The EU must not forget freedom of information in Poland

first_imgNews Follow the news on Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans to address the issue of Polish government interference in the state-owned media in the “opinion” on the rule of law in Poland that he is due to present on behalf of the commission on 23 May. The publication of an opinion expressing European Union concern about Poland’s failure to respect the rule of law is the next step in a monitoring procedure that could possibly lead to sanctions.The EU is worried about Poland’s growing authoritarianism since a government led by the conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) took office in November. Its authoritarian measures have included the adoption of a media law in January that enables the state treasury minister to directly hire and fire state TV and radio executives. It resulted in the firing of reporters considered incompatible with the new government’s policies.RSF condemned this law as soon as it was approved on the grounds that it violated the EU’s fundamental values, and urged the European Commission to adopt disciplinary measures if the government went ahead with its promulgation.“It is vital that European Commission does not allow media freedom to deteriorate within the EU,” RSF said. “The Polish government’s stranglehold on the media must be clearly condemned in the opinion submitted by Frans Timmermans. We call on him to reiterate the EU’s concern about media independence to Warsaw.”After the European Commission presents its opinion on 23 May, Poland will have two weeks to respond, failing which it will be exposed to possible sanctions that could include the suspension of its voting rights.Poland is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, a fall of 29 places from its position in the 2015 Index. May 10, 2021 Find out more May 20, 2016 The EU must not forget freedom of information in Poland News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland European Commission’s Vice President Frans Timmermans Organisation center_img to go further News Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News PolandEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Help by sharing this information RSF_en January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

NFF Denied Abandoning Super Eagles Goalie, Uzoho

first_imgA The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has debunked reports that they have neglected injured Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho.Uzoho was injured in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against the five-time world champions, Brazil in October 13 international friendly game in Singapore.The Nigerian international, who has been assured by the World governing body, FIFA, of taken responsibility for his salary, copped the injury in the second half of the encounter. With reports circulating in the media that the football body appeared to have abandoned him, a top NFF source in an interview told Soccernet.ng that they are always in touch with Uzoho.The source also revealed that Uzoho is in high spirits and would soon undergo surgery on his injury.“Of course the Nigeria Football Federation has been in touch with Francis Uzoho. The Super Eagles are like one big family, so the secretary of the Super Eagles is a member of the NFF. So we are always in touch with him and pray for his quick recovery,” the source told Soccernet.ng.“We are happy he’s in high spirit and so we pray that he will have a successful surgery and have a very quick recovery, healing process, and good rehabilitation so that he can come back on the pitch. We definitely believe he will bounce back very soon.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

‘We’ll make sure justice is served’, says MP Bob Zimmer of the attack on Parliament Hill

first_imgMP Zimmer is also crediting the responding officers for “an impeccable job in ensuring we were safe.”MP Zimmer does however say he anticipates there’ll be some changes to security within Parliament Hill, but goes on to say it needs to strike the right balance in ensuring the federal government remains accessible.“We still want to maintain that public access so they can approach us and talk to us… but it will have to be more secure for sure.”MP Zimmer goes on to say, “There’s extremists in the nation and that’s a whole other question of ‘how do you deal with that?’”Advertisement MP Zimmer concludes by giving his utmost condolences to the Cirillo family.“We can’t stand for it and we won’t; we’ll make sure justice is served.” “It was a bit surreal to start with,” MP Zimmer recollects. “There’s blasting going on in the area [from construction], and once we heard the popping afterwards, we knew this was the real deal.”And that’s when the eight hour lockdown initially commenced.“We just got down, and some of us went to guard the doors to make sure he couldn’t get in… We just waited it out.”- Advertisement -MP Zimmer says he can’t give enough credit to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers for their heroic efforts.“What Kevin did by finally killing the terrorist; had he not done that, who knows what would have happened?”MP Zimmer adds of Cpl. Cirillo, “Here’s a guy guarding a cenotaph that’s commemorating fallen Canadian soldiers and somebody goes and kills him… [It’s] just such a despicable act.”Advertisementlast_img read more