rutamu, whose father was killed in the genocide.Rutamu also spoke of the lessons he learned from living through the genocide.“It becomes your engine to function and do well and make sure you don’t waste your time where you are – to grab every single opportunity you have,” he said. “And make sure you contribute to not having genocide happen again in your own country.” Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ + posts Facebook A guide to designing your graduation cap Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods center_img Linkedin ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis ReddIt Record number of participants in this year’s Dance Marathon The Leap: Why 13 students spent spring break in the concrete jungle Previous articleSGA creates new position focused on diversity, inclusionNext articleFrogs set to host No. 19 Iowa State Riley Knight RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Leap: Staying on campus during Easter? We’ve got you covered Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ ReddIt Facebook TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homelesslast_img read more

New wave of kidnappings increases dangers for journalists in Iraq

first_img Organisation to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News News Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information February 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New wave of kidnappings increases dangers for journalists in Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today about a new wave of kidnappings in Iraq after Raeda Wazzan, a presenter with the regional public TV station Iraqiya, was kidnapped yesterday in Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, probably with her 10-year-old son.”With four journalists abducted in less than two weeks and one abortive kidnapping attempt, it is becoming increasingly difficult for both Iraqi and foreign journalists to work in Iraq, especially when they try to report in the field,” the press freedom organization said.”Journalists may under no circumstances be used as bargaining chips, and we call on all sides – the foreign and Iraqi armies and the armed groups – to respect the members of the press as neutral observers of the conflict,” Reporters Without Borders added.Wazzan is the 21st journalist to be kidnapped in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. Four other journalists have gone missing.Aged 36, Wazzan is the only woman presenter at Iraqiya, which covers the province of Nineveh and its capital, Mosul. She and her son were travelling in a car that was intercepted by gunmen. Her abductors have made no public statement.Iraqiya producer Jamal Badrani narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt in Mosul about a week ago. The headquarters of the TV station has been the target of several attacks, the most recent on 16 February when six mortar shells were fired at the building, injuring three technicians. Follow the news on Iraq Raeda Wazzan, a presenter with the regional public TV station Iraqiya, was kidnapped on 20 February in Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, probably with her 10-year-old son. She is the fourth journalist to be kidnapped in the past two weeks and the 21st since the start of the war in March 2003. Reporters Without Borders voices concern about this new wave of kidnappings and calls on all sides in Iraq to respect journalists. News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Court ruling on “decommunization” law lifts threat to press freedom

first_img Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Poland Read in french Rsf’s article Read in polish Rsf’s article Reporters Without Borders today hailed the Polish constitutional court’s 11 May decision to strike down much of a controversial “decommunization” law designed to vet the backgrounds of some 700,000 Poles. Several of the 46 articles challenged by the social-democrat opposition were nonetheless upheld. Articles involving journalists, school directors and university rectors were among those declared unconstitutional.“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” the press freedom organisation said. “It must now be quickly published in the official gazette so that it can take effect.”In an op-ed piece published by Gazeta Wyborcza on 24 March, Reporters Without Borders had warned against a procedure that would create “a category of citizens deprived of free speech with the state’s blessing.”One of the law’s critics, Bronislaw Geremek, a leading opponent of the former communist regime who was elected to the European parliament in 2004, said of the court’s ruling: “There are no winners or losers, just citizens who have been protected.” He added: “Poland continues to be a country where the rule of law prevails.”Under law, which took effect on 15 March, journalists were obliged to file affidavits swearing that they never collaborated with the secret police under the communist regime that fell in 1989. Those who refused to file such statements could lose their jobs and be banned from working as journalists for 10 years.The constitutional court made a point of issuing its ruling prior to the 15 May deadline for filing these affidavits. The overwhelming majority of the citizens concerned chose to wait until after the court’s decision before sending their form to the Institute for National Memory (IPN), which is in charge of the archives of the SB, the former secret police.The ruling is a major setback for conservative President Lech Kaczynski and his twin brother, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who had made the “decommunization” law one of the priorities of their administration. Anticipating a negative ruling, they had tried everything in recent days to prevent it being issued, and had even ordered a search of the IPN archives for anything that would discredit the court’s judges.To avoid exposing the court to charges of a conflict of interests, its president decided to suspend two judges whose names had been registered in the SB archives as informal “contacts,” although the names were later crossed out because of their refusal to collaborate – a detail which the Fakt daily newspaper deliberately omitted. PolandEurope – Central Asia News News Help by sharing this information January 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further May 10, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU PolandEurope – Central Asia May 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court ruling on “decommunization” law lifts threat to press freedom News Newslast_img read more

DRC: Opposition media still closed just days ahead of presidential election

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation News Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congocenter_img Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian RSF_en News December 26, 2018 DRC: Opposition media still closed just days ahead of presidential election February 24, 2021 Find out more The five media outlets linked to President Joseph Kabila’s opponents were supposed to reopen under the so-called “New Year’s Eve Accord” that the government and opposition signed on 31 December 2016. Their reopening was one of the conditions for holding the long-awaited presidential election that was postponed yet again yesterday by the country’s electoral commission, this time from 23 to 30 December. The still closed media outlets include Espoir, a radio station in the far-eastern province of Nord-Kivu owned by a parliamentarian allied with Vital Kamehre, who is opposition candidate Félix Tshisekedi’s campaign manager. It has been closed since April 2015. The other four are based in the southeastern Katanga region. One, Radio-Télévision Lubumbashi JUA (RTLJ), is owned by Jean-Claude Muyambo, a former Kabila ally now in prison. It was shut down in November 2014 for “failing to respect the legal provisions for privately-owned broadcasters” and for “inciting hatred and insurrection.” Two of the others, Nyota TV and Radio Télévision Mapendo, are owned by Moïse Katumbi, a former Katanga governor who fled the country and was prevented from returning to register as a presidential candidate. The fifth, La Voix du Katanga, is a radio station owned by a Katumbi ally.“Only a handful of opposition media outlets were recently allowed to resume operating,” JED secretary-general Tshivis Tshivuadi said. “They include Radio Liberté Lisala, Radio Mwana Mboka and Radio Iriba FM. Aside from these limited concessions, we are concerned about the attempts to control online media outlets by means of a new regulation forcing them to register. We are also concerned about persistent rumours that the Internet and social networks could be disconnected on election day.”Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk, added: “In the run-up to this presidential election, one awaited for the past two years, the continuing closure of these five media outlets has violated media pluralism and limited debate during the election campaign. It also speaks to the climate of mistrust of a free, independent and pluralist press in the DRC.” On 2 January 2017, two days after the “New Year’s Eve Accord,” the communication and media minister announced that “all the so-called opposition media that are closed will be reopened within two weeks” as part of the measures designed to defuse political tension envisaged in the accord. JED and RSF publicly criticized the failure to keep this undertaking in June of this year, and again in October, as political parties began preparing for the election campaign. The DRC continues to be the country in sub-Saharan Africa where RSF registers the most press freedom violations. According to RSF’s tally, there have been a total of 96 violations of the rights of journalists and five arbitrary suspensions or closures of media outlets since the start of the year.The Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. February 18, 2021 Find out more Crédit: JED The continuing closure of five opposition media outlets in the Democratic Republic of Congo violates media pluralism and violates the 2016 political accord for holding a presidential election now due to take place at the end of this month, say Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its local partner organization, Journalist in Danger (JED). February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more